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Westbrook KinderCare

Christina Finnegan, Center Director

1 Westbrook Corporate Center Ste 135 Westchester IL 60154
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS
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Welcome

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.

Christina Finnegan, Center Director

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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.

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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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

  2. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

Teachers & Staff

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. Our teachers have over 90 years of experience combined. All of our educators have their Child Development Associate's credential, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and/or are currently attending school to achieve their degrees or continue their education and training. Their goal is to give all the children the best education and memories that will last a life time. The Westchester KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. The teachers here believe that the children we are educating and caring for will be leaders in the community in the future.
"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions"
 
 

  • Christina Finnegan

    Christina Finnegan, Center Director

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.

    Christina is a proud mother and naturally loves her line of work. She started her career in Early Childhood Education over 15 years ago while she was student teaching in a preschool program for two years. She then decided to further her career, so she started working for KinderCare. She has been with KinderCare since March of 2004. Since she is passionate about education, she has earned multiple certificates in Early Childhood Education, a Child Development Associate Degree, and is currently taking additional courses in Early Childhood Education. Christina finds her career to be very rewarding; she gets to make a positive impact in each child and families lives on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Christina spent two years as a student teacher in a preschool classroom.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Donna, Assistant Director

    Making a difference in the lives of the children and helping them achieve new goals is the greatest feeling in the world.
     

    Miss Donna has spent many years earning a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. After being a student teacher she realized that Early Childhood Education was her calling. In April of 2012, Donna joined our team of educators. She spent a little over 2 years working closely with the students in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. In December of 2014, Donna was promoted to Assistant Center Director. Miss Donna works closely with all the students and families in our center. She ensures that the children are getting the best education and enhancement programs. Daily communication is a must for Donna. She loves helping all the children advance in all areas of their development.

    Previous Experience:
    Spent many years conducting clinical studies on child development and learning abilities, student teaching and watching family and friends children.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education and CDA
  • Ms. Gwyneeda, Infants

    Play gives children a chance to practice what they have learned.

    Miss Gwyn 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, Gwyn 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 Gwyn works hand and hand with every parent to ensure that she is proving the best care and education for the children.

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

    Today a reader tomorrow a leader.

    Before joining our center Casha spent time working with children in large group outings. Miss Casha joined our KinderCare family in May of 2014. She works daily with the young infants and their families at our center. The children love exploring and learning with Miss Casha. Casha makes sure that she is available for the families to encourage family participation in the classroom. She does work with all the family closely to ensure that she is providing a educational and caring environment for all of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Casha has helped with large group outings with children.
    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 2 years
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Infants

    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 nursery's in the community and has created caring and educational environment for all the children. The families and children are very fond of Miss Yolanda and love spending time with her daily. The most rewarding part of being with the children is helping them achieve a milestone and sharing the excitement that they get when they realize they are at a new developmental and/or physical level.

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

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.


     

    Miss Saima has had a passion of educating and nurturing children since 2000. Being in the Early Childhood Education field she feels that she is making the biggest impact on the children's future. Miss Saima enjoys working with the children and assisting them to encourage new milestones goals and to master skills. Saima makes herself available to all the families daily. Miss Saima knows that working closely with the families helps the children excel.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Saima has taught children in grades 1-5, at a Head Start locational school and has volunteered her personal time in teaching and helping children develop in a few Early Childhood centers in the surrounding areas.
    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 15 years
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Sanaa

    Ms. Sanaa, Infants

    Miss Sanaa enjoys the daily opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all the children. She has been at KinderCare since May of 2013. Before joining our family she spent four years being a teacher’s assistant at a nearby elementary school. Miss Sanaa is able to connect with children of all ages and make a positive educational difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    TA at a local Elementary School for 4 years.
    Year Started:
    5/5/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Deidre

    Ms. Deidre, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Deidre made the choose to join our KinderCare family in spring of 2010. She had been in the early childhood field for more than 6 years. Deidre loves helping the children master a new skill. She works closely with the families to ensure that the children are happy and getting the best education.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Debbie Stiegman

    Ms. Debbie Stiegman, Toddler Classroom

    I’m inspired to come to work everyday because I love the children and working with them.

    Ms. Debbie enjoys singing songs and doing art projects with her class. She has worked with many different age groups during her time at KinderCare. She received her degree in Early Childcare.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Joslyn, Toddler

    Seeing the excitement that the children get when they achieve what they have been working so hard to complete is amazing.

    Miss Joslyn has been a part of our team of educators since November of 2014. Over her time with us she has become close with all the students and families that attend our location. The children love when Miss Joslyn reads interesting stories to them and assists each child in completing unique and individualized projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Joslyn has worked with children of all ages over the past few years.
    Year Started:
    10/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 2 years
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with the families to help the children achieve greatness.

    After Miss Gina earned her Bachelor's Degree she joined our KinderCare center. She has been with the two year old children in our Discovery Preschool for almost 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 the 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Lariza, Discovery Preschool

    Teaching creates all other professions.

    Miss Lariza has worked closely with children of ages from newborn to 12 years. She loves helping the children achieve new milestones. Miss Lariza has been working with our Discovery Preschool families since November of 2014. The children love when Miss Lariza reads educational stories, does interactive large motor activities and many other projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Lariza was a student teacher with elementary school children before joining our KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    1/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Joanne

    Ms. Joanne, 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. In September of 2011 Joanne joined the KinderCare family and has been educating the children daily. She works with the families to help the children advance and master skills in all areas.

    Previous Experience:
    Was a preschool teacher for over 10 years at a private academy.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Michelle Novak

    Ms. Michelle Novak, 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 KinderCare since September of 2001. Ms. Michelle enjoys helping the children prepare for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, PreK

    I enjoy helping the children get the knowledge and skills they will need for elementary school.

    Miss Jenny is one of our PreK teachers. She is highly energetic and incorporates that in her daily teaching style. Jenny loves helping the children be 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree and CDA
  • Ms. Maribel, PreK

    A teacher a hand, opens a mind ad touches a heart.

    Miss Maribel has been at our KinderCare location since June of 2014. She works with all the children from Infants to Prek daily. She is currently assisting in the Prek classroom to help the children gear up for Kindergarten. Miss Maribel assists the children with different activities and encourages them to complete new tasks and goals they have set for themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Maribel has helped care for children of all ages in home, group outings and school settings.
    Year Started:
    6/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 01, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

  2. Thursday July 02, 2015
    1. Patriot Party

      Wear your favorite red, white and blue to show your spirit. The children are going to have a class party to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day.

  3. Friday July 03, 2015
    1. Center Closed

      The center will be closed on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

  4. Tuesday July 07, 2015
    1. Clown Show On Differences

      We are going to have an interactive unique clown show on differences. Children will have a great time with this hands on special visit.

  5. Wednesday July 08, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

  6. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. Mini Camp

      All the children at the center will have the opportunity to create their very own unique Aquarium snow globe.

  7. Wednesday July 15, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

    2. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

  8. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

  9. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

      The Ice Cream Truck will arrive at the center. All enrolled children will have the opportunity to choose any ice cream they would like and then enjoy their delicious ice cream with their classmates.

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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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 our center we have a keypad entry system that keeps the doors locked and secure. Another security feature that we have at our center is a security team that patrols the towers to ensure safety in our building. Our staff is also trained in CPR and First Aid.

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.

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

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

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
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