• More than just daycare, we provide

    HOME CHILDCARE AT ITS BEST.

  • WHO WE ARE

    Children's Quest Home Daycare

    Meredith Lownes

    Founder & Teacher

     

    Meredith has been a powerful advocate for young children and their families for over 20 years. Her nurturing and passionate spirit has guided children through their preschool years, building their confidence and a strong foundation for success in their formal education and beyond.

     

    City and State Licensed
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Normal Open Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
     6 Weeks - 5 Years

  • WHAT WE DO

    Our Toddler / Preschool Program

     

    All children love to learn. We provide an environment where learning is a joyous process. Our home daycare sits on a certified wooded preserve in the historic district of southeast Evanston. We are guided by the alphabet as we discover the world around us. Our world becomes alive as we...

     

    • Dance to music from Bach to Vivaldi

    • Paint our own renditions of Audubon's birds to Van Gogh's sunflowers

    • Fall into a drowsy nap while listening to poetry from Lewis Carroll to William Shakespeare

    • Explore nature in the beautiful wooded preserve that is on the daycare property

    • Build a foundation from which children can take the lead in discovering their passions

     

  • OUR INFANT PROGRAM

    Babies are born eager to learn and communicate.

     

     

     

    During the first year, your baby’s brain grows at a tremendous rate as they learn to use their senses to absorb everything in their surrounding environment.

     

    It’s never too early for your infant to experience opportunities for mobility and sensory stimulation, as well as language expression.

     

    At Children's Quest we combine the loving, nurturing needs of infants with fun and engaging daily activities that stimulate babies' senses. This aids in enhancing their physical and intellectual development. We help infants begin on the path to realizing their potential by encouraging exploration and providing daily experiences in the following areas:

     

    • Mobility
    • Auditory
    • Visual
    • Tactile
    • Manual
    • Language

     

    Our home is equipped with what your baby needs to meet their potential, including:

     

    infant crawling track, brachiation ladder, visual black and white contrasting walls, gymnastic mats and climbers, balance activity aids, language enrichment, choice boards, sign language, tactile learning tools, music and musical instruments, poetry, art and art supplies.

     

    We bridge progressing stages of development with appropriate materials, equipment and techniques.

     

    We have created an ideal environment and added our love and enthusiasm so your
    child can have the best day ever, each and every day!

     

    We also offer continuity of care as your child can transition from our infant program to our toddler/preschool program.

     

     

  • TESTIMONIALS


     

     

    "From the very first moment that we visited with Meredith we knew that we wanted her to work with our child. We met when I was 7 months pregnant and loved everything about the program she runs. It is unique, artistic, creative, and very loving. The day we left our visit with Meredith we were both beyond excited to send our child here. We knew in that moment no other center or in-home daycare even came close to theirs. "

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    "On the day we first dropped our child off- neither of us were worried or anxious. Our daughter started Children's Quest at four months old and has loved every minute of it. She is all smiles in the morning and still that way when we pick her up."

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    "We've watched our son blossom from a tentative, somewhat shy 15 months to a confident, self-motivated, exuberant almost three-year-old. Our son comes home talking about the oboe, an expedition to the North Pole, his appreciation of Beethoven, and the deer that make regular appearances in the woods on property (which have been designated a protected wildlife habitat). Meredith also has invaluable experience with the major transitions of this phase of a child's life, and has counseled us and guided our son with love and care."

     

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    "It was clear that Meredith spent a huge amount of time talking with the kids: about their activities, about holidays, about everything. By taking their responses seriously, she helped them to master the give and take of conversation and taught them that their contributions matter."

     

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    "Meredith's practice of introducing the kids to cultural masterpieces meant that our daughter lit up when her sister learned the theme from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on the piano, both because she recognized that Beethoven was a famous composer and because she was familiar with his music. That is to say, Meredith taught her to be part of all of the conversations around her, rather than confining her to an over-simplified, supposedly kid-friendly realm."

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    "Meredith validates our son's emotions, and helps him figure out how he is feeling, name the emotion, and communicate it. As he became more verbally expressive, she encouraged him to express his needs and feelings both to her and to the other children. Under Meredith's guidance, our son is very aware of his feelings and expressive of his wants and needs."

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    "Meredith's curriculum and her style of teaching are unparalleled! She makes learning fun. She continuously brings in new books, poems, art and music, creating a stimulating and creative environment."

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    "When our son cried for the first few days because it was his first time in daycare away from his parents, Meredith created a booklet with pictures of our son doing fun activities during the day. We read this to him in the morning to help him remember each day what he had to look forward to. The pictures had simple, readable labels so that going through the booklet also helped his reading development. Soon he was able to read and recite the book along with us in the morning and there were no more tears when he dropped him off at day care."

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    "On separate occasions, our son recognized a poster by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, whom he learned about at Meredith's, and one time he sat down at our family piano made his typical noises by banging on the keys, and said, 'I'm playing the piano like Art Tatum!'"

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    "Meredith provides opportunities for young children to investigate whatever phenomenon captures their attention and then supports them in their pursuit of deeper understanding – assuring that their reach always exceeds their grasp. By the end of his time at Meredith's, our son could write his name and loved to draw, craft, build, sing, dance, and explore."

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    "The personal attention to each child's needs is one of the most special things about Children's Quest. The small size of the daycare enables Meredith to encourage each child to pursue what is of interest to him or her. For example, when our son became obsessed with mechanical things, Meredith incorporated activities that let him explore this emerging fascination. We admire the way she develops an overarching program for the children as a group and then carefully responds to each child's particular interests to develop special components of her daily routine."

     

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    "The children get an extraordinary amount of time outside, playing on stumps and hanging from monkey bars, observing insects and bird's nests, running and jumping. The difference between this real encounter with nature and the outdoor time offered at some of the other facilities we considered is vast."

     

     

  • One Child's Story

    June 2, 2016
  • CONTACT

    Located in SE Evanston, 1 block from the lake. 

    Phone

     

    847.710.2560

     

    Email

    Email

     

    merlownes@gmail.com

     

     

    Replies to all email inquiries

    within 24 hours. 

  • Children are reflections of their environment.

    FILL IT WITH GREATNESS

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