Grayslake KinderCare

Dawn Blackwood,
Center Director

790 N Lake St. Grayslake IL 60030
Ph: (847) 548-9374
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Corner of Lake Street and Washington St. West of Rt. 83

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Avon, Meadowview, Praireview, Woodview, Park, Fredrick, Murphy, Early Education Center, Beach; Village, Indian Hill, Woodland Primary, Woodland Elementary, Woodland Intermediate, Pleviak, Thompson, St. Gilbert (Round Lake District, Lake Villa District, Grayslake District)

Teachers & Staff

We appreciate that you have put your trust in us to take care of your most adored treasures. We are committed to introducing a variety of fun and educational experiences to your child daily. We welcome you to come and spend time getting to know us, you will be glad you did.
Our team is made up of teachers who care about learning. Over 90% of our teachers have degrees in the education field and experience working in classrooms. Together our team has over 80 years of teaching and it is important to all of us that we work hard to make this a great experience for your child and your family.

Ms. Dawn Blackwood, Center Director

Dawn has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over fourteen years. She has worked as a lead teacher as well as an Assistant Director at a privately owned center. She also has experience with management in the retail industry.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Dawn worked as an early childhood teacher and Director at a privately owned center.

Favorite Children's Book:

Green Eggs and Ham

Year Started:
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Danielle Kulieke, Assistant Director

Previous Experience:

Danielle has worked for KinderCare with every age group from Infant to School Age. She also was the Kindergarten teacher for three years. Danielle is also furthering her education and attending Early Childhood Education classes.

Year Started:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Infant & Toddler Specialist Certification

Ms. Nikki, Infant Classroom

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

Ms. Nikki is a teacher in our infant classroom and has been with KinderCare since 2002. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA).

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining the Grayslake KinderCare, Ms. Nikki worked was an in-home care provider for three years and 10 years as an Infant teacher for the Mundelein KinderCare.

Year Started:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA)

Ms. Carly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"Being able to see the children grow is very exciting for me. My goal is to treat every child as an individual, and create a trusting environment for both children and families."

Ms. Carly is a teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been with KinderCare since 2010.  She is currently working on her Child Development Associate's Credential.

Year Started:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Currently woking on her CDA

Ms. Ana, Prekindergarten Classroom

"My goal as a prekindergarten teacher is to give the best possible start for a lifetime of learning, creating an opportunity for all the children who are in my care."

Ms. Ana is a teacher in our prekindergarten classroom and has been with KinderCare since 1995. Her educational experience is vast with a total of 39 years in the early childhood education industry; 17 years as prekindergarten teacher, 22 years as kindergarten teacher, as well as sometime as a school Principal. Ms. Ana has her Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Ana has a great deal of previous experience - 17 years teaching prekindergarten, 22 years as a kindergarten teacher, and time as a school Principal

Year Started:
19 Years
Years in ECE industry:
39 Years
Master's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Julie, Support Staff

Ms. Julie is part of our support staff and has been with KinderCare since 2006. Ms. Julie has worked with all age groups and currently prepares meals for all of the children and transports children to and from the public schools.

Previous Experience:

She worked as a teacher in the toddler/twos and 3/4's classrooms at a privately owned center. She also drove the bus and did summer camp.

Year Started:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 years
Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

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