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Meyers Road KinderCare

Erica Nikodem, Center Director

1214 South Meyers Rd. Lombard IL 60148
(630) 620-0440 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Roosevelt & Meyers Rd next to Marathon Gas Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Stevenson, Shaffer, York Center, Westmore, Ardmore, North School, Pleasant Lane, Manor Hill, Madison, Hammerschmidt, and Trinity Lutheran

Everyday new and exciting things are learned in our classrooms.  Come in for a tour so you can experience the excitement for yourself!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Meyers Road KinderCare.  We are conveniently located in Lombard, close to Villa Park, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace and Elmhurst.  Our open concept center allows parents the ability to watch their children learning in their classrooms and experience what their children's day looks like while they busy at work.  We offer an enhanced preschool and pre-kindergarten curriculum to help your children prepare for kindergarten.  Our experienced and dedicated staff can not wait to show you the wonderful things children learn in their classrooms each day, so schedule a tour today so you can experience the Meyers Road KinderCare for yourself!

Erica Nikodem, 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.

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.

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.

Mini Camps

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. Professional Development Day

  2. Friday October 23, 2015
    1. Fall Fest

Teachers & Staff

We have a diverse staff at our KinderCare which makes us stand out in our community.  We embrace many languages and creativity in our classrooms.  Please take a look at our individual biographies for more information or stop in to meet our wonderful teachers.

  • Erica Nikodem

    Erica Nikodem, Center Director

    I love to see the excitement on a child's face when they have learned something new and can not wait to share it with everyone they see!

    Erica graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in art education and a Bachelor's of fine arts degree.  She started out as a Discovery Preschool teacher at the Glen Ellyn KinderCare. Then, she became the Assistant Director and stayed in that position for three years before being promoted to Director at the Glen Ellyn KinderCare. In 2010 she transferred to the Meyers Road KinderCare center.  Erica loves to spend time in the classroom reading Dr. Seuss books to the children and helping them with any art project. She enjoys being a part of so many children's lives and helping families feel comfortable leaving their children in her care.

    Year Started:
    11/23/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art Education, Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, Master's Degree in Education
  • Jason Eggert

    Jason Eggert, Assistant Director

    Working with children makes me feel young!

    Jason graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education.  While in college he started working with the YMCA's after school program.  After graduating he was promoted to the kindergarten teacher and then Assistant Director.  Jason started with KinderCare in April as the preschool teacher and was then promoted to the Assistant Director in August.

    Year Started:
    4/10/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Karla

    Ms. Karla, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    Adults are just outdated children! Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Karla currently works with our infant and toddler classrooms.  Ms. Karla has always been around young children, babysitting her large extended family for as long as she can remember.  Ms. Karla has a passion for interacting and teaching children new skills.  She enjoys coming to work and being welcomed with big hugs and happy smiles, it's a great way to start the day!

    Year Started:
    5/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Working towards Associates
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy observing each child develop and grow at their own pace, and celebrating with families all of the milestones infants accomplish during their first year of life.

    Ms. Linda is currently the infant room teacher.  She started with KinderCare in September of 2013.  Ms. Linda has been in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years.  She earned her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Triton Community College in 1992.  Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Linda was an infant and toddler teacher at a Montessori school and a head start school.  Ms. Linda cherishes her work in the field of early childhood and adores seeing children reach their developmental milestones.

    Year Started:
    8/22/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    Patience is the key!

    Ms. Brittany worked as a practicum student at the child development lab and as a student teacher at the Rainbows End Childcare Center while going to school at Southern Illinois University.  Ms. Brittany was also an intern at the boys and girl club and the Erma Hayes Center of Carbondale.  Her college experience working with children has only enhanced Ms. Brittany's appreciation  of early childhood education.  She has truly found her passion!

    Year Started:
    9/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Edlira

    Ms. Edlira, Toddler Classroom

    Being around children makes me happy.

    Ms. Edlira is currently one of our toddler teachers.  She really enjoys working with young children and watching them grow and learn new things every day.  Ms. Edlira completed her Bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1999 while living in Albania.  She taught elementary school for 9 years in Albania before moving to the United States.  Ms. Edlira has continued her education at College of DuPage focusing on early childhood education courses.

    Year Started:
    11/14/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love when my classroom door opens and all of my previous students can not start their day until they have said good morning to me.  It confirms what a difference I am making in each of these young children's lives.

    Ms. Linda is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers.  She has worked for KinderCare for the past eleven years and is this center's most veteran teacher.  Ms. Linda studied math education in Albania where she was born.  She moved to the United States in 2001 and continued taking classes in early childhood education.  Ms. Linda has an amazing understanding of how young children develop and grow, and uses that knowledge to help our discovery preschoolers reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    5/2/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Math Education
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! -Dr. Suess

    Ms. Rachel is one of our preschool teachers.  Before earning her Bachelor's of science degree in recreation administration from Aurora University, Ms. Rachel taught preschool as part of the child care development lab in her high school.  Ms. Rachel has 13 years of experience working with children in many roles including: summer camp counselor and arts and humanities coordinator.  In addition, Ms. Rachel volunteers in the nursery at her church and is the mother of two boys who come to KinderCare with her!

    Year Started:
    5/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! -Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Sarah is one of our preschool teachers.  She graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor's degree in family and consumer science.  Last year Ms. Sarah worked with kindergarten through second grade special needs students and she has previous experience working with infants through four years olds during her clinical experience in college.  Ms. Sarah loves to see the children in her class grow in all areas!

    Year Started:
    8/26/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the light bulb moment, seeing that excitement when something new is learned!

    Ms. Karen has worked in child care since 1999.  She started with the Primrose School in North Carolina.  She started with KinderCare in 2005 at the Aurora center and then transferred to the Meyers Road center in 2012.  Ms. Karen has worked in almost every classroom in the center, but loves the pre-kindergarten class.  She loves building the children's literacy skills and preparing them for kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    12/27/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Working towards a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, School Age Classroom

    Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened."
    Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Cynthia is our school age teacher.  She loves the independence that school age children have.  "The children can help choose the projects we complete and I focus on teaching the children how to work together cooperatively."  Ms. Cynthia comes from a large family and realized at a young age how much she enjoys spending time with children.

    Year Started:
    11/7/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years

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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Excellerate Gold Circle of Quality

    Excellerate Gold Circle of Quality

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Greek, Albanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Ms. Dana G. is the Meyers Road KinderCare's health and safety coordinator.  She spends time every day walking through the center to ensure that your children and in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our staff is trained annually in CPR and first aid as well as universal precautions to prevent the spread of illness in the center.

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.

KinderCare has been my life saver.  My husband and I work full time and currently don't have the time needed to teach my son all the awesome things that he has learned at KinderCare.  KinderCare has been attentive, loving, and supportive to my son's needs and I know I couldn't do it without them.  Everyday is a new adventure for my son, and seeing the smile on his face let's me know I've made the right choice in choosing KinderCare.  Thank You!

- Mother

To hear your kids say in the morning, "Can we go to school or, I am ready to go" assures you as a parent that you are leaving them in a place they want to be and feel safe.  To watch their development and hear about their day with such excitement makes me happy.  The projects, the feedback, and the daily loop of their day makes you feel as though you have not missed a moment of their lives at KinderCare.  The teachers and directors have assured me in so many ways that my kids future and their next steps of school will be amazing.  Thank you everyone!

- Mother

My children have been going to KinderCare for over 3 years.  I wouldn't change it for anything.  The teachers are so great with the kids and very hands on.  My children have learned so much in their years at KinderCare.  The directors are great at communicating with all the families and the teachers are all great at what they do.

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