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Lincoln Park KinderCare

Ms. Jenn Wisegarver, Center Director

1733 N. Marcey St. Chicago IL 60614
(312) 274-1850 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
1 blk north of North Ave & 1 blk West of Clybourn

Neighborhood:
Lincoln Park - Our center is near CVS on Sheffield and Trader Joes on Clybourn.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Currently, we do not bus children to any elementary schools as our location specializes in the education and care of children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old.

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Welcome

It can be incredibly nerve-wracking to raise a child without a manual...we scan the literature, read the books, attend birth classes and play groups, but every day greets us with the uncertainty of "Am I making the best choices for my child?" 

Let us at Lincoln Park KinderCare help! Our staff has the National Association for the Education of Young Children seal of approval on their education, training, and ability to care for Little Ones (and their parents!). Questions and repartee about your outside of school endeavors are a part of our daily life. We love it. Let us take a load off your mind, find a kindred heart, share some tips and tricks, and join your "village".

Child-rearing is a messy job. Let's do it with fingerpaints. 


-Jenn Wisegarver, Center Director


Lincoln Park KinderCare has been a part of the Lincoln Park community for over 10 years and has a staff with a combined total of over 200 years of experience in the early childhood education field.  We serve families from many neighborhoods including; Lincoln Park, Old Town, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Wrigleyville, Lakeview and Roscoe Village - just to name a few. We understand each family has different needs and would love the opportunity to show you how we can fit the needs of your family.

Ms. Jenn Wisegarver, Center Director

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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

KinderCare is one of the nation's leading early childhood providers.  Our teachers passionately embrace a balanced approach to learning- which gives parents confidence that their child will have fun as she or he develops socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.  At Lincoln Park KinderCare we are always happy to meet and talk about your child's progress at any time.  Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our KinderCare family!


 

  • Ms. Jenn Wisegarver

    Ms. Jenn Wisegarver, Center Director

    You're off to great places!
    Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting,
    So...get on your way!"
    -Dr. Seuss

     Jenn Wisegarver is so excited to have rejoined the Lincoln Park KinderCare family! Born a suburbanite, she happily moved to the city in 2009 to fill the role of Lincoln Park's Discovery PreSchool and Music Learning Adventure Teacher. Under the mentorship of Featured Teacher Ms. Sarah Young, Jenn grew to manage her own PreSchool classroom. By 2013, Jenn took on managerial responsibilities as Lincoln Park's Program Specialist and was expeditiously promoted to Assistant Director of Evanston KinderCare. After a wonderful year of experience and friendships, Jenn has come “home” to Lincoln Park as the Center Director, and she couldn't be happier!

    Jenn has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2004, while also attending college. In 2008, Jenn completed a Bachelor's Degree from Huntington University in Theater with a double minor in Psychology and Music before she transferred to a full-time Toddler Teacher position at Elmhurst KinderCare.

    Powerful and exceptional children slay Jenn's heart and fuel her curiosity for Psychology. She has taken additional courses via the Northeastern Illinois University Graduate Program and attended a multitude of workshops and seminars to round out her knowledge of best practices for these important individuals.

    Currently, Jenn is working on her own case study at home: parenting! Born in April of 2015, Jetson accompanies Jenn to school each day and loves to say “hi” when tours come through his classroom! The Wisegarver family takes joy in sitting down to a family meal together (and, to be honest, her husband Steve is the better chef). Jenn's favorite pastimes are throwing and attending tea parties, supporting Chicago theater, checking out new-to-her brunch restaurants, practicing candlelight yoga, and jogging to horrible dance-pop/musical theater tunes. After completing two Chicago Marathons, though, Jenn has decided running up and down the stairs at Lincoln Park is enough...these days it's 3 miles or less! 

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Winonah LaGrande, Assistant Director

    I learned very early in life that I loved working with and being around children. I grew up near Kalamazoo, Michigan where I spent my time babysitting, camp counseling and volunteering in elementary classrooms all through high school. I decided to move to "the big city" to further my career and education. I started with Lincoln Park KinderCare in 2008 as a teacher and spent time in the Toddler, Waddler, Preschool, and Pre-K classrooms. I also attended and graduated Rasmussen College with my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. As I grew in my education and career, I accepted a promotion as an Assistant Director in Des Plaines in 2014, but was delighted when a position opened up at my old stomping ground in Lincoln Park! One of my favorite things about KinderCare is how well it takes care of its employees. I wouldn't be here if not for the flexibility and support the company has given me in terms of schooling. I am equally committed to the educational goals of my employees and urge all of them to keep growing!

    My husband is also an Early Childhood Educator (we met here as teachers!). We got married last year and look forward to growing our family... just not yet! Along with a passion for education, we share a three-legged cat named Eileen and an apartment we'll probably outgrow soon. When we're not at work I'd like to say we're out running, but we're really probably at a restaurant or a movie!

    I look forward to partnering with your family to provide the best care for your children!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Mo Willems!
    Year Started:
    5/19/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education Leadership, MAT in Elementary Education (in progress)
  • Ms. Raelle, Discovery Preschool

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

    Ms. Raelle was born and raised in Chicago and comes from a family of six and volleyball is her favorite hobby.  Growing up, Ms. Raelle always wanted to be a teacher and a positive role model for children.  She loves having a positive impact on children each and every day!  Seeing children grow and become something is what makes teaching such an amazing experience for her.

    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 yrs
  • Ms. Conchita

    Ms. Conchita, Floater

    Teaching is a joy for me.  Knowing that I fulfill a child's life both in educating them and making each day a happy experience is heart warming to me.  I love my job!

    Ms. Conchita received her college education at National Louise University.  She taught preschool in the Chicago Public School system for 12 years, taught in a bilingual elementary class for 5 years and has now been a teacher here at KinderCare for over 8 years.  Ms. Conchita is a wonderful asset to our center and brings many years of experience with her each and every day.

    Year Started:
    4/25/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 yrs
  • Ms. Kelsey, Preschool

    Ms. Kelsey started working at KinderCare in April of 2014. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. Ms. Kelsey has performed in several Young Audience shows and taught Dance class for several years, as well as volunteering for Summer Camps.
    She enjoys working with children because their creativity sparks her creativity. She loves watching the kids grow and learn new activities, especially the way they light up when they catch on to a new idea! Ms Kelsey is inspired to come to work each day knowing that the kids are looking forward to seeing her the next day, and she can be a positive influence in their lives.
     
    In her free time, she loves to bake cookies!
     

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets
  • Accomodate Food Allergies

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Lincoln Park KinderCare will be closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

Our center has a security coded entry door with managers monitoring who is coming in and out of the building. We have a private playground surrounded by a six foot safety fence. All teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid certified.  We are on the Consumer Products Safety Commission's mailing list and e-mail alerts to parents as we receive them. We conduct name to face counts every 30 minutes and emergency evacuations on a monthly basis.  Our nurse consultant also visits us monthly, keeping us informed of seasonal illnesses and enforcing proper diapering and handwashing techniques. Our Health and Safety Coordinator completes classroom checks weekly to be sure that your little ones are in the safest environment possible!

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

First, I want to thank you and your staff again for the generosity, and loving hands that have taken care of Nate for the last 8 months!  I also wanted to acknowledge Ms. Yolanda and Ms. Lastarr. These two ladies are without a doubt the best Infant 4 teachers, their love, their desire to teach, and the devotion they have to Nate and Kindercare is exactly the reason why I will continue to make referrals, and always speak the highest of your facility. I can't say enough great things about you guys, and I hope you do share with those who may contribute to their performance evaluations, as I couldn't have trusted two better woman to take care of our son.

Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the work you and your staff do day in and day out to make us, and many other families feel comforted and supported by the Kindercare.

I can't thank you enough!

With Joy,

Rachael Z.
 

- Mother

The first time that Ben got sick in infant care he was running a very high temperature. I got to school to find his teacher holding him - she said he was so sad and that he just wanted to cuddle..Made me feel so good to know he was in such loving hands! The first day that Ben transitioned from waddlers to toddlers, he was having a rough day and wasn't eating his lunch. His old waddler teacher got the word and stopped into the room and let him sit on her lap for lunch time..That is just what he needed to clean his plate. Recently, one night when I was putting Ben to sleep he goes "Mommy, Ms. Winnonah and Ms. Heather know just what to do at school. It is fun there." Just about sums it up! :)

- Mother

Lincoln Park KinderCare has been the perfect match and a true blessing for our family. The friendly and knowledgeable staff and fun environment have become part of our family and we are not just satisfied but are also proud to have our daughter be a part of this community. Our daughter has grown so much thanks to the expertise and genuine care of the staff and we look forward to the years ahead.

- Parents

We brought our child to KinderCare at about 9 months of age. She had previously been cared for by a full-time nanny, who came to the house during working hours. Over time we became fearful that our baby was missing out on important social interactions with other children her age, so we began to look around for daycare centers. Most of what we found did not inspire confidence. There are loads of daycare centers out there, but mostly we found that were either too far away for our liking, or in sketchy areas, or run by too few people, or by people we had a hard time communicating with. Whatever the reason, we just never felt confident to leave our baby with any of the care facilities we looked into. And then we found KinderCare. What we liked about KinderCare from the beginning was that it didn't feel like some ma-and-pop outfit. KinderCare felt like a proper child care facility: menus are planned out weeks in advance, you get a record of what your child eats and does every day, the doors lock and open only with a code, it has a proper fire alarm system, there's parking out front, there is a reception desk in the entry way, the care givers are caring for normal-sized groups of kids almost exactly the same age, they have specific responsibilities inside those groups, there is a curriculum of activities, developmental habits are tracked and recorded, etc. etc. This wasn't a store front or the third apartment in a three flat that some person decided to run as a daycare center. Someone actually thought about how to build and run KinderCare. That was the biggest takeaway for us. The place feels partly like a school, partly like a cafeteria, and partly like a business. It is well managed and has operating procedures. And for whatever reason, those things made us feel confident that we could take our precious gift there every day - and nothing would go wrong. We were thrilled when our child was confirmed for a spot in the center. And we've never regretted the decision to take her there. We know she's safe. We know she's watched after. And we know that she's on track. This all gives us great peace of mind.

- Parents

We are so thrilled with our Kindercare experience. Not only have we watched our son blossom into a rambunctious toddler from a squeaky little newborn, but we have seen all of the love his teachers and the Kindercare staff show him through his kisses being blown and waves goodbye every night. We have never seen a moment of separation anxiety from him, and we credit that to the level of trust and comfort he feels at Kindercare. We feel so fortunate to know our son is in such great hands every day. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Nicole and Mike C.

- Parents

Lincoln Park KinderCare has been a wonderful place for our family. At our first visit, to tour the facility, the staff made us feel comfortable and welcome. The first day we dropped our infant daughter off, it was sad and hard to leave her, but my husband and I felt extremely reassured that she was in good hands, and that was very calming to both of us. Our daughter has grown so much under the careful care of all the teachers and staff. From infancy into her two’s, they have always treated her as if she is the only child they tend to on a daily basis, and have given us some excellent insight into her growth. I would recommend this facility to everyone, as we have been very happy here. Choosing the right day care is the most important decision any new parents can make. Thank you for making ours both comforting and enjoyable.

- Mother

We have been so pleased with our son's experience at Lincoln Park Kindercare. He has been going to "school" there since he was 4 months old and has experienced the loving care of the teachers in Infant 1, Waddler 1 and Toddler 1 classrooms. Some days he has so much fun that he doesn't want to come home, and he talks constantly about his friends that he has made there. We continue to be amazed at everything he's learned - this past weekend he surprised us by counting 2-4-6-8-10 as we were cleaning up his books, and he's only 18 months old!

- Mother

Lincoln Park KinderCare is a friendly place, and the staff is so very wonderful!! We have returned there for our second child. Our children are four years apart, and the same teachers that took care of our older child are still there taking care of our second child. You feel that you are leaving your child in caring and safe hands. We feel that it is our second home!!

- Mother

As our oldest moves into an elementary school schedule, we see how spoiled we have been by KinderCare…the long hours they are open, the flexibility to pick up and drop off when we want, the fact that they are only closed a few days a year – the convenience is incredible. And, we’ve always felt totally comfortable and happy about the care and development our children have received at KinderCare.

- Mother

KinderCare has made a profound impact in our child's life. We are continually impressed by the caring teachers as well as the unmatched teaching curriculum. As a consequence of the highly skilled staff, our 4 year old is able to read and do multiplication. We truly appreciate the program and highly recommend it.

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