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Rockford KinderCare

Anne Sholes, Center Director

308 N Mulford Rd Rockford IL 61107
(815) 398-2800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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We are located just a short distance behind McDonalds and Grease Monkey on Mulford Road, just North of State Street off Executive Parkway.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hillman | Whitehead | CICS Jackson Rockford Public Schools pick up and drop off at: Brookview | White Swan | Cherry Valley | Thompson | Johnson | Gregory

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to Rockford KinderCare

Welcome to Rockford KinderCare, located off Highway 20! With such a convenient location, just northwest from Chicago, and staffed with so many passionate teachers, this center is an easy choice for your family. The experienced teachers we offer will help your child overcome hurdles and reach their potential at every step along the way. Helping a child grow is not only about the destination, but also the journey along the way – and that journey will be a fun one at KinderCare!

Anne Sholes, Our Center Director

Meet Anne Sholes, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2006

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Favorite Children's Book: My Many Colored Days

Meet Anne Sholes! She is the Center Director at Rockford KinderCare in Illinois. Anne attended Ripon College, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2006. Every day, Anne looks forward to meeting new families and helping children build confidence for life. "Above all, children need our unconditional love - whether they succeed or make mistakes, when life is easy and when life is tough." – Barack Obama. Outside of work, Anne enjoys taking walks, listening to music, and attending sporting events with her husband and two daughters.

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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.

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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.

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!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children


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!

  • As a single parent with two special needs kids having the security of a daycare that is dependable and affordable is huge. The teachers at KinderCare take the time to really care for my kids. They teach them numbers, letters, reading, writing and music. The teachers encourage my kids to be creative and help guide them to make the right choices throughout the day. Over the last year that we have been with KinderCare I have watched my kids grow and learn so much and make real friends. And drop off is never an issue because they enjoy their day so much. KinderCare has been a tremendous resource for me. They have helped me get my son's behavioral issues under control. The amazing staff has worked with him and me to find a solution to our problems. I don't know how we would of gotten to where we are now without their help. There is no way a short email could possibly cover all the wonderful things KinderCare has done for my family. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I have for all they do.

    Dan L. - KinderCare Parent
  • Both of my kids have been with KinderCare now for a couple of months. I couldn't be happier with the teachers and even the office staff. They always have smiles on their faces and make me and my daughters feel so welcome Nothing makes me happier when I get up in the morning and y daughters are excited to go to school. My 2 year old daughter comes home with more and more stuff she has learned every day! I know they are getting great education here and also getting all the love they need. Thank you for being such caring and kind people. I know I can work and know my kids are in great hands!

    Lingle Family - KinderCare Parent
  • In the year I have had my children at KinderCare, I have been very pleased! I always get welcomed warmly and have been treated like family! My children love their teachers and have flourished socially and educationally. Every day I pick them up, they are so happy. The teachers are wonderful!

    Elizabeth - 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.

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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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