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Highland Avenue KinderCare

Jillian Cius,
Center Director

3905 South Highland Ave. Downers Grove IL 60515
Ph: (630) 963-4020
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
5:45 AM to 6:15 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Highland & 39th St

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Hillcrest, Highland, Puffer, Belair, Pierce Downer, Westerm Manning, Miller, Willow Creek, St. Joseph Elementary School.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Downers Grove welcome all families. We pride ourselves on great family connections and making sure all families leave happy and satisfied. We drive great curriculum and fantastic learning experiences.

Jillian Cius, Center Director

Jillian is currently the Center Director in Downers Grove and has been with KinderCare for six years. Before coming to KinderCare, she ran a center with Head Start, Chicago Public Schools and was National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited. She came to KinderCare as an Assistant Director and was quickly promoted to Director. She has run multiple centers, but Downer's Grove has been her home center for two years now.

Previous Experience:

Jillian previously spent nine years in Head Start and a CPS facility.

Year Started:
10/1/2007
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Master's Degree Psychology, Bachelor's of Arts Degree, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Sarah Forillo, Assistant Director

Sarah has worked in child care for over fifteen years. She has previous experience in daycare and as a private nanny. She has worked with KinderCare for over six years. Her time with KinderCare started in 1999 and then she went on to pursue her Nurse Assistant Certification. Sarah returned to KinderCare in 2012 and was quickly promoted to Assistant Director of the Downers Grove center in 2013.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years

Ms. Judy, Infant

Ms. Judy is a treasured asset at our center. She opens the building every morning at 5:45 am with a smile on her face. Parents in the infant room look forward to talking to her in the morning about the progress of their child. She is always full of great advice and happy to learn about the children each day. She spends the morning and early afternoon with the children and loves her time with them!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Judy has raised three children and four grandchildren in addition to her experience at KinderCare.

Year Started:
1/1/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

Ms. Michelle is sweet and very loving teacher. She cares for each child at the center as if they were her own. As the lead infant teacher, she plans the curriculum and has a great rapport with parents. She loves the infant and toddler rooms because the energy of the children keep her young!

Year Started:
1/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of the Arts Degree in Spanish Language, Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

Ms. Melissa has been with our center for about two years now. She has worked in many classrooms, but Toddler classroom is the one she has settled in. She has learned that each child has their own unique learning and development. Ms. Melissa is currently in school to receive her Child Development Associate's Credential. She feels the company has a strong foundation and loves what KinderCare stands for. Coming to work for her is easy, she enjoys daily the fun of teaching. After her certification is complete Ms. Melissa plans on attending a four-year university and pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Ms. Danielle is our Discovery preschool teacher. She has been with the company for over two years. Ms. Danielle has lots of energy to keep up with all of the two-year old kids. She enjoys daily activities of art and teaching Spanish to her students.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years

Ms. Merissa, Preschool Classroom

""Be all you can be!""

Ms. Merissa is our Preschool teacher. She has a full classroom and loves working with this age. The age is three years to years old. This is a vital age they are starting to learn simple skills such as math, science, reading, phonics. The class curriculum is every two weeks and it gives the children enough time to learn and keep engaged!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Merisa was previously a nanny for over four years.

Year Started:
1/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Brittany, Prekindergarten Classroom

Ms. Brittany is our Prekindergarten teacher. She has been with the company for one year and is so positive with each child in her care. She helps the children build positive relationships and enjoys implementing the curriculum daily.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Education

Ms. Caryn, Kindergarten Classroom

""Learning is an adventure!""

Ms. Caryn is a cornerstone of our center. She has been here since the center opened and has actually seen children she had when she started bring their own children now! She loves watching the children grow in her classroom throughout the year and move on to first grade.

Year Started:
8/17/1992
Tenure:
22 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Courtney, School Age Classroom

Ms. Courtney is a real gift to this center. She works in our School Age Program with a variety of ages. The age range for this group is six to twelve years of age. Ms. Courtney has a real passion for this age as she is creative and keeps them involved. Ms. Courtney works well with the families and keeps the children on track with school work and fun activities to coincide with their school work!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Courtney was previously a nanny for over five years in Australia, and a summer camp counselor in New Jersey.

Year Started:
1/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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