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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

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 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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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


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.

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.

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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Disabilities, Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Erica Cassidy

    Erica Cassidy, Assistant Director

    Erica has been working for the South Naperville KinderCare since February of 2000. She began her career here shortly after graduating from East Aurora High School in 1999. After she joined the KinderCare family, Erica chose to continue her education and earned her CDA (Child Development Associate's). While working at the South Naperville KinderCare Erica has worn many hats; including infant teacher, bus driver, Discovery Preschool teacher, Learning Adventures teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator and, most recently, Assistant Director. She has enjoyed being a part of many families and having the opportunity to get to know you all. She is also very proud of her own family. She is the mother of two children.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Floater Teacher and Tutorial Specialist

    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:
    Carrol worked as a Speech Therapist in a public school in Missouri for two years before accepting a teaching job in Japan.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Education
    25 Years
  • Ms. Mackenzie

    Ms. Mackenzie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mackenzie graduated from Aurora University in 2003. She holds a BS in Recreation Administration. She started working at KinderCare in 2010 with the School Age children. Since then, she has worked with all ages in our center as a floater, co-teacher and even bus driver. Most recently, Ms. Mackenzie has taken on the role of Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom. She enjoys working with children of all ages and lives in Aurora with her husband and two boys.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's Degree of Science in Recreation Administration
  • Ms. Olga

    Ms. Olga, Infant 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 CDA 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:
    4 Years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Infant Classroom

    As a military spouse she has had the wonderful opportunity to move every 3-4 years and build relationships with a lot of different children in numerous settings and locations. Currently Ms. Paula is furthering her career by working toward her Child Development Associates. She is the proud mother of 5 children. Paula truly loves working with children and helping them to discover what they can achieve.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Shaista

    Ms. Shaista, Substitute Teacher

    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!  In her personal life, Shaista has been married for over 20 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been working with children since 2010.  She holds a degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern 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:
    6 Years
    Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern University
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Toddler Classroom

    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 CDA and stepped into her current role as Lead Teacher. In her spare time Judy likes to read, bake, and spend time with her dog, Daisy. 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool & Preschool Classrooms

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Cory

    Ms. Cory, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cory earned her Bachelor degree in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in the field of Family and Consumer Science specializing in Family Life Education. While earning her degree, she started her career in early childhood by working at a local day care center. From that moment on, Cory has been fortunate enough to continue working with children and has enjoyed every moment. In 2012 Ms. Cory joined our team at the South Naperville KinderCare. She has continued to show her love for education. In her free time, Cory loves to read and spend time with her husband. She considers it a great perk that she is able to bring her daughter to work each day!

    Previous Experience:
    While earning her degree, she started her career in early childhood by working at a local day care center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Science Specializing in Family Life Education
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Katy

    Ms. Katy, School Age Classroom

    I want to make a difference in children's lives.

    Ms. Katy has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. She has many years experience working with children, including working in a day care center, tutoring, and as a teacher assistant.  Ms. Katy is a strong communicator and this is reflected in the relationships she has with the children and parents in her classroom.  She is looking forward to getting to know you and your child.  Katy is excited to be a part of the KinderCare family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katy has worked in Early Childhood Education for seven years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Shana

    Ms. Shana, Prekindergarten 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 during the day and Lead Teacher in the School Age Classroom after school.  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:
    5 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University

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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.

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

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 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!

- Parents

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