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Hoffman Estates KinderCare

Laurin Atkinson, Center Director

1351 Palatine Rd. Hoffman Estates IL 60192
(847) 934-8911 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years old
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Marian Jordan - Grove - Thomas Jefferson - Whitely

Welcome

Welcome to the Hoffman Estates KinderCare. We provide educational child care and preschool programs for children ages six weeks through 12 years. In addition to our other programs, we are proud to offer full day Private Kindergarten with Interactive White Board Technology. Our school is located at the corner of Palatine Road and Olmstead in the southeast corner of the Jewel Shopping Center.  We are located on the North side of Hoffman Estates and neighboring communities include: Inverness, Downtown Barrington, South Barrington and Palatine.

Laurin Atkinson, 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.

Monthly Activities

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. 

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teaching team at the Hoffman Estates KinderCare is excited to be your community partner in education.  We have a great teaching staff, excellent curriculum, and pride ourselves on great family rapport.  We look forward to meeting you and your child!

  • Laurin Atkinson

    Laurin Atkinson, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Prekindergarten Teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director, Director in Training
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Jayme Zalce

    Jayme Zalce, Assistant Director

  • Ms. Shemka

    Ms. Shemka, Program Specialist

  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy providing the children with new exploration and sensory activities to see their faces light up as they learn and discover!

    Ms. Patty has been with KinderCare since 2004. She has worked with children of all ages and also drives the KinderCare bus. Ms. Patty is nurturing, creative, and fun loving.  She loves working with infants and enjoys helping them learn and meet developmental milestones.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Allie

    Ms. Allie, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessica joined the Hoffman-Inverness KinderCare in 2011.  Ms. Jessica looks forward to getting to know you and your child!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Adelfa

    Ms. Adelfa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the Discovery Preschool classroom because of all the smiles, laughs, play, and learning that we do together.

    Adelfa joined KinderCare in March 2015. She is excited that she gets to encourage the two-year-old children to explore and learn in an environment that is created just for them. She can't wait to see how each child developments individually throughout the year in her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Count with Dora! by Phoebe Beinstein

    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marjan

    Ms. Marjan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Credential
  • Ms. Farnaz

    Ms. Farnaz, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Preschool Classroom

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Service Counseling
  • Ms. Marie

    Ms. Marie, Preschool Classroom

    Marie has been with KinderCare since 2007.  Marie loves the preschool age group as the children are so engaged in everything they learn about in class.  The kids love how Marie transforms the room with the changing theme.  Marie also enjoys seeing the children progress with their writing skills, cutting skills, and the mastery of a variety of different concepts.  Marie also has her son enrolled at our center in the Toddler classroom.

    Year Started:
    8/20/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Donna has been with KinderCare since our center opened in 2001.  Donna enjoys Prekindergarten because it prepares the children for success in kindergarten.  Donna has creative ideas and enriches her room with the changing themes so that the children truly immerse themselves in the topic.  Donna also loves to listen to what the children know about each topic that we cover, so that she can expand upon their knowledge.

    Year Started:
    1/22/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Transitional Kindergarten

    Education:
    Master degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Kindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, School Age Classroom

    Denise has extensive tenure with KinderCare.  In her career, she has worked with all age groups.  She found School Age to be the best fit for her as she enjoys trivia, exploring new topics, science, and teaching the children new crafts.  In addition to the School Age class, Denise can also be found driving the KinderCare bus and cooking lunch.  

    Year Started:
    8/26/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Chid Development Associate

Upcoming Center Activities

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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. 

Monday January 02, 2017
Center Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

 

Monday January 16, 2017
Join our Open House the week of January 16–20!

Your whole family is welcome to join us for an Open House the week of January 16–20.

During wintertime we get a chance to get cozy and focus on fun activities that bring learning to life for children. This is the perfect time to see firsthand the learning and joy that happens in our classrooms every day. The center director and teachers will be on hand to meet you and talk about what makes our center so special. See you there!

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

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center offers a fully fenced playground, keypad entries, CPR and First Aid certified staff, monitoring by our Health and Safety Coordinator, monthly monitoring by a certified nurse.

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

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

My daughter has been going to KinderCare since she was almost three months old. I always felt comfortable with her teachers since day one. They provide me detailed reports both written and verbal of her day and are continually challenging her to grow and learn. Most importantly they care about her, miss her when shes gone, and prove her love when mommy is gone.

- Mother

After a year with KinderCare, there's no one else I'd rather have looking after my child. He's socialized, he's interactive, he's learning, and most of all, he's happy. There is nothing more that I could ask for.

- Mother
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