Engage Your Blue Dolphin
With Before/After School Care & Summer Camps Filled With Fun, Exciting Activities

Before & After School Care (Blue Dolphins) | 5 - 12 Years | Serving Manhattan, IL

The Learning Never Stops With High-Quality Programs

Whether it’s the before and after-school program or an exhilarating all-day summer camp experience, your child continues learning with high-quality programs taught by loving, knowledgeable teachers. With non-stop games, puzzles, crafts, friendships, and homework help, the fun never stops!

Expert Teachers Enhance Skills & Help With Homework

Expert Teachers Enhance Skills & Help With Homework

Knowledgeable, experienced teachers focus on developing and reinforcing your child’s character skills while providing a fun balance of gross motor and homework/skills-building activities to lock in their learning and reduce the amount of school work at home.

A Calming Environment Invites Peaceful Learning

The blue dolphins are the big fish on campus, so their before and after-school program focuses on enhancing their academic day. Your child enjoys a calm, relaxing morning stretch to prepare them for a full day of learning at school.
A Calming Environment Invites Peaceful Learning

Teachers Combine Fun & Academics To Emphasize:

STEAM Activities Promote Age-Appropriate Learning

STEAM Activities Promote Age-Appropriate Learning

Your little blue dolphin engages in fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities designed for their particular age group to develop the necessary skills for success throughout their next school year.

An Honorary Illinois ExceleRate Silver Circle Of Quality Recipient

Expect nothing short of high-quality care and education and a deep commitment to excellence with a center recognized by the Illinois ExceleRate Silver Circle of Quality program not once but for 9 consecutive years.

An Honorary Illinois ExceleRate Silver Circle Of Quality Recipient
Family Support For A Solid Home-To-School Connection

Family Support For A Solid Home-To-School Connection

Your child prepares for success with a strong home-to-school connection between your family and teachers. Continuity of care, regular evaluations, and open communication help everyone stay on the same page while supporting your child’s skills, progress, and abilities.

Time With Friends Builds Strong Social Skills Daily

Interacting with group games and projects, your little one learns to develop essential social skills that include respect, confidence, communication, problem-solving, and more. Watch them carry these skills throughout their next stages to work with anyone and make friends easily.
Your Child Builds Their Social-Emotional Toolkit

FAQs

We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., year-round.

We have professional cleaners come in every day to ensure sparkling, germ-free spaces. Staff also sanitizes throughout the day, and we have air purifiers and electrostatic sprayers to eliminate any pesky microbes in the air or on hard-to-clean surfaces.

All entrance doors require a coded fob for access, plus the yard is completely fenced. We also have internal-use security cameras throughout the center, and all staff members hold a current CPR certification.

Hear What Parents Have To Say...

"He loves going to school every morning to see his teachers and friends..."
"He loves going to school every morning to see his teachers and friends..."
Read More

My son has attended this daycare since he was 8 months old. They have taught him so much! He loves going to school every morning to see his teachers and friends. They also handled Covid extremely well and have put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend this daycare.

- Jessica Piscione

"the kids get to spend a lot of time outside and playing in general..."
"the kids get to spend a lot of time outside and playing in general..."
Read More

My children love Kid Country. My daughter is particularly energized by KC and wants to go to school every morning, including on weekends. It helps (and I love) that the kids get to spend a lot of time outside and playing in general. (Playing is the best way for kids to learn.) They love their teachers and they’re making good friends along the way.

- Nicholas M

"There so much space to play outside, the teachers are phenomenal..."
"There so much space to play outside, the teachers are phenomenal..."
Read More

Can’t say enough good things about kid country! Our child loves it there and gets mad at us if we pick up too early. There so much space to play outside, the teachers are phenomenal, and it doesn’t sink of dirty diapers. Very happy with our choice of sending our child here.

- Jennifer Goodman

<div class="pad80">"They are attentive and I’ve really enjoyed the experience..."</div>
"They are attentive and I’ve really enjoyed the experience..."
Read More

My son loves going to Kid Country. They are attentive and I’ve really enjoyed the experience! I also have a baby in the nursery and it is so nice to not have to worry about her during the day and I know she is in good hands and loves seeing the teachers there.

- Lori Jenen

"Communication is great, I receive daily emails summarizing the day..."
"Communication is great, I receive daily emails summarizing the day..."
Read More

Staff are outstanding and always go above and beyond for my child. Facility is very clean, organized with a friendly atmosphere. Communication is great, I receive daily emails summarizing the day and it’s nice to open pictures showing the fun activities. I highly recommend Kid County to any one looking for a great environment for their child.

- Nick T

"My daughter loves to go to school and I love picking her up and hearing how her day was..."
"My daughter loves to go to school and I love picking her up and hearing how her day was..."
Read More

It’s so nice to have your child attend a place that feels like they are your family. Kid Country is our second home and I am so happy we are able to send our daughter there. The Blue Gills program is 10 out of 10!! Miss Rhonda, Miss Wendy and Miss Sam are the best! My daughter loves to go to school and I love picking her up and hearing how her day was. Nothing but the best. Thank you Kid Country!!!!

- Emily H

"everyone of their staff is friendly and knows my children by name..."
"everyone of their staff is friendly and knows my children by name..."
Read More

Kid country has provided such high quality care for both my children, everyone of their staff is friendly and knows my children by name. Always greeted kindly. Highly recommend! They continue to amaze me with their dedication to safety and kindness.

- Yesenia Chavez

" It’s great for my daughter to have such a safe connection with one of her teachers..."
" It’s great for my daughter to have such a safe connection with one of her teachers..."
Read More

Absolutely love sending my children here! My daughter has a special connection with Ms. Elly! Whenever she is having a bad day, I know Ms. Elly will find a way to cheer my daughter up. My daughter barely allows me to brush her hair, yet allows Ms. Elly braid her hair in all these fun ways. It’s great for my daughter to have such a safe connection with one of her teachers.

- Carly Benard

"The children are taught strong social skills and he has made incredible friends..."
"The children are taught strong social skills and he has made incredible friends..."
Read More

My son loves going to Kid Country. He started as an infant and is now in pre-kindergarten. Kid Country is family. The caring and dedication of the staff cannot be beat. The children are taught strong social skills and he has made incredible friends that will last a lifetime.

- Erin Malinowski

"Everyone is so nice, helpful and professional. They do so much with them..."
"Everyone is so nice, helpful and professional. They do so much with them..."
Read More

My 8 month old grandson has been going to Kid Country for a few months now and he gets so excited when we walk through the door in the morning. Everyone is so nice, helpful and professional. They do so much with them. They keep you very well informed. I would definitely recommend bringing your children here.

- Kim Bottema

"The staff at Kid Country were extremely helpful and understanding with our concerns..."
"The staff at Kid Country were extremely helpful and understanding with our concerns..."
Read More

We have had nothing but a wonderful experience at Kid Country! The staff at Kid Country were extremely helpful and understanding with our concerns and made the transition seamless. Our son truly loves going to school and all of the activities. The stuff is involved with the development of all their children and always have the child's best interest in mind. We love knowing our son is in such good hands! I would recommend to any parent!

- Brittany Creen

"I credit her speech to Kid Country and the amazing teachers they have on staff..."
"I credit her speech to Kid Country and the amazing teachers they have on staff..."
Read More

Kid Country Childcare is the best thing I have done for my child. Before starting, at one and a half she was almost completely non verbal with no signs of starting. After about 2 months she started speaking more. Now at two and a half she hasn’t stopped talking. I credit her speech to Kid Country and the amazing teachers they have on staff. Out of all the childcare facilities in my area, I’m glad I went with Kid Country.

- Lauren S

Previous
Next

Put Your Child On The Path To Excellence With

Support From Tenured Teachers & Award-Winning Care