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80th Avenue KinderCare

Dawn Baldovin, Center Director

7965 175th St. Tinley Park IL 60477
(708) 532-2466 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
1/2 Block East of 80th Ave on 175th Street

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 140 & 146…Mellinium; McCaulus; Fern Way; Hellen Keller; Banis; Fulton; Rogus; Mary Drew; Frankfort Square; - even if we don't transport now, if parent expresses interest and we can fit it in, we will most likely do it. Memorial in District 142

Our center is gearing up for an awesome summer camp program.   Come check out all the great activities we have planned for a fun exciting summer.  Registration is now open and space is limited!
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Welcome to the 80th Avenue KinderCare in Tinley Park. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! Here we believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Each age group, from infants to school age, has their very own curriculum. Our teachers have more than 150 years of combined experience teaching at KinderCare and they go above and beyond each day to enhance academic success in each individual child. We work to ensure that each child’s personal experience is unique and individualized. We would love to show you all our center has to offer for you and your child and look forward to hearing from you.

Dawn Baldovin, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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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 teachers at the 80th Avenue KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of eight years at KinderCare an average of twelve years in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential or Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The 80th Avenue KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education and training. Our staff is dedicated to the development and growth of each and every individual child that we care for and work hard each day to make each child’s day special.

  • Dawn Baldovin

    Dawn Baldovin, Center Director

    Dawn Baldovin has been with KinderCare since 1986. Dawn has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She began her career with KinderCare as the school age teacher at the center in Oak Forest, Illinois. She became the Assistant Director within six months and was promoted to the Director the following year. She opened the Tinley Park KinderCare in September 2001. Dawn has two children, both of whom attended KinderCare from six weeks old through age 12. Dawn’s goal as Center Director is to create a family atmosphere and make everyday fun for the children at her center, and parents feel secure knowing they have made a great choice for their child.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Melissa DeVries

    Melissa DeVries, Assistant Director

    I enjoy being able to work with all the children and the families and being a positive role model for the center staff.

    Melissa has been with KinderCare since 1995. She has worked at a few different centers before coming to the Tinley Park KinderCare. Melissa has taught just about every age group we service, and has been the Preschool teacher for the past three years. Melissa is also our center C.A.R.E person and she helps plan all our extra fun activities each week for the children and parents.She has three children of her own, and two step children.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching all ages and enjoy working with the babies the most. Watching each baby grow and reach milestones is a wonderful feeling. I enjoy providing the basic building skills that the babies will take with them for the rest of their lives.

    Ms. Carrie is our lead Infant teacher in our young infant classroom. She has her Associate's of Science Degree. Ms. Carrie has been working for KinderCare since October of 2011. Her gentle nature and soothing care is evident throughout her classroom every day.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associate's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Joy

    Ms. Joy, Infant Classroom

    I love working with all ages of children especially infants. I love their smiles, how they snuggle and helping them develop and achieve their milestones.

    Ms. Joy has been working for KinderCare since March 2012, and has always worked with babies. Ms. Joy has her Associate's Degree in Child Care with Applied Science and Business, has her Infant and Toddler Credential and Special Needs Certifications. She shows such enthusiasm and love for her job every single day.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ardiana

    Ms. Ardiana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ardiana worked at the KinderCare in Orland Park for more than a year before coming to the Tinley Park KinderCare in September 2005. She attended school in Kosovo where she lived before relocating to the United States. Ms. Ardiana works in the early learning toddler classroom and is very excited about working with the toddlers because they are so eager to learn new things. She has two boys who  both attended the Tinley Park KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Heather began working for the KinderCare in Palos, Illinois in 2000 before coming to Tinley Park KinderCare in 2002. Ms. Heather has her Child Development Associate's Credential and has more than 16 years experience. She has two children of her own. She is inspired each day knowing that her students are anxiously waiting to start their day.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kristin has two years of college and 14 years of educational experience. She has been with the KinderCare in Tinley Park since 2004 and has always taught in the discovery preschool classroom. She enjoys the fact they have so much energy and a love exploring new things. Ms. Kristin had her first child in September of 2010.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Latania

    Ms. Latania, Preschool

    Miss Latania has been working for Kindercare since October 2009.  Latania began as a toddler teacher, and is now one of our Preschool teachers.  Latania is currently attending Kendall College pursuing her early childhood Bachelor's degree.   Latania loves the fact that everyday is a new adventure when working with young children, and that they are so eager to learn.  Miss Latania also has a son and daughter.   

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Marcy

    Ms. Marcy, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about helping each child reach their developmental milestones and help them grow cognitively and physically. It is a rewarding experience for the kids and for me as well.

    Ms. Marcy has been working for KinderCare since September of 2012. She is one of our preschool teachers.   Ms. Marcy is a very caring teacher and is always communicating with the parents to keep a smooth transition from center to home.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marcy has previous experience working as a substitute teacher.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The thing I love most about working with children in seeing them get excited about learning. The next day they come to school asking youmore questions about the things they learned the prior day. I hope to touch each and everyone, of their lives in a small way.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at 2 other KLC centers as well as private centers with all age groups. I have also worked as a substitute teacher for several school districts in the South Suburbs.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies with an Elementary Education emphasis.
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, School Age Classroom

    I try to instill a life-long love of learning and discovery in all the children I interact with while providing a safe, accepting and fun environment.

    Ms. Jenny  has been a teacher with KinderCare/Knowledge Universe since August 1998. She has experience working with every age group but has mostly taught School Age children. Ms. Jenny's wide range of experience includes babysitting, day camp counseling, teaching and tutoring. She has tutored students Kindergarten through 12th grade who needed remediation and school support. Ms. Jenny has also taught study strategies, organizational skills, Math concepts, and specific Reading Programs.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jenny has previous experience tutoring in Math Concepts and Reading Programs in the public schools.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Support Staff

    Miss Lauren has been with KinderCare since November 2013 as a teacher assistant.  Lauren works with all age groups, and really enjoys the workig with the babies.   Lauren has 2 daughters of her own. 

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Merry

    Ms. Merry, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Ms. Merry has been with KinderCare since 2002. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Ms. Merry has taught programs from discovery preschool through school age, and was our center's kindergarten teacher for five years.

    Merry is our centers Learning Adventures specialist and teaches all our classes, from phonics, and reading  to music and  cooking classes.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education

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

At the 80th Avenue KinderCare your child’s safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition entry to classrooms is only through a coded door where only authorized family members have the code to enter. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator that conducts monthly fire and disaster drills, as well as maintaining high cleanliness standards. The majority of our staff are also first aid and CPR certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Before choosing a center, my husband and I visited over 20 facilities. KinderCare ( 80th Ave location, in Tinley Park) stood out as being the very best! Dawn and Kathy do an excellent job leading their team. We love all the teachers. EVERYONE treats my son with love and kindness.

- Mother

This is a fantastic facility. Each teacher my child has had since he started the program at 12 weeks old has taken the time to get to know my child. The teachers and administration work in conjunction to make sure your child is getting the most out of their experiences. The teachers are very accommodating to his special needs and have made an incredible difference in his development.

- Mother

Since sending my son Jack to KinderCare's K-12 program last fall, I have been thrilled with his progress. In addition to being continuously amazed by his reading and mathematics skills, I have noticed that this program and Ms. Tiffany have fostered a love for learning I hope he maintains throughout his elementary years. He has entered the building each morning enthusiastic about learning and has returned home each afternoon excited to share stories of his day. I would highly recommend this program to any parent.

- Mother

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