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Mundelein KinderCare

Nicole Robin, Center Director

695 S. IL Route 83 Mundelein IL 60060
(847) 970-9554 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Rt 83 & Midlothian Road behind the Harris Bank

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We transport to Fremont, Mechanics Grove, Washington, Fairhaven, Spencer Loomis, May Whitney, Lincoln, Robert Crown and other area schools.

Now enrolling for our K12 interactive Kindergraten program for Fall 2015! This full day kindergraten program is a skill-based curriculum that aligns with common core standards while offering hands-on learning to support your child's social, physical, and emotion development. Call us today!

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Welcome

Welcome to Mundelein KinderCare. We are proud to care for families who work or live in Mundelein, Lake Zurich, Wauconda and Hawthorn Woods neighborhoods. Our experts designed our classrooms to help prepare your child for success during their school years and beyond. With designating learning centers in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and self-discovery. We believe in developing children as a whole, so our curriculum is designed to grow their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We offer programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years in age. Our center features full-day Interactive Kindergarten that uses SmartBoard technology to make sure your child is ready for first grade. We are excited to meet with you and your family.

Nicole Robin, 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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Our team is made up of teachers who are dedicated to education, giving children the best possible start on a lifetime of learning, and taking care of your greatest asset, your child.  Our school is proud of our very qualified teachers, their educations, and the classroom experiences that we provide on a daily basis. Together our team has over 130 years of teaching experience!  We are committed to enhancing the lives of children through compassion, understanding, and a genuine interest in every opportunity that will positively impact their lives.

  • Nicole Robin, Center Director

    I have the best job in the world! I am able to utilize my education while building incredible relationships with each and every family within my KinderCare community. I am passionate about children and love that so many children are fortunate enough to begin their path of education and development here at Mundelein.

    Nicole has been part of the KinderCare family since 2006. She completed her Master's Degree from National Louis University in 2004. Nicole has worked with children ever since she was old enough to work. She has been a camp counselor, Nanny, Preschool Teacher, Private Kindergarten Teacher, Personal Aide to a child with special needs, and lastly her current position as Center Director. This is the perfect position for Nicole, as she is able to use many aspects of her education in her day-to-day activities. She is dedicated to creating the best environment possible for the children who participate in her school's programs and is fortunate enough to be able to see the benefits of each classroom both as a director and as a mom. She strives to build relationships with each family and with the surrounding community.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    7/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Master Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Program Specialist

    Colleen has such passion in her role as Program Specialist. She has over 20 years of experience working with young children and she enjoys classroom programming. Interacting with her children and families is her favorite part of her responsibilities. She is a proud mother of triplets and on the weekends enjoys helping her family owned restaurant.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that each day will be different. I love seeing the babies smile and the new things they will accomplish.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica started working with KinderCare in 1999.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Sciences Degree
  • Ms. Glenda

    Ms. Glenda, Infant Classroom

    I love being part of every Infant's life. It is rewarding to watch them grow and develop into young Toddlers. I also enjoy having them come back to visit as they continue to grow up.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Glenda spent two years studing Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    8/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

    Ms.Danielle has added a new addition to her family, Micah. He was born on February 2015. She loves to scrapbook in her free time. Ms. Danielle has worked in our Toddler room, PreK room and Infant Room.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1/2/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Toddlers

    I love all of the smiles and hugs that greet you everyday. Each day is a new learning experience whether it is learning the alphabet, counting, singing a song, or the first time a child writes their name.   I enjoy seeing the excitement that children have when they accomplish something new!

    Ms. Sharon has been married for almost 40 years and has two grown children. She became a grandma in 2011.  Ms. Sharon enjoys all aspects of teaching but, her favorite parts are being outside, counting to 100 while exercising, making up stories, painting, and she LOVES to dance!

    Previous Experience:
    2 year old teacher, 7 years Preschool Teacher, 3 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How do Dinosaurs Know Their Colors?
    Year Started:
    1/4/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Maria enjoys the experiences that she shares with the children each day.  She enjoys teaching them new things and the smiles on their faces that she sees everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
    Year Started:
    8/4/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Anne, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Anne is a teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been working at Kindercare since 2014.  She has a BA in History.  Ms. Anne is known as a "top" potty trainer and can easily contribute to your potty training advancements.  In her classroom, she focuses on KinderCares terrific curriculum which includes number recognition, story listening, and incredible monthly themes. Anne also teaches fine and gross motor skills as well as letter recognition!  She is also a fabulous artist. It is very likely that if you come and visit our Discovery Preschool room, you will find Ms. Anne dancing and singing as this is one of her favorite things to do!

    Previous Experience:
    nanny for 2 1/2 years 2's teacher
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    University of Depaul, 2006
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, PreKindergarten

    I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." - Whitney Houston

    Ms. Elaine loves working in the Discovery Preschool classroom!  She believes that chldren learn best in an enviroment that is clean, fun, and safe.  Ms. Elaine enjoys to workout in her free time.  She finished in the top 5% in the Tough Mudder race last year. Ms. Elaine is the youngest of 7 children and values time spent with her family. She loves working with children and enjoys the chance to enrich their lives and help them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Childcare Center, 7 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are you my Mother?
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    5
  • Ms. Michelle, Preschool

    Play is our brain's favorite way of learning." - Diane Ackerman  "Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way." - George Evans

    I am inspired each day knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of children. My favorite part of Early Childhood Education is that I am able to watch the children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Lead Teacher from 2008 to 2011 Prekindergarten Special Education Teacher 2004-2008
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    BA of Science with major in Early Childhood Education, MA in Education with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ms. Barb, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy being part of the School Age children's every day lives. It is rewarding to see them grow into hard working, curious, happy, secure children who enjoy learning and feel a great sense of pride in their day to day accomplishments.

    Ms. Barb works at a local elementary school during the day. She then comes to KinderCare every afternoon to run our School Age program. Ms. Barb assists children with their homework and provides an extended learning program for the children when they return after school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Assistant Teacher in 2's

    Teaching children has given me vast experience and has prepared me to be a great mom to my child!

    I am currenly enjoying my classes at the College of Lake County.  I began working at KinderCare in February of 2013 and have enjoyed every day of my employment.  It gives me great pleasure to read books, sing songs and teach the children new and exciting things each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Press Here
    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Co-Teacher Preschool

    I enjoy working with children of all ages. I enjoy watching them grow and mature year after year. You are easily attached and it's hard to see them move on. It is fun to pick up children from school and hear all about how their day was.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica has previous experience being a Kindergarten Aide and certified bus driver for over nine years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Certificate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Assistant Teacher

    MS.Vanessa attends CLC and then spends her afternoons with our KinderCare Family. She loves watching the children grow since she has started.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Kasey, Kindergarten

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You Will Go
    Year Started:
    7/21/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA Elementry Education
  • Mr. Manny

    Mr. Manny, Cook

    Mr.Manny has worked in childcare centers as the main cook. Mr.Manny and his wife have 3 children and he is the proud grandpa to a granddaughter and a grandson.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr.Manny has worked at JFH Academy, Fremont School and Mundelein High School prior to joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    4/27/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Culinary Degree at Cooking Academy of Chicago

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed on the following days:New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, The Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We take the safety of all the children in our care very seriously at our school. From daily parent and teacher sign in, to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety so that our families can have true piece of mind. Maintaining a healthy and clean environment is of upmost importance. Our teachers are very proud to keep their classrooms clean by using a cleaning checklist daily. After hours, we also have the support of a professional cleaning crew.  Our school has a designated person to make sure that all health and safety rules and policies are being followed. This Health and Safety Coordinator provides training and follows a monthly safety calendar to ensure that each classroom is up to date.  We ask that our families help keep all children safe and healthy by only bringing well children to school and picking up promptly if children show illness symptoms at school. We work together as a team to maintain a safe and healthy environment of all of our children. Please call our school to get more information. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.

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.

Our family has entrusted the Mundelein KinderCare with our children's daycare for over 3 years now, our oldest is 3.5 and we also have a 1 year old. At each of the different ages and stages, our children have had caring, compassionate and thoughtful teachers. We are grateful to the wonderful staff and management who help us with the shuffle of our everyday lives, and who are extremely accommodating to meet our needs, answer our questions and often go above and beyond to support us. We don't have a doubt in our mind that this is the best daycare out there.

- mom & dad

We feel blessed every single day that our daughter is in such loving, capable hands! We are certain that every person she comes into contact with every day will positively impact her. My husband and I are so grateful that Ms. Lauren, Ms. Elaine and Ms. Danielle have helped us as parents to shape her into the smart, kind, curious, and well-behaved little girl that she is growing into. Mundelein KinderCare is managed beautifully and we are lucky to have our daughter benefit from such a fine educational program that is as nurturing as it is academically focused. Thank you all for your hard work, dedication, patience, and kind hearts! There is nothing better as a parent than having complete confidence in the organization where your child spends their day! Thank you, thank you, thank you especially to Ms. Lauren and Ms. Elaine. You guys rock! You are special women who have forever impacted our little one's life!

- Mother

Deciding on a daycare center when our children were born was a difficult task. After visiting the Mundelein KinderCare, we immediately felt secure placing our trust in this center to play a role in raising our children. Six years later, we can say that our daughters have grown academically and socially based on the time spent at their KinderCare Learning Center. We feel blessed that our children are instructed by such a caring and helpful group of teachers while we work.

- Parents

We have three children enrolled at KinderCare Learning Center ages are 8, 6 and 2 years old. Our oldest daughter was just 6 weeks old when we started her at KinderCare and it truly feels like a second home for her and the same for all my children. They are happy kids with big aspirations in life and this comes from a good learning environment. My wife and I are both working parents and we are very happy with the support KinderCare has provided to us.<br /> Thank you!

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