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West Chicago KinderCare

Jennifer Robertson, Center Director

2044 Franciscan Way West Chicago IL 60185
(630) 562-3904 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
at Rt. 59 & North Ave

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wegner School, Gary School, Indian Knoll School, Currier School, Turner School, Pioneer School

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  • NECPA Accreditation NECPA


Whether it is all-day care for the working family or part-time care for an extra head start to your child's education, we think every child deserves a chance at KinderCare. Our curriculum is designed specifically for learning, and our tutorial programs are like no other. At KinderCare we know that one size does not fit all, but with our team of highly trained and passionate teachers, we are sure you will find a fit that works for you. We cannot wait for you to come in and see what your perfect fit will be.

Jennifer Robertson, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.


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 teachers are dedicated to providing a warm and enriching environment for your child to learn and grow. The teachers here at West Chicago KinderCare strive to meet the individualized needs of each child. They are here for you and the well being of all children in their care. Each teacher looks forward to meeting your family and sharing what they have to offer your child.

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Jennifer Robertson, Center Director

    I believe that every child deserves the very best. Education is what we do, what we love, and what we provide. We are changing the world one child at a time.

    Jennifer has been with KinderCare since December 2006. She has always had a love of learning and jumped at the opportunity to pass her knowledge onto others. During her journey with KinderCare, Jennifer has had the opportunity to fill many different roles with in the center. One of her notable roles was as a Preschool Teacher where she helped her center achieve NAEYC accreditation! As you can see, education has always been her number one priority. Jennifer has three children of her own, so she knows that being an advocate for children's needs is the most important thing we can do as adults. Jennifer has been blessed to have found a home with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer has been an Assistant Teacher for various age groups, a Lead Teacher in a preschool classroom, an After School Specialist, and an Assistant Center Director.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Toni Williams

    Toni Williams, Assistant Director

    LET US REMEBER: one book, one pen, one child, and one TEACHER can change the world."  Malala Yousafzai

    Toni grew up being known as a "Mother Hen" by all her teachers.  She would help other children put on and zip up their coats, tie shoes and other daily tasks before even doing her own.  Although this was a learning process for Toni, she never dreamed it would be her foundation to a lifetime in Education.  Toni alway knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lifes of children; and joining the Kindercare family in 2003 she has done just that.  Taking on the new role as Program Specialist Toni is able to not only share her Knowledge of Education with children, but also with the teachers in her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Toni has been an Assistant Teacher for various age groups ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 12 years old. She was also the lead teacher of a Preschool classroom for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tanja

    Ms. Tanja, Infant Classroom

    A person is a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Suess, Horton Hears a Who

    Ms. Tanja has been with KinderCare for over fourteen years and joined the West Chicago team in 2002, when the center opened. She obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2002 and took over as the lead teacher in the infant classroom. Ms. Tanja really enjoys seeing the smiles on the children's faces each day. In her free time, Ms. Tanja enjoys spending time with her two children.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rubi

    Ms. Rubi, Infants

    Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart". Winnie the Pooh

    Ms. Rubi began her career at Kindercare in 2014. She is married and has two children age 6 and 2. Ms. Rubi studied culinary arts and enjoys helping out in the kitchen. In her free time she enjoys drawing and playing the violin, guitar, and piano.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infants

    I come to work for the baby cuddles. I love to listen to them laugh.

    Ms. Sandy has been married 30 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.  Ms. Sandy explored a varity of careers before deciding on a career in early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught preschool at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Chicago.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University
  • Ms. Jimena

    Ms. Jimena, Infants

    Jimena has been with us at KinderCare since November of 2014.  Jimena has been a community member of West Chicago for all of her life.  She graduated from West Chicago Community High School in 2013.  She has since been pursuing her Associates degree at the College of Dupage and more recently, has enrolled at Rasmussen to get her Child development Associates Certificate.

    Jimena has always wanted to work with children since a very young age, so joining our team just seemed like a natural fit.  Jimena has experience with children of all ages, but especially loves caring for the infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jimena worked as a before and afterschool couselor for the Park district.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Naomi has been with KinderCare since August 2008.  She has worked in many classrooms with different ages.  Naomi has been working with children in a variety of settings since 1999 and finds early childhood to be very rewarding.  She enjoys working with children to help them become inquisitive, creative, contributing members of the community. 
    Before joining KinderCare Naomi worked as and Assistant Teacher in an Elementary School and a Camp Counselor with the Park District.  She also has her degree in education from Aurora University.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Laura

    Laura, Toddler

    We are all meant to shine as children do.  And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Laura comes from a big family where there is always someone to help and something to do.  She realized her love of teaching at a young age as she helped her younger siblings through out the years.  Ms. Laura has been actively engaged in school and pursuing her degree in education.  Since Ms. Laura's start with the company she has found herself falling in love with the toddler age group.  Every day is different and there is so much they learn in just the short time before they go on to the discovery preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
  • Sami

    Sami, Toddlers

    Ms. Sami has always had a love for children.  Before starting her career with Knowledge Universe, she had many years of experience caring for and babysitting young children.  During her high school years, Ms. Sami discovered her love of teaching, and has since decided to continue her education in the field of early childhood.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carl
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddlers

    Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students." Solomon Ortiz

    Ms. Brittany has been with Kindercare since June 2013. She has worked with all age groups, from infants to school agers, though the toddlers hold a special place in her heart. Throughout high school Ms. Brittany took classes in Early Child Education and worked at the preschool inside her high school. Ms. Brittany also worked as a cheer coach for 3rd through 8th graders. Ms. Brittany now attends Elgin Community College and is working on her Associates in Liberal Arts.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat and The Hat" by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Toya

    Ms. Toya, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Toya has a blended family with a total of 4 children.  Ms. Toya has always loved caring for and teaching children.  At the age of 13 she began babysitting as a summer job.  This is where she began teaching children how to count and spell their names.  In 2007 Ms. Toya began her journey at KinderCare.  She has worked with children of all age groups from Infants to Schoolage.  In 2009 she found her home with the two year olds in Discovery Preschool.  Since 2009 she has received her CDA credential for Infants- Two year olds and Preschool.  Ms. Toya has always wanted to help change the world, and early childhood education was the best way to start.  She enjoys making a difference in the world one child at a time.  She looks forward to working with each of your families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
  • Vanessa

    Vanessa, Discovery Preschool

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

    Vanessa has been with Knowledge Universe since April of 2015.  She has found her home in the Discovery Preschool Classroom.  During high school Vanessa realized her passion for working with and educating young children when she took a child development class.  Vanessa is a master at engaging children and loves to see their eyes light up when they learn something new.

    Vanessa will be starting classes to further her education in early childhood education.  She is eager to learn new things to help every child grow and develop.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Marisol

    Ms. Marisol, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Marisol was born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1995. She has been married for almost eight years and she has three beautiful girls. She loves teaching her early preschoolers something new every day and loves being a part of their earliest learning experiences!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Los 3 Cochinitos
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. Dreams are forever. - Tinkerbell

    Ms. Jackie has been with KinderCare for over ten years. Helping each child reach milestones and become successful in her class is what makes this job very rewarding for her! Ms. Jackie is the oldest of four children and has fourteen nieces and nephews!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Monster at the End of This Book
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cyndi

    Ms. Cyndi, Preschool

    You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. - Dr. Suess

    Ms. Cyndi has been with KinderCare since 1994! During that time she has taught Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classes. She has also taught some of our Learning Adventures classes. In addition to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Cyndi has worked within her own community as a youth soccer coach and teaching classes on the weekends at her church. She currently lives in Glendale Heights with her husband and sons.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kenosha

    Ms. Kenosha, Preschool

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." Alexandra K. Trenfor

    Ms. Kenosha started working for Kindercare in March 2015. She always knew she wanted to work with children since watching over her two god daughters. She will be enrolling in school at the end of the year to get her CDA. Throughout her life she has dedicated all of her free time to care for children and has enjoyed every minute of it. Ms. Kenosha is very dedicated to the social and emotional development of each and every child. Her goal is to ensure that every child receives the best possible care and love that they deserve.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Pre-Kindergarten

    Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud" Maya Angelou

    Ms. Kathy is excited to bring her variety of experiences to the Kindercare community. For the last 27 years Ms. Kathy has been teaching preschool and special education in the East Aurora School District. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University with an endorsement in both Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. She also holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University.
    Ms. Kathy is eager to give each of her students the best prekindergarten experience possible. The thing she looks forward to most is getting each child excited to learn, and impart on them a life long love of learning. She feels that each and every day in the prekindergarten classroom is full of tremendous opportunity for the students to explore new things. Ms. Kathy loves to give her students the hands on experiences that help them fully comprehend the world around them.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Ms Kathy holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University with an endorsement in both Special Education and English as a Second Language. She also holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University.
  • Jen

    Jen, Preschool

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Daisy S.

    Ms. Daisy S., Pre-K

    I'm glad I have this chance to be a part of KinderCare and work with children. I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world, because it is a great feeling watching children learn and grow.

    Ms. Daisy started babysitting at a young age and she helped her grandma care for her infant cousins. While she was in high school she taught first communion class and would teach Sunday school at church. Ms. Daisy feels like teaching is just the best thing in the world.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love you Daddy
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Felicia

    Felicia, PreKindergarten

    I call my students "my kids" because in out time together they aren't just kids on my class list, they become part of my heart.

    Ms. Felicia is living out her dream as a teacher, wife, mother and puppy owner. As of 2015 Ms. Felicia has been working with children for eight years. Ms. Felicia has experience teaching children of all ages from infants through third grade. Ms. Felicia attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to her collegiate experience Ms. Felicia has an endorsement in Special Education. Ms. Felicia's favorite subject to teach is phonics; she hopes to obtain a third degree in Reading Specialization. Outside of teaching Ms. Felicia has been a tutor, dance instructor, cheerleader coach, AWANA instructor, Special Olympics coach, and a Sunday school leader. Ms. Felicia has always wanted to work for KinderCare and is excited about the privilege to represent the KinderCare model. Ms. Felicia believes that every child can hold the key to success if they are guided in the right direction. Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors degree in General Studies, Masters degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Elsa R.

    Ms. Elsa R., Pre-K

    Children learn more from who you are than what you teach.

    Ms Elsa has loved taking care of children since she was young. At the age of 15 she became the children's bible school teacher at her church and later took Child Development classes in High School.  Ms. Elsa began working for KinderCare in November of 2013.  Ms. Elsa is currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She believes that every child deserves an opportunity to explore and discover the world around them everyday.  She helps children believe in themselves, their own abilities and interests in their own way.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever" and "Oh the Places You Will Go"
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Kindergarten

    I believe "positive thinking leads to positive outcomes" failure is a stepping stone to success.

    Lori believes each child is unique.  She also believes in treating each child as an individual, and seeing them succeed in their own way. Her job here is to be a good role model, along with getting them ready for real life experiences. She looks forward to teaching your child this year and seeing them grow.
    Lori lives in Elgin, Illinois with her husband and their 2 children, Joshua and Kayla. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and going to places like Wisconsin Dells!
    Lori attended Harper College for 2 years, where she received her Associates in Arts degree.  She also attended Wisconsin Parkside University in Kenosha, for 2 ½ years.  Lori has worked for Knowledge Universe since 1992 and teaching Kindergarten since 1995.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crocket Johnson
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, School Age Classroom

    Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our heart. - Winnie the Pooh

    Ms. Teresa began her journey with KinderCare in 1991 and has loved each and every day. She is our full time School Age teacher and bus driver. Ms. Teresa is thankful that she continues to learn and grow along with her students.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Corrie

    Ms. Corrie, Learning Adventures

    If you are good, life is good. - Roald Dahl from Matilda

    Ms. Corrie began her career with KinderCare in 2012 and was excited to enter a field that has been a dream of hers for several years. During her time at KinderCare, Ms. Corrie has been able to further her education and learn about herself in the process. Her greatest joy is seeing a child light up with excitement as they begin something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giver
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years

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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
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

We know just how important health and safety is, especially when it comes to caring for your children. Here at KinderCare we have a multitude of health and safety practices and procedures. Some of our procedures include a security key pad, daily sign-in procedures, daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures, as well as all teachers being certified in pediatric First Aid and CPR.

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.

I have been part of the KinderCare community since I was a child. My mother spent many years as a center director, so naturally, I benefited from the my KinderCare experience. When it came to finding care for my own children I knew KinderCare was the right choice. I have had the opportunity to visit many different centers around the West Chicago area, but could not find one as dedicated to EDUCATING, not just watching, the children. My daughter has a physical disability, so finding someone that would work with us and help her develop in EVERY way was a neccessity. We found it at West Chicago KinderCare.

- Mother

Four years ago, when I had my first born, I was terrified of the thought of going back to work and having "strangers" watch my child. I went to see multiple day cares and was horrified by some of things I witnessed. I came across KinderCare in West Chicago (which was close to my work) and asked if I could observe the infant classroom to see if I could "catch" anything that would turn me off. I stayed a long time in that room and I saw nothing was done any different from what I would do at home. The room was decorated so cute, like a child's room…and it was clean, which is so important. The infant lead teacher was so nice and answered all my questions...and I asked A LOT of them. I ended up staying much longer then I thought and was welcomed the whole time there. Needless to say, four years later and another child added, I am still a proud KinderCare WC parent and grew to love and respect all the teachers there. But it is not so much about how I feel towards the teachers and daycare, it is when I see my kids running up to teachers to give them hugs "good morning" or "goodbye", THAT'S my reason for staying. KinderCare WC has a great group of directors and teachers that work there. As the years passed, I did loosen up a little as a parent but I am still just as overprotective when it comes to my kids and I still trust KinderCare WC with them. I feel secure and happy my kids are with them. Thanks for helping with one less stress when it comes to helping to raise your kids the right way! :) I could not do it without you.

- Mother

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