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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: 14 MONTHS to 6 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Old Iving Park

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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.

Welcome

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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

Our Programs

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Summer Programs for Preschool and Prekindergarten

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

    Elizabeth comes to us from the cornfields of Iowa. She started at University Children's Center, 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:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Studied Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa
  • Rachel Frields-Paskey

    Rachel Frields-Paskey, Assistant Director

    Ms. Rachel started with Elston KinderCare in June of 2016, she originally started at our sister center University Children's Center 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:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology from the University of Indiana
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Chantill

    Ms. Chantill, Preschool Classroom

    "I appreciate that what we teach the children, they take with them forever.

    Ms. Chantill joined the North Elston KinderCare team in the summer of 2016. She has over 20 years of experience working with young children and is working to obtain her Child Development Associate (CDA). Ms. Chantill has a passion for working with children. When she's not inspiring children, Ms. Chantill enjoys watching movies with her three daughters and reading. 

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Mr. Oskar

    Mr. Oskar, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Oskar holds a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in printmaking and painting from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Oskar has extensive experience working with community organizations and non-profits. Oskar has also worked in the education field in a university setting. Mr. Oskar has been at North Elston KinderCare since the summer of 2016, and has enjoyed his new adventure working in early childhood education! 

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
  • Ms. Chanel

    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 experience as an early childhood educator.  Before coming to North 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 children with healthy, delicious meals.  We are so excited to have Chanel on our team!

    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
  • Ms. Trish, Floater

    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:
    9/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Toi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Toi wears two hats here at North Elston KinderCare. She is part of our Prekindergarten teaching team as well as our Program Specialist. Ms. Toi recently finished her master's degree in early childhood education. She has experience working a variety of childcare settings. In her free time, Ms. Toi enjoys trying new cuisines, working-out at the gym, and playing with her dog, Bently. 

    Year Started:
    10/31/2016
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. I'mUnique, Floater

    Ms. I'mUnique in an invaluable helping hand in all of our classrooms. She currently attends Olive Harvey where she is studying film. I'mUnique enjoys spending time with children and has an amazing ability to make a personal connection with each child in the classroom.

    Year Started:
    7/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Shakia, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Shakia joined the KinderCare team in October of 2016. She is currently completing her bachelor's degree at Chicago State University. Ms. Shakia works with children so that she can be a guiding positive influence in their lives. She is a singer and a dancer in her free time.

    Year Started:
    10/4/2016

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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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- Parent

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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