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Willowbrook KinderCare

Jennifer Heiden, Center Director

700 Plainfield Rd. Willowbrook IL 60527
(630) 321-1427 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gower West, Elm, Mark Delay, Holmes, Maercker, St. Isaac

Our center is accredited by NAC.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

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.

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • I’m writing this note in response to the changes that have been (and continue to be) implemented at the Willowbrook KinderCare over the last year or so. As a parent handing off my children every morning to your staff, I have a tremendous vested interest in the development of this facility and its faculty. As creatures of habit, all too often change is upsetting to all parties involved: parents, staff and, even worse, the children. In this instance, the strategic and tactical changes at this facility have been REMARKABLE. We have noticed a significant improvement overall state of facility. It is more cleanly and neatly organized than when we first came to KinderCare nearly two years ago and the re-organization of space within the center has also been well executed. The dedicated teaching area for Phonics, Music, etc. and the Gross Motor Room are great examples of utilizing the facility to its fullest potential. Of particular importance to my family are the additional programs that are available at the center; Phonics, Music and Me, and Cooking. Each one of these offerings has had a tremendous positive and noticeable impact on our children’s development.
    My wife and I believe that these improvements could not have been implemented without the positive tenacity and leadership that Laura Peterson and Jackie Bulthuis and their staff bring to “school” every day. It’s clear to me through observations while at the school, and interactions with my children, that each of the teachers we have encountered are more empowered today to do what they do best – to enrich children’s lives. One only needs to look to my children to see that they, and this facility, are thriving. It would only take a Saturday morning with our family to see first-hand what my girls have learned each week…as they ask Mom and Dad to sit for "circle time and reading time". My children have a structure and an enthusiasm that I believe stems directly from their teacher’s desire to make the most of each lesson.
    It must be highlighted that the most important improvement at the center has been in human capital -- the center’s teachers. The knowledgeable, caring and loving staff at the center truly makes the difference. We are so very thankful for everyone at this center…and for their contribution and dedication in enriching our children’s lives.
    Warmest Regards,
    The Grossman Family
    November 2012
     

    Jim & Rajka - KinderCare Parent
  • Laura

    I really don't know how to start and where to start from. Enrolling my son into this KinderCare Center was the best decision that our family could ever make. I am so happy and satisfied with this preschool. Ms. Laura and her staff are amazing! My son started two years ago when he was only one year old. :-) The beginning was a little hard for both of us but Ms. Debbie, Ms. Nikia ans Ms. Sarahi were doing a great job keeping him interested and happy. After a year he moved with Ms. Sarahi and Ms. Erica. Not only did they help my son with his social growth, but they helped him to grow academically, too. Before KinderCare he was confused because our family is bilingual, but with their help my son has learned to speak both languages. While he is there I know that my son is in excellent hands and that there is no need to worry at all. Ms. Erica and Ms. Sarahi are responding to each child individually depending on their needs and habits. My baby is very happy with his teachers, and the day for him always begins and ends with hugs and love from both teachers. With them we truly feel like one big happy family.

    I can't thank these women enough, and I can never say enough great things about this school. These teachers are not just teachers in the classroom; they take excellent care of the children as if they were their own. I can guarantee you that this is a safe, fun and loving place for your children. It is definitely worth enrolling.

    Kate

    Kate - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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