Ms. Amber Simmons, Center Director
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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.
Ms. Amber Simmons, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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!
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
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.
I truly enjoy the relationships that I have with the families at KinderCare and work very hard to ensure families are satisfied and would recommend us to their friends. I couldn't imagine working with children and not knowing their families.
Ms. Amber has been with KinderCare for sixteen years. In that time, she has emphasized a sense of family at the center, making sure that each new family enrolling at KinderCare feels welcome. Ms. Amber enjoys spending time in the classrooms with the children. She was a teacher for many years, so being an active presence in the classroom is so important to her. Ms. Amber graduated from Waubonsee Community College, where she majored in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Amber is always available for her families if they have any questions or concerns. Ms. Amber welcomes you to come and visit any time you are available to find out how well KinderCare can meet your needs!
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.
I love caring for the children and teaching the children new things every day!
Ms. Brittany loves working with the infant and toddlers. She gets excited when they learn something new and celebrates each milestone with them. Brittany knows young children need a lot of love and nuturing so can often be found with a child in her arms.
I love caring for the infant and toddler age children because their new adventures keep me on my toes.
Ms. Danielle knows how hard it is for a parent to leave their child with someone new. She goes out of her way to offer support to both the parent and the child during the transition. She is very nurturing and can always be found interacting with the children on their level.
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.
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.
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.
Each child deserves to be treated like an individual and given personal and individualized attention every day.
Ms. Joana has a passion for being around children both as a career and in her personal life. She is very passionate about early childhood education and the development of young minds. Joana is continuing her education at Rock Valley college so she can offer her children the highest level of care possible.
I love how excited the children get when they learn something new
Ms. Caitlin always knew her passion was to work with young children. She brings a bubbly personality to the classroom and is often found sitting on the floor enjoying her time with the children. She loves to hear what they have to say and takes pride in teaching them something new. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!
You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!
East Riverside KinderCare is excited to introduce you to our new Center Director Amber Simmons! Ms. Amber has been with KinderCare for 16 years and she is excited to learn more about the Rockford area and meet all the families in our center, as well as welcoming new families!
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.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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