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Spring Street KinderCare

Wendy Mendoza, Center Director

1250 W. Spring St. South Elgin IL 60177
(847) 289-5280 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Corner of Spring and McLean" behind McDonalds and 7-Eleven

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Willard, Clinton, Fox Meadow, Century Oaks, Corron, Anderson, Otter Creek, Country Trails, St. Patricks

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Welcome to the South Elgin KinderCare. As you begin the journey of finding a quality early childhood program, we would like to extend a hand to you in helping your family make the best choice. As a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited center, we strive to meet the highest standard in early care and education. We employ and support teachers who have the educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development. They do so through implementation of a curriculum that fosters all areas: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development. It is our top priority to establish relationships and use the resources of our community and our families so that we can achieve the goals we have in mind for our children. You and your child or children are welcome to come meet our teachers, and explore the classroom and the curriculum for yourselves. We look forward to your visit!

Wendy Mendoza, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at South Elgin KinderCare are passionate about providing quality education for all children in their care. We strive for excellence through continuing education through professional development days and monthly staff trainings. Stop by and visit our center and see our outstanding educators.

  • Wendy Mendoza

    Wendy Mendoza, Center Director

    Wendy began her career with KinderCare in August 2002. She has experience as a teacher, an Assistant Director and a Regional Health and Safety Coordinator with KinderCare. Currently, she is thrilled to be a part of the South Elgin KinderCare to provide the best educational experience to the children in her care each day. Additionally, Wendy utilizes her expertise in the field of Early Childhood Education to assist other KinderCare programs in the area as the Quality Team Leader. The experience that she has continues to enrich the lives of children through rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance and support, and allowing children to learn, grow and discover the world around them. 

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Social Work
  • Michelle Johnsen

    Michelle Johnsen, Assistant Director

    The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows

    Michelle has been with KinderCare since April of 1999.  She attended NIU and received her bachelor's degree in early childhood. During her time with KinderCare, she has worked with all  age groups and was a teacher in a classroom for 13 years.  She then decided to further her career by becoming an Assistant Director and has worked at the DeKalb KinderCare. The most rewarding part about her job is seeing the children everyday and watching them grow. Michelle looks forward to getting to know all the children and their families at this center and being apart of your child's education.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Bachelor of Science
  • Ms. Kelsey Johnsen

    Ms. Kelsey Johnsen, Program Specialist

    Miss Kelsey graduated from Northern Illinois University in May 2014.  She is very passionate about the education and well-being of young children and working with their families to ensure healthy and positive parent/child relationships.  In Kelsey's spare time she enjoys being around family and friends.  She looks forward to getting to know all the children and families.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's in Family and Child Studies
  • Ms. JoBeth Robison

    Ms. JoBeth Robison, Program Specialist/ Discovery Preschool Teacher

    There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul but the way in which it treats its children" ~N. Mandela

    Ms. JoBeth has worked at KinderCare since 2010.  When she first started with the company, she was the Assistant Director in Lafayette, IN and has since worked both as a manager and teacher at a few centers.  She has a B.S. in Youth, Adult, and Family Services and a Masters in Public Administration-Non Profit Management.  She really enjoys programs that foster family relationships and truly promote children's developmental progress in all ways.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Infant Room

    Miss Renee is new to this area, but not childcare.  She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 17 years.  She enjoys working and meeting different ages of children and their families.  She looks forward to continuing to meet new families and watch the children grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    CCP certification from NEPCA
  • Miss Ari

    Miss Ari, Infant Room

    Miss Ari is excited to be a part of your child's education here at KinderCare.  She has 3 years of childcare experience, working at a summer camp and a center to help needy families in crisis situations.  She also currently works as an Advanced Behavior Analysis therapist for children with profound autism.  Miss Ari loves seeing children grow and develop in this caring environment.  Every milestone each child has makes her feel like it's the best day ever.

    Year Started:
  • Miss Anna

    Miss Anna, Toddler Classroom

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.

    Miss Anna has a son who attends KinderCare with her. She started working at KinderCare in October of 2014.  Anna is looking forward in obtaining her CDA in infant and toddler care. She loves working with children because they are always curious about the world around them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Silvia

    Miss Silvia, Toddler Room

    Miss Silvia has been with KinderCare since May of 2007.  She loves the Toddler Room because everyday is a different experience and she gets to provide the children wiht a positive, safe, and fun environment where they are free to explore.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
  • Miss Manuela

    Miss Manuela, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Manuela started working at KinderCare in August of 2014.  She is currently enrolled in the CDA program with Rasmussen College for Early Childhood Education.  She started working here as a cook and van driver, but loved the classrooms so much that she wanted to be apart of them.  Manuela loves working with the two year olds and is excited to continue her journey to becoming teacher qualified.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Stacey

    Miss Stacey, Preschool 1 Classroom

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

    Miss Stacey has worked for KinderCare since March of 2014.  She started here as a part time floating teacher before becoming the full time Preschool 1 teacher.  She studied Early Childhood Education at Elgin Community College, where she received ans Associates Degree in 2010.  Stacey looks forward to building great relationships with the children and families in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Lucy

    Miss Lucy, Preschool 2 Classroom

    I teach, what's your super power

    Miss Lucy has worked at KinderCare since 2002.  When she first started she was an assistant teacher.  While working here she earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education and with that she worked her way up to having an opportunity to work as an Assistant Director at the Elgin location for about 2 years, but her passion is working with children.  She cannot wait to get to know each and every child that enters her classroom.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Associates in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Gail

    Ms. Gail, Pre-K Classroom

    We all learn together.

    Ms. Gail has been with the KinderCare family since 2004. She is currently teaching in the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. Ms. Gail enjoys working with the children to make their classroom a "homey" comfortable place to play and learn. She is uses a very honest approach to her education methods. She maintains consistent open lines of communication with the families to create meaningful bonds that produce everlasting learning for her students. Ms. Gail is very passionate about each individual child and helping them to create stepping stones to fully prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Miss Naveeda

    Miss Naveeda, Pre-K Classroom

    It gives me great satisfaction to see the progress and development the children have achieved when they graduate from Prekindergarten and that I have made a positive impact on their life

    Miss Naveeda comes from a diverse background and therefore has a great deal of experience to offer the children in her classroom.  She brings diversity to the classroom by talking about her family, her culture and her celebrations.  Miss Naveeda is very passionate about literacy and preparing her students with the skills set that they need in order to become life long readers.  She enjoys creating small group activities that allow for one on one time with each child o fully prepare them for Kindergarten.

  • Miss Colleen

    Miss Colleen, Kindergarten

    Miss Colleen lives in Geneva with her husband and has 3 kids.  Her older two girls are away in college.  Her younger son is a sophomore at Geneva High School.  For the past 9 years she has been an assistant in kindergarten in Geneva.  She is excited to have her own classroom now that her kids are getting older.  She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Miami University.  She taught kindergarten and second grade before she had kids.

    Year Started:
  • Miss Shannon

    Miss Shannon, School Age Classroom

    Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.

    Miss Shannon has always enjoyed being around and working with children.  From her days of babysitting to her previous job as a nanny, she loves seeing the joy on kids faces and helping them learn new things.  She is very excited to be in the preschool room to help further each child's development, by giving them a fun and safe environment in which to learn and explore.

    Year Started:
    3 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited center, as well as being awarded the GOLD circle of quality from ExceleRate Illinois!

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Circle of Quality

    Gold Circle of Quality

Special Features

  • Multi-Child Discounts

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

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

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance. In addition to being first aid and CPR certified, our staff receives ongoing training and development throughout the year.

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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I would absolutely recommend this center.  There's caring staff, structured learning and my daughter Abby is so happy there.

- Mother

The teachers and director show care and concern for my child.  The teachers are proactive with teaching my child new things.

- Mother

The center is a very fun place for the kids to grow and learn.  The teachers truly take an interest in your children.  We love the center director, Miss Kim!  She plans lots of fun activities and is always upbeat, caring and kind.  We have loved all the wonderful teachers our girls have had here!

- Parents

I would recommend this center to anyone and everyone. I had a job change and I moved my daughter to a different center for about a month. My daughter’s attitude changed along with her potty training regression. She would scream every time I dropped her off and she would ask for her old teachers and classmates all the time. I, as well, did not feel comfortable or very welcomed. After a month of my daughter crying, I made the choice to switch back to South Elgin center and driving 20 min. out of the way was worth it! This center treats everyone like family and includes my husband in things even though he’s in Afghanistan. I have searched and looked at a lot of daycare learning centers, I can truly say there is NO other place like this center!

- Mother

I asked a neighbor about the South Elgin center because I was unhappy with my current situation and my neighbor said she loved it. I took the tour for myself and I loved it too! We are so happy we came to this center!

- Mother

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