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Center Street KinderCare

Monica Marcum, Center Director

130 South Atkinson Rd. Grayslake IL 60030
(847) 223-9188 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
across from Piggly Wiggly at Center St & Atkinson Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Prairieview, Avon, All Woodland schools, Saint Gilbert, Woodview, Meadowview, and Park

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Welcome to the NAEYC accredited Atkinson Street Kindercare in Grayslake, IL. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our webpage. We have been providing high quality childcare in this area since 2000. We take pride in serving Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, and Round Lake communities. We have programs that will benefit each family's needs from part time to full day preschool programs.  Interested in Summer Camp programs?  We have it!  Our center provides transportation to the following school districts; Grayslake District 46, Round Lake District 116 and Woodland District 50. Please call the center for a complete list of schools that we are proud to serve. Call us today to schedule a tour of our center we are excited to show you all of the amazing activities going on in our classrooms. As a team, we teach, lead and inspire the children in our school.

Monica Marcum, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.


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 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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers have over 85 years of combined Early Education experience!  Our teachers are dedicated to your children's education!

  • Monica Marcum

    Monica Marcum, Center Director

    No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." -Emma Goldman

    Monica loves working with children and cannot see herself doing anything else! She is married and has a daughter attending the center. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University in 2003.  She has been working in the Early Childhood field since high school. She has been in management at a child care center for the last 8 years. She started at Center Street in March 2014.  Monica is very excited to be here to share her many talents with the Grayslake community,

    Previous Experience:
    Monica has 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field, much of it spent in a management position.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Elyse Schultz

    Elyse Schultz, Assistant Director

    I love working with children because every day is a new adventure, and there is never a dull moment

    Elyse grew up in Mundelein, Illinois. During high school, Elyse was involved in just about everything she could, including track, cross-country, color guard, band, and national honor society. After graduating from Mundelein High School in 2006, she went to the University of Iowa to study Psychology. Elyse has always loved working with children, and is fascinated by how a child's mind works. She decided to take as many child related and educational psychology classes that her school offered. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree, Elyse moved back home and took a position teaching two-year-old children. After two years, she decided to pursue a position in childcare management, and this led her to the KinderCare in Grayslake. She is currently attending The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, working towards her Master's degree in Behavioral Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elyse has taught children from infancy through ten over the last 10 years of her career.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Raquel

    Ms. Raquel, Infant Teacher and Learning Adventures Specialist

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

    Ms. Raquel graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 2001. After teaching High School English for four years, she relocated to Illinois, and found her way to KinderCare. Ms. Raquel has had many roles with KinderCare, including toddler teacher, Program Specialist, Center Director and now Learning Adventures Specialist. She loves interacting with all age groups at the center, but she especially loves teaching the phonics program. Hearing children read their first words is Ms. Raquel's passion, and she feels so blessed to share in that special moment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Raquel has experience as a high school teacher, center director, and as a program specialist.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Jeanette

    Ms. Jeanette, Infant Teacher

    Smiles are the gateways to happy children

    Ms. Jeanette is married and has three wonderful children. She previously lived in the Philippines and worked as a preschool teacher for three to four year old children at the Cambridge Child Development Center. In 2004, her family moved back to the U.S., and she worked again as a teacher for young children in Naperville. Ms. Jeanette's family moved to Grayslake, Illinois, and she found KinderCare. Ms. Jeanette enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching movies together and enjoying our favorite Chinese foods. She loves coming to work each and every day, as the children's smiles brighten each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeanette has taught children from infancy to school age during her career in early childhood.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Darien

    Ms. Darien, Infants

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

    Ms. Darien is an assistant teacher who has worked in our infant, toddler and two year old classrooms since December 2014.  She is originally from Twin Lakes Wisconsin where she developed a love for both the outdoors and boating.  She currently lives in Gurnee with her husband and two children Ryan and Kayleigh, who both attend KinderCare.  They enjoy doing activites together such as swimming, playing at the park and going for long walks. Ms. Darien is currently attending school to complete her Early Childhood degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Darien has helped babysit since she was 5 years old and has 2 kids of her own.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Currently attending CLC
  • Ms. Venita

    Ms. Venita, Toddlers

     I've loved for many years working in Early Childhood Public and Private schools.  I have moved here from California and am excited for my next journey here at KinderCare. It has always been a joy and pleasure to interact with enthusiastic children wanting to learn.  I am very excited about putting all of the knowledge I've cultured actively into the classroom activites.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Venita's experience includes teaching at Early Childhood Development sites as well as Elementary Educational School Systems.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+ years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    After graduating from High School in 2004, Ms. Kristen started working at KinderCare because of her genuine love for children. She started in the Infant classroom, and worked there for several years. From there, Ms. Kristen moved to the toddler classrooms. She decided to further her education and obtain my Child Development Associate's credential and took a position as the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. In 2007, Ms. Kristen was blessed to become a mother to her own son Austin and is expecting her second child, Cody, in April 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen has had the wonderful experience of teaching children from infancy to preschool during her career with children.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Preschool

    Ms. Jackie is a mom to an amzing 6 year old.  She is currently going for her BA in Elementary education.  She enjoys spending time with her family and that includes her 2 and half year old dog Charlie.  Jackie loves working with kids and hopes to make a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie has worked at KinderCare in the past and decided to come back and join our family.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3+ years
    Associates in Psychology
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, PreKindergarten

    I am very passionate about expressing myself through singing, songwriting, and poetry!

    Ms. Rachel is very passionate about education. She strives to make learning fun in the classroom by keeping students actively engaged in lessons. She graduated from DePaul University Cum Laude in June 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Development Concentration. Rachel is also a singer/songwriter and is passionate about up lifting other through her music!

    Previous Experience:
    Resource Teacher at a Early Childhood Education Center in Chicago IL
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    B.A. Psychology/Human Development
  • Ms. Channell

    Ms. Channell, School-Age & Kindergarten

    Being able to inspire children, through education, everyday fills my heart with joy!

    Ms. Channell graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2010 with her degree in Elementary Education.  She has been a part of the KinderCare family for almost 4 years.  It brings her great joy to be able to teach and impact the lives of children everyday.  Ms. Channell loves to teach hands-on activities in her classroom because it gets her whole class involved in the learning experience.  She also enjoys adding her own twist to each lesson to ensure her students are learning, but having fun at the same time!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Channell's experience is tutoring, student teaching in a 5th Grade setting, and working with various age groups in the elementary school setting.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelors of Science in Education
  • Mr. Micah

    Mr. Micah, School Age

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction.

    At the age of 18, I held a job as being a lifegaurd where my job was to be consistently attentive for children and adults.  After 3 years, I moved up to a management position.  I then switched fields to sales and realized that my passion was to be in education.  I absolutely love my job!  I have 3 siblings and watching them grow up has made a significant impact on my education path.  Now I get to watch children grow up and become amazing people.

    Previous Experience:
    I have volunteered at many summer camps and have been around children most of my life.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Enrolled in CDA course

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Our center conducts annual CPR and First Aid certifications, currently over 80% of our staff hold this certification. We have a secure key pad entry system, and our playgrounds are 100% fenced in. In 2011 our playground had a complete renovation that included, cushioned surfaces under all of our climbing equipment, and new safety regulated climbing structures. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator who ensures that monthly safety and cleaning checklists are completed.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all your help with my daughter, Hope. She loves coming to school everyday and I have noticed huge growth in her in the past 8 months since she started KinderCare. This was my first experience with daycare as I was a stay at home Mom for my four other children. Elyse and all the teachers and helpers are always so friendly and welcoming. Thank You so much for your WONDERFUL care and concern with my daughter. I enjoy coming into the center and talking with everyone.

- Mother

I just wanted to say thank you to the wonderful staff that made my first experience in child care for my daughter a smooth transition.  The warm welcome by the management and teachers made my drop-off comfortable and easy.  I know I am leaving her in great hands at KinderCare.  Thank you so very much!

- father

I just wanted to thank KinderCare and all the staff our children have come in contact with over the years.  The teachers have had such a great and lasting impact on William and Sierra and I and my family are extremely grateful.  Thank you!

- mother

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