Jamie Overland, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Yellow Bus transports: Kimberly Heights, Arbor Middle School, Scarlett Oaks, and Arbor Elementary. KinderCare Bus transports: Nathan Hale Elementary, Foster, Fierke, Ridge, St. Christopher, Kerstra, and Christian Hills.
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Jamie Overland, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2015
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Associate's Degree in Arts.
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Meet Jamie Overland! She is the Center Director at Oak Forest KinderCare in Oak Forest, Illinois. Jamie attended Moraine Valley Community College, where she earned an associate’s degree in Arts, and Governors State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for six years, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. "What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see." - Jean Piaget. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys cooking, baking and playing Uno.
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.
Oak Forest 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Oak Forest 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.
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.
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.
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.
How does naptime work at Oak Forest 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.
Is tuition support offered for Illinois families at KinderCare?
Child care is one of the biggest priorities—and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. We partner with state and local agencies in Illinois to provide tuition subsidies where we can, including these agencies below:
There may be other available funding sources for families living in Oak Forest, Illinois and we have subsidy coordinators standing by that can discuss potential solutions for your family. Even if you are not subsidy eligible there may be other options in Cook County to help with tuition.
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!
One word to sum up Oak Forest KinderCare is the word "Family". I have entrusted this facility with my children for over six years and there is no place I'd rather take them everyday. This center has been the foundation for my children to transition into school with the tools to help them start on their journey. Throughout the years, the center has grown with each child. The experiences that they create are both unforgettable and memorable because the teachers treat my children and me like their own.”
LaQuila McFalls - KinderCare Parent
Just a note to say how well I'm pleased with a member of your staff; Ms. Susie. I'm a foster mom with a child that has special needs. She is so caring and takes the time needed for him. He loves her so mcuh, I trust her with my boy and I don't trust everyone with him because he is a handful. He has grown so much! I love your staff, they go the extra mile for my son. It takes him a little longer to catch on but with Ms. Susie's help he gets it. They help him fit in with the class.”
Mrs. Duff - KinderCare Parent
My children are my everything and I want the best for them. I put my children at KinderCare because I knew my children will be in good hands. Although they have been with KC for a short while, I have seen academic growth in my 3 year old daughter. She is very excited about learning and very proud of the work that she does in her class. My 1 year old son had a rough start; however, he warmed up quickly! He enjoys being at school now and he cries when it's time to go home.”
Brandon S. - KinderCare Parent
Started at Oak Forest KinderCare about a month ago after leaving another daycare behind and by far this place gives us great vibes! My little one loves it, sometimes it's hard to even get him to leave! We are very thankful to have found a place that we feel comfortable leaving our child. Its also a huge plus that the staff is always happy and caring. Thanks guys!”
Laureen Rutherford - KinderCare Parent
I don't have the words to say how much I am thankful for Oak Forest KinderCare. My husband and I have 3 children and we have experienced other childcare centers, we have NEVER had an experience like this! The communication and love that everyone has at this location is outstanding. This has been the best service we have ever had since having our children in childcare/school. Ms. Samone and Ms. Candance are doing an amazing job at running this center and I am a proud KinderCare Parent! Kudos Oak Forest KinderCare!!”
Gianna S.H. - 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.