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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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Special Instructions:
at Adams & Plainfield next to K-Mart

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Elm, St. Issacs, Maerker, Holmes, Our Lady of Peace, Concord, LaGrange Highlands, Ann M Jeans, Gower West, Mark Delay

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Welcome to the Willowbrook KinderCare! Our center is dedicated to maintaining a high quality program in which your child will learn through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Your child will feel safe and secure while being able to explore and discover in the classroom environment.

Jennifer Heiden, Center Director

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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.

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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.

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


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Willowbrook welcomes all families. We pride ourselves on great family connections and making sure all families leave happy and satisfied each and every day. We provide great curriculum and a fantastic learning experience.  We hope you decide to take a moment to set up a tour to see our teachers in action!

  • Jennifer Heiden

    Jennifer Heiden, Center Director

    Jen has worked at KinderCare since May 2003. She started as a kindergarten teacher and then became an assistant director before taking on the role of center director in December 2006. Prior to working at KinderCare, Jen attended Illinois State University, where she worked in a child care center while obtaining a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in child life. She also completed a child life internship at Evanston Hospital.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Master's degree in Child Life
  • Jackie Bulthuis

    Jackie Bulthuis, Assistant Director

    I look forward to meeting your family!

    Ms. Jackie is the Assistant Director at the Willowbrook center. She has worked with KinderCare since 2008 and has her early childhood teaching certificate.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Early Childhood Teaching Certificate
  • Miss Shawna

    Miss Shawna, Infants

    Childhood Development Associate credential
  • Miss Anita

    Miss Anita, Infants

    Working toward Child Development Associate credential
  • Miss Elsa

    Miss Elsa, Infants and Toddlers

    Bachelors Degree in Social Work
  • Miss Aziza

    Miss Aziza, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Working toward Child Development Associate credential
  • Miss Linda

    Miss Linda, Preschool

    Working toward Child Development Associate credential

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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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Here at the Willowbrook KinderCare, your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will also have the support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Our staff works to promote a safe and healthy environment by adhering to strict cleaning policies. Each classroom is sanitized daily and thoroughly detailed by a profession crew.

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.


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.


- Mother

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

- Father & Mother

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