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South Holland KinderCare

Kelsy Cowley, Center Director

17025 South Park Ave. South Holland IL 60473
(708) 331-2511 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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South Holland. Corner of 170th and South Park Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hoover Elementary Schrum Jr High Greenwood School McKinley Jr High Taft School Eisenhower School New Beginning Elementary Wolcott School Reavis Elementary School Franklin Elementary School

Our center is a Nationally Accredited Center and has Quality Star Rating of level 3. We are very proud of the work that we do educating the young mind and look forward to many years of building great relationships with the family and children in our community and beyond! At our center, we are learning every day and loving every minute of it!


Welcome to South Holland KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
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!

Kelsy Cowley, 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


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?

Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the South Holland Kindercare! We are very proud to provide South Holland and the surrounding communities with quality Early Childhood Education. We are a Nationally Accredited Facility (NAC) and currently have a Gold Circle of Quality granted by the Illinois Department of Human Services. We believe that every child can learn and that every learning experience is unique!

  • Kelsy Cowley

    Kelsy Cowley, Center Director

    I believe that building great relationships with families and the community as a whole is priceless. We are learning every day and loving every minute of it. I think the commitment and genuine love of Early Childhood Education from our team is what makes our center special.

    Ms. Kelsy has been with KinderCare since 1995. She started out as a teacher who was very passionate about educating children and evolved into a Center Director who absolutely loves and values the importance of educating the young mind and meeting the needs of the whole child. Ms. Kelsy has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and is dedicated to giving the children and families at her Center a foundation of learning that goes beyond the classroom.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Samone Harris

    Samone Harris, Assistant Director

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

    Prekindergarten was Ms. Samone's initial classroom. Then, she taught Kindergarten for two years. She has landed in the position of the Assistant Director. Ms. Samone is very dedicated to her profession and enjoys the positive interactions between her co-workers and families. Ms. Samone has obtained her Bachelor's degree in Education and Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ms. Candace

    Ms. Candace, Floater

    Ms. Candace has a passion for working with young children. She has been volunteering with children, babysitting, and taking early childhood education courses since she was a teenager. She has been teaching for two and a half years. Her goal is for every child to feel happy and loved while in her care.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 1/2
    Early Childhood Education studies
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Cook

    Ms. Pam has been working in child care for 26 years, 13 of those years have been with KinderCare. Although she is a cook now, she still loves playing with, teaching and learning from the children.  Ms. Pam truly values each and every child!

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. MollyAnn

    Ms. MollyAnn, Infant Classroom

    Play is the work of childhood.

    Ms. Mollyann lives in Crown Point, Indiana.  She is married and has 5 children. Ms. Mollyann enjoys her family and farm living.  One interesting fact about Ms. Mollyann is that she started working at KinderCare in 1986--she left in 2002 and returned to us in 2016 :)

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Studies
  • Ms. Lita

    Ms. Lita, Infant Classroom

    "All children are unique and special--they need lots of love, attention, and encouragement

    Ms. Lita has always known she was born to be an educator.  She has always had a special bond with children, which enhanced her passion to teach. Ms. Lita loves when her children remember and emulate lessons she taught them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education & Infant and Toddler Credentials
  • Ms. Colette

    Ms. Colette, Toddler

    I enjoy teaching because it is very rewarding and I know I am making a positive difference in each child's life.

    Ms. Colette works at KinderCare as a Toddler teacher.  She has been with KinderCare for over 10 years.  Ms. Colette has obtained her Bachelor's degree from St. Xavier University and has two daughters.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. De'Andrea

    Ms. De'Andrea, Infants Classroom

    Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

    Ms. De'Andrea enjoys going bowling, out to eat, and to the beach. She loves working with children because she gets to see them develop at their own pace. Also, she loves the funny things children do and say.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Dacia

    Ms. Dacia, Discovery Preschool

    A smile is the best way to start your day when you aim to inspire the youth of today!

    Ms. Dacia has been in professional childcare for 3 years. She does her best to connect with children to better serve their needs. She begin each day with a bright smile and is dedicated to inspiring the youth to aim for success in their future.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Teaching Certificate of professional child care
  • Ms. Jazmin

    Ms. Jazmin, Prekindergarten

    Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better, and your better is the best.

    Ms. Jazmin has been working for KinderCare since April 2015.  She is a mother of three children (they all attend KinderCare), which helps bring more experience in the classroom.  She is very creative and artistic.  Ms. Jazmin enjoys working with children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education courses
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Floater

    Today you lead the school. Tomorrow your students will lead the world.

    Ms. Jennifer is very hard working and always gives 100% in whatever she does. Ms. Jennifer loves to see children smile and the uniqueness of each child. It is wonderful to know that she is helping make a change in each child’s life. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Some courses in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alois

    Ms. Alois, Floater

    Each day, teachers make deposits into the memory banks of our children.

    Ms. Alois has four children (Sonja, Jose, Artle, and Tanya). She moved back to Illinois from Tennessee in April. The reason she joined the KinderCare family in 2011 is because she felt she could make a difference in a child's life from her experience with children.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tamara

    Ms. Tamara, School-age

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Tamara taught at KinderCare since August 2011, mainly in the Schoolage program.  She enjoys teaching art and helping children learn how to read. Also, she has two children and two cats of her own.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Master's Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

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 Center has secure coded entrance doors. The playground is completely fenced in with locked gates. Our staff are trained in First Aid and CPR and we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site.

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 a 2 year old son that has been in the South Holland KinderCare since he was 6 weeks old. The teachers in his classrooms were BEYOND great--he was using Sign Language before he turned 1..he knew his ABC's by the time his was 15 months old..he was FULLY potty trained before he turned 2 years old. So needless to say, the teachers, directors, and the rest of the staff are amazing. They genuinely care for the children in their center and it definitely shows! My wife and I are expecting a baby girl soon..and she WILL be attending this center (hands down)!!!

- Father

My son has attended Kindercare of South Holland since he was 6 months and he is now 3 years old. As a first time mom I was nervous about sending him to daycare and not being able to monitor him. The staff eased my nerves and they completely took my son in and treated him like family. He has learned so much and has gained so many new friends and also extended family. It is a loving and safe environment and I am able to be at peace after dropping him off every day. There is constant communication between the director, teachers and the family. The curriculum has been amazing and I am always surprised at how much my son is learning, as well as his ever-evolving social skills. My son is excited to come to school everyday to be around his teachers and friends and for that I am extremely grateful that he has a home away from home where he is safe and treated like family.

Thank you Kindercare!!

- Mother

My daughter had just turned 2 years of age and was showing signs that she needed to be in a more educational and social environment. She had been staying home with my mother while me and my husband worked outside of the home. I had checked into several places before I got to KinderCare. There was such a sigh of relief and thankfulness upon my arrival and talking with Ms. Samone. She made me feel more relaxed about the idea of having my child outside of the home while working. My daughter was placed in the Discovery Preschool room with Ms. Dacia & Ms. De'Andria!! What can I say about "Double D"! They work well together from the time my daughter was with them. Both women were always so pleasant!! The kids loved and respected them. They both had a genuine care and concern for each child in the room!! I could go on and one about these two!! I appreciated them for everything they did for my daughter. It was hard to leave. If we were not being relocated for work we would still be apart of the family at KinderCare. My daughter learned so much during the time she was there. Her thirst for knowledge and ability to retain information remains high! All the staff in the building were consistently friendly. Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant and genuine!! It's hard to find customer service at that level now a days. I appreciate it and I'm grateful for the experience!! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

- Mother

I absolutely love KinderCare in South Holland, IL. My daughter has been here since she was three years old and she loves being here. I feel that my daughter is safe and I always have a peace of mind leaving her with the care fo the staff. The center director and staff are friendly, caring, and take good care of ALL of the children in the center.  I feel that it's my daughters home away from home!  My only wish is that KinderCare offered extended school and care, so that my daughter can stay where she loves. It has been a mother's ideal home away from home for my daughter.  Thank you KinderCare for giving me a peace of mind!

- Mother

My husband and I are thrilled that our son has been chosed as the Artist of the Month for September. Our son has been attending Kindercare since he was three years old and now he is in Kindergarten.  Our son has really prospered here and now he is reading! Thank you Kindercare for the good education that our son is receiving!

- Mother

     My child has attended South Holland Kindercare since Aug. 2010. I am honored to say I have no complaints. The facility is a very warm,fun,safe and secured environment. I admire many things about kindercareincluding their open door policy for parents and the daily communication.
    The staff at Kindercare are all very positive,nurturing,loving, patient,professional adn experienced. Their attitudes and actions show that they genuinely care about each child. I am truly amazed by the curriculum including the additions that were added this year. There are lesson plans and activities for infants through kindergarten, including the before and after school programs. Reading , math, and writing are essentials for life, but Kindercare also includes social,emotional and various life skills needed to survive as well. The staff at Kindercare has an outstanding and creative way to allow the children to experience different things, settings and environments within their classrooms.  A Parent intrusting their child's care and education into someone elses hands in their absence is very difficult, but I am pleased to say Kindercare has given me peace of mind.
Thank you Kindercare and Staff.

- Parent

My children have attended KinderCare for many years and I absolutely love the staff, and Director and Assistant Director. My children have learned so much and we are really excited about all the great things that are happening daily in the school.

- Father

KinderCare is a fun and loving environment. The teachers are great, they take the time to explain your child's progress and developmental milestones. My daughter has been here since she was three months old. The Director Kelsy and Assistant Director Shauntell are great too!

- Mother

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