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South Loop Kindercare

Jessie Black, Center Director

1501 South State St Chicago IL 60605
(312) 913-1557 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
South of Roosevelt Rd at 14th Pl & State St

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Center does not provide transportation. Parents are responsible for providing transporation (Center directs parents needing transportation to Children's Transit Express - speak with Karen 773-487-1066)

Here at KinderCare we have OPEN ENROLLMENT  for all of our programs!  Are you still looking for somewhere your child can gain social, scholastic, and independence skills? If so, you are in luck! Call us today to set-up a tour!

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We are more than a childcare center. As a school, South Loop KinderCare Preschool is a place where children explore, discover and learn. We respect children as individuals and our dedicated teachers ensure that children get the positive learning experience they need to grow up happy and confident. We believe that as partners with you, we can inspire your child’s love of learning.

Jessie Black, 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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center. All of our teachers are fully background checked, first aid and CPR certified, and have a degree in Early Childhood or a related field. We are here to help you and your family!

  • Jessie Black

    Jessie Black, Center Director

    Jessie began working with Lincoln Park KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher in July of 2007. After a year and a half, Jessie was ready to take on a new challenge. In 2009, Jessie moved into the Assistant Director role at our sister center, University Children’s Center located in the Streeterville neighborhood. Since June 2014, Jessie has been the Acting Center Director at The Lincoln Park KinderCare and now she is ready to join our team! Jessie has both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences - Family Services from Eastern Illinois University. Outside of work, Jessie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 5 year old Weimaraner named Gracie!!


    Previous Experience:
    While pursuing her Master's Degree at Eastern Illinois University Jessie was hired as a lead two year old teacher for a small center in Charleston, IL. She loved working with young children so much that after graduating, she immediately took another teaching position in her home town of Urbana, IL as an infant teacher. During this time Jessie realized her true passion for educating young children.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Family Services
  • Mr. Scott Seaholm

    Mr. Scott Seaholm, Assistant Director

    Helping families is my favorite part of this job. When a new family comes in for a tour and we are able to give them confidence that their child will be safe and happy, I remember how amazing this job is!

    Scott began working for KinderCare in 2007 after visiting the Grayslake center to fulfill his observation hours for school. He enjoyed his time there so much that he decided to make it his full time job! He began working as a Prekindergarten teacher in Lincoln Park, helping prepare four and five year olds for the big jump to kindergarten. He loved the room and the kids, but when an opportunity arose to help run an entire center, he excitedly seized it!  In the summer of 2013, he moved from the Lincoln Park center down to the South Loop and, with much enthusiasm, assumed the Assistant Director position. Outside of work, Scott enjoys going to the movies, reading, and traversing the city with his wife.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Scott worked in a behavioral lab at OSF Saint Francis and spent his summers throughout college working in Lake Zurich as a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Psychology, Associate's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Celeste

    Ms. Celeste, Infant Classroom

    I love helping children get off to the right start in their schooling!

         Ms. Celeste started working at South Loop KinderCare Preschool in February 2009. She was a stay at home mom until 1994 when she started volunteering at CPS, working with the Head Start Program. Five years later Celeste became a member of "Parent as a Teacher First". In 2002 she decided she wanted to continue and further her work in the early childhood field, so she earned her Child Development Associates Credential and then proceeded to earn her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennedy King College in 2012! In May of 2015 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood!!  Outside of work she loves being around her family, going to church, and playing games. She also loves to travel with her husband.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Infant A Classroom

         Ms. Laura began working for KinderCare in April 2011, she works in our Infant B Classroom. She previously worked for Chicago Children’s Museum and Christopher House before joining the KinderCare team. Ms. Laura has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working in Early Childhood Education because children need more positive role models to shape and mold their future. Her personal interests outside of work include crocheting and reading. Ms. Laura is also a new mom!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shanita

    Ms. Shanita, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Shanita has been working in Early Childhood Education for five years and has spent four of those years working with Toddlers! She has previously worked in Chicago Public Schools as a substitute teacher and she has taken multiple Child Development courses in Florida. She attended University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Shanita is also the proud parent of two beautiful daughters, who are 15 and 8 years old!
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing all the unique personalities of the children and how they change over time.

    Ms. Carmen worked in early childhood education for 18 years since earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennedy King College. The majority of Ms. Carmen's experience has been working with four year olds in different school settings. In her free time, she enjoys reading and music. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, T.K.

    Ms. Anna has been with our center since June 2015. She is currently in school pursing her Bachelors and specializing in preschool education. Ms. Anna’s calm and quiet demeanor, blossoms when she’s teaching! Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Anna worked in childcare for over a year.  Ms. Anna loves working with children, because she enjoys watching them develop and become very independent. Outside of working in preschool, she enjoys dancing which she incorporates in to her teaching.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Currently Pursing Bachelors in Early Childhood

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • 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

Our center has a security coded entry door and you will always find a manager at the front desk monitoring who is coming in and out of the building. We conduct name to face counts every 30 minutes and fire drills on a monthly basis. All teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid certified!

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

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

“My 5 year old daughter has gone to South Loop Kindercare since she was three months old and our experience has been so positive. The teachers and staff have been patient, engaged and supportive and my daughter has formed attachments to many of them. In fact, she will be attending kindergarten in the fall and I am very sad that that era of her life is ending. When we first enrolled her at the South Loop Kindercare we were very nervous as new parents should be, but I always tell people we got really lucky about how well it all turned out. Remember, no one is ever going to care for your child exactly the way you do, but the staff at KinderCare have definitely cared for my child in a way I appreciate.”

- Mother

“My daughter has gone there for the past 18 months and the changes in her are dramatic for the positive. We had a nanny before and decided to put her some place with interaction with other kids. The front staff is amazing. They are not fake or phony. They have always gone the extra mile. I have even called to ask them to measure her so I could figure out what tickets I needed to order for an event I was taking her to and they did it right away. If that is not amazing I don't know what is. I love South Loop KinderCare!”

- Mother

Darcy, I wanted to let you know that my son and I think of you and all the ladies at KinderCare often. I could never tell you how much we appreciated the care and attention that he received at the South Loop KinderCare. It saddens me to know that when we have a second child, he or she won't be able to have the same experience. -Laura, Parent of infant that moved away

- Parent

My youngest son is attending Poe Classical and my oldest is attending Lenart -- both schools are selective enrollment schools in CPS. We know the wonderful care and education they received at KinderCare contributed to their readiness for accelerated classes. They both continue to be honor roll students and are avid readers. -Kim, mother of two boys who attended South Loop KinderCare for a period of six years

- Parent

For the Wonderful KinderCare Staff and Teachers:

Gosh, it's hard to even know where to begin in expressing our appreciation for all that you have done for Kayla and Connor during their time at KinderCare. (And, we had to type this because trying to express these thoughts in person would have been far too tearful).

From the first day we brought Kayla here (when she was four months old), we were met with warmth, care and concern. KinderCare has been a place where our children have learned to roll over, to crawl, to sit up, to walk, to eat solid foods, to talk, to feed themselves, to write, to count, to drink out of a cup, to use the potty (well, almost), to push elevator buttons, to do art projects, to appreciate music and many more. But, more importantly, they have learned how to make friends, to use their imaginations, to show concern for others, to love, to place nicely with others, to use their manners and to be confident in their abilities. So many milestones have happened within these walls and so many lesson that they will carry with them forever.

There are really no words to describe the feeling you have, as a parent, when you know that your child is in a place where they are well cared for and look forward to going every day. That fear and guilt of handing over our most precious gifts each day is immense. But, hearing the enthusiasm with which they tell us about what they did during the day and seeing the smiles on their faces when they are with their teachers and friends (and the occasional groan that we showed up too early for pick-up), is constant reassurance of us having made the right choice in sending them to KinderCare.

We're sure there are many times when it may feel like a thankless job, but we just wanted you to knowhow incredibly valuable the work you do is each day and how much of a difference you are making in people's lives. Even though we will no longer see you every day (just during school breaks), you will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you again for all you do!

- Mother

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