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Palos Hills KinderCare

Toya Austin, Center Director

9906 South Roberts Rd. Palos Hills IL 60465
(708) 599-2225 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Palos Hills; Closest major intersection is 95th and Roberts Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
School District 117 transports to the Center; No Buses or Vans at this location: Dorn; Sorrick; Oak Ridge; Glen Oaks; Conrad

Our center is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all children and parents.  We are very proud to be a member of The Association for Early Learning Leaders (NAC).   By achieving NAC Accreditation we have demonstrated (and live) our commitment to excellence in the field of early childhood care and education. 

Welcome

Welcome to the Palos Hills  KinderCare, where we partner with families to create a nurturing and exciting environment that helps support your child through all stages of their development. We look forward to having you and your family join our school community. Our large outdoor activity space helps to create a great environment for learning. We accept CCAP subsidy. The large open floor plan helps create a bright and inviting space to learn, explore and grow. We provide a variety of year round programs for children ages six weeks through 12 years including Spring, Summer and Winter Break Camp.

Toya Austin, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Palos Hills welcomes all families. We pride ourselves on great family connections and making sure all families leave happy and satisfied each and every day. We provide great curriculum and a fantastic learning experience.  We hope you decide to take a moment to set up a tour to see our teachers in action!   

  • Toya Austin

    Toya Austin, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    I started at the Bolingbrook KinderCare in 2000, then transferred to the Oswego center. I was the Schoolage teacher and then accepted the role as the Assistant Director, in both buidings. After taking a leave to go back to school and raise my son, I started back with the company at the Darien location as the Assistant Director. I transferred to the Palos Hills location in November of 2014 as the Center Director.
    Year Started:
    8/2/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelors in Criminal Justice
  • Mrs. Danielle Weck

    Mrs. Danielle Weck, Assistant Director

    I have always loved working with children. Learning is such an amazing process and I am so passionate about the advantage an early education can give young learners. It is my goal to give all children a creative nurturing environment that will cultivate social, academic, and creative growth. I am so happy to be working with such an amazing team of teachers and administration that shares my goals and ideals of what learning should be. 

    Previous Experience:
    I began my career in early childhood education very early at the age of 15 as my Mom's Assistant Teacher in her two year old classroom. Since them I have had the opportunity to try out many different jobs but always found myself most happy in early education. I have had the chance to be a teacher in every classroom, but really excelled when I took on a role as the Kindergarten Teacher. Teaching the children to read was such a rewarding experience. I have been at this center in the role of Assistant Director for six months and am loving every moment.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Scribbleville

    Year Started:
    11/30/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts and working on completing a Master's in Education.
  • Ms. Kaylan Brown

    Ms. Kaylan Brown, Floater

    Hi I am Kaylan. I am currently a student at Lewis University obtaining my bachelors degree in early childhood. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    ESL endorsement
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am mother of an amazing three year old. I have been working with children by tutoring them since I was fifteen. I love doing photography in my spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at public schools, private centers, and park districts
    Favorite Children's Book:

    There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly (old version)

    Year Started:
    2/7/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Infants/Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked with all the age groups here in the building, but I am mainly with the Infants.
    Year Started:
    8/10/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infants

    For 15 years I have been in the same room working with the older infants. I enjoy seeing their milestones and going from babies to toddlers.

    Previous Experience:
    Private home care
    Year Started:
    8/10/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Ghalia

    Ms. Ghalia, Infants

    The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out

    Previous Experience:
    Lead infant teacher and frequent babysitter
    Year Started:
    7/20/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Classes in ECE
  • Ms. Dailia
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing ECE degree, BS in Psychology
  • Ms. Tanya, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Aneta

    Ms. Aneta, Infant Classroom

    Education:
    Currently seeking ECE degree
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool & Cooking Class

    I am a mother to an amazing four year old boy. I enjoy coming into work everyday and watching the children grow. The best feeling is seeing their faces when something clicks.

    Previous Experience:
    Managed daycare at a health club, worked for school district 108 for 5 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Holiday Drama

    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate in ECE
  • Ms. Ieshia

    Ms. Ieshia, Schoolage

    Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.

    Year Started:
    9/10/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    CDA and currently pursuing Associates degree in ECE
  • Ms. Lydia

    Ms. Lydia, Preschool

    I am a passionate, fun loving person who enjoys what she does. It is amazing teaching children and watching their minds grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lydia worked at both the Woodridge and Joliet centers before transferring to the Palos Hills KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Pout Pout Fish

    Year Started:
    8/15/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, PreK-2 & Learning Adventrures

    I am passionate about laughing with the children everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher/director for 30+ years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Kissing Hand"
    Year Started:
    9/15/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+years
    Education:
    BS in ECE from NIU
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool

    Every child is unique in their own way and I love watching them grasp concepts and being able to aplly them.

    Previous Experience:
    Schoolage teacher at Sandbox, substitute teacher for district 111&113A.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon"
    Year Started:
    2/20/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associates degree in Science from MVCC, Bachelors in Special Education, concentration in Learning theories & social science from Lewis University.
  • Ms. Ruby

    Ms. Ruby, Floater

    They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."- Carl W. Buehner

    Previous Experience:
    Banking, office and operations
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree"
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Business Tech. and pursuing BA in Psychology
  • Ms. Judie

    Ms. Judie, Kitchen

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Here at Palos Hills 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.

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

“Colin (two years), who is now in the Discovery Preschool Program started at KinderCare in the infant room. Our experience has been wonderful and productive. Colin has learned so much from attending and continues to grow each day he attends. He also enjoys participating in the Music and Me program.”

- Parent

“Our son Quaylen (five years), has been at this center since he was one year old. We have been pleased from the beginning. The teachers go above and beyond to help the children learn and thrive through the different programs the center offers. Quaylen has participated in Music and Me, Cooking Adventures and now thanks to Kelsey’s Phonics Program he is reading. Quaylen is now in the Kindergarten Program and looks forward to going to school everyday. Enrolling him in KinderCare was one of the best decisions we ever made.”

- Parent

“As a high school teacher, the education of my children (two and four years) is very important to me. We feel confident that the experiences our son Austin (four) has had at KinderCare are preparing him for years of success in school. Particularly the Music and Me and Kelsey’s Phonics Adventure programs.

- Parent

“Logan (16 months) loves going to school to see his friends. When I say we are leaving for school, he runs to our door. There is always a smile on his face when we get to KinderCare. The teachers are warm and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to go to KinderCare?

- Parent

“We are very happy with the care our children (two and four years old) get at KinderCare. They each receive a good educational and social experience and are cared for by trained and caring staff.”

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