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McHenry KinderCare

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Address: 4717 W Crystal Lake Rd, Mchenry, IL 60050
Ages: 14 months to 12 years
Open hours:
Center Director: Laura Lambert
Our center is accredited by: NAEYC

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.

Address: 4717 W Crystal Lake Rd, Mchenry, IL 60050
Elementary schools bussed to: McHenry, Johnsburg, Crystal Lake, Wonder Lake, Woodstock
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Laura Lambert, Our Center Director

Meet Laura Lambert, 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 Lambert! 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

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! 

McHenry KinderCare Programs

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.

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.

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!

Math Adventures

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts like geometry, numbers, currency, measurements, and probability. Whether they’re couting currency or weighing their favorite toy, your child will explore math fundamentals that’ll give them a confident start for elementary school.

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.

Family Stories

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center! If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About KinderCare

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Child Care You Can Trust

IT’S MORE THAN DAYCARE, IT’S KINDERCARE!

Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!

Accreditation

LEADING THE WAY AS AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED CHILD CARE PROVIDER.

Accreditation means that every aspect of our programs, from teacher training and classroom safety to our top-notch curriculum, is backed by third-party experts who’ve given their seal of approval.

Learn more about accreditation

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Meet Our Classroom Heroes

From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.

See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!

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Babies Are Reaching New Milestones

Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.

Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring

Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.

Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence

Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.

Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills

Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!

Prekindergarteners Are Doing Art, STEM, Letters, and More

Prekindergartners in our classrooms are organizing their ideas, problem-solving, and showing their creative side through hands-on, engaging activities—all the skills needed for their next big step: kindergarten!
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Teachers You Can Trust

When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.

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8-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner

Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 8 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just two companies worldwide to receive the honor eight years in a row.

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Peace Of Mind From Drop-Off To Pick-Up

Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.

Read on to see the KinderCare difference.

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Stay In Touch With The KinderCare App

Ever wonder what your little learner does all day? Download the KinderCare App. With a few taps, you can send messages to your center director, check on your child’s progress, and even get photos of all the fun they’re having.

Here’s a sneak peek of how it works!

Find Your Partner In Parenting

Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.

Take a moment to watch a KinderCare teacher and mom chat about how we’re the ultimate partners in parenting.

Hear From Families Like Yours

When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from the KinderCare community.


“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives." 
- Becky T.

Get Judgment-Free Tips And Innovative Ideas

If you haven’t yet, check out our KinderCare blog. It’s where you can find answers to your questions about parenting, education, and health and safety, and even get inspired to bring more learning home.

See how you stay in the loop.

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