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New Lenox KinderCare

Ms. 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, walk toTyler Elem, walk to Bentley, Elem. New Lenox school district 122 offers bussing to Spencer Trail AM Kindergarten.

Our center is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all children and parents.  We have received the ExceleRate Illinois “Gold Circle of Quality”.
ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning and development providers.
The system establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers, and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills, and take steps to make positive changes.

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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.

Ms. 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.

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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.

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  1. Thursday December 17, 2015


      Enjoy our famous Hot Chocolate Bar, decorate cookies, and make tree ornaments

  2. Thursday December 24, 2015
    1. Center Early Closing for Christmas Eve

      Close at 4:00 pm.

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.

  • Ms. Shannon McGrath

    Ms. 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

    Sally Loda began her career at KinderCare in 1986. She has seen many families come and go. Including several second generation families!
    She is the Assistant Director, as well as the Learning Adventures Coordinator, and fills in as a substitute teacher when needed. She has worked with all age groups over the years and can easily adapt to any classroom. 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 spent several of her early years working with the Lincolw-Way Special Recreation Association.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Associate's of Arts 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. She is also an Emergency Medical Technician and is a great asset to our staff.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Joanne

    Miss Joanne, Preschool Classroom

    With her many years of experience as a teacher and mother, Miss Joanne is an amazing teacher and caregiver. She adds her own unique flair to our curriculum.  She srive every day to bring out the best in your child.  Joanne is certified in CPR & First Aid.

    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
  • Miss Jackie

    Miss Jackie, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Jackie began her career with KinderCare in 2013. She joined our team with enthusiasm and an obvious joy in working with young children.  Miss Jackie has achived her Child Development Associate's Credential. She is works with toddlers and infants as needed. She is certified in CPR & First Aid

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

    Miss Pat, Discovery Preschool 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:
    Ms. Pat has worked in other childcare centers over the years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Miss Sarah

    Miss Sarah, Infant Classroom

    Miss Sarah began her career at KinderCare in 2014.  She has a quiet and gentle way with the infants.  She teams with Miss Amy and together they have a room full of happy smiling babies.  Sarah is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School and is currently working to achieve her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) from the council for PRofessional Recognition.  She is CPR & First Aid certified.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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 B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, but finds children the most enjoyable challenge in her life.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor of Arts
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Tina

    Miss Tina, Private Kindergarten

    Miss Tina has been with KinderCare since September 2009. She began teaching our Private Kindergarten in 2011.  Teaching Private Kindergarten at KinderCare has given her the opportunity to do what she does best, bring joy to learning!  She has taken on our curriculum with gusto and the children are thriving because of it. Miss 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
  • Miss Carol

    Miss Carol, School Age Classroom

    Miss 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. Miss Carol studied Early Childhood Development at Joliet Jr. College and Moraine Valley Community College. She is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

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

November 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday November 17, 2015


      Learn about sharing by eating food prepared by all!

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.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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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