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Center Street KinderCare

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

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Welcome

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.

Caitlin McKenna, 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.

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

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

  • Caitlin McKenna

    Caitlin McKenna, Center Director

    Caitlin absolutely loves watching children learn and grow. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in educational studies. After graduating, she worked in a child care facility teaching Preschool and Prekindergarten before moving to management. She feels that seeing the "light bulb go off" is one of the most rewarding experiences. Caitlin enjoys building strong relationships with the children and families and would be very excited to welcome you into the Center Street KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    After two years in the classroom, Caitlin joined the KinderCare family as an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    10/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    3/15/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    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:
    10/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen has had the wonderful experience of teaching children from infancy to preschool during her career with children.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Mr. B

    Mr. B, Preschool Classroom

    Mr. B grew up in a small town in Washington State. There he volunteered to be a camp counselor, help run youth groups, and he also participated with the boys and girls clubs. That is where Mr. B found his passion with working with and teaching children. His favorite part about teaching is watching the children learn and to watch the light bulb click when they are learning their ABC's or understanding what comes next after a certain number. Mr. B cannot see himself doing anything else.

    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Anna has had the privilege of working with children in educational settings for over eight years. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in behavior analysis and loves applying her education and experience to make learning fun for all learners. Ms. Anna’s favorite part of teaching is discovering each student’s unique interests and set of strengths and using this information during instruction. When she is not teaching, she enjoys riding her bike through the local forest preserves, frequenting the dog park with her husband and three small dogs, and coloring. 

    Year Started:
    12/6/2016

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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