Mount Prospect KinderCare
Meet Priyal Shah, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Degree in Human Development and Family Science
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Priyal Shah! She is the Center Director at Mount Prospect KinderCare in Illinois. Priyal attended Northern Illinois University where she earned a degree in Human Development and Family Science. She has been with KinderCare for five years, and before that she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Priyal enjoys being active, reading, and traveling.
Mount Prospect 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.
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.
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.
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!
“ I have an 8 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. My daughter attended this KinderCare for 4 years, she learned a great deal of things including potty training, writing, and reading. So when I was about to have my son it was an easy decision to take him to the same place my daughter had been at. I personally love the open concept to me its fantastic! Plus (at the time) there were still some of her old teachers, so even better for my son. I decided to inquire about the possibility of working there and sure enough I got hired! During my time there I saw a lot of change but still stuck it out, I just loved the idea of being close to my son and all the love he was given from Ms. Priyal especially, she has a heart full of love. I got to know a bit about her while I worked there and I just love her sense of humor and her overall honesty, she knows how to keep things going even when they get tough, she's a caring hard worker always trying to meet everyone's needs. Ms. Tiffany, she's a great people person with lots of love even for adults like me who at times need that positive motivation. I just so much appreciated how she kept a good eye on my boy and gave him lots of love in his hard times. Ms. Jackie helped me and my boy at a time where I froze and was scared (not even knowing me or my son well) she's also a sweet loving person who I loved bothering (talking to). Also Ms. Beth, she's a great person who understands and is always willing to lend her ear when times get tough. I got an opportunity elsewhere but do try to keep in contact. This is how good of a daycare center this is, the love and friendships gained here are TRULY inspirational to me.Show more
“ Where do I begin? This will be my little one's second year at KC. The school has gone through a few Directors/Assistant Directors, and I think they found their unicorn. They found their unicorn in not just Miss Priyal and fulfilling the Director role to the fullest, but the Teacher/Teacher aides are PHENOMENAL. In so many ways...they are patient, caring, attentive...fun...personable. The list goes on and on. Miss Lio is THE BEST!!! What a beautiful heart she has. I love the friendship and bond my son and Miss Lio have. Along with Miss Kat who the kids adore. Miss Jackie is the new Assistant Director. I left with a great impression after her introduction. It is comforting knowing when I drop my little one off at school he is in great hands and safe. The school has come a long way from when we enrolled. LONG WAY. I appreciate the communication and updates throughout the day of my child's activities, meals learning lessons...(through the app). Overall, I give MPKC a 20/10. I want the staff to know how much I appreciate them and I see their hard work. It shows everyday with the smile my child comes home with. THANK YOU FOR YOU!!Show more
“ I just wanted to take the time to thank Kensington KinderCare for being such an incredible center. Already I can see the difference you have made in my children. Even my mom happily praises that teachers are wonderful. My children also have exhibited changes at home! I could not believe that they knew and were talking about days of the week after just their first day, and as time went by, both were smiling and eager to go inside. They both became far more confident and were appearing more relaxed. The many differences between your center and other facilities are amazing and very apparent! When I picked up my children, I observed that your teachers were outside and paying attention to the kids. During this time I also observed that everyone looked happy, as they were smiling big while enjoying their jobs. The security as well as emotional nurturing of my children is critical, as I am unable to be with them during the day. I want to make sure they are as happy as possible without me. I cannot express to you just how truly happy I am! I know that my children are as happy as they can be, so I can relax while at work! Finally, a center that I can trust!Show more
“ I just want to thank the KinderCare center and Ms. Carolann for running a great center. I also want to thank Ms. Lupe for teaching my daughter so many things, and Ms. Sue who has done the same for my son. This is a great center and all the other teachers are very friendly. My daughter loves the mini-camps Ms .Karen has throughout the year. My children love it here.Show more
“ "KinderCare is a place where the teachers treasure my most prized possessions as much as I do. My kids look forward to going to KinderCare each day. When they come home they are eager to share what they have learned throughout the day with me and my husband. Kensington KinderCare is the best place for my family!"Show more
“ Thanks, Carolann. I wanted you to know that I think you are doing a wonderful job. I am very happy with the knowledge my son is gaining and I have seen noticeable growth in him.Show more
“ On behalf of my wife and I, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the experience your facility afforded our daughter these past two years. She would wake up each day with great enthusiasm, anxious to see her friends and teachers at KinderCare. It is glaringly apparent that the staff here, starting with Carolann Hill and the teachers we had experience with, are hard-working, well-trained and most importantly, caring. It was great working with Carolann and each of them on all levels. Life's experiences determine so much of how we view all the world. Thank you and your staff for making this a great one for our daughter.Show more
“ Dear Carolann and Jennifer, We have been so pleased with KinderCare and all the teachers who have touched our son's heart. We have enjoyed his teachers and he has made so many friends at KinderCare throughout the years. Please pass our gratitude and appreciation on to all the teachers there. We are sad to leave, however we are confident KinderCare has provided our son an excellent early childhood education and has provided him a base to excel in his continued learning. We wish the staff best wishes and thanks for all the years of providing our son the highest quality of care.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 Mount Prospect 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 Mount Prospect 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.