Lauren DeGrado, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Winfield, West Chicago, Carol Stream and Wheaton
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Lauren DeGrado, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2013
Education: Childhood Development Associate Certification
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Lauren DeGrado! She is the Center Director at Winfield KinderCare in Illinois. Lauren attends National Louis University and holds a Childhood Development Associate certification. She has been with KinderCare since 2013 and has worked in the Early Education field for over ten years. Every day, Lauren looks forward to meeting new families and teaching children the value of kindness. "In a world where you can be anything, be kind." Outside of work, Lauren enjoys arts and crafts, sports, and spending time outdoors.
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.
Winfield KinderCare 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!
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.
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!
My son had never been in childcare before and the teachers at the Winfield KinderCare made him feel so at home and at ease that he loves coming everyday! He has learned so much from being in this environment that he amazes me everyday as he continues to grow! I love the time my child's teacher spends with him and helps him become a wonderful child!”
Samantha B. - KinderCare Parent
My three and five-year-old children have been attending KinderCare since they were each 12 weeks old. The curriculum is top-notch. Everything that is done is done deliberately. My children both love learning, and I love the special programs like music, cooking, phonics, and math that allow them to spend more in-depth time on subjects that they love in smaller groups. I give KinderCare the highest recommendations, and I don't think that my children would be as far along as they are if we had chosen another school.”
Jamie - KinderCare Parent
My family has had a great experience with the Winfield KinderCare. We came from another small day care and didn't know what we were missing out on until we joined the KinderCare Family! The teachers have taken such great care of my son and taught him so much! They took the time to work with him individually and help him grow in the areas he needed help in! The staff and teachers are wonderful!”
Sean L. - KinderCare Parent
When asked to describe my experience with the Winfield KinderCare, I can’t help but smile! We’ve been a part of this “family” for almost two school years now. Having come from a home daycare, we were hoping for teachers who would love on our kids, while at the same time teach from a solid curriculum. What we experienced at our KinderCare ended up being so much more than we hoped. Our two kids have been through the Infant room all the way up now to the Private Kindergarten room—and it’s clear that the transition each step of the way has been natural due to the fact that this KinderCare is a tight-knit team. It’s obvious that Michelle has very high expectations that the teachers strive to achieve—all the while caring for kids in a tender and personal way. All of the teachers know all of the kids—they greet them, engage with them, and are quick to help the kids feel comfortable and connected. It has amazed me how much my kids LOVE their teachers—and not only their “lead teachers”, but all of the teachers they encounter in one day. They come home talking about their day and what they learned—and the following day the teachers follow that up with asking my kids how they are doing and what they did at home or over the weekend. It truly is a family here at this center—when staffing positions change, the kids, parents, and teachers alike mourn. Michelle works very hard to bring in the best lead teachers. The transition is often seamless as the whole center works as a team to care for the kids and parents alike—all with one’s own unique needs—yet maintaining a sense of professionalism and fairness. I cannot state enough how much I value the curriculum and the teaching methods that are practiced. My kids have learned invaluable skills, both academic and social! I have never thought twice about our decision to send our kids to this center. Our kids love their teachers, their friends, and all that this center pours into their lives.”
Lauren Y. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Winfield KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Winfield KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.