Ashley Wiener, Center Director
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Welcome to our Lake Zurich KinderCare Learning Center where the safety and learning of your child is always first. We have served the Lake Zurich and Barrington area for over 20 years. Our teachers are among the highest qualified in early childhood education and always work to ensure your needs as a family are met, as well as the needs of your child as an individual. We have seven classrooms each designed for learning experiences that best fit each age group. Knowing that children learn best by doing, our teaching approach is hands-on with child directed learning. We foster a love of lifelong learning through engaging our children with real life examples and exploration that is relevant to their everyday lives. We are always welcoming families to come visit our center and meet our exceptional team of teaching staff! Feel free to stop by anytime to get information that would best meet the needs of your family!
Ashley Wiener, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 teaching staff is passionate about your child's happiness and growth by providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. They are committed to providing each child with the best social and educational experience by inspiring, engaging and awaken wonder daily.
Ashley has been with KinderCare since August of 2005. She worked at the Lake Cook Wheeling location prior to coming to the Lake Zurich location as Center Director in May 2016.
Be yourself! Everyone else is taken!
Ms. Laurel has been with KinderCare for over 4 years now, and enjoys cooking for all of the smiling faces each and every day! She has been in the cooking industry for many years prior to joining us. Ms. Laurel does not only love cooking for the children, but getting invovled with them as well. She loves recieving all of their hugs and stories that they have to share with her!
Nurture your thoughts with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heros.
Ms. Jackie has completed her Child Development Associate's Degree. Ms. Jackie has babysat for many years, and loves working with all of the children within her classroom. She looks forward to helping children learn and grow each day, and to help expand their creativity.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Ms. Desiree received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Carthage College. She is currently attending school to recieve her Child Development Associate's Degree. She has had multiple years of experience caring for children of all ages. Desiree began working in the infant and toddler classrooms at the Lake Zurich KinderCare in March of 2012 and has since become the infant lead teacher. She enjoys coming to work each day knowing she is providing the best care possible along with a solid foundation for future education.
You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.
Ms. Maja is currently in school at Illinois State University and will graduate in May of 2017 with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Maja has worked as an assistant teacher before, and was a volunteer in a program called "Partners in Reading" to help promote literacy with young learners. Maja is very excited to join the team and help educate the children for success!
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Over the past couple of years, Ms. Jessica has worked with many children. She has nannied for a couple of years, along with teaching in Preschools. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Kendall College to receive her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. Jessica has joined our team here at KinderCare, and is very excited to help educate the children. Jessica enjoys making a difference in the children's life and being that positive impact on them!
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 are always number one when working with children. Our center has a keypad entry with three fenced in playgrounds. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Each month we highlight a safety focus where we spend time training best practices to all of our staff.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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