Ashley Holupko, Center Director
Meet Ashley Holupko, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2013
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's Degree in Administration and Management
Favorite Children's Book: The Pout-Pout Fish
Meet Ashley Holupko! Ashley is the Center Director at Fox Valley KinderCare in Illinois. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Management. Ashley has been with KinderCare since 2013. Her favorite quote is, "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein. When she is not working, Ashley likes to draw, paint, and use circuit machines to make customized items.
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.
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.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
"There are so many wonderful things to say about the teachers at KinderCare. My daughter has been there since about 6 months old and she LOVES going to school! As a first time mom the teachers have always been supportive with multiple phone calls and check ups. I love the sign language that Olivia has been taught so that she could learn early to communicate. A special thank you to the teachers who do her hair everyday, as they are the only ones who can get "ponies" into her wild hair! She is growing into a smart, independant young girl because of her experiences at KinderCare. Just today the teachers were able to celebrate in one of our first "potty" experiences. As a mother I really appreciate the "report cards" and love reading about her day, what she did, and what new letter she learned. Enough cannot be said about all they do."”
Kristy - KinderCare Parent
“"I absolutely love Fox Valley KinderCare. When it came to finding the right child care for my daughter I was unsure of where to take her, until I toured this child care facility. The staff made me fell welcome and extremely comfortable. I was invited to meet and greet with the infant room teachers and I was able to see how they interact with my daughter and all the other babies. I instantly fell in love with the center. Fast forward to a year later and I am glad I chose this center. My daughter is now one and she has learned a lot and I know a big part of her learning is due to her amazing teachers. They not only attend to her every need but they have taken a huge part in helping her reach new milestones. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone who is seeking child care."”
Alma G. - KinderCare Parent
“My children have gone to KinderCare since my oldest was only 6 months old, over eight years ago. During these years, I have always found the teachers and staff caring and attentive. During the summer, KinderCare provides a great alternative to working parents whose schedules don't allow them to send their kids to day-camp. My daughter loves going on all the fun field trips to places like Science & Industry, Rain Forest Cafe and Luigi House. My son loves his cooking class and all the art projects, especially making a tie-dye shirt. When my friends and family need a daycare, I always happily recommend KinderCare.””
Rachel - KinderCare Parent
"My 2 y/o son has been going to KinderCare 5 days/wk since he was 3 months old. We cannot say enough great things about the center. The teachers are phenomenal and treat him like they would their own children. They make him feel special and loved and I feel completely comfortable with each of them. The Center Director, Ashley, is wonderful. She makes sure we are fully informed about everything going on in the center and makes sure we are comfortable leaving our son each day. I highly recommend this center!"”
Emily L. - KinderCare Parent
"I love this Kinder Care!!!! I have used other agencies as well as other KinderCare's and this one is the best! My son loves it! He is 3 1/2 almost 4 and can't wait to get there :-). There is a great curriculum for him, he is never bored. Very educational but he also has a great time playing with his friends. The Center Director, Miss Ashley is always on top of everything and very helpful if we need anything extra. It's always hard to find a daycare you can trust, you can definitely trust this one! I would give them 10 stars if possible!"”
Kelly C. - KinderCare Parent
“"We have recently moved to Aurora and my daughter started going to Kindercare almost 3 weeks ago. The teachers spent the first few days really bonding with my daughter -- with lots of cuddle time.
This is a place I feel comfortable leaving my child. They are making effort to really know my child. The director ,Ashley, as well as other teachers, are truly invested in the development of all the students
The food is wonderful and they offer a wide variety.
The classrooms are kept clean and organized. I highly recommend this daycare."”
Shabina J. - KinderCare Parent
“"My kids attends this center and I love the care it always given to them as well as good communication skills from all the staff. Here you don't need to worry about your kids because they are in good hands."”
Naomi N. - KinderCare Parent
““I moved to Aurora couple months ago. I love the day care love the staff. They have all been very nice and patient with my son. Miss Ashley has been helping us through the entire process. Thank you.””
Thalia C. - KinderCare Parent
““It brings a smile to our faces to see our kids run into school to see their friends and receive a welcoming hug from many of their teachers. The teachers are very kind and loving with all of the children and many times exhibit the patience of saints. The teachers know exactly how to work with my kids when they need extra attention, a special project to encourage leadership or a small reward for a kind behavior. KinderCare gives me the peace of mind of knowing that my children are safe, well-cared for and learning new things each day to prepare them for school and life in the big world.””
Megan - KinderCare Parent
I love the daycare, the teachers and center director are always finding new ways to teach and entertain kids, there's always lots of fun activities going on.”
Sameera K. - KinderCare Parent
"Miss Maria has been a very special part of our daughter's life since she started KinderCare. She loves Miss Maria with all her heart. In fact, when we tell her that she gets to go to school to see Miss Maria she is giggling with excitement and is ready to go. We are so thankful that Miss Maria is part of her life and has given her so much love and affection when we can't be with her during the day.
Miss Anna, Miss Marisol, Miss Zeneth, and Miss Jenna have also been wonderful, sweet, and fun teachers. Allie loves them all and we are so glad that our son now gets to have them as teachers too. I personally have enjoyed getting to know each of them as I pick up the kids from school.
We are so pleased with our daughter's development since she started in the twos with Miss Cindy. We are amazed how she now knows her letters and colors. She has also started using the potty!!! She has a lot of fun with Miss Cindy and we can't wait to see what else she learns this year!"”
Amanda Feyen - KinderCare Parent
"Prior to joining the KinderCare family we looked at a few other centers and found them to be lacking in certain areas. This center has some really awesome teachers. All of the teachers and staff are nice and caring individuals. We believe they are truly educating the young minds in the classrooms. And, we love the open door policy.
The girls have learned so much from by interacting with all of the teachers and kids. We are constantly amazed at the new vocabulary that is sprouting out of their mouths. We really appreciate the arts & crafts and pictures that come home. All items are saved and certainly not "scraps of paper".”
Rita Zhao - KinderCare Parent
"As new parents we were nervous to leave our little girl with anyone, let alone at her new school. She wasn't even old enough to cry because she missed us, although we certainly had tears in our eyes as we left our baby at school. We know for certain that the transition was more difficult for us than for our baby. In fact, she ALWAYS has a smile on her face when we drop her off.
Our daughter loves her school. We are certain that this is because all her teachers show her so much love and attention throughout the day. Whether it is making sure that she has a little ponytail or making sure she has the softest skin in the world, her teachers have always gone above and beyond to make sure she's always a "ten".
We appreciate everyone who has helped mold our little girl into the smiley little person she is. We are grateful to be able to work with the teachers and provide her with the best of both worlds. KinderCare teachers, you are the best!"”
Karen Rummel - KinderCare Parent
“"My son has been at this KinderCare location since he was 3 months old, he is now 3 1/2. Great leadership fosters great staff and Miss Ashley, the center director, is amazing. She cares so much for the kids and my son always looks for her when he is leaving for the day. The teachers are great. They follow a curriculum based on age-appropriate learning skills and their cooking class has really fostered a cook in my young son. He loves being at school and there are often family days for us to return later in the day for games and fun. It is a great way to meet other families and to socialize with the teachers. Choosing a daycare for our son was such a difficult decision but the staff at KinderCare make it fun and enriching for my son and a load off of our minds."”
Dawn W. - KinderCare Parent
“"My 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son have been going there full time since October 2014. They love it there and I couldn't be happier with this KinderCare. Very educational but the kids also have a great time playing with their friends. The teachers are wonderful and miss Ashley, the director of the center is on top of every single detail. They have made my life so much easier with everything they do for my children.
It is very difficult to find a daycare you can trust. I checked out many before I found this one but once I walked in, I knew that was the one. We love everything about it.
I highly recommend this daycare."”
Marta J. - KinderCare Parent
"My children have been a part of a few different KinderCare centers and we have always received exceptional customer service. It is a wonderful thing to know that when we have to go to work and are required to leave our children in someone else's care that they are in such good hands. We never doubt the safety nor the education our kids are receiving and it is a blessing to have the ability to give them such a great headstart in life. Our lives wouldn't be the same without the loving teachers and managers at KinderCare."”
Anthony G. - KinderCare Parent
“"We have been going here for about 1 year and are very pleased. Many daycare centers require a set schedule, but this center allows us the flexibility that we need for our changing work schedules. The kids seem happy there, and they do fun projects. Management has changed recently, and the front office seems to be running more smoothly now (although I wasn't unhappy before). Teacher turnover is probably typical for daycare centers. My children's teachers have changed a few times in the last year. But I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, since they will have numerous different teachers once they start elementary school."”
Vicki M. - KinderCare Parent
“"I have two children who attend this Kindercare. The first is now almost 4 and has been there since she was a baby. She has always loved each teacher and comes home with such joy. She knows her color and numbers in spanish along with learning to write her name and letters early. They have several classes extra they offer for kids such as phonics and cooking. The cooking must be good because my daughter has told me many times "no I only eat that at school".
My second daughter is 13months and has attended since 6 weeks old. She was only 4 lbs when she started here. I never once worried about her safety. They allowed conformed to her schedule and we never had any problems.
Leaving your children with anyone besides family can be very difficult, but I would not hesitate under the care of Ashley (the director) and her team. This kindercare staff is our family. I know my children are safe and truly blessed to have each and every teacher in their lives. The facility is very clean compared to other places in the area when we toured them.
My wife and I would not be able to have the professional careers we do without the help and loving touch of this kindercare staff. I can not thank them or recommend them enough."”
Matt D. - KinderCare Parent
“"I don't know if you guys realize how much I appreciate all you've all done for me and my children. And to see not just myself in my twins girls but to also see apart of all the teachers in them as well. Our children are a reflection of those who raise and teach them and I see it everyday I bring them home. Alyssa and Jen thank you so much for bein so heartwarming and understanding and also for being apart of my girls learning. Thank you again to the entire Kindercare family..from the three of us."”
Joe R. - KinderCare Parent
“"My 4 1/2 year old grandson has been attending Fox Valley Kindercare since he was 2, and my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter has been attending there since she was 6 weeks old. I am so grateful that both children have been able to spend these important formative years at such a loving and caring daycare center. Ms. Ashley and her wonderful staff feel like family to us, and they treat my grandchildren like family. The curriculum they have developed at their center has benefited the children's academic learning as well as their socialization and overall feeling of happiness and confidence. My grandson especially enjoys the weekly cooking classes! I also appreciate how very hard Ms. Ashley and her teachers work to keep the center very clean. The decorations they use throughout the building provide a cheerful and fun environment for the children to feel at home. They also keep pictures of the children working on their learning projects in the rooms, and my grandson is always so proud to show me his pictures when I come to pick him up. My grandson also has some special dietary needs, and Ms. Donna, the chef, is very accommodating in fixing his meals. I feel so lucky to have found a daycare that provides such a loving and stimulating learning environment for children of all ages. I feel like my grandchildren have greatly benefited from attending there."”
Stacey M. - KinderCare Parent
“"When I began looking into childcare for my infant - now toddler- daughter, I had no idea where to even begin. I made appointments to tour many different centers in my area, Fox Valley KinderCare being the first on my list. When walking into the center, I was instantly pleased. Every person I saw greeted me and my daughter like they had known us for years. We instantly felt welcome. I was very pleased with the staff's professionalism, the cleanliness of the building, and the child-friendly atmosphere. When visiting my daughters classroom, she instantly fell in love with her teacher. I instantly fell in love with the curriculum that was so nicely catered to each individual child! After a year of being here, my daughter has learned so many new things, she surprises us everyday! We are looking forward to my daughter's continuous growth with her teachers and friends that she has at this center. I highly recommend this center for anyone looking for childcare for any age!"”
Aaron H. - KinderCare Parent
My son is new to the school. And when i pick him up he is always excited. He is three years old and is already learning how to write letters. I think that is awesome!! We definitely made a great choice by choosing KinderCare! !!”
Mareizol Y. - KinderCare Parent
““My 2 year old daughter has been going here since the beginning of this year. I absolutely love this daycare. Teachers are wonderful and very friendly. They all been very patient with my daughter, and the center director Ashley is very detailed and very involved. Thank you for all you guys done! :)””
Cynthia R. - KinderCare Parent
“"I could not be more happy with KinderCare. In comparison to our experience at a Chicago center it is night and day. I love getting the daily communication letters letting me know what Reagan did during the day and any concerns. It is great being able to use that sheet to ask her about her day and connect with her in a way that I wasn't able to do before. I am really looking forward to Reagan growing up there"”
Allison S. - KinderCare Parent
““KinderCare has been part of our family since my oldest (now 3) was a couple months old and they have cared for my baby since she was 6 weeks old. I cannot say enough good things about this KinderCare and their staff. My Oldest has always loved going to “school” on the days that I work. She attends all twelve hours and is excited every day. Each room has appropriate developmental activities, great meals, and wonderful teachers who truly love their job. When I asked my oldest why she enjoys going to school she told me because she loves when her teacher does her hair and reads to her. My infant weighed less than six pounds when starting here. They took special precautions to ensure she was safe and accepted my calls to check in during the day with pleasure.
Management is always friendly, professional, and personable. Over the past three years many changes have been made that have truly made this place stand tall above the rest. The cooking, language, and music classes are a great addition to all the other special activities they provide. It was so hard to find a daycare that did not require a set schedule. KinderCare works with my schedule and is flexible with my family’s needs. It is truly a relief to know my children are safe and happy during the day. My oldest does not cry going to daycare she cries on the days we don’t go. Thanks to all the teachers and management who make this transition easy for working mothers.””
Christi - 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.