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Lemont KinderCare

Angelika Kurinec, Center Director

12404 S. Archer Ave. Lemont IL 60439
(630) 257-1142 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oakwood, Lemont, SS Cyril in Lemont, Homer 33c School district, Butler, Young, Goodings Grove, Lockport IL, Taft, Walsh, Reed, and Ludwig

Our center is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all children and parents.  We are very proud to be a member of The Association for Early Learning Leaders (NAC).   By achieving NAC Accreditation we have demonstrated (and live) our commitment to excellence in the field of early childhood care and education.

Welcome

Welcome to Lemont KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Angelika Kurinec, 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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our team members at Lemont KinderCare are passionate about our jobs and strive to make a difference in all of the children's lives. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. Each teacher studied Early Childhood Education and all have previous experience in the field. Stop in today and meet our wonderful staff at the Lemont KinderCare!

  • Angelika Kurinec

    Angelika Kurinec, Center Director

    I truly love what I do each and every day. I have read the book 'A Purpose Driven Life', and I believe that by working with children, families and teachers, that I have found a purpose.

    Angie joined the KinderCare team in 2009 as a Toddler Classroom teacher in the Lemont Center. Before her teaching position at KinderCare, she was a nanny for a family with four boys for six years. It was a wonderful, fun and educational experience that helped her become a better teacher. At the beginning of 2012, Angie was offered a wonderful opportunity to take on the Assistant Director position at Lemont and promoted again to Director in 2017. She has enjoyed every minute of working in the classroom and now on the management team!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
  • Jen Kolodziej

    Jen Kolodziej, Assistant Director

    I have a true passion for teaching and love helping students feel successful in all aspects of their learning.

    Jen has worked at KinderCare since June of 2014. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. Prior to working at KinderCare, Jen worked within a school district as a Preschool assistant (teaching assistant and Special Education assistant) and a Literacy Assistant for grades K-4. She began her career at the Darien KinderCare teaching School Age students during the summer program, Prekindergarten/Kindergarten during the school year as well as phonics, music and cooking through the Learning Adventures program. In May 2017, she transferred to the Lemont center to take on her new role as Assistant Director. 

    Year Started:
    6/16/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University, ELL certification from Benedictine University, ECE credential through KinderCare child development associate program
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Infant Classroom

    I absolutely love working with the infants. I smile everyday as I see each and every child develop.

    Ms. Sylvia has been with KinderCare for many years. She absolutely loves working with young children. Loving, caring for, and nurturing children is her passion. Besides the love she has for her infant class, she is also a grandmother, which she is very passionate about.

    Year Started:
    11/7/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Infant Classroom

    "I love working in the infant room because it allows me to care and nurture the babies. It amazes me to see how fast children grow and develop.

    Jenny has worked for KinderCare for the past four years and is part of our Infant room teaching team.

    Year Started:
    6/6/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Infant Classroom

    My passion is people and specifically helping families that have made the decision to go back to work feel secure in knowing their children are in a caring and safe environment.

    Ms. Janet joined our team in January and is a teacher in the infant room. She has been in the field of early childhood education for the past 30 years in both teaching and management positions.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    30 years experience in early childhood education as a teacher and a director.
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University
  • Ms. Alana

    Ms. Alana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Alana joined our KinderCare team in 2013, previously working at a privately owned day care center. She brings with her eight years of teaching experience. She is our Lead Toddler teacher and loves watching infants develop into young children. 

    Year Started:
    9/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Toddler Classroom

    I love the curiosity and wonder that lights up on their faces and their laughs and smiles that make each day memorable for me

    Ms. Stephanie is our Toddler room co-teacher and has been with KinderCare for three years. She joined our team in Lemont in 2013 and is a wonderful asset to our team. She loves working with the toddlers because every day is new and exciting and it is awesome to see the amazing growth of each little one in her class.

    Year Started:
    12/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree from University of Illinois
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Watching children learn as they grow is so exciting. Seeing their excitement as they learn something new or master a skill they have been working on is priceless. I enjoy getting to share these moments with families and seeing their excitement as well.

    Ms. Amanda has her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field for 5 years and has worked for KinderCare for two years. She lives in Lockport and has a eight year old daughter.

    Year Started:
    11/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Preschool Classroom

    Seeing the light bulb turn on makes me smile". To know that I was able to impact a life in such a manner gives me great joy.

    Sherri loves what she does. She is excited about being a part of the growth and development of every child in her care. She loves to see; "the light bulb go off". She has served children for over 16+ years and looks to continue to grow in the field and expand her knowledge and experience with family and teachers alike. Sherri has educational background in early childhood. She has gained over 90 credit hours toward her Bachelors degree in ECE. She is also looking to further her educational interest. Sheri is married and has two children of her own who are the light of her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Sherri has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 16+ years; and over 7+ years of that was with Kinder Care. Sherri is dedicated to the families and children that she serves daily. Her passion and love for children are the driving force in her success and longevity in her career. She loves what she does and is excited about helping children learn and grow; and being a crucial part of their early development is what motivates her.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chica Chica Boom Boom, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and The Mixed Up Chameleon 

    Year Started:
    3/3/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16+ Years
    Education:
    Over 90+ Hrs in Early Child Hood Education Credits
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Lindsey began her career at KinderCare in 2015. She loves children and being a teacher! She helps her students learn by using art to express their thoughts and loves doing outside activities. Lindsey enjoys traveling (especially to Disney World!) and being in a book club.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Illinois State University Bachelor's in Theater Education and Minor in English
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, School Age Classroom

    I love coming to KinderCare and seeing the bright smiles on each child's face as they walk into school. I feel so fortunate to be a part of their lives in so many ways. I also am fortunate to work with so many great people.

    Ms. Crystal joined our staff in April 2014 as a School Age teacher and is currently teaching in the Kindergarten classroom. The children admire and enjoy her presence there and she is a wonderfully caring teacher. She came to us from another child care center where she was for two years.

    Year Started:
    4/24/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Aileen

    Ms. Aileen, Tutorial Specialist

    I love working with young children. They discover things, they invent things. They are always active and always learning something new. Nothing beats the look in their eyes when they accomplish something new for the first time. I am currently enjoying working with and on the children's individual needs.

    Ms. Aileen has been working with young children most of her life, as a young teen she not only volunteered as a summer camp youth counselor but she babysat regularly as well. While in high school she took child care classes and taught at the preschool in the high school for three years. After high school Ms. Aileen was a live in nanny for a family for several years while attending college for a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then worked in a early childhood center for three years. Ms. Aileen has been with KinderCare for three years now. She came from another early childhood center where she worked for eight years. She is also the loving mother of five children. She is currently working as the Learning Adventures teacher here at Lemont.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    11/27/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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

The Center has secure coded entrance doors. The playgrounds are completely fenced in with locked gates.

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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The staff in Lemont do a wonderful job with our precious children.

- Mother

Our first child has blossomed so much under the loving guidance at Lemont KinderCare and now our second child is in the nursery, we can already see the positive changes in him as well. The teachers have a genuine love of instilling knowledge and good values into the children and the administration is friendly, knowledgeable and willing to listen and talk to parents at any time. Our first child raves about Ms. B and still jumps into Ms. S' arms whenever he can.

- Parents
My family loves the staff and children at the Lemont Center! After trying a few other Day Care facilities; we were able to finally settle on Lemont. We actually found a family in the staff here at Lemont. The care and time invested in the children and fanilies is outstanding! 
- Father
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