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


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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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.

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 is passionate about making the children in our care feel safe and well nurtured. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Krystal's previous experience includes working at an advocacy center as a Legal/Medical Advocate, a Director of Advocacy Services working with abused children and adults, as well as a teacher in an early learning facility
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Services
  • Mr. Mark

    Mr. Mark, Discovery Preschool/Floater

    Mr. Mark started with KinderCare Learning Center in January 2015.  He received an Associates Degree from Elgin Community College and is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois University working on a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education.  His passion for teaching started during his senior year of high school when he was enrolled with some students in special education classes and realized that he knew what it would take to work with students enrolled in special education.  He truly enjoys working with all of the children and loves making a difference in their lives.  Mr. Mark looks forward to seeing what will happen next as he works with our families to make a positive impact on the children in our center.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Arts - Elgin Community College
  • Ms. Amy, Nursery

    Ms. Amy started with KinderCare in March 2016.  She comes with previous experience at another early learning center as a 2's teacher as well as a nanny for a family for several years.  Ms. Amy completed her Associates Degree in Science at College of DuPage.  She is currently working on her Child Associate Credential in early childhood through Rasmussen College.  One of Ms. Amy's favorite activities is to have a dance party with the infants while also having the opportunity to snuggle with them.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Science
  • Ms. Erica, Nursery

    It is exciting to see how much infants grow and develop over the course of a year.

    Ms. Erica started with KinderCare in January 2016.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Augustana College.  Ms. Erica is currently working on her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling at Governors State University.  She is currently completing an intership at Family Service Association of the Greater Elgin Area as an outpatient therapist working with families, children and adolescents.  She previously worked with children of all ages at an early learning center as a Lead Spanish Teacher as well as a nanny for several years.  Ms. Erica believes it is very important to get to know the families of all the infants to help understand the importance of nurturing and attachment in the early months.  She truly loves working with the infants because there are so many changes that occur in their development during these stages. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with minor in Spanish Currently working on Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Ms. Sandra, Nursery/Preschool

    Ms. Sandra has been working in early childhood education since 2007.  She started as an assistant teacher and continued her education to get her Child Development Associate Credential.  Ms. Sandra was a former teacher at our KinderCare and left for several years as she had moved out of the area.  She once again joined our KinderCare family in July 2016.  Ms. Sandra really enjoys working with the children, seeing them learn through play and experience the excitement of something new.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Completed 2 years at Northern Illinois University
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Associate's Degree - Emphasis in Early Childhood Education - Child Development Associate in Infant/Toddler
  • 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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Preschool 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Art - Child Development Associate in Preschool

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

September 7, 2015 - Labor Day
October 12, 2015 - Columbus Day
November 26, 2015 - Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 2015 - Day After Thanksgiving
December 24, 2015 - Close early
December 25, 2015 - Christmas
January 1, 2016 - New Year's Day
February 15, 2016 - 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.

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.

My family started going to the St. Charles KinderCare about five years ago.  Communication between myself and the staff has always been open and consistent.  In 2012, I had another baby.  The best part about dropping my youngest daughter off in the morning is she truly enjoys the caregivers there.  It really makes me happy to know she is happy and well taken care of every day.  I trust the staff 100% and to me that's huge!  Over the 5 years I've had multiple age children in multiple classrooms at different times.  Not only have my children been well taken care of and even loved over the years; they were also well educated by the programs and classrooms at KinderCare making moving on to kindergarten a non-stressor.  The love, guidance, acceptance and patience by the staff is helping to raise my children.  I have to work.  There is no option for me.  Since I can't be home with my kids, I am happy and proud to say they attend the St. Charles KinderCare.

- W.

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