Skip to main content

New Lenox KinderCare

Ms. Christina Hironimus, Center Director

507 E. Illinois Hwy. New Lenox IL 60451
(815) 485-2908 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:

Show other centers nearby

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Walk toTyler Elem, walk to Bentley, Elem. New Lenox school district 122 offers bussing to Spencer Trail AM Kindergarten.

Welcome

Welcome to your New Lenox KinderCare! We look forward to meeting new families and introducing them to our wonderful staff. Each day is filled with learning in fun and exciting ways. Along with a curriculum rich in developing your child’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development, our teachers always add that extra personal touch that will make your child feel special every day.

Ms. Christina Hironimus, Center Director

Read more
  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAC Accreditation NAC

Image Gallery

children with teacher

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

illustrated bear in rocketship

SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

  • Visit NAC
  • ExceleRate: Gold Circle 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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We at New Lenox KinderCare have something very unique in child care - longevity of staff. As you read the biographies below, you will see that many of our teachers have been at this center for 10, and even 20 years. You can see how devoted they are to the families of our community. Because of this, our teachers have had the unique pleasure of serving not just multiple children of the same family, but second generation families as well. Even the newer members of our staff have had many years of experience in the early education of children. We, as whole team, have the dedication and commitment that you are looking for in the care and early education of your child. From infancy on up through school age, we look forward to serving your family for many years.

  • Ms. Christina Hironimus

    Ms. Christina Hironimus, Center Director

    Tina has been with KinderCare since August 2009. She taught our own Private Kindergarten for four years until the program ended. It gave her the opportunity to move forward with being the Assistant Director. Now as the Director she wears many hats.  She is always helping in classrooms as well as always accessible to our KinderCare families.

    Previous Experience:
    Tina began her childcare career in 1990
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/18/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Associate in Arts from Prairie State College, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Governor's State University, Leadership courses at National Lewis University, and earning a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kapella University
  • Jennifer Kirchman

    Jennifer Kirchman, Assistant Director

    Miss Jen has been part of the KinderCare family since January of 2011. She started out working in the Private Kindergarten classroom for four years before transitioning to the Assistant Director position. Miss Jen has an Early Childhood Education degree from Saint Xavier University. She has taught in a classroom for 12 years. Miss Jen loves to go into the classrooms and help out the teachers. And play with the children too!

    Previous Experience:
    Jen began her career in childcare in 2005
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    1/11/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Amy

    Miss Amy, Infant Classroom

    Miss Amy began her career at KinderCare in 2000. She has a definite love for the littlest ones under our care and is lead teacher in our infant room. She has the patience and love that brings out the joy in each child. Miss Amy received her child development associate credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition in 2008 and in currently earning her associate's degree. She is also an Emergency Medical Technician and is a great asset to our staff.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Infant Classroom

    Miss Nicole began her career at KinderCare in 2017. She is currently in school to achieve her child development associate credential (CDA). Before coming to KinderCare Miss Nicole was a nanny for six years. She has a love for children of all ages, but her true love is for her infants.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of art in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Miss Debbie

    Miss Debbie, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Debbie, after working many years with the Infants, has found a place in her heart for the Toddlers. She has an amazing way with them that sets her apart from all others; from her tone of voice to her nurturing touch your child will always feel loved here. Miss Debbie earned her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition. She is also certified in CPR & First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1994
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Pat

    Miss Pat, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Pat has been with us since 2010 and has many years of experience. She brings a wonderful joy to her classroom and her love of the children shows every day through her interactions with them.   When you walk through her classroom, you will always see something fun happening!  Miss Pat studied Early Childhood Development at Moraine Valley Community College, and Daley College. She is also certified in CPR & First Aid, and is Director Qualified.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Pat began her childcare career in 1990.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Miss Maria

    Miss Maria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Maria has been with KinderCare since 2009. She has her associate in Early Childhood Education. Miss Maria is fluent in Spanish and enjoys incorporating it in the curriculum.  She has been teaching the two-year-olds for five years and loves her "little people."

    Year Started:
    8/14/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Early Childhood Associate Degree from Sheridan College
  • Miss Peggy

    Miss Peggy, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Peggy began her career with KinderCare in 2016, but she has over 20 years of experience with early childhood students and has that special knack with our three year olds. It is clear that she loves what she does. She adds her own unique ideas to enhance our curriculum and the children are always looking forward to see what she will do next. She is certified in CPR and First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Seven years at St. Paul's in Monee, one year at Bobby Noonan, eight years at Immanual Crossroads Sauk Trail, two years at Parkview Christian School
    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Gen Ed Degree from Prairie State University
  • Miss Sarah

    Miss Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Sarah began her career at KinderCare in 2014. She has a quiet and gentle way with the infants. She teams with Miss Peggy and together they have a room full of happy smiling children.  Sarah is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School and achieved her child development associate Credential (CDA) from the council for Professional Recognition. She is CPR & First Aid certified.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Miss Lauren

    Miss Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Lauren began her career with KinderCare in 2007. She has the experience and expertise to ensure the Kindergarten readiness of her students. Her patience and compassion are the hallmark of her classroom. Miss Lauren's experience with the piloting of our own Full Day Private Kindergarten gives her the unique incite into what will be expected of your children as they enter their Kindergarten year. As she teams with Miss Dawn, it is their goal is to have each of your children meet or exceed these expectations in a fun and nurturing environment.  Miss Lauren achieved her bachelor's of arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Xavier University.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Dawn

    Miss Dawn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Dawn began her career with KinderCare in 2005. She is flourishing as the Prekindergarten assistant teacher and finds delight in working one-on-one with each of the children in her care. She is certified in CPR & First Aid. Miss Dawn has a bachelor of art in Fashion Merchandising, but finds children the most enjoyable challenge in her life.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Miss Kelly

    Miss Kelly, School Age Classroom

    Miss Kelly began her career at KinderCare in 2017. She graduated from North Central College with a BA in Elementary Education. Miss Kelly  loves to see her students grow and explore new topics inside and outside of the classroom. She is a science enthusiast, and brings science into the classroom every day with the students. 

    Year Started:
    4/19/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    less than 1
    Education:
    Professional Educator License with an Endorsement in Elementary Education grades K - 9, Middle School General Science grades 5 - 8
  • Miss Kathy

    Miss Kathy, Floater

    Miss Kathy has been with KinderCare since they acquired the original Building Blocks in 2007. She received her bachelor's of science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern California, and began her early childhood career with Building Blocks in 1978, as a four year old teacher. Miss Kathy became director in 1992 and enjoyed that position until her retirement in 2011. She decided in 2014 that staying involved with KinderCare as a substitute and staying in the early education field was something she would do until she can’t do it anymore.

    Previous Experience:
    Building Blocks from 1978 - 1992, KinderCare from 1992 - 2011, KinderCare 2014 - present
    Year Started:
    8/28/1978
    Tenure:
    39 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    39
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern California
  • Miss Michelle

    Miss Michelle, Cook

    Miss Michelle began her career with KinderCare in 2009. She is our cook and all around substitute teacher. Miss Michelle has worked with every age group over the years and has a certificate in Early Childhood from Orange Coast College in 1999. Miss Michelle is currently working towards getting her director qualifications. 

    Year Started:
    5/9/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Early Childhood degree from Orange Coast College

Upcoming Center Activities

August Hero Image
Filter Center Calendar
August
August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

  • Award of Accredidation from the National Accredidation Commission

    Award of Accredidation from the National Accredidation Commission

  • ExceleRate Illinois, "Gold Circle of Quality"

    ExceleRate Illinois, "Gold Circle of Quality"

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our dates of closure are:
New Year’s Day
*Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day            
*Columbus Day       
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Friday
Christmas Day
* Closed for teacher training
 

Health and Safety

Here at New Lenox KinderCare, your children will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Our staff works to promote a safe and healthy environment by adhering to strict cleaning policies. Each classroom is sanitized daily and thoroughly detailed by a professional crew.

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.

Our daughter Katie has been at KinderCare since she was six months old, she is now five years old. We feel the care and education she has received from KinderCare has been excellent. We believe the early education she has received has better prepared her for Kindergarten, as well as her outgoing well rounded personality.

- Parents

Being part of the KinderCare family has been a truly wonderful experience- and when we say family- we mean it. We have built ever - lasting relationships with each and every teacher which I find incredibly unique. Our son began going there when he was four months old up until he was five and our daughter was there from 18 months until three and a half. Leaving my babies was the hardest thing to do every day but knowing that we were leaving them in an unconditionally loving environment where they would learn, be cared for and grow from the most compassionate teachers and staff - always made it that much easier. I cried when we left KinderCare for a wonderful chapter had closed in our lives and we had built amazing relationships that would no longer be part of our day to day. We miss them dearly - my children talk about all of their teachers and all of the wonderful experiences they had all of the time. I was pleased 100% with everyone and everything. Thank you KinderCare. We miss you!

- Parents
×

See what’s happening on the blog

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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

View More

Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.

What should I look for when choosing a childcare center?:

Enrollment Agreement: