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Kensington KinderCare

Carolann Hill, Center Director

300 West Kensington Rd. Mt. Prospect IL 60056
(847) 255-1585 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near Rt 83 (Elmurst Rd) & Kensington

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Windsor, Dryden, Fairview, Westbrook, Eisenhower, others upon request

Now enrolling for our PreSchool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classrooms. Call NOW to reserve your spot!

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Welcome

Welcome to Kensington KinderCare in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We are here to provide a safe and secure educational environment to develop the whole child. We do this by focusing on the development of your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Our staff is waiting to welcome you into our family. We treat each child as our family member, providing a warm and nurturing environment for him or her to learn in.

Carolann Hill, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday June 15, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  2. Saturday August 22, 2015
    1. Ms. Kay and Ms. Bertha's birthday!

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Kensington Kindercare are passionate about education and nurturing the growth of the whole child. All of our teachers have received education and training in early childhood education.The Kensington KinderCare team also participates in semi-annual professional development training and continuing education courses and seminars. We are dedicated to teaching and making a difference in the lives of our children.

  • Carolann Hill

    Carolann Hill, Center Director

    We only get one chance in life to be good parents, role models, and mentors. I cherish each day that I can make a difference in the life of a child.

    Carolann is extremely grateful to be part of the KinderCare family. She enjoys her job as Center Director as it allows her to use both her business and educational training each and every day. She believes that the best part of everyday is being able to share in the lives of her students and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Carolann was a teacher in Elementary Education for nine years, and an Assistant Vice President in Banking prior to teaching.
    Year Started:
    5/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Master of Arts in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; 30 hour Certificate in Early Childhood Education; State of Illinois Teaching Certificate
  • Mrs. Bertha

    Mrs. Bertha, Infant Room

    To the world you may be just a teacher but to your students you are a hero.

    Mrs. Bertha is our infant teacher, she joined the KinderCare team in August of 2009.  She holds a certificate in ECE.  Teaching children has always been a joy in her life.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    ECE Certificate
  • Ms. Aisha

    Ms. Aisha, Infant Room

    I enjoy being a teacher because I wholeheartedly believe that children are our future.

    Ms, Aisha has been part of the team at the Kensington KinderCare for over 4 years. She loves that she is taking part in a child's earliest learning experiences. In her free time, Ms. Aisha enjoys spending time with her two children. Each day, she brings a genuine love for the children in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her time at KinderCare, Ms. Aisha was a stay at home mom.
    Year Started:
    3/7/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Waddler Classroom

    I love teaching children and I can't imagine ever not working with them.

    Ms. Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She has loved working with children her entire life and has experience with all ages. Ms. Mary has a background in music and always incorporates music into her classroom! At any given moment, Ms. Mary is singing songs or playing instruments with the children in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary has taught music and various study groups for over 20 years.
    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Waddler Classroom

    I believe you should treat others the way you want to be treated. I treat all of the children in my care with love and respect--as if they were my own.

    Ms. Sue comes from a very large family! She has 5 sisters and 4 brothers. Along with all of those siblings, she has many neices and nephews. As a teenager, she frequently babysat and that is when she realized that she loved young children. Ms. Sue loves being a part of the team here at the Kensington KinderCare and she loves seeing the excitement in their eyes when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    8/18/1998
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Marti

    Ms. Marti, Discovery Preschool

    I love teaching because of the endless smiles from the children, I also love watching them grow!

    Ms. Marti began her journey with KinderCare over 30 years ago. She has watched thousands of children grow up and loves knowing that she played a large role in the education of that many students! Ms. Marti believes that having fun is an important part of a child's learning and she incorporates fun into each and every lesson! In her free time, Ms. Marti loves to read and do arts and crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Kensington KinderCare team, Ms. Marti worked as a nanny and at various other early childhood education programs.
    Year Started:
    5/10/1982
    Tenure:
    33 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
  • Ms. Deisy

    Ms. Deisy, Preschool

    The children learn from me, and I learn just as much from them.

    "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."   --Phil Collins
     

    Each morning Ms. Deisy comes in ready to teach. She believes that there is no better feeling than walking into her classroom and seeing the excitement on the children's faces. Her favorite part of the day is when the children shout "Ms. Deisy is here!" and run to her for a hug.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deisy has babysat for several children in her neighborhood, as well as relatives.
    Year Started:
    6/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Lupe

    Ms. Lupe, Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is my passion. I love bringing the knowledge and experiences that I have and sharing them with the students in my class. Seeing a child write their name for the first time, or understand a new concept brings light to my life.

    Ms. Lupe enjoys watching the children grow everyday and always looks for the teachable moments to enhance the children's learning. She feels that the most rewarding part of her day is when children learn something new and seeing the pride on their faces. Ms. Lupe loves seeing the twinkle in a young child's eyes when they are learning something new in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Prekindergarten

    It brings me great pride and joy to witness the growth of the children in my care every day.

    Ms. Lori is thrilled to be in our prekindergarten classroom at the Kensington KinderCare. She looks forward to seeing the smiling faces of her students. Ms. Lori enjoys working with children and families to meet the individial needs of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to teaching in Prekindergarten, Miss Lori taught in Discovery Preschool as well as in Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    3/25/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science
  • Ms. Meghann

    Ms. Meghann, Kindergarten

    Count your joys instead of your woes,
    Count your friends instead of your foes.
                                                         -Irish Proverb

    Ms. Meghann is our kindergarten teacher, she has worked with children in various capacities and age groups, and loves to watch them learn and interpret the world around them. She enjoys creating experiences for her
    students that help their lessons-and memories-last forever. She also love books, movies, drawing, and pottery! Come by the class anytime to see what's happening!

    Previous Experience:
    Previous PreK and Kindergarten Teacher
    Year Started:
    9/13/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, School Age

    I always say "the children keep me young at heart"!

    Ms. Karen has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 7 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Illinois University, and spent a semester abroad studying in France! Ms. Karen has two children and she enjoys spending time with them whenever she can. Her favorite part of working at KinderCare is that she gets to watch her students grow and reach goals.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Karen worked as a substitute teacher at a local elementary school and as a teacher at another Early Childhood Education program.
    Year Started:
    6/7/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science
  • Ms. Liliana

    Ms. Liliana, Center Support and PM Infant Teacher

    I love being part of the Kensington KinderCare team because of the work we do for children. Young children are like sponges and they absorb information so quickly. I love seeing the smiles on their faces and the excitement they show when it's time to come to school.

    Ms. Liliana believes that all children learn new things each and every day and that creating a strong foundation in the early years will create an eagerness in the child to continue learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Liliana worked with elementary school children.
    Year Started:
    3/5/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Lisamarie

    Ms. Lisamarie, Center Support

    I love being able to see the children grow and learn. I love seeing the light bulb go off when they learn something new!

    Ms. Lisamarie has always loved working with children and teaching them new things. She believes that each child learns in a unique way and Ms. Lisamarie encourages each child to floruish as an individial.

    Year Started:
    4/14/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Giovanna

    Ms. Giovanna, Center Cook

    I like to see the smiles on the children's faces! I love when they ask "Ms. Giovanna, what's for lunch today?" I believe that food makes people smile and I love being a part of that!

    Ms. Giovanna came to the United States from Italy. Since then, she has loved working with children. Ms. Giovanna puts her heart into all of the meals she cooks for the children. Her favorite part of the day is seeing the children's faces light up when she delivers lunch each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Giovanna worked with two year olds
    Year Started:
    1/2/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 01, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

    2. Fall Registration Begins

  2. Thursday July 02, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  3. Friday July 03, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

    2. 4th of July Observed

  4. Saturday July 04, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  5. Sunday July 05, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  6. Monday July 06, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  7. Tuesday July 07, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  8. Wednesday July 08, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  9. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  10. Friday July 10, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  11. Saturday July 11, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  12. Sunday July 12, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  13. Monday July 13, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  14. Tuesday July 14, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  15. Wednesday July 15, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  16. Thursday July 16, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  17. Friday July 17, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  18. Saturday July 18, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  19. Sunday July 19, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  20. Monday July 20, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  21. Tuesday July 21, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  22. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  23. Thursday July 23, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  24. Friday July 24, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  25. Saturday July 25, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  26. Sunday July 26, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  27. Monday July 27, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  28. Tuesday July 28, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  29. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  30. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

  31. Friday July 31, 2015
    1. Summer Camp

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
  • Polish, Italian, Albanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

At KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced in as well. In addition, the front door has a coded entry where only authorized family members have a code to enter, as well as a doorbell for our guests. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Her role is to conduct monthly safety drills, ensure that our staff's CPR and First Aid certificates are current, and ensure that we adhere to the highest cleanliness standards.

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 Carolann and Jennifer,

We have been so pleased with KinderCare and all the teachers who have touched our son's heart.  We have enjoyed his teachers and he has made so many friends at KinderCare throughout the years.  Please pass our gratitude and appreciation on to all the teachers there.

We are sad to leave, however we are confident KinderCare has provided our son an excellent early childhood education and has provided him a base to excel in his continued learning.

We wish the staff best wishes and thanks for all the years of providing our son the highest quality of care.

- Parents

I just want to thank the KinderCare center and Ms. Carolann for running a great center. I also want to thank Ms. Lupe for teaching my daughter so many things, and Ms. Sue who has done the same for my son. This is a great center and all the other teachers are very friendly. My daughter loves the mini-camps Ms .Karen has throughout the year. My children love it here.

- Mother

Thanks, Carolann. I wanted you to know that I think you are doing a wonderful job. I am very happy with the knowledge my son is gaining and I have seen noticeable growth in him.

- Father

I just wanted to take the time to thank Kensington KinderCare for being such an incredible center. Already I can see the difference you have made in my children. Even my mom happily praises that teachers are wonderful. My children also have exhibited changes at home! I could not believe that they knew and were talking about days of the week after just their first day, and as time went by, both were smiling and eager to go inside. They both became far more confident and were appearing more relaxed.

The many differences between your center and other facilities are amazing and very apparent! When I picked up my children, I observed that your teachers were outside and paying attention to the kids. During this time I also observed that everyone looked happy, as they were smiling big while enjoying their jobs.

The security as well as emotional nurturing of my children is critical, as I am unable to be with them during the day. I want to make sure they are as happy as possible without me. I cannot express to you just how truly happy I am! I know that my children are as happy as they can be, so I can relax while at work! Finally, a center that I can trust!

- Mother

KinderCare is a place where the teachers treasure my most prized possessions as much as I do. My kids look forward to going to KinderCare each day. When they come home they are eager to share what they have learned throughout the day with me and my husband. Kensington KinderCare is the best place for my family!

- Parent
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