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Rock Island KinderCare

Ms. Lori Mueller, Center Director

3316 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island IL 61201
(309) 786-9557 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eugene Field, Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton

Welcome

Welcome to the Rock Island KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! Our teachers are passionate about children and their education. We provide a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment with hands-on activities each day. The teachers strive to develop the whole child, with our curriculum emphasizing growth in social, emotional, cognitive, language and literacy, creative expression, and physical development. We look forward to showing you our center and having you meet out teachers. We would love to have you join our KinderCare family!

Ms. Lori Mueller, 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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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.

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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have highly passionate and qualified staff members who have more than 150 years of combined experience in early childhood education. All of our staff members have an associate's credential or higher, with many of them having obtained a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. We spend time each year taking part in professional development so that our staff is continuing to learn and grow as educators.

  • Ms. Lori Mueller

    Ms. Lori Mueller, Center Director

    "I love working with young children and their families. I am dedicated to providing a quality learning environment for all children to learn and grow in.

    Ms. Lori began her career with KinderCare in 1992. She has experience working as a Preschool Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and Assistant Director. Ms. Lori graduated from McKendree University in Illinois with her degree in elementary education. Ms. Lori has earned the National Director's Credential though National Louis University. She is passionate about educating young children. Ms. Lori enjoys watching children learn new skills and seeing the pure joy and satisfaction on their face. She works closely with the teachers to make the early learning experience a meaningful one for all children enrolled in our center. Ms. Lori looks forward to meeting your little ones and having you as part of the KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori has previous experience working as a Preschool Teacher and Assistant Director at other early childhood programs in the Quad City area as well as the Bettendorf KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    1/27/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kassandra Cabage

    Ms. Kassandra Cabage, Assistant Director

    The early childhood education field is ever-changing. I strive to bring new information to the staff here at KinderCare, and continue my own education so we can grow and provide the highest quality of care to young children. I strongly believe that each child deserves the best education, and that has to start with us here at KinderCare. The children we care for are provided with the love and attention, as well as the education to succeed in life.

    Ms. Kassi started in the Discovery Preschool Classroom three years ago as the lead teacher. She brought her art experience into her classroom and set her students up for success in the preschool classroom. Ms. Kassi was also the teacher in our Preschool room for a year before moving into her role as Assistant Director. Ms. Kassi loves making a difference in each classroom as the Assistant Director.  She works hard to make sure we are offering the best quality care by ensuring the teachers have all the training, support, and passion they need to run successful classrooms. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Kassandra spent two years working at a another child care provider.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horribe, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Visual Arts
  • Ms. Megan den Blaauwen

    Ms. Megan den Blaauwen, Program Specialist

    Ms. Megan is newer to our Rock Island KinderCare. Ms. Megan worked in our Bettendorf center as a Prekindergarten Teacher for five and a half years before joining our team here in Rock Island.  Ms. Megan received her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in 2004 with a degree in hospitality. In 2012, Ms. Megan graduated from the University of Phoenix with her master's degree in early childhood education. Ms. Megan is currently working on her director's credential though National Louis University.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan worked in an early childhood setting before starting at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    12/13/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Infant Classroom

    As a little girl, Ms. Jessie wanted to be a teacher. She always loved to babysit and when it was time to choose a major in college, she knew teaching was her only choice. Her daughter reminds Ms. Jessie every day why she loves what she does so much--it's been her experiences as a mom that have helped shape her into the person and teacher she is today. Ms. Jessie is a proud mom of her new son.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jessie worked as a teacher and Director at another center, a lifeguard and swim instructor, and a summer camp counselor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    "To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a hero!

    Ms. Amy is a mother of two, ages 14 and 12, as well as a 15-year-old Chihuahua and a cat. Ms. Amy enjoys reading and watching movies. She loves working with children every day. She earned her degree from Iowa State.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy worked as a special education para educator for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology
  • Ms. Monika

    Ms. Monika, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Monika grew up in Virginia and is new to the Midwest. She wanted to be a teacher since she was young. In the classroom, it is important to Ms. Monika that every child feel welcome and included. Children always continue to amaze and surprise her with their wonder.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Monika worked at several other child care centers and worked for the Head Start program in Virginia.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Deanne

    Ms. Deanne, Toddler Classroom

    I work hard to give these wonderful children support, encouragement, and the routine they need to be successful.

    Ms. Deanne has been with our company for seven years. She has developed a routine in her classroom that provides the children with the ability to feel comfortable and grow to their greatest potential. She is the proud auntie of nine nieces and two nephews, and loves spending time with her family on the weekends. She also has a love of photography and brings this into her classroom by photographing her students at those key moments of development to share with their families. Ms. Deanne always says she has ten children--the only difference is, none of them go home with her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Deanne worked as a private nanny. She also worked as an Infant Teacher at Davenport KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tiffani

    Ms. Tiffani, Toddler Classroom

    "I strive to see the "Ah-ha" moment in every child as much as possible!

    Ms. Tiffani has recently joined our KinderCare family and is loving spending time in the Toddler Classroom. She is currently enrolled in a program to get her associate credential and is excited to begin her career in early childhood education.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda started in the early childhood education field when she was a junior in high school, where she took classes and did on-site observations. Shortly after, she started working at a local daycare and continued her education by obtaining her associate's degree in early childhood education. Ms. Amanda has been working at KinderCare since May 2014. In her classroom, Ms. Amanda is all about learning through play! She plans a lot of hands-on experiences and activities that really enrich the children's learning. Ms. Amanda's main goal in the classroom is to promote a safe and healthy environment, while providing the children with the skills they need to succeed!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Amanda worked as a teacher at another child care provider.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Aubrey

    Ms. Aubrey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Aubrey is a mom of three. She has always known she wanted to work with children. In Ms. Aubrey's spare time, she runs her own photography business and hang out at home with her husband, kids, and our eight animals.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Aubrey worked at an in-home daycare prior to working at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    5/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Para Educator License
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Preschool Classroom

    Doing the right thing isn't always popular, but doing the popular thing isn't always right.

    Ms. Christina has a daughter who is 18 and a son who is 17. Both graduated high school and are in college this fall. She has worked in child care preschool for three years in DeWitt, Iowa. Ms. Christina has lived in DeWitt for 18 years and moved to Rock Island last year. She is very excited to be part of the KinderCare team.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, School Age Classroom

    Over the last 25 years, Ms. Laurie has seen so many children grow up before her eyes. The early childhood field is an amazing place, to see children go from drinking bottles all the way to writing their name and having full conversations! Ms. Laurie's time in the Preschool Classroom is focused on creating a structured but fun environment. She works with the children so they can all complete a task like sharing or turn-taking. Children need someone to help guide them and show them appropriate behavior in situations, and that's what she's there for! Her favorite classroom activity is story time--she loves getting into character and reading a great book with emotion to really bring the story to life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Laurie was a personal nanny in Boston, Massachusetts, an intern at Child Care Resource and Referral, and a Preschool Teacher at another child care center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Cook

    Ms. Ruth is a mother to three children: two boys and one girl. She is also a grandmother of three granddaughters. She loves to cook and listen to "old school" music.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ruth has previously cooked at nursing homes and hospitals for over 20 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop

    Year Started:
    6/23/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Support Staff

    "I am so excited to be working at my dream job. I enjoy watching this future generation gain so much knowledge and meet their goals.

    Ms. Lisa spends her spare time with her nieces and nephews.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa came to us after 36 years in the insurance industry.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Runaway Pancake by Ben Williams

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Carlisa

    Ms. Carlisa, Support Staff

    "Every day should be an adventure for everyone!

    Ms. Carlisa has been in the early childhood field for seven years. She loves getting to know each and every child in her care and strives to create an environment for the children to really learn and grow into themselves. The children in Ms. Carlisa's class always understand that they can have all the fun in the world, but they still need structure and responsibility.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carlisa was a lead teacher at another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Justine

    Ms. Justine, Suppport Staff

    Every child is different and every child is a new experience.

    Ms. Justine joined the KinderCare team shortly after graduating college. She started in the Preschool Classroom and has now transitioned into the Infant Classroom. In the Infant Classroom, the daily schedule is very flexible to meet the needs of the children. Ms. Justine truly believes each child is different and unique and learns differently--even at six weeks! She cannot wait to meet you and your child!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Justine worked as an aide in a Kindergarten Classroom and was a teacher for Awana Club.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • ExceleRate Ililnois Silver Circle of Quality

    ExceleRate Ililnois Silver Circle of Quality

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Afrikaans

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed on the following days throughout the year:

  • January 1st - New Year’s Day
  • February 15th - Professional Development Day
  • May 30th - Memorial Day
  • July 4th - Independence Day
  • September 5th - Labor Day
  • October 10th - Professional Development Day
  • November 24th - Thanksgiving Day
  • November 25th - Friday after Thanksgiving
  • December 26th – Christmas Day Observed
In the event any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday.
 

Health and Safety

Safety is one of our top concerns, which is why we have a keypad entry system, a system in place to ensure only authorized individuals pick up the children, a fenced playground, and all of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site who takes care of medication, allergy lists, fire/tornado drills, and general center safety.

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.

We chose to go with KinderCare back in 2014 while I was pregnant with my son. I have a niece who had gone and we were incredibly impressed. As hard as it was to leave my son for the first time, I knew he was going to be in good hands. Even to this day, my husband and I are constantly reassured daily that we made the right choice for our son. Watching him grow and learn through the curriculum that is used is extremely impressive. I am so proud of my son and watch him flourish daily. I can't thank the teachers and staff for taking care of my son. Even on days that are hard for me to leave him, they are right there to make sure I'm okay and that they are right there with my son if he is crying. So, thank you to all the teachers for all you do each and every day, not only with my son, but with all the children.

- Parent

It is extremely hard for me to drop off my kids anywhere other than with family. Thank you for giving me the comfort of knowing that my children are always in great hands! It brings me great joy knowing that my daughter couldn't stand to miss a day of learning and show and share, and my son had to have his mommy smiles and dance sessions! Thank you all for working the extra hours planning the daily activities, cutting out the pictures (that go on your boards), and being the amazing teachers that you are! Everything you do is noticed and appreciated by our family!

- Parent

Thank you to the staff at Rock Island KinderCare for being such a wonderful part of my son's life. They provide so much more than I ever expected from a day care. Every morning they greet us with a friendly hello. The fact that my son is so excited to see them lets me know that he enjoys the time they spend with him. I can tell they genuinely care about him by the stories they share and the individual attention he receives. They provide an excellent curriculum that lets him explore new things and enjoy learning. The pictures they give us are also a great personal touch. Your work is greatly appreciated!

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