Elmhurst KinderCare

Lisa McMillen,
Center Director

556 W North Ave. Elmhurst IL 60126
Ph: (630) 832-3153
6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
6:15 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: two blocks E of 83 next to Just Tires

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Emerson, Field, Hawthorne, Lincoln, Jefferson, Jackson, Ardmore [Villa Park], Edison, Visitation, Immaculate Conception

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Elmhurst KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five to 10 years at our center. (We have three staff members with 19 plus years with KinderCare)  The majority of our teachers have their Bachelor's Degree or Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, or a Childhood Development Associates Credential. The Elmhurst KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual 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.

Lisa McMillen, Center Director

"I would like to thank you in advance for the trust and confidence you place in KinderCare. I look forward to the opportunity to love, care, and teach your children during their time with us. I'm extremely happy to be a part of your KinderCare family and I look forward to investing as much as she can to create a fun, loving and educational environment."

Lisa McMillen started her journey with the KinderCare family in the fall of 2003, as Assistant Director at the Glendale Heights location. She was quickly promoted to Center Director in the winter of 2005. She became the Center Director of the Elmhurst KinderCare in the fall of 2011. Lisa's professional accomplishments began in 1997 as a teacher’s aide while attending college. Once she earned her degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Lisa became an on-site director for a before and after school program at the YMCA for about two years. She was also the preschool and kindergarten director of a day care in Northlake. Lisa comes with over 15 years of experience working with children and is, herself, a mother of three. Her focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of dedicated teachers, and ensuring overall that your family is provided the highest quality of care and education.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Lisa worked as a teacher's aide while attending college and was a director for a before and after school program for the YMCA for about two years.

Year Started:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Stacey Arguello, Assistant Director

"I am dedicated to ensuring that each child receives love, respect, and a quality education. It is important to me that each family is welcomed warmly each and every day. I am proud to be a part of your KinderCare Family."

Stacey knew from an early age that she wanted to work with young children. She spent much of her teen years volunteering at programs such as Safety Town and assisted in teaching a babysitting course offered by the local fire department. While attending college, she would spend every summer working at the Park District Preschool Summer program. Upon graduating from college with her Bachelor of Arts Degree, she worked as a substitute teacher in a public school until she joined the KinderCare family in 1994. She has been a teacher in every age segment and has loved them all. In 2001 Stacey became an Assistant Director at KinderCare in Elk Grove Village and has worked at our Elmhurst location since 2005.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Stacey worked as a substitute teacher.

Year Started:
20 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Bachelor of Arts Degree in French with a minor in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Maureen, Private Kindergarten Classroom

"I love developing new and engaging lessons each day. The ability to share with the children and experience their excitement and growth when they learn something new."

Ms. Maureen graduated from UIC in 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She also has spent some time teaching with special needs children. Ms. Maureen started with KinderCare in 2005 as a substitute teacher and through her years at KinderCare she has been a Lead Prekindergarten teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher and lastly she was the program specialist.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Maureen worked as a Special Education teacher at the Wheaton School District.

Year Started:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Elementary Education Type 03 Certificate

Ms. Richelle, Learning Adventures Classroom

""85 percent of who you are-Your intellect, your personality, your social skills - is developed by age five. Lets invest where it makes the most difference."  - Massachusetts Earlyhodd Education for All"

Ms. Richelle has been in the Education field since 2008. She started off as theTeacher at another Kindercare and has climbed up the ladder from there. She became a Lead  teacher in 2009 at the Elmhurst School. When she was looking at the postion for Learning Adventures  teacher she knew it embodied what she believed in which was always providing an education expereince for children! She started  at the Learning Adventure teacher in the summer of 2014 and has not looked back ever since!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Richelle was a showroom manger before she started off as an Assistant Teacher at a another KinderCare in 2008. In 2009 she became the lead teacher here at the Elmhurst KinderCare. From the moment she learned about what KinderCare believes in, she felt this was the place for her!

Favorite Children's Book:

The Lorax

Year Started:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Associate Degree in Education

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