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East Carol Stream KinderCare

Valerie Vazquez, Center Director

140 N Gary Ave Carol Stream IL 60188
(630) 665-1441 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pleasant Hill, Sandburg, Washington, Carol Stream, Western Trails, Roy De Shane

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to East Carol Stream KinderCare

Welcome to East Carol Stream KinderCare in Illinois! We are conveniently located on the corner of North Avenue and Gary Avenue. Our early education curriculum offers play, learn, and explore possibilities for your child. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. Everyone belongs in our KinderCare family circle!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Valerie Vazquez, Our Center Director

Meet Valerie Vazquez, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 1997

Education: Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever

Meet Valerie Vazquez! She is the Center Director at East Carol Stream KinderCare in Illinois. Valerie attended Rasmussen University, where she earned her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has a First Aid and CPR Certification, Food Service certification, ADA certification, and Diabetes Certification. She has been with KinderCare since 1997. Valerie’s favorite quote is “You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” Outside of work, Valerie likes to travel, attend concerts, and go for walks.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our 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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.)

Weekly Mini Camp

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • "When I started at this center I was extremely nervous leaving my child in the hands of what I called 'strangers.' But after a few short days, I felt as though the teachers were family and I had a peace of mind when leaving my child. I am now a mother of two and have both of my children in this center. There is no question that my children will grow up at this center and all of the teachers will continue to be our family."

    Studinski Family - KinderCare Parent
  • "This center is 'AMAZING.' The center is extremely family-oriented, and my children get the best care possible. I would recommend this center to everyone. Ms. Sarah, Ms. Brittany, and Ms. Colleen are wonderful and caring with all three of my children, and Valerie the Center Director and Nancy the Assistant Director are a great management team who go above and beyond for all of the families in the center."

    Melissa D. - KinderCare Parent
  • "We've always felt welcome at KinderCare. The staff has been awesome working around my son and his allergies, and keeping in touch with us during the day. When he comes home every day he's showing us new things he has learned at 'school.' It is obvious that he is cared for and comfortable, resulting in him always having a great day."

    Vogel Family - KinderCare Parent
  • "I refer to this center as 'My KinderCare.' I love the teachers, and my children adore the teachers and spending time at the center. I am very comfortable with the care my children receive and consider the teachers and staff to be my children's second parents."

    Ramos Family - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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