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North Elston KinderCare

Ms. Elizabeth Miner, Center Director

3855 North Elston Chicago IL 60618
(773) 267-7660 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Northwest of Kimball off St. Louis & Drake Sts."

Old Iving Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Center does not have bussing available.

Here at North Elston KinderCare, we believe it still takes a village to raise a child. With that being said, we believe in family first. We consider ourselves a part of every family that crosses our threshold. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will have the comfort of a home away from home. We have a team of child development educators who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

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Welcome to North Elston KinderCare in Chicago. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. We believe in going above and beyond to meet the need of each and every child on their level.

Ms. Elizabeth Miner, Center Director

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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

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.


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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The educators and staff members at North Elston KinderCare, are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Combined our staff has over 25 years of experience educating, caring and nurturing children. Every educator is teacher qualified with a Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education. Here, at North Elston KinderCare, we strive for excellence through continuing education and bi-annual company Professional Development Trainings to keep learning and refreshing ourselves so we can continue to provide the best of ourselves to your children.

  • Ms. Elizabeth Miner

    Ms. Elizabeth Miner, Center Director

    Children don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." -Jim Henson

    Elizabeth comes to us from the cornfields of Iowa. She started at Northwestern CCLC, our sister center, as a Discovery Preschool teacher in August of 2008.  In her time at the center, Elizabeth also held positions as Enrichment Coordinator, Program Specialist, Assistant Director, and Interim Director. In August of 2012 Elizabeth received the KinderCare Education Educator of the Year award, and has presented twice at the annual NAEYC conference on the topic of Community Partnerships. Elizabeth joined the Elston KinderCare team in June of 2015 and is very excited to embark on this next chapter in her life. Elizabeth enjoys working with young children because it gives her a unique perspective on life. She sometimes wishes she too could slump down to the floor in protest when someone takes the last waffle. Even in her position as center director, the very best parts of Elizabeth's day, are those spent in the classrooms interacting with the children she serves.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Studied Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa
  • Rachel Frields-Paskey

    Rachel Frields-Paskey, Assistant Director

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Ms. Rachel started with Elston KinderCare in June of 2016, she originally started at our sister center CCLC Northwestern as a twos teacher and was later promoted to program specialist, and later held the role as their assistant director.  Rachel holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Psychology from Indiana University as well as her Child Development Associates Degree.  Rachel is extremely passionate about the early childhood field and is always working to learn new and improved ways to provide the best quality experience possible to all of the children we serve here at Elston KinderCare.  In her free time, Rachel enjoys biking, street festing, exploring new places with her husband Eric, and chilling at home with her two cats Millie and Nugget.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "A Bad Case of Stripes." by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology from the University of Indiana
  • Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Shannon comes to North Elston KinderCare with more than five years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator, and currently holds a Child Development Associate for working with infants and toddlers. Shannon has an extremely nurturing personality and brings a calming element to her classroom.

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  • Ms. Alley

    Ms. Alley, Preschool

    Ms. Alley comes to us with a background in the Fine Arts.  She regularly engages the children in various art activities and sensory projects which the children love! She loves being with her children on every day and waits for their light bulb moments when they have processed and understood what they learned!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lisa, Preschool

    Ms. Lisa is joining us for the summer season as she takes a break from her more than twenty years as an Early Childhood Educator in Chicago Public Schools.  Ms. Lisa will be working alongside Ms. Sam this Summer in our Pre-K classroom.  Lisa is a Kohl's Award, and Golden Apple Nominee.  In her freetime, Lisa enjoys tutoring, fashion designing, writing poems and children's songs, kickboxing, and mentoring children and adults.  We are ecstatic to have her on our team!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Chanel, Preschool Teacher & Head Chef

    Ms. Chanel holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Chicago State University and has more than three years of expereince as an early childhood educator.  Before coming to Elston, Chanel spent a year at KinderCare Westmont.  Ms. Chanel loves incorporating cooking into the preschool curriculum and enjoys introducing the children to new things.  Chanel is excited both to have time to work in the classroom and to have the opportunity to provide chidlren with healthy, delicious meals.  We are so excited to have Chanel on our team!

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Trish, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Trish is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University with a major in Elementary Education.  Before coming to North Elston, Trish spent time teaching at the KinderCare in Wheeling, IL.  She is also a certified lifegaurd and has taught swim lessons to many children.  Trish prides herself on her innovative lesson planning, and ability to collaborate with students and coworkers.  In her spare time, Trish enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring the city.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, PreKindergarten

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

    Ms.Sam has been with KinderCare for almost 2 years.  She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013 and is in the process of pursuing her Master’s Degree.  Her favorite part of the day is in the morning where the children are at their highest levels of energy and are able to absorb the teaching of the day.  She enjoys watching movies and listening to music in her spare time when she in not teaching the future leaders of America.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors of Science in Public Health

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day(Professional Development Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day(Professional Development Day), Thanksgiving Day/Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At North Elston KinderCare, your child's safety is our top priority. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but our playground is fenced with a locked gate as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have the code to enter. A doorbell is available for visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At North Elston KinderCare we conduct monthly tornado and fire drills. All staff members are CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certified and our center is highly maintained daily for cleanliness.

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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I really love and appreciate how you all encourage individuality and allow room for crafts, artwork, dance, and play--all of those are equally important parts of learning!  Thank you all!

- Parent

My daughter has only been enrolled at KinderCare Elston for a couple of months but so far she has improved so much in her math and reading skills.  I myself notice a difference and I'm proud.  Overall, I think KinderCare is doing great for the kids and us parents to help them grow and feel comfortable.  I especially enjoy getting all of the emails about her day!  Thank you!

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Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.

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