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McHenry KinderCare

Laura Ladika, Center Director

4717 W Crystal Lake Rd Mchenry IL 60050
(815) 385-2499 Contact this center

Ages: 14 months to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McHenry, Johnsburg, Crystal Lake, Wonder Lake, Woodstock

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to McHenry KinderCare

Welcome to McHenry KinderCare, located in Illinois! We appreciate the diversity of our area, and are committed to serving families in the communities of McHenry, Johnsburg, Wonder Lake, and Woodstock, and our curriculum works in alignment with our local schools to ensure Kindergarten readiness for every child. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life.

Our classrooms are places to thrive! 
In our safe and healthy classrooms, your child will be engaged in learning experiences that meet them where they are, both socially and academically. With fun daily activities, passionate teachers, and great friends, a lifetime of confidence starts here. Contact the center director to learn more about our child care options and schedule a tour! 

Meet Laura Ladika, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2022

Education: Associate Degree in General Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Business Management

Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon

Meet Laura Ladika! Laura is the Center Director at McHenry KinderCare in Illinois. Laura attended McHenry County College and holds an Associate Degree in General Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Business Management. Laura is also currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Laura joined KinderCare in 2022 and was an operations manager previously. Outside of work, Laura enjoys camping, hiking, anything outdoors, and going to concerts. Laura’s favorite quote is, "Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best." - Bob Talbert

at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!

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.

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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.

McHenry KinderCare Programs

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

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.

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!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children

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.

Family Stories

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

  • To all who have had an influence on my daughter, Kelli, I just want to let all of them know it is appreciated to the fullest. She learned a lot being at KinderCare and enjoys coming here very much. Everyday I ask her did you have fun not one day in three months has she said "no". That makes me feel very good about bringing her here. The songs they teach the kids are so cute-she performs them for everyone. You all do a very good job! (Kelli has only one problem - she says you have carrots and beans everyday! I laugh, but who knows, maybe someday she'll try them and like them.)

    Stacey S. - KinderCare Parent
  • To all the Teachers and Director for KinderCare,
    Thank you for working with Jessica and making her feel comfortable, confident and happy away from home while Mom and Dad worked. It was such a relief to know she was in good hands. Mostly thank you for your enduring patience in working with Jessie and realizing her limitations and special needs. She's gained so much confidence in her short time with all of you.

    Bonnie B. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son Xavier has learned so much at KinderCare. They have taught him a lot! This place is great and very hands on!

    Stephanie M. - KinderCare Parent
  • We had bad experiences at daycares in the past including neglect, so I was very concerned about leaving my child at KinderCare.  Not anymore.  My son has been attending the McHenry KinderCare since September.  The staff is wonderful!  I never question what went on during the day.  His teachers always keep me up to date.  Miss Karen and Miss Tangee are awesome!  They have been so amazing and are so helpful.  Everyone makes us feel like they are part of their family.  My son's pre-school teacher even made a comment  about his progress since attending KinderCare. Last year he was behind and there were concerns, but this year, he has excelled.  We are very lucky to have found such a wonderful and trusting place for my son to be!

    Danielle E. - KinderCare Parent

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us .

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.

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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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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 McHenry 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 McHenry 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.