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East Riverside KinderCare

Dawn Allen, Center Director

6473 East Riverside Blvd. Rockford IL 61114
(815) 636-2200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Between Perryville and Mulford Roads

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parker Center | Marquette | Rockcut | Spring Creek | Carlson Elementary

Your child's future success starts now!
KinderCare is now accepting new enrollments for the 2015-2016 school year. Come experience the difference a high quality NAEYC accredited early childhood program can make for your child. 
 

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Welcome

Welcome to East Riverside KinderCare located between Rockford and Loves Park. Our center is nationally accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children and has earned the Gold Circle of Quality for the ExceleRate program in Illinois. We are proud to be one of the two centers in the Rockford area that have accomplished this achievement.
Each day as children arrive at school they are excited to know that they will be engaging in new learning experiences and will have opportunities to explore and discover new things with their friends. As parents leave for their day, they are confident we will provide the highest quality of care in a safe and nurturing environment each and every day for their child. We invite you to visit and experience all of the great things that make us proud to be a leader in early childhood education.

Dawn Allen, 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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday November 24, 2015
    1. Parent/Teacher Conferences

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      Please sign up for a parent/teacher conference with your child's teacher. We will be sharing your child's progress through discussion, our developmental assessment, and their personal portfolio. Thank you for partnering with us!

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our school are the key to what makes us so successful. They are committed to a career in early childhood education as shown in their tenure. We are proud to say that 12 of our teachers have been with KinderCare for over five years. Of those 12 teachers seven are at 10 years or more and two of them at 20 years or more. This commitment provides consistency for the children and ensures parents that the teachers they have trusted will be with them as their children grow.

  • Dawn Allen

    Dawn Allen, Center Director

    I am passionate about providing quality early childhood education for young children. All children deserve to have the opportunity to grow and thrive in an environment that is not only designed for them but also that becomes an extension of them and their learning.

    Dawn always knew that she would work with children. She went to school at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for elementary education and then went on to teach private kindergarten. Her passion for early childhood education developed when she became a parent and now could not see herself in any other field.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Dawn was a Kindergarten teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    4/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Crystal Prue

    Crystal Prue, Assistant Director

    I love working with young children as each day brings new developments, achievements, and successes. There is no greater feeling than experiencing the love of a child.

    Crystal went to Northern Illinois University to pursue her passion for working with children. During her schooling, she was a toddler teacher at the KinderCare of Dekalb and then transferred to Rockford as an Assistant Director. She chose the field of child development because she loves watching children learn and grow. Crystal is a cheerleading coach and judge for competitive cheerleading competitions.

    Previous Experience:
    Crystal has worked as a toddler teacher and cheerleading and gymnastics coach.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Way I Feel
    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    I love that as a teacher, I get to impact a childs growth and learning

    Ms. Megan has held many roles during her time with KinderCare. She transferred to our location after working as a preschool and discovery preschool teacher at the KinderCare locations in Dekalb and Rockford, IL. Ms. Megan is currently a teacher in the infant classroom and loves working with the younger age group. She strives to exceed every families expectations by getting to know them and their individual preferences for their child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan was a teacher at the KinderCare in Dekalb IL.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    4/21/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to love and nurture children just beginning life. I enjoy watching the babies grow and learn every day

    Ms. Sue understands the importance of providing a nurturing and educational environment for each individual child. She works with the parents of the children in her care to ensure each families needs are met and exceeded. Her goal is to ensure every child enjoys learning so are excited to come back each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director for KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Zebra
    Year Started:
    3/1/1987
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Carthage College, CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job! Coming into the classroom and seeing all the children ready to learn and play is what makes me excited

    Ms. Erica is a teacher in the toddler classroom. She has her CDA credential and plans on continuing her education towards a degree in early childhood education. Her favorite part of the day is circle time when she can engage the children in stories and activites. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys teaching the children Spanish words and phrases.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica was a nanny and taught bible study to children before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Glad Monster, Sad Monster
    Year Started:
    6/10/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Toddler Classroom

    I am inspired every morning by all the smiling faces I see when I walk into the classroom

    Ms. Jackie has really enjoyed becoming a part of the toddler classroom. She treats each day as a new experience and is using her educational background to bring new ideas into the classroom. Ms. Jackie is committed to education and has completed her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jackie worked as a nanny and volunteered at a Children's Crisis Center in Rockford.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think -Margret Mead

    Ms. Jennifer cannot see herself working anywhere else but in the early childhood field. She works primarily with the two year old group but can often be found helping out with the other ages as well. Her passion is spending quality time with her daughter and the children she gets to be around every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen worked at a private day care and babysat.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    And You Think You Saw It On Mulberry Street
    Year Started:
    2/10/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associates Degree from Rock Valley College
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Discovery Preschool- 2's

    I love the energy and excitement that children have when they discover something new

    Ms. Jenny has always enjoyed being around young children. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Dominican University and became a home therapist before joining KinderCare. Jenny loves to work with the children one on one and thus creates strong bonds with them. Her always happy and calm personality brings a welcome balance to the two year old classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Jenny previously worked as home therapist
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    7/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Discovery Preschool-2's

    Children make my world brighter

    Ms. Mindy's knowledge and experience at the center includes working with all age groups and helping out in the office. In addition to teaching the Discovery Preschool class she is also our Cooking and Music Learning Adventures teacher. Ms. Mindy enjoys working with the two-year-old age group because they change so much during the time they are in her room. In addition to the things in the curriculum, they learn independence, language skills, self-help skills, and potty training.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mindy was a nanny before coming to KinderCare. At KinderCare she has been a prekindergarten teacher, toddler teacher, and assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Secret Garden
    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Missy

    Ms. Missy, Discovery Preschool-2's

    I am passionate about watching our future grow in each child in our care

    Ms. Missy joined KinderCare as a teacher's assistant in the infant room. She decided to continue her education in early childhood and build a career working with children. In the past 6 years, she has discovered that children are her passion. She treats every child as if they are her own and it shows in the relationships she builds with the children. Ms. Missy loves each and every day interacting with the parents and providing the quality of care they expect.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Chris

    Ms. Chris, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching the children something new everyday and then hearing them talk about it later with friends or family

    Ms. Chris brings years of experience to the preschool setting. When you walk into her classroom you will always see happy, engaged children that can't wait to tell you about everything they are learning. Her classroom is high quality and changes with each theme so the children always have something new to look forward to. She has a passion for children and teaching that is evident from the moment that you meet her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chris was a preschool teacher for 18 years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pinkalicious
    Year Started:
    9/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Childcare and Development
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Preschool Classroom

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning

    Ms. Tricia is currently a teacher in the preschool classroom. She came to Rockford after teaching in a large child care center for 7 years. During that time, she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Tricia spends her time outside work being a mom to her three children; Chase, Hunter, and Kaylee. She loves working with children and watching them grow into their own individual selves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tricia taught preschool for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    11/4/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Educationfrom Western Illinois University
  • Ms. Emmeretta

    Ms. Emmeretta, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the children get excited about learning something new

    Ms. Emmeretta loves teaching. She is always ready for the day and excited to make the curriculum theme come alive in her classroom. Her enthusiasm for being a preschool teacher shines through in all her interactions with the children. Upon entering the classroom, you will usually find Ms. Emmy surrounded by a group of children reading stories or going over an activity.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked with all ages, including school age, and as a drop-in care teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Polar Express
    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Trisha

    Ms. Trisha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy coming to work everyday to see the excitement in the children's eyes when they learn something new

    Ms. Trisha has a true passion for teaching. In addition to teaching the prekindergarten class, she also teaches our Phonics and Math Learning Adventures. In these roles, Trisha ensures that every child is ready for Kindergarten. She takes great pride in hearing of previous students elementary success and their placement in advanced reading and math classes from her Learning Adventures' students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trisha has worked with school age children at the park district.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Year Started:
    5/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, School Age Classroom

    I love how innocent, honest, funny, and curious children are. Those characteristics are what inspire me!

    Ms. Tracy has been the prekindergarten, kindergarten, and school age teacher while at KinderCare. She prides herself on offering a program for school age children that provides the safety, security, and educational components that parents are looking for, as well as the fun experiences that the children are looking for. Her favorite part of being with the school age children is to introduce them to new places and activities during the summer field trips.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2002
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication, CPR and First Aid Certified

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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

Our center is closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Presidents Day (staff training), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (staff training), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children in our care is our highest priority. Our keypad entry, fenced playground, parent id check/ sign in system, and on site health and safety coordinator are just few of the ways we support our children's safety. The center is cleaned and sanitized daily to help stop the spread of illness . Every teacher is trained on SIDS prevention and have CPR/First Aid certifications to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the children in our care.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

Where do I begin except a heartfelt thank you for all the love and support you've shown our family over the last five years. Elle's been a KC child since she was six weeks old and is now a "big" kindergarten girl. I so love the fact that her early caregivers and teachers are still at KC so the structure, continuity, and familiar faces have always been a part of her life. I believe that the love, support, and familiar surroundings were a great help to her when she needed it most. Thank you for making her years at KC so special and giving her the extra TLC that she needed.

- Grandparent

Jake has learned so much since coming to KinderCare. He has transformed from this quiet 2 year old to a bubbly 4 year old that doesn't stop talking about his school. When I pick him up at night he doesn't want to go home. Once I get him to leave (finally!) our car ride home is filled with stories and adventures from his day. I can't thank you enough for all you have done to make this such a positive experience for Jake.

- Mother

When we enrolled Madison at KinderCare, we were thrilled to discover the Learning Adventures programs. Madison has been consistently enrolled in the Math, Phonics, Music, and Cooking classes. We have seen a definite improvement in her skills and love the extra attention she gets. Thank you!

- Mother

Almost every day, Taylor will ask me, "Do I have cooking today?". She LOVES going to Cooking Adventures with Ms. Mindy! She tells me every week what they made and how she helped prepare it. It has made her love helping in the kitchen at home even more. The best thing is listening to her describe if she like what they made or not-she tries a little of everything they make! Cooking Adventures is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to work together in a small group setting, and learn valuable skills for later in life.

- Mother
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