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Naperville KinderCare

Michelle Polivka, Center Director

1550 West Diehl Rd. Naperville IL 60563
(630) 983-9988 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Diehl Rd & Rt 59

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brookdale, Longwood, ODonnell, Johnson

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Welcome

Welcome to Naperville (Diehl Rd) KinderCare! The staff at KinderCare is so excited that you are visiting our site and we hope that you find it helpful, informational and exciting! Our KinderCare is located on Diehl and 59 right off of I-88 and services Naperville, Aurora, and Warrenville areas. All of us would love for your family to join our family. Give us a call if you have questions and to set up a time to come see our center and meet our great staff.

Michelle Polivka, 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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Naperville KinderCare on Diehl road are dedicated to helping children learn and grow. They are passionate about children and educating them. Our teachers all meet the DCFS requirements for education, many of them have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related fields. All teachers attend educational state required training twice a year as well as First Aid and CPR training. Our teachers strive for excellence and are very excited to watch your children learn and grow with us.

  • Michelle Polivka

    Michelle Polivka, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has previous experience working as a Lead Infant teacher, Program Specialist, Season Lead, Cook, Bus Driver, Health and Safety Coordinator and Learning Adventures teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Aneta

    Aneta, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.-Benjamin Franklin

    Aneta has over eleven years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in special education. Aneta looks forward to working with your children to help them grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Aneta has previous experience working as a Kindergarten teacher and a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    10/5/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with LBS1 Endorsement
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Infant Classroom

    Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!

    Ms. Judy has worked for KinderCare since October of 2012. She has taught math to Kindergarten children that needed help learning number sense, as well as teaching phonics to students to improve their fluency. Ms. Judy has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in International Finance and French.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Judy spent thirteen years working as a paraprofessional with special needs children for District 204 prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/22/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in International Finance and French
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Ashley G.

    Ms. Ashley G., Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Shatara

    Ms. Shatara, Discovery Preschool

  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Preschool

  • Ms. Sangeeta

    Ms. Sangeeta, Preschool

  • Ms. Ashley S.

    Ms. Ashley S., Pre-Kindergarten

  • Ms. Damaris, School Age

  • Ms. Becca, School Age

  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Floater

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

  • NAC Accreditation

    NAC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day
 

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Each of our classrooms is equipped with a first aid kit and teachers that are First Aid and CPR certified. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

I have both my boys at the Diehl Road KinderCare. One is in the Infants II room and the other is in the Two's room. They are both so happy and excited to go to "school" every day. All of the staff is pleasant and friendly. I can tell the boys really love their teachers and I feel that the teachers really care about my family. The center is always very flexible with my ever-changing schedule too. The communication between the staff, director, and myself has just been excellent. I am so blessed to have this center located directly across from my work as well. I know my children are being cared for in such an amazing way, so I never worry. They have both grown so much as individuals during their time there and I truly appreciate that! Thank you so much!

- Mother

My daughter has been a part of the KinderCare family for eighteen months and I would have it no other way! Our experience has been one where her individual needs have been considered and honored from day one. This center in particular provides such loving care that I never had a worry when leaving her. She is learning so much and creating such memories that when we pull up each morning I hear from the back seat, "YAY!" This describes perfectly her and my experience with KinderCare. I can not say enough about the staff and leadership of KinderCare and how they have become such an intricate part of our daily lives. I have come full circle in my views of a large network of child care centers. KinderCare was the last facility I checked as I thought I wanted a home based daycare situation. What I have found here far surpasses anything that the home based daycare could have provided for us.

- Parent
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