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Oak Forest KinderCare

Susan Turrise, Center Director

15700 Central Ave. Oak Forest IL 60452
(708) 535-2233 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 block N of 159th St

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Central Park; Fieldcrest; ; Foster; Ridge; Scarlet Oaks; Morton Gingerwood; Kimberly Heights; Kerkstra, Springfield, Nathan Hale, Jack Hillie Feirke, Kolmar; Arbor Park

Our curriculum is brand new and exciting. Our team of experts have completely reworked our curriculum so that it will include Phonics and Spanish into our everyday lessons. Each one of our classrooms has designated learning centers like building blocks, dramatic play, science and library where your child can have the opportunity to interact socially and discover many new and exciting things.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Oak Forest KinderCare located just across the street from the library and Park District. We are just off of 159th and Central, which makes taking the Metra very convenient for parents, I-57 is just a few minutes away. We provide bus service to all of Oak Forest School District 142 and Arbor Park School District 145. We have a flexible program to ensure our ability to fit the needs of our families.

Susan Turrise, 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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

With over 50 years of combined experience, our teachers are passionate about Early Childhood care and education. We work closely with families to ensure that we are meeting the individual needs of all of our students.

  • Susan Turrise

    Susan Turrise, Center Director

    As the School Director, I focus every day on providing exceptional programming and service to you and your children. I am passionate about my job and committed to making a difference in your child's life. We are a NAC Accredited school and also carry a Quality Star Rating Level of 3 which sets our center apart from many. Our curriculum and teaching methods are the best I have ever seen, the tools and opportunity that KinderCare gives their children is remarkable.

    Susan brings years of experience to KinderCare. She has been an early childhood administrator, teacher and is also a parent. She understands the importance of quality early childhood education in setting the foundation for a bright future.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Markeeta Stanton

    Markeeta Stanton, Assistant Director

    Every child deserves a chance to be great at what ever they put their minds to, and it is my duty to make sure their footprints lead to a bright future!

    Markeeta feels working with children and being a part of their growing development is the best career ever! She is a mother of two young children and she understands the value of education. She is very enthusiastic about working along side her staff to ensure these children are in the best learning environment. She knows that children are like sponges and they learn from their surroundings, which means she encourages her team to administer the curriculum daily. Markeeta started out in the classroom so she knows how important it is to give the children the quality of education they deserve.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting with KinderCare, Markeeta worked in an early learning center in Peoria, Illinois for four years.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of the Arts Degree in Technical Management, Specializing in Business Management
  • Ms. Donna B.

    Ms. Donna B., Infant Classroom

    I love my Infants! It is a true blessing to care for them and help them learn.

    Ms. Donna is a wonderfully caring Infant room teacher. She truly bonds with each child and works to ensure that she is providing every one of her children with their developmental needs. Many of her students that have moved on to other classes will make it a point to stop by and say hello or goodbye to Ms. Donna, who is one of their favorite people.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tiara

    Ms. Tiara, Infants

    I love my job because children are my passion. I love to watch children grow as they learn new things.

    Tiara has been with KinderCare since the fall of 2013. She is a wonderful asset to the Infant classroom, with lots of positive energy for the children. It is always fun to take a walk by and look into the classroom, and see the children engaged in an activity with Tiara.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant teacher for all ages.
    Year Started:
    10/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Working on her certification in Early Childhood.
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Support Staff

    I could never imagine how my life would be without working with children!

    Ashley has been working with children since her junior year in high school. She has been working in and out of day cares since her senior year in high school. After high school she attended Southern Illinois University where she received her degree in Child and Family with a minor in Liberal Arts. Some unique things about Ashley are she would like to incorporate creative thinking in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ashley worked in her high school child care, and a local child care.
    Year Started:
    11/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child and Family Services with a minor in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Toddlers

    Ms. Joyce is new to the KinderCare family, she is very energetic,and loves working in the toddler room. She brings many years experience in the Early Childhood field.

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 years
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with the children and watching them advance from room to room and see how much they learn and grow.

    Shannon is a passionate teacher. She brings her classroom alive with excitement by doing small things like bringing in a bucket of snow from outside and letting the children experience it inside the classroom. Her children see her walk in the building and scream our in excitement for her.

    Year Started:
    9/9/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Sarah Joos

    Sarah Joos, Preschool

    I love working with children, because they see the joy in the small things, that as adults we sometimes forget to notice!

    Sarah is new to the KinderCare family, but she has been working with children for several years. She has an Associate's Degree with emphasis in Elementary Education, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Sarah loves to do creative art activities with the children, and also loves to sing and teach new songs to them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Sarah worked at a Head Start school in Texas,Ywca, and First Friends Daycare.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates in Arts
  • Ms. Anita

    Ms. Anita, Pre-K and Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I have always loved working with children. I think working with young children keeps me young at heart.

    Ms. Anita has been at KinderCare for  1 1/2 years. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and will be finished next year with her Bachelors in Art degree.She has developed an organized classroom with many different interest areas. Ms. Anita has had wonderful skills with classroom management. She teaches the enrichment programs of Phonics and Cooking class. Ms. Anita is passionate about the children having their own outdoor garden in the spring and summer.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Anita worked as a lead teacher in a Head Start school in Chicago, a Director at a small preschool, teacher assistant for district 146, and lead teacher for Bobbie Noonan's Child Care.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education also pursing Bachelors in Early Childhood education/ Level 4 Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Kasey

    Ms. Kasey, School Age Classroom

    Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.

    Previous Experience:
    Kasey is new to the ECE field. Before starting with KinderCare, Kasey was a Medical Secretary, Combat Medic, in the U.S. Army.
    Year Started:
    5/24/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
  • Ms. Sierra

    Ms. Sierra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I believe the children are our future and it's our responsibility to help children become the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Pre-K Teacher
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It gives me great joy and happiness to watch the children grow and learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    4/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Our center uses a keypad entry and has locked fenced in playgrounds. All staff completed their First Aid Certifications and CPR training on an annual basis as part of their employment with KinderCare.

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.

One word to sum up Oak Forest KinderCare is the word "Family". I have entrusted this facility with my children for over six years and there is no place I'd rather take them everyday.  This center has been the foundation for my children to transition into school with the tools to help them start on their journey.  Throughout the years, the center has grown with each child.  The experiences that they create are both unforgettable and memorable because the teachers treat my children and me like their own.

- Mother

Just a note to say how well I'm pleased with a member of your staff; Ms. Susie.  I'm a foster mom with a child that has special needs.  She is so caring and takes the time needed for him.  He loves her so mcuh, I trust her with my boy and I don't trust everyone with him because he is a handful.  He has grown so much! I love your staff, they go the extra mile for my son.  It takes him a little longer to catch on but with Ms. Susie's help he gets it.  They help him fit in with the class.

- Mother

My children are my everything and I want the best for them.  I put my children at KinderCare because I knew my children will be in good hands.  Although they have been with KC for a short while, I have seen academic growth in my 3 year old daughter. She is very excited about learning and very proud of the work that she does in her class.  My 1 year old  son had a rough start; however, he warmed up quickly! He enjoys being at school now and he cries when it's time to go home.

- Father
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