Serenia Banks, Center Director
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Thank you for your interest in our quality NECPA accredited childcare program! I hope to do the best to answer your questions and calm any concerns you may have as you embark on a wonderful journey in your child’s education. KinderCare has been family known for over 35 years and the Wheaton location was opened in 1990! We believe in providing a fun, safe, and nurturing environment with a strong foundation in curriculum. For your convenience, we serve children ages six weeks to 12 years and are open from 6:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m. We also offer private tutoring classes, Preschool programs, Private Kindergarten, and transportation to local schools.
Serenia Banks, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Our staff is commited to providing quailty care for each of our families. We want to make sure each child in our care is educated, loved and develop social skills. At this center our teachers have over 50 years combined experience in Education! Please take a moment to meet each of them!
Early childhood education, starting from birth to five years old, is the most important time to instill a love of learning in children. Watching children and families learn about each other and helping those relationships blossom while preparing children for elementary school is the most rewarding life experience anyone can witness.
Serenia's role is to lead and manage all aspects of your KinderCare Learning center. Her focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people, and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality care and education. She began her journey with KinderCare in June of 2013. Her goal is to help each child reach their full potential in life. She has three children that she enjoys spending quality time with. In her spare time, she loves to read them stories.
I truly enjoy seeing the children grow and learn from all the activities they accomplish everyday in their classrooms.
Elaine graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Studies. Before coming to KinderCare, she has worked with children in different types of settings such as a hospital on the pediatric unit, summer day camps and at a preschool as a two year old teacher for four years. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors. She loves to go camping, running, snowboarding and rock climbing. She currently lives in Bolingbrook with her husband.
I love to take care of the children and watch them grow each day. The children inspire me and light up my day. I look forward to seeing their smiles.
Ms. Samantha has been at our location for one year and she adores working with the infants! She likes to spend time with her family and friends on the weekends and loves to watch the Chicago Blackhawks play!
I love being around the carefree spirits the young children have.
Ms. Tamara enjoys working with the infants because she loves watching them grow and learn through exploration. She has a daughter of her own in the infant room and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
I love to watch the children as they develop and change each day. I love to see the children's faces light up when I walk into a classroom.
Ms. Rachel started with us 2006. She is currently our Discovery Preschool teacher and does an amazing job with teaching our children self help skills. Potty training is also something that Ms. Rachel loves to help our children achieve. She is a mother of two and enjoys taking long walks with her children. She also loves to visit the zoo with them on nice summer days.
It is the supreme art of the TEACHER to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. -Albert Einstein
Ms. Dana is a creative teacher who loves to see the wheels turns in her children's minds. She studied Child Development and recieved her CDA, but found a greater love in early childhood. She realized she wanted to work with young children before they reached elementary school. Building a strong foundation is very important.
Learning comes in all forms.
Ms. Patty has been a teacher for over 20 years. Her career started with KinderCare in 2007. She is very creative and loves to give the children an opportunity to be creative themselves. She promotes self help skills to prepare the children for Kindergarten. Ms. Patty understands the common core standands for the state of Illinois and would like all of her students to be Kindergarten ready. In her spare time she loves to care for her new pet rabbits.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss
Ms. Holly began working with children when she started working as a summer volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of America as an Art Activity leader. She found out that she loved working with children and found it very rewarding. She got her Bachelors Degree at Southern Illinois University with a minor in Art. She specialized in Child Development and Child Psychology. After college, Ms. Holly volunteered at Marklund for two months, helping with art activities. Ms. Holly is currently enrolled at Adler University as a graduate student in Art Therapy.
A person's a person, no matter how small." Dr. Seuss
Ms. Monica loves having a positive impact on each child's individual development. Her inspiration is getting to see the change in the students everyday. On the weekends she loves spending time with family and friends and being active outside.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
100% of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified and maintains the highest commitment to cleanliness in the classrooms. Our unique open classroom structure provides for the ultimate whole child experience by allowing teachers to collaborate throughout the day. This collaboration also helps ease the possible stress of transitioning from classroom to classroom because the children are familiar with the surrounding teachers and children.
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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