Cary Grove KinderCare
Meet Rebecca Bulava, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2010
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Meet Rebecca Bulava! She is the Center Director at Cary Grove KinderCare in Illinois. Rebecca attended Rasmussen University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since 2010. Every day, Rebecca enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Be silly, be honest, be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys attending the theater, camping, watching football, and spending time with her family.
Cary Grove 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.
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.
“ I came into need of services from the Cary KinderCare in early 2011. I was in a unique situation where I had recently started back to nursing school, as well as working part time at Good Shepherd Hospital. As my children were grown, it seemed the ideal time to focus on my career needs. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to take guardianship of my two grandchildren who at the time were ages 18 months and 2 1/2 years. The professional staff at Cary KinderCare not only helped me in receiving childcare almost immediately, they assisted me in the process of applying and obtaining the state aid grant I was able to receive for my situation. The crucial assistance allowed me to continue working and going to school. The staff at the Cary KinderCare, have over the course of the past four years provided committed, compassionate, and consistent care to my two grandchildren. They have been offered top quality educational and emotional guidance which has allowed them to grow and succeed both in an academic as well as social setting. Because of the circumstances surrounding their unique needs, this was crucial in these children being able to have the opportunity to have a "normal" childhood. I am ever grateful to what the Cary KinderCare has offered to my grandchildren and myself. I am now just 10 weeks away from graduating nursing school, and my grandchildren know they have a safe environment before and after school to play, laugh, learn, and grow. Without Cary KinderCare and their committed quality staff I question if my family would have been able to enjoy all the successes and blessings we have.Show more
“ I have been so pleased with my 5 month old daughter's experience at KinderCare. I was hesitant to put my second child in a childcare facility, as I had problems with my older son being at a larger childcare facility. However, on my first visit I knew that it was the place for my daughter. The staff was very friendly and really listened to my concerns about my child. The assured me they would take the best possible care of her and they have. They keep me updated as to her progress and they get so excited when she makes her milestones. The teachers are always so happy to see her when I drop off and most importantly she smiles every time she sees them. It's very clear that Cary KinderCare has worked hard to create a safe and loving environment for the children. The teachers in the infant room, Ms. Wieslawa and Ms. Lorali, have been incredible and I'm thankful that they love my daughter as much as I do. Each day I continue to be grateful that I've found such a great place for my daughter.Show more
“ I have had the pleasure to work with the Cary-Grove KinderCare for more than 12 years now. My children have grown up at this facility. I am honored to write this letter in reference to the center and it's exceptional staff. I have never once thought about switching to another childcare provider. The outstanding staff and management have made this center run smoothly from day to day. The teacher are well trained and easy to work with , leaving me assured that my child is in good hands and well taken care of while I am at work. The Cary-Grove KinderCare is always clean, neat, well organized and very dependable. Their children are their #1 concern and priority. I am impressed with their ability to enhance my child's education, along with providing a very fun and safe environment. My daughter is so fond of the center that she sometimes asks to go there on Saturdays. I know my child will leave this center with very fond memories.Show more
“ My daughters have been attending the Cary-Grove KinderCare for two years now and have absolutely loved the teachers and the curriculum. Everyone at the Cary-Grove KinderCare is so supportive of my daughters and genuinely care for all of the children. My daughters have been to two other childcare facilities before we moved to the area and enrolled at the Cary-Grove KinderCare and this is by far the very best experience we have had! The teachers and management are absolutely amazing and assure me everyday that my daughters are receiving the best possible care each and every day!Show more
“ As a parent of four children and someone who works in the fitness industry, finding safe, enriching and flexible childcare, for an ever changing schedule over the years has been easy with Cary KinderCare. I have had firsthand experience with the infant, toddler, 2, 3 and 4 year old rooms. Every classroom has been warm and inviting. The teachers in each room have provided me with the security that my children are receiving an exceptional, nurturing, academic and social experience! The infant and toddler room teachers were attentive to so many of the details that surrounds a very young child. My child was always happy and well taken care of when he/she came to school. The two year old room has to be the most demanding room in any childcare setting. I was truly amazed and inspired by how the teachers conducted their classroom and their incredible patience with potty training and temper tantrums that are typical at this age. I was especially thankful in both the 2 and 3 year old transition, how the teachers handled separation anxiety. Two of my children had difficulty with this and there was always a teacher to take my child one on one for those first few minutes so he or she could get comfortable with their peers. There were hugs and smiles that made this difficult time a very quick transition. I have been extremely please with our 14 year experience with the Cary KinderCare location! I highly recommend this center and it's staff.Show more
“ Ms. Beata is an excellent teacher and caregiver. My daughter has learned many new things from her. Ms. Beata is very warm and my daughter looks forward to seeing her each morning. Ms. Beata greets my daughter with a warm smile and a big hug, that my daughter just loves. My daughter is not bothered one bit that I am leaving her there for the day. It makes me feel good to know that I am leaving her with someone that I trust and respect. Ms. Beata is compassionate, patient and caring. All qualities I admire in a teacher and caregiver. My daughter has excelled since being in her classroom.Show more
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 Cary Grove 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 Cary Grove 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.