Alyssa Schultz, Center Director
Meet Alyssa Schultz, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and various Early Childhood Education Certifications
Favorite Children's Book: Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
Meet Alyssa Schultz! She is the Center Director at West Carol Stream KinderCare in Illinois. Alyssa attended Aurora University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and she has also earned various Early Childhood Education certifications. She has been with KinderCare for nine years, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys reading 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.
West Carol Stream 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.
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.)
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!
"Outstanding communication, outstanding classroom environment, outstanding faculty. As a parent, the peace of mind I have when I leave my son at KinderCare is priceless. I never have to worry if he’s glued to a television or eating junk food. I know he is being actively engaged. The learning enhancement for his developmental stage is par for the course and it shows itself daily. At each age level, I have experienced kind, compassionate teachers that positively impact my child, setting him up for future successes in the classroom. He loves going to school. The management team is also impressive. It amazes me that Val knows every individual’s name that come through the door. I feel fortunate to have this team alongside me in the journey of parenthood. I never feel 'out of the loop'. They are like part of my family. I love them."”
Rachel - KinderCare Parent
"Simply the best! The girls love this school. We appreciate the wonderful teachers and the director who is very welcoming and fun. The girls have learned so much through the curriculum and love coming to school everyday. The staff are knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and friendly and should be commended. Our experience here at the West Carol Stream KinderCare has been exceptional and we would highly recommend this learning center to anyone."”
Jovanny D. and Brian C. - KinderCare Parent
"The staff has taken great care of our daughter. Ms. Monica and the Learning Adventures Phonics program really got Emma off on the right foot and helped her get to the advanced level she’s at today."”
Teri and Simon B. - KinderCare Parent
Mya has been attending West Carol Stream KinderCare going on 3 years. KinderCare truly lives up to their name as a learning center. They help encourage and build confidence in all areas of learning, from reading to history and all the fun stuff in between. KinderCare has given Mya a jump-start on school. We are confident that she will make the transition to the school curriculum effortlessly. I enjoy the journals the children make immensely. I keep all of them. You can truly see the progress that is made, particularly in her writing skills. These will be keepsakes when she gets older, Progress like this requires the dedication of the caring teachers and staff. They are all wonderful. I am always greeted with big smiles by all. Sometimes that’s what I need to start or end my busy and hectic days. Thanks, KinderCare!”
Cindy M. - KinderCare Parent
The decision to put a young baby into daycare is never easy for anyone, especially first-time parents. We can honestly say that all of the staff at this KinderCare location—from the manager to the classroom teachers—could not have done a better job of making us feel confident about our decision. They went the extra mile every day to ensure we know our sweet little son was safe and happy in their care. They are so attentive to his needs and wonderful at keeping us informed. We always feel comfortable calling as often as we need and they seem to genuinely love children, including ours.”
Allison and Mike 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 West Carol Stream KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at West Carol Stream 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.