Jacqueline Pericolosi, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Wheeling
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Olive and Patton. PM kinder drop off only: Ivy Hill and Westgate
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Jacqueline Pericolosi, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Aim for Excellence Credential in Early Childhood
Favorite Children's Book: The Pirate's Jamboree
Meet Jackie Pericolosi! She is the Center Director at North Arlington Hts KinderCare in Illinois. Jackie attended Northern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and she also has an Aim for Excellence credential in Early Childhood. She has been with KinderCare since 2001, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. “Oh, the places you'll go!” - Dr. Seuss. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys bowling, soccer, volleyball, and spending time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
North Arlington Hts KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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.
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.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I would highly recommend KinderCare in North Arlington Heights. Both of my children have been attending full time there. One started in 2012 when she was 2 and the other started in the infant room half a year ago. We saw quite a few day care centers prior to selecting this one for our family, including other KinderCare centers in the area. We have been very happy with the attention our children receive, with the warm care of the teachers and the openness in terms of communication and feedback of both the teachers and the management of the center. Our children also feel very comfortable and at home there. And I see the progress of my children's learning on a daily basis. My older daughter is so inspired by the teachers there that she's been saying that she wants to become a teacher one day too.
Infant and Pre k Family - KinderCare Parent
I want to thank you for what a positive influence your Kindercare center and your teachers have been to our family. My children come home so happy and excited to share what they have learned that day. Their teachers not only provide to them the love and care they need, but also inspire them to want to learn and explore new things. I am amazed with the amount of different creative activities, crafts, work sheets, and learning material they are exposed too.
Your teachers have been such supportive role models in our family’s lives. Thank you for providing us a wonderful place to bring our children every day.
Parlato Family - KinderCare Parent
Ideally, most parents wish they could be with their children at home during the formative years. However for some, like our family, childcare is necessary due to work and other commitments. KIndercare has been our childcare provider for the past 3 years. We enrolled after our 3rd child was born. He began in the infant room and has progressed through to the preschool program. Our older children have experienced the Pre-K, Kindergarten, School-Age, and Summer Camp programs at the North Arlington Heights Kindercare.
We are very impressed with the site and program. The teachers, directors and staff have been attentive to our children and family’s needs. The center is clean and well maintained. We can tell that care is taken of the environment like it’s a home. The space is inviting and the atmosphere is conducive to learning and playing. We never worry for our children’s safety; we feel confident in the processes in place to ensure safety at the site. In addition, as with most young families, schedules are ever-changing. We are so grateful for the flexibility that is available to us when a change in our schedule occurs.
Through each stage of our children’s growth and development, appropriate learning has been provided at Kindercare. Our older children are now in elementary school and it is evident they received a firm foundation in learning at Kindercare. They were ready for school, academically and socially.
Haines Family - KinderCare Parent
My family and I are from out of the country, Asia. Initially my son, a toddler, use to go to a different daycare where they had not been speaking English mostly. So he had issues communicating and he hardly expressed himself. He always played on his own mostly. It was worrying us as his parents so we made the positive change in his and our life, Kindercare! Teachers are loving and caring. When the change made him sad and picky about food, teachers helped so much that he has started to eat and communicate much better. He loves to go to school. He is learning so many things. He is becoming very independent too! Very friendly and well organized.
Great job and thank you Kindercare!
Geetah K. - KinderCare Parent
I am a mother of three children ages four, two and five months. Currently all three are enrolled at the North Arlington Heights KinderCare.
I have been very impressed with what the KinderCare program has been able to provide for my children. When my oldest was born and I had to return to work, I really wanted a nanny to care for my child but we were unable to afford it. After researching many options we chose KinderCare. I was quickly impressed by all the different activities the children do in the Infant and Toddler rooms. Sensory activities, art and craft projects, all of which I had read are great for stimulating brain development at that age. In addition I saw social skills starting to develop right away. All of that coupled with the excellent care that was provided for my child had me quickly conclude that this was a better care solution for our child and our particular situation than a nanny.
As our family has grown we have continuously weighed the benefits our children get being at KinderCare against other daycare options. We have repeatedly concluded that this is the best place for them. Even if I could stay at home I wouldn't choose that option because there is no way that I could provide all three children with the unique learning experiences that they are receiving at KinderCare.
It is so much more than just daycare for our children. It has some aspects of a school, which is great for transitioning them to real school, but at the same time it has an environment that is warm, loving and fun.
I have been very impressed with how much my children have been able to pick up on in math, reading, art and especially science. It is wonderful to pick them up at the end of the day and have them bursting to tell you everything they know about the solar system or show you the art masterpieces that they created.
My two older children learn in very different ways yet they both thrive here. Every day they both learn new things and get to explore their own special talents. I think the reason they can be such different learners yet both be so comfortable in the same place has to do with the class structure. Although academics are taught here there is a large part of each day focused on the child and their development as a person. Every class has teachers that really get to know the kids (all of the kids, not just mine), their strengths and weaknesses and even their quirks. It is a very loving environment. These are the types of teachers that know how to make "owies" all better.
Even in the Infant room the teachers are able to "figure out" each kid and learn their personalities and temperament. For example, they know which babies my five month old likes to play next to and they know that every day at around 5:00 he just wants to be held, it's just his thing.
I have found that KinderCare does a good job of keeping the children challenged. They make an effort to keep children amongst other children of the same skill level, both in terms of their physical and mental development. Although age is a factor they don't group their classes by this factor alone.
The parent feedback is great as well. The daily sheets list the activities the child did that day which is nice. The best part is the photos. There are so many photos and they are wonderful. It's one thing to read about what your child did that day but it is so much better to see it! In the pictures you can see your child interacting with others and their expressions while doing the activities, things that cannot really be described in words. The teachers print a lot of pictures and always have them posted up or in the child's cubby to take home. It must take a lot of time to take and print that many pictures but it makes quite a difference! They also hold parent teacher conferences for all ages and keep a folder for each child filled with all of their art projects, academic work and photos.
Overall, I would say this is a fantastic option for child care. For us the benefits are the warm atmosphere, the outstanding academics, the friendships that our children have found and the smiles on our children's faces when we drop them off and they run to greet their teachers.”
Lori C. - KinderCare Parent
Like any new parents the initial anxiety of leaving our babies with strangers was agonizing. But when we interviewed possible day cares and found KinderCare we knew we had found the right place. KinderCare has always been able to guide us through those hard days and given us immense peace of mind that our kids are not only safe and cared for, they are learning and happy and having tons of fun during the day.
They have the day-to-day in-class activities, loving but also very-focused teachers and great extracurricular options. (It is hard to narrow down, but the boys’ favorites so far have been cooking class, science, phonics and summer swimming!) With such good friends, great teachers and so much to do, our boys are excited to go to daycare and I often find myself jealous of the days KinderCare designs for them, especially in the summer when the field trips are engaging and plentiful. We especially love how the rooms, activities and field trips are customized for the kids’ ages and levels of development.
Our oldest boy has been with KinderCare since he was three months old and now has just started Kindergarten. He is so much more prepared than he would ever have been without KinderCare’s fun curriculum – not only on his ABC’s but on how to focus in a group and enjoy learning new things.
Now as our oldest is starting this new phase, graduating from daycare to Kindergarten, we are finding new comfort (and serious convenience) in having the KinderCare teachers he has always known be the ones picking him up from Kindergarten on their own buses so we know he is personally looked after and will make it safely back for us to gather him and his brother up after our work day is done.
I look back now at my fear of letting “strangers” take care of my new babies when we had to go back to work and I marvel to think of how much they would have missed out on if we hadn’t found KinderCare.
Thank you so much for the amazing care and great start in my boys’ lives!”
Anne T. - KinderCare Parent
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at North Arlington Hts KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at North Arlington Hts KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.