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Directions from Crystal Lake/Cary: -Travel West on Rt. 14, Thornton's Gas Station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles crossing over Rt. 31 -Turn right on Pingree; Jameson's Charhouse is on the right. -Go .3 miles and turn left on Congress Parkway. -The Metra train station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles to Memorial Drive and turn right. -Continue .2 miles and turn and turn right on Memorial Court -Bright Horizons at Crystal Lake is on the right. Directions from McHenry: -Travel South on Rt. 31. -Turn right on Rt. 176, Wendy's will be on the right. -Continue .5 miles and turn left on Terra Cotta Avenue. -Continue 1.2 miles, crossing over Crystal Lake Avenue. -Turn right on Congress Parkway. -The Metra train station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles to Memorial Drive and turn right. -Continue .2 miles and turn right on Memorial Court. -Bright Horizons at Crystal Lake is on the right.
  • Crystal Lake Child Care Center Address: 290 Memorial Court, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
  • Toll-Free Phone: 877-624-4532
  • Phone: 815-455-5376
  • Hours of Operation: M-F: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep, School Age

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Our Kindergarten Program

Comprehensive curriculum preparing children for school success

Our center develops expectations and practices in concert with our state curriculum standards so children make an easy transition into the local school system. At the same time, our curriculum builds off the child’s knowledge base and skills, learning style, and interests. There is a clear emphasis on the development of strong language, math, and science skills. Important “school skills” of listening carefully, following through on a sequence of tasks, and working cooperatively are reinforced.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you for everything you do for our son and our family! The ongoing communication you provide to us about our son's daily activities, interactions with other children, and growth experiences help us to feel better equipped as parents."

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Connecting spoken words to written words, enjoying books independently, retelling stories, writing letters and numbers, indentifying some words on sight.
  • Math Counts Beginning to use standard measurements, beginning addition.
  • Science Rocks Exploring the world in more depth using tools such as magnifying glasses and microscopes, recording observations in science journals.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, engaging in collage and three-dimensional artwork, exploring dance, music, and dramatic arts
  • Our World Practicing empathy and compassion towards others, cultural exploration through children’s literature.
  • Well Aware Continuing focus on healthy activity and eating, taking responsibility for own health, beginning to study how our bodies are cared for.

Learning at Home

Taped Voices

You Will Need:

Cassette recorder, Tape, Book or song or poem

Directions:

Tape your voice singing, reading a book or poem, or talking to your baby. Play this tape when your baby is going to sleep, commuting in the car or at times when you can’t be wit her.

Tip:

Sing or read often to your baby while you are holding her so she will relate the sound of your voice with the warmth of your arms. Poems or books with a lot of repetition or rhyming words are best. Use a high pitched voice or “parentese” with very young babies but try to phase out baby talk after about 6 months of age. Frequently say the baby’s name on the tape. This tape will help baby feel at ease when she is not with you.

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