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  • Welcome to EduCare

    Building A Lifelong Love of Learning
    • Research-Based Curriculum

      Our common core aligned curriculum is implemented daily. Children learn best when they are offered developmentally appropriate activities that are meaningful in a comfortable, consistent environment.

    • Nutrition

      Our meals and snacks are made on site by our food specialist. With the national average of childhood obesity on the rise we pride ourselves in offering nutritious choices during our mealtimes. We encourage family style dining and conversations around the table.
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    • Healthy Lifestyle

      Our center offers 4 outdoor play areas for our children for outdoor sensory exploration and large motor activities. We have 2 playgrounds as well as 2 grassy field areas to encourage wide open active outdoor investigation.

    • Highly Qualified Staff

      Here at EduCare we understand that our teachers set the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Our teachers have big shoes to fill, so we set high standards, utilize a vigorous hiring process as well as an in-depth training process for all of our employees.

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  • By focusing on developing meaningful experiences, we are creating a nurturing environment for your child to learn, grow and achieve.

    • Focused On Learning

      Our age-appropriate learning centers encourage dramatic play, exploration, investigation, problem solving and discovery. Our programs are built around children’s interests and natural sense of wonder, which helps instill self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning .

    Choosing the right facility to care for your child can be a difficult decision.

    • Nurturing Environment

      At EduCare, you will know that your child will be given the opportunity to be an individual learner and experience hands on learning activities.


    • Safe and Secure Environment

      We offer our families peace of mind when dropping their child off in our care by offering front door security, classroom inspections, playground inspections, First Aid & CPR training for all staff, monthly fire as well as tornado drills. When a safe environment is maintained our staff are able to focus on nurturing each child’s growth and potential.


    • Years

      Over 35 years dedicated to fostering the life-long love of learning.

    • Teaching Hours

      During the school year our staff provide meaningful hands-on experiences for our students.

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      Satisfied Parents

      We pride ourselves on having our families being satisfied with their child’s experience with us.

    • Meals

      Our food specialist provides nutritious meals for our students to promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • Our Classes

    EduCare provides six dedicated educational programs
  • At EduCare we offer 6 programs that service children ages 2-12 in the Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood area.

  • Our programs strive to provide your child the right opportunity and environment for their age, ability, and social skills. 

    Feel free to browse the programs to see which one will best fit the needs of your family. You can learn more about each program by clicking Learn More after each class/program.

    • Early Preschool
      Preparing your child to become a successful learner.
      Must be 2 years old
      • 2-3
        Years old
      • 8
        Class size
    • Preschool
      Learning, growing, and becoming independent.
      Must be 3 by September 1st
      • 3-4
        Years old
      • 8
        Class size
    • Pre-K
      Preparing for Kindergarten
      Full day
      Must be 4 by September 1st
      • 4-5
        Years old
      • 20
        Class size
    • School-Age
      Before and after care for your public-school child.
      • 5-12
        Years old
      • 20+
        Class size
    • Summer Camp
      Fun, field trips, and continued learning during summer.
      • 2-12
        Years old
      • 20+
        Class size
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  • Meet Our Staff

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Our dedicated and passionate staff bring experience and enthusiasm to teaching

  • At EduCare, our staff are highly qualified, experienced, and truly enjoy our chance to shape your child’s future. 

    We provide advanced training, technology, and a strong curriculum to support our staff, and we are glad to have them as a valued part of the EduCare family.

    • Stephanie Collom
      Owner/Director

      My work with corporate preschools allowed me to focus on my dream of opening a preschool with a difference: a school that provides a family-like atmosphere and offers meaningful experiences in a nurturing environment for all children to learn, grow, and achieve in.

    • Jessica Roupas
      Private Kindergarten Teacher/Assistant Director

      I have had a love for teaching for over 20 years. This is a career that is constantly changing, but which I continue to learn from everyday! I continue to feel a sense of fulfillment when I provide my students with an enriching environment. The payoff is simple…the kids are happy and learning in that environment.

    • JoAnne Dryer
      Pre-K Teacher

      I believe that all children deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn and grow in. I am committed to providing your child with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
      I feel that EduCare is like a great big hug when you walk in the door. The environment that is provided for these children is so welcoming and it feels like your second family. One of my favorite quotes is: we never stop learning because life never stops teaching!

    • Wendy Glenn
      Pre-K Teacher

      Hello! My name is Wendy and I am a teacher in the Pre-k class at Educare. I enjoy children and the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish very much.

      I feel that they allow you to be your inner child. I love working for Educare because, I feel very safe and at home here, and they are all like family to me and care very much about their employees and children. I do this for the children!!!

    • Jennifer McNair
      Food Specialist

      Having children myself, I have a passion to make nutritious foods for the children here at the center. I enjoy making new meals with a healthy twist that incorporate foods that the children may not typically eat at home.
      It is a true joy to see their smiles when I deliver their food in their classrooms and I look forward to making a difference in their healthy lifestyles here at the center.

    • Michelle Glenn
      Preschool, Early Preschool, Pre-K Teacher

      I truly believe the more kids use their hands the more they learn and have fun. My moto is the messier the task is the more fun it is.

      What I love about working at Educare is that everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated on preparing the kids for the future.

    • EduCare provides the very best care for all kids in all of these aspects and more. The staff makes you feel like family.

      Ashlie R
    • Educare is the best facility I have EVER encountered.

      Shanita B
    • Our Daughter truly enjoys coming here. The entire staff is so sweet to her, compassionate and you can tell they love their jobs and the children.

      Angela A
    • Worth every single penny. I can’t fathom having my child anywhere else.

      Jamie B
  • Contact Us

    We'd love to have hear from you. Feel free to call or e-mail.
    • Address

      EduCare Learning Centers, Inc.
      3171 T. Hickey Ave
      Joliet, IL 60435

    • Phone & E-mail

      Main 815-436-4024
      info@educarejoliet.com

    • Business Hours

      Monday – Friday
      6.00 am – 6.00 pm
      Weekends Closed