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Brookhaven KinderCare

Ms. Michelle Scott, Center Director

4574 Brookhaven Rd. Gurnee IL 60031
(847) 360-1122 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near O'Plaine & Washington St

Neighborhood:
The Brookhaven Center is located in Gurnee, on Brookhaven Road, next to the public library.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Woodland School District 50, Gurnee District 56, Waukegan School District 60, and Elmwood in Zion

At the Brookhaven KinderCare Learning Center everything we do is designed for learning!

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Welcome

We are excited to welcome you to the Brookhaven KinderCare learning Center! We proudly serve the Gurnee and Waukegan area, as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Our center offers exciting and educational hands on curriculum for students age six weeks though twelve years, as well as opportunities to grow socially and emotionally. Our teachers are dedicated to your child's growth and success as learners and individuals. Whether your child is learning to sit up, write their name or learning multiplication, we are honored to practice those skills and build confidence. Everything we do is designed for learning!

Ms. Michelle Scott, 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

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 are dedicated to helping your child have a great day, every day! With years of experience and education, our teachers have the skills and support to guide your child and create a successful environment for them to learn and grow in.We work hard to create classrooms that focus on developing the whole child while creating a fun and safe learning environment. We look forward to partnering with you in your child's academic success!

  • Ms. Michelle Scott

    Ms. Michelle Scott, Center Director

    I love being part of the Brookhaven KinderCare Learning Center! Being a part of helping the children learn and grow is a unique experience that I am extremely grateful for. I love to see the excitement on a child's face when they are engaged, happy, safe, and having fun in their classroom. I love having passionate teachers to help facilitate learning in all of our classrooms.

    From a young age Michelle knew she was passionate about two things; education and children. It just made sense for her to turn her passions into a career. Michelle studied to obtained her degree in Education and specialized in Infants and Toddlers. She loves seeing each and every one of the children learn and grow as each year passes.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has been a Center Director for KinderCare since 2009.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Assistant Director

    I love working with children. Everything is new and exciting and I love being a part of that. Teaching the students important skills like language and problem solving is such a fulfilling way to spend my day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has been with our center since 2011. She has spent time in our Infant Classroom, Waddler Classroom and now calls the Toddler Classroom her home. Ms. Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in May 2011 and is currently working on furthering her education in Early Childhood. In her daily activities Ms. Emily applies engaging, hands on lessons to increase language development as well as social and emotional life skills.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. X'Andrea, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My misson in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do it with some passion, compassion, humor, and some style.

    Lived in the Lake County area for almost all my life. Love to be around my family and friends. 

    Previous Experience:
    Learning Center prior for 3 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cate- I love My Shoes
    Year Started:
    10/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Samantha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door

    Graduate of Northern Illinois University with a passion in teaching children about health. Love to cook, go for runs, and enjoy family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Dietetic intern at hospital, babysitting, teacher for CATCH
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Jubilee's Wish
    Year Started:
    10/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition Minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Megha

    Ms. Megha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love coming to work every morning because I know my coworkers and I are making a positive impact on young lives.

    I have been with KinderCare since 2013. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a group home for adults with disabilities
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    12/13/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology and Family Studies and M.D. in specaliztion in Psychiatry
  • Ms. Marlen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Education is the preparation for life; education is life itself.

    I grew up in Mexico for the first five years of my life. I am currently in school to become a psychologist. 

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm a Little Teapot
    Year Started:
    10/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool

    I love when you can see the light bulb turn and the look on the child's face when they learn something new.

    I am very passionate about caring for each and every child and their individual needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?
    Year Started:
    12/18/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    College of Lake County
  • Ms. Iris

    Ms. Iris, Infants

    I love working with infants, I learn from them each and everyday.

    I love to teach infants and see the wonders on their faces.

    Previous Experience:
    Motessori School Private Daycare Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    9/21/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool

    I love watching the children learn and grow everyday right before my eyes. Everyday is an adventure.

    Married with a daughter of my own.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA Church Child Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/24/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate in ECE
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I was inspired by the teachers who taught me to love learning.

    I am very close with my family and friends. I also have 2 cats that I love!

    Previous Experience:
    Parra Educator
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Robert the Rose Horse
    Year Started:
    1/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kristan

    Ms. Kristan, Pre-Toddlers

    Year Started:
    3/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, School Age

    Year Started:
    11/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Cook

    I love to spend time with my family and all my friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Bus Driver
    Year Started:
    1/5/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Associate

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following Holidays:
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Our Center is closed on the following days for Professional Development

Columbus Day- October
Presidents Day- February

Health and Safety

Health and Safety are of great importance here at KinderCare. Our center offers keypad entry and strict pick-up policies. Only authorized parties are allowed into the building, and must produce photo identification.
We also offer fenced playgrounds. All students enter the playground directly into a fenced area, eliminating the dangers of a parking lot or unsecured area.
All teachers receive annual First Aid and CPR training.
Our center is professionally cleaned and surfaces sanitized multiple times throughout the week. Additionally, the carpets and tile are deep cleaned monthly. Our teachers use both anti-bacterial cleanser and sanitizer to keep surfaces and toys clean. Each day staff members complete a cleaning checklist to insure that all cleaning tasks have been completed.
Our center participates in regularly scheduled fire and tornado drills. All of the fire extinguishers and the sprinkler system are professionally inspected on a regular basis.

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.

Over the past eight years I have had three children attend the KinderCare Learning Center. I have always felt this was the best place for my kids. The staff has always treated my children well and taught them many things along the way. Since my children have been at KinderCare my wife and I have peace of mind knowing they are safe, are in a clean and nurturing environment and are well taken care of.

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