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Willowbrook KinderCare

Jennifer Heiden, Center Director

700 Plainfield Rd Willowbrook IL 60527
(630) 321-1427 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gower West, Elm, Mark Delay, Holmes, Maercker, St. Isaac

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! 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.)

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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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!


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!

  • I’m writing this note in response to the changes that have been (and continue to be) implemented at the Willowbrook KinderCare over the last year or so. As a parent handing off my children every morning to your staff, I have a tremendous vested interest in the development of this facility and its faculty. As creatures of habit, all too often change is upsetting to all parties involved: parents, staff and, even worse, the children. In this instance, the strategic and tactical changes at this facility have been REMARKABLE. We have noticed a significant improvement overall state of facility. It is more cleanly and neatly organized than when we first came to KinderCare nearly two years ago and the re-organization of space within the center has also been well executed. The dedicated teaching area for Phonics, Music, etc. and the Gross Motor Room are great examples of utilizing the facility to its fullest potential. Of particular importance to my family are the additional programs that are available at the center; Phonics, Music and Me, and Cooking. Each one of these offerings has had a tremendous positive and noticeable impact on our children’s development.
    My wife and I believe that these improvements could not have been implemented without the positive tenacity and leadership that Laura Peterson and Jackie Bulthuis and their staff bring to “school” every day. It’s clear to me through observations while at the school, and interactions with my children, that each of the teachers we have encountered are more empowered today to do what they do best – to enrich children’s lives. One only needs to look to my children to see that they, and this facility, are thriving. It would only take a Saturday morning with our family to see first-hand what my girls have learned each week…as they ask Mom and Dad to sit for "circle time and reading time". My children have a structure and an enthusiasm that I believe stems directly from their teacher’s desire to make the most of each lesson.
    It must be highlighted that the most important improvement at the center has been in human capital -- the center’s teachers. The knowledgeable, caring and loving staff at the center truly makes the difference. We are so very thankful for everyone at this center…and for their contribution and dedication in enriching our children’s lives.
    Warmest Regards,
    The Grossman Family
    November 2012

    Jim & Rajka - KinderCare Parent
  • Laura

    I really don't know how to start and where to start from. Enrolling my son into this KinderCare Center was the best decision that our family could ever make. I am so happy and satisfied with this preschool. Ms. Laura and her staff are amazing! My son started two years ago when he was only one year old. :-) The beginning was a little hard for both of us but Ms. Debbie, Ms. Nikia ans Ms. Sarahi were doing a great job keeping him interested and happy. After a year he moved with Ms. Sarahi and Ms. Erica. Not only did they help my son with his social growth, but they helped him to grow academically, too. Before KinderCare he was confused because our family is bilingual, but with their help my son has learned to speak both languages. While he is there I know that my son is in excellent hands and that there is no need to worry at all. Ms. Erica and Ms. Sarahi are responding to each child individually depending on their needs and habits. My baby is very happy with his teachers, and the day for him always begins and ends with hugs and love from both teachers. With them we truly feel like one big happy family.

    I can't thank these women enough, and I can never say enough great things about this school. These teachers are not just teachers in the classroom; they take excellent care of the children as if they were their own. I can guarantee you that this is a safe, fun and loving place for your children. It is definitely worth enrolling.


    Kate - 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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