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Lombard KinderCare

Lindsey Forrest, Center Director

249 West St. Charles Rd. Lombard IL 60148
(630) 495-6539 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at St Charles & Elizabeth next to Lombard Train Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Madison, Hammerschmidt, Pleasant Lane, Parkview, Sacred Hart, Ardmore, and Schafer

As the weather is often unpredictable in this area, our center features an indoor gym for the children to use during inclement weather. In addition to our two outdoor playgrounds, this space is designed to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be active everyday.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Lombard KinderCare; your new home away from home. Understanding what it means to live in Lombard, we are proud to be an active member of the local community. By staffing our center with Lombard residents and by taking part in local events we are here to provide you and family with consistency and familiarity. Focusing on the individual needs of our children and families, we work together to prepare your child for all that lies ahead. By inviting families to be a part of our daily activities and by offering weekly emails we welcome an open line of communication. One that allows for the opportunity to build strong relationships with your child’s teacher and share in meaningful moments that will last a lifetime. We look forward to meeting you soon and can’t wait to welcome you to our KinderCare family!

Lindsey Forrest, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Center Closed for Labor Day

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

Teachers & Staff

Mostly residing in Lombard, our staff comes from a varied degree of educational backgrounds and life experiences. Although different in their own ways they all share one thing in common; a love for children. Seeing the smile on a child's face is the reason they come to work each day and it is our hope that your child's smile will soon be one of the many that brighten their days.

  • Lindsey Forrest

    Lindsey Forrest, Center Director

    Before accepting the position as Center Director here at the Lombard KinderCare, Lindsey spent more than a decade working with children of all ages. She began her career as a Preschool teacher before coming to KinderCare in 2008. During this time Lindsey was working as a two-year-old teacher in DeKalb while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree at Northern Illinois University. Lindsey knew she loved working with children, which is why she chose to pursue a family/children studies degree, as it fell in line with her beliefs and aspirations. While continuing her studies, She spent time, not only working with two-year-old children but also with Infants and School Age children. Once graduated from NIU, Lindsey and her husband decided to buy a house here in Lombard. Her family was from the surrounding area, and with her parents currently residing here, there was no question this was where she wanted to be. Once here it was only a short time before she joined the team at the Lombard KinderCare. From the moment Lindsey joined the team it was apparent that her drive for excellence and passion for the field would take her far. Shortly thereafter she was offered the position of Assistant Director and two years later accepted the Center Director position. With the hopes of one day raising a family, Lindsey has happily planted her roots her in Lombard.

    Year Started:
    10/20/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Family and Child Studies
  • Heather Crawford

    Heather Crawford, Assistant Director

    Heather has been working in the childcare field for over seven years. With a combination of schooling and experience in a classroom, she has acquired many skills that help her succeed in the childcare field. Heather has been working toward a career in childcare for several years, starting with taking any Early Childhood Education classes that were offered in high school, then continuing her education by acquiring a degree in Early Childhood Education from Waubonsee Community College. Heather does an excellent job working with not only children, but with families as well. Everyone seems to respond well to her warm, caring personality, which allows families to feel comfortable coming to her with anything. To Heather, every family is unique and special and should be treated in such a way. With all these qualities Heather has found her strength in childcare. She is passionate about providing great service, as well as continually growing to reach her full potential.

    Year Started:
    7/31/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Although newly in the education field Ms. Amber has quickly become an asset to our team.  She is a hardworking, flexible teacher who enjoys working together to ensure the best possible learning environment for all of the children in her class.  Ms. Amber values incorporating a strong line of communication between herself and parents within her classroom as this is the best way to have a consistant learning environmet for all children.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. San has been with KinderCare for over twenty years and has touched the lives of many children and families. Teaching infants has been a passion of hers since she began her career here. She inspires all those around her and has a way of making families feel right at home. Ms. San is loved by all and we are lucky to have such an amazing person on our team.

    Year Started:
    5/26/1989
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Associate's & Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Health & Physical Education
  • Ms. Tasha, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tasha's  nurturing personality encourages exploration and discovery in her classroom. She is always looking for new ways to enhance the learning  and create meaningful moments. Ms. Tasha is passionate about Early Childhood Development and focuses on building strong relationships with her families as she believes learning is most succesful when teachers and parents work together.

    Year Started:
    7/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Pre-Toddler / Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jen has always had a love for young children which makes her a perfect fit for our younger classrooms.  She uses her knowledge in education to implement KinderCares research based curriculum into her classroom using art projects and activities.  Her creative outlook allows her to enhance the learning activities in the classroom to keep the children engaged.  Ms. Jen has a warmth to her that helps all new families feel welcome during this time of transition.

    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Pre-Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lauren is an outgoing and creative teacher who enhances the curriculum by involving the children in the planning process. Focusing on their individual interests she has created a classroom that inspires both fun and learning. Keeping things new and exciting for the children, Ms. Lauren continuously enriches the classroom with ideas and materials that spark creativity. Her classroom is an exciting place for students of all ages.

    Year Started:
    4/5/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Melanie is one of our most flexible and hardworking  teachers.  Always up for anything, she spends her time helping out wherever she is needed.  Her love for children of all ages and her Elementary Education background makes her the perfect fit for a role such as this.

    Year Started:
    7/31/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Steffanie

    Ms. Steffanie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Steffanie's enthusiastic personality brings excitement and fun to learning.  Her willingness and commitment to our center is apparent in her day to day interactions with the children and families.  She enjoys incorporating music and art into the daily curriculum to engage the children in her classroom. 

    Year Started:
    10/22/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Persuing an Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Denise is a strong teacher who is passionate about early childhood development. Her classroom encourages independence and exploration which inspires learning everyday. She strongly believes in working with children on an individual level as they work towards various developmental milestones. Her interactions with the children are filled with warmth and kindness which fosters strong bonds with the children and their families.

    Year Started:
    3/2/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Physical Education
  • Ms. Dina

    Ms. Dina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dina's sweet and endearing personality makes her loved by all.  She is passionate about her job and loves coming to work everyday.  Her soft nature makes the children feel safe as they explore the world around them and encourages their curiosity.  She comes into work with a smile on her face that is contagious.

    Year Started:
    11/7/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently persuing a dgree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Judy is a mother of four and a grandmother to five. She is kind and loving woman who brings her many life experiences to the classroom. Her sincerity and genuine love for children inspires those around her and creates strong bonds with families. She is always happy to come to work and sad to leave at the end of the day. Her passion for her job is beyond words and she is a treasured member of our team.

    Year Started:
    10/15/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marissa's welcoming personality and fun spirited nature brings enjoyment to learning while in a nurturing environment.  Ms. Marissa is always looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the learning activities for the children in her care.  This is evident from the  involvment of the children in her classroom as well as the great relashonships she has with our families.  As she continues her degree in Early Childhood Education she is always working to incorporate her learning into the classroom.

    Year Started:
    8/20/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently persuing a degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rebecca is outgoing and always has a smile on her face. Every time she walks into her room the children instantly run to give her a hug. Her children are always engaged and evidence of learning can be seen every day. Her warm personality invites families to be a part of her classroom and happy to be a part of the KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Bri has always had a passion for teaching young children.  This is why while persuing her Psychology degree she enrolled herself in multiple Elementary Education classes.  She uses the knowledge from these classes as well as her many years of expirience to enhance KinderCare's unique curriculum to assist the children with Kindergarten readiness.  We are proud to have her as a member of our team and am sure that you will be impressed with everything your child will learn from her in the classroom. 

    Year Started:
    3/15/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Melissa has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the public school system for fifteen years. During that time she found a passion for working with the younger children. This combination of passion and experience has contributed to her success in the preschool classroom. She has received numerous awards and her excellence in the classroom has been recognized by co-workers, parents, mangers and corporate representatives. Ms. Melissa goes above and beyond what is expected of her and as a result the children in her classroom excel in all areas of education.

    Year Started:
    3/3/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education, Special Education Endorsement
  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Wanda is the perfect fit for our School-age classroom.  With her 10 years of expirience working in the elementary schools she knows just what it takes to run a smooth and structured program.   She consistently involves herself in the classroom activities to keep the children  engaged while learning.  She is loved and respected by all of her students and families.and is an important part of our team.

    Year Started:
    8/19/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education and Human Resources
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare for over twenty years and has an undeniable passion for working with children. Over the years she has spent time working with all ages including Kindergartners. This experience made her the perfect fit for the Learning Adventure classroom as it encompasses curriculum and programs designed for all ages. Her dedication to Early Childhood Education is what drives this program and makes it successful. With a focus on one on one learning, Ms. Kim enriches this research-based curriculum helping each child reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    9/2/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Cook

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. School Age field trip to Lincoln Marshl

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  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Social

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  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. National call back night

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    2. School Age field trip to Naper Settlement

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  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. School Age field trip Bowling

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  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. School Age field trip to Lombard Firehouse

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  6. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Community Social

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  7. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. School Age field trip to Helen Plum Library

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  8. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Family Cooking Event

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  9. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Guest Performer Jason Kollum Comedy Show

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  10. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. School Age field trip to Elmhurst Art Museum

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  11. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. School Age field trip to Mariano's

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  12. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. School Age Art Gala

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  13. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Back to School District 45

  14. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Back to School District 44

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

  • American Sign Language

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


Our center features a keypad entry system that ensures the security of the building at all times. In addition, requiring that all staff members hold current CPR and First Aid certifications ensures that in case of emergency your child is always in the most capable hands. Maintaining a safe and secure environment for your child also means that we have put into place daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing to chance. Your child's health and safety is of utmost importance to us and we stop at nothing to ensure  this at all times.

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.

Dear KinderCare Family,

It saddens us that our son Miles will be leaving KinderCare, but we wanted to send a special thank you to all of you. We chose KinderCare not knowing whether Miles was going to be a good fit, but Lindsey Forrest’s inviting attitude gave us the confidence to believe we made the right decision. We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. Because of Miles’ teachers and classmates, he has learned sign language, knows his ABC’s, can count to 18, loves to sing a handful of nursery rhymes, and has an impressively large vocabulary all at the age of 2 just to name a few things. Not to mention his amazing dance skills. We are so proud at how much he has learned at Kindercare, and there are no words that can explain how much we appreciate all you’ve done for us. We understand that being a teacher takes a lot of patience and passion, and we are so lucky that Miles experienced that kind of teacher at KinderCare. We understand that somedays are the best days and some days are the worst days, but I would like to tell you that Miles loved going to Kindercare any of those days. He would come home and tell us all about what teacher he saw that day with a huge smile on his face. When we would ask him if he had fun and if he liked his teacher he would shout yes. Your passion and patience has given Miles the direction to become the smart, happy, and sweet boy that we are so proud of. Kindercare has set our standards high when it comes to child care, and it was very hard to find a place that made us feel as comfortable as you have. We thank you so much for taking such great care of Miles, and thank you for all your patience and passion.

Sincerely,

Matt, Kathy, and Miles 

- Parents

KinderCare Lombard has been a wonderful childcare experience for our family. All three of our children love going to 'school' at KinderCare. I love this center because I know that I have nothing to worry about while at work. When dropping off, my children all love to walk in the door, running to give their teachers a hug and to say hi to their friends. When it is time to go home, I get honest feedback about their day. When I drop off my infant, the teachers take the time to listen to how his morning was and truly care for my child. The center director is approachable and listens to parent feedback. When you walk in you feel the kindness and warmth of this nurturing environment. This center is truly a home away from home for my family.

- Mother

Both of my boys have been attending Lombard KinderCare since they were three months old. My oldest is almost four and loves being in school, learning new and exciting things, and playing with his friends. It is such a joy for me to have him be so eager to go to school…he’s growing by leaps and bounds. The units the teachers teach are age-appropriate and very engaging. I especially like the enhanced curriculum giving the students an opportunity to boost their early math and reading skills. The teachers at Lombard KinderCare are extremely warm and friendly. My one-year-old smiles and laughs each morning as we walk into his room. Both the Center Director and Assistant Director are true professionals who will listen and work with you for the best interest of your child. My husband and I are both very happy with Lombard KinderCare!

- Mother

Our girls have been enrolled at KinderCare for the last three years and we continue to be pleased with the experiences at the Lombard KinderCare. They have always been willing to accommodate our many schedule changes which is truly a plus in today's hectic lifestyle. Moreover, our girls love everything about coming to KinderCare, extending from the teachers to their new friends. Bottom line, we feel comfortable when we go to work knowing our girls are safe and happy.

- Mother and Father

Both of my children are so happy in their classrooms at KinderCare. My three-year-old has gone to this center since he was an infant, and at each stage I have been thrilled with his experiences there. Both of the boys have learned great socialization skills as well as getting developmentally appropriate curriculum. All of the staff is friendly and caring - I feel like we get a personalized experience every day!

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