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Main Lane KinderCare

Susan Lechtenberg, Center Director

1520 Main Lane Elgin IL 60123
(847) 697-0555 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off of McLean & Rt. 20

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Washington, Hillcrest, Highland, Gifford, Century Oaks, Creekside, Lowrie

Our open classroom concept promotes a happy healthy family atmsophere where siblings can see each other throughout the day!


Welcome to the KinderCare on Main Lane! We look forward to having your family join ours!

Susan Lechtenberg, Center Director

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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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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

Our staff at KinderCare bring many years of early childhood experience, along with a variety of backgrounds in early childhood education.

  • Susan Lechtenberg

    Susan Lechtenberg, Center Director

    Every day when I come to work, I realize how lucky I am to not only work with the children, but to work with their families as well.

    Susan has 25 years of experience working in the early childhood field. She has spent most of her working career with a Head Start program that provides services to children and their families. Susan has attended College of Dupage and has earned her Associate degree in General Studies with 30 semester hours in early childhood. She then attended National Louis University and earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Science. Susan joined the Kinder Care team in June of 2012 and is excited to be working with so many children and their families on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Susan previously worked for the Head Start program in Dupage County for 25 years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science with 30 semester hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Carrie Crabtree

    Carrie Crabtree, Assistant Director

    I come to work everyday so that I can help the children to grow and learn!

    Carrie has been with Kinder Care her entire working career. She has earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and has a wealth of experience with children of all ages. Carrie recently transferred to this center and has been a huge asset for everyone involved. While Carrie spends much of her time in the role of Assistant Director, she is often found in the classroom, on a bus, or helping wherever needed!

    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kenya, Discovery Pre-school

    Ms. Kenya has a calm quiet demeanor with her two year olds and she takes pride in her childrens' ability to grow and learn everyday!

    Master's in ECE
  • Ms. Rebecca, Infant Classroom

    I love that I can make a difference in the babies' lives!

    Ms. Rebecca has two children of her own attending KinderCare here and she loves coming to work everyday. Her favorite thing about KinderCare is being part of our team and spending every day teaching children.

  • Ms. Janitza, Toddler Classroom

    I love that education is fun and knowing that each child is learning everyday excites me.

    Ms. Janitza brings a great abundance of creativity and shares it with her toddlers every single day!

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

    I love that learning can be taught through silliness and play!

    Ms. Jen has been working with KinderCare for five years. She has recently transferred to our center and brings with her a great amount of experience and knowledge. She has obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential and is always excited to share what she knows. Ms. Jen has also worked in a center that has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We look forward to using her knowledge to help us through the process when our center is ready.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tanya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Anastacia

    Ms. Anastacia, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing how the children react to learning something new!

    Ms. Anastacia is in her second year with us and has been working with our Preschool children. She is a determined teacher who wants to make sure that everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool Classroom

    I love to spend time with the children and enjoy watching them learn new things.

    Ms. Elizabeth has been working with KinderCare for several years and also has several years of experience working in a Head Start program. She is super dynamic and truly believes that every child has the potential to soar!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with, playing with and teaching children.

    Ms. Theresa has recently joined our family here and she brings with her plenty of curriculum ideas and much needed structure for our future Kindergarteners. She has several years of experience and we are excited to have her with us.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Yajaira, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Yajaira appreciates every child as an individual and looks forward to helping each child reach their full potential.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Timera

    Ms. Timera, Private Kindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    I love teaching something new everyday. Whether it's a science project or a fun art activity, each day brings on a new experience.

    Ms. Timera enjoys her role as a lead teacher. When the children tell her how much they like being in her classroom, she knows she is in the right place!

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching and knowing that I learn as much from the children as they learn from me.

    Ms. Deb brings the curriculum to life everyday and the excitement in the classroom is palpable! She encourages children to learn from each other and wants them to appreciate what each child has to offer.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tammy, School Age Classroom

    Mrs. Tammy is a former KinderCare employee who returned with ambition to work with our school-agers!

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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

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

The KinderCare on Main Lane is nestled behind the Elgin Fresh Market. We are surrounded by community agencies that support our children and their families. We have scheduled visits to the local fire department, police department and Sherman Hospital. We believe being part of the community is so very important.

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 three children that attend KinderCare and I can honestly say that I can go to work every day and not worry about them. Each teacher has done a fantastic job keeping my children safe and happy! My four year old son is determined to have a sleepover and wants to invite his teacher!

- Mother

For many years I was part of the child care subsidy program that assists families with child care costs. Now that my situation has changed, I have to pay full price. I am happy with the center here and feel like the care my children receive is well worth it.

- Mother

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