Laura Palumbo, Center Director
Meet Laura Palumbo, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree in English, Master's Degree in Student Development
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Laura Palumbo! She is the Center Director at Brewster Creek KinderCare in Bartlett, Illinois. Laura attended Bradley University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in English. She also holds a Master's Degree in Student Development from Wheaton College. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she was a childcare director and a small business owner. Outside of work, Laura enjoys camping, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, 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.
Brewster Creek 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!
"KinderCare has truly been an extension of our family. Providing quality care, nurturing and simultaneous guidance for our daughter that aligns with our parentening goals. Each day is a new learning experience, our daughter loves to go to school and leaves each day completely exhausted. The members of the infant room staff are amazing! They listen to our concerns, address any feedback and always provide a detailed end-of-day report. It is clear that they love what they do and the children they take care of daily. The directors are always very patient with any of our questions, concerns or adjustments to feeding or nap schedules. We can't wait to see our daughter grow up through the KinderCare family. We have already informed the staff that our approaching second child will also be attending daycare and the staff was thrilled! I can't imagine taking our children to another location!"”
Janel Y. - KinderCare Parent
I am very pleased with the care provided to my child at this center. The caregivers are great with the kids, always willing to help with homework and always smiling. Kudos to Ms Laura, Ms Amanda and Ms Natalie. My child loves the cooking class offered, great job Ms Beck! Overall I am very happy with this center.”
Edyta W. - KinderCare Parent
Aiden has been enrolled at KinderCare since August 2012. He was eight months old when he started in the Infant Classroom on a full time basis. Aiden is dropped off everyday at 6:15 and the staff members are always cheerful, enthusiastic and welcoming. During the course of the day gross motor skills, social skills, arts and crafts and music activities provide stimulation and early learning opportunities. When the weather permits, outdoor activities are also included in the schedule. The staff at KinderCare is excellent and includes certified teachers as well as outstanding support staff. I trust the judgment of the staff to evaluate health issues and notify me when necessary. The most important testament to KinderCare is the enthusiasm and excitement Aiden expresses each morning when he happily starts his day.”
Trisha D. - KinderCare Parent
I have two sons at the Brewster Creek KinderCare in Bartlett. One is almost five, and my youngest is almost three. They have attended the center since they were infants. Let me start by saying that if you want an attentive, flexible, fun and caring facility for your children, the Brewster Creek KinderCare is the place for you! My oldest son has several extremely serious food allergies and the staff has been more than accommodating with him! They work their hardest to create healthy and safe meals for him. They also offer many additional learning opportunities for the children, such as phonics, or math programs. The center always has fun, interactive activities so the parents can interact with each other, such as Breakfast with Santa, going Trick or Treating at Halloween, and various festivals! During the summer months, they have a ton of fun activities for the children as well! Honestly, I can not say enough good things about the Brewster Creek KinderCare!”
Yenny S. - 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 Brewster Creek 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 Brewster Creek 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.