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John Humphrey Drive KinderCare

Danielle Wolf, Center Director

14632 John Humphrey Dr. Orland Park IL 60462
(708) 349-4990 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
One block east of LaGrange Road

Neighborhood:
Orland Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All Orland Schools - also Palos East Elementary, Helen Keller Elementary and St. Michael's.

Thank you for taking the time to check out the KinderCare Difference at our John Humphrey Drive KinderCare. Here at the John Humphrey Drive KinderCare we take pride in our ensuring the overall care and education of your child. We are a NAC Accredited  center, and we strive to uphold the quality of care as well as quality of education for each and every one of our students. Our KinderCare provides your child with the education that each child deserves. The curriculum is based on the Early Childhood Common Core Standards of Illinois.

We are now enrolling for the 2015 - 2016 School Year with the K-12 Interactive Kindergarten. This private kindergarten class is different than any program that the school district offers. This program is a full day kindergarten program from 9 am until 3 pm, where as the public schools only offer a half day program of 2 1/2 hours. Our Smart Boards encourage students to use a hands-on approach to learning. Instead of worksheets, for example, children will actually be up and working on the smart board. Aligned with the national and state standards, our new curriculum offers children engaging lessons delivered through our interactive smart board. Students will participate in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and Social Skills. Since children learn in multiple ways, our Smart Board is designed for students to use a variety of learning styles to suit their individual needs.
        
Give us a call or stop on in today to see the John Humphrey Drive KinderCare Difference for yourself!

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Welcome

Welcome to the John Humphrey Drive KinderCare in Orland Park. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! Here we believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Each age group, from Infant to School Age, has their very own curriculum. Our teachers go above and beyond each day to enhance academic success in each individual child. We work to ensure that each child’s personal experience is unique and individualized. Do not hesitate to give us a call with any question that you have about our program!

Danielle Wolf, 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.

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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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

Math

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Our team is filled with women of all different backgrounds. Each member of our team is First Aid and CPR Certified and has previous experience in the Early Childhood Education Field. Our Lead Teachers all hold a degree in Early Childhood Education and our Assistant Teachers are in the process of attaining their degrees. We all believe in overall development of each individual child and go above and beyond each day to ensure the highest level of learning for your child. Come in and meet our team today to see the John Humphrey Drive KinderCare Difference!

  • Danielle Wolf

    Danielle Wolf, Center Director

    “I love coming to work each day and being able to watch the children progress over time. Being greeted with their happy faces is something that cannot be replaced.”

    Danielle began her career with KinderCare in 2007. She began as an Assistant Teacher in the Preschool room and later moved on to the Lead Toddler room for three years. Danielle was the Assistant Director from 2011 until 2013, when she became the Center Director. She is currently attending Kendall College to further her education in the field of Child Development. Danielle loves spending time with her friends, family and dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Danielle has previous experience working as a Preschool Assistant Teacher, Lead Toddler Teacher, Third in Charge (Manager in Training) and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    9/5/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Shonvette Banks

    Shonvette Banks, Assistant Director

    If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. - Maya Angelou

    Previous Experience:
    Shonvette has experience as an Infant Teacher and Assistant Director at one of our other KinderCare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    8/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shavon

    Ms. Shavon, Program Specialist - Manager in Training

    My daughter is the reason that I love working with children. As a baby she inspired me to enjoy those precious moments of early childhood.

    Ms. Shavon is our infant room co-teacher and has been with KinderCare since 2012. Ms. Shavon is working on completing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with 27 credit hours in Early Childhood Education. In the classroom, Ms. Shavon assists the team in day to day duties including circle time, diaper changes, tummy time and so much more!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shavon came to us from a group home child care setting where she was the Director from 2006 - 2012. Prior to this, Ms. Shavon worked with infants and toddlers from 2003 - 2006.
    Year Started:
    5/4/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Amber, School Age

    I love to see the children smiling each day with their new discoveries.

    Ms. Amber has been part of our team for about a year now. She came to us from another early childhood learning center to be closer to home. Ms. Amber's energy and excitement brings joy to our Infants (and our other children's) lives. She is continuing her education to become the best educator that she can be!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber has previous experience working as a nanny, a child party planner and an Early Childhood Teacher at a different facility.
    Year Started:
    11/12/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Toddler Classroom

    Children are our future!

    Ms. Sonia graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of two and during her educational career, Ms. Sonia volunteered at a local preschool for four years.

    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Toddler Teacher

    I love seeing the smiling faces on the children when they are learning something new!

    Ms. Denise has three children of her own. She enjoys spending as much quality time with her children as she can. Seeing her children grow up throughout the years has made Ms. Denise a very proud Mommy seeing all that her children have accomplished. Ms. Denise enjoys working with children and seeing them mature into beautiful people inside and out!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Denise has had experience participating in her children's PTA as well as being a reading coach at the Orland Public Schools and being Troop Leader for Girl Scouts.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have been working with children for many years before coming to join this wonderful team. It is very rewarding to be able to watch the children grow. Each day is a new adventure!

    Ms. Maria is the lead discovery preschool teacher. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been with KinderCare since 2010.

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 5 years prior to joining the KinderCare Team!
    Year Started:
    10/8/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Working towards obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love the high energy work environment – there is never a dull day at KinderCare! It is a joy knowing that I played a part in the growth and educational development of my students.

    Ms Angie is the co-preschool teacher. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in Early Childhood Education. She had been with KinderCare since 2009 and in this field for the last 5 years.

    Year Started:
    11/30/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that children need to have caring and nurturing teachers in order to grow and develop into happy adults.

    Ms. Karen is the lead preschool teacher and has been with KinderCare since 2000. she has been passionately working in this field for over 20 years. Ms. Karen has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Moraine Valley.

    Year Started:
    11/28/2000
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom A

    I am confident that my experience and background will provide your child with a positive educational experience.

    Ms. April is the lead prekindergarten teacher. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2007 and has been in this field for 20 years.

    Year Started:
    8/2/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom B

    I love watching the children grow.

    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare since 1986 and works in the Prekindergarten Classroom. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    5/25/1986
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Education:
    Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, K-12 Interactive Kindergarten

    The most rewarding part of my day is being able to see that I have been able to help a child achieve one of their goals.

    Ms. Jennifer has been with KinderCare since January 2011 and teaches in the Kindergarten Classroom. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in this field for the past six years.

    Year Started:
    1/17/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, School Age Classroom

    I love being able to see the children grasp the different concepts that we teach each day and the joy they express when they achieve their goals.

    Ms. Mary is the School Age Teacher. Ms. Mary loves bringing in the ideas of the children to enhance her curriculum and encourage their individual growth socially, cognitively and physcially!

    Year Started:
    8/22/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Cook, Bus Driver

    What makes my day? Seeing the children get excited when they realize I'm cooking one of their favorite lunches! I also love witnessing the amazing talent of our teachers when having the opportunity to be part of a classroom's activities!

    Ms. Pat has been with KinderCare for three years. She has spent the majority of her time in the kitchen preparing lunch and snack for hungry tummies. Ms. Pat also drives the children to and from school, to their field trips and helps out around the center doing various activities.

    Year Started:
    9/26/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Verita

    Ms. Verita, Learning Enrichment Specialist

    In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. It takes a village to raise a child.

    Ms. Verita has worked in various early childhood settings teaching children. She has worked in the Chicago Public School System, volunteered with non-profit organizations and as a private nanny for multiple families. Here at KinderCare, Ms. Verita assists each of the teachers in their classrooms as needed. She loves observing each individual child as they grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Verita was previously a private nanny where she worked daily with three young children.
    Year Started:
    2/20/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Mass Communication with a Minor in Psychology

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Lithuanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets
  • Lactose Free & Soy Milk

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day - Professional Development Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day - Professional Development Day
Thanksgiving
The Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Here at John Humphrey Drive 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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I have been searching for a center for my daughter for months before I knew I would have to enroll her. I went to numerous centers, but this center (The John Humphrey Drive Center) was the perfect place for us! I couldn't be happier to have my daughter at this center!

- Mother

Everyone is so great! It is a great learning and growing experience for me and my child!

- Father

Thank you for helping my little one adjust to group care and making our transition a great experience!

- Mother

The girls are always so sweet and caring toward our children. They have learned so much and continue to grow under the care of the women here. We are SO grateful!

- Parents

The whole staff treats the kids like they are a part of their very own family!

- Parents

My daughter and I are both grateful for all the staff does for the both of us! They are truly a part of our family!

- Mother

My daughter's teachers take a few minutes out of the day to talk to me and tell me how my daughter is doing. For a new mom having to drop a very young baby off, that is a wonderful thing to be able to have. They always make me feel comfortable and it's reassuring to see the same people every day.

- Parent

“After visiting many different centers, we immediately knew this was the center for our twins. We moved them to the center within two weeks. I was confident that I had found the public “home daycare” atmosphere that my older boys had flourished in, and I was right. This center is blessed to have the management and staff members that they have. I know my twins are better for it.”

- Mom
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