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Lincoln Park KinderCare

Ms. Jenn Wisegarver, Center Director

1733 N. Marcey St. Chicago IL 60614
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Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS
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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.

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 finger-paints.

-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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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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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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  • Accreditated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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 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 Discovery PreSchool and Music Learning Adventure Teacher. Under the mentorship of Ms. Sarah Young, Jenn grew to manage her own PreSchool classroom. By 2013, Jenn took on responsibilities as Program Specialist and was soon promoted to Assistant Director of Evanston KinderCare. After a wonderful year there, Jenn has come “home” to Lincoln Park as the Center Director, and she couldn't be happier!

    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. Jenn's favorite pastimes are throwing and attending tea parties, supporting Chicago theater, going for brunch, candlelight yoga, and jogging to dance-pop/musical theater tunes. 

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Nikeya Gaither

    Ms. Nikeya Gaither, Assistant Director

    Ms. Nikeya holds a bachelor of art in elementary education from North Park University and is currently enrolled in their master's of education program, scheduled to finish in December! Ms. Nikeya has been in the early childhood field for the past eight years. During this time, she has worked as and Infant/Toddler teacher at Baby Toddler Nursery in Evanston, a Regional Quality Coordinator at Illinois Action for Children, and now as our new Assistant Director!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Mo Willems!
    Year Started:
    5/19/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Emmarie

    Ms. Emmarie, Infant Classroom

    When Ms. Emmarie was a child, she always had the little ones in her family following her around! Motivated to attend EDIC College in Puerto Rico, she completed a 64 credit Early Childhood Certificate with a 3.7 cumulative GPA. Prior to joining Lincoln Park KinderCare’s team, Ms. Emmarie gained seven years of experience as a Lead Teacher in Early Childhood. Ms. Emmarie’s business and administrative coursework in Early Childhood Education has earned her Center Director qualification in the state of Illinois. 

    As a mother of two, Ms. Emmarie understands how hard it is to leave your child at school!  She strives to make her classroom environment comfortable and home-like to ease a worried parent’s mind.  She loves providing nurturing and loving care to your child!

    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Lorraine

    Ms. Lorraine, Infant Classroom

    In addition to being a Mom of two, Ms. Lorraine has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 12 years. After majoring in Photography at Columbia University, Ms. Lorraine transferred to Richard J. Daley College to study Early Childhood Education. Ms. Lorraine achieved Teacher Qualification, joined  KinderCare in 2004, and worked at Lincoln Park until 2012. After a several year hiatus, Ms. Lorraine is back in our Infant rooms, and we couldn’t be happier! 

    Outside of work, Ms. Lorraine’s children keep her busy with baseball and dance classes. Along with her husband, they are always out and about! Educators run in Ms. Lorraine’s family…maybe you will see a resemblance in Ms. Conchita.

    Year Started:
    3/28/2016
  • Ms. Thomas

    Ms. Thomas, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Thomas attained her associate in arts degree with an Early Childhood Education focus from Harold Washington College. Before joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Thomas spent ten years in Oak Park and River Forest school systems as a Paraprofessional. After working four years as a Preschool Teacher with Oak Park Head Start Program, Ms. Thomas is prepared and excited to teach in our Preschool classroom! Her focus is on guiding the children through their skill development journey and taking care of their individual needs!

    Year Started:
    7/21/2016
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Julia completed her Early Childhood Education Certificate, winning a Letter of Recognition from Frederick Community College in Maryland.  Her course work focused specifically on planning activities for young children.

    Ms. Julia graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from McDaniel College and majored in English and Theater. She has worked extensively with children’s theater productions!  Since moving to Chicago, she trains with Second City to continue building her acting skills…She loves entertaining her students with her improv!

    While she loves to make others laugh, Ms. Julia takes her work at Lincoln Park KinderCare very seriously. You can often find her utilizing the exact method one of her babies needs to fall asleep…we call her the nap whisperer!

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
  • Ms. Brittaun

    Ms. Brittaun, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Brittaun has over nine years experience working in Infant nurseries (and she’s happy to keep going!). Seeing her nursery children is always the highlight of her week! In addition to her extensive hands on experience, Ms. Brittaun has completed 28 credit hours towards her bachelor’s of early childhood education. She is excited to partner with KinderCare Education in completing her degree! 

    Ms. Brittaun’s positive energy and contagious smile ensure she is the shining star of every room she sets foot in. Kind, encouraging words and a gentle demeanor make her an important asset to Lincoln Park KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    7/19/2016
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Elaine’s education path is as exciting as her personality! Her schooling began as a Business major at Chicago City Colleges, which she continued to pursue after transferring to Strayer University. Realizing that the business world was not for her, Ms. Elaine completed her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Studies from National Lewis University. Her focus was caring for children with behavioral challenges, such as Autism. After joining us at Lincoln Park in 2014, Ms. Elaine partnered with KinderCare Education to complete her Teacher Qualification in Child Development at Rasmussen College. Ms. Elaine is now back in school (what an over-achiever!!!) to achieve Director Qualification in the State of Illinois! 

    Flexibility is one of Ms. Elaine’s biggest strengths, giving her a leg up in the mobile infant room! She knows just when it’s time for process art, rocking chair cuddles, or maybe a nice, long nap! 

    Year Started:
    9/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Chocez

    Ms. Chocez, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Chocez holds a bachelor of art in Dramatics and Speech, as well as a Teaching Certificate from Fisk University.  She completed her master of education program at Tennessee State University in 2006. In addition to her scholarly achievements, Ms. Chocez is a talented dancer and has taught classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling. A former NFL cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans, she dreams of opening her own dance studio!

    Since Chocez is mother to one of the students in our Toddler program, she is the perfect person to help prepare our Mobile Infants for their next adventure! 

  • Ms. Dorothy

    Ms. Dorothy, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Dorothy joined Lincoln Park KinderCare in 2005. She has been with us since our center opened!  She uses her wealth of experience to coordinate the Toddler team as Lead Teacher and keeps things running smoothly! In 2006, she received Teacher Qualification through Rasmussen College and is currently enrolled at Ashford University to complete her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. 

    In addition to her professional credentials, Ms. Dorothy is mother to four children, giving her plenty of personal experience with Littles! She loves greeting families in the morning, checking in, and hearing about what is happening outside of school!

    Year Started:
    6/20/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has experience working with Infants and Toddlers at several childcare centers.  She has completed several college courses specified to this age group and is looking forward to going back to school to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education! 

    Ms. Jessica really loves karaoke and, unsurprisingly, you’ll often find her in the toddler classrooms singing, dancing, and generally being silly with her young charges.

  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Melissa joins KinderCare after working at CPS as a certified Paraprofessional!  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National Lewis University. A mother herself, Ms Melissa knows how important early literacy and physical education are to a young child’s development! You’re sure to find her reading or dancing around with our Toddlers! Ultimately, Melissa would love to teach elementary school students or achieve a management role in a Preschool setting. 

    When she’s not working, Melissa loves watching all kinds of sports: soccer, basketball, hockey, and especially baseball (Go Sox!).

  • Ms. Juliana

    Ms. Juliana, Toddler Classroom

    After years of running a successful home daycare, Ms. Juliana was ready to join our Lincoln Park KinderCare team! Her teaching style incorporates a variety of activities from her past experiences, as well as implementation of our Early Foundations curriculum. Ms. Juliana holds a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to her Toddler B duties, Ms. Juliana also teaches our Spanish Learning Adventure classes! Born in Medellin, Colombia, and growing up in Miami, she loves engaging the Toddlers in songs and stories in Spanish! Traveling back to Colombia every year allows her to continue her favorite traditions and see family. She has also been to Guatemala, where her husband is from! 

    One of Ms. Juliana’s biggest assets is her unconditional calm and patience, even in the face of intense toddler emotions!

    Year Started:
    5/6/2016
  • Ms. Sierra

    Ms. Sierra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sierra joins our center after a distinguished career as a two year old teacher in her hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. In addition to her wealth of hands on experience, Ms. Sierra has studied Early Childhood Education at Kirkwood Community College. Ms. Sierra comes from a KinderCare family!  Her mother is a long time Center Director in Iowa and her fiancé, Mr. Marshall, works with our Mixed Age students!

    Year Started:
    6/3/2016
  • Ms. Tinuke

    Ms. Tinuke, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tinuke has worked in a multitude of child care settings, from church day camps, to private sitting, to professional Early Childhood Centers! We’re so happy to have her wealth of experience on our Discovery Preschool team! Ms. Tinuke began her coursework at Chicago State University, and she is looking forward to continuing her education! Art and sensory projects are Ms. Tinuke’s expertise; she can keep the Two's occupied for hours! We vote DPB projects as, “Most Likely to Be Displayed On Your Fridge”!

    Year Started:
    4/20/2016
  • Ms. Sana

    Ms. Sana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sana comes to us from a Champions center in Beach Park (Northern Illinois), where she worked as an Assistant Site Director. She has completed a bachelor of arts with a concentration in Global Business, as well as an associate degree in Applied Science with focuses on Math and Psychology. While Sana works with our older ages groups, her son is a student in our Toddler program!

  • Ms. Kanisha

    Ms. Kanisha, Support Staff

    Ms. Kanisha helps in all of our classrooms and trains as a future management member! She is joining us from Glenview Knowledge Beginnings, after two years of teaching their Prekindergarten students. Ms. Kanisha graduated from Northern Illinois University with her bachelor of science in Family and Child Studies in 2014. She holds a Level II Director's Credential, as well as Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Education credentials. She was born and raised in Chicago and is the second eldest of seven siblings! 

    Kanisha's passion is to provide children with quality care so they can truly be themselves.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Mandi

    Ms. Mandi, Support Staff

    Miss Mandi is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. For the past year, Ms. Mandi was the Site Director for Ivy League Before and After School Program at Mokena Elementary School. Prior to that, she toured with Missoula Children's Theatre- an international children's theatre project that brings theatre to children all over the world! An educator and a creative, Ms. Mandi has been a teaching artist for various theatre camps, worked as a summer camp counselor, taught dance for many years, and nannied for several families. Miss Mandi is thrilled to be on the LPKC team, and she lights up every room she is in!

    Year Started:
    8/10/2016
  • Mr. Marshall

    Mr. Marshall, Multi-Age Classroom

    Mr. Marshall transferred to us from the KinderCare in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa. He has been with our company since 2011. While there, his Preschool classroom achieved a NAEYC score of 98%, the highest score earned by any Preschool classroom in Iowa! Marshall was able to combine his loves of teaching and football to coach a children’s football league at his local high school. After beginning his associate degree at Scott Community College, Mr. Marshall has 20 hours of Early Childhood Education under his belt and is ready to tackle Lincoln Park’s Multi-Age class!

    When not watching football, Marshall enjoys fishing and snowboarding.

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
  • Mr. Chandler

    Mr. Chandler, Multi-Age Classroom

    Mr. Chandler is so excited to spend his mornings with our Mixed Age students!  He formally began his education career as an Assistant Teacher of 2nd grade religious education at his local church. Chandler has also worked as a camp counselor at Catholic Youth Camp in Panora, Iowa. Before arriving at KinderCare, he worked for two summers as an assistant school age teacher at Creative Kids Learning Center in Ankeny, Iowa. Chandler is also a full time student at DePaul University, pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in Acting and a minor in Early Childhood Education.

    In his spare time, Chandler enjoys going out swing dancing on the weekends or going out to the theater. He also likes to unwind by reading plays, watching a Jim Carrey movie or playing a favorite video game.

    Year Started:
    7/14/2016
  • Ms. Erika

    Ms. Erika, Support Staff

    Ms. Erika holds a bachelor of science in biological anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently completing coursework that will earn her a Director Credential at National Lewis University. Erika has been previously board and state certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, the experience in which helps facilitate her role as the center’s Health and Safety Coordinator. Her hands on experiences as an Infant Nursery Volunteer and a camp counselor exposed her to a wide variety of children and allow her to seamless help in all of our classrooms. 

    While Ms. Erika is skillful in assessments and collecting data, don’t let that fool you. She loves her mobile babies to the moon and back, and she shows it with lots of silly games, hugs, and patience!

    Year Started:
    8/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Dalia

    Ms. Dalia, Learning Adventures

    Year Started:
    1/21/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Yeats
    Education:
    Working on Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Arlene

    Ms. Arlene, Support Staff

    Ms. Arlene has a warm heart and a deep interest in providing the highest quality care for each and every child. In preparation for her current work, she trained three years as a nanny and gained experience teaching in a Chicago group child care setting. With KinderCare Education, Ms. Arlene acquired Illinois Gateways Registry approved training. Her focus is on promoting high quality language and interactions, linking research-based assessment with teaching strategies for infants and toddlers. When she is not at our school, Ms. Arlene spends her free time with her infant daughter, a student in our Infant program!

    Year Started:
    3/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Conchita

    Ms. Conchita, Support Staff

    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 has been with Lincoln Park KinderCare since its doors opened in 2005. The matriarch of our community, Ms. Conchita has truly been through it all when it comes to working with and raising children! Between City Colleges of Chicago and National Louis University, Ms. Conchita has completed 77 hours of college credits. Prior to employment with KinderCare Education, Ms. Conchita worked 17 years with the Chicago Board of Education.  She worked with Preschool children for 12 years and with students in second through eighth grade for five years. Outside of work, Ms. Conchita  enjoys working on crafts with her grandchildren, sewing, and being with her family.

    Year Started:
    4/25/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Sadarhie

    Ms. Sadarhie, Support Staff

  • Ms. Lupita

    Ms. Lupita, Support Staff

  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cathy is a lifelong teacher! With over 25 years of hands on experience in Early Childhood Education, there’s nothing she can’t handle! Cathy rounds out her experience with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Truman College. Knowing that her Infants are waiting for her with smiles on their faces inspires Cathy everyday!

    Outside of teaching, Ms. Cathy counts skating, bowling, and cooking among her passions! She loves spending time with her family!

  • Ms. Kearsten

    Ms. Kearsten, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kearsten is thrilled to bring her knowledge and experience to our Discovery Preschool classroom!  Helping children learn through teachable moments and making a difference in their lives is her passion.Ms. Kearsten holds an associate degree in Applied Science as well as both Basic and Advanced Certificates in Child Development PreSchool Education from Kennedy King College. She currently attends Grand Canyon University where she is working towards her bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

    She has a wide range of experience, having worked with a variety of age groups, from six weeks old through 12 years old. Adding to her professional experience, Kearsten is a mother to five children; the youngest two have joined our Infant and Multi Age programs!

  • Ms. Brena

    Ms. Brena, Multi-Age Classroom

    "My mission is to maintain an atmosphere that is nurturing, safe, and full of unconditional love. I vow to create a classroom full of adventure and stimulating activities!

    Ms. Brena graduated from Truman College with an associate in Early Childhood Development in 2015. Her long-term goal is to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood. After serving in many leadership roles she considers herself to be a team player who has a strong desire to grow and learn. Brena was born and raised in Chicago, the oldest of three girls. She has tons of personal experience with children, having two adult sons and five grandchildren.

    In her free time, Brena enjoy listening to gospel music, praise dancing, and sipping on a cup of herbal tea. 

  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Annie recently decided to rejoin the world of Early Childhood Education after a stint in the corporate world! She is pursuing a degree in Speech and Language Pathology, where she is focusing on Preschool aged children.  

    Annie has previously worked as a gymnastic instructor, teaching children 2-12 years old how to move their bodies!  She loves exploring the different ways that children learn and explore the world around them; Annie realizes that all children learn differently and is dedicated to finding the right approach for your child! When she's not working with children, Annie is inventing creative way to keep her dogs active indoors during this long Chicago winter.

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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.

Special Features

  • Summer Programs for Preschool and PreK

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

- Parents

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
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