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Maray Drive KinderCare

Anne Sholes, Center Director

4345 Maray Dr. Rockford IL 61107
(815) 226-9090 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
SCHOOLS PICK UP AND DROP OFF FROM: Bloom | Brookview | Marsh | Spring Creek | Rolling Green | Eisenhower Middle School | Lincoln Middle School KinderCare transports to Rockford Christian and Johnson Private Schools: Parent must contact Montessori Magnet, Ellis Art Academy directly about transportation

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our Nationally Accredited Maray Drive KinderCare. We are so excited to have you join our family! We are centrally located in the city of Rockford, IL and continuously strive to provide high-quality learning experiences for all children.  Exploring through play and forming friendships are an important part of our daily routines. Our dedicated teachers challenge each child to learn to their fullest potential by providing their children with new and exciting learning opportunities! Our families are confident that when they leave for the day, their children will have awesome experiences in a safe, high quality learning environment. We hope that you can come visit and see what sets us a part from other early learning centers!

Anne Sholes, 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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SCHOOL-READY

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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

Our teachers are the heart of our center! They have chosen to work in the Early Childhood Field to help children grow and develop and this is carried out each day in their classrooms. Seventy-five percent of our teaching staff have at least their Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education or a related field.

  • Anne Sholes

    Anne Sholes, Center Director

    Everyday is a new adventure! Watching the children interact with one another and their teachers is truly an amazing thing!

    Anne has been at KinderCare Learning Center since August of 2005. Anne graduated in 2005 from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. She started at a KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin as a two-year-old teacher and after two years as a teacher, Anne pursued an Assistant Director position in Rockford. After over a year as an Assistant Director, Anne pursued advancement as a Center Director and has been in this role since. Anne knew she always wanted to be in this field because she has always loved watching children grow and discover new things! Anne has two children of her own both of who started at KinderCare when they were babies. Anne's children have had so many wonderful early learning experiences since they have attended!

    Previous Experience:
    Taught in the Discovery Preschool classroom from 2005-2007.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/15/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Haley Elsasser

    Haley Elsasser, Assistant Director

    As educators, we are given this short period of time to make the rest of a child's life something to be proud of. What children can do in the first five years of their life is remarkable

    Haley started as an infant teacher with us in January of 2012. Since then Haley's impeccable work-ethic and ability to establish amazing and positive relationships with children and their families has stood out. Haley became with lead preschool teacher in December of 2014 and since March of 2015 has been in the Assistant Director role. She enjoys tracking each child's development and providing them with new experiences so they can be appropriately challenged and in her new role is able to assist the classrooms in ensuring this is being carried out. She enjoys working with the families to make sure each child has the best experience possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Haley worked as a nanny and at a in-home day care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    1/26/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I get greeted with the smiling faces of my toddlers everyday and that helps me to be more confident when teaching.

    Ms. Anna graduated Harlem High School in 2014 and has loved working with kids since she was about to start babysitting.  Ms. Anna loves incorporating crafts and art work into her activities with the kids!  She will continue her work on pursuing her teaching degree at Rock Valley College and Illinois State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anna has babysat for 6 years and took many Early Childhood Education classes in High School.
    Year Started:
    6/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Candace

    Ms. Candace, Toddlers

    I love watching children grow and explore the world around them!

    Ms. Candace joined our Kindercare team in March 2015.  She has over four years of experience working with young children.  Ms. Candace is currently furthering her education by obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Candace brings a loving and fun atmosphere to the classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candace worked in a home daycare from 2009-2014.
    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool

    I love to see my kids grow, as a person, from the time they come into my classroom until they transition to the next!

    Ms. Heather has been working at KinderCare since September of 2014.  Before coming here, she went to school at Ripon College where she studied Early Childhood Education and Sociolgy.  While working with the kids at KinderCare, Ms. Heather loves to dance, sing songs, and act silly throughout her day!

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education and Sociolgy
  • Mr. James

    Mr. James, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every day is a learning experience!

    After James earned his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Rockford College, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Rockford School District until he obtained a position with KinderCare. James's students enjoy reading stories, so every few weeks he picks up a bucket of new books for his class from the local library. He looks forward to the smiling faces every morning when he walks into the classroom and enjoys creating new lesson plans to keep everyone engaged!

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Mr. James worked as a Substitute teacher for Rockford, Illinois public schools.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kirsten

    Ms. Kirsten, School Age Classroom

    I love my job because I'm teaching my school age students to become responsible, respectful, and productive citizens. I love the children like they were my own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kirsten worked for Roc Vale Children's Home for five years before becoming a part of our team.
    Year Started:
    8/2/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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

The safety of the children that attend our school is our number one priority. All of our teaching staff are CPR and First Aid Certified and are renewed annually. We conduct monthly fire, disaster, and other drills to ensure that teachers, staff, and children are keenly aware of their responsibilities during unforeseen emergencies. We also use OSHA guidelines and requirements to ensure that the safety of your child and our staff is a high priority.

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.

Thank you for everything your center has provided to our family. Reliable coverage, flexibility with family schedules, trustworthy caregivers and teachers, and an intentional educational plan for all children in the center. I have felt our children are valued, and have been educated in emotional intelligence and working with others. I will continue to recommend Kindercare to my friends and colleagues.

- Mother

When we leave our son at KinderCare, we leave with smiles on our faces.  We know he is with instructors that he loves and that they love him just as much in return.  They take the time to get to know your child as an individual.

- Mother

Being new to the area, when I walked into KinderCare for the first time it was warm and inviting. The staff was also very attentive and caring. When we first enrolled, my daughter was eight months old and she took right away to the staff and the environment. I knew that my child would spend a large amount of their day here and seeing how caring all of the teachers were, made my decision feel even more right. Almost eight years later, I still feel the same way. The staff is awesome and I have grown to love them as family. My journey started in the Infant room and has taken me through every class up to the School Age class. I have absolutely loved every moment.

- Mother

KinderCare has become a second home for me and my children.  I have been apart of the KinderCare family for thirteen years.  My oldest child who is nine has grown up here along with y youngest who is three and a half.  My children have developed a very strong love for learning.  My oldest is an honorable student who developed a love for learning at a young age while learning through a curriculum guided by play.  My three year old loves school and is very excited to come everyday.  My children have been given a strong foundation during these crucial years of development, which will help guide them through every aspect of their life.  KinderCare has truly become apart of our family.

- Mother and Teacher
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