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Fairview KinderCare

Mary Murphy, Center Director

6222 Fairview Ave. Downers Grove IL 60516
(630) 963-6780 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
On Fairview & 63rd St Across the street from Family Video

Downers Grove

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
El Sierra, Fairmont, Kingsley, Indian Trail, Hillcrest, Holmes, Mark Delay, Whitier, Lester, Manning

The Fairview KinderCare is a very personable, high-energy environment. We plan different activities that help your child grow in their development, discover their talents, and grow in education all while having fun! Each teacher becomes a part of the classroom to help your child grow by communicating to the families, planning activities, and building relationships with the children and their families. We plan special activities for all children in Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-K, and School Age!
Please stop by for a tour to meet our Fairview family.

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Welcome to the Fairview KinderCare in Downers Grove, where we partner with families to create a nurturing and exciting environment that helps support your child through all stages of their development. We look forward to having you and your family join our school community. Our large outdoor activity space helps to create a great environment for learning. We accept CCAP subsidy. The large open floor plan helps create a bright and inviting space to learn, explore and grow. We provide a variety of year round programs for children ages six weeks through 12 years including a Preschool and Prekindergarten education program. We are a NAEYC Accreditded Center, helping provide you with the best quality educational experiences for your child!

Mary Murphy, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff brings a variety of classroom experience to our center. With a combined total of more than 60 years in the education field, they provide a wealth of knowledge. Families can feel confident that their child is receiving high quality education and programs while in our center.

  • Mary Murphy

    Mary Murphy, Center Director

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

    Mary has worked with young children for nine years. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a variety of Early Childhood Education classes that have helped her grow in the field. Mary has been at the Fairview center for over three years. She began working as the teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She was also the Learning Adventures teacher, helping children learn and grow with our extra activities. Mary works each and every day for the benefits of the children. She loves watching them meet their developmental goals and learn about new and exciting topics.

    Previous Experience:
    Mary previously worked at a private day care center as the Infant, Two's, Administrative Assistant, and the Assistant Director in Training. She was previously the Assistant Director at our Center and she has now taken on the role as the Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelors of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle Liss

    Ms. Danielle Liss, Assistant Director

    The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line. ―Eileen Kennedy-Moore

    Ms. Danielle is our newest assistant director coming in with a great background. She has worked very hard in KinderCare from assistant teaching to becoming the leader teacher in the classrooms she worked in. Danielle spends a lot of her time at the site with the children and helping out the teachers. While she isn't a teacher anymore, she loves the job and is passionate about being a part of the children's education. The high point of her days is she gets to interact with the children in their daily activities.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Veteran - Lead teacher from 2's to School age classrooms
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Mr. Patrick Graff

    Mr. Patrick Graff, Third In Charge

    Life isn't supposed to be easy. Generally speaking, the harder something is the more rewarding the results will be. -C.C. Hunter, Awake at Dawn

    Mr. Patrick brings a lot of experiences coming into this position and has great plans for this center. He started out working with children early in high school and has continued this career path when he started volunteering at Bright Horizon in Chicago and found out that working with children is more than a job. It's a lifestyle and one of the most important jobs that a society overlooks. Interactions with children is predominantly the defining factors in the self esteem and confidence of a child. Mr. Patrick has a no quit policy with all people and it goes triple for children. No matter how difficult or complicated a child may act, there is always a way to reach and teach them without making them feel bad about it.

    Previous Experience:
    Bright Horizons Daycare YMCA Day Camps Jumpstart Education program Pali Adventures Stayover camp Lego Robotics camp Right at School Education program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Developmental Psychology and Urban Sociology
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Awesome tossome.

    Ms. Rachel has been with the company for 11 years and has experience working with all of the age groups. She has her Child Development Associate's credential in infants, toddlers, and two year old's. She loves working with the younger children and watching them evolve into their own personalities.

    Previous Experience:
    Kindercare vetern Woodridge
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Toddlers

    Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. -Og Mandino 

    Ms. Caitlin has been a part of our KinderCare family since June 2013. Since then, she has grown to love the infants and toddlers and watching them grow each day. She loves engaging with the families and helping them become a part of their child's education. She loves giving the toddlers the attention that they need while planning activities that will help with their developmental growth. She works hard to help all of the children receive the quality education that they deserve and need. She works towards each of the goals that she has set for the children, helping them to meet new levels!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny and worked at First United Methodist Church as a volunteer
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education Child Courses
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Infants

    Enjoy playing a role in developmental growth of our future!

    Ms. Pamela has brought energy and excitement into the classroom. Serving as a grandmother figure as well as a teacher, Pamela has unique way with infants enhancing and building self confidence through love, patience, and understanding. With an educational background which includes psychology, cultural diversity, and personal interactions skills, Ms. Pamela is an assist to the child's individual growth and personal development. Ms. Pamela feels that being in classroom gives her a snapshot and up close view of our future leaders and citizens.

    Previous Experience:
    Director of Behavior (cognitive) facility for Youth, Mother of two, Grandmother of five, Great Grandmother of one.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Masters Degree in Publication, Broadcast Journist, Dental Assistant/Tech, Drug/Alcohol Education Instructor
  • Ms. Norma

    Ms. Norma, Pre-K School Age Classroom

    I love watching the kids grow and learn new things every day.

    Ms. Norma is a very dedicated School age teacher. She has been in the school age room for the past two years. She loves helping the children learn new skills and watching them grow along the way. She loves to build relationships with the families along with the children in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Goddard School, Working with KinderCare for eight years, Woodridge
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in Hat
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Fatemeh

    Ms. Fatemeh, Preschool, 2's

    Success to me is being a good person, treating people well. -David LaChapelle


    Ms. Fatemeh is one of our longest working employees with just as much enthusiasm as her first day. Ms. Fatemeh helps our center with her vast exerience in all classrooms adding more creative and expanding the resources in many ways.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Veteran
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Preschool

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart

    Katelyn is the lead teacher of our three year old classroom. After attending Northern Illinois university studying special education, she went on to earn her associates in early childhood education at the college of Dupage. After finishing her degree, Katelyn was lead teacher at the Kensington school before moving to kindercare in 2015. She adores her students and tries to make their daily routine as exciting as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher at Kensington School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Phunda

    Ms. Phunda, Pre-K and School Age

    I love helping our world's future learn and grow!

    Ms. Phunda has a wonderful time to know all the students. She plans on bringing as much support and love to each child in her classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Previous experience of day cares and experience driving school bus
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Associate Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, 2's, 3's, 4's

    Loving and teaching children is a wonderful profession. It is something that is ingrained in myself and it comes naturally.

    Ms. Cindy is a gentle, patient, and fun teacher who spends most of her time finding new ways to connect with her students. She focuses her teaching on positive techniques with rewarding her student's successes and redirecting the negative behavior. The application of songs and dancing is shaped into her lesson plans because she feels that its the best way to increase happy social interactions and promote fun learning that will keep them thriving for more lessons.

    Previous Experience:
    Spent many years volunteering at our Lady Of Peace in Darien. Volunteer teacher for Religious Education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Darien
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chica Chica Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Undergrad at College of Dupage, CDA
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, 3's

    It's very rewarding knowing that I've had an impact on a child's life!

    While Marissa has only worked here for three months, She has created a loving environment in her classroom promoting care and support for all her children. Marissa plans to expand her children's minds with fun and thought provoking educational activities. Marissa believes this will broaden their imagination and provide opportunities of healthy social interactions between all her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood classes
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    College of Dupage working on Associate, taking early childhood classes
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool

    Tell me, I Forget. Teach me and I might remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Kim is new to the KinderCare team but she comes in with great experience to share. She has 16+ years of early childhood education work from many day cares and schools. She also has a BA in Sociology and MA in Counseling. Ms. Kim is extremely thrilled to be a part of our KinderCare team and finds nothing but joy in working with all children especially her current classroom children. Her goal is to make everyday as wonderful as the next for her students and make their learning experience unforgettable.

    Previous Experience:
    Children's world, Tutor Time, ABC Land Preschool
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Sociology and MA in Counseling
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Toddlers

    I love working with children of all different ages and skill levels. I enjoy coming up with plenty of fun activities for our toddlers.

    Ms. Katelyn has been working at our KinderCare for only little less than a year and she has become one of our great essential teachers. Katelyn's creativity has no bounds with all the work she puts in each week on original and hands on projects with her students. Her background running the children's department at the bookstore has been applied to her classroom's lesson plan and provides our toddlers with the most interactive play and craft times.

    Previous Experience:
    Ran a children's department at local bookstore
    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and Giant Peach
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education credits and working towards associate in arts
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Kitchen Staff

    I love seeing the children happy and involved in the classroom activities.

    Ms. Carmen has been working at our center for over five years and with the company for over 10 years. Ms. Carmen is our cook. She makes sure that the children receive the nutritional values that they need for each meal. She also makes sure that each child receives enough to eat during each meal. Ms. Carmen is a friendly, loving teacher that tries to make every child happy.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching Bachelor degree in Education in the Philippines
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor in education

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Adventure Bay



  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Mini Golf


      Future pro golf practice!

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Surprise movie!


      shhhh its a surprise..... but trust me its a treat for the eyes

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Royal Tea Sandwiches


      Sandwich Party! We will eat like royalty and as royalty manners will be a must at this party!

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Truck


      Come One Come all! You sceam. I scream. We all scream for ice cream!!

  6. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. The Hub

      Small water park

      Mini Golf

      Hot Dogs!

  7. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Make your own Sundae

      Kids making their own ice cream sundae

  8. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Skittlers Race

      Racing for skittles!

  9. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Truck

      ICE CREAM!

  10. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Abstract Art

      Creavity is #1 and we have the most creative children here at the center. Today will be a day of fun projects designed by children of all ages. Art is in the eye of the beholder

  11. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Seven layer dip

      Creating a seven lay dip is a process of expert patience. With the help of the entire school age children and our wonderful teacher, the process will not only fun but also create a skill set of teamwork and responsiblity for set roles in the cooking plan.

  12. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Colorful Torilla Pinwheels

      Yummy Tortilla Pinwheels for alll! Our children (our chefs) will be creating their own pinwheels for all to enjoy!

  13. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Cookie decorating contest!

      Lets design some cookies!

  14. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Ice cream Truck

      Yay last ice cream truck of the summer. It's a bittersweet day. Yay for school and all the memories to come.

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition



Special Features

  • We offer a family discount for two or more children enrolled full time!
  • Refer a friend and receive a $200 credit towards your child's account!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Polish, Filipino

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Allergy Substitutes

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Here at Fairview Kindercare, Our number one priority is the health and safety of both our employees and children. Our staff is commited to provide the very best care by structuring our lessons plans to teach and apply the safest techiques in all areas. Annually trained in CPR and First aid, Our staff works towards prevention of illness being created or passed along throughout the classrooms with taking annually universal precaution trainings. We train all employees to follow these guidelines in order to make a dependable and enjoyable surrounding for all our children. Our current Health and Safety Coordinator is Mr. Patrick and he spends a portion of his days looking for unsafe oversight and finding ways to improve. This site is allergy free school so we allow no peanuts, tree nuts, or any food that may cause a deadly reaction to any of our students or employees in our classrooms.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I have been with Kindercare for 6 years. There have been up s and downs with the center directors, but for the last 3 years it has be fabulous. Mrs. Cari, who is not longer with us, really chagned to moral at the center. The teacehrs are excited to come to work which makes a bunch of happy kids. Mrs. Mary, the new center director, has been in the position for a couple months now and had a very smooth transformation. She has helped to keep the moral up and the children are very excited!!

- Mother

The staff is great at keeping the kids engaged. I can rest easy knowing my daughter is always learning and active, and she can't wait tocome back every day!!

- Mother

My children have been attending this center for three years. They have built so many friendships and have had a wonderful experience. The teachers have helped them meet their developmental goals and have helped them strive for excellence!

- Parent

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