Stephanie Carnduff, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Huntley (Reed Road Campus, Square Barn Rd. Campus, Leggee) | Pingree Grove- Cambridge Lakes Charter School | Gary D. Wright Elementary | Hampshire ElementaryLegee-BUSSES TO AND FROM CENTER
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Stephanie Carnduff, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2019
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Leadership
Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Meet Stephanie Carnduff! Stephanie is the Center Director of KinderCare of Huntley in Illinois. Stephanie attended Roosevelt University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since July of 2019. Stephanie's favorite quote is, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." -Mr. Rogers. Outside of work, Stephanie likes to spend time with her husband, two children, and dogs.
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.)
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!
“Our family is very happy with the care, love and support we receive from the team at KinderCare in Huntley. We cannot imagine being at another center. The team at KinderCare continues to go above and beyond on a daily basis. KinderCare is also very flexible. As a part of the KinderCare family, we never worry about losing our place at the center. Unlike other centers, we don't feel pressured, nor are we forced to pay a premium when we go on vacation for our kids to remain at KinderCare. We strongly believe KinderCare provides the best care for our little ones and we would not want to be anywhere else!”
Chris - KinderCare Parent
“I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Kindercare facility in Huntley, IL! The director, Ms. Jenni does an excellent job. Although my children are only part-time students, she and her staff make extraordinary efforts to make sure that they feel at home. My two year old son has been a student since he was eight weeks old, and my four year old son since he was 18 months. They both recently transitioned to new rooms, which was a little difficult for my 4 year old. Probably because he loved his old teacher, Ms. Candy, so much. During the transition period, someone from the staff sat with him until he calmed down in the morning. Now he is back to his usual, happy to go to “school” self, and loves his new teacher, Ms. Pam. The entire staff is amazing. Not only are they very skilled at working with children, you can tell that they truly care about the students. Ms. Erin in the baby room, still stops by to say “hi” to my younger son in his new room on days when he is there. As a working mother, this really means a lot to me. I would recommend this center to any parent or guardian looking for a place where their child can learn and be loved.”
Brenda - KinderCare Parent
Appreciation to my son’s preschool teachers: Mrs. Donna. Every morning a stream of cars are outside in the parking lot with little faces peering out ready for the day although some are not ready at all. Mrs. Donna has to soothe worries, mop tears, interpret words, and dig deep for patience. I have been glad sometimes eager sometimes relieved sometimes to be dropping him off into her waiting pool of patience. On a daily basis at drop off, Mrs. Donna will listen to him describe what is on his shirt or what he had done over the weekend. She always has time to listen to him and adjust him when I drop him off.
It can be hard for a mother to admit that their child is eager to be somewhere else than home. My son loves going to school and being in Mrs. Donna’s room. I know this because when we get home all he talks about is what Mrs. Donna does during the day. In spite of the days he defies, disrespects, misbehaves, I’m sideswiped by his cute smile and brown eyes. I have to love him. But all along through his growth and stalls, Mrs. Donna has shown that she loves for him too. It’s hard work what she does.
I ask myself will my son remember Mrs. Donna when he’s twelve or twenty? Maybe not concretely. He might not be able to summon her face or even say her name but she’s like a line in his fingerprint. Her patience and guidance careful instruction and measured words he’ll take them all with him into life and he’ll be better for it.
Thank you Mrs. Donna!”
Michelle J. - 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.