by I 55 & Rt 30
Just North of the Louis Joliet Mall
between Plainfield and Crest Hill
|Welcome! My name is Mrs. Darlene. I have been teaching children for over 15 years in both private and public
schools. My licensed home childcare has been open since Oct. 2005. I am a certified and state licensed Preschool
and Elementary School Teacher, Kindermusik Instructor, Discovery Toys Educational Representative and Mother.
I love helping children discover the world around them through exploration and play, learning skills that they will use in
school and throughout their life.
|Put the Wind beneath Your Child's Wings!
|Let me tell you about my Licensed Home Child Care and Preschool.
We learn while we have a lot of fun playing, exploring, making art and getting messy!
For Preschool, we sing songs and finger plays, create sensory masterpieces, observe and interact with the world around us, practice
Preschool skills, create music, run, jump and enjoy learning about ourselves and our neighborhood. All children, regardless of age, may join in
Preschool activities if they wish. Infants and Toddlers are included in the curriculum at their level. We have a small, mixed age group of
children, often with 2 or 3 adults, myself (Mrs. Darlene) and assistants Mrs. Betty, my son (Mr. Sam) and husband (Mr. Jerry).
Nature Exploration includes gardening, raising Praying Mantis's, and Caterpillars/Butterflies, picking fruit, and respectfully investigating
the wonders to be found outdoors. The Outdoor area is fenced for freedom of movement in safety. Our Play Yard has room to run, tumble,
climb and roll. Outside the fence, but visited by us, are: vegetable gardens, fruit trees, a public park, and small ponds. Every day, weather
permitting, we go outside- in the yard and our neighborhood.
Morning Large Group Time is part of our preschool experience and includes: Name identification and spelling, picking jobs, calendar, story
time, finger plays, songs, etc. Circle time activities are often incorporated during free exploration activities.
Arts and Crafts are a mixture of sensory experiences focused on process and skill builders introducing and expanding knowledge of
Preschool skills. Young children are not often interested in the final product, unless we are cooking, but they are very interested in the
process of creating.
My Philosophy is to create an educational environment that is caring and encourages development of the potential in each child. We enrich
children, remembering that they are naturally curious. At our Home Child Care, we blend qualities from varied theories on how children learn.
We remember that each child has their own 'best' way to learn and grow, cognitively, physically and spiritually. Children learn, grow and
develop best in a developmentally appropriate environment that is secure, friendly, challenging and encourages appropriate behaviors in a
positive manner. Teaching children in our child care home, includes hands-on, engaging and interactive methods that encourage discovery of
solutions and interest in continued investigation. Children's social, emotional, mental and physical needs must be met. Individuality is
Every child is helped to explore, discover and learn through arts and crafts, music, science experiments, life skills, exploratory and goal
oriented play, drama and the encouragement of questions. Rhymes, poetry, reading, writing, movement, math and science skills are
incorporated. Independence and self-confidence grow with each success, each new skill learned or improved. Good choices and social
behavior are encouraged through verbal praise and natural consequences.
|About the curriculum
We use Creative Curriculum, an IL State
Approved Curriculum. It is structured for
children Infant through School Age, for use in
family child care homes, as well as schools.
Themes are combined with standard
curriculum practices to meet the children's
needs and the Illinois Early Learning
To learn more about
The Creative Curriculum for Family Child
Care, Click Here.
|Infants through 4 year olds
Starting at 6:00 AM
|American Butterflies Home Child Care & Preschool
|Our childcare is not 'just' daycare or babysitting. We care for your child as our own, with unconditional love,
kindness and structure. We also provide wonderful learning opportunities, encouraging your child to be prepared
for school and life while playing, creating and interacting.
|Check out my Kindermusik classes offered by
Kindermusik With American Butterflies, led by
Mrs. Darlene, licensed Kindermusik instructor.
|Enhance your childcare experience with
Kindermusik With American Butterflies
|Want more information about Kindermusik?
Go to their website
|In need of a break? Time to regroup your energies?
Call for part time or hourly care.
Some Evenings and Saturdays.
Registration required in advance.
All DCFS and American Butterflies Home Childcare rules apply.
Morning Preschool Only - 8:00-11:30 includes snack
Full Day Childcare - 1-5 days per week starting at 6am
As Needed/Hourly Care - Rates based on use
*NO TV *Hands On Experiences
*Creative Curriculum tied to IL State ECE Standards.
Openings limited. Visit, Registration, Deposit and paperwork required prior to
start date. See Parent Handbook and Registration Forms for more info.
|Check out what Discovery Toys can offer you and your family!
Games and toys for all ages Birth through 101!
Great travel games, Family games, cooperative games!