Ms. Dawn Blackwood, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Close to Metra Train Station
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Grayslake School DIstrict, Lake Villa School District, Round Lake School District Woodland Schools, and St. Gilbert
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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?
American Sign Language
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I’m writing to share my family’s experience attending the Grayslake KinderCare. My husband and I selected KinderCare when we had our son in 2011. Going back to work was the hardest thing I have even done. Leaving my son with strangers was well… painful. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through my first year as a working Mom without Ms. Nikki. Then we were blessed with our daughter. As soon as I arrived at KinderCare with my daughter it was like coming home to family. Ms. Nikki wanted to know everything about her. It was instantly evident that she genuinely cared about her. The center director and staff made every accommodation for us – even with short notice. I can’t say I loved returning to work. I can say I never once worried about my children while they were in their care. Communication was terrific. I am so incredibly grateful for my experience with the Grayslake KinderCare. I would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for high quality, kind, compassionate care.
Amanda - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to take a minute to let you know how wonderful Dawn and ALL of your staff have been to my daughter Willow at your Grayslake KinderCare! Our family moved to Grayslake in May and we transferred from another center. I completely expected Willow (15 months) to have a really hard time with the transition to a new center. I have been amazed with how easy it has been! Willow LOVES her new school! She is thriving there in just a few weeks! The teachers are warm and friendly. I’ve gotten to bring home some of her art projects and even have framed some pictures… Such a joy!
Shari - KinderCare Parent
Callie has interacted with just about every teacher at this Kinder Care facility. You have all made a profound impact on the way Callie has grown and developed a love of learning over the last 2 years and 8 months. She adores coming to school every day and interacting with her friends and teachers. Of course we always knew Callie was special, as every parent says about their own child, but Steve and I never imagined that our little girl could be so smart and so socially engaged. We honestly believe that Kinder Care gives her advantages that no other daycare could even come close to providing. Every one of her teachers has taken care of her and loved her, just as we would have, every day. You have given us peace of mind, and for that we are truly grateful to you all. Sincerely, Melissa and Steve P.S.: Callie says she likes all her teachers because they teach her lots of songs and her ABC's.
Melissa and Steve H. - KinderCare Parent
Miss Anna – Thank you so much for all of the time and attention you’ given to Ava. Just last week she was telling me how she missed being in your class! As a parent, you made drop-offs for us very easy because she enjoyed going to your class so much!
Miss Carly – We just wanted to say thank you for being so wonderful with Ava. She absolutely adores you and feels so comfortable with you. As a working mom who can’t always be there for Ava, this puts me at ease and is how we know we have chosen the right daycare with the right people such as yourself to care for our children.
Norie K. - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to recognize another very special moment at your center. As you know, recently Rya started attending your center. It's always a bit challenging for me to leave my kids especially being that both of them were premature babies. On Rya's first day, Ms. Nikki took some adorable pictures documenting her "first day" and also took the time to call me and let me know how Rya was doing. This was so thoughtful and reminded me of the great care my daughter was receiving. It was certainly above and beyond what I expected. In addition the fact that Ms. Nikki is still the teacher in the Infant room after five years is terrific. To know that she will care for my daughter as she did my son five years ago is great.
Kari Gumbiner - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.