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West Oswego KinderCare

Ms. Kim Woodson, Center Director

100 Pfund Ct. Oswego IL 60543
(630) 551-3172 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at corner of Rt 34 & Rt 71 behind Walgreens

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fox Chase, East View, Old Post, Prarie Point, Southbury, Hunt Club, Boulder Hill, Long Beach,and Churchill Elelmentary Schools. District busing from Browkaw Early learning Center.

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Welcome

LET'S LEARN! Counting, sorting, finger paints, and experiments - who knew learning could be so much fun! Let us be a part of your child's Early Childhood Education. Stop in today and meet our outstanding teachers and see our classrooms in action. Whether you are looking for infant care, preschool programs or before and after care we are the place for you. We provide transportation to some of the local schools in the Oswegoland area.

Ms. Kim Woodson, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. We know that children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring, and testing and flourish when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. Our teaching staff at the West Oswego KinderCare takes great pride in the education and care we provide. We strive to meet and exceed all of your expectations.

  • Ms. Kim Woodson

    Ms. Kim Woodson, Center Director

    I truly enjoy the relationships that I have with the families at KinderCare and work very hard to ensure families are satisfied and would recommend us to their friends. I couldn't imagine working with children and not knowing their families.

    Kim Woodson is the Center Director at West Oswego KinderCare. She began her position as Center Director in October of 2012. Previously, she was the Assistant Center Director at the South Naperville KinderCare, and has been with the company since 2000. Kim began her career as a Preschool teacher and was also the center’s Program Specialist before moving into the Assistant Director role. She currently lives in Aurora but has spent most of her life growing up in Oswego. Kim has two children, Shane and Rylee, who have both attended KinderCare. She is excited to be a part of the Oswego community once again. Kim takes her responsibility very seriously, and she is here to answer any questions you may have about enrolling your child. She looks forward to showing you all that our center has to offer.

    Year Started:
    8/22/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Michele Bell

    Ms. Michele Bell, Assistant Director

    I enjoy meeting and getting to know new families when they enroll at KinderCare.

    Michele Bell has been with KinderCare since 1995 and began as a Kindergarten teacher. She brings 16 years of early childhood education experience to the center. During the next four years, she worked her way up to Assistant Director and then Center Director. Shortly after the birth of her twins, she transferred to the West Oswego KinderCare in May of 2003 to be the Assistant Director. Michele helps to ensure the classrooms are running their curriculum each day and that families are well informed about their child's day with us.

    Previous Experience:
    Michele started as a Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/23/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool

    Hi, my name is Shannon Morey. I began working with children over 15 years ago. I started as an Assistant teacher working with Infants and after completing my degree I became teacher qualified and began working with Preschool children. I am married and have 2 children, Jeremy and Keely. I enjoy seeing what each new day brings and being a part of teaching children each day.
     

    Year Started:
    10/14/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Ginny

    Ms. Ginny, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing children's growth and development over time.

    Ms. Ginny has been teaching in the infant classroom at West Oswego KinderCare since January of 2006. She has her B.A. in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She came to us with four years of experience as the center director at another childcare facility, and she taught early childhood special education for nine years. Ms. Ginny lives in Bolingbrook with her husband, Joe. They have two adult sons and three Yorkies. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as gardening and traveling in her free time. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your child's early years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Ginny spent nine years working with early childhood special education students, and four years as a director of a church-based preschool.
    Year Started:
    1/3/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    Hi! My name is Nancy Purcell. I have been working for KinderCare since 2006. Before that I taught at Elk Grove Village Preschool. I have 7 children and 10 grandchildren. I love to see the excitement on children faces as they learn. I hope that I may implement learning experiences that enrich their lives. I am looking forward to getting to know each of your children.
     

    Year Started:
    8/31/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Preschool

    Ms. Molly started with the center in the Summer of 2014.  She began her teachings here in the School-age classroom but has now moved on as our Preschool teacher.  Molly lives with her husband and daughter Nyomi.  She enjoys dancing, reading and continuing her education.

    Year Started:
    7/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Jean

    Ms. Jean, Preschool Classroom

    It's so rewarding to look back and think about the number of lives I've touched over the years!

    Ms. Jean teacher in our preschool classroom. She began in childcare by running an in-home service for several years. After, she worked as House Parent at Mooseheart. When this center opened in 2000, she became part of the team. Shortly after starting at West Oswego, she obtained her Associate's Degree in Child Development. Ms. Jean enjoys working with children of many different ages and is excited for the opportunity to teach for our center. She finds it very rewarding to look back and think about all the children she has assisted in educating throughout the years.

    Year Started:
    10/2/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Toddlers

    Smiles and laughs from my students definitely inspire me to come to work each day

    Hello!  My name is Miss Colleen Purcell.  I graduated from Waubonsee Community College with my Associates Degree. I have been a part of the KinderCare team since May 2015.  I am currently working with the toddler classroom and I am really enjoying teaching the children new things. I come from a family of 7 children and  have 2 children of my own Ali & Lizzie.  In my free time I love to scrapbook, bake, and play basketball.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help your children learn and grow.
     

    Year Started:
    5/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Pre-K/School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Kimberly is the afternoon teacher in the Toddler Classroom. She earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Oakland Community College in Michigan. She has been working with children of all ages in many different settings since 1995. Ms. Kimberly lives in Oswego with her husband, Steve and their daughter, Marie. She is so excited to join our KinderCare team and to have an opportunity to teach and help nurture your child.

    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Toddler Classroom

    I'm inspired by how the children react to new experiences every day.

    Ms. Tammy is a teacher in the Early Learning Toddler Classroom at our center. She obtained her Bachelor's in special education from Ohio State University. She has experience working with children of many age groups through her experience with Oswego School District 308. She is looking forward to enriching your student's life, as well as her own, by working with the toddlers at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy started her career working for the Oswego School District as a teacher's aide prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Ronda

    Ms. Ronda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Smiles and laughs from my students definitely inspire me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Ronda teaches our discovery preschool at the center. She received her B.A. in Merchandising Management but realized shortly thereafter she enjoyed children much more. She went back to school for a degree in Early Childhood Education and Care. She originally began teaching at KinderCare in 2003 for approximately three and a half years. She returned to us in February, 2011, when she came back from Ohio. She has two children of her own who keep her busy in her free time. In addition to playing with children, she also enjoys soccer and scrapbooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ronda started with KinderCare in 2003. After her second child was born she opened in home daycare and came back to KinderCare in 2011.
    Year Started:
    2/7/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and classes in ECE
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Michele has been part of the KinderCare team since June of 2007. She has lived in the Montgomery area her entire life. She graduated from Aurora University with her B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She truly enjoys working with the children every day and looks forward to watching your children learn and grow as individuals.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Shanta

    Ms. Shanta, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Shanta is the afternoon teacher in the School Age classroom. She graduated in 2012 with her degree in early childhood education and began her career with KinderCare in September of that year. The reason she chose to pursue her degree was that she wanted to spark imagination, build self-esteem, and create an environment of discovery for younger children. Ms. Shanta is married, with three sons. She and her family currently reside in Oswego.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Assosicates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Program Specialist/ Tutorial Instructor

    I really enjoy guiding the children's success throughout the learning adventure programs.

    Ms. Kris is the Program Specialist and Tutorial Instructor at our center. She has been with us since 2002 and in that time she has taught every age group from infants through school age students. She was also assistant director at a number of facilities before finding a home at West Oswego KinderCare. Currently, Ms. Kris teaches our enrichment programs: phonics, reading, cooking, math, and two music sections. She also provides support for our classroom teachers. She looks forward to teaching your student in our advanced placement programs!

    Year Started:
    6/14/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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.

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

The health and safety of the children in our care is of the utmost importance. The safety starts at the front door, with a security-code access door. We adhere to strict pick-up procedures, based on each family’s written requests. We have specific vendors that ensure high-quality toys and equipment, as well as our staff checking the equipment regularly to ensure it is safe and in good repair for the children. Our center promotes a healthy environment in many ways, too. Children and adults wash their hands numerous times a day; toys are sanitized frequently and we follow a daily and weekly cleaning and sanitizing checklist. In addition, we also have a doctor that visits the facility and is available for consult, when needed, regarding health-related topics.

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.

KinderCare has been so awesome for our son! Before he was at a different place but all the did was just play. At KinderCare Oswego he has learned so much. He did not talk before KinderCare. Now his communication skills are excellent. He is so confident because KinderCare has so many educational activities. He has learned so much its unbelievable. The staff is so friendly and helpful that I feel like they are just like a extended family. Thank you KinderCare family for letting my son be a part of your family and helping him along the way.

- Father

I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how impressed and happy I am with the staff at the Oswego KinderCare. My children were always taken care of at home by their great-grandma. Unfortunately, due to her age and health she was unable to care for my youngest son, Alden, anymore. So, I put him in a home daycare that turned out to be a bad situation. Out of desperation, I requested information on-line, (to which I received a prompt response.) I came to the center and was immediately greeted, by name, and all of my questions were answered. I set up a time for us to observe and Alden to spend the day. On his visit day, he was immediately greeted by name, from the staff as we entered. When we went to his classroom (Pre-K) he was made to feel welcome. He enjoyed the day, was given a lot of one-on-one time, made a stuffed animal and had a pleasant experience. He could not wait to go there again. As a mom, of a child who does not like change and doesn't do well with strangers, this was a pleasant relief. Every experience has been positive and I only wish that I would have put him in earlier. He is learning not only academically but socially as well. He looks forward to every day and feels connected and secure. I have made surprise visits, and every time the facility is clean, he is actively engaged and enjoying himself. These are the things that comfort a worried parent. I would and do highly recommend your entire staff to everyone and anyone. Thank you for providing this invaluable, quality opportunity for children.

- Mother

I have three children, ages 7, 5 and 15 months.  My children have been attending KinderCare since the summer, and each of them have loved coming everyday!  My older son was in the School-Age room full-day this summer and is currently attending before and after school.  He loved the summer field-trips and enjoys the projects Miss Shanta sets up in the classroom after school.  My middle son is in the Preschool classroom.  He loves all of the activities Ms. Michelle does to keep him busy!  My daughter started in the Infant room and just transitioned to the Toddler room.  Having never been in daycare before, I thought it would have taken my daughter longer to adjust, but she became attached to Ms. Ginny and Ms. Tammy very quickly.  All of the staff at KinderCare has been wonderful to work with. Everyone has taken a sincere interest in my children, which puts me at ease while I am at work.

- Mother

Our son started at the South Oswego KinderCare back in April of 2013. We were new to the area and when we contacted Kim (the director), she as well as the entire staff welcomed us with open arms. The director sat down with us and provided pertinent information about the center as well as answering all of our questions, she did everything she could to assist in making the transition smoother for us. Since the time our son began at the center, we have witnessed his development grow in leaps and bounds. Our son has been in previous daycare and this center definitely is heads above the rest because everyone is very hands on (the director, our sons teachers and the entire staff). One of the best things about this center is that they are big on communication, which is so important to parents. I cannot emphasize how much this makes a difference to me as a parent, because it is so easy to get caught up in schedules and routines. It is refreshing to know that the staff will not hesitate to give me a thorough update on how my child's day went. They also take the time out to email us pictures of our son while he is in the midst of a learning or play activity (this is the only daycare center I have ever had that did this). It really means a lot that they go the extra mile just to keep us in the loop and give us that additional insight into our child's day. I would also like to add that the entire staff is very supportive and gracious. Our child has special needs and the flexibility, patience, nurturing and kindness demonstrated by the KinderCare staff has been unmatched, we are truly thankful for every employee there. It is also a plus that the center always has ongoing creative/learning activities for the kids (our son is in music class) as well giving them opportunities to interact with our public servants in the community (i.e. fireman, police officer visits) in an effort to extend the scope of classroom education. Our son's classroom teacher, Ms. Rhonda is more than a teacher to our son, she is truly a caregiver. She is informative, resourceful and warm, the reflection of everything a child's teacher should be. I would recommend this center to any parent because when we leave our son with the staff at KinderCare, we know that he is in good hands and this is evidenced by his bond with the entire staff as well as their interactions with us.

- Mother
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