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Frankfort KinderCare

Laura LeBeau, Center Director

10003 West Lincoln Hwy Frankfort IL 60423
(815) 806-0331 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Grand Prairie, Chelsea, Mokena Elementary, Rogus, Indian Trail, Hilda Walker, Spencer Trail, Frankfort Square

Welcome

Welcome to the Frankfort KinderCare ! Our Nationally Accredited Center is located on Rt.30 between LaGrange Road and Elsner Road. We are proud to say that our dedicated teachers have over 150 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. We provide our children a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment which is full of fun. Each classroom is designed to foster your child's individual growth and development. We encourage you to call or stop by our center any time to see what fun learning looks like. Please inquire about coming in for a trial day.

Laura LeBeau, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

Spanish

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

Our teachers have been selected due to their expertise and passion for working in Early Childhood Education. They create a safe and nurturing environment for the children. Each of them is a valuable asset to our center.

  • Laura LeBeau

    Laura LeBeau, Center Director

    I love working in the Early Childhood field because I understand how crucial these early years are in developing a positive foundation for learning.

    Lori has been with KinderCare since September of 1986. She began as an Assistant Director in Orland Park before getting promoted to Center Director in 1988. In 1995 she opened a new center in Tinley Park, where she worked until becoming a District Trainer in 2000. She took on the role of Program Specialist in Frankfort in 2009 until September of 2013 when she accepted the Center Director role.

    Previous Experience:
    Other than her duties as the Center Director for over fifteen years, Lori served as a District Trainer for eight years and a Program Specialist for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    9/2/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Hillary Labriola

    Hillary Labriola, Assistant Director

    Hillary has worked for KinderCare since July of 2000. She has worked in Naperville, Bourbonnais and currently Frankfort. She has her C.D.A. Credential and is currently working to complete her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

    Previous Experience:
    Hillary began her KinderCare career in July of 2000 as a teacher at the Naperville center. She relocated in 2005 to Bourbonnais and worked as the Assistant Director until promoting to the Center Director. She transferred to our Frankfort center in 2010 and is our Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Amy B.

    Ms. Amy B., 2 yr old Teacher

    Amy began working at another KinderCare location in 2008. She has been here at Frankfort since 2011. She enjoys working closer to home and being a part of the Frankfort community.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5yrs
    Education:
    2 years of College
  • Brittany

    Brittany, Discovery PreSchool 2's

    I enjoy working with children because it's fun to watch them learn and remember things that we do each day. I look forward to seeing them each day and I love their hugs.

    Brittany is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Joliet Junior College. She plans on pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Brittany has many years of babysitting experience. She is a natural around children and has a genuine love and compassion for them.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat In The Hat
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • LeAnne

    LeAnne, Infant

    LeAnne began her KinderCare career in 1984 in Tinley Park. She transferred here to Frankfort in the Fall of 2015. She has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. We are thrilled to have her experience and expertise in our Infant classroom.

    Year Started:
    8/27/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
    Education:
    Associate Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie, Infant

    I love being an Infant teacher because I am constantly amazed at their growth and development. Seeing their smiling face and hearing them laugh is something that I cherish most about my job.

    Stephanie is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Moraine Valley. She is interested in pursuing a degree in Speech/ Language.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    3/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Liz A.

    Ms. Liz A., Infant Classroom

    I love teaching our Learning Adventure programs. The children are so excited to see what concepts we are focusing on each day.

    Ms. Liz has been with KinderCare since 2006. She is our Learning Adventure's Teacher. She has a Bachelor Degree and a C.D.A. Credential.

    Year Started:
    8/31/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Applied Science
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Pre-K

    It's great to be able to build lasting educational relationships with the children each day! I live for those " light bulb moments

    Cheryl joined our center in December 2013. She keeps our Pre-K class interesting, engaging, and fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete The Cat
    Year Started:
    12/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Therese

    Therese, Pre-Kindergarten

    I enjoy working with children because it is so rewarding when you observe a child as they learn and understand a new concept.

    Therese joined our team in August of 2015. She brought over 25 years of childcare experience with her.
    She previously worked as a Lead Teacher for a small center and is excited to join the corporate childcare environment.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Blue Kangaroo
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Associate Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Lisa

    Lisa, PreSchool

    I love watching children learn new things and the excitement and pride they feel as they learn. I love knowing that I am one of the first teachers in a child's life that will inspire and encourage a life long love of learning and reading.

    Lisa is studying Early Childhood Education. She is committed to continuing her studies to become the best educator she can be. She is passionate about the childcare field and it shows in her creative, hands on activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Underpants For Ants
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Niki

    Niki, PreSchool

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Niki previously worked for 3 years at a KinderCare in the Northern suburbs.
    Year Started:
    8/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Jessica D.

    Jessica D., Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Palos Hills KinderCare- PreSchool Classroom
    Year Started:
    2/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    2 Years college with focus in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Toddler Classroom

    My love for children keeps me going strong each and every day.

    Ms. Dawn has been with KinderCare since 2003. She is currently one of the Lead Teachers in our Toddler room and is also a member of our Management Team. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood from Eastern Illinois and continued her education with Ellis College.

    Year Started:
    12/8/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Katelyn D.

    Katelyn D., Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy teaching because I love watching a child get so excited when they learn something new.

    Katelyn received a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of St. Francis. She has been working for KinderCare since August 2014.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Always
    Year Started:
    8/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Infant Teacher

    I love seeing how much the children grow and develop over the year. I love coming to work and seeing all the little faces smiling when I come in the door.

    Ms. Jenny has worked in the childcare field for 20 plus years. She has worked for KinderCare for 10 years. She has been at the Frankfort center since 2011. She studied Early Childhood Development from Moraine Valley Community College.

    Year Started:
    3/8/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing how proud children are when they remember something that they have been taught. I love using my creativity to come up with different and fun ways tp teach the basics.

    Ms. Julie has been with KinderCare since May 2011. She was a substitute teacher at Forest Ridge School District 142 for two years before being asked to join the special education department as a paraprofessional. She taught at the elementary building for three years and then sixth grade at the middle school for another three. She has a Bachelor's of Art in Visual Communications with a minor in technology from Eastern Illinois University. She loves children and has been enjoying teaching for 10+ years, and can’t imagine doing anything else.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stick and Stone
    Year Started:
    5/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Art in Visual Communications with a minor in technology
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Substitute

    I love getting to know each child and their families. It is very rewarding to watch a child learn, grow and mature throughout the year.

    Ms. Beth has been working in child care for over 30 years. She started at KinderCare in 2007. She has taken early childcare courses, and has worked as an Assistant Director for another child care facility. She has been in our Prekindergarten classroom since she came here in 2007. She has three grown children of her own.

    Year Started:
    10/16/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Substitute

    Miss Nancy loves coming to work and seeing the children's bright smiling faces!

    Ms. Nancy has been working in the child care field for over 30 years. She is a mother of four children: two boys and two girls - all adults now. She always enjoyed volunteering at her children's schools. She is currently in our prekindergarten room in the afternoon. She loves reading and interacting with them. She has been with KinderCare since 2011.

    Year Started:
    10/22/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Ms. Dee

    Ms. Dee, Private Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    I love working for KinderCare because they are as committed to the welfare and education of children as I am. Children are the future and, by aiding in their growth, they become my future. They will guide our world to new and amazing heights through the seeds that are planted here.

    Ms. Dee has been with KinderCare since August of 1988. She is currently our Private Kindergarten Teacher and School Age Teacher. She has her Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Certificate from Concordia College. She enjoys watching movies with her two daughters, reading, and quilting. She has been in the childcare field for 20 years.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Thing
    Year Started:
    8/17/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Certificate

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

About Our Center

There are exciting things happening at the Frankfort KinderCare everyday.  My staff and I pride ourselves on providing a quality experience for the children and families we serve.  I invite you to come in for a tour to meet our teachers and experience the difference yourself.
 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure the health and safety of every child here at Frankfort KinderCare, we utilize a variety of tools and procedures each day. From our keypad entrance, computer clock in system and strict photo identification procedures, we ensure that our students are secure each and every day. Additionally, our teachers are trained on childhood illness, prevention methods and complete daily cleaning checklists to keep rooms sanitized and children healthy.

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.

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for the Frankfort, IL KinderCare facility kindergarten program. My now seven year old daughter started at this facility from the age of three years old and has developed and learned so much since she has attended. It was such a delight knowing that this KinderCare Facility provided such a great Kindergarten Program. I do believe that this program is comparable to and even better than many other programs available in the area. The class focuses on the children and their educational and social needs in order to prepare them to move on to a prosperous grade school experience. This program prepared my daughter for 1st grade and she is currently earning nothing but A's. I am very pleased with my child's development and transition to grade school and I have the Frankfort, IL KinderCare staff and facility to thank. My two younger daughters that currently attend this same facility's high quality day care program will definitely be attending this kindergarten program. I confidently recommend this kindergarten program to parent seeking a quality Kindergarten experience and education for their children.

- Parents

My name is Kim P. and my daughter Gina is a recent student in your nursery. I am just writing to say how very pleased I am with your facility and staff. Daycare is always a hard transition for parent and I have found it to be extremely easy because of your facility. When I am at work, I know that my daughter is safe and being well taken care of. The facility is so clean and uplifting. The staff is excellent. The women who work in the nursery are professional and so loving to the children. I am 110% pleased with my choice to have my daughter in daycare because of the experience I am having with the Frankfort KinderCare. Thank you for giving my husband and I peace of mind and for taking such great care of our baby!

- Mother

I have two children enrolled at the Frankfort KinderCare daycare facility, my nine year old daughter and five year-old son. My daughter attended the Kindergarten preparatory classes at KinderCare before entering the public school system. I believe my daughter was well prepared for her Kindergarten experience. I believe that the classes she took at KinderCare played a big part in making that transition an easy one. She was able to adjust to the type of classroom routine that was required and was able to meet the educational requirements with ease. Because of the positive experience my daughter had, my son is currently enrolled in the same preparatory classes. Since my son has struggled to make many milestone accomplishments in his toddler years, I feel that the additional educational instruction he is receiving now will be instrumental in a positive Kindergarten experience. As for the parents of the children in the program, I have benefited from regular parent/teacher conferences on his academic achievements and areas of needed improvement. This has enabled me to focus on specific skill sets at home which will help him meet necessary educational requirements when the time comes. Educational and daycare decisions regarding your children are never easy, however we feel confident that we made the right decision for us when placing our children in the KinderCare program.

- Parents

I recently took the Gallup survey via the link offered by my center. I wanted to add the follow-up comment that I really mean every "5" I provided. The reality of being a full-time working mother is that someone else is responsible for my children during the majority of their waking hours. I feel so fortunate that as much as I wish I would have that time with them for myself. I know that they're not feeling my absence because they are well cared for and loved by a facility that treats them as a family and not a weekly check. 

My oldest was full-time at KinderCare, but recently enrolled in a morning preschool program at the local elementary school, and he now buses from the elementary school to KinderCare in time for lunch. When picture day for KinderCare rolled around, I was sad that he would most likely miss the class picture and the opportunity for a sibling picture. When I approached Laurie to ask about the timing, I found that she had already made arrangements to allow Cooper to be present for the class picture and for the sibling picture. I think it goes without saying that parents expect to find a facility that keeps their children safe and fed by default, but it's the consideration for the life details that make me feel so pleased to have my family in their hands. 

Additionally, the preschool program my son attends is for at-risk children. In my son's case, he has a speech delay. During an early meeting, the special services teacher commented that she can always tell a difference between the kids that come from Frankfort KinderCare versus other daycare environments because of how well the classroom curriculum and activities align.

I can't offer enough thanks to Laurie, Hillary, and the Frankfort KinderCare team for how they've cared for my family.

- Parent
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