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Glen Ellyn KinderCare

Jill Jannece, Center Director

2 South 726 Route 53 Glen Ellyn IL 60137
(630) 858-9333 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Rt 53 & Butterfield Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Butterfield, Park View, Arborview, Briar Glen, Westfield, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln

We are conveniently located at the corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road with close access to 355 and I-88. Our staff of tenured teachers have recently achieved  NAEYC Accreditation! Give us a call so we can let you know what this means for you and your child!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Glen Ellyn! We have a very passionate and tenured team of educators, with over 100 years of combined experience! We also achieved NAEYC Accreditation in August 2014! We are also proud to declare that our School Age teacher Ms. Maria, won the Knowledge Universe 'Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award' for 2014! Our enriched classrooms, which include Preschool and Prekindergarten, offer a wide range of learning opportunities that will allow your child's imagination to soar! Stop in today and see for yourself!

Jill Jannece, 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

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. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Labor Day!

      Center Closed for the Holiday!

  2. Tuesday September 15, 2015
    1. Community Social

      Community Open House! Stop by and visit the center to meet the teachers and see the classrooms in action!

Teachers & Staff

At this center our teachers have over 100 years of combined experience in Education!  We are also proud to announce that our School Age teacher Ms. Maria, won the 2014 Knowledge Universe 'Early Childhood Educator of the Year' award! Take a moment to meet everyone!

  • Jill Jannece

    Jill Jannece, Center Director

    I love being able to work with children every day. As a Center Director, I am lucky enough to be able to interact with children in each classroom on a daily basis. I love seeing the children reaching new milestones and developing from their learning experiences here at the center. Education is one of the only professions where you can have a long lasting, positive impact on someone's life and I can't imagine working in any other field!

    Jill has been living in the Glen Ellyn area since she was a young child. She attended school within the local Glen Ellyn School District and has a passion for her work in this community. Jill started her career in Education as a Two-year-old teacher, while attending College. She also worked as a Prekindergarten teacher before being promoted to an Assistant Director position. In 2010, a few months after she completed her coursework at Northern Illinois University and received her Bachelors Degree, she was promoted to a Center Director position at this KinderCare location. As a Center Director, Jill works hard to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for new and currently enrolled families in her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Jill had experience with Student Teaching in Elementary schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedeila by Herman Parish
    Year Started:
    4/2/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Tanya Mertes

    Tanya Mertes, Assistant Director

    The amount of learning that goes into the first years of life is profound. Everyone should do all they can to ensure that those years are jam-packed with engaging, fun and developmentally appropriate curriculum to help create a healthy and fulfilling future for all children!

    Tanya began working with KinderCare in November of 2011 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Cognition and Development. She began working here as a Discovery Preschool teacher and then as an Infant Teacher before being promoted to an Assistant Director position in October 2012. Tanya enjoys working for a company whose goal is to develop the whole child and one that provides a curriculum that supports the social, physical, emotional and intellectual development of every child, all while having fun and building self esteem! Tanya believes a strong educational foundation is the key to having a successful academic career. If a child has fun while learning, growing and exploring at a young age, they will begin to love learning forever! Tanya has built strong relationships with the children, their families and the staff here at KinderCare Glen Ellyn and she looks forward to working with your family as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Tanya has more than ten years of experience working with children of all ages. In high school she was chosen to help run a Preschool program. She has worked as a teacher's aide in the Palatine School District and as a camp counselor in Des Plaines for children ages three to thirteen years. She also has experience teaching swim lessons to children five and under.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Year Started:
    11/28/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Cognition and Development
  • Kayla Kopp

    Kayla Kopp, Assistant Director

    I'm excited to be a part of a child's growth and development during this important time in their lives! I am so happy when I walk into the center each morning and all the kids say 'Hi' with big smiles on their faces!
     

    Ms. Kayla started at KinderCare Glen Ellyn as the Lead Toddler teacher, after earning her Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the Lead for 3 years! She loved working with this age group and watching the children as they learned and developed. Ms. Kayla enjoyed doing different art projects and activities that aligned with each month's curriculum theme. She also loved watching the children learn by interacting with each other while in her classroom. Ms. Kayla was promoted to the Assistant Director position in June of 2015. She believes in learning through play and developing academic skills at an early age. She has developed strong relationships with many of the families at the center during her position as a Toddler teacher and she looks forward to developing great relationships with all of the children and families at the center!
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Moondance by Frank Asch
    Year Started:
    2/17/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Holly, Infant Classroom

    I find it amazing how individual the babies all are! They all have their own little personalities, feelings, giggles and most adorable expressions!

    Ms. Holly has been a lead teacher in the Infant room for eleven years now! She started working at KinderCare Glen Ellyn after earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Holly loves working with the Infants each day! She strongly believes in having ongoing communication to help create strong relationships with the parents in her room.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/14/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stacy, Infant Classroom

    I look forward to coming in every morning to care for the little ones! I love being a part of their learning and growing experience.

    For five years, Ms. Stacy has been a part of the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team. With over a decade of devoted experience in the Education field, she's passionate about the well-being of the children under her care. Acknowledging the importance of adolescent brain development, she's committed to promoting and delivering the educational curriculum KinderCare has to offer.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacy has ten years of experience working with Children who have Special Needs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    4/27/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Toddlers

    Getting a big hug from a child is the best feeling in the world! I am lucky enough to work at a place where I get millions of hugs every day!

    Ms. Emily joined our KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in November of 2014 as an Infant co-teacher, after graduating with her Bachelor's from Illinois State University. In just a few short months, Ms. Emily moved on to become the Lead Teacher of the Toddler classroom! It was a seemless transition since Ms. Emily was already working so closely with all of the children and families while they were in the Infant classroom! She is very excited to work with the new curriculum and help the children in her room learn at such an important developmental stage of their young lives!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pickle Things by Marc Brown
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am so happy to be working in a classroom where I can be a consistent part of each child's growth and development at such an exciting stage in their life. I am also so grateful to have a job that allows me to have fun and see so many smiling faces every day!

    Ms. Stephanie has been a part of the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team since 2011, after receiving her Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Stephanie has previous experience working in after school programs and she has also worked as a Nanny. She started out teaching in a few different classrooms here at KinderCare before finally settling into the Discovery Preschool classroom in late 2011.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has worked in several after school programs and has experience working with two families as a long term Nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    4/11/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Elaina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Sometimes you have to sit down and talk to a child to understand life again.

    Ms. Elaina joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in May 2015 as a teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom! Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Elaina worked at the local YMCA for many years, in various positions. She started there in 2006 in the before and after school program and in 2012 she became a Lead Teacher for the half day Kindergarten program. During her time at the YWCA she also co-directed Summer Camp for the 4th and 5th graders. In December 2014, Ms. Elaina graduated from College of DuPage with her Associate's in Early Childhood. She became interested in working at KinderCare to develop in her Early Childhood Career and to gain more experience with younger age groups.Ms. Elaina is excited to work with the fun and energetic 2 year old class every day!
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elaina worked at the local YMCA for 9 years before joining the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Preschool Classroom

    What better way is there to spend a work day than with a class full of smiling, happy faces. I love knowing that every day I get to teach and share my love of learning with them!

    Ms. Alyssa has been working with young children since she was in High School. When she wasn't babysitting, she was tutoring  children during the summer months or working with her Church's Vacation Bible School. Ms. Alyssa attended Aurora University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in a few other smaller centers and with all age groups, but she really feels at home with the Preschool children!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyssa has experience tutoring children during the summer months and she has worked in smaller child care education centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
    Year Started:
    10/24/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Preschool Classroom

    I am beyond happy seeing all of the wonderful kids everyday and knowing that I am changing their lives makes me smile!

    Ms. Sonia has been a part of the KinderCare team since 2013. She has prior experience working as a babysitter in High School and has also worked in an Elementary School setting. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ms. Sonia started working in the Infant and Toddler classrooms at this center but now she works full time in the Preschool classroom with Ms. Alyssa. Since starting in the Preschool room, Ms. Sonia has found that she is most passionate about working with the 3 year old age group!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sonia has experience working with young children since High School, when she worked as a babysitter. She also has previous experience assisting in an Elementary School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are you my Mother? by P.D. Eastman
    Year Started:
    9/26/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, PreKindergarten

    I cannot imagine a more thrilling and satisfying way to spend my day than with a child that is eager to learn. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have a positive impact in children's lives on a daily basis.

    Ms. Tammy joined KinderCare in 2007 at the West Chicago center, after earning her Early Childhood Education Certificate. She was a Preschool teacher and then became a Prekindergarten teacher at that center for 6 years! Ms. Tammy joined the Glen Ellyn team in February of 2014. Since then she has worked in all classrooms, driven the School Agers to and from school and also went along on Field Trips! Ms. Tammy took over as the Lead Prekindergarten teacher in June 2015 and she has loved every minute of it! She's excited to have her own classroom again and to be able to work with her children on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy worked at the West Chicago KinderCare for 7 years before joining the Glen Ellyn KinderCare team. She has also worked at a local Elementary school as a lunchroom supervisor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
    Year Started:
    8/17/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Ms. Maria, School Age Classroom

    I truly enjoy balancing learning experiences with a caring and nurturing environment for each child. When the children and their families go home happy and satisfied… DITTO! I sincerely aim to please and yes I adore my job, as I truly treasure the children.

    Ms. Maria has been devotedly working as a teacher in this area for more than 30 years! She has been engaged in teaching and nurturing children ever since she was a young adult. After receiving her Degree with honors, Ms. Maria was offered a teaching position in the public schools for seven years, as a Speech and Language Pathologist. After nearly a decade of teaching, Ms. Maria stayed at home to raise her son until it was time for him to begin his Preschool adventures here in Glen Ellyn. In a very short time, she became a teacher on staff and has been passionate about her job here ever since. Ms. Maria forms close relationships and a great rapport with the children and their families. She thoroughly works with the curriculum and modifies it to meet each child's individual needs. She believes each child learns in their own unique way. Ms. Maria feels inspired for each new day that she is able to watch children grow, learn, experience self-worth, confidence and joy! Ms. Maria was recently honored with the 2014 Knowledge Universe 'Early Childhood Educator of the Year' Award!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Maria spent seven years as a Speech correctionist in Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Persimmony by Stephen Cosgrove
    Year Started:
    1/7/1982
    Tenure:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Special 10 Certification
  • Ms. Nicole, Teacher

    There is no greater feeling than being able to see the children grow and develop and being able to watch their progress as it occurs.

    Ms. Nicole joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in June 2013 while attending Northern Illinois University. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Family and Child Studies in May 2015. She has experience working in all of the classrooms here at KinderCare and has recently been a co-teacher in the School Age classroom for Summer Camp. Ms. Nicole is dedicated to working with the children in every classroom. She's excited to come to work each day to enjoy the different experiences and interactions each room has to offer!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
    Year Started:
    6/25/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Family & Child Studies
  • Ms. Donna, Cook & Teacher

    A dirty child is a happy child! Watching children explore and figure out how something works is amazing and knowing I had a part in that makes me smile!

    Ms. Donna joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in March 2014 as a cook and as an Assistant Teacher in all classrooms. She recently earned her Childhood Development Associate's Certificate in May 2015. Ms. Donna enjoys working with all age groups especially the Discovery Preschool classroom! Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Donna worked at an Early Childhood Center in Iowa. She has over 15 years experience in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Donna loves working with children of all ages, watching them learn and develop their skills. Ms. Donna hopes to have a classroom of her own one day!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Glen Ellyn, Ms. Donna worked at an Early Childhood center in Iowa for over 15 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate Certificate

August 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Community Social!

      Community Open House! Stop by and visit the center to meet the teachers and see the classrooms in action!

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

  • German

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Here at KinderCare Glen Ellyn we have a First Aid & CPR certified staff member in the building at all times. Ms. Kayla, our Health and Safety coordinator checks our center to ensure that all proper safety measures are in place and that our staff is up to date on all safety procedures, such as Safe Sleep for Infants. Our front door has a key pad entry which only allows parents and guardians access into the building. Our playground areas are completely fenced in for the safety and security of the children in our care.

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.

The teachers and the Center Director with the Glen Ellyn Kindercare Center have been AMAZING. As a first time mom, the idea of leaving my daughter in someone else's care was a little nerve wracking in the beginning. My husband and I have been so thankful to have found such wonderful people to partner with in her care. I really want to emphasize the word partner- they work with us to help meet her needs and to meet our needs as parents.
Even more importantly, our daughter seems to really love and enjoy all of her teachers and they seem to genuinely care about her too. We love how each stage in the center seems perfectly suited for where they need to be. Our daughter is a new member of the Toddler room and she LOVES it. It seems like the perfect environment for little ones on the move to learn, explore and have fun! We enjoy hearing from the teachers about the songs they sing, the books they read and seeing the pictures of her playing and creating. Not to mention we adore all those great little 'masterpieces' she comes home with!
We feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful environment and such great people to help our daughter grow and develop. We're looking forward to another great year with the Glen Ellyn Kindercare!

- Mother

   After only the first week of my son attending Kindercare I knew I made an excellent decision for him and for me. The teachers at Kindercare are wonderful and treat my son, Luke, like he is their own child. Luke is always excited to start his day at Kindercare and has made a lot of new friends. He gets to build his social skills by playing with and communicating with the other children. Kindercare makes learning fun and has a lot of educational toys for the kids. I highly recommend Kindercare for anyone and everyone!

- Mother

Finding a place for your only child to spend the majority of her day is a BIG DECISION! After visiting several daycares in the area, we chose the Glen Ellyn Kindercare because of the clean and organized facilitiy, the programs and lessons they teach and most of all the TEACHERS and STAFF! She has learned so much - I am impressed daily by all her new skills. The staff does such an amazing job making me and my daughter feel comforatable and that is huge relief as a mom! I couldn't be happier with our Kindercare and every day my daughter is excited to go!

- Mother

Our daughter Nora, who is two-years-old, has been going to KinderCare since she was twelve-weeks-old. It is amazing to see how much she has come to love her teachers. She gets excited to see her friends every day and loves playing with them. Nora's teachers are very loving and welcoming. Besides being enrolled in the Music lessons, Nora does arts and crafts every day. She also reads books and has learned her ABC's and numbers. We are surprised every day about how much Nora learns. Thank you to a wonderful and caring staff!

- Mother
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