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Wasco KinderCare

Wendy Mendoza, Center Director

40 W 170 LaFox Rd. St. Charles IL 60175
(630) 587-9150 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
SW Corner of Rt. 64 & LaFox Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bell Graham | Wasco | St. Patrick School | Lily Lake | John Stewart Kaneland

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My staff and I welcome you to our KinderCare family! Our goal is to prepare every child for school success while creating a safe and nurturing environment for them to learn. We are committed to providing the best education for your child while they have fun. We look forward to getting to know you are your family and watching your child grow, learn and imagine.

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.

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


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.


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.


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 staff members at the Wasco Kindercare are dedicated to providing each child the opportunity to reach their full potential. We embrace creativity and foster individuality.  We have teachers and staff who bring experience and know-how and have been in the early childhood education field for over 20 years.  All of our teachers have the innate love of children and commitment to quality and building relationships with families.

  • Wendy Mendoza

    Wendy Mendoza, Center Director

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." - Forest E. Witcraft

    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 Wasco 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Wendy has previous experience working as a Two-year-old teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Julie Marrant

    Julie Marrant, Assistant Director

    Julie joined KinderCare in the fall of 2006. Her previous role working as a lead teacher has given her great insight to what is important to children, parents and teachers. She strives for each family to have a positive, meaningful experience at KinderCare. One of her favorite parts of her position is planning all of the center's special family events such as Fall Fest, Winter Gala, and Summer Camps. Julie loves working in the Early Childhood Education field where she can educate, nurture and lead.

    Previous Experience:
    Julie has previous experience working as the lead teacher in the Infant, Discovery Preschool and School Age classrooms. She also worked with young children in a homeless shelter as a caseworker.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Llama Llama series.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Family and Child Studies
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Infant Classroom

    I am not a teacher, but an awakener. -Robert Frost

    April has experience working with children of all ages, but is a strong leader in the infant room. She is an organized, reliable, and responsible teacher who will always know what's coming up next. She stands firmly behind our infant curriculum and implents fun activities daily! Ms. April is also our center's Health and Safety Coordinator and helps management keep the school safe and secure.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    I love making a difference in the life of a child and seeing them enter the classroom each day with an eagerness to learn.

    Sarah has continued her education by also getting certificates in Infant-Toddler Specialty and Parent-Teacher Involvement Her goal is to implement the Toddler Curriculum to encourage children to learn through all varieties of medium and experiences. Another of Sarah's goals is to communicate to parents how they can continue the learning process at home.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dear Zoo
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool

    The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss

    Jessica has been working with kids for many years and loves seeing the face of a child who has learned something new. It's the most rewarding feeling! Jessica is also attending school to finish her Child Development Associate Credential.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Associates Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Discovery Preschool

    Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. -Walt Disney

    After taking many child development classes, Ms. Alexis decided to pursue a career in early childhood education. She loves working with two year olds and her plans for the future are to finish her CDA and be a lead Discovery Preschool Teacher. Ms. Alexis enjoys making individual relationships with each child in her class and making a positive impact in their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Janel

    Ms. Janel, Preschool Classroom

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.-Dr. Seuss

    Janel is firm believer in hands on learning. She's not afraid to let the children really learn from their experiences, even if it means they get a little messy in the process! She loves seeing how much the children grow and discover in the time they are in the Preschool Classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Too many to list!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Kaity

    Ms. Kaity, Preschool

    You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own and you know what you know. And you are the only one who'll decide where you go. -Dr. Seuss

    Kaity loves watching the children in her class learn and grow. It is important to her to make a positive difference in each student's life. She is inspired by her class's eagerness to learn each and every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "There's a Wocket in My Pocket"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Ema

    Ms. Ema, Pre-Kindergarten

    If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important. -Barbara Coloroso

    Ms. Ema has many years of experience to share with us! She has been a lead teacher in Preschool, Toddler and School Age classrooms. Ms. Ema has also spent time doing important work as a Preschool Teacher in an orphanage. The children love being around Ms. Ema because they know she will always take the time to talk and listen to them!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Pre-Kindergarten

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

    Brenda loves that every day is a different experience in her classroom. Teaching new ideas and concepts while interacting with the different personalities of her children in class makes for a great day! Brenda is excited to help prepare each child for Kindergarten!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:

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

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

Our fenced in center is located in a quiet business development without access to the main road.  We pride ourselves on being "tucked away" but visible from Route 64.  Our classroom entrance is accessible only with a parent keycode, limited to those on a written pick up/drop off permission form.  Each year we provide vision and hearing screenings for the children, as well as monthly visits from a health nurse who provides tips and advice on staying healthy and strong.

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 children have been attending the Wasco Center for four years. We have always been happy with the care they provide and the teaching has been excellent. Both of my children excelled in school due to the prekindergarten and above guidance they have provided. The center is warm and caring, has been able to meet the individual needs of both of my children. I would recommend this Center to any working family because you will always know your children are safe and well cared for when you are away.

- Mother

I have never seen a more organized, clean, and educational based center in the area.  My girls were attending an inhome sitter and I have never regretted placing them in this preschool.  I know each day that my daughter is learning her letters, numbers, and is being prepared for Kindergarten when she turns 5.  I cannot imagine a better preschool option for my children.  Wasco Kindercare rocks!

- Mother and community camp director

My son was born prematurely and I hestitated at first to go back to work, but I truly trust the teachers and staff at the Wasco Kindercare to provide the best care for infants.  I have had nothing but great experiences with Kindercare, and am blessed that he is thriving in a daily educational setting where he receives great care!  I am beyond happy with my decision.

- Mother and teacher in a private school

We have been a long-standing family at KinderCare. From the first day, the staff and the teachers made us feel at ease and have welcomed my children as one of their own. As working parents, I could not ask for more. From the start, the lines of communication have been exceptional and I have learned so much from the KinderCare family. My children have become well-rounded given their experience at KinderCare. They look forward to spending time with their teachers and friends they have made. KinderCare is a safe and warm place that I would recommend to future families.

- Mother

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