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South Naperville KinderCare

Kathy Figlewski, Center Director

1239 Rickert Dr. Naperville IL 60540
(630) 778-8767 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Rickert & 75th St

Neighborhood:
South Naperville, District 203 and 204

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Elmwood, Ellsworth, Maplebrook, Naper, Cowlishaw, Maywatts, Owen, Welch and Patterson Elementary Schools,

Now enrolling for Fall!  We are filling up fast, so enroll today!

At the South Naperville KinderCare we employ only the most qualified teachers.  Our facility will “wow” you with our beautiful murals and spacious classrooms.  We are also fortunate to have an exceptionally large playground which is separated into three age appropriate areas so that all of our children may explore the outdoors as often as possible.

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Welcome

Welcome to the South Naperville KinderCare! Our center is dedicated to maintaining a high quality program in which your child will learn through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Your child will feel safe and secure while being able to explore and discover in the classroom environment.

Kathy Figlewski, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday June 01, 2016
    1. Infants & Toddlers June Theme: Wonderful Water

    2. Discovery Preschool: Create a honeycomb painting using toweling rolls

Teachers & Staff

Our Staff at the South Naperville KinderCare are dedicated and highly qualified early childhood professionals. We hire teachers who meet or exceed the standards for lead teachers in the state of Illinois. All of our staff also participate in continuing education yearly to ensure that they are keeping up to date and current in their chosen field. Overall, our team of educators are truly invested in the center and the children that they work with each day.

  • Kathy Figlewski

    Kathy Figlewski, Center Director

    I love watching your children learn and grow!


    Kathy has been working at the South Naperville KinderCare since January of 2014. Previously, she was a Center Director at the Bolingbrook KinderCare and an Assistant Director at the Darien KinderCare. Kathy has had many years experience working with children of all ages. Upon graduating from Carthage College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, she taught grades 3, 4, and 8. From 2003-2007 she was the Director of Dyslexia Institutes of America, where she did therapy and testing for children and adults with dyslexia. Kathy also worked at Pleasant Prairie Renaissance School, where she taught Prekindergarten. In 2011, she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University. Kathy is very passionate about her job and feels that education is very important! She is an avid sports fan, loves spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband!
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Kathy worked as a teacher in the Kenosha Unified School District, a Director for Dyslexia Institutes of America, and a Prekindergarten teacher at the Pleasant Prairie Renaissance School.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Disabilities, Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Jessica Flammini

    Jessica Flammini, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jessica has been working for KinderCare since 2014 and joined our South Naperville team in July of 2015. She attended Eastern Illinois University and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She has been working with children for many years through babysitting, volunteer programs, and coaching. Jessica also spent time teaching children English while she was studying abroad in Spain. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing softball, spending time with her family, and doing outdoor activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Seven Silly Eaters
    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mary joined the South Naperville KinderCare team in 2015. She is currently working towards getting her Child Development Associate. She has had many years of experience working with children in home daycare. She enjoys coming to work every day seeing the smiling faces and being the "human jungle gym" to them. Ms. Mary is a proud mother of five and a spoiling grandma to twin boys. In her free time, Ms. Mary loves baking and doing arts and crafts.

    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
  • Ms. Olga

    Ms. Olga, Infant/Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Olga has been a part of the KinderCare family since 1996. During her career in early childhood, she has worked with children ranging from infants to 4 year olds. In 2012 she joined the South Naperville KinderCare team and has enjoyed her time with our families here. Ms. Olga made the decision to take her years of experience with children to a new level and earned her Child Development Associates Credential in January of 2013. In addition to her work with the children at KinderCare, Ms. Olga is also the proud mother of her own two children.

    Year Started:
    3/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Paola

    Ms. Paola, Infant/Toddler Clasroom

    Ms. Paola has been with the KinderCare family since 2015. She has worked with children for many years with experience of being a proud mother to two boys Alex and Frankie. Our team is so happy to have her and we know she will not only be a great addition to our teacm but a wonderful teacher to your children.

    Year Started:
    1/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant/Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sara has been with the South Naperville KinderCare team since 2013. She works with the infant/toddlers and enjoys seeing the children develop and grow each and every day. Ms. Sara is a pleasure to have and does amazing learning activities to stimulate each child's growth.

    Year Started:
    12/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been working with children since 2010.  She holds her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.  Ashley is inspired by the children’s cute faces and individual personalities.  She greatly enjoys teaching and knowing that she is a positive influence on the children.  Ashley is a proud parent of a son, Landon.  In her free time she loves to hang out with her family, watch movies and sports and do puzzles.

    Year Started:
    11/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern University
  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brianna joined our team at South Naperville KinderCare in the winter of 2015. She attended Benedictine University obtaining her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been working with children for over ten years, doing childcare at a gym facility and coaching swim team. She is the proud mother of a little girl named Huntyr. In addition to spending time with her daughter, she loves working out!

    Year Started:
    12/29/2015
  • Ms. Shaista

    Ms. Shaista, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Shaista completed her high school and college education in Pakistan. She has also previously lived in England and Singapore. Shaista moved to the United States in 2000. She has been working at the South Naperville Kindercare since 2005 and has loved every moment!  She is currently working on getting her Child Development Associates Credential. In her personal life, Shaista has been married for over twenty-five years and has two wonderful children, Daniyal and Laraib.

    Previous Experience:
    She worked for Cowlishaw Elementary school for almost seven years before joining our KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    2/7/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Two's/Three's Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey attended Pensacola Christian College for four years studying Legal Office Administration. She will also be attending school to finish her Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies. Ms. Kelsey comes from a huge family with younger siblings who she babysat as well as volunteered babysitting of family friends. She also spends her time running Pre-K - 6th grade time at a local church. Ms. Kelsey is a wonderful teacher and she enjoys being with the children and watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    3/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alyssa graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Individual Development. She has been a nanny to three children for the last six years. Ms. Alyssa has been working with children for ten years including preschool aged kids. Ms. Alyssa is very excited to be working at KinderCare! She is looking forward to teaching and aiding in the development of your child.

    Year Started:
    3/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Carol has been at the South Naperville KinderCare since 2006. She took over the Learning Adventures program in the fall of 2012. Prior to that, she was the Lead Teacher in the Prekindergarten program. While Ms. Carol enjoys being our Tutorial Specialist during the day, she is glad to have the opportunity to spend her afternoons with the Preschool Students. Carol has a degree in Education with an emphasis in Speech Pathology. After living and teaching in Japan for over two years, she moved to Bankok, Thailand where she resided for 25 years. While in Thailand, Carol used her training with adults and children in various ways. Her most recent job in Thailand before returning to the States was a Children’s Home Manager for 20 orphaned Thai children. Carol’s love for children and her experience has well equipped her for the position at KinderCare. When she is not working she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and walking.

    Previous Experience:
    Carol worked as a Speech Therapist in a public school in Missouri for two years before accepting a teaching job in Japan.
    Year Started:
    11/7/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Education
    Education:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Kavita

    Ms. Kavita, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kavita began working for KinderCare in 2006. She continued her teaching when she transferred to our center in 2015. Ms. Kavita received her Masters in Philosophy from India, in which she was born and raised. She also lived in Australia for four years and completed her Early Childhood course from Sydney. Ms. Kavita emjoys working with children, helping them build a positive basis, mentally and socially. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family (husband and two sons), surfing the internet, and diving into some good books.

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
  • Ms. Shana

    Ms. Shana, Pre-kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Shana joined the KinderCare team in 2011 and has had the privilege of working with all age groups in the building. Currently she is a Lead Teacher in the Prekindergarten Classroom. She loves working with children and is excited to make an educational difference in our KinderCare students' lives!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare in 2011, Ms. Shana had experience working with children through babysitting, teaching and being a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    3/10/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University
  • Ms. Josie

    Ms. Josie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Josie is currently enrolled at the College of DuPage and plans on getting her Associates of Arts in the fall so she can transfer to Lewis University to work on her Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education. Ms. Josie loves working with children and has been for four years! She loves animals and has four pet turtles, a cat named Heather, and a doggy named Grissom. Her favorite childhood movies are Toy Story and Wall-E. She enjoys watching and playing soccer and basketball. Ms. Josie is super excited to be the school age teacher so she can help your children grow and develop into successful adults.

    Year Started:
    5/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Michael has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University. Mr. Michael has worked fro Knowledge Learning Corporation for over seven years. He enjoys working with children of all ages. Mr. Michael also enjoys getting to know each family. He also has experience working with children through coaching football and wrestling.

    Year Started:
    1/27/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Lara

    Ms. Lara, School Age/Floater

    Ms. Lara has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Monmouth College. She also has a Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an ELL endorsement from University of Phoenix online program. Lara has many years of experience working with children through student teaching and aiding and working as a teacher's assistant. She loves working with children and getting to know them as individuals. Previously, Ms. Lara worked as a teacher's assistant in a local school district during the school year and for the Extended School Year program.

    Year Started:
    11/20/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Classroom Floater

    Ms. Judy has been working in the child care field for over 20 years now. She was employed as a nanny for about 15 years here in Illinois and in Tennessee. She has been with KinderCare since 2004. In 2009 Judy completed her Child Development Associates Credential. In her spare time Judy likes to read and bake. She is very excited to be a part of the lives of your children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judy worked as a nanny for approximately 15 years.
    Year Started:
    8/21/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Classroom Floater

    Ms. Alexis joined South Naperville KinderCare in April of 2016. She graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South in 2015. She is currently attending the College of DuPage majoring in Clinical Child Psychology. Ms. Alexis said the best part about working at a daycare is being around kids all day and having them all be their own person with wonderful personalities! In her free time, Ms. Alexis loves to cook and bake and watch movies.

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Classroom Floater

    Ms. Amanda started with KinderCare in May of 2016. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is studying nursing. Amanda has been a nanny the past three summers. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and going on beach vacations. She is very excited to watch our children learn and grow!

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About Our Center

At the South Naperville KinderCare we pride ourselves in providing a high quality experience for the children and families we serve. Thank you for taking a moment to review our website. We invite you to come in for a tour to meet our teachers and see for yourself all we have to offer.
 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

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

Health and Safety is of the utmost importance at the South Naperville KinderCare. Entry to the building is limited to staff and families. We currently have a 3 star QRS (Quality Rating System) standing and are a nationally accredited center. This shows that we not only meet, but exceed state standards for excellence.

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.

We are so sad that Moddy is leaving the South Naperville KinderCare. You have all been such an integral part of his progress. Your staff did an excellent job of making sure that we were felt like a part of a team in his experience here. A special thanks to all of the staff who made Moddy feel welcome and accepted.

- Mother

I want to pass along how wonderful our South Naperville KinderCare has been! My daughter has been there since she was about four months old and my son since he was three months. Now they are almost eight and five.
Carolynn and Erica have been just wonderful to work with because they are always available and accommodating while willing to go the extra mile in so many ways! Since Carolynn has been at the center, she has worked particularly hard at creating a family atmosphere among those of us that are there. They both truly do a fabulous job and seem very willing to do whatever is necessary to help parents, children and their team of teachers. I feel blessed to have them as directors!
The team of teachers are just the best, as well! From the very beginning we have had so many great experiences with each one that has cared for our children. Each one of them is welcoming, caring, and professional. It really shows every day that they love what they do and they love the kids they care for at the center. When I refer to this KinderCare, the first thing I mention is the people. I believe you can put this group of people just about anywhere and they will make the most of the time they have with our children! Again, this staff is just fabulous and should be commended for all that they do each and every day
Thank you for this team and for the care my children get at the South Naperville KinderCare!

- Mother

I wanted to let you know how happy we are with this KinderCare location. I was extremely nervous about leaving our three-month-old at a day care facility, and the biggest expectation I had was for our child to feel loved & happy during the hours he is under someone else's care. We are and have been impressed at the friendliness of all the staff we come in contact with, the interest that is taken with not only our son but with all the children in the class room, the cleanliness and cheerful colors of this center, the time given to listen to or to share in new information about our son, and we are especially thankful to see the joy on our son's face as he is now learning to walk around the classroom! Thanks to your staff for being so up beat and for being our son's biggest cheer leaders! We have peace of mind every day while our son is in your care. Thank you!

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