Nicole Sukkert, Center Director
Meet Nicole Sukkert, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Meet Nicole Sukkert! She is the Center Director at Round Lake Heights KinderCare in Illinois. Nicole attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that worked in early childhood education. Every day, Nicole enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys hiking, shopping, and traveling 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.
Round Lake Heights 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.
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.)
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.
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!
I have been at the Round Lake Heights KinderCare since my oldest daughter was three years old (she is now going on twelve). I also have my tree-year-old and one-year-old at KinderCare both since they were newborns, and the experience has been great. I can say that every morning I can go to work happy knowing my girls are in good hands. All the teachers are very nice and caring. I have never had any problems and my girls love them all. It's like one big happy family. They are always concerned about my girls. I always get calls at home if they miss a day to see if they are doing o.k. If the teachers know they are sick, we get courtesy calls. I love them all and wouldn't change day cares for anything.”
Esmarelda C. - KinderCare Parent
Being a first time dad, I was nervous about sending my daughter to day care. But now I know I have no reason to worry! My little girl is so well cared for everyday. She is ahppy, healthy and thriving thanks to the teachers and wonderful environment. I know she is learning all day while she's having fun. Im so happy we made the decision to have our daughter at the Round Lake Heights KinderCare.”
Todd L - KinderCare Parent
My son David attends the KinderCare Discovery Preschool program. I own a Beauty Salon, which means I work mostly every day, long hours. With KinderCare's hours my son is able to attend full-time Monday-Friday. Even though he is there long hours, I know he is in good hands. I'm always informed of his daily activities with the sheets that get sent home. All the information is very true. I always ask my son, "What did you do at daycare today?" sure enough he tells me everything the sheet said. I'm very pleased with David’s improvement in his speech clarity and his wider range of vocabulary. Being at KinderCare has also helped David be more social with other children. With all the activities the kids do I learned he loves to read books, sing songs, and dance. I have to thank David’s teacher for having patience with my son and for being such a kind and loveable person. The truth is I feel KinderCare is a family, personally and in the way the staff works together, they always show love and respect to each other, the parents, and children.”
Liz G. - KinderCare Parent
I have been at KinderCare in Round Lake Heights for two years. I have three children at this center. Jose is eight and he is in the school age classroom. My son loves going to the before and after school program at KinderCare. He gets all the help he needs with his homework. It is so nice to have knowledgeable teachers like Ms. Jessica available to help him. My oldest daughter is Brodiy and she is 4, Ms. Mary is her teacher. It is so nice to hear my daughter tell me every day how much she loves her teacher and her Pre-K class. She has learned so much in these last two years. I will never forget the first time she told me her ABC's. My youngest daughter Adrianna started in the infant room and is getting ready to move into the Discovery Preschool room. She is such a happy child and never wants to go home in the evening; she has to say goodbye to all the teachers every night. Adrianna loves to imitate her teachers especially reading books, singing songs, and dancing. My children are very happy with the teachers they have and I am so proud of all the teachers at my KinderCare.”
Mary A. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been absolutely amazing with my rambunctious four year old. The teachers and staff are very accommodating and advanced with helpful learning techniques that cater to every child's needs. They are genuinely concerned about each child's development that they provide care for. I highly recommend KinderCare to any parent that is looking for a safe, fun, structured, and worry-free environment for their child.”
Michelle R. - 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 Round Lake Heights KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Round Lake Heights 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.