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Edwardsville KinderCare

Mrs. Tori Siron, Center Director

500 Goshen Rd. Edwardsville IL 62025
(618) 656-0268 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Edwardsville

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Goshen, Leclaire, Glen Carbon, Nelson, Albert Cassens, Woodland. Transportation is determined upon needs of enrolled students.

Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center in Edwardsville! We are located on Goshen Road, just a few miles from downtown Edwardsville. Walking in our front door, you will immediately feel welcomed by our friendly staff and cozy environment. Each room is designed to foster your child’s individual growth and development. Our teachers and support staff are passionate about each child’s success!

Mrs. Tori Siron, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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.

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  • We are proud to have achieved the Gold Circle Quality of Excellence rating through the ExceleRate standards. This is the highest possible rating!

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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

Welcome to Edwardsville KinderCare Learning Center, the premier early childhood learning center. We provide a high-quality educational environment for children through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff, we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call, or email with the contact information provided. We feel privileged and honored that you are considering our establishment for your child. 

  • Mrs. Tori Siron

    Mrs. Tori Siron, Center Director

    I am committed to working with parents as partners in setting the foundation for a positive and fun educational career! It is important for children to learn skills beyond the paper and pencil in order to grow socially and emotionally as they progress throughout school. Preschool is the best place to learn and have fun with friends.

    Mrs. Tori and her husband enrolled their oldest child in 2007 at our center and quickly fell in love with the KinderCare family. Her enthusiasm for early learning and family connections brings excitement to the center in her role as our Center Director. She knows that every child deserves to have a fun and enriched childhood and that every parent can feel comfortable knowing their child is loved, learning, and having fun at school each day. Mrs. Tori and her family live in Edwardsville and are active in the community in a variety of organizations. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Tori assisted in early childhood classrooms in between classes during her four years of undergraduate studies at SIUE. Upon graduation, she took a special education position with the Edwardsville School District, where she worked for eight and half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Year Started:
    1/7/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Learning Behavioral Specialist; Bachelor's Degree
  • Mrs. Mary Kempfer

    Mrs. Mary Kempfer, Assistant Director

    Working at KinderCare, I get to come to a job that I love! I would not want to do anything else. The children and families who come to KinderCare become a part of our family.

    Year Started:
    4/21/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maggie, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with toddlers because they're fun! They learn so much at this age and they're always so excited to see you in the morning. They are funny and always keeping me laughing. Every personality is different and makes every day different. Their smiles make my job awesome!

    Ms. Maggie has always been a nurturing person. She has babysat children for as long as she can remember and was also a caregiver at a nursing home before entering the early childhood field. Ms. Maggie left our center to stay home with her two girls for several years before returning back to us as they got older. Ms. Maggie has also worked as our cook, a Preschool Teacher, and a School Age Teacher, but her passion remains with our toddler students. Our toddler students are passionate about her too, affectionately calling her "GeeGee."

    Year Started:
    10/7/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Toddler Classroom

    I hope that my students grow up to live a happy and full life, full of wonder!

    Ms. Sara stays on her toes with our toddler friends. She loves working with the children to create an environment full of fun and rich in learning. She loves their energy, and her creative and patient personality makes her ideal for such an active age group. Ms. Sara knows this age is a crucial time for growth in development and she ensures that her learning activities foster that growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara was an Infant and Toddler Teacher at Troy Early Childhood Center before becoming a stay-at-home mom with her children for two years. She returned to teaching by joining our team at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/11/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Preschool Classroom

    My goal is to ignite a love for learning in every child I am privileged to have in class. I love the children in my classroom as my own children. I will help them grow their imagination and show them that limitations are over-rated! Learning is best when it includes books, music, costumes, and fun.

    Ms. Amy came to KinderCare as a student teacher and after falling in love with the families, children and the staff, she was hired as a full-time teacher upon graduation. She loves thinking outside the box and creating projects in the classroom that help children build a love for learning. Her classroom is always buzzing with excitement about our latest thematic unit. Joyful wonder is everywhere and often times Ms. Amy can be found in a silly costume or mask. Ms. Amy makes sure that each child and family is greeted with a friendly face each morning. KinderCare is her home and she wants everyone to feel welcome!

    Year Started:
    12/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jeannie

    Ms. Jeannie, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching as a child finally "gets it" when they have been trying to accomplish a new task. Seeing their eyes light up makes their excitement contagious. I love learning!

    Ms. Jeannie loves coming to work because she loves all of the hugs and smiles that she receives. Plus she loves the fact that she gets paid to play! Ms. Jeannie joined the KinderCare family in 2012 as the lead Preschool Teacher after moving to Illinois from New Mexico. She has been in the early childhood field for the last 18 years. Ms. Jeannie's love of learning shines through in her group times and carries over to the children during our small-group and one-on-one activities. She works hard to keep a fun routine to help children feel comfortable knowing what comes next throughout the day as she knows this is key for them to begin taking risks in their own learning. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeannie previously worked for Discovery Childcare Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her strengths at keeping a fun routine made her an asset as a lead teacher for children ages three and four.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    45-Hour Certification
  • Ms. Nichole

    Ms. Nichole, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Nichole's favorite thing about teaching our Pre-K students is seeing the excitement on their faces when they have accomplished what they have been working hard at. Her positive encouragement and nurturing personality make every child feel comfortable to take risks in their learning. Ms. Nichole knows students who leave her classroom will not only be ready for kindergarten, but they will be at the head of their classes!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nichole has always enjoyed working with children. She began working at KinderCare as she went to school through Kendall College earning her degree and has stayed ever since!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and any book by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    10/2/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    After Ms. Melissa completed her bachelor's degree in early childhood education, she worked at another child care facility before joining KinderCare in 2005. Ms. Melissa loves seeing the children's faces when they accomplish a new skill. She ensures she meets children where they are academically and socially as they learn. She is always looking for new strategies and teaching styles to prepare families for the transition to kindergarten. Her creative and funny personality makes children and families feel like home in her classroom. Ms. Melissa feels that every day is a new and exciting adventure that is waiting for her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Melissa was a teacher at Kaleidoscope of Kids in Collinsville.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jerri

    Ms. Jerri, School Age Classroom

    I love the moment a child learns a new concept. They are so proud and excited to show me.

    Ms. Jerri genuinely cares for each child in her classroom and in the school. She works to improve each child's skills while keeping activities fun and exciting. Her flexible and patient nature makes her classroom a wonderful way to start each child's day. She welcomes her school age students back from school each day with a smile and loves to extend projects between their classrooms away and their classroom here at KinderCare. Ms. Jerri's well-organized classroom makes no art or science project too big or messy. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jerri worked at two other child care centers before joining the KinderCare family in 2007. While completing her degree and also working at KinderCare at the same time, she felt that she had been given a great opportunity to teach.
    Year Started:
    4/20/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Wendy, Learning Adventures

    You have to remember to always try--it is the only way to know.

    Ms. Wendy has worn many different hats over the years at KinderCare. She has been a Director, Assistant Director, Classroom teacher, a cook, and is now the Phonics and Math Learning Adventures Instructor. Ms. Wendy feels that everyone should try their best, because without trying, you would never know what you can do!

    Previous Experience:
    After finishing her degree in early childhood education, Ms. Wendy worked at another child care center and a home daycare before she joined the KinderCare family in 1992.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

We have a very diverse center with a strong mix of families and teachers. Our staff is always available with an open-door policy. Each staff member knows each child. We offer a thematic curriculum based off the six developmental domains: language and literacy, creative expression, cognitive development, social-emotional development, executive function, and physical development and wellness.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Circle of Excellence Rating through Excelerate

    Gold Circle of Excellence Rating through Excelerate

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We are closed for the following holidays:

Labor Day
 Thanksgiving Day
 Friday after Thanksgiving Day
 Christmas Eve- Close at 3:00 p.m.
 Christmas Day
 New Years' Day
 Memorial Day
 Independence Day

We are also closed for Professional Development Day:

Columbus Day
 Presidents Day


 If the holiday falls on a weekend, please check with Laura or Tori for closure information.
  

Health and Safety

This center adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness, and maintenance standards. This center is accessible via single-entry security with a keypad access system, with the usage of daily sign-in sheets, and strict parent/guardian identification procedures. All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. We maintain professional development credentials on all teachers to ensure quality education is delivered to your child.

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.

We have two girls at Edwardsville KinderCare and we can't say enough great things about them! The teachers here are the most loving, educated, and fun teachers I've seen. They are always coming up with creative new ways of teaching that make learning fun. They also provide a warm, comfortable environment for the children to grow and interact. We've seen our quieter child come out of her shell and thrive. We've also seen our more strong-willed child learn better skills for coping with daily obstacles. Most importantly, I feel very comfortable with my children at KinderCare and I have peace of mind when I'm away at work knowing my girls are with their second family. 

- Mother

I just wanted to write you and inform you how incredibly pleased and impressed I am with my Edwardsville Kindercare experience. I am incredibly particular with my child care--I have looked all over and KinderCare exceeds my expectations in all aspects. As a parent, we are skeptical at putting our child in a new environment, because some places are not always what they seem. I know that from experience, at KinderCare, they are more than what they seem. When I first toured the Edwardsville facility, I thought it was a little smaller from the previous place that I was at it. Now that I have been there I have found that is what I love about this facility is, in fact, its smallness because it's like family. All of the teachers, children, and parents know one another, whether they are the children's teacher or not. I toured the facility multiple times before I enrolled and I noticed the children's art projects are really creative and unique--like art, not just scribbles on a piece of paper with one crayon. My children are so happy to go there that when I pick them up, they make me wait until they are done with their project before we can leave. The teachers go above and beyond, and it's incredible. They truly love their job and love the children and it shows. They do so many activities with the children and the children learn so many important qualities that are essential to life. I really can't say enough about how great it is and how thrilled I am with the choice I made to enroll my children in Edwardsville Kindercare. I would not hesitate to recommend that any parent do the same.

- Mother

KinderCare in Edwardsville is a great child care facility. We love KinderCare for many reasons--one of the most important reasons is that we can drop of our son daily knowing he is in a safe environment and being taken care of while we are away. Not only do we know that he is being cared for, but he is also enjoying the day, playing with friends, and learning new things. One of the reasons we switched to KinderCare was that we felt our concerns and requests were not being addressed with our initial facility. We have a much better comfort level now knowing that if we request certain things, the teachers listen and help accommodate them. Additionally, we were looking for a stimulating environment where our son would grow and learn. We love that there are daily activities, art projects, sensory and discovery activities, reading time, etc. to help our son develop and grow. Furthermore, we really like the additional field trip activities and water/outdoor play that makes the days even more fun for the kids! We are also pleased with how the teachers keep us informed with his daily sheets and fill us in on any concerns or even interests that our son has. I have kept all of his projects, artwork, and photos that have been sent home with us. It is nice to see what our son is up to during the day and what things he is enjoying. It is nice to know that our son is being taken care of and enjoying his day at daycare. He is learning new things and loves playing with the other kids in his room. Thanks for everything, KinderCare!

- Parents

When we found out we were pregnant, we took a day off of work and went to seven different centers. We knew right away we wanted a center because we didn't know anyone in the area enough to trust with our baby. We walked in and out of centers. KinderCare was our last visit of the day. We didn't call ahead, of course. We just showed up, because I wanted the real experience. We toured the center and spent time talking with Laura H. We left the center and as we walked to the car, we turned to each other and said "That's it. That's where we're going." I cried my eyes out the first day we left our baby and called probably every day for a week. I would show up randomly just to say "Hi" or "accidentally forgot something." I was never looked at funny and never felt unwelcome. We have had two more babies, and this time each of them went to KinderCare the day they turned six weeks old. Each time we left them in the same teacher's arms, and I had no hesitation. We knew they would be nurtured and cared for and loved just as our first was. And they are. We left our six-week-old baby hooked up to a holter monitor, requiring heart medication and packed away a stethoscope in her cubby, and knew that she would be okay. This center is where our daughter has learned to read, where our son learned to sit still...well, we're still working on that...and where our youngest is loved and given cuddles. We have friends who say they would never leave their kids at a center; only with an in-home center. We are blessed that we can say we leave our children with family.

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