DeLisa Contreras, Center Director
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Welcome to Westbrook Corporate Center's KinderCare in Westchester. We offer a research based, age appropriate curriculum that meets and exceeds the needs of children six weeks to 6 years including a Preschool and Prekindergarten program. Through the use of small group sizes and qualified and dedicated teachers we are able to offer an individualized education that encourages family involvement. The teachers and I work with each family to ensure that we are all working together in educating the children.
DeLisa Contreras, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
Here at the Westbrook Corporate Center KinderCare located in Westchester, our teaching staff is passionate and committed to providing the best educational and nurturing environment for our families. With a combined total of 90 years in the education field, our teachers have a great wealth of knowledge to pass on to our students.Our goal is to give all the children the best education and memories that will last a lifetime.
Every child deserves a champion-an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection & insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
DeLisa started her career at KinderCare 14 years ago at a center in Bloomington, IL while attending Illinois State University. DeLisa thought that she wanted to work in the business world and went to school and obtained degrees in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. However, DeLisa quickly realized that she did not just want a job but she wanted a career in Early Childhood Education. DeLisa started as an infant teacher and through the years, while also going back to school to get a degree in Early Childhood Education, worked her way up to be promoted to a position as a Center Director. DeLisa feels very passionate about building relationships with each family that she comes into contact with.
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age & dreams are forever" - Walt Disney
Miss Donna received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. In 2012, shortly after graduation, she joined our KinderCare team as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She soon realized how much she loved Early Childhood education and went back to school for her CDA. In December 2014, Donna was promoted to Assistant Director and Learning Adventures Specialist. She works closely with all the students and families in our center and believes that daily communication is very important . Using her creativity, she directs all of our Learning Adventures programs and makes sure children are receiving the best education possible.
Play gives children a chance to practice what they have learned.
Miss Gwyne realized when she started studying child development that she wanted to work closely with children and help them develop and grow. In November of 2014, Gwyne made the step to join our family of educators. She works closely with the Infants and their families at our center. She helps the children achieve new milestones and shares the exciting achievements with the parents. Miss Gwyne works hand and hand with every parent to ensure that she is proving the best care and education for the children.
I love seeing the milestones that the children accomplish and the happiness on their little faces.
Miss Yolanda has been positively impacting children's lives for over 17 years. Over that time, she has volunteered at nurseries in the community and has created caring and educational environment for all the children in her classroom. The families and children are very fond of Miss Yolanda and love spending time with her daily. She believes the most rewarding part of being with the children is helping them achieve a new developmental milestone.
I’m inspired to come to work everyday because I love the children and working with them.
Ms. Debbie received her degree in Early Childcare and has been with our KinderCare family for over 25 years! Ms. Debbie works closely with our Infant and Toddler classrooms She loves singing songs and reading books to her class to help build the children's vocabulary. She enjoys helping the children grow and achieve developmental milestones. She loves coming to work everyday and sad to be away from the children. She is a treasured member of our teaching staff.
I love working with the families to help the children achieve greatness.
Miss Gina has been in the Early Childhood industry for over 10 years. She has been with the two year old children in our Discovery Preschool for 6 years. As a mother of twins, Gina does fantastic with multiple children and is able to adapt all activities to help the children get to their next development level. She loves that she is preparing the children for preschool.
I have such love for providing each child with a loving and educational learning environment.
Miss Joanne has been educating children in the early childhood field for over 15 years. Miss Joanne joined the KinderCare family in September of 2011.Her passion for teaching and her creativity is a huge asset to preschool program. She believes that communication with parents is a must and works very hard with our preschool families to get their children ready for Pre-Kindergarten.
Being able to enjoy the moments when a child masters a skill they’ve been struggling on. The look on their face is priceless.
Ms. Michelle has been the in Early Childhood Education field since graduating from High School. She has been with our KinderCare family since June of 2001. She uses her many years experience in this industry to enhance our curriculum and get the children ready for Kindergarten. She loves being able to see the moment a child masters a skill they have been working on or struggling with. She believes the look of excitement on their face is absolutely priceless.
Miss Jenny is one of our Pre-Kindergarten teachers. She is highly energetic and incorporates that in her daily teaching style. Jenny loves helping the children become fully prepared for Kindergarten. The children and families work closely with Jenny to ensure that they are fully ready for the elementary school journey that is ahead.
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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Our center is quietly tucked into the Westbrook Corporate center towers located off of Cermak Road. We are equipped with a key code door entry where only current families have access. The center has two fully fenced in playgrounds . All of our teachers are CPR and First- Aid certified and have local and national background clearance.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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