Erin Wood, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
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 Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
“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!
Chris - KinderCare Parent
“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.
Brenda - KinderCare Parent
Appreciation to my son’s preschool teachers: Mrs. Donna. Every morning a stream of cars are outside in the parking lot with little faces peering out ready for the day although some are not ready at all. Mrs. Donna has to soothe worries, mop tears, interpret words, and dig deep for patience. I have been glad sometimes eager sometimes relieved sometimes to be dropping him off into her waiting pool of patience. On a daily basis at drop off, Mrs. Donna will listen to him describe what is on his shirt or what he had done over the weekend. She always has time to listen to him and adjust him when I drop him off.
It can be hard for a mother to admit that their child is eager to be somewhere else than home. My son loves going to school and being in Mrs. Donna’s room. I know this because when we get home all he talks about is what Mrs. Donna does during the day. In spite of the days he defies, disrespects, misbehaves, I’m sideswiped by his cute smile and brown eyes. I have to love him. But all along through his growth and stalls, Mrs. Donna has shown that she loves for him too. It’s hard work what she does.
I ask myself will my son remember Mrs. Donna when he’s twelve or twenty? Maybe not concretely. He might not be able to summon her face or even say her name but she’s like a line in his fingerprint. Her patience and guidance careful instruction and measured words he’ll take them all with him into life and he’ll be better for it.
Thank you Mrs. Donna!
Michelle J. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.