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Lindenhurst KinderCare

Heather Jarvis, Center Director

599 Falling Waters Way Lindenhurst IL 60046
(847) 245-4637 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off RT 45 on Falling Waters Way

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Milburn Elementary and Milburn Middle School, Hillcrest, Woodland Elementary District 50, B.J. Hooper, and Martin

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Welcome

Welcome to our center designed around child-initiated discovery and social play. Our expert teachers serve our families with great tenure and educational background in order to provide an environment rich with learning, discovery, dramatic play, literacy, socialization, and much more. Education at such a young age is the foundation for a lifetime of learners. You will find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. We are proud to say that we run a Full-Day Private Interactive Kindergarten program here at my center. We have a SMART Board in our classroom which allows the students to interact with the curriculum on a daily basis. We would love the opportunity to show you around my center and introduce you to the wonderful teachers that will play such a huge role in your child's education. Whether your child is just starting to recognize objects or is reading chapter books, we are so excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Heather Jarvis, Center Director

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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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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?

Tutoring

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Mary Macaroni

  2. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Two's and PSA's Water Day

Teachers & Staff

Our expert teacher’s average well over 11 years experience and have the educational background that enables us to provide your child with the a phenomenal learning experience each and every day. Please click on the link to meet the teachers in your child’s classroom.

  • Heather Jarvis

    Heather Jarvis, Center Director

    I have always had a love for teaching children for as long as I can remember. I love the rewarding atmosphere and the joy that children bring to our lives everyday. I love the fact that we are making a difference in each child’s education and inspiring them to be a life-long learner. I look forward to coming to work everyday in order to work with the children and families in order to make their experience at KinderCare the best that it can be.

    Heather Jarvis is the Director here at the Lindenhurst KinderCare. Heather began working at this KinderCare in August of 2003 as an Assistant Teacher. As she continued through college, she became a Lead Teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director, and now Director. Heather grew up in the Lake Villa area attending all of Antioch schools before attending college at DePaul University. She graduated from DePaul in June of 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social Science. Heather received my Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy from Benedictine University in May of 2011. Heather is married and has a beautiful daughter, Adeline. Heather plans to continue her education throughout her career. In her spare time she loves to read and shop and hang out with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Heather has been in the teaching field since she graduated from high school in 2000. She started at a small center in Lake Villa working with infants. In 2003, Heather began working for KinderCare with all of the different age groups both full and part-time. Heather also has teaching experience with middle school aged children. She was a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide in Antioch School District #34 for three years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education, Minor in Social Science, Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy
  • Laura Borchardt

    Laura Borchardt, Assistant Director

    I am inspired to come to work each day by knowing when I get to work I am greeted by smiling faces on children that are excited and anxious to learn. I find it very rewarding to be able to work with the children and families each day.

    Ms. Laura is the Assistant Director and Enrichment Specialist here at the Lindenhurst center. Ms. Laura began teaching at KinderCare in 2007 and took on the Assitant Director position in September 2013. She lives in Lake Villa with her husband Curtis, their daughter Hailey, and their son Mason. In Ms. Laura’s spare time she enjoys reading, biking, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Laura has an Associate of Arts Degree with a focus on psychology, and she also holds her CPR and First Aid certifications. She has been working with children as a nanny and teacher since 2002. She continually attends seminars and workshops to stay current on the best practices for our programs. Ms. Laura’s favorite thing about working with children is when she sees the progress the children are making and how excited they get when they have learned something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has been working with children since 2002
    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associate's in Arts
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I am inspired to come to work each day by the friendly staff and the children. I love how their faces light up when they see me.

    Ms. Cindy is one of the afternoon teachers working in the infant through preschool classrooms. She began teaching at KinderCare in beginning of the 2010 year. Ms. Cindy and her family have lived in Lindenhurst for over 22 years. Ms. Cindy and her husband, Tom, have been married for over 25 years. They have two teenage children, Ashley and Colton. In her spare time she enjoys reading and doing crossword puzzles. Ms. Cindy is a certified teacher’s aide and she also works at Millburn Elementary School as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide during the school day. Ms. Cindy continually attends professional development trainings to learn the current practices in education and child development. The best part of teaching is interacting with children. She loves the fact that she can help them realize that learning can be fun and interesting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cindy also works at Millburn Elementary School as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Certified Teacher's Aide
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day because of the children and all their smiles and hugs. Being an infant teacher brings me such joy and it is also very rewarding just being a part of their lives.

    Ms. Shirley the teacher in the infant room. Shirley began teaching at KinderCare in the summer of 2001. Ms. Shirley lives in Lake Villa with her husband of almost 43 years. They have two grown sons, one daughter in-law, three wonderful grandchildren and one great grand daughter that she loves to spend time with. Ms. Shirley is teacher qualified with her Child Development Associate's certificate and holds her infant/toddler CPR and First Aid certification. Ms. Shirley continually renews her certifications and participates in professional development to learn upcoming best practices for teaching. What Ms. Shirley loves most about teaching is being able to help children grow and learn as she supports, enhances and promotes their development in a safe, healthy, happy environment.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Preschool

    What I love most about being a teacher is coming into the classroom and seeing the children’s smiling faces everyday. I also enjoy searching for new activities and ideas that engage my young learners."
     

    Ms. Samantha is a teacher in the preschool classroom and began working for KinderCare in 2014. In her spare time Ms. Sam likes being outdoors, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. Her daughter Emily is very active and she enjoys watching her grow.Ms. Sam is currently attending the College of Lake County and taking courses in Early Childhood Education. She continually attends professional development trainings to learn the upcoming best practices for teaching.  She also holds her CPR and First Aid certifications.
     

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, School-Age

    What I love most about teaching is learning new things for me to teach to children. I like being around children and their enthusiasm. Their view on life is refreshing and positive.
     

    Ms. Brandy is a teacher in the school age classroom. She began teaching at KinderCare in the fall of 2013. She lives in Grayslake with her sister Sherry, Brother-in-law Mike, and their daughter Nora who was just born in November.  Ms. Brandy enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music. She is also a volunteer for The Heart of the Marine Foundation. Ms. Brandy has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and holds CPR and First Aid certifications. She started babysitting at the age of 12 and started working in childcare when she entered college in 2000.  Ms. Brandy continually renews her certifications and participates in professional development to learn upcoming best practices for teaching. 
     
     

    Year Started:
    11/4/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jesi

    Ms. Jesi, Toddler

    Getting to see the children's faces light up, smile, and run up to you when you walk in the room is what inspires me to come to work each day! It makes me feel like they are so excited that I am there! It is heart warming.

    Ms. Jesi is a toddler teacher here at our center. She began teaching in October of 2013. She lives in Round Lake with her family. She has two dogs named Gunner and Daisy and one cat named Akota. Ms. Jesi loves arts and crafts. She is a wonderful painter and loves to bring art into her classroom. Ms. Jesi is currently attending school to get her Child Development Associate certificate.

    Year Started:
    10/7/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Verna

    Ms. Verna, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    I look forward to coming to work each day and walking into my room and being greeted with smiles. It makes me feel very special and privileged to be there.:

    Ms. Verna is one of the teachers in the Infant room. She has been teaching at KinderCare since the fall of 2003. Ms. Verna lives in Fox Lake with her husband. They have two children; one is married and they have a grandson and grand daughter. Ms. Verna likes to read and enjoys sitting on her patio swing outside viewing the lake. She also has fun when her grandson comes over and spends the night with them. Ms. Verna has been working in childcare since 1997. She started at a Head Start, and then worked at another childcare center for four years. She became teacher certified with a Child Development Associate certificate in 2007. Ms. Verna also holds her infant/toddler CPR and First Aid certifications. She continually learns the upcoming best practices for teaching through professional development trainings and college courses. She has recently taken a college course on health, safety, and nutrition for the young child. Ms. Verna loves seeing the children learn and grow. It makes her happy to be a part of their learning experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Verna previously worked at Head Start.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Pre-K Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day by the smiling faces I sees each day as I come to work. I love knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of the children in my classroom.

    Ms. Heather is a teacher in the Pre-K classroom. She began teaching at KinderCare in the fall of 2007. Ms. Heather lives in Lake Villa with my daughter, Madison. She loves scrap-booking and spending time with her daughter. Ms. Heather has an Associate's Degree in Early Child Education, and she holds her CPR and First Aid certifications. Ms. Heather was a nanny for three years before she began teaching at KinderCare. Heather continually renews her certifications and participates in professional development to learn upcoming best practices for teaching. What Ms. Heather loves most about teaching is being able to help children learn new things and mold their thinking and creativity.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather was a nanny for three years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Toddler Classroom

    The excitement and smiles I sees when the children try something new is what inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Dawn is a teacher in the Toddler room. She began teaching at KinderCare in 1996 and has been at the Lindenhurst center since the Fall of 2004. Dawn lives in Round Lake Beach with her family. She has a husband, three kids, two dogs, and a cat. She enjoys reading and writing, especially science-fiction and horror genres. Ms. Dawn is teacher qualified with college courses related to psychology and child growth and development. She also holds her infant/toddler CPR and First Aid certification. Ms. Dawn continually learns the upcoming best practices for teaching through professional development training. What she loves most about teaching is creating a safe and enriching environment for children to grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Faby

    Ms. Faby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day by all of the great smiles I receive when I come into the classroom, and the stories they have to tell me.

    Ms. Faby is one of the teachers in the two-year-old classroom. She began teaching at KinderCare in the fall of 2005. She lives in Round Lake Beach with her family. She has a wonderful husband, Jon, a son, Jonathon, a son, Jay Anthony and a daughter, Adamari, who are her pride and joy. In addition to working at KinderCare, she also works part-time at Gurnee Mills. Ms. Faby is teacher qualified with college course credits in early childhood education, health and nutrition, and psychology. She also has her CPR and First Aid certifications. Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Faby did an internship at Bright Horizons at their childcare center. Ms. Faby continually learns the upcoming best practices for teaching through professional development trainings. What she loves most about being a teacher is teaching children the fun, innovative curriculum we have at our center and introducing them to a second language.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Faby did an internship at Bright Horizons.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Teacher certified
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to watch the joy and pride the children have when they make a new discovery or master a skill. That is what inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Joan is the teacher in the Preschool classroom. Ms. Joan began teaching at KinderCare in 2004. She lives on the chain of lakes and enjoys boating and gardening. In her free time, she likes doing yoga, crafts, and sewing. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandbaby. Ms. Joan has a degree in Early Child Education and has been teaching for over 12 years with almost every age group. She also holds her CPR and First Aid certifications. Ms. Joan continually attends professional development trainings that provide her with inspiration and informs her of current, innovative practices for early childhood development and education. Her favorite thing about teaching is inspiring and challenging young minds to grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joan Worked at Bright Beginings and with a Gavin at-risk Early Childhood Education program.
    Year Started:
    9/2/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Keisha

    Ms. Keisha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day knowing that I will take care of children as if they were my own.

    Ms. Keisha is one of the teachers in the preschool classroom. She began teaching at KinderCare in the summer of 2008. Ms. Keisha lives in Ingleside with her boyfriend. Ms. Keisha’s family is spread out across the country. She loves to travel, shop, and play with her two-year-old puppy, Wyatt. Ms. Keisha has been working in childcare since 2006. She is working toward achieving her Child Development Associate's certificate. Ms. Keisha currently holds her CPR and first aid certifications. She continually learns the upcoming best practices for teaching through professional development trainings. What Ms. Keisha loves most about teaching is watching the children grow and teaching them new concepts and skills. It is very rewarding knowing she can help keep children safe and to be part of developing their educational background.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Cook

    I am inspired to come to work each day by the children and watching them learn and make new discoveries.

    Ms. Nikki is the cook. She began teaching at KinderCare in the summer of 2005. Ms. Nikki lives in Round Lake Heights with her family. She has two dogs, named Hali and Sniper. She loves to read, the great outdoors, and spending time with great friends. Ms. Nikki has been working in childcare since 2002. She has an Associate of Arts Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis on criminal justice. Ms. Nikki also holds her CPR and First Aid certifications. She continually learns the upcoming best practices for teaching through professional development trainings. What Ms. Nikki loves most about teaching is the satisfaction of knowing that as a teacher, she helps make a difference and that she's helping a child that one day will help others make a difference too.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nikki worked with Special Recreation with the Round Lake Park District for a year and two years at New Generations.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis on Criminal Justice

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Movement Mondays

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Mary Macaroni

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Two's and PSA's Water Day

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. PSB and Toddler Water Day

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Freezie Treat Friday

  6. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Ends

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
  • 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

All of our teachers and staff have current CPR and First Aid certificates. When you visit our center, you will find a well-lit entry way and a key code entrance to go beyond the front office. Each of our age appropriate playgrounds is completely fenced.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My name is Jackie and my son has been part of the KinderCare family in Lindenhurst, Illinois since he was about 10 weeks old. Heis now six and in first grade, but has been with the KinderCare family his entire life. We continue to use KinderCare for after-school care and summer camp and wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m still amazed every day that I was lucky enough to have found a center that not only watched my child each day and provided him with the highest level of care and love, but also provided him a “Best in Class” preschool education. When he started Kindergarten at Martin Elementary, he was ahead of the curve from an educational perspective, having worked with his preschool teachers at KinderCare for years on subjects like reading, math and science. We also signed him up each year to participate in a variety of programs such as music, phonics, math, science and cooking. Needless to say, he thoroughly enjoyed each of these programs and he was well equipped and prepared for Kindergarten thanks to the staff at KinderCare. In addition to attending morning Kindergarten at Martin, my son was one of a small group of students that attended Kindergarten at KinderCare for a half day in the afternoon when the program was first offered in 2011. The Kindergarten program was outstanding and we are very glad we were able to participate in it. To sum it all up, the KinderCare staff has become an extension of our family and we hold them near and dear to our hearts and are grateful to them each and every day for all they do! I can’t imagine our lives without these amazing people in them!!

- Mother

KinderCare is a place where I trust that my child is being well taken care of. I love picking him up at the end of the day to hear about all of the things that he learned that day. He really seems to enjoy his time there and likes all of his teachers and classmates. The staff takes great care of him, and I can call or email anytime with a simple question or just to see how he’s doing. My mind is at ease during the day knowing that he’s in great hands!

- Mother
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