Busy Bee Children’s Center

Busy Bee Children’s Center


“Everyone I have come across is very kind and welcoming.
I am very happy because my child is happy here.” – Parent

The Busy Bee Children’s Center has been offering affordable high-quality early care and education to the Waukegan area since 1968.

The center demonstrates longevity in the community as many staff have celebrated more than 10 years of employment at the site and many parents of current students attended Busy Bee as children.

Individualized Learning
Busy Bee receives state funding for Preschool for All, which helps ensure children are taught kindergarten readiness and social and emotional skills that equip them for school progression. More than 90 percent of children attending Busy Bee programs meet developmental outcome goals.

Healthy Lifestyles
Busy Bee offers a Healthy Lifestyles curriculum, emphasizing healthy eating and exercise and providing family events such as health fairs, field days and parent workshops. Bulletin board displays with reminders about how to be healthy and fit are scattered throughout the center. Busy Bee’s recreation areas include a spacious outdoor playground and an indoor Gross Motor Room.

Parent & Family Engagement
Our family-friendly environment includes an open-door policy, welcoming parents to visit the classroom any time the center is open. We also encourage parent involvement via parent workshops; family nights; field trips; home visits for 3- to 5-year-old children; parent/teacher conferences; volunteer opportunities; and lending library backpacks filled with children’s books and music and parent resources. Many of Busy Bee’s teachers are bilingual in Spanish and English.

We Accept Child Care Subsidies!
Through the CCAP program, we work with families to provide premier child care services at a reduced rate depending on income and additional criteria. For additional information visit our page on the Child Care Assistance Program. To find out if your family meets the criteria for a child care subsidy, contact our center director.

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What The Parents Are Saying

“The teachers are very helpful when I have questions or concerns about my child’s development. Personally, I think that the center is doing everything they can to meet my needs. I look forward to the family events because I can socialize too.”

“I love that my children attend Busy bee’s. Everyone is very nice. Never rude! When I talk to teachers it feels like I’m talking to family. I thank Busy bee’s for watching my kids.”

“Thanks to all the great staff at Busy Bee. You have been a great help to our family. You have been so kind and very informative.”

“I appreciate everything you all offer, from the compassionate staff to the resourceful teachers. Thank you…”

Meet Our Director


Busy Bee Center Director
Director, Kay Smith
My name is Kay Smith and I have worked in this field for about 25 years. I have worked in a variety of programs and in a variety of positions; I value all the experiences I‘ve had. I have a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois and countless hours of workshops, conferences and hands-on training in the field as well. My pursuit of knowledge is continuous. I joined the One Hope United/Busy Bee Children’s Center team on August 28, 2006 as a Child Development Director. I have the privilege of working with a very dedicated team of colleagues and parents who make Busy Bee a special place for families.
Email Me @ KSmith@onehopeunited.org






2115 S Ernie Krueger Cir,
Waukegan, IL 60087


6:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Illinois ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality
Council on Accreditation


School Age


1:4 Infants up to 15 months
1:5 Toddlers
1:8 Two Year Olds
1:10 3-5 Year Olds

What’s Going On At Busy Bee?


Winter Fest
Consumer Surveys
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Family Curriculum Event: Music


Friendship Celebration
Consumer Surveys
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Family Curriculum Event: Healthy Lifestyles


Healthy Lifestyles Fair
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Family Curriculum Event: Science


Week of the Young Child events
Blue Ribbon Fest
Community Caring Day
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
NAEYC Surveys
Vision & Hearing Screening


Teacher Appreciation Week
Kindergarten Visit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
NAEYC Surveys


Family Picnic
Pre-K Graduation
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


In-house Field Trips
Mobile Dentist Visit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Healthy Lifestyles Fair


In-house Field Trips
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Field Day
Pre-K Orientation
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Fall Fest
Fire Safety Visit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Family Curriculum Event: Art
Infant/Tod/Two Orientation


Family Reading Night
Thankful for Families Day
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Wildwood Presbyterian Church Visit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


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