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South Street KinderCare

Meghan Egidi, Center Director

2485 South St Elgin IL 60123
(847) 888-4288 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
South of Route 20 off of Randall Road

Neighborhood:
District 301 and U46

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Century Oaks, Harriet Gifford, Highland, Hillcrest, Huff, Creekside, and Cambridge Lakes. Please call and inquire about a school if you do not see it on this list.

Now Enrolling Toddlers!

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Welcome

Welcome to South Street KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Meghan Egidi, Center Director

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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.

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

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.

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

  • Meghan Egidi

    Meghan Egidi, Center Director

    Waking up everyday eager to go to work to impact the children's lives is a priceless benefit of working with young children.

    Meghan's been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2004. She started as an assistant teacher and worked her way up in the center with her passion for children. Her dedication to the children and families shows through her commitment to meeting each child's developmental goals through the programs offered at KinderCare. Her recognition of the importance of early childhood education helps lead her team and every classroom to their fullest potential.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Cheryl Cates, Assistant Director

    Knowing that I make a difference in a child's life, even by the simplest action can change how they feel.

    Cheryl has been a positive addition as a new Assistant Director to the center. She is a warm, caring person, and it shows with her smile when she enters the building early in the morning and into the evening. Her Positive Mental Attitude is contagious through out the entire building. Cheryl is very committed to keep all the children safe in her care and that there are smiles on everyone.

    Previous Experience:
    Cheryl began working in the early childhood field when she was a high school student helping out two hours a day at a preschool and taking classes at College of Dupage. Cheryl started as assistant teacher at Kinder Care and shortly became a Lead teacher. She has worked in every age from Infants to the School Age. She has continued to grow and became an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    4/19/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Abby, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Abby has experience working with children in her high school childcare class and her church sunday school. She is devoted to helping children learn. She is pursuing her CDA to further her education in early childhood education.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Irene, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Irene is our assistant teacher in the infant room. She has been with KinderCare for three years. She provides positive nurturing interactions that stimulate the infant mind. Her classroom is always filled with different activities for the infants, They are kept busy exploring their environment through art, music and sensory activities

    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work and being able to watch the Infants grow and smile. It makes me happy.

    Ms. Jackie understands how to nurture each child in a different way. She understands the very different needs that each child has. She brings humor to the classroom and loves to make the children laugh. You can always find her singing songs and making music with the children. She loves to watch the Infants discover new things both with her and their classmates.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Infant Classroom

    I love working with the children. It is very rewarding to watch them learn and grow.

    Ms. Lori has her Bachelor's Degree in Business and has also taken early childhood courses. She has worked in the childcare industry for quite some time. Ms. Lori does a great job at helping to manage the Infant classroom. She understands that each child has different needs at different times. She loves to engage the children in activities and help them learn to communicate both with her and each other.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lori spent five years working at another child care center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management & Business
  • Ms. Thalia

    Ms. Thalia, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow and nurture their perception of the world around them.

    Ms. Thalia has been at KinderCare for a year and this is her first experience as an Infant teacher. She loves to watch the children grow and develop in their first years. She likes to help the Infants actively learn in the curriculum that is implemented. Ms. Thalia loves to read books with the children and do art projects with them. Helping them develop new skills and getting them ready for the Toddler class is especially important to her.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Amy Sayed, PreKindergarten

    Mrs. Amy has a degree in secondary education. She has spent many years teaching. She has experience in many different settings. Recently she moved to Elgin from Minnesota with her family. She has a husband and 3 children. Her vast experience has given the PreKindergarten room exactly what it needed! It is full of learning, structure, and fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Secondary Education Teaching
    Education:
    Bachelors
  • Gladys Maldonado, Preschool

    Gladys came to KinderCare with experience in caring for young children through babysitting. She is eager to to build relationships with the children and parents. She has goals of one day being a center director.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Cynthia, Toddler Classroom

    Cynthia has spent lots of time babysitting the younger children in the family. She is pursuing her CDA to further her career in KinderCare. She has a natural connection with children that creates a comfortable learning environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Grouchy Ladybug
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Brenda, Toddler Room

    Brenda started as an assistant teacher in the toddler room. She has a passion for the toddlers and helping them to develop their independant skills that they are going to need in the Discovery Preschool classroom,

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Jami

    Ms. Jami, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy seeing kids learn new things.

    Ms. Jami has been working with KinderCare for three months and loves every minute of it. Before KinderCare she worked as a nanny for five years. Ms. Jami has a passion for reading and instills this in her classroom. She loves to read stories with the Toddlers and help them develop their language and learn new words. She also enjoys arts and crafts with her children. Ms. Jami always has fun projects ready to do in the Toddler room.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jami worked as a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shavon

    Ms. Shavon, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work and being able to inspire and teach the children new things every day.

    Ms. Shavon has had extensive experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She shines not only through her work in the classroom but her students as well. She loves to keep up with the Preschool curriculum and display it on her boards in the classroom. She thinks its important to put up her children's work so that they can show off their achievements. Ms. Shavon does many things to prepare her students for Kindergarten and loves to see their enjoyment with the activities that they do.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Shavon worked as a teacher at Children of America, Children Love to Learn, Little Achievers and Tutor Time.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, School Age Classroom

    I love working in this field because it lets me release my inner child while I teach.

    Ms. Katie has a passion for School Age children. She enjoys challenging their reflective thinking. She has a special ability to relate to them and their sense of humor. Ms. Katie understands that the School Age children are self directed and peer focused. She does a great job implementing the Catch the Wave curriculum with all these things in mind.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie coached softball for ten and eleven-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy seeing the joy a child has when they learn something new.

    Ms. Elizabeth has spent a year in the childcare industry and six months at KinderCare. She is currently pursuing her degree and taking child development classes. She enjoys her role of Assistant Teacher and being able to spend time in all the classrooms getting to know all of the children. One of her favorite things to do is incorporate art in the classrooms. Ms. Elizabeth thinks that letting children express their creativity is very important in their development. She loves to see the children shine through their expressions.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Elizabeth worked as a lunchroom supervisor at Richmond Elementary School.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's of Arts Degree

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

We make health and safety a priority in our environment. We have a rigorous cleaning schedule that we use to promote a healthy school for our children. We are proud of the standard of safety that we uphold. We have a strict parent identification process with a keypad entry and a mandatory sign in/out process. We also have all of our staff CPR certified leaving our parents confident.

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

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

I am a single mom of three children and do not know what I would do without the amazing staff at KinderCare. I work full time and count on the ladies at KinderCare to not only educate my children, but to love and care for them as well. The teachers go above and beyond my expectations. Each day I am greeted with a smile and the teachers always make sure to take a few minutes to welcome the children in to the classroom. My kids feel safe and love their time at school. The benefits of early childhood care are endless. I have seen this first hand through the growth of my children.

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