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Rockford KinderCare

Velvet Mason, Center Director

308 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford IL 61107
(815) 398-2800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
North of State Street off of Executive Parkway

Neighborhood:
We are located just a short distance behind McDonalds and Grease Monkey on Mulford Road, just North of State Street off Executive Parkway.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hillman | Whitehead | CICS Jackson Rockford Public Schools pick up and drop off at: Brookview | White Swan | Cherry Valley | Thompson | Johnson | Gregory

NOW ENROLLING! Call today to schedule your tour. Ask about our referral bonus and the specials we have going on this month!  

Now accepting new erollment for summer camp 2016! Children will explore oceanography, spy school, be junior inventors, get a closer look at trees and birds, and circus science! 

We look forward to having you participate on our exciting summer programs!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare on Mulford! We look forward to meeting you and your family. We would love to have you visit our center to meet our educated, warm, and nurturing teachers! Our safe, secure, and stimulating environment is the perfect place for children to discover their individual gifts and talents. KinderCare on Mulford is a unique learning center with diverse cultures, experienced teachers, and engaging learning experiences.

Velvet Mason, 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

Our teachers and staff are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We strive to create the happiest and safest environment for the children to ensure our families have the most positive KinderCare experience. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Velvet Mason

    Velvet Mason, Center Director

    Looking at the world through the eyes of a child helps me to renew my perception of our amazing world every day. Seizing each moment of curiosity in children and turning it into a teaching opportunity helps children see the world as exciting, inspirational, safe and loving. Capturing these teaching moments together enables children to engage in their world with confidence and pride. It also allows them to utilize new skills in their daily life endeavors.

    Ms. Velvet started as the Center Director at Mulford KinderCare in March of 2014 after 23 years in the private school sector. This is a second career for Velvet. Her love for children and education made it a perfect fit and when the opportunity came available to work at KinderCare, she jumped on it and was excited to be able to be with such an awesome organization. Velvet loves to garden, read, and entertain in her spare time. She and has four daughters and 1 granddaughter and many pets that make up her happy home.

    Previous Experience:
    Velvet started as the Center Director at Mulford KinderCare in March of 2014 after 23 years in the private school sector.
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Education, Master's in Education and Leadership, Doctorate in Education Leadership
  • Nicki

    Nicki, Assistant Director

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. Nicki first joined the KinderCare team as one of the lead infant teachers. She has worked in both of the infant rooms and has just recently been promoted to Assistant Director. She is very excited for the opportunity to be part of the management team! She has her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. She is very passionate about working with the families and their children!  

    Previous Experience:
    Three years at a college campus teaching and learning childcare center, one year as an infant/toddler teacher at another daycare facility
    Year Started:
    3/14/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Nashika

    Miss Nashika, Infant Teacher

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi

    Miss Nashika is a mother of three from Chicago, IL. She fell in love with educating children at the age of 10, at which she began tutoring in her elementary school. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Master's in Science from Walden University.

    Previous Experience:
    18 months as a Pre K teacher, 3.5 years as a home childcare provider, 2 years as an infant teacher, and 1 year as a toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8.5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood: Child and Family Services; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Studies: Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Miss Krystal

    Miss Krystal, Infant Teacher

    Don't be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others.

    Miss Krystal considers her dog her child. She is an American Bulldog named Roxy. She is the youngest child of 5. Her favorite sport is volleyball.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA, KidsCare, ADA program, Little Learners Program
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Continuing associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Allison

    Miss Allison, Infant Teacher

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

    Miss Allison started working at KinderCare last May as one of the infant teachers.She has always loved working with children. She knew KinderCare was a perfect fit for her. She would help her grandma at her home daycare when she was little and is the oldest of four children, so she helped out with her younger siblings. In her free time, Miss Allison enjoys kayaking and being outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    3 years early childhood education at Rock Valley
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    workings towards Associate's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Toddler Teacher

    I absolutely love all the hugs and smiles I get when I come into the classroom every day!

    Ms. Maggie knew her whole life she wanted to work with children. She started babysitting at a young age and never stopped. As she got older, she was always the one who was happy to look after her friend’s kids. She decided to go to school to get her degree so she could make a career out of it. In the meantime, she had a child of her own and was a stay at home mom. After a year, she enrolled her here at KinderCare. After almost a year, she was extremely pleased with the care her daughter was receiving; she knew she wanted to work in a daycare setting!

    Previous Experience:
    Lifetime of babysitting, nanny, and a mother of a 3 year old.
    Year Started:
    6/18/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science
  • Miss Jenny

    Miss Jenny, Toddler Teacher

    A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

    Miss Jenny has always wanted to work with children! She loves working with the little ones! She really feels like she has found her niche working with toddlers. She enjoys watching them learn all the new things and coming into work every day to children who are so excited to see her and give her hugs all day long. 

    Previous Experience:
    In home daycare, 8 years as a Sunday School Teacher
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree om Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Tanesha

    Miss Tanesha, Toddler Teacher

    Young children need great adult interactions.

    Miss Tanesha started working in the childcare field while living in New York. She later moved to Illinois where she began working for Knowledge Beginnings and then transferred to Rockford KinderCare when she moved to the Rockford area. She loves working with children and having those interactions with the children on a daily basis. She has two girls of her own that also attend KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    First Class childcare in New York, Knowledge Beginnings in Glenview, IL
    Year Started:
    8/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    The Child Development Associate
  • Miss Kimberly

    Miss Kimberly, Toddler Teacher

    Play is the highest form of research - Albert Einstein

    Miss Kimberly joined KinderCare as one of our toddler teachers. She loves coming into work every day to the open arms and open minds! She enjoys seeing all the joy on their faces when they learn something new and their curious minds. 

    Previous Experience:
    Youth food literacy educator, early childhood assistant
    Year Started:
    1/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Miss Lindsay

    Miss Lindsay, Two's Teacher

    A person is a person no matter how small. -Dr. Suess

    Miss Lindsay is very happy to be working with the two year olds here at Kindercare! She has her associates degree in Early Childhood. She has been working with children since 2009 and absolutely loves it! There isn’t anything else she would rather be doing. She really enjoys watching the children learn and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Three years previously at KinderCare, three years at World of Dreams
    Year Started:
    3/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's in Early Childhood
  • Miss Emily

    Miss Emily, Two's Teacher

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Miss Emily has a Standard Poodle named Easton. Her favorite color is pink. She loves to spend her extra time working out and spending time with her boyfriend. Miss Emily has an older brother who lives in Texas with her parents.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA and World of Dreams Daycare
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Continuing associates
  • Miss Melissa

    Miss Melissa, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Melissa works in our preschool classroom and absolutely loves it! She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Educations from Northern Illinois University where she completed clinicals in elementary schools. Miss Melissa also has a 3 year old son who has attended KinderCare since he was 6 weeks old! Children are our future, which is the very reason Miss Melissa comes to work every day and enjoys working with the children. She is here to help shape and support our future! 

    Year Started:
    10/13/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University
  • Miss Andrea

    Miss Andrea, Preschool Teacher

    Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alike who is youer than you! -Dr. Seuss

    Miss Andrea has been with KinderCare for 8 years. She has worked with many different age groups, but currently works in our preschool classroom and loves it! She has a 15 year old son. In her spare time, Miss Andrea loves watching sports, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends!

    Previous Experience:
    two years at Concordia Lutheran Childcare, six years at Easter Seals Child Development Center
    Year Started:
    9/10/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    working towards The Child Development Associate
  • Miss Harmony

    Miss Harmony, Multi-Age Teacher

    Children are only young for so long, so we must nurture them every step of the way, and mold them into the adults we know they can be.

    Miss Harmony is married with two daughters. She just moved into heir first house and adopted their first dog! She has been working with children for over 15 years. She enjoys working with children and seeing the joy that comes when they learn something new! 

    Previous Experience:
    Substituting in the Belvidere school district
    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 and a half years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Timika

    Miss Timika, Multi-Age Teacher

    I am not a teacher, but an awakener. -Robert Frost

    Miss Timika has worked with our two year olds, preschoolers, and now in our Multi-Age classroom. She loves working with children every day! She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one! Miss Timika enjoys watching and being a part of the children learning every day.

    Previous Experience:
    another childcare center for 11 years
    Year Started:
    11/28/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    The Child Development Associate
  • Miss Kelsey

    Miss Kelsey, School age Teacher

    Miss Kelsey enjoys working with our school age children. She also helps out in our infant and toddler classrooms during the day when the children are at school. Miss Kelsey also runs our phonics program, cooking, painting, and make it/take it clubs.

    Previous Experience:
    Behavior and mental health coordinator for at risk youth
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    4/7/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

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
  • 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

We protect all children in our school with a secure keypad entry, and all visitors are identified at the reception desk. Our playgrounds were updated in the summer of 2012 with new safe and height regulated climbers, bike paths and a softer pour and play turf to help cushion falls while students play outdoors on our toddler and preschool/school age playgrounds. The majority of our staff have been certified in CPR and First Aid and are ready to assist children in time of need.

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.

As a single parent with two special needs kids having the security of a daycare that is dependable and affordable is huge. The teachers at KinderCare take the time to really care for my kids. They teach them numbers, letters, reading, writing and music. The teachers encourage my kids to be creative and help guide them to make the right choices throughout the day. Over the last year that we have been with KinderCare I have watched my kids grow and learn so much and make real friends. And drop off is never an issue because they enjoy their day so much. KinderCare has been a tremendous resource for me. They have helped me get my son's behavioral issues under control. The amazing staff has worked with him and me to find a solution to our problems. I don't know how we would of gotten to where we are now without their help. There is no way a short email could possibly cover all the wonderful things KinderCare has done for my family. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I have for all they do.

- Parent

Both of my kids have been with KinderCare now for a couple of months. I couldn't be happier with the teachers and even the office staff. They always have smiles on their faces and make me and my daughters feel so welcome Nothing makes me happier when I get up in the morning and y daughters are excited to go to school. My 2 year old daughter comes home with more and more stuff she has learned every day! I know they are getting great education here and also getting all the love they need. Thank you for being such caring and kind people. I know I can work and know my kids are in great hands!

- Parent

In the year I have had my children at KinderCare, I have been very pleased! I always get welcomed warmly and have been treated like family! My children love their teachers and have flourished socially and educationally. Every day I pick them up, they are so happy. The teachers are wonderful!

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