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West Schaumburg KinderCare

Amanda Johnson, Center Director

2350 Bode Rd. Schaumburg IL 60194
(847) 884-0810 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
3 blocks east of Barrington Rd

Neighborhood:
Schaumburg Area

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
During the 2015-2016 school year we will transport to the following schools: Armstrong Blackwell Einstein Macarthur John Muir Glenbrook Oakhill St. John's

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Welcome

Welcome to Bode Road KinderCare in Schaumburg!  Our team of top notch educators will provide your child with an excellent educational foundation that supports children across all domains of development. We provide daily activities that enhance each child's social, emotional, physical, cognitive and self help skills, while catering to each child's individual needs. We want your child to live up to their full potential. Our teaching staff, the majority of whom have been here for over 15 years, are very committed, caring and knowledgeable and work diligently to provide your child with a safe and nurturing environment where they can excel. We look forward to meeting you and your family and making you a part of our Bode Road KinderCare family! 
 

Amanda Johnson, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Schaumburg (Bode Rd) KinderCare! The staff at KinderCare is so excited that you are visiting our site and we hope that you find it helpful, informational and exciting! Our KinderCare is located off of Barrington and Bode Rd and services Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and the surrounding areas. All of us would love for your family to join our family.

Amanda Johnson
Center Director

  • Amanda Johnson

    Amanda Johnson, Center Director

    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
    -Thomas Edison

    Amanda has worked for KinderCare for 7 years.  In that time she has worked at several of our locations as a teacher, assistant director and center director.  Amanda has her degree is Psychology and is continuing her education to earn her Master's Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Amanda began her career with KinderCare in 2007 as a Preschool teacher in Bolingbrook. She joined our Naperville location in 2013 as an Assistant Director/Acting Center Director. During her time in Naperville she focused on great center engagement both with families and with staff. Amanda also spent two years in the public school system working with special needs children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    10/7/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor in Psychology
  • Ashley

    Ashley, Assistant Director

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. -Dr. Haim Ginott  

    Ashley started her career with KinderCare in 2013 at our Naperville location. During her career with KinderCare Ashley has worked as the Discovery Preschool and Preschool Teacher and loved watching her students meet developmental goals. She was also the Health and Safety Coordinator at our Aurora location. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, from Eastern Illinois University and is excited to put her knowledge and skills to work as the Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked as a Discovery Preschool, and Preschool teacher for a total of two years. Ms Ashley enjoyed watching her class conqure new developmental goals daily.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
    Year Started:
    2/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Infant Classroom

    If you love your job you'll never have to work a day in your life.- Miss. Leah

    Ms. Leah graduated from Triton College 2014 with her Associates in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Leah is still continuing her education and hopes to complete her degree and work for DCFS in order to continue helping children.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team Ms. Leah was a nanny for 2 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates In Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant Classroom

    A person's a person, no matter how small" Dr. Seuss

    Veronica has always been passionate about working with children. Veronica attended Eastern Illinois University for two years. She is willing to help everyone and anyone. She holds a special part in her heart for children and wants nothing but the best for them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Veronica was privately hired to work with special needs children. She also obtained an internship at a local elementary school, where she worked with children from third- sixth grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Arthur's Halloween" by Marc Brown
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Graphic Design, Pursuing Child Development Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infants

    "A person's a person, no matter how small". - Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Sarah comes to our center from a neighboring KinderCare. She has experience working in the Infant, Toddler, and Schoolage rooms at her prior center. Ms. Sarah has two little boys that attend are center. She us very excited to share all her loves with the infant children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has worked for the Hoffman Estates park district, were she was a camp counselor. She also has experience working with special needs children at NWSRA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs & Ham" - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality
  • Ms. Abbey

    Ms. Abbey, Infant Classroom

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

    Ms. Abbey is has joined our infant classroom team. She has so much love to give to all the babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Abbey has been a nanny for many years. She really enjoyed getting to watch the children she nannied grow over the years and turn into great teens.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Go Dogs, Go" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Attends The University of Wisconsin Platville to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lidia

    Ms. Lidia, Toddler Classroom

    I love when the children start learning what I teach them, like finger plays, songs, and movement." Ms. Lidia

    Ms. Lidia is the toddler teacher. She truly loves being with the toddlers. She has been caring for this age group for over 20 years. Ms. Lidia likes to help the children and watch them as they begin to take their steps towards learning what this world is all about. Her husband's name is Oscar, and they have been married for over 30 years. They have three children: two sons and a daughter.She loves her job at KinderCare. Everyday the kids make her smile.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lidia was a stay at home mom with her wonderful children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss "My Goonight Book" by Eloise Wilkins
    Year Started:
    1/11/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Fatima

    Ms. Fatima, Toddler Classroom

    The soul is healed by being with children" Ms. Fatima

    Fatima moved to the United States in 1986. She has a loving husband and four wonderful children. Fatima loves being a teacher and while she was in Pakistans, she volunteered at UNICEF for many years.

    Previous Experience:
    Fatima has experience working for KinderCare in Algonquin for years and has also been a teacher in Pakistan
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/15/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Economics and Political Science
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever

    Ms. Linda has a three year old daughter who attends KinderCare. She has always had a love for working with children. She is looking foward to watching the toddler children grow each and everyday in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda was a nanny for two years. She is a mother to her three year old daughter.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    3/30/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing her CDA
  • Ms. Joanna

    Ms. Joanna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that the child is someones today" Stacia Tauscher

    Joanna was born and raised in Poland. When Joanna graduated college, she moved from Poland to England for seven years before moving to Chicago over two years ago. Joanna's adventure in early childhood education started in the United States. She is amazed by children's natutaral curiosity and imagination. Joanna has an interest in making a difference in a child's future for years to come.

    Previous Experience:
    Joanna has been an Early Childhood Teacher at a private center in Mount Prospect for two years. Also Joanna is a Polish tutor for children and adults
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?" By Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    11/11/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5
    Education:
    Master in Polish Language and Literature Studies. Joanna is also pursuing her CDA.
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Discovery Preschool

    I love planning all types of activites and implementing them in our classroom. It is such a joy because I can help track developmental progress as they learn new concepts" Ms. Adianna

    Ms. Adriana has been working at KinderCare since 2005. She started as the teacher in the infant classroom, and until recently taught in PreKindergarten Classroom. She is now our Discovery Preschool teacher. Originally from Slovakia, Europe she obtained her Master's Degree in Elementary Education in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her further education led her to study the English language at North Park University, Chicago in 2004. Ms. Adraiana has two children both attending KinderCare. Her spare time is filled with fun family activites; she loves skiing, skating, biking, reading, shopping, music, and more. She can also play the recorder, flute, and violin. She speaks Slovak, Polish, and a little German and Russan. Ms. Adriana's passion is working with children and learning from them; they have so much to share with her and she has so much to share with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Adriana was in an Au-Pair Program for families in Massachusettes, Washington and throughout the United States. Ms Adriana was a Elementary School Teacher in Slovakia for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/11/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Tawana

    Ms. Tawana, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy showing the children and families everyday that they are loved and safe." Ms. Twana

    Ms. Twana is the Preschool teacher. In her class the children learn about many different things and have a lot of fun. They will have plenty of chances to use stencils to trace letters, numbers, and shapes. Her class gets creative and make towers with blocks and homes for their babies. She also loves to help her class make huge train tracks for their trains. She looks foward to working with your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Twana has been working in the Preschool classroom for 18 years! Her charisma and love for teaching this age group shines through her work and her students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    1/11/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tierrha

    Ms. Tierrha, Preschool

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

    Ms. Tierrha is very excited to be one of the Preschool teachers. She has enjoyed working all the children on their letters and numbers. She is a very compassionate person and have such a large heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tierrha comes to our center from another early childhood center. She is very excited to be a part of our KinderCare Team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs & Ham" - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA credentials
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Preschool

    No matter the situation always keep smiling!

    Ms. Marissa went to Nothern Illinois University for her college career where she studied Child development. She is also working hard on training her black lab mix Rex to be a therapy dog. Ms. Marissa hopes to be a Child Life Specialist in a children's hospital.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marissa has enjoyed being a nanny for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development with Concentration in Child life, and Leadership
  • Ms. Siobhan

    Ms. Siobhan, Prekindergarten

    You're never to old, too wacky, to wild, to pick up a book and read to a child" Dr. Seuss

    Siobahn has completed her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. She attended Harper College in Palatine for two years and then transfered to Illinois State University to major in Secondary Education in English. During her days of coaching children's basketball she developed a passion for working with children that led her to her jon at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Siobhan has worked as a nanny and has coached a variety of children's sports teams.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    9/15/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Secondary Education
  • Ms. Barb

    Ms. Barb, Transitional Kindergarten

    My favorite part of teaching is watching children put all of the puzzle pieces together and it's like a light bulb gets turned on in their heads and they say 'I can read!' I also love how the children make me smile everyday!

    Ms. Barb started working at this center right out of college. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education. Ms. Barb has a daughter and son that both attended this center from infancy through schoolage. Ms. Barb enjoys horseback riding, and teaches lessons on the weekend.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Hop on Pop, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1/1/1985
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Jayde

    Ms. Jayde, Transitional Kindergarten

    Remember who you are.  -The Lion King

    Ms. Jayde has joined the Kindergarten team. She has such a passion to work with children and to make sure each one feels special everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    " The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/28/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Schoolage Classroom

    One of my favorite things about working with children is when you see something click when it all comes together!" Miss Kim

    Ms. Kim has worked in the childcare indusrty since 1987. Ms. Kim and her husband have lived in many great places such as Reno, Nevada, and Portland Oregon. They moved to the Chicagoland area in 2005. She has three wonderful children that "grew up" attending KinderCare. She has worked as an infant room teacher, four year old teacher, assistant director and center director during her years with KinderCare. While living in Portland she taught at a private preschool for 4 years. Ms. Kim enjoys working with all ages of children!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare for most of her early children education career and has also worked with special needs children as well. In total Ms. Kim has been working in the early childhood education field for 27 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Go Dogs Go!" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/5/1987
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Education from the University of Nebraska
  • Mr. Chris

    Mr. Chris, Kindergarten/ Schoolage Classroom

    I live for those 'Ah ha!' moments, where your're not just explaning something, but leading through a full thought process, when suddenly you see that look of total clarity and understanding in a child's face. It's the greatest moment in a teacher's day" Mr. Chris

    Mr. Chris is originally from Morton Grove, Illinois  and now lives in Schaumburg with his wife and cat. He's worked with the children since his high school days, teaching park district swim lessons. He also lived in Tokyo, Japan where he studied and also traveled to different English language schools as a Teacher's Aide. Today he fills numerous rolls as a Phonics instructor, bus driver, and afternoon Kindergarten and Schoolage teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Chris worked as a swim instructor and a English instructor assiant in Japan.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Are You My Mother?" P.D. Eastman
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Child Development Credential
  • Ms. Raffy

    Ms. Raffy, Schoolage

    I love when the children say, 'I like you, because you teach us new things and listen to our problems.' I love seeing the younger children learning from the older children." Ms Raffy

    Ms. Raffy was born in Italy and moved to New York when she was eight. She started working with children in 1999 as a bus driver and infant teacher. When she got married, she moved  to Chicago with her hunsband John. She has a stepson and a daughter that go to KinderCare. In her spare time , Ms Raffy loves to shop, travel, play tennis and spend time wth her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Raffy worked at another childcare center for ten years before coming to work at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/11/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Credential
  • Ms. Antonette

    Ms. Antonette, Cook, Bus Driver

    If you can dream it, you can do it. " - Walt Disney

    Ms. Antonette is our wonderful cook at our center. She prepares such yummy dishes for breakfast, lunch, and snack. She started her career at KinderCare in 2007, after she relaized cooking for others was her passion. She has always loved to cook for her children, and decided to share her love for cooking for small children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Antonette has done a variety of different jobs working with children. She was a lunch mom at Blackwell Elementary School, and worked at a recreation center in Schaumburg.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    'Oh the places you'll go" -Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelo's of Arts Degree in Communication

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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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Chech, Polish, Japanese, Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. All of our staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid. We conduct monthly fire drills to ensure the safety of our children and staff.

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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My son is in the infant classroom, and I can't express enough how much I love he is taken care of by such great teachers. Their passion and dedication is so apparent in the classroom. The infant room teachers have great parent communication, and help making the transition a smooth one. Thank you for making my son so happy and comfortable.

- Mother

My  the daughter is in the School Age classroom and she loves it!  The teachers are very friendly and really get down to their level.  She has learned so much about manners and working in a group.  She is excited to go everyday and always has so much to say about what she learned during the day.  She was very prepared for school and the transitions that it required and I believe the KinderCare prepared her for it.  I am very thankful for their hardwork with my child!!

- Father

My two girls absolutely love being at KinderCare. They adore their teachers, assistant teachers, and other students; everyone is so friendly! Every day, the girls come home with something new that they had fun learning. Thanks for providing a safe and secure environment for them.

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