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KinderCare of Huntley

Erin Wood, Center Director

12581 Princeton Dr. Huntley IL 60142
(847) 515-3765 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Huntley- Chesak (Reed Road Campus, Square Barn Rd. Campus) | Pingree Grove- Cambridge Lakes Charter School | Gary D. Wright Elementary | Hampshire Elementary Legee-BUSSES TO AND FROM CENTER


Thank you for your interest in KinderCare of Huntley!  We offer preschool and child care to children in the communities of Huntley, Pingree Grove, Gilberts, and Hampshire. At our NAEYC accreditated center, we are committed to providing our students with a quality early childhood experience that prepares them for elementary school and leaves them with a love for learning for the rest of their lives. We pride ourselves on creating a family centered atmosphere and offer many fun family events thoughout the year.  Our entire staff would love to have you come in to meet our them and see our classrooms firsthand.  We hope to meet you soon!

Erin Wood, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

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


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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff are highly educated, experienced and dedicated! Most of our teaching staff have either a two or four-year degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or Child Development. The average staff member has been with us for more than five years and is committed to providing the children in our care with a quality early childhood experience!

  • Erin Wood, Center Director

  • Rebecca Fredrickson

    Rebecca Fredrickson, Assistant Director

    Ms. Rebecca joined our team at the beginning of 2015. She comes to us with 8 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and has recently returned to school to pursue her Masters in Early Childhood Administration. Rebecca lives just west of the Huntley area with her husband and daughter.  Rebecca has a strong commitment to quality and is proud to be working for KinderCare and with the Huntley team, impacting the young lives in our community each day!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA Music, obtaining MA in Early Childhood Administration
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Infants

    I love watching my students meet their milestones and learn new things!

    Ms. Erin is our lead infant teacher here at Hutnley KinderCare.  She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Level 4 Infant/Toddler Credential with the Illinois Excelerate program.  She began working for KinderCare in 1997 and started here at our Huntley center in 2009.  Ms. Erin lives in Lake In The Hills with her husband, Dennis, and two children, Anthony and Jolie.  She enjoys working in our infant classroom because the children experience so many "firsts" during their time with her.  She loves that she gets to watch the children grow from infants to kindergarteners and gets to be their first teacher!

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole, Infants

    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Family and Child Studies
  • Ms. Judith

    Ms. Judith, Toddlers

    Ms. Judith has over 12 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and has been with KinderCare since April of 2014.  Judith has proven to be a wonderful addition to our teaching team with her kind and nuturing manner while taking care of our youngest learners.  Judith lives in Huntley with her husband and 2 sons and is proud to play an important role in shaping the young minds of our children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Candy

    Ms. Candy, Discovery Preschool

    I love seeing the excitement on my students' faces when they are enjoying the activities in my classroom!

    Ms. Candy currently teaches in our Discovery Preschool classroom.  She started working for KinderCare in 1988 as a teacher, then Center Director.  She took a few years off in 2005 to care for her three young nieces and returned to KinderCare in 2010.  She currently holds her Level 5 Early Childhood Education Credential with the Illinois Excelrate program.   Ms. Candy and her husband Chris live here in Huntley.  They are animal lovers and Ms. Candy spends much of her free time caring for her horse, pony and miniature donkey at a nearby barn.  Candy loves coming to work because she loves to help the children learn.  She says theykeep keep her young and active.  They make her laugh each day with the things they say and do!

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS Elementary Education
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Preschool

    Pam has an extensive background in the education field, both in the early childhood education setting and also in the school district working with special needs students.  Pam loves to engage the children with lots of hands on activities.  When you enter her classroom, you will always see her working and playing with the students.  Pam also prides herself on her communication with parents and works to establish an open line of communication and partnership.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nicole, Preschool

    Ms. Nicole holds her BA in Elementary Education from Illinois State University.  She has previous experience working in the early childhood setting and also ran her own in-home daycare while her children were younger.  Ms. Nicole has been an excellent addition to our team with her positive energy and enthusiasm.  The children can't wait to see her each day!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    BA Elementary Education
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, PreK

    I love it when I ask my students to write their name and they say, 'Watch Ms. Gina! I can do it all by mysself!'

    Ms. Gina has been workign in the PreKindergarten classroom since August 2008.  She has her degree in Elementary Education, but discovered in her experience here the joy of working with younger children.  Ms. Gina lives in Huntley with her husband, daughter Adrianna, and step-daughter Gianna.  She is never tired of seeing young children experience the excitement of learning each and every day.

    BA Elementary Education
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, PreK

    Ms. Heather has been teaching with KinderCare since 2008.  Heather has her BA in Elementary Education and is passionate about making sure children are prepared to start kindergarten.  She has a great love of literacy and passes that along to her students.  Heather is married and has a son Hayden, who attends here as well and is expecting her second child soon!

    BA Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, School Age

    Ms. Jamie joined our team this past year.  She works with our school age children in the afternoons and often assists in our other classrooms in the mornings.  Jamie is so creative and does all of the fun, messy, interesting projects that kids love!  She is always engaged with the children and will continually work to improve the enviroment to meet their specific needs.  Jamie is currently working towards her BA.  She also has a son who attends here!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Support Staff

    Jamie works here at our center as support staff.  She helps the center run smoothly by driving the children to and from school, helping prepare their meals and assists in the classrooms when needed.  Ms. Jamie knows all of the children and families here at the center!

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Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Cicle of Quality

    Gold Cicle of Quality

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Safety and security are paramount when it comes to your child. From our keypad entry, individually fenced playgrounds (divided by age), to viewing windows in all classrooms we have so many procedures in place to protect your child.  In addition to being first aid and CPR certified, our staff receives ongoing training and development throughout the year to ensure they are up to date with the latest in early childhood education.

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.

Our family is very happy with the care, love and support we receive from the team at KinderCare in Huntley. We cannot imagine being at another center. The team at KinderCare continues to go above and beyond on a daily basis. KinderCare is also very flexible. As a part of the KinderCare family, we never worry about losing our place at the center. Unlike other centers, we don't feel pressured, nor are we forced to pay a premium when we go on vacation for our kids to remain at KinderCare. We strongly believe KinderCare provides the best care for our little ones and we would not want to be anywhere else!
- Father
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Kindercare facility in Huntley, IL! The director, Ms. Jenni does an excellent job. Although my children are only part-time students, she and her staff make extraordinary efforts to make sure that they feel at home. My two year old son has been a student since he was eight weeks old, and my four year old son since he was 18 months. They both recently transitioned to new rooms, which was a little difficult for my 4 year old. Probably because he loved his old teacher, Ms. Candy, so much. During the transition period, someone from the staff sat with him until he calmed down in the morning. Now he is back to his usual, happy to go to “school” self, and loves his new teacher, Ms. Pam. The entire staff is amazing. Not only are they very skilled at working with children, you can tell that they truly care about the students. Ms. Erin in the baby room, still stops by to say “hi” to my younger son in his new room on days when he is there. As a working mother, this really means a lot to me. I would recommend this center to any parent or guardian looking for a place where their child can learn and be loved.
- Mother

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