Idea Box Childcare & Learning Center is a private Illinois business, founded and owned by a husband and wife team, Mrs. Vicky Camilo-Simmons and Dr. Dwight Simmons.
Vicky has a Bachelors degree in Education with specialties in Bilingual and Special Education. She has over 25 years of experience in many aspects of elementary and early childhood education. She was a certified licensed educator for The Chicago, Lake County and McHenry County public school systems. She has also been a school bilingual coordinator and has had many years of experience working at childcare centers as a teacher and director.
Dwight is a licensed dentist with a BS in biology from Loyola University Chicago and a DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. He has a strong business background which includes being a part owner of a startup dental corporation in Chicago that had 3 locations. After selling his shares in part to begin this new adventure with his wife, he moved to Wisconsin and helped develop and run an office for a major national dental chain, Midwest Dental.
Multiple studies show that children who attend an education based childcare center/preschool succeed at a much higher rate in elementary school (K – 8thgrade) than those children who don’t. Their attendance is better, their communication and social skills are stronger, and they are well ahead academically learning at a much more rapid and efficient rate than their counterparts.
Vicky throughout her vast career experience in both early childhood and elementary sectors has seen this up close and first-hand. It is through this knowledge that she first developed her dream of opening her own education based childcare center.
Vicky and Dwight, together with their business acumen, experience, and passion for educating children are the ideal team for this dream and look forward to providing such an important service to the community of East Dundee and the surrounding areas.