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Oakbrook KinderCare

Elizabeth Makowski, Center Director

1111 Pasquinelli Dr. #300 Westmont IL 60559
(630) 654-4878 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
south of route 83 or Kingery Ogden Ave

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maercker, Manning, Miller, Stella May Schwartz, Westchester Primary, Hinsdale Schools,

We know that choosing the right place for your child's care and education is a difficult decision and that is why we are proud to say, you have come to the right place. At our center we have an excellent reputation within the Westmont community and surrounding areas. We have a family like atmosphere and host several functions including our current families and extended members. We hold 2 stars with the Quality Rating System of Illinois, and are in excellent standings with the Department of Children and Family Services. We have close relationships with many community resources and agencies such as the Westmont Fire Department and Police Department, the Humanitarian Service Project, the public library, and the YWCA of DuPage. It is a great pleasure to be a part of this community and stand out amongst other learning centers and preschools. Currently we are enrolling in several rooms with limited space availability.

Welcome

Welcome to the Westmont KinderCare located on Pasquinelli Drive! Our center and staff our proud to provide exceptional and quality care and education to Westmont, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Lombard, Willowbrook and other surrounding areas. Our teachers provide a safe, healthy and exciting learning environment for all ages including Infant, Toddler, Discovery Preschool (two-year-old children), Preschool, Prekindergarten, Private Kindergarten and School Age.  Our center provides age-appropriate programs and curriculum designed with your child's individual needs in mind. Your child will learn and grow each day and develop a love for learning!

Elizabeth Makowski, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • QRS

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.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Spanish

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?

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at The Westmont KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children of all ages.  All of our teachers 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. The Westmont 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. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Elizabeth Makowski

    Elizabeth Makowski, Center Director

    So often you find that the students you are trying to INSPIRE, end up inspiring you.

    I have my Bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.  I began my journey with KinderCare as a teacher, then moving to Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director here at the Westmont KinderCare.  I look forward to providing each and every family with exceptional customer service and act as a team with families to help nurture, care for and educate their children. I feel very lucky to have the pleasure of spending my days communicating with families, children and teachers. Being able to watch children grow on a day to day basis gives a feeling of joy. As a mother and a wife, I know that life can be very busy and full of complications, this is why as a Center Director, I strive to provide families with the peace of mind they deserve when choosing the right place for their most precious children, by providing a safe and healthy learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    I have past experience as a Program Director for a non-profit organization down state. I joined KinderCare as a School-age teacher and continued teaching in many classrooms as well as the Learning Adventures program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Big Red Barn" by Margaret Howard Wise
    Year Started:
    3/3/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree
  • Jennifer Deardorff

    Jennifer Deardorff, Assistant Director

    Working with children is a wonderful thing. New surprises unfold every moment and you never know what the day will bring.

    Ms. Jennifer  grew up in Bolingbrook, IL and is a proud Downers Grove South High Alumna! She studied at both College of DuPage and Morraine Valley Community Colleges in Early Childhood Education, Mathematics and Childhood Psychology. She also has a license in Real Estate Brokerage and Property Management. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 12 years and have been with KinderCare Learning Centers for six. I have worked in all classrooms and take pride in the ability to communicate and encourage each individual child and to meet their personal needs. In 2011 I became the Program Specialist/ Learning Adventures Instructor here at Westmont KinderCare and now, after returning from a maternity leave, I am excited and enthused to be a new mom and the new Assistant Director as of April of 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer worked with KinderCare back in 2003 to 2004 as an Infant and School Age teacher. She has worked as a live-in nanny for two families with children ages two to eight years old and was also the Prekindergarten teacher for a daycare in Colorado from 2005 to 2007. In 2004, she began volunteering as a High-School Youth Leader and still does this in her free time. She also tutored first through third grade children throughout her high school years. She has taught and volunteered within the Bolingbrook community and have coordinated activities for toddler, preschool, Jr. High and high school aged children for over 10 years. In 2010 I came back to KinderCare and was the Discovery Preschool teacher. I became the Program Specialist and also the Learning Adventures Coordinator/ Instructor in 2011.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don Freeman's "Corduroy" & Maggie Wise Brown's "Goodnight Moon"
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Art
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Early Foundations Two's Class

    Previous Experience:
    Sue has had experience working at Little Sprouts Daycare with Two year-olds.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms.Amber is truly an asset to our team. Her creativity and positive attitude administers a fun learning environment for our children. Amber has been executing the Private Kindergarten program for the past four years and has influenced her children with her passion for teaching fun and reading.

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts, Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Debbie has been a hard working KinderCare team member for 13 years. She has been an outstanding role model in all our classrooms but her passion and specialty is working with our Infants and Toddlers. Debbie has been our lead Toddler teacher for the past two years and has done wonders accentuating the Toddler curriculum and developmental programs. She is well loved by her students and their families and always goes above and beyond to meet the children's needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Debbie has had past experience working for Children's World from 1996 until 2000, when she joined our KinderCare staff.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

Our center is quietly tucked away in a business district located off of Pasquinelli Drive. We are equipped with a gated front walk entry, key-code door entry where only current families have access, and two fully fenced-in toddler sized and school age sized playgrounds. All of our teachers are CPR and First-Aid certified, and have local and national background clearance.

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 two children that currently attend Kinder Care in Oakbrook, IL. My son is in the Kindergarten classroom and my daughter is in the three and four-year-old room. I just wanted to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the people at this center. I moved my family to the Chicago area last fall from the east coast. Ms. Liz, Ms. Anna and Ms. Jen made this transition for my family so much easier.  The staff are truly amazing people that you can just tell were born to work with children. My kids adore them. As a mom with a stressful job that requires long hours and much of my focus, I am grateful that I can be confident in the care that my kids receive while at KinderCare. Thank you!

- Mother

We have been so happy with the Westmont/Oakbrook KinderCare experience. I feel as though the staff is a part of our family. My five year old daughter is learning what she needs to be prepared for Kindergarten next fall. After school one day she began to tell me what she learned during the day. She told me that she learned how to write when you are excited. She explained that you draw a line and then a dot at the bottom. I asked her for an example and she shouted, "Wow!" She also told me how it looks when you ask a question. Even though she can't write a sentence yet, she can write a question mark and knows you use it when you write a question. I am happy with the quality of care provided by this KinderCare. I highly recommend the Westmont/Oakbrook KinderCare.

- Mother
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