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Main Lane KinderCare

Ms. Alicia Wegner, 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, Garfield, Ronald O'Neil, Channing

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

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Welcome

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

Ms. Alicia Wegner, 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.

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.

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

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

  • Ms. Alicia Wegner

    Ms. Alicia Wegner, Center Director

    ~~Estoy muy feliz de hacerme miembra del equipo de maestras en Main Lane KinderCare quienes ofrecen un programa excelente para niños. Estoy con anticipación de conocer a todos los niños y sus familias. I am very happy to join the teaching team at Main Lane KinderCare who provide an excellent program for children. I look forward to getting to know all the children and their families.

    Born in Argentina and raised in the Chicago area, I have worked in bilingual education for most of my working life. I am pleased to return to the early childhood sector.

    Nacida en Argentina y criada en los alrededores de Chicago, he trabajado en el area de educacion bilingüe por la mayoria de mi carrera profesional. Estoy feliz de volver a la educacion infantil.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been a bilingual teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and Elgin District U-46. I lived in New Zealand for many years and worked as a teacher educator and education manager. I have recently returned to the Fox Valley. He trabajado como maestra bilingüe en las escuelas públicas de Chicago y Elgin. He vivido en Nueva Zelanda por muchos años trabajando de profesora de educación infantil y gerente de preescuelas. Recientemente he vuelto al Fox Valley.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Surprise for Mitzi Mouse by Kathleen Bullock
    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree 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!

    I have been with KinderCare my entire working career. I have earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and I have a wealth of experience with children of all ages. While I spend much of my time in the role of Assistant Director, I am often found in the classroom, on a bus, or helping wherever needed!

    Year Started:
    4/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yajaira

    Ms. Yajaira, Infant Classroom

    I have been working for KinderCare since May 2013. Being that I have 3 wonderful girls at home, I love to watch other children grow and learn.  I am currently enrolled in college for my Associate Degree in Science in Human Services.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Miss Brianna

    Miss Brianna, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

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

    I have experience working with all age groups. I earned my CDA for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos in 2009. I have always had a passion for working with children and consider it a blessing to be able to do what I love.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Aleycha

    Ms. Aleycha, Toddler Classroom

    I am the assistant teacher in the Toddler Classroom. I am currently studying early childhood education. I love children. I have a 3-year-old daughter of my own. I am the oldest of 4 children so I have been watching and taking care of my brothers for my entire life. I moved to Elgin from Puerto Rico when I was 5 years old. I hope this tells you a little about myself. I can't wait to meet you all.

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
    Education:
    Currently studying
  • Ms. Janitza

    Ms. Janitza, Discovery Pre-school

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

    I have years of experience and education in early childhood and elementary education fields. I have taken courses in psychology, music, physical education, and family and community. Currently, I am a student at the Moody Bible Institute pursuing a degree in ministry leadership. 

    I like making a difference in each child's life and enjoy being part of children's physical and emotional development.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with, playing with and teaching children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool Classroom

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

    I have been working with KinderCare for 4 years and have several years of experience working in a Head Start program. I have also worked for many years in public schools in Mexico.

    I believe that every child has a potential to soar!

    Year Started:
    9/3/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, Pre-kindergarten

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

    I have worked in the child care field for the past 29 years. My love for educating young children has kept me going all these years. My pre-kindergarten class allows me to see the world through the eyes of children and challenges me to be the best teacher I can be and for that I am forever thankful.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Veronica

    Miss Veronica, Preschool Classroom

    Every day I am glad that I am able to work with enthusiastic and playful children.

    I am the newest member of the preschool classroom. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I have always wanted to work with children and help educate them. I enjoy shaping their young and hopeful minds.

    Year Started:
    8/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Edna

    Ms. Edna, School Age

    Children have limitless potential if given the opportunity.

    Previous Experience:
    Daycare experience
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Miss Maria

    Miss Maria, School Age

    I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in History and an emphasis in Psychology. I am teacher qualified in secondary education.

    Although KinderCare is my first experience working with school-age children, I have absolutely loved working with them here for the past year. Working with such a curious and fun-loving group of children is what really makes my job worthwhile and I will continue to do my best to ensure that they have a wholesome and enjoyable time in my classroom.

    Year Started:
    9/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, School Age

  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Support Teacher

    I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching young children for 29 years. It is a great privilege to be a part of the lives of so many children. 

    On a personal note, I have been married to my very supportive husband for 28 years. We have 2 daughters, Baleigh and Corbin, who both attended KinderCare when they were young. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Support Teacher

    I have been with KinderCare since September, 2007. I have an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have 2 chldren of my own.

    The reason I chose early childhood is that I love to make a difference in the lives of children. I am a person who is 'hands-on' and enjoy doing many different things with the children.

    Year Started:
    9/3/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nia

    Ms. Nia, Support Teacher

    I've been working with children for about 7 years. I have a 4-year-old son whose education means the world to me!
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, The Day After Thanksgiving, 4th Of July, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, and Labor Day.

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.

Share Your Story
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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