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New Lenox KinderCare

Shannon McGrath, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Half mile east of Cedar Rd. in front of Tyler Bentley Public Schools

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nelson Prairie, Nelson Ridge, Spenser Point, Spenser Crossing, Spenser Trail, Tyler Elem, and Bently, Elem.

Our center is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all children and parents.  We have received a QRS certificate from the State of Illinois through the Illinois Quality Counts Rating System. Our participation in the Quality Count Program validates our dedication to children through providing programs that go above and beyond state standards and provide an enhanced learning and care experience for all children in our center.

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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.

Shannon McGrath, 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.

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


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.


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, 20 and even 30 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.

  • Shannon McGrath

    Shannon McGrath, Center Director

    Shannon has been with KinderCare since 2006, she was promoted to Center Director in 2008, and transferred to this New Lenox Location in 2011. She began her career in early childhood education in 1999 has worked with many age groups over the years. She is certified in CPR & First Aid. Shannon earned her Certified Childcare Professional Certificate from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation in 2000.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Certified Childcare Professional Certificate
  • Ms. Sally Loda

    Ms. Sally Loda, Assistant Director, Prekindergarten Teacher

    Sally began her career at KinderCare in 1986. She is the Assistant Director, as well as the Learning Adventures Coordinator, and fills in where ever needed, from cooking to Infant room to School Age. Sally brings to any classroom all her many years of experience. Sally has an Associate's of Arts degree with a focus on Early Childhood Development from Joliet Junior College. She is certified in CPR & First Aid, as well as Food and Sanitation.

    Previous Experience:
    Sally worked at various childcare centers before coming to KinderCare. She has ten years experience of teaching Sunday school and has worked with various youth groups.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Associate's of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. Amy received her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition in 2008. She is also an Emergency Medical Technician and is a great asset to our staff.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Joanne

    Ms. Joanne, Infant Classroom

    With her many years of experience as a teacher and mother, Ms. Joanne is an amazing teacher and caregiver.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joanne ran her own Preschools and childcare centers for over twelve years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Toddler & Preschool Classrooms

    Ms. Jackie began her career with KinderCare in 2013. She joined our team with enthusiasm and an obvious joy in working with young children. Currently Ms. Jackie is seeking her Child Development Associate's Credential. She and Ms. Lori have become a great team in the morning with our Preschool class. In the afternoons she joins our Toddler team, and is a great addition to that room as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jackie worked in other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Debbie, after working many years with the infants, has found a new place in her heart for the toddlers. Ms. Debbie started with KinderCare in 1994, and earned her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition. She is also certified in CPR & First Aid.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. 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:
    Ms. Pat has worked in other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lori began her career at KinderCare in 1976. She was a student helper from Lincoln-Way High School. Many, many years later, she still works with the Preschoolers; and, she admits that her favorites are “her” three-year-olds. Ms. Lori has an Associate of Arts Degree from Joliet Junior College, and is Director Qualified.

    Year Started:
    39 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 years
    Associate of Arts Degree from Joliet Junior College
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. Dawn has a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, but finds children the most enjoyable challenge in her life.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. Lauren's experience with the piloting of our own Full Day Private Kindergarten gives her the unique incite into what will be expected of her students as they enter their Kindergarten year. Her goal is to have each of her students meet or exceed these expectations in a fun and nurturing environment. Ms. Lauren achieved her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Xavier University.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Private Kindergarten

    Ms. Tina has been with KinderCare since September 2009. Teaching Private Kindergarten at KinderCare has given her the opportunity to do what she does best. She has taken on our curriculum with gusto and the children are thriving because of it. Ms. Tina has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Governors State University. She is also certified in CPR & First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina has four years of experience working at another center, and three years working at a Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Carol, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Carol began her career with KinderCare in 2012. She has many years of experience with young children and has that special knack with the School Agers. She brings energy to her classroom and the children respond with excitement and are eager to see what she’ll show them next. Ms. Carol studied Early Childhood Development at Joliet Jr. College and Moraine Valley Community College. She is also certified in CPR and First Aid, as well as in Food and Sanitation.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carol has many years of experience working at other centers.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Here at New Lenox KinderCare, your child 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.

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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

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.

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