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Westbrook KinderCare

DeLisa Contreras, Center Director

1 Westbrook Corporate Center Ste 135 Westchester IL 60154
(708) 562-7115 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS
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Currently, our center does not provide transportation to public or private schools. Our center specializes in the care and education of children ages 6 weeks through the age of 5 years old.

We are currently enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year! Let our teachers and staff be your peace of mind. Please call or stop by to learn about how we can be a benefit to your family. We cannot wait for you and your family to become a part of our KinderCare family!!!

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Welcome

Welcome to the NAEYC Accredited Westbrook Corporate Center's KinderCare in Westchester. We offer a research based, age appropriate curriculum that meets and exceeds the needs of children ages six weeks to through the age of 5 years old .Through the use of small group sizes and qualified staff, we are able to provide an individualized education that meets the needs of every child while also encouraging family involvement. Also as a Gold Circle of Quality Recipient team, the teachers and I work with each family to make sure that their child is getting the best quality education possible.

DeLisa Contreras, 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.

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.

Infant and Toddler Mini Camps

Teachers & Staff

The teaching staff here at the Westbrook Corporate Center KinderCare in Westchester, is completely passionate and very committed to providing the best educational environment for all of the children in our care. With a combined total of over 120 years in the early childhood education field, our teachers respond to the unique needs and interests of every child in each of our classrooms. Our goal as your child's first teacher is to give each child the best quality education, instill a foundation of learning and create memories that will last a lifetime. 
 

  • DeLisa Contreras

    DeLisa Contreras, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Before beginning her career at KinderCare, DeLisa was a Sunday School teacher and day camp counselor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "My Many Colored Days"
    Year Started:
    8/21/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Adminstration, Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Aracely Robinson

    Ms. Aracely Robinson, Assistant Director

    Aracely worked for the Park District before joining the KinderCare in Glendale Heights. At the Glendale Heights location, Aracely was the Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventure Instructor and Third in Charge. After wearing many hats at the center, Aracely was ready to take on another challenge. She joined the Westchester KinderCare as the Assistant Director in February 2016.

  • Ms. Gwyneeda

    Ms. Gwyneeda, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Gwyne has volunteered her time with different youth projects in the area and loves helping children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 20 years
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Evaine

    Ms. Evaine, Waddler Classroom

    Ms. Evaine loves working in our Waddler Classroom. She gets to see the older infants and  young toddlers start to discover things on their own and learn through play experiences.

  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Waddler Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Laila

    Ms. Laila, Waddler Classroom

  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Helped in her church nursery and cared for children that were in foster care.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 17 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Saima

    Ms. Saima, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Helped children in before and after school programs and summer school programs for 10 years while earning her Bachelors Degree.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

     "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.

    Previous Experience:
    While completing her degree in Elementry Education, Donna spent many hours observing classrooms and student teaching. In High School, Donna spent four years as a High School Youth Leader. She also taught in the Preschool classroom located in her High School as part of a child development class.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    4/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education and CDA
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Was a camp counsel at a Summer Camp and was a Champions teachers assistant for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    10/4/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree and CDA
  • Ms. Mackenzie

    Ms. Mackenzie, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/16/2015
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Damita

    Ms. Damita, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Joslyn

    Ms. Joslyn, Classroom Support Specialist

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About Our Center

Our center is quietly tucked into the Westbrook Corporate Center Towers located at the intersection of Cermak and Wolf Roads. KinderCare at Westbrook is conveniently located just a mile from the Tri-State Tollway.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois

    Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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

The health and safety of our children and staff is a very important priority at our center. We are pleased to have a Health and Safety Coordinator to ensure that we are in compliance with all KinderCare and state laws. Each staff member is CPR and First-Aid Certified and is also required to pass a state and national background clearance before they are eligible to be hired. Here are  some of the health and safety practices that our staff focus on continously to make sure that our children have the safest environment: Child Supervision Record count every 30 minutes; constant cleaning and sanitation of classroom materials; and practice all emergency evacuation procedures with all of the children in our center each month.

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 daughter has been attending KinderCare since she was seven weeks old. I was nervous about leaving her for the first time but the Teachers and Director made all of my worries fade away with their communication and caring actions. I loved the first day photos that were sent home. I showed my family and friends that her first day at school was a wonderful success! Any worries that I have had about her development the teachers and director helped me gain resources and designed activities that I can do with her at home to address my concerns. The teachers have helped my daughter get to the next level developmentally and physically. I recommend KinderCare to all of my family and friends. I couldn't imagine having her any place else. My family and I consider the Teachers and Director as family. They are amazing!!!
 

- Father

We are writing in support of all of the staff at the Westchester KinderCare. Our son has been going there since he was about four-and-a-half months old. As new parents, it was a little difficult leaving him in someone else’s care at first. However, very quickly we realized that we were leaving him in good hands every day. His teachers in the Infant room were very attentive and loving. They nurtured him and cared for him as we would. There were times when he would have trouble napping and more than once when we picked him up we learned that someone had held him during his entire nap, so that he could get the rest he needed. When he transitioned to the Toddler room the teachers were just as amazing. They, too, genuinely loved and cared for him. He looked forward to going to ‘school’ each day and as soon as he could talk, he would talk about his teachers at home. He was born with some serious health issues. He was pretty stable until right around the time he was transitioning from the Toddler room to the two-year-old room. Since then he’s had a handful of episodes and a couple of hospital stays. As you might imagine, this is very difficult for us. However, we can honestly say that we have been confident in leaving him in the care of his teachers each day. They have done an amazing job of communicating with us, not only when things are concerning but also when things are going well. With his particular health issues, we often ask them to communicate information that is out of the ordinary but they are very thorough and report that information to us each day. This has been so helpful to us in maintaining his health and providing us with peace of mind. He continues to talk and laugh about his teachers, friends, and experiences at school while he is at home. In each classroom he has had amazing academic and social opportunities that we could not reproduce for him at home. All of his teachers have taken the time each day to fill us in, both verbally and in writing, about his experiences while he was in their care. They have shared stories about moments you would love to witness as a parent, which has allowed us to enjoy those moments as well. The administrative staff has been just as attentive along the way. They make sure he gets his medication each day and have also been very accommodating to his particular needs. We are so grateful for the love and care that he has received each day. We sing our praises to anyone who asks about our experiences with KinderCare. We genuinely appreciate everything that everyone has done to help shape him into who he is today.

- Mother

My daughter was previously taken care by a relative at home. We decided to enroll her at KinderCare. We could see a significant development in just two weeks! She loves the classroom, curriculum, teachers and director. It makes her happy which is a reassurance that we picked the right place for our little one.

- Mother
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