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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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Special Instructions:
at 99th St & Roberts Rd

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. 

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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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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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
  • Jamie Hopkins

    Jamie Hopkins, Assistant Director

    Kid, you'll move mountains. -Dr. Seuss

    I am married, to my very loving, highschool sweetheart and I have two amazing children. I have worked with children for the last nine years and have enjoyed every day of the craziness it brings! I am passionate about getting to know each individual child and meeting their social, emotional and developmental needs. I think being a part of a strong team is essential for having great families and a well run building. I recieved my bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in December of 2011. I love spending time with my family & friends, watching sports, hiking, yoga and I LOVE to bake!

    Previous Experience:
    I started at the Joliet KinderCare in 2007 as the closing Toddler Assistant. After moving to DeKalb, I transferred from Joliet to the DeKalb KinderCare, while I attended school. When I graduated college, I transferred back to Joliet, becoming the Lead Kindergarten teaher. I also acted as the Assistant Director from October 2014-February 2015, then becoming the Program Specialist. When the opportunity arose, I accepted the position at the Palos Hills location, as the Assistant Director in August 2015. While at Northern Illinois University, I completed a 480 hour internship with children ages 3-5, in the NIU Child Development Lab. I completed lesson plans, faciliated activities, completed various child assessments and went on home visits. All while under the supervision of my Master teacher, Graduate Assistants and the Director of the lab.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" & "I Love You Stinky Face"
    Year Started:
    7/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science emphasis in Child Development/Leadership, ECE Credential Level 5, Infant/Toddler Credential Level 5, Illinois Director Credential Level ll
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Classes in ECE
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly,

    I love seeing the milestones! First word, first step, first time they write their name to their first day of Kindergarten!

    Knowing we are here to guide them through the early years is wonderful feeling!

    Previous Experience:
    3 years at a private center, 10 years at KinderCare. I spent 3 years with my own children, now I am back!
    Year Started:
    3/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Infants

    Previous Experience:
    I worked at another Early Child Center for 4 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Skippy John Jones
    Year Started:
    2/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Elementry Education
  • Ms. Dailia

    Ms. Dailia,

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing ECE degree, BS in Psychology
  • Ms. Tanya, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rachel, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Aneta

    Ms. Aneta, Toddlers

    Education:
    Currently seeking ECE degree
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool & Cooking Class

    I love watching my 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:
    "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & The Big Hungry Bear"
    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associated 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, Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lydis worked at both the Woodridge and Joliet centers before transfering to the Palos Hills KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/15/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Ginny

    Ms. Ginny, Preschool

    A child has a special way of adding joy to my days!

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher/director for 30+ years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love you Forever"
    Year Started:
    7/28/1982
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+years!
    Education:
    CDA
  • 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:
    3 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:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates in Business Tech. and pursuing BA in Psychology
  • Ms. Judie

    Ms. Judie, Kitchen

  • Ms. Tatiana

    Ms. Tatiana, Floater

    "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.- Aristole

    Previous Experience:
    With part of my clinical, I worked in a Kindergarten classroom, I was a reading specialist and also a turtor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If you give a mouse a cookie"
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 months
    Education:
    Currently seeking Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Social Science

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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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