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179th Street KinderCare

Carrie Ahrendt, Center Director

9460 179th St Tinley Park IL 60487
(708) 444-0906 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Tinley Park: Fernway, McAuliffe, Bannes, Millenium, Cardinal Bernardin, Memorial Orland Park: Center Frankfort: Arbury Hills, Rogus, Indian Trail Mokena: MES

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to 179th Street KinderCare

Welcome to 179th Street KinderCare, located near Orland Grassland off Highway 45! We’re proud to be a part of the neighborhood in Tinley Park, Illinois. At our learning center, your child can explore their surroundings and learn through a hands-on curriculum and fun-filled learning experiences. We understand that every child is unique and strive to build a warm and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences. We can’t wait to 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 Carrie Ahrendt, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2011

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Favorite Children's Book: The Pout-Pout Fish

Meet Carrie Ahrendt! She is the Center Director at 179th Street KinderCare in Tinley Park, IL. Carrie attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree. She has been with KinderCare for 10 years, and before that she was a preschool teacher. Every day, Carrie enjoys helping children discover their true potential. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” –Michele Ruiz. Outside of work, Carrie enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

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!

Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)

Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.

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.)

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!

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!

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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.

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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!

  • KinderCare is an amazing place. The quality of care and understanding the staff has for my children brings a sigh of relief and much happiness. To know that they are well cared for and loved, where else could I find such a place that I consider a second home and family for my children.

    Robbie S. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our daughter went to KinderCare from the time she was two years old and continued through Private Kindergarten. These were the most formative years of her life and the foundation for her educational growth. We could not have been happier or more pleased with the experience from the center. When she finally left, it was like leaving family behind. The staff at this center remains consistent; our daughter had the same people caring for her year after year. The Center Director, Suzie, runs a fantastic place. I have never regretted having to leave our daughter at the center. I knew she was in capable, caring and, above all else, loving hands. She excelled in the extra activities offered, such as Spanish and cooking. The Private Kindergarten was worth more than any money we did or could have paid. Our daughter started first grade leagues beyond the other children due to the rigorous and advanced curriculum that KinderCare offered. Choosing this center was one of the best decisions we have made for our daughter. I am so thankful to the staff and teachers for their consistent love and support to the children and families who make this a "second home" during the week.

    Holley T. - 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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