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St. Charles KinderCare

Krystal Temple, Center Director

1875 Prairie St. St. Charles IL 60174
(630) 584-2333 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Right off Randall near Rt. 64 behind Jewel/Osco Across the St. from the Kane County Circuit Court

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wild Rose | Lincoln | Davis | Richmond | MunHall / Williamsburg / Harrison

Welcome

Welcome to the St. Charles KinderCare. We are looking forward to visting with you and introducing you to our KinderCare team.  We want your children to feel comfortable in their environment.  We do this by creating a family friendly atmosphere for your child to help them feel loved and respected to develop a strong sense of self.   Here at KinderCare, all of our curriculum are designed to prepare your child for their elementary school years. We utilize all our skills into creating an exciting adventure for your child every single day. They receive support from a team of individuals with a passion for teaching and nurturing children.  We offer flexible schedules to meet the needs of your family.  We look forward to the opportunity to be a part of your child's educational experience!

Krystal Temple, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Silver Level with Excelerate Illinois

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.

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

Our staff members are passionate about teaching and nurturing your children. The staff will provide your child with a safe, secure and stimulating environment to help develop a well rounded child. With our close-community atomsphere, your child will feel valued and respected as an individual while being a part of our KinderCare family. Our team has over 100 years experience in working with young children!

  • Krystal Temple

    Krystal Temple, Center Director

    I feel it is important to help children excel in education starting in the early years while also developing a sense of family at the center.

    Ms. Krystal has been the Center Director at the St. Charles KinderCare since January 2006. Her previous experience includes working at an advocay center as a Legal/Medical Advocate and a Director of Advocacy Services working with abused children and adults. While Ms. Krystal was in school at Northern Illinois University, she also worked as a teacher in an early learning facility. She is passionate about the children in our care being safe, nurturted, and well-cared for. This is also what Ms. Krystal look's for in her team members. She understands what children need to be successful and leads her team in fulfilling the needs of children and families she serves. During her time as the Center Director, Ms. Krystal has emphasized a sense of family at the center, making sure that everyone feels a sense of warmth when they walk in the door. Ms. Krystal has had the opportunity to have Caden, Connar and Carsen, her three children, be part of the St. Charles KinderCare family. She frequently visits all the classrooms to spend time with the children, sing with them or just be silly. Ms. Krystal is always available to her families and welcomes you to visit and see how the St. Charles KinderCare can become a part of your family.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Studies - Child Development
  • Whitney Welch

    Whitney Welch, Assistant Director

    I look forward to each and every day as a new story or adventure in the lives of children.

    Whitney has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2007. Her previous experience includes working at a KinderCare in the northwest suburbs as a full time toddler teacher and as an Assistant Director. Whitney has completed a child life internship program at Alexian Brothers Women and Children's  Hospital in the pediatric unit where she worked with hospitalized children and their families to help them understand what is occuring at their developmental levels throughout their hospitalization. She continues to volunteer her time on weekends to the children and families at Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital. While Whitney attended Northern Michigan University she also worked as a teacher in an early learning facility for several years. Whitney is very excited to join our St. Charles KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Services
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Donna has been the teacher in the toddler room since 1992, when she joined the KinderCare family. She started at KinderCare after many years of her own child-raising experience and the completion of two years of college at Northern Illinois University. During her time as a proud stay at home mom, Ms. Donna also volunteered for many church, school and neighborhood activities that revolved around child. She has continued her devotion to children by being blessed with three grandchildren. Ms. Donna has not only been the toddler room teacher since 1992, she has also taught the ABC Music and Me program that the center runs. She is continuously using the learning and creative experiences that came from the music program to provide this with the children in the toddler room. Any child or parent that has had their child with Ms. Donna throughout the years knows she provides a very loving and nurturing environment. Ms. Donna truly loves teaching the children in her care and hopes to help with their learning development.

    Year Started:
    11/4/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Completed 2 years at Northern Illinois University
  • Miss Nina, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nina joined the KinderCare family in June 2011.  She is recent 2014 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Ms. Nina has had many clinical experiences during her school years including preschool, third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade.  She loves teaching children new things that they can take with them when they move to the next classroom.  Ms. Nina loves to watch the children explore and enjoys watching them grow into individuals along the way.  We are happy to have Ms. Nina as part of our team at the St. Charles KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    6/3/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jenni

    Ms. Jenni, Discovery Preschool & Program Specialist

    I love the smile and excitement the children show when they learn new activities.

    Ms. Jenni has been working at KinderCare since February 2007.  She started as a toddler teacher and then was promoted to an Assistant Director.  During this time, Ms. Jenni helped the teachers with implementing their curriculum, as well as helping to meet the needs of the children and families.  Ms. Jenni is very excited to work as the Program Specialist at the St. Charles KinderCare and work with our Discovery Preschool children.  She looks forward to sharing her love and passion for caring for children and families.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emma

    Ms. Emma, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am amazed every day by the influence of what I teach has an impact on the changes in a child's growth and development.

    Ms. Emma began her education at Elgin Community College in August of 2010. Shortly after she started, she had the opportunity to work at the Elgin Community College Childhood Lab School. During this time, Ms. Emma was working on her early childhood classes. She graduated from Elgin Community College in July of 2013. After she graduated, she began as a teacher at the St. Charles KinderCare and was able to be part of the KinderCare family. Ms. Emma's other experiences includes being part of children's church groups as well as being a nanny for several families over the last several years. She provides a comfortable, exciting learning environment with the children in her care.

    Year Started:
    8/19/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree - Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy observing and working with children in their learning environments.

    Ms. Pam graduated from Ralleios Teacher's Academy in Greece and Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in education. After graduating from the academy, she taught at a school in Europe for awhile before completing her degree at Northeastern Illinois University to then teach in Chicago. Ms. Pam joined KinderCare in 1993 as the Kindergarten teacher, which she taught for several years. In August 2013, Ms. Pam became the preschool teacher. Due to being the kindergarten teacher for years, Ms. Pam has extensive knowledge to help the preschool children be prepared to enter the public school system.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Miss Laura

    Miss Laura, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It is exciting to watch the pre-kindergartners develop their skills and get ready for Kindergarten.

    Ms. Laura joined the KinderCare family in September 2001. She received her Bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Laura enjoys watching the children grow and develop new skills everyday. In her spare time, she likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends. The Prekindergarten children are very excited to have Ms. Laura as their teacher at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    9/20/2001
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Preschool Classroom/School-Age Classroom

    I strongly believe that children need a place to be creative and have freedom to have fun with their friends after a long day of school.

    Ms. Amy has been with KinderCare since 2009. She began teaching in the preschool room and currently is the school-age teacher. Ms. Amy graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. She is very creative and strongly encourages learning through art. Ms. Amy continually has exciting and fun activities so her students are always busy. She especially loves the summer field trips where KinderCare takes her students on awesome learning adventures. Ms. Amy understands that the school-age children are working hard in school all-day and need a place to go and have fun with their friends.
    Year Started:
    3/23/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art

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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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

October 13, 2014 - Columbus Day
February 16, 2015 - President's Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is a very important priority.  Not only do we have all of our outside perimeter doors locked, all of our playgrounds are surrounded by a locked 6 foot privacy fence.  In addition, we have a coded door entry in the front of the building which is only given to authorized family members.  Every 30 minutes we conduct name to face counts as well as do monthly fire drills.  All of our staff are fully background checked and have current first aid and cpr certifications, as well as maintain a high level of cleanliness standards.  We also follow health and saftey procedures, such as handwashing, safe sleep practices in our nursery, and much more to ensure all of our children stay healthy and safe.

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My daughters go to this center and love all the teachers! They are School Age now, but started in Preschool. They have made great friends and are always excited to tell me about all the fun they had during the day. My daughters were also in the Learning Adventures program for phonics and I credit that program and Ms. Liz for them reading above grade level! Knowing that my children are will cared for and happy makes my work day easier. Thanks St. Charles KinderCare!

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