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Cary Grove KinderCare

Jessica Zieba, Center Director

324 Crystal St. Cary IL 60013
(847) 639-8899 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Briargate - Three Oaks - Deer Path - Algonquin Road - Prairie Grove- SS. Peter and Paul


Welcome to the Cary-Grove KinderCare, our commitment to you is to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment where all children can learn and grow. We have a passion for teaching children that allows us to pass on our love of learning to each child. We strive to instill confidence in every family that each day their child will receive the highest quality of care and education. We invite you to visit and experience all the great things that make us proud to be a leader in Early Childhood Education.

Jessica Zieba, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Cary-Grove KinderCare are dedicated to developing the whole child; socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Our teachers hold degrees ranging from Associate degrees to Graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Our team strives for excellence by continuing education from our company's Professional Development Days, e-learning seminars, college courses and community resources to ensure we are current on all the industries best practices. Our center has an open door policy and we strongly encourage open communication daily through informal meetings, notes to our families and parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. The key to our Center's success is our teachers love children and love to teach!

  • Jessica Zieba

    Jessica Zieba, Center Director

    Jessica is the Center Director and has been with KinderCare since March of 2004. She lives with her husband and their two children who are enrolled at the Cary-Grove KinderCare. Jessica obtained her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in May of 2005, and is now working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. Along with her role as the Center Director, Jessica is also the Health and Safety Coordinator for the Cary-Grove KinderCare as well as the district liaison. Jessica believes that open communication is the key to building successful relationships with families, the door is always open for parents, teachers and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica was the Discovery Preschool teacher for three years at the Cary-Grove KinderCare, in November of 2007 she took over the role as Assistant Director and has now taken on the role as Center Director in August of 2015.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Associate's in Early Childhood Education
  • Rebecca Bulava

    Rebecca Bulava, Assistant Director

    Ms. Rebecca is the Assistant Director and lives with her husband and three children in Cary with the youngest two children enrolled at the Cary-Grove KinderCare.  Ms. Rebecca studied Speech Language Pathology at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas before moving to Illinois. She received her Child Development Associate from Rasmussen College and is currently working toward obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. Ms. Rebecca began her KinderCare career at a center in Elgin, Illinois before moving to the Cary-Grove center in August of 2011.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Rebecca was the lead toddler teacher at a private daycare center and joined the Cary-Grove KinderCare as the Discovery Preschool teacher before taking on the role as the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lorali

    Ms. Lorali, Infant Classroom

    One of my favorite things about working with the babies is watching them reach their developmental milestones.

    Ms. Lorali lives in Cary with her dog, Raiden. She is currently obtains her Child Development Associate through Rasmussen College and is working toward her Associate's in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Lorali has a passion for working with young children and enjoys spending her days with the infants in her care. She enjoys singing to the children as well as telling them stories about Princes and Princesses from far away lands. Art is one of Ms. Lorali's favorite activities to do. She loves being able to assist the children with ideas to make messy masterpieces.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Lorali worked with infants and toddlers at a corporate daycare center as well as babysitting young children in her free time.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching my children learn something new and are proud to show it!

    Ms. Cathy lives in Cary with her husband and their three children.  She recieved her Masters of Science in Family Studies and Child Development from Arizona State University.  Ms. Cathy has worked in the field of early childhood education for 20 years.  Ms. Cathy really enjoys working with the toddlers and being able to share so many different teaching and learning experiences with them.  One of Ms. Cathy's favorite activities to do with the toddlers is circle time where they can all sing songs and share their favorite books together.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy came to the Cary-Grove KinderCare from another KinderCare where she worked with Toddlers and Two Year Olds.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Master's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love walking into a job where I know I will be greeted with warm hugs and smiles each and every day.

    Ms. Kayla has been with the Cary-Grove center for over 4 years. She has taken many Early Childhood Education classes at McHenry County College. Ms. Kayla enjoys working with children of all different ages, but has a real soft spot for the two year olds. Ms. Kayla loves to build castles with blocks, read stories about dragons, and make dinner in dramatic play with the twos. She believes that children learn important developmental and social skills through play.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kayla was very involved in her preschool program through her high school and has been a nanny for many years.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Associates of Science
  • Ms. Abbie

    Ms. Abbie, Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy being able to work with children everyday to make a significant impact on their education during their early years.

    Ms. Nicole lives in the area with her family. Ms. Abbie has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education and had always wanted to work with young children for as long as she can remember. One of the most rewarding parts of her teachings is to see or hear one of her students apply the skills she helped teach them and see the excitement of it on their face. Abbie really enjoys creating a fun classroom by getting to know each individual child and incorporating a piece of them into the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Abbie joined KinderCare after finishing her schooling and has experience working with children from another childcare provider.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Arlisia

    Ms. Arlisia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday to see the children in my care smile and have fun in class.

    Ms. Arlisia lives in Crystal Lake with her husband Errol and their daughters Aniya and Amia.  She enjoys spending time with her family and caring for her nephew on the weekends.  Ms. Arlisia is currently pursuing her Associate's in Early Childhood Education through Rasmussen College.  She assits her students with instilling all the necessary skills to be successful with their next endeavor, kindergarten.  When they are not working on their readiness skills, Ms. Arlisia enjoys reading stories to the children and acting out all the characters.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Arlisia joined us from another childcare provider after moving to the area where she worked with four and five year olds.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Transitional Kindergarten

    I enjoy seeing the impact I make on my children each day.

    Ms. Stephanie lives in Fox River Grove with her huband John, and their children, Emily and Steven.  She obtained her Bacherlor's in Dietetics from Northern Illinios Univeristy.  Ms. Stephanie has a strong passion for teaching and looks forward to each day's lessons and activities.  She takes pride in instilling the importance of respect for one another in her classroom.  Her school age children look forward to seeing what each day brings them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie joined us from another childcare provider where she worked with all ages of children.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics
  • Ms. Anglea

    Ms. Anglea, School Age Classroom

    I love being able to watch the minds of the children in my classroom grow.

    Ms. Angela lives in Cary with her dog, Candy.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence and a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.  Before coming to work at the Cary-Grove KinderCare Ms. Angela worked as a substitute teacher for the surrounding school districts.  Ms. Angela loves cooking and baking and brings those real life tasks and more into her Kindergarten classroom on a daily basis.  She works diligently to make sure the children in her room are prepared for the adventure of school.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms.Angela was a substitute teacher in a local school district, tutored children after school and babysat as well.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Cook/Bus Driver

    I enjoy coming to work each day to see the smiles on the chidren's faces.

    Ms. Amy lives in Oakwood Hills with her husband Tim, their daughter and grandchildren.  She obtained her degree in Social Welfare from Southern Illinios University .  Ms. Amy really enjoys working with children and being able to be a part of their lives each day whether it be transporting them to and from school, preparing their meals, or helping out in the classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy joined the Cary-Grove KinderCare after moving to the area, and has several years of experience working in the food industry as well as with young children.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Social Welfare

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

The Cary-Grove KinderCare has been a part of the Cary community since the mid 1980's.  We take pride in being a community partner for so long and wish to invite you into our center to view all of the fun and educational happenings in each classroom.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Safety is a top priority at the Cary-Grove KinderCare. Our front door is locked with a keypad entry, both playgrounds are fenced and all the staff are CPR and First aid certified. Ms. Jessica is the Health and Safety coordinator for the center as well as the district liaison. She keeps the Center up to date on all safety issues and conducts inspections to ensure all safety policies are strictly adhered to in every classroom.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I came into need of services from the Cary KinderCare in early 2011.  I was in a unique situation where I had recently started back to nursing school, as well as working part time at Good Shepherd Hospital.  As my children were grown, it seemed the ideal time to focus on my career needs.  However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to take guardianship of my two grandchildren who at the time were ages 18 months and 2 1/2 years.  The professional staff at Cary KinderCare not only helped me in receiving childcare almost immediately, they assisted me in the process of applying and obtaining the state aid grant I was able to receive for my situation.  The crucial assistance allowed me to continue working and going to school.

The staff at the Cary KinderCare, have over the course of the past four years provided committed, compassionate, and consistent care to my two grandchildren.  They have been offered top quality educational and emotional  guidance which has allowed them to grow and succeed both in an academic as well as social setting.  Because of the circumstances surrounding their unique needs, this was crucial in these children being able to have the opportunity to have a "normal" childhood.  I am ever grateful to what the Cary KinderCare has offered to my grandchildren and myself.  I am now just 10 weeks away from graduating nursing school, and my grandchildren know they have a safe environment before and after school to play, laugh, learn, and grow.  Without Cary KinderCare and their committed quality staff I question if my family would have been able to enjoy all the successes and blessings we have.

- Grandmother

I have been so pleased with my 5 month old daughter's experience at KinderCare.  I was hesitant to put my second child in a childcare facility, as I had problems with my older son being at a larger childcare facility.  However, on my first visit I knew that it was the place for my daughter.  The staff was very friendly and really listened to my concerns about my child.  The assured me they would take the best possible care of her and they have.  They keep me updated as to her progress and they get so excited when she makes her milestones.  The teachers are always so happy to see her when I drop off and most importantly she smiles every time she sees them.  It's very clear that Cary KinderCare has worked hard to create a safe and loving environment for the children.  The teachers in the infant room, Ms. Wieslawa and Ms. Lorali, have been incredible and I'm thankful that they love my daughter as much as I do.  Each day I continue to be grateful that I've found such a great place for my daughter.

- Mother

I have had the pleasure to work with the Cary-Grove KinderCare for more than 12 years now.  My children have grown up at this facility.  I am honored to write this letter in reference to the center and it's exceptional staff.  I have never once thought about switching to another childcare provider.  The outstanding staff and management have made this center run smoothly from day to day.  The teacher are well trained and easy to work with , leaving me assured that my child is in good hands and well taken care of while I am at work.  The Cary-Grove KinderCare is always clean, neat, well organized and very dependable.  Their children are their #1 concern and priority.  I am impressed with their ability to enhance my child's education, along with providing a very fun and safe environment.  My daughter is so fond of the center that she sometimes asks to go there on Saturdays.  I know my child will leave this center with very fond memories.

- Mother

My daughters have been attending the Cary-Grove KinderCare for two years now and have absolutely loved the teachers and the curriculum.  Everyone at the Cary-Grove KinderCare is so supportive of my daughters and genuinely care for all of the children.  My daughters have been to two other childcare facilities before we moved to the area and enrolled at the Cary-Grove KinderCare and this is by far the very best experience we have had!  The teachers and management are absolutely amazing and assure me everyday that my daughters are receiving the best possible care each and every day!

- Mother

As a parent of four children and someone who works in the fitness industry, finding safe, enriching and flexible childcare, for an ever changing schedule over the years has been easy with Cary KinderCare.  I have had firsthand experience with the infant, toddler, 2, 3 and 4 year old rooms.  Every classroom has been warm and inviting.  The teachers in each room have provided me with the security that my children are receiving an exceptional, nurturing, academic and social experience!  The infant and toddler room teachers were attentive to so many of the details that surrounds a very young child.  My child was always happy and well taken care of when he/she came to school.  The two year old room has to be the most demanding room in any childcare setting.  I was truly amazed and inspired by how the teachers conducted their classroom and their incredible patience with potty training and temper tantrums that are typical at this age.  I was especially thankful in both the 2 and 3 year old transition, how the teachers handled separation anxiety.  Two of my children had difficulty with this and there was always a teacher to take my child one on one for those first few minutes so he or she could get comfortable with their peers.  There were hugs and smiles that made this difficult time a very quick transition.  I have been extremely please with our 14 year experience with the Cary KinderCare location!  I highly recommend this center and it's staff.

- Mother

Ms. Beata is an excellent teacher and caregiver.  My daughter has learned many new things from her.  Ms. Beata is very warm and my daughter looks forward to seeing her each morning.  Ms. Beata greets my daughter with a warm smile and a big hug, that my daughter just loves.  My daughter is not bothered one bit that I am leaving her there for the day.  It makes me feel good to know that I am leaving her with someone that I trust and respect.  Ms. Beata is compassionate, patient and caring.  All qualities I admire in a teacher and caregiver.  My daughter has excelled since being in her classroom.

- Mother

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