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Vernon Hills KinderCare

Emily Ayers, Center Director

451 Creekside Dr Vernon Hills IL 60061
(847) 680-3835 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hawthorne South, Hawthorne North, Aspen, and Townline.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

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!


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.


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)

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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!

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!


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!

  • 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

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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.

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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