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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."

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.

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 Knowledge Universe 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 Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Studied Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa
  • Jasmine Young

    Jasmine Young, Assistant Director

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Jasmine has been with Knowledge Universe for 7 years. In that time, she has been a cook, Program Specialist, and currently the Assistant Director at the North Elston center. Prior to her joining the company, Jasmine has worked with children of all ages at various centers around the Chicagoland area. She loves being around the children on a daily basis, interacting with them, and watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Stephanie has been with the company for 3 years.  She enjoys being a part of the children’s learning and watching them grow as individuals.  One of her favorite parts of the day is when she and the children dance their hearts out during their dance parties!

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  • Mr. Darnell

    Mr. Darnell, Discovery Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten

    Mr. Darnell joins us from our sister center, Northwestern CCLC in downtown Chicago.  He loves knowing that we as teachers have the power to be a positive influence in our children’s lives.  He has a creative flare and loves creating artwork with the children to enhance their themed curriculum.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Kindergarten

    Ms. Ashley loves being able to help the children grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.  She comes to us as a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education.  She has made the Kindergarten program her own and has made the classroom shine! One of her favorite parts of the day is when children are able to create and share their ideas and accomplishments with the class.

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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!

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  • Ms. Quyen

    Ms. Quyen, Preschool

    Ms. Quyen brings a fresh set of eyes and is ready to jump right in with children throughout the day.  Her favorite part of the day is when she is able to engage in one on one conversations with her children when they tell her all about the exciting day that they have had! She believes that even though she is their teacher, she learns from her children on a daily basis as well.

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  • 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

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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.

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