Emily Ayers, Center Director
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)
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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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!
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!
Today I dropped my three-year-old daughter off to her Preschool class and decided to stay a few minutes. Her teacher, Ms. Brittany, showed exemplary classroom management. As a teacher myself, I find it very impressive when I see great classroom management being displayed. Students sat quietly and raised their hands waiting to be called on. Students sang songs related to the days of the week, months in a year, and seasons. Students also had to report their observations on the current weather to their teachers and peers. Needless to say I was very impressed by her engaging lesson. The students were focused on the lesson being presented and wanting to participate. Ms. Brittany is doing a fantastic job teaching my daughter and her classmates. She is a natural teacher.”
Tanya B. - KinderCare Parent
Our family has been enrolled at Vernon Hills KinderCare since February 2010. We currently have two children enrolled, our daughter is two years old and our son is nine months old. We visited several day care centers before choosing Vernon Hills KinderCare and still to this day we know we have made the right choice for our children. The teachers are very friendly and they are always attentive to our children's needs and any concerns or special requests we may have. The Director and Assistant Director are also very hands-on within all the classrooms and they have taken the time to get to know our whole family. The activities in the classrooms are both fun and educational and we have incorporated several similar ideas from day care within our own home. Our children also benefit from the emphasis on developing social skills, cognitive skills, manners, and etc. Our family considers day care to be an investment and the return on investment provided by Vernon Hills KinderCare to both of our children is priceless.”
Ashley H. - KinderCare Parent
We have been with KinderCare since our daughter was four months old. KinderCare has a wonderful staff that is friendly and treats my child like she was one of their own. KinderCare offers programs that teach your child how to read, write and do math. They also have fun programs such as cooking and working on science projects. Ms. Debra has helped our daughter prepare for Kindergarten and we are so thankful for everything she has done for our daughter. Our daughter is now seven years old and is reading books at a fifth grade level, in math enrichment classes and is in great books in school. I am very pleased with KinderCare and would recommend this facility to parents who are looking for a place that is safe, caring and nurturing.”
Mya L. - KinderCare Parent
I am very pleased with the staff at KinderCare Vernon Hills Creekside. The Director, Sarah and Assistant Director, Alyssa, are friendly, personable and always make the center a fun and educational place for my daughter. I also appreciate how they think about the parents as well. The newsletters are informational and the breakfast/coffee is a plus.
My daughter loves going to Ms. Debra W's for cooking and music class. She is innovative and creative. My daughter raves about her classes.
Ms. Simona and Ms. Roxy - Ms. Simona made a very nice book that encompassed all the pictures she took of my daughter doing projects in her class. She even included pictures of her just having fun. It's a book that I'm ever so grateful to have. As a working mom, you miss those precious moments. My daughter loved the original songs created by Ms. Roxy. My daughter sang songs and showed our family dance moves that she learned from Ms. Roxy. Needless to say she loved the two-year-old room with these teachers.”
Tanya B. - 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.