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South Loop Kindercare

Jane Younan, 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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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)

Welcome

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect summer experience for your first time camper or looking for something exciting and new, South Loop KinderCare is the place for you! Our summer program is packed with exciting field trips to local museums and attractions, as well as engaging in-house filed trips for our younger friends! Spaces fill up quickly, so give us a call today to reserve your space!  

 We are more than a childcare center; we are a preschool deeply rooted in our South Loop community for more than 16 years. Our staff and classroom environments have the National Association for the Education for Young Childrens (NAEYC) seal of approval. While here at South Loop KinderCare, your child will be as busy as bee exploring, learning, and making lasting friendships while giving you peace of mind!!  Summer is calling….give us a call to join today!

Jane Younan, 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.

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

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.

Spanish

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

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!

  • Jane Younan

    Jane Younan, 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:
    7/27/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    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:
    5/17/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Psychology, Associate's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Fallon, Preschool Classroom

    Ms Fallon started working in the field in 2009.  She has worked with children ranging from infants to school age.  She also has experience working with young adults, as well as individuals with special needs.  During college, she earned her master's degree in early childhood education and continues learning things from her students every day. Ms Fallon entered the field of early education because she loves experiencing with each child their developmental growth and knowing she assisted in their progress from one stage to the next.  During her free time she likes to travel, attend concerts and spend time with family and friends.

  • Ms. Shelby

    Ms. Shelby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Shelby has been working in early childhood for the past three years. Before joining the KinderCare team she worked as an Assistant Teacher at Shining Stars Learning Academy while she worked on becoming teacher qualified!  Aside from being a warm and loving teacher, she enjoys shopping and hanging out with friends and family! She is also kept very busy with her own little one at home. 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sable

    Ms. Sable, Preschool Classroom

    Ms Sable joined us at the beginning of the 2016 school year as our preschool classroom continued to grow. She has worked with small children most of her academic career and always loved it. She achieved her Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in English Literature so reading and writing is her primary areas of expertise. She has found that teaching is her passion and purpose in life. Ms Sable wants students to feel empowered to think critically about the world around them with an open mind. As an educator, she feels that it is her responsibility to guide children into a direction of higher level thinking at an early age. She is quite excited to see what all the new faces in her classroom can do in such a wonderful environment.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
  • 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:
    2/9/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna started with South Loop KinderCare in April 2015. Aside from joining us here at KinderCare, Ms. Donna has 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Donna loves working with children of all ages, especially infants. She enjoys helping each child with their development skills and building relationships with the families. Outside of work, she spends time with her 2 sons, who are 13 and 5 years of age.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    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:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    Robin loves working with toddlers and, after working in the field for 25 years, she’s still loving every day. Her passion for early childhood began at a young age, working as a summer counselor in her teens. She quickly became entranced with the idea of shaping a child’s educational experience and has been doing it since! In her spare time, Robin enjoys watching sports, British television, and cooking.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • 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:
    6/19/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vapreece

    Ms. Vapreece, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vapreece transferred from a KinderCare located in Lorton, VA. She joined our KinderCare family in December of 2015. She loves being able to help families learn more about the development of their children and she looks forward to seeing those smiling faces as they begin to talk, run, and play socially! When not at school, Vapreece enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    12/13/1914
    Tenure:
    102 Years
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Transitional Kindergarten

    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:
    6/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently Pursing Bachelors in Early Childhood

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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.

We enrolled our daughter Emma at 3 months in 2006. Her experience at KinderCare was nothing short of amazing. She had fantastic teachers along the way and her academic achievements at KinderCare allowed her (and several of her classmates) to test into a selective enrollment schools here in Chicago.  We were so pleased with the success of her early childhood development that we enrolled our son Maddon when he was 3 months in 2011. His experience has been just as amazing and has even had many of the same teachers that Emma previously did.  Thank you KinderCare for being an important part of our children’s educational and social development.

- Father

It is hard to put into words how wonderful this center is. I am a pediatric nurse who sees how accidents happen on a daily basis. So when I had my first child, the idea of sending her to be cared for by others was terrifying to me. However, from the moment I walked into this center on my first tour, I knew it would be a great fit. As soon as we walked into the classroom, the children ran up calling him name and hugging him. As a mother, to see this response to the assistant director who doesn’t spend the whole day with the children showed me what a warm and caring environment this is.  That, amongst other positive experiences on the tour convinced me to sign her up that day. She started attending KinderCare in January 2013 and I haven’t looked back since. My second daughter now attends and I could not put into words how much I love having her there. There are so many things I could say about KinderCare, but this would be a novel if I did.  The most important thing I can say is I truly feel my daughter is cared for in a safe, nurturing, clean environment with people who are in her words “my best friends.”


- Mother

“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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