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Rock Island KinderCare

Stephanie Burggraf, Center Director

3316 Blackhawk Rd Rock Island IL 61201
(309) 786-9557 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eugene Field, Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Rock Island KinderCare

Welcome to Rock Island KinderCare, located off Blackhawk Road in Illinois! Our highly passionate and experienced teachers provide a safe, fun and exciting learning environment for all children. Our lessons incorporate hands-on activities each day. We strive to develop the whole child with curriculum that emphasizes growth in social, emotional, cognitive, language and literacy, creative expression and physical development. We are very excited to meet you and welcome you to be a part of our KinderCare family!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Meet Stephanie Burggraf, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2010

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Favorite Children's Book: Arthur 

Meet Stephanie Burggraf! She is the Center Director at Rock Island KinderCare in Illinois. Stephanie attended California State University, Sacramento, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2010, and before that, she worked as a Child Development Specialist for Easterseals Superior California. Every day, Stephanie looks forward to providing children with a nurturing learning environment. "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." – Margaret Mead. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys yoga, kickboxing, cooking, and going swimming and boating with her family.


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.

Our 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.

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.)

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • We chose to go with KinderCare back in 2014 while I was pregnant with my son. I have a niece who had gone and we were incredibly impressed. As hard as it was to leave my son for the first time, I knew he was going to be in good hands. Even to this day, my husband and I are constantly reassured daily that we made the right choice for our son. Watching him grow and learn through the curriculum that is used is extremely impressive. I am so proud of my son and watch him flourish daily. I can't thank the teachers and staff for taking care of my son. Even on days that are hard for me to leave him, they are right there to make sure I'm okay and that they are right there with my son if he is crying. So, thank you to all the teachers for all you do each and every day, not only with my son, but with all the children.

    Kara M. - KinderCare Parent
  • It is extremely hard for me to drop off my kids anywhere other than with family. Thank you for giving me the comfort of knowing that my children are always in great hands! It brings me great joy knowing that my daughter couldn't stand to miss a day of learning and show and share, and my son had to have his mommy smiles and dance sessions! Thank you all for working the extra hours planning the daily activities, cutting out the pictures (that go on your boards), and being the amazing teachers that you are! Everything you do is noticed and appreciated by our family!

    Amanda M. - KinderCare Parent
  • Thank you to the staff at Rock Island KinderCare for being such a wonderful part of my son's life. They provide so much more than I ever expected from a day care. Every morning they greet us with a friendly hello. The fact that my son is so excited to see them lets me know that he enjoys the time they spend with him. I can tell they genuinely care about him by the stories they share and the individual attention he receives. They provide an excellent curriculum that lets him explore new things and enjoy learning. The pictures they give us are also a great personal touch. Your work is greatly appreciated!

    Bridget B. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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