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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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Welcome

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 are so excited for you to come in and see what your perfect fit will be.

Jennifer Robertson, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Music

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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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    12/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
  • Natalie Tronco

    Natalie Tronco, Assistant Director

    My role as Assistant Center Director is to build a strong relationship with the families and teachers to ensure that we can work together to provide the best possible care and education for the children in our school. Being able to gain the trust of families and advocate for children is a very important part of my career. I want our school to be a place where children will recieve not only quality education, but also be able to feel at home while they are here.

    Natalie began her journey with KinderCare Learning Center in 2004, and has served in many roles at many locations throughout the area. She began as an assistant teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom and was promoted to lead Prekindergarten teacher. Natalie has truly enjoyed the years she spent as a teacher, and in 2007, she was excited to bring her knowledge to another level when she became an Assistant Center Director. Natalie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She truly believes that early childhood education will create a strong foundation in each child that will create a lifelong love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Natalie worked as a before and after school program coordinator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Grimms' Fairy Tales by Brian Alderson, Brothers Grimm, and Michael Foreman
    Year Started:
    4/12/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Rubi

    Miss Rubi, Culinary Specialist

    I love my job because food makes people happy. I love walking into a classroom and having the children ask 'Miss Rubi, what's for lunch today?' Seeing the smiles on their faces when they have full tummies makes my heart the happiest!

    Miss Rubi cooks with love. During her time in culinary school, she realized how much she loved children and decided to join the KinderCare family as our Culinary Specialist. She lives her life believing that each child is a gift who unwraps their packages at different times. In her free time, Miss Rubi loves to bake and do crafts with her two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Rubi spent 2 years studying the Culinary Arts
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    7/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Food Service Sanitation issued by the State of Illinois
  • Miss Tanja

    Miss Tanja, Nursery

    I truly enjoy watching the children in my classroom grow and smile each day.

    Miss Tanja began her journey with KinderCare in 2000. Since then, she has had the opportunity to love and care for hundreds of children! She loves incorporating singing and dancing into her classroom and also believes that playing with children is where most learning begins.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Tanja worked for a small cookie distribution company.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    9/14/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Laura

    Miss Laura, Infant Classroom

    My favorite part of teaching is seeing the excitement that the children show when they learn to do something on their own. I love coming to work each day knowing that everyday is a new opportunity to impact children in a positive way.

    Miss Laura enjoys being a part of the learning experiences for all of the children in her class. She loves to witness the personal development of her students. In her free time, Miss Laura likes to read, and write. She also plays the ukelele!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Laura has experience as a Youth Leader at her church, as well as a wealth of babysitting experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Sandy

    Miss Sandy, Nursery

    I love coming to work each day and seeing the children smiling!

    Miss Sandy believes that literacy can be learned from the moment a child is born. She loves incorporating her favorite stories into her classroom, and can almost always be found reading to the children. Miss Sandy has been married for over 30 years, and loves spending time with her son, daughter, and two grandchildren. In her free time, she also loves to crochet blankets!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Sandy worked at a large grocery chain for 16 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    4/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition
  • Miss Naomi

    Miss Naomi, Toddlers

    I love teaching children because I learn from them and they learn from me. Their smiles of accomplishment warm my heart.

    Miss Naomi joined the KinderCare team in August, 2008 and loves creating a fun environment for children to learn. She loves giving her students the opportunity to make their own choices. In her classroom, she is singing, dancing, reading, and practicing writing every day. In her free time, Miss Naomi loves spending time with her three daughters, watching movies, cooking, and baking!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Miss Naomi worked as a teaching assistant in neighboring school districts, as well as a camp counselor with the park district near her home.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverein
    Year Started:
    8/20/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Miss Jimena

    Miss Jimena, Toddlers

    Seeing children smile everyday brightens my day!

    Miss Jimena joined the KinderCare family in November of 2014. She truly loves what she does. She loves knowing that she has the ability to help children achieve their best. She inspires her students not only to succeed academically, but personally as well. In her free time, Miss Jimena enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and watching movies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the WIld Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Miss Jackie

    Miss Jackie, Discovery Preschool

    I love my job because I help the children in my class develop self-help skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

    Miss Jackie loves incorporating literacy activities in to her classroom routine! She loves reading stories, and making the characters in the books come alive for the children. She also loves integrating messy sensory projects with the children. In her free time, Miss Jackie loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, reading good books, and going to the movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Jackie worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
    Year Started:
    2/6/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Marisol

    Miss Marisol, Discovery Preschool

    I love my job because of the smiles I get from my kids!

    Miss Marisol loves incorporating Spanish into her daily activities with the children. She loves watching them learn new words, and use them in their daily conversations. In her free time, Miss Marisol likes to spend time with her husband, three daughters, and she loves to go shopping.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Los Tres Cochinitos by Amparito Garrido
    Year Started:
    1/28/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Lori

    Miss Lori, Preschool

    I believe that each child is unique and I also believe that teaching each child as an individual, and seeing them succeed in their own way is life changing. My job is to be a good role model, along with ensuring that the students in my class are prepared for real-life experiences. I love to see each child grow and get excited when they are able to develop a task, like the rist time they tie their shoes.

    Miss Lori loves creating different ways for her students to explore literacy and reading. She also enjoys providing her students with various art experiences throughout the day. In her free time, Miss Lori loves to watch her daughter play basketball. She also loves taking road trips to Wisconsin with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Miss Lori worked as a phonics instructor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
    Year Started:
    8/17/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23+
    Education:
    Associate's in Arts
  • Miss Vanessa

    Miss Vanessa, Preschool

    I love my job because I love seeing the children and their big smiles every day! It makes me really happy to see the students in my class smiling!

    Miss Vanessa joined the West Chicago team in April, 2015. She loves being able to teach her students something new and loves watching them learn new things. She loves incorporating various sciene and sensory activities into her daily routines with the children. In her free time, Miss Vanessa loves being with her family, and spending time with her daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Vanessa babysat for her younger brothers, and cousins.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
  • Miss Cyndi

    Miss Cyndi, Preschool

    I am the happiest when I see the look of pride on a students face when they have learned a new skill!

    Miss Cyndi loves science, and incorporates it into her classroom on a daily basis. She loves how fascinated the children are with new science projects! In her free time, she loves photography, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Miss Cyndi taught kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/15/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21+
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Elsa

    Miss Elsa, Prekindergarten

    I love being a part of the growth and development of each and every child that is a part of our school. Watching their little eyes light up when they learn something new is priceless. I enjoy knowing watching them reach milestones.

    Miss Elsa loves getting to know each and every child not only in her class, but within the rest of the school as well. She believes that in order to give a student the best education possible, it is imparitive to get to know them. In her free time, Miss Elsa likes to read, watch movies, and spend time with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Miss Elsa taught 3-5 year old children at church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    11/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Felicia

    Miss Felicia, Prekindergarten & Learning Adventures Specialist

    I love to teach because I enjoy interacting with the children. There is nothing like the excitement on a child's face when they have learned something new. I believe that children are naturally curious and I am so honored to help them explore their curiosity! 

    Miss Felicia believes that any successful classroom is set up for learning and reflection. She does this by creating an environment that encourages her students to explore and discover new concepts. In her free time, Miss Felicia loves spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Felicia coached cheerleading and dance, as well as many years of teaching both in schools and in church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ruby the Copy Cat by Peggy Rathmann
    Year Started:
    8/31/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in General Studies and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, with a special education endorsement
  • Miss Teresa

    Miss Teresa, School Age

    I love my job because nothing brings me more joy than making our children happy and geting them to laugh. I love helping them with their homeowrk and anything else that they may need each day!

    Miss Teresa loves working with the children to make sure the classroom is a fun, creative, and safe place to be. She works hard to ensure that her classroom feels more like a family. Miss Teresa loves asking the students for their input when planning activities and projects. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, and her pets!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Teresa volunteered for NEDSRA and worked with young children who had special needs, and also with the Bobby Burrow Center and Rainbow Association which helps children through the loss of loved ones.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    11/4/1991
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25+
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Brittany

    Miss Brittany, Center Support

    Seeing the children learn something new makes me smile! It's definitely my favorite part about teaching. 

    Miss Brittany believes that the youngest years of a child's life are the most important. She knows that she is making a difference in the lives of the children at our school. She loves to read, and spend time outside! 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Miss Brittany was a cheerleading coach and has many years of babysitting experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Miss Sami

    Miss Sami, Center Support

    I love helping children grow and learn. I feel so happy knowing that I am a part of that!

    Miss Sami enjoys doing engaging activities with the children. She is often found on the floor with them singing songs, or playing games! Miss Sami spends her free time volunteering with special needs students and going to school to finish her degree. 

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Sami worked in her local high school's preschool program, as well as many years of babysitting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    5/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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

  • 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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