Joan Longtin, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We service several schools in Homer Glen, Lockport, and Orland Park. Please call for further details.
Our center is accredited by NAC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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
Our Cooking Academy program teaches kids confidence in the kitchen through hands-on activities that build important math, science, and social skills. They’ll learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and nutrition—and get to eat some delicious food made all on their own like carrot and turmeric hummus, pumpkin muffins, vegetable curry, black bean and sweet potato chili, and so much more!
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.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
Dawn and Joan (and Staff):
I am most thankful to both of you, Pinewood KinderCare and your tremendous staff. Like Shawn, I see Jonathan developing every time he’s there. His growth is amazing and I thank you all.
As a parent, it is a wonderful feeling to know your child is not just taken care of throughout the day, but they are loved. You both should be very proud of the facility you manage.
Thank you both (all)!
Mike K. - KinderCare Parent
The Pinewood center is the best place, by far. The teachers are engaging, the programs are fun and educational. For my kids, going to daycare is the best part of their day. I would like to give a loud round of applause to Joan and her team. Not only are the teachers there for the kids, helping my daughter learn her ABCs and teaching her how to calm down during her many temper tantrums, the staff is there for ME TOO. Always willing to chat for a minute if the class room setting allows it. I have never been to another center, but they would seriously have to work at taking me away from Pinewood. I'm currently in the process of moving and I will NOT move outside of Pinewoods' territory. Keep up the great work!!
Sara C. - KinderCare Parent
Joan, Dawn, and Staff,
My family recently moved further away from the daycare center, and the subject of transferring to another day care was brought up. I quickly dismissed that notion as I am very happy with the way my family is treated by the leaders of the building. My daughter's needs are met, she is provided instruction, she is learning valuable social skills, and above all else, is clearly loved by Joan, Dawn, and the entire staff. Thank you for taking such great care of my family. Simple words can not express the appreciation I have for everyone for all they have done for us.
Dan C. - KinderCare Parent
I always enjoy picking up my granddaughter from Pinewood KinderCare. I am always greeted with a smile and a friendly hello from either Joan, Dawn, or Debi. The Pinewood staff does a wonderful job of keeping the families involved. I always look forward to attending the fun activities they have planned throughout the year. All questions and concerns are answered promptly. A warm thank you to all the staff at Pinewood Drive.
Donna B. - KinderCare Parent
Since before our daughter was even born, my wife would talk about the Pinewood center and all the things she liked about the staff and the curriculum. She would often say that she would not bring our daughter anywhere else. After our daughter turned two we wanted her to enroll in a preschool program for more interaction with children her age. Of course the Pinewood center is the only place my wife would consider. Joan and Dawn and all the staff have done a wonderful job helping both my daughter and wife adjust. Thank you! We wouldn't want her to be anywhere else!
Thor B. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.