Kelsy Veal Cowley, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
South Holland. Corner of 170th and South Park Avenue
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hoover Elementary Schrum Jr High Greenwood School McKinley Jr High Taft School Eisenhower School New Beginning Elementary Wolcott School Reavis Elementary School Franklin Elementary School
Our center is accredited by NAC.
Meet Kelsy Cowley, Our Center Director
Kelsey has been with KinderCare since 1995, beginning as a teacher before evolving into center director. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and values the importance of education. Kelsey is dedicated to providing children at the center with a foundation of learning which extends beyond the classroom, believing that’s achieved through the staff's commitment and genuine love of early childhood education.
At KinderCare Since:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book:
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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 for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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 a 2 year old son that has been in the South Holland KinderCare since he was 6 weeks old. The teachers in his classrooms were BEYOND great--he was using Sign Language before he turned 1..he knew his ABC's by the time his was 15 months old..he was FULLY potty trained before he turned 2 years old. So needless to say, the teachers, directors, and the rest of the staff are amazing. They genuinely care for the children in their center and it definitely shows! My wife and I are expecting a baby girl soon..and she WILL be attending this center (hands down)!!!”
Ronald L. - KinderCare Parent
My son has attended Kindercare of South Holland since he was 6 months and he is now 3 years old. As a first time mom I was nervous about sending him to daycare and not being able to monitor him. The staff eased my nerves and they completely took my son in and treated him like family. He has learned so much and has gained so many new friends and also extended family. It is a loving and safe environment and I am able to be at peace after dropping him off every day. There is constant communication between the director, teachers and the family. The curriculum has been amazing and I am always surprised at how much my son is learning, as well as his ever-evolving social skills. My son is excited to come to school everyday to be around his teachers and friends and for that I am extremely grateful that he has a home away from home where he is safe and treated like family.
Thank you Kindercare!!”
Rochelle R. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter had just turned 2 years of age and was showing signs that she needed to be in a more educational and social environment. She had been staying home with my mother while me and my husband worked outside of the home. I had checked into several places before I got to KinderCare. There was such a sigh of relief and thankfulness upon my arrival and talking with Ms. Samone. She made me feel more relaxed about the idea of having my child outside of the home while working. My daughter was placed in the Discovery Preschool room with Ms. Dacia & Ms. De'Andria!! What can I say about "Double D"! They work well together from the time my daughter was with them. Both women were always so pleasant!! The kids loved and respected them. They both had a genuine care and concern for each child in the room!! I could go on and one about these two!! I appreciated them for everything they did for my daughter. It was hard to leave. If we were not being relocated for work we would still be apart of the family at KinderCare. My daughter learned so much during the time she was there. Her thirst for knowledge and ability to retain information remains high! All the staff in the building were consistently friendly. Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant and genuine!! It's hard to find customer service at that level now a days. I appreciate it and I'm grateful for the experience!! Keep up the GREAT work!!!
Angela C. - KinderCare Parent
I absolutely love KinderCare in South Holland, IL. My daughter has been here since she was three years old and she loves being here. I feel that my daughter is safe and I always have a peace of mind leaving her with the care fo the staff. The center director and staff are friendly, caring, and take good care of ALL of the children in the center. I feel that it's my daughters home away from home! My only wish is that KinderCare offered extended school and care, so that my daughter can stay where she loves. It has been a mother's ideal home away from home for my daughter. Thank you KinderCare for giving me a peace of mind!”
Sharita H. - KinderCare Parent
My husband and I are thrilled that our son has been chosed as the Artist of the Month for September. Our son has been attending Kindercare since he was three years old and now he is in Kindergarten. Our son has really prospered here and now he is reading! Thank you Kindercare for the good education that our son is receiving!”
Sonya P. - KinderCare Parent
My child has attended South Holland Kindercare since Aug. 2010. I am honored to say I have no complaints. The facility is a very warm,fun,safe and secured environment. I admire many things about kindercareincluding their open door policy for parents and the daily communication.
The staff at Kindercare are all very positive,nurturing,loving, patient,professional adn experienced. Their attitudes and actions show that they genuinely care about each child. I am truly amazed by the curriculum including the additions that were added this year. There are lesson plans and activities for infants through kindergarten, including the before and after school programs. Reading , math, and writing are essentials for life, but Kindercare also includes social,emotional and various life skills needed to survive as well. The staff at Kindercare has an outstanding and creative way to allow the children to experience different things, settings and environments within their classrooms. A Parent intrusting their child's care and education into someone elses hands in their absence is very difficult, but I am pleased to say Kindercare has given me peace of mind.
Thank you Kindercare and Staff.”
Menia B. - KinderCare Parent
My children have attended KinderCare for many years and I absolutely love the staff, and Director and Assistant Director. My children have learned so much and we are really excited about all the great things that are happening daily in the school.”
David C. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare is a fun and loving environment. The teachers are great, they take the time to explain your child's progress and developmental milestones. My daughter has been here since she was three months old. The Director Kelsy and Assistant Director Shauntell are great too!”
Jocelyn P. - 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.