Amber Elliott, Center Director
Meet Amber Elliott, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Favorite Children's Book: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Meet Amber Elliott! She is the Center Director at West Chicago KinderCare in Illinois. Amber attended Illinois State University, where she studied Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2011. Every day, Amber enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, she enjoys bowling, camping, and watching movies 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.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.)
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!
Four years ago, when I had my first born, I was terrified of the thought of going back to work and having "strangers" watch my child. I went to see multiple day cares and was horrified by some of things I witnessed. I came across KinderCare in West Chicago (which was close to my work) and asked if I could observe the infant classroom to see if I could "catch" anything that would turn me off. I stayed a long time in that room and I saw nothing was done any different from what I would do at home. The room was decorated so cute, like a child's room…and it was clean, which is so important. The infant lead teacher was so nice and answered all my questions...and I asked A LOT of them. I ended up staying much longer then I thought and was welcomed the whole time there. Needless to say, four years later and another child added, I am still a proud KinderCare WC parent and grew to love and respect all the teachers there. But it is not so much about how I feel towards the teachers and daycare, it is when I see my kids running up to teachers to give them hugs "good morning" or "goodbye", THAT'S my reason for staying. KinderCare WC has a great group of directors and teachers that work there. As the years passed, I did loosen up a little as a parent but I am still just as overprotective when it comes to my kids and I still trust KinderCare WC with them. I feel secure and happy my kids are with them. Thanks for helping with one less stress when it comes to helping to raise your kids the right way! :) I could not do it without you.”
Enza L. - KinderCare Parent
I have been part of the KinderCare community since I was a child. My mother spent many years as a center director, so naturally, I benefited from the my KinderCare experience. When it came to finding care for my own children I knew KinderCare was the right choice. I have had the opportunity to visit many different centers around the West Chicago area, but could not find one as dedicated to EDUCATING, not just watching, the children. My daughter has a physical disability, so finding someone that would work with us and help her develop in EVERY way was a neccessity. We found it at West Chicago KinderCare.”
Jennifer R. - KinderCare Parent
What I like about KinderCare? I like this KinderCare, because of the teachers. I like that the teachers treat the children well and teach the children. I have seen that my son is doing better with his speech and learning. I also like that the teachers worry about the children. They are always checking the children to make sure they are alright and they will give me a note if anything happens. I love how the teachers play with them, sing, and much more.”
Jessica - 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.