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Lake Zurich KinderCare

Traci Melnick, Center Director

550 W. Cuba Rd. Lake Zurich IL 60047
(847) 438-9330 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sara Adams, Issac Fox, May Whitney, Seth Paine

Welcome

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!

Traci Melnick, 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.

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

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

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.

  • Traci Melnick, Center Director

  • Paola Hahn, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Infant Teacher

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

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.

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.

My son has been attending the Lake Zurich KinderCare since he was an infant and we absolutely love it! The staff and all of his teachers are so loving, nurturing and creative. He learns so much here and we love the detailed feedback we get in his daily reports. The teachers take the time to not only write about what the class did as a whole, but also milestones and kind or funny things he did that day. They are all friendly and provide daily feedback in person as well. It's such a positive environment, and we're so happy we found KinderCare!

- Mother

Both of our daughters started KinderCare when they were 12 weeks old.  They are now 2 and 5 years old.  My husband and I searched high and low through many daycares to find the one that we felt most comfortable.  Once we walked into the Lake Zurich KinderCare, met the staff and learned about the curriculum, we knew right away that this was the place for our children.  The staff is phenomenal!  The level of learning our children receive from KinderCare is outstanding.  Our oldest daughter tested into Kindergarten early at age 4.  She was in the 97 percentile of children ages 4-6.  This was purely due to the exceptional education our children receive from KinderCare.  It is comforting to know that the teachers really work with the children and adjust the curriculum to meet your child's needs.  It is comforting to know that your child is thought of as an individual, not a number.  As a parent you want to have a sense of comfort that you have the best place for your children.  You will not be disappointed with KinderCare!  This is a wonderful daycare with the best staff that truly cares about your child.

- Mother

My daughters have been attending KinderCare for 3 years now.  The teachers do a wonderful job keeping her busy with new adventures each day!  I appreciate the great communication that the teachers and I have.  The continuous activities really keep the kids and parents involved.  They are always available to assist me with any questions or concerns that I may have.  This is a wonderful daycare with a superior staff team!  As a parent, you will not be disappointed.  This daycare is a home away from home.

- Mother
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