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Old 06-19-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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Hello,

My husband and I are hoping to move in the next 2 months from the UK to either Elmhurst, Wheaton or Glen Ellyn. I am originally from Oak Park but have lived in the UK for most of my adult life so am pretty inexperienced on things like renting homes, buying car insurance, registering for schools, etc. Our children are 2.5yrs and 4.5yrs (Sept birthday so will miss cut-off to start Kindergarten).

At the moment, the plan is for both of us to work full-time. But from the online research on daycares and preschools that I have done so far, it seems that most programs are only part time and wouldn't cover enough hours for a possible 8am to 6pm commute. What do most people who work full-time do for childcare?

Also, I'd love any recommendations on preschools or daycares in Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn or Wheaton. Thanks!!
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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Look at KinderCare, there's one in each of the cities you mentioned. They're generally open from 7 am to 6 pm but the hours vary slightly at each center.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Default There are lots of options...

While it is true that the "pre-school" programs run by some community groups tend to cater to stay-at-home parents and are really more of "school readiness" type offerings, there is no shortage of excellent NAECY endorsed daycare. It is pretty standard to have 10-11-12 hr availability.

Many of these are run out of facilties of local churches though they are non-denominational and do not include EXPLICTLY religous instruction -- the space is available, the community location includes playgrounds / parking and the convenience factor is huge.

My own kids where involved such offerings decades ago and I know that the tradition of these programs in all the towns mentioned is quite strong. The central location and good word of mouth means little "advertising" is needed and some programs fill up fast. The better real estate agents that have deep knowledge of a town are generally excellent source of this kind of community knowledge.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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I believe there is a Childtime center in Glen Ellyn, though I have no first-hand experience with it.

Child Care Center in Glen Ellyn, IL | 364 Geneva Road | Childtime
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:56 AM
 
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Thank you all for your replies.

I did notice quite a few preschool/day cares that were based in churches but was worried that they may be too focused on the religion aspect (from the perspective of a non-religious family). I'll definitely have a further look into these to find out more.

Thanks again!
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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sleepygirlzzzz, see my private message.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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I used the child care center at the College of dupage. It had longish hours and was accredited. I do not know much about it now. Later I used Kindercare for summers and after school care. There is also a school called The Kensington School in Wheaton. I do not know much about it its fairly new. I post the link below.
Kensington School
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Look for NAEYC accredited centers.

Elmhurst Kindercare, 556 W. North, Elmhurst, IL

Bethel Learning Center 315 East St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL

KinderCare Learning Center 2 South 661 Route 53, Glen Ellyn, IL

There don't appear to be any in Wheaton.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:10 AM
 
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Sleepygirlzzzz, what did you land on? My family is from Oak Park and we're moving to Wheaton sometime this year. We're looking at Montessori schools in Wheaton, but aren't sure where to go. I work downtown and my husband will hopefully be teaching in the area.
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