Karen Grabow, Center Director
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Welcome to McHenry KinderCare serving families in McHenry, Johnsburg, WonderLake, and Woodstock communities. We offer an amazing curriculum and educational tools for each age group to support learning and development. Our Preschool curriculum works in alignment with our local schools to ensure Kindergarten readiness for every child. Before and After School Program is offered throughout the school year, while our Summer Camp program for ages Preschool and up provide perfect solutions for families who need care during school break. For a full listing of schools that we transport, please see our Map and Directions tab. At our school, we have exceptional, long-term teachers who are passionate about teaching and caring for children. It is very important to all of us at KinderCare to encourage strong family and community involvement through: Open Houses, Parent Events, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Curriculum Nights and Special Programs designed for children. We are proudly accredited by the National Accreditation Council since 2013. Please visit the accreditation tab below to view more information on high quality programs. We hope to see you soon!
Karen Grabow, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Our team of teachers have over 100 years of experience teaching in McHenry! Our passion and dedication to education shine everyday through the eyes of each child!
Mchenry KinderCare is my home away from home. The teachers, children and parents of the center are my family and I love being with them all.
Karen is a mother of two sons, a grandmother of five grandchildren and wife of the most wonderful person she has ever met. She has worked a few jobs prior to working at KinderCare but has never enjoyed a job as much as she does working here. She spends most of her time at the center, but also enjoys reading, taking pictures and spend time decorating her home. Karen has lived in McHenry most of her life and plans to stay here forever. She attended most of the the schools in McHenry and graduated from McHenry High School. She attend the College of Lake County where she received her degree. Karen attended McHenry County College to become director qualified and still loves to take classes to increase her knowledge of children and how they think. Spending time with children keeps her young and smiling most of the time, that explains her laugh lines. Karen feels lucky to have the best job in the world.
Children grow right before my eyes. It is wonder to watch. I love seeing the smiles on every child's face as they discover something new.
Ms Tanegla has been working with children since 2005. She started off by babysitting and then worked at a childcare center as an assistant infant teacher. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to go back to school to earn her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. While attending school, she work with infants and school age children and other age groups. After gaining more experience, she became a leaf teacher in an infant classroom and also became a director for another center. Ms. Tangela is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She love teaching children new things eacha nd everyday. She also loves to see children grow and develop while they are in her care. Ms. Tangee will be working with Ms Maddie in Preschool 3 and with Preschool 1 in the afternoons, along with assisting Miss Karen with managing the center.. Her hours are 9:00 AM -6:00 PM.
Miss Cassie has been honored to work with children since 2000. She started working for the Crystal Lake Park District while attending school. She attended MCC and the University of Illinois Springfield on a basketball scholarship. She is very passionate about sports, crafts, children and helping others. She has worked with children ages 1-14 years of age. She loves to coach basketball in her spare time, along with watching games and movies with her family. She is happy to expand her family here at KinderCare.
I love to watch the children learn and play. They have so much fun and say the funniest things.
Miss Janet is a high school student who is very interested in becoming a teacher. She comes over after school to help out in the classrooms. She loves to play with the children and help them do projects. She has many cousins and siblings that she helps to take care of.
I love interacting with children and seeing their faces when they discover something new.
Miss Tania arrived in America in January of 2015. She is from Mexico and went to college there. She attended the University of Valle de Mexico where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Her parents live in Mexico and when they are able they like to come and visit her. She started working with children in 2013 as an English teacher with 4 and 5 year old children in Mexico. She loves to help children learn new things and guide them to do things by themselves. Miss Tania likes to cook desserts because she loves sweet stuff. She also enjoys watching movies at home or going to the theater. Her favorite type of movies are comedies, cartoon and horror. When she has time she likes to read and scrapbook.
I love knowing that what I do helps the children to grow up and become independent individuals.
Ms. Lauren has always wanted to be a teacher ever since she was little. She loves watching the children learn. Anytime she is having a hard day, the kids always know how to make her day better. Ms. Lauren is a mother of two children ages four and seven. She was married in October 2013 and lives in the Johnsburg area. She loves animals and has an adorable cat named Captain.
Ms. Brittany grew up in McHenry and graduated from McHenry East High School. She began working at KinderCare in 2008. Ms. Brittany has just become engaged to a wonderful man, Nick. She loves to scapebook and do crafts. She loves being with the chldren and learning from them.
I love being a mother and bringing my experience to the children at the center.
Ms. Luisa the mother of three beautiful children: a six year old son, a five year old daughter and a three year daughter. She enjoys spending time with them. She also loves to cook and bring Mexican dishes for the other teachers to try.
Teaching is a wonderful job because we help children learn and grow.
Ms. Joni has been with KinderCare since 2011. She works with Prekindergarten children during the school year and with School Age kids during the summer. She has 3 children who have all attended KinderCare. She started as a Teacher's Assistant and went back to school to become teacher qualified. She loves working with children and giving them love, attention, and helping them to prepare for kindergarten. Ms. Joni is a PPD Award Winner for the teacher with the most pride.
I enjoy talking with the children and sharing ideas and discussing their favorite cartoons, characters and more.
Mr. Brandt has worked at KinderCare since he was in High School. He started as an after school helper. After High School, Mr. Brandt decided he wanted to teach. He is married with threel children and goes to school part-time. He is certified to work as a preschool teacher but his goal is to someday be an Elementary School teacher. Mr. Brandt enjoys video games, reading, and doing art and really loves working with the children at KinderCare.
I love teaching and enjoy when the children are excited about learning.
Ms. Carolyn enjoys being able to open a child up to the joy and adventures of learning. She does this through hands-on activities with the children. She has worked at KinderCare since 1991. Ms Carolyn has one daughter and is married to a wonderful man, Wade. She lives in Wonder Lake and loves to read. She must read about 3 to 4 books a week.
I love seeing the children's smiles when I walk into a room, it makes you feel so special inside. It is the children that make you want to get out of bed everyday and come to work!
Gina has been working with childre for sicne 2010. Currently she attends McHenry County College and is studing early childhood education. Her favorite color is blue. She has always known she wanted to work with children since the age of 12.
The smiles of each child and the passion I have to teach is my inpiration
Ms Danielle is married and is attending Kendle College to earn a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. Danielle has had a few jobs prior to working at KinderCare all that have helped her love working with children more every day. What she enjoys the most about teaching is seeing and learning with each and every child.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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