Amber Simmons, Center Director
Meet Amber Simmons, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Curious George
Meet Amber Simmons! She is the Center Director at Constitution KinderCare in Aurora, Illinois. Amber attended Waubonsee Community College, where she earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for twenty years. Starting as a babysitter at age twelve, she has always had a passion for working with children. Amber is deeply devoted to nurturing creative minds. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and hanging out by the pool.
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.
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.
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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.)
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!
My husband Shane and I cannot speak highly enough about the West Aurora KinderCare Center. The atmosphere is one that invites learning, and the staff is exceptional. Our daughter has thrived since she began attending the center, which has become her second home.Sylvia was only four months old when we first brought her to KinderCare. We are first-time parents, and full-time teachers; this transistion was both exciting and terrifying. Leaving her in the care of strangers was unnerving. Even knowing that they are all highly qualified to care for her. We were a bit anxious, but hopeful that we had made the right choice in child care provider.
Now just over two years old, Sylivia has moved on from the Infant Classroom, passed the "Waddler" Classroom, completed her time with the Toddlers, and is currently blossoming into an independent and outgoing little girl in the Two's and Three's Classroom. Not only is she learning new things every day, she is also clearly happy to be there. This is evident through the hugs she gives the staff at morning drop-off, and those she gives on her way out each day. It is clear in the way she asks for her favorite teachers by name on the way to school, or says her classmates' names while pointing to characters in her favorite bedtime stories. All of these people have become her family, and are incredibly important to her.
The extraordinary staff have given Sylvia a safe environment in which to grow and develop, while facilitating and encouraging this growth. They have not only taught her academic skills (shapes, colors, etc.) They have also taught her right from wrong, and instilled in her manners and a sense of responsibility. I see this each day in her behaviors at home; thanks to the KinderCare staff, she is one easy going, polite little kid!
I am so grateful for the KinderCare staff, and all that they have done to help Sylivia to become the amazing little girl that she is today. They are an important part of who she is, and we could not be happier with what they do for her each and every day.”
Sarah G - KinderCare Parent
I have been known to be hard to please so it says A LOT when I say I highly recommend this particular KinderCare. The staff are wonderful for many reasons. They are very attentive, patient with the parents and children, understanding, helpful and seem really concerned and interested in the children. They also treat your child as an individual, accepting them for who they and at whatever particular stage they are. They are very accommodating making sure to accommodate specials requests and situations. I am very satisfied!”
Jackie T. - KinderCare Parent
All three of my children have attended KinderCare centers since they were of age to do so. My experience at the KinderCare on Constitution has been exceptional.
In the Infant classroom I never hesitated to leave my children with Ms. Lois as she created the perfect "home away from home" atmosphere. She gave the love and affection that my children needed while I was at work. Ms. Christine in the Toddler classroom was the perfect teacher to aid in the transition to the "school day schedule". Christine provided a great balance between the care giving and the learning aspect of their day. In the two-year-old classroom Ms. Claire has fostered a fun, music-filled classroom, where learning is not only evident in the classroom, but in the conversations that come home each day. Ms. Tari and Ms. Julie in the Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms are the perfect combination to take the curriculum to the next level and assure that each child is ready for Kindergarten.
My son has also participated in the Phonics program at the center and has made incredible strides in his writing and literacy comprehension. He has been able to read to me since before his fifth birthday. This is a testament to the program and all of the teachers who he has had the opportunity and privilege to learn from.
Overall, my experience has been a great one, from the teachers and management, to the friends my children have made. I can't imagine our lives without the experiences that they have had and those yet to come. I would recommend this center to anyone looking for care in the area.”
Jennifer D. - KinderCare Parent
“We began with KinderCare when our daughter was six weeks old and she has been there full time ever since. She is now two years old. We can't say how happy we have been with KinderCare and the Staff! The part that interested us the most was the curriculum that started in the Infant room. It was very important to us that our daughter was being taught on a daily basis and we can tell every day that she is learning new things. We also love the Discovery Preschool program in the two-year-old room and the optional music class. Even as a two year old, our daughter comes home and talks about what she did in "school" that day. I love that we get to take home the music from class and she can sing and dance to it during our "bedtime dance parties." We cannot recommend KinderCare enough. It has been great for our daughter and our family.”
Leigh S. - KinderCare Parent
This daycare center is amazingly wonderful! Everyone that works there is caring, kind and is always wearing a genuine smile. As soon as my child walks in, he is greeted each and every time by name in a welcoming manner. If he begins to fuss when I leave, his teacher will immediately make him feel calm and will hold him and gently guide him into the classroom. The center director, Myra Schaefer and Jodi Essick, the assistant center director are professional, organized, and committed to excellent customer service. The center is clean and well maintained. It's obvious why this center is so successful under their management. As a parent, the best feeling is to know that while I'm at work my son is being cared for by competent and compassionate people. I can't say enough great things about this center!”
Veronica A. - KinderCare Parent
I currently have three children enrolled at this center, ages nine, four, and a one year old. We absolutely love the teachers and the programs! The teachers and director are great with communicating and answering any question or concern. My family has been a part of their family going on for four years and I couldn't feel more comfortable with their safety and overall happiness here. Everyone is extremely hands-on and friendly. There are a lot of scheduled age appropriate activities and crafts. They have formed friendships that melt my heart, learn new things everyday, gain confidence in themselves. I strongly recommend them and after nearly four years I haven't regretted my choice.”
Amanda B. - 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.