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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Cheryl Cates

    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 KinderCare 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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Eboni

    Ms. Eboni, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Eboni's favorite thing about teaching is how the children grasp onto a task so quickly and their readiness to learn something new. Eboni's curiosity is inspired by each day being a new beginning and the children's love to learn new things. Children love being in her classroom because they can count on her to make learning fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    9/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Seema

    Ms. Seema, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Seema has been working at KinderCare for three years. Her previous experience gives her years of early childhood experience. Her classroom is inspired by the children's curiosity and their eagerness to learn. Ms. Seema brings creativity in every activity she does with the children. Past students make sure they visit her room before leaving for the day! Ms. Seema has a great impact on each child she works with.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Bears Dream
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rhonda's children in her classroom are always involved in each activity she plans. She knows she plays a big part in their future and tries to help each child reach the next level to be successful in life. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and loves to walk. She also enjoys learning different methods of teaching and incorporates in her own ideas. You're never to old to learn!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children love being in Ms. Julia's classroom because they make learning fun! The room is so energized with excitement and giggles. Julia's favorite thing about being here is being able to make a difference in the children's lives and seeing them learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Frieght Train
    Year Started:
    5/30/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Dalia

    Ms. Dalia, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Dalia is a great asset to our Toddler room. Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to interact with the children, watching them discover new things and just being kids. Dalia is enrolled in school to further her education in educating children. In her spare time she's doing homework, shopping and enjoys being around family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David!
    Year Started:
    9/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management & Business
  • Ms. Irene

    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:
    2 Years
    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. 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. 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:
    3 Years
  • 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

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

- Mother
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