Erica Cassidy, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
South Naperville, District 203 and 204
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Owen, Maywatts, Patterson, Welch, Elmwood, Cowlishaw, Scott
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Erica Cassidy, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2000
Education: Child Development Associate Credential
Favorite Children's Book: The Way I Feel
Meet Erica Cassidy! She is the Center Director at South Naperville KinderCare in Illinois. Erica holds a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare since 2000. Every day, Erica enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Let our classrooms reflect our vision of equality and justice for all.” Outside of work, Erica enjoys spending time with her family.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I highly recommend KinderCare South in Naperville . I have had my son in this day care from the age of two and he is now eight. He absolutely loves the teachers and the activities he participates in on a daily basis. The director Ms. Kathy is fantastic! She is always available to answer questions and creates a friendly atmosphere. Truly a 5 Star Center!!”
Donna S. - KinderCare Parent
I want to pass along how wonderful our South Naperville KinderCare has been! My daughter has been there since she was about four months old and my son since he was three months. Now they are almost eight and five.
Carolynn and Erica have been just wonderful to work with because they are always available and accommodating while willing to go the extra mile in so many ways! Since Carolynn has been at the center, she has worked particularly hard at creating a family atmosphere among those of us that are there. They both truly do a fabulous job and seem very willing to do whatever is necessary to help parents, children and their team of teachers. I feel blessed to have them as directors!
The team of teachers are just the best, as well! From the very beginning we have had so many great experiences with each one that has cared for our children. Each one of them is welcoming, caring, and professional. It really shows every day that they love what they do and they love the kids they care for at the center. When I refer to this KinderCare, the first thing I mention is the people. I believe you can put this group of people just about anywhere and they will make the most of the time they have with our children! Again, this staff is just fabulous and should be commended for all that they do each and every day
Thank you for this team and for the care my children get at the South Naperville KinderCare!”
Amy - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to express how happy I am with South Naperville Kindercare. My son has been attending there since he was 9 months old. Sometimes he can be a shy boy and the transitioning from teacher to teacher at times was challenging for him. All the teachers did so great making him feel welcome and comfortable in what would be his new classroom. In addition, the director and assistant director are always there to make him smile or listen to one of his long fun stories. His love for learning has only escalated over the years of being there. He is always so very excited to tell us what he learned that day. I look forward to him enjoying many more years there! Would recommend this Kindercare in a heartbeat!”
Brian K - 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.