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Round Lake Heights KinderCare

Ms. Mary Fleece, 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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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!

Ms. Mary Fleece, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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!

  • Ms. Mary Fleece, Center Director

    I love being around children. They are energetic, caring, fun and always learning. Being around them allows me to stay young at heart.

    Ms. Mary came to us with 14 years experience working with young children. She started volunteering at a local preschool at the age of 12. She knew working with young children was her calling. She studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County and is currently working towards her bachelor's degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Mary worked for Peppermint Stick Children's Center as a Lead Teacher an Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where The Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Stephanie Friedl

    Stephanie Friedl, Assistant Director

    Ms. Stephanie has had a passion for teaching children since the age of 14.  She volunteered at the Park District working with children since 2003.  She has studied early childhood education at the College of Lake County and received her Associate degree and is currently working on more classes.  

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie worked for a Montessori School for two years as the Lead Teacher and also helped in a management role.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Applied Arts
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    "Every Child is different and learns at their own pace.

    Ms. Jessica came to us with three years experience working with young children. She studied at the College of Lake County Technology Campus were participated in student teaching in a preschool classroom. Ms. Jessica is finishing up her Child Development Credential!

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica worked at Children's House of Libertyville before joining us her at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Jessica is completeing her Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shabria

    Ms. Shabria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "It honestly takes a big heart to shape little minds. They teach me as I teach them.

    Shabria enjoys spending time with her young nephew. She worked at PattiCake Preschool as a Assistant Teacher in the Toddler room. She enjoys singing  sometimes making up her own songs in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    PattiCake Preschool
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Shabria is currently working on her Child Development Associate. She plans on finishing this Spring!

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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

I have been at the Round Lake Heights KinderCare since my oldest daughter was three years old (she is now going on twelve). I also have my tree-year-old and one-year-old at KinderCare both since they were newborns, and the experience has been great. I can say that every morning I can go to work happy knowing my girls are in good hands. All the teachers are very nice and caring. I have never had any problems and my girls love them all. It's like one big happy family. They are always concerned about my girls. I always get calls at home if they miss a day to see if they are doing o.k. If the teachers know they are sick, we get courtesy calls. I love them all and wouldn't change day cares for anything.

- Mother

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

My son David attends the KinderCare Discovery Preschool program. I own a Beauty Salon, which means I work mostly every day, long hours. With KinderCare's hours my son is able to attend full-time Monday-Friday. Even though he is there long hours, I know he is in good hands. I'm always informed of his daily activities with the sheets that get sent home. All the information is very true. I always ask my son, "What did you do at daycare today?" sure enough he tells me everything the sheet said. I'm very pleased with David’s improvement in his speech clarity and his wider range of vocabulary. Being at KinderCare has also helped David be more social with other children. With all the activities the kids do I learned he loves to read books, sing songs, and dance. I have to thank David’s teacher for having patience with my son and for being such a kind and loveable person. The truth is I feel KinderCare is a family, personally and in the way the staff works together, they always show love and respect to each other, the parents, and children.

- Mother

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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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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