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Bowes Road KinderCare

Julie Skaja, Center Director

2395 Bowes Rd. Elgin IL 60123
(847) 622-9475 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 301- Howard B Thomas I Prairie View | U46 | Otter Creek | Fox Meadow | Clinton District 303- Corron | U46-Fox Meadow


Welcome to Bowes Road KinderCare in Elgin Illinois. We are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Julie Skaja, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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


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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Bowes Road are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their CDA, or Bachelor's degree in Education. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day- the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Julie Skaja

    Julie Skaja, Center Director

    It is my goal to ensure each family we care for is treated with the utmost respect, and is provided individual attention when it comes to the family schedule and their child/ren.

    Julie Skaja has been with KinderCare for 14 years with a five year break in between. Caring for children and families is her true passion. Julie feels very lucky to be able to impact every child that enters KinderCare. Julie and her husband of nineteen years have three children and are very busy with sports and running them around to their different activities. As current families and new families inquire it is Julie's true passion to help create the ultimate schedule for their child and family.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Johanna Murphy, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work and knowing that I am making a difference in a child's life. From having cuddle time with the infants to helping our school agers with homework, everyday brings something new and exciting.

    Johanna Murphy has been with KinderCare since 1999. She has her Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University.  Johanna grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana and has also lived in St. Louis, which is where she started working for KinderCare. Johanna and her husband moved up to the Chicago area in 2001. She has worked with all ages starting out as an infant teacher. She looks forward to every new day bringing challenges and goals within the school.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ina

    Ms. Ina, Infant Classroom

    Having parents telling me that their children love me motivates me to work harder.

    Ms. Ina has been at KinderCare for almost two years. She has received her Associate's of Arts Degree at Elgin Community College, and in May 2014 will earn her Bachelor's Degree from Northern Illinois University. She enjoys listening to music, quality time with her family/friends and to go shopping. When Ms. Ina is in her classroom she likes to read stories and dance with the children. She always makes sure that her students use their manners and are polite to others. Teaching has been one of her biggest passions and Ms. Ina is glad to be doing it every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ina worked as an assistant teacher at Early Lab School at Elgin Community College.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's Degree in Special Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Family & Child Studies
  • Ms. Mari

    Ms. Mari, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Lorrie

    Ms. Lorrie, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Xochitl

    Ms. Xochitl, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Cristal

    Ms. Cristal, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Cristal has been with us since March of 2015. She is a student at Elgin Community College working on her associates in Early childhood Education. She loves spending time with the children and helping them develop and learn new things each and every day.
    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting Nieces and Nephews
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Missy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Two's Classroom

    To teach is to learn twice over, in that your students learn from you, as you learn from them.

    Ms. Melissa has been a lead teacher at KinderCare since 2008. She strives to insprie each individual child and fill them with a passion for learning. Her goal is to make learning fun through enriching daily activities and to make families a part of it all. Ms. Melissa looks forward to working with your family and child along the way.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Year
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

    Ms. Nicole started with KinderCare in 2001. Teaching is her passion and she enjoys it each and every day. Ms. Nicole enjoys sharing all the new experiences and milestones with my families. She loves that everyday is different. Not only are the children learning from her, she also learn from them and that makes it special. Ms. Nicole is a new mommy and love spending all her free time with her son.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about student learning and I love being a positive role model in children's lives.

    Michele has been at KinderCare for almost a year working in the Pre-School classroom. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and started volunteering at Headstart Pre-School while attending college.
     Michele has worked in the Michigan School sysems as a substitute teacher for grades K-12 for 20 years.
    Together with her husband, Michele was a licensed foster parent to children who lived in their home. She has also provided Wrap Around services to at risk youth and their families.
    Michele is passinate about student learning and her goal is to provide the best learning environment through storytelling, singing and interactive play for our students.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teacher, Foster Parent, Mentor, Crisis Center Phone Operator and Direct Care Worker
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Preschool Classroom

    I love to watch as they learn and grow every day. Each day brings something new!

     Sylvia has been with KinderCare since 2001.  She has been at this location since 2009.  She enjoys both working and learning from the children.  Her favorite times of the day are story time. She loves to change her voice to go along with the books, she believes it makes storytime more fun for the children and they become more involed with the book and characters.  When Ms. Sylvia is not at work she is spending time with her family or out watching her son play one of his many sports.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 yeras
    Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, School Age Classroom

    I am never bored working with children! They keep you on your toes and teach you something daily.

    Ariel is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor's of Social Work.  She has been working at KinderCare since August of 2014 and greatly enjoys the atmosphere of the center. Ariel has always loved working with children and it has always been her passion. She is excited to get the chance to work with the children and loves working in the Pre-School classroom/ She has had the opportunity to work with all of the different age groups in the center and enjoys them all.
    Ariel understands that children learn through playing and likes to let the children in her classroom play in the various areas of the classroom so that they can explore their imaginations.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelors of Social Work
  • Ms. Bethany

    Ms. Bethany, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Private Kindergarten Classroom

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Special Features

  • We offer Transitional Kindergarten as part of our curriculum.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 staff here is 100% first aid and CPR certified, this is a true asset to our school.

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.

Bowes KinderCare has exceeded our expectations. Ms. Rita and Ms. Julie are wonderful to work with and we feel they really care about our child's development.

- Parent

At the time of enrollment I was looking for a daycare facility that would be dedicated to my child's development and needs.
Here at KinderCare my son is excited to come to school everyday and learn something new.

- Mother

The center has been awesome! My daughter has loved every minute!

- Parent

The center was wonderful to tour, and Julie, the Director, really settled my worries of moving my daughter from a home setting to a center setting.

- Parent

We just started this Center and love it! Julie and her staff are fabulous, so glad we made the switch from our previous center.

- Parent

I love this center and so do my kids!!!

- Parent

Every staff member that has ever worked with both of my children has been absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough about the staff at this South Elgin location. They have also always been flexible when we needed it with our schedules.

- Mother

This facility exceeded our expectations for a Kinder Care and made us feel like we should have started bringing our kids there earlier.

- Mother

 I love everyone at the center. They make it easy for me to drop of my kids in the morning because I know they will be well cared for.

- Mother

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