Best Childcare Center

Wonder Years Learning Center

Tony V. Martin, The Times

Wonder Years Learning Center

Locations: 1838 45th St., Munster; 14795 101st Ave., Dyer

Phone: 219-750-1900 (Munster), 219-227-4581 (Dyer)

Wonder Years Learning Center owners Jorge Gutierrez and his wife, Erika, are proud to be named Best Childcare Center. For them, the designation not only validates the work they have done, but also motivates them to continue to excel.

The couple opened their Munster facility in 2009 and the Dyer facility in 2012. Between the two facilities, they are licensed for almost 400 students and have more than 60 employees, Jorge Gutierrez says. The facility is licensed to care for children 6 weeks old through 12 years old.

“We have a family atmosphere, and are very transparent in what we are doing. We have cameras throughout the facilities to give parents the ability to see what is going on in the play area and the classrooms through our mobile app,” he says. “We have an excellent curriculum and offer a variety of services, including a before- and after-school program, and summer camp.”

Gutierrez credits his staff for the facility’s success.

“The key at the end of the day is our employees and staff,” he says. “They truly care and have a great passion for teaching. We’re not just a child care center, we are a true learning center. We appreciate the teachers and teaching staff we have.”


SECOND PLACE

Growing Kids Learning Center

Locations: 3400 Campbell St., Valparaiso; 1828 S. 11th St., Chesterton

Phone: 219-462-7777 (Valparaiso), 219-929-5559 (Chesterton)


THIRD PLACE

Happy Days Child Care and Learning Center

Locations: 2645 Main St., Highland; 6111 Harrison St. Ste. 145, Merrillville; 86 E. 70th Place, Merrillville

Phone: 219-923-1333 (Highland), 219-980-5437 (Merrillville 1), 219-769-6005 (Merrillville 2)

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