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


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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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


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.

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

    Wendy began her career with KinderCare in 2002. She has experience as a teacher and an Assistant Director and a Regional Health and Safety Coordinator with KinderCare. Currently, she is thrilled to be a part of both the South Elgin and Wasco KinderCares to provide the best educational experience and 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:
    15 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 education. 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 the Assistant Director. The most rewarding part about her job is seeing the children every day and watchign them grow. Michelle looks forward to getting to know all the children and their families at this Center and being part of your child's education.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • 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:
    8 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:
    3 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:
    1 Year
    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:
    1 Year
    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:
    2 Years
    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:
    1 Year
    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Bachelors in Early Childhood 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

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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