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Round Lake Heights KinderCare

Kate Liepitz, Center Director

700 W. Rollins Rd. Round Lake Heights IL 60073
(847) 546-3383 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"West of Cedar Lake across from day spa."

Round Lake Heights

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Round Lake, Lake Villa, Ingleside and Grayslake


We have been proudly educating children in the Round Lake areas for over 20 years! Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
We are happy to serve the neighboring communities of Round Lake Beach and Round Lake Park, Hainesville, Fox Lake, and Lake Villa. Our experienced and dedicated teachers are ready to help your child reach their next mile stone. Call or stop in today to see for yourself how our stimulating and learning centered classrooms will help you child reach new goals and develop their wondrous love for learning!

Kate Liepitz, Center Director

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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


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.

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 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?

Teachers & Staff

At our Learning Center the teachers make every day and every family special. Their love for Early Childhood Education allows them the opportunity to create strong bonds with the children. The students here truly feel at home while they are in the center. Many of our teachers have been in the Early Childhood Education field for many years and bring great experience and expertise into the classrooms. Others are just starting their careers and bring excitement and new found passion to our Learning Center. Our diverse staff is able to connect with families and children from various cultures and backgrounds. Please take a look at the staff biographies here, and be sure to schedule a tour to meet your child's future teacher!

  • Kate Liepitz

    Kate Liepitz, Center Director

    I love to see the excitement on a child's face when they are engaged, happy, safe, and having fun in their classroom. I love having passionate teachers to help facilitate learning in all of our classrooms."I love being part of the Brookhaven KinderCare Learning Center! Being a part of helping the children learn and grow is a unique experience that I am extremely grateful for. I really enjoy helping new families get settled into their new routines and new classrooms. I know that time apart can be a challenge for families but I am here to help in every way and help everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. I am extremely fortunate to do something I love each and every day.

    Kate has over six years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field, and several additional years of experience working with troubled youth in residential facilities. She graduated from Augustana College with a major in Sociology in 2007. Additionally, she has completed several course hours in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Kate joined KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher in 2007 at the Grayslake location and had held several positions before becoming the Center Director at the Brookhaven Center in July of 2013.
    Kate was married to her husband, Todd, in October of 2012, They are expecting their first child in late August. Currently they spend much of their time house shopping and getting ready for baby! Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends camping and being active out doors. She also enjoys spending her time working on DIY projects and crafting.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with troubled children and teens Nanny Tutor
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Jennifer Riha

    Jennifer Riha, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work every day to see all of the smiling children.  Each day is a new advanture and all of our teachers are so invested in each and every one of the children in our center!

    Jennifer graduated in 2007 with a degree from Bradley University.  Jennifer assists in all of the classrooms when needed and is the first face you will see when walking through our doors!  She enjoys coming to work each day and being greated by similing happy children

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer was previously a social worker, working with foster children and their families.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science
  • Ms. Araceli

    Ms. Araceli,

    I love seeing the babies faces light up and smile every day!

    Ms. Araceli joined our team in 2012 and  is an assistant teacher in our Infant classroom. She helps the babies learn and grow everyday. Ms. Araceli helps plan their daily activities, making sure the children are active and engaged. She excels are creating wonderful sensory and motor experiences for the children. Ms Araceli makes sure the babies are happy and safe all day!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant classroom

  • Ms. Chrissy

    Ms. Chrissy, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy seeing each child making major milestones, it's amazing.

    Ms. Chrissy joined our KinderCare family in the summer of 2014. She was hired as the lead teacher in the infant classroom. Since Ms.Chrissy's arrival she has formed many meaningful with both her parents and children. She is fun, loving, and understanding. She makes the infant classroom feel like a home.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with two year olds and toddlers
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Associates in the Arts. Currently pursuing CDA.
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to watch the babies grow and learn new things.

    Ms. Kayla joined our team in January of 2015. Ms. Kayla has brought an exciting and creative spark to the infant room. She loves coming up with fun new projects for our young ones. Ms. Kayla assist the children in the exploration of their world in a variety of ways. We can't wait to see what new things she will come up with next. Stop by and check out the displays!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kayla has worked as a nursing asistant in the past. She also worked as an assistant teacher.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 1/2 years
    Associates in Science
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love how fascinated children are with exploring the world and their willingness to learn. I want to be a part of guiding the children to a bright future. If I can put a smile on a child's face while teaching I have done my job.

    Ms Jessica joined our team in September of 2013, becoming a teaching assistant in the Infant room. She loves watching the children hit their milestones and continue to grow. Since that time Ms. Jessica has moved into our Prekindergarten class and has become a Lead Teacher. Ms. Jessica is currently seeking a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has no doubt that she wants to become an educator. Ms. Jessica loves all aspects of teaching. She has a very outgoing, creative and loving personality. Ms. Jessica loves to help out so feel free to ask questions!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has previous experience working at the Round Lake Area Park District.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Associates in the Arts. Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anne, Preschool classroom

    Oh the places you'll go; Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.So get on your way!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with mostly at risk, low income children. Was an owner of 3 daycares for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    BS in Child Development
  • Ms. Jessica K., Preschool classroom

    I enjoy when teaching a child a new skill and when they get it! The look of accomplishment on their faces. I enjoy the excitement a child shows when they learn.

    Ms. Jessica joined our team here in 2015 as an assistant in the Preschool classroom. She is eager to make a difference in the lives of the children. Ms. Jessica has been working with children ages zero to eighteen for 15+ years. She has experience in early childhood education as well as some special education.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead teacher in early learning center. Teacher Assistant with t risk teens. As well as being a teaching assistant with the Special Education District of Lake County.
    Year Started:
    Paraprofessional certificate. Currently working on her CDA.
  • Ms. W

    Ms. W, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Lupita

    Ms. Lupita,

    I love the reward of seeing children accomplish new things.

    Ms. Lupita has been with KinderCare for just over three years now.She is currently finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education and is ready to put her schooling to work in the classroom. Ms. Lupita is a fun, caring, outgoing teacher and her students love her classroom!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children’s eyes glow when they learn something new.

    Ms. Mary is our lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been in childcare for over 10 years! She really finds a way to make her classroom come alive with every unit they do. Ms Mary is very creative. You will often find her creating beautiful process art with the children and singing wonderful songs. Ms Mary also plays instruments in the classroom!  She helps train new staff so they can grow to have the same creative teaching strategies she does. We are lucky to have her in our Discovery Preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary has worked at another KinderCare Center and other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education

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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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

Maintaining a safe enviorment is one of our top priorities at KinderCare!  We have several teachers who are CPR and First Aid Certified.  We have a keypad entry to our building, and only current families and employees have access to this number. We ask that all current families  Our classrooms all feature emergency exits as well as two evacuation route in the event of an emergency. Feel free to ask us about our other safety measures!

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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Being a first time dad, I was nervous about sending my daughter to day care. But now I know I have no reason to worry! My little girl is so well cared for everyday. She is ahppy, healthy and thriving thanks to the teachers and wonderful environment. I know she is learning all day while she's having fun. Im so happy we made the decision to have our daughter at the Round Lake Heights KinderCare.

- Father

I have been at KinderCare in Round Lake Heights for two years. I have three children at this center. Jose is eight and he is in the school age classroom. My son loves going to the before and after school program at KinderCare. He gets all the help he needs with his homework. It is so nice to have knowledgeable teachers like Ms. Jessica available to help him. My oldest daughter is Brodiy and she is 4, Ms. Mary is her teacher. It is so nice to hear my daughter tell me every day how much she loves her teacher and her Pre-K class. She has learned so much in these last two years. I will never forget the first time she told me her ABC's. My youngest daughter Adrianna started in the infant room and is getting ready to move into the Discovery Preschool room. She is such a happy child and never wants to go home in the evening; she has to say goodbye to all the teachers every night. Adrianna loves to imitate her teachers especially reading books, singing songs, and dancing. My children are very happy with the teachers they have and I am so proud of all the teachers at my KinderCare.

- Mother

KinderCare has been absolutely amazing with my rambunctious four year old. The teachers and staff are very accommodating and advanced with helpful learning techniques that cater to every child's needs. They are genuinely concerned about each child's development that they provide care for. I highly recommend KinderCare to any parent that is looking for a safe, fun, structured, and worry-free environment for their child.

- Mother

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