Jennifer Kirchman, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We service several schools in Homer Glen, Lockport, and Orland Park. Please call for further details.
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Jennifer Kirchman, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Meet Jennifer Kirchman! She is the Center Director at Pinewood Drive KinderCare in Orland Park, Illinois. Jennifer attended Saint Xavier University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree. She has been with KinderCare since 2011 and was an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling, painting, fishing, going to outdoor festivals, and spending time with her family. "A person is a person, no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss
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.
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.
Pinewood Drive 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.
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.)
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!
Dawn and Joan (and Staff):
I am most thankful to both of you, Pinewood KinderCare and your tremendous staff. Like Shawn, I see Jonathan developing every time he’s there. His growth is amazing and I thank you all.
As a parent, it is a wonderful feeling to know your child is not just taken care of throughout the day, but they are loved. You both should be very proud of the facility you manage.
Thank you both (all)!”
Mike K. - KinderCare Parent
The Pinewood center is the best place, by far. The teachers are engaging, the programs are fun and educational. For my kids, going to daycare is the best part of their day. I would like to give a loud round of applause to Joan and her team. Not only are the teachers there for the kids, helping my daughter learn her ABCs and teaching her how to calm down during her many temper tantrums, the staff is there for ME TOO. Always willing to chat for a minute if the class room setting allows it. I have never been to another center, but they would seriously have to work at taking me away from Pinewood. I'm currently in the process of moving and I will NOT move outside of Pinewoods' territory. Keep up the great work!!”
Sara C. - KinderCare Parent
Joan, Dawn, and Staff,
My family recently moved further away from the daycare center, and the subject of transferring to another day care was brought up. I quickly dismissed that notion as I am very happy with the way my family is treated by the leaders of the building. My daughter's needs are met, she is provided instruction, she is learning valuable social skills, and above all else, is clearly loved by Joan, Dawn, and the entire staff. Thank you for taking such great care of my family. Simple words can not express the appreciation I have for everyone for all they have done for us.”
Dan C. - KinderCare Parent
I always enjoy picking up my granddaughter from Pinewood KinderCare. I am always greeted with a smile and a friendly hello from either Joan, Dawn, or Debi. The Pinewood staff does a wonderful job of keeping the families involved. I always look forward to attending the fun activities they have planned throughout the year. All questions and concerns are answered promptly. A warm thank you to all the staff at Pinewood Drive.”
Donna B. - KinderCare Parent
Since before our daughter was even born, my wife would talk about the Pinewood center and all the things she liked about the staff and the curriculum. She would often say that she would not bring our daughter anywhere else. After our daughter turned two we wanted her to enroll in a preschool program for more interaction with children her age. Of course the Pinewood center is the only place my wife would consider. Joan and Dawn and all the staff have done a wonderful job helping both my daughter and wife adjust. Thank you! We wouldn't want her to be anywhere else!”
Thor B. - 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.
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 Pinewood Drive 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 Pinewood Drive 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.