Blue Gills

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Kid Country Childcare provides quality childcare to all ages. They have long-term staff members, in house meals, play-based curriculum, and a Silver Circle Quality state rating! We have had our children in their care for seven years and would highly recommend them to anyone!

Christa B.

We have been sending our children to Kid Country since 2006. There just aren't enough words to convey how wonderful our experience has been with Kid Country. We love the director, staff and program. This is a loving, reliable and professional center!

Lori J.

Classroom Description

If time is of the essence, the Blue Gills program is a perfect fit. This mixed 3 and 4 year old preschool program runs from 9am to 12pm. While only here a short period of time, the curriculum is jam-packed with pre-kindergarten preparation. Focusing on social skills, children are learning how to be a contributing part of a group. When that first day of Kindergarten rolls around, these children are beyond ready to continue learning new skills. Blue Gills classroom is licensed for 20 children and runs with a 7:1 child to teacher ratio.

Developmental Goals & Objectives

Our Blue Gills program is three-hour per day preschool program for children that do not need childcare services. This program is a mixed group of three- and four-year-old children engaging in a variety of play-based activities to prepare them for kindergarten, along with a focus on the social skills appropriate for this age. We are licensed for twenty children in this classroom. Some of the developmental goals and objectives that we work towards in the Orange Owls classroom are: 

  • Managing classroom rules, routines, and transitions
  • Managing feelings (controlling emotions in an appropriate manner)
  • Demonstrating concern about the feelings of others (hugging a crying child, getting an adult to assist a child who needs help)
  • Taking responsibility for one’s own well-being (taking care of personal belongings, waiting his/her turn during a game)
  • Demonstrating complex traveling and balancing skills (running smoothly, galloping or skipping with ease, hopping on one foot and then the other)
  • Using refined wrist and finger movements (cutting with scissors along a straight line, buttoning, zipping, buckling, and lacing, turning knobs to open doors)
  • Telling stories about objects, events, and other times and places with logical order and details
  • Comprehending language (responding appropriately to complex statements, questions, vocabulary and stories)
  • Attending and engaging (continuing the play about going to a restaurant after the teacher offers a menu)
  • Thinking symbolically (drawing or constructing an item and then identifying what it is)
  • Interacting during read-aloud and book conversations (asking and answering questions, referring to pictures)
  • Showing flexibility and inventiveness in thinking (changing plans if a better idea is thought of or proposed)
  • Engaging in sociodramatic play (interacting with two or more children assigning roles and discussing actions)
  • Identifying and naming 10 - 20 letters
  • Showing awareness of print: letters, words, spaces, upper and lower case letters, some punctuation (saying “that means stop reading” as he points to a period at the end of a sentence)

Daily Schedules

This is a sample of a typical day in the preschool and pre-k classrooms. Children will be required to wash their hands when they arrive at the Center, before and after eating, after playing outdoors, and after they use the restroom.

  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am Learning Centers
  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Learning Centers
  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am Morning Circle – plan activities for the day
  • 9:15 am – 10:15 am Learning Centers
  • 10:15 am – 10:25 am Story Time
  • 10:25 am – 10:40 am Snack
  • 10:40 am – 11:25 am Outdoor Play
  • 11:25 am – 11:35 am Music and Movement
  • 11:35 am – 11:45 am Circle – recap the morning
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm Prepare for lunch
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Story Time
  • 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Rest
  • 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Snack
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Learning Centers
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Outdoor Play
  • 5:00 pm – 5:20 pm Story Time
  • 5:20 pm – 6:00 pm Choice of Quiet Activities

Miss Rhonda

Title: Lead Teacher - Blue Gills
Experience: Miss Rhonda leads our Blue Gills program and has been employed at Kid Country since 2005. She holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education, along with holding a Level 1 Illinois Director Credential and a Level 4 Early Childhood Credential from the Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System.

Classroom Statistics

Classroom Licensed Child:Teacher
Blue Gills 20 children 7:1

Blue Dolphins

Classroom Description

The Blue Dolphins are the big fish on campus. This school-age before and after school program is designed to enhance the school day. Children in the before school program enjoy a calm, relaxing morning stretching and preparing their minds to begin a full day of learning. The after school program allows the children to decompress after a long day and relax and enjoy time with friends. There are plenty of games to be played, puzzles to be completed, crafts to create and time allowed for homework. Blue Dolphins classroom is licensed for 30 children and runs with a 15:1 child to teacher ratio.

Developmental Goals & Objectives

The Blue Dolphins program offers before and after-school programs, along with full-day summer care. We are licensed for a total of 30 children. Our Blue Dolphins program focuses on developing and reinforcing character skills in our children, along with providing a balance of gross motor and homework/skill building activities. There is also a full-day summer program that includes an extensive list of field trips and special activities.

  • Developing and reinforcing character skills
  • Providing gross motor opportunities
  • Assisting with homework
  • Providing skill building activities
  • Providing team building activities

Daily Schedules

This is a sample of typical day in our school-age classroom. Children will be required to wash their hands when they arrive at the Center, before and after eating, after playing outdoors, and after they use the restroom.

    Before School
  • 6:00a – 7:30a Relaxation and/or Learning Centers
  • 7:30a – 8:00a Breakfast
  • 8:00a – 8:30a Learning Centers
    After School
  • 2:30p – 3:45p Relaxation and/or Learning Centers and/or Homework
  • 3:45p – 4:00p Snack
  • 4:00p – 5:00p Outdoor Play
  • 5:00p – 6:00p Learning Centers
    School-Age School Release and Summer Care
  • 6:00a – 7:30a Relaxation and/or Learning Centers
  • 7:30a – 8:00a Breakfast
  • 8:00a – 9:30a Puzzles, Projects & Games
  • 9:30a – 10:30a Outdoor Play
  • 10:30a – 10:45a Snack
  • 10:45a – 12:00p Learning Centers
  • 12:00p – 12:30p Lunch
  • 12:30p – 2:30p Outdoor Play
  • 2:30p – 3:00p Snack
  • 3:00p – 4:00p Music and Movement
  • 4:00p – 5:00p Learning Centers
  • 5:00p – 6:00p Puzzles, Projects & Games

Classroom Statistics

Classroom Licensed Child:Teacher
Blue Dolphins 30 children 15:1