CARY – By the end of the summer, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy plans to open its new facility in Cary.
The early childhood education center will mirror the academy in Crystal Lake, said Ed Kulach, who owns both businesses with his wife, Andrea Kulach.
“We have waiting lists at the one in Crystal Lake,” Ed Kulach said. “We thought Cary would be a good second location.”
Groundbreaking for the Cary location, 2250 Crystal Lake Road, will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The site is across from Deer Path Elementary School and borders the McHenry County Conservation District’s land.
The facility will be about 18,000 square feet and have 14 classrooms and four age-appropriate playgrounds, Ed Kulach said. It also will include password-protected live viewing for parents, SMART Board interactive technology, a computer lab, cafeteria and library.
Programs will be offered for children 12 years old and younger and include infant care; toddler and preschooler care; private pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; before- and after-school care; and summer camp, according to a news release from Kids ‘R’ Kids.
Busing to schools in Fox River Grove School District 3, Cary Community Consolidated School District 26 and Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 will be offered, according to the release.
“It’s a state-of-the-art day care facility, and they have integrated themselves quite nicely with the McHenry County Conservation District,” Cary Mayor Mark Kownick said at a business roundtable Feb. 9.
Ed Kulach said he would be working closely with the conservation district to plan field trips during summer and spring breaks.
When plans for Kids ‘R’ Kids first came before village officials in 2014, they were met by some concern regarding the effect the building would have on the environment and whether the space would better suit a housing development, as had been proposed in the past.
The land was bought after a proposal for a town house project fell through in 2007, according to previous Northwest Herald reporting, and the delay in Kids ‘R’ Kids bringing forth the project was related to the Great Recession.
This will be the second Kids ‘R’ Kids to open in Illinois. The company has nearly 160 learning academies in 16 states, according to the news release.