Michelle Polivka, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fox Chase, East View, Old Post, Prairie Point, Southbury, Hunt Club, Boulder Hill, Long Beach,and Churchill Elelmentary Schools. District busing from Browkaw Early learning Center.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Michelle Polivka, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Michelle Polivka! She is the Center Director at West Oswego KinderCare in Illinois. Michelle attended the College of DuPage and Kendall College. She has been with KinderCare since 2001. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys traveling the world 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.
West Oswego 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.
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!
KinderCare has been so awesome for our son! Before he was at a different place but all the did was just play. At KinderCare Oswego he has learned so much. He did not talk before KinderCare. Now his communication skills are excellent. He is so confident because KinderCare has so many educational activities. He has learned so much its unbelievable. The staff is so friendly and helpful that I feel like they are just like a extended family. Thank you KinderCare family for letting my son be a part of your family and helping him along the way.”
Shekhar B. - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how impressed and happy I am with the staff at the Oswego KinderCare. My children were always taken care of at home by their great-grandma. Unfortunately, due to her age and health she was unable to care for my youngest son, Alden, anymore. So, I put him in a home daycare that turned out to be a bad situation. Out of desperation, I requested information on-line, (to which I received a prompt response.) I came to the center and was immediately greeted, by name, and all of my questions were answered. I set up a time for us to observe and Alden to spend the day. On his visit day, he was immediately greeted by name, from the staff as we entered. When we went to his classroom (Pre-K) he was made to feel welcome. He enjoyed the day, was given a lot of one-on-one time, made a stuffed animal and had a pleasant experience. He could not wait to go there again. As a mom, of a child who does not like change and doesn't do well with strangers, this was a pleasant relief. Every experience has been positive and I only wish that I would have put him in earlier. He is learning not only academically but socially as well. He looks forward to every day and feels connected and secure. I have made surprise visits, and every time the facility is clean, he is actively engaged and enjoying himself. These are the things that comfort a worried parent. I would and do highly recommend your entire staff to everyone and anyone. Thank you for providing this invaluable, quality opportunity for children.”
Elaine B. - KinderCare Parent
I have three children, ages 7, 5 and 15 months. My children have been attending KinderCare since the summer, and each of them have loved coming everyday! My older son was in the School-Age room full-day this summer and is currently attending before and after school. He loved the summer field-trips and enjoys the projects Miss Shanta sets up in the classroom after school. My middle son is in the Preschool classroom. He loves all of the activities Ms. Michelle does to keep him busy! My daughter started in the Infant room and just transitioned to the Toddler room. Having never been in daycare before, I thought it would have taken my daughter longer to adjust, but she became attached to Ms. Ginny and Ms. Tammy very quickly. All of the staff at KinderCare has been wonderful to work with. Everyone has taken a sincere interest in my children, which puts me at ease while I am at work.”
Jessica W. - KinderCare Parent
Our son started at the South Oswego KinderCare back in April of 2013. We were new to the area and when we contacted Kim (the director), she as well as the entire staff welcomed us with open arms. The director sat down with us and provided pertinent information about the center as well as answering all of our questions, she did everything she could to assist in making the transition smoother for us. Since the time our son began at the center, we have witnessed his development grow in leaps and bounds. Our son has been in previous daycare and this center definitely is heads above the rest because everyone is very hands on (the director, our sons teachers and the entire staff). One of the best things about this center is that they are big on communication, which is so important to parents. I cannot emphasize how much this makes a difference to me as a parent, because it is so easy to get caught up in schedules and routines. It is refreshing to know that the staff will not hesitate to give me a thorough update on how my child's day went. They also take the time out to email us pictures of our son while he is in the midst of a learning or play activity (this is the only daycare center I have ever had that did this). It really means a lot that they go the extra mile just to keep us in the loop and give us that additional insight into our child's day. I would also like to add that the entire staff is very supportive and gracious. Our child has special needs and the flexibility, patience, nurturing and kindness demonstrated by the KinderCare staff has been unmatched, we are truly thankful for every employee there. It is also a plus that the center always has ongoing creative/learning activities for the kids (our son is in music class) as well giving them opportunities to interact with our public servants in the community (i.e. fireman, police officer visits) in an effort to extend the scope of classroom education. Our son's classroom teacher, Ms. Rhonda is more than a teacher to our son, she is truly a caregiver. She is informative, resourceful and warm, the reflection of everything a child's teacher should be. I would recommend this center to any parent because when we leave our son with the staff at KinderCare, we know that he is in good hands and this is evidenced by his bond with the entire staff as well as their interactions with us.”
Yolanda A. - KinderCare Parent
The West Oswego KinderCare is such a wonderful extension of our family! Our two daughters (age 2 and age 4) are just blossoming there. The entire staff is so caring and dedicated. Their facility is clean, organized and provides a lot of social and learning opportunities for all of the children's ages. My 4 year old has a song that she sings when she arrives at KinderCare. It's called the "I love my school" song. It's a wonderful feeling having the trust and strong relationships with the staff at the West Oswego KinderCare. I know that our daughters truly are taken care of during the day!”
Elyse G. - 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 West Oswego 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 West Oswego 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.