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Des Plaines KinderCare

Jennifer Tibbetts, Center Director

8650 West Ballard Rd. Des Plaines IL 60016
(847) 803-9929 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
next to Walgreens on Ballard & Greenwood

Niles, Park Ridge, and Des Plaines

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Stevenson, Mark Twain, Apollo, Nelson, North, Central, Franklin, and Culver. Certain schools in district 62, 63, and 64.

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Welcome to Des Plaines KinderCare! Each day, we provide a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. At our center, our passionate and engaging teachers provide care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children from six weeks to twelve years old. Please take a moment to read about the professionals who look forward to educating and caring for your children.

Jennifer Tibbetts, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Friday April 29, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Miles Adam and Duncan

  2. Thursday June 02, 2016
    1. District 64 Last Day of School

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers work together as a team to ensure the classroom environment your little one enjoys every day is beneficial for them in every way: intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Together, we strive to make caring for the WHOLE child our passion. Please take a moment to read about the professionals who dedicate their day to providing the ultimate care and respect for your child.

  • Jennifer Tibbetts

    Jennifer Tibbetts, Center Director

    Jennifer moved to Chicago in July of 2012 to start her career with KinderCare. Before KinderCare, she started working in the childcare field at age 19 in Ft. Riley, Kansas at a Child Development Center. After finishing her Associate’s Degree she moved back to her home town of Lee’s Summit, Missouri where she became a Center Director at a privately owned learning center. Her goal is to obtain her Bachelor's Degree and she aspires to keep climbing in management. She has a beautiful daughter, Ava, who is four years old and a son, Ethan, who is 14 months. She loves hanging out with her family, country music, and being in the sun!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associate's of Science Degree with emphasis on Early Childhood Education
  • Jennifer Wozniak

    Jennifer Wozniak, Assistant Director

    It has always been a passion of mine to educate the children of our future.

    Jennifer started with KinderCare in April 2011 after completing cosmetology school. Her love for children started with babysitting for her friends daughter who was a toddler at the time. Jennifer realized quickly she wanted to be an infant/ toddler teacher after working for a few months at KinderCare. In May 2013 she transfered to Des Plaines KinderCare where she became the L.A. teacher and program specialist. Jennifer shined in this position, which led her to accept the assistant director in training position at Schoenbeck KinderCare. After spending the summer learning the assistant director position she returned to Des Plaines KinderCare with lots of knowledge. When Jennifer is not hard at work she loves traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a part time student working on continuing her education.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    A.S. Degree with emphasis on Secondary Education, Pursuing B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jacqueline Vasquez

    Ms. Jacqueline Vasquez, Tutorial Specialist

    “The thing I love most about teaching is getting to learn more about the kids.”

    Ms. Jackie has loved working with children ever since she enrolled into a preschool class in high school where she learned to teach young children, create, and implment curriculum. She also has gained experience growing up with three younger sisters, which lead to her taking on an assistant teacher position at KinderCare after high school. Ms. Jackie is attending Northeastern University for a degree in Early Child Education. She has learned alot from her coworkers and has grown as a teacher, as it was reflected in her classroom. In May 2014 she became the tutorial specilaist and enjoys teaching children phonics, math, cooking, and music.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Infants

    I love when the infants laugh and smile.

    Ms. Lucy started working at KinderCare in January 2013. Since she has been working with us she has received her CDA (Child Development Associate) and continues to take classes in early child education. The infant class inspires her to come to work every day because she loves to teach them. She loves to see them smile and laugh when she has circle time and is singing. Ms. Lucy has a family of her own at home so when she is not at KinderCare she is spending time with them doing fun activities. She also loves to host parties at her home with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rahila

    Ms. Rahila, Infants

    I love singing to the children.

    Ms. Rahila started with KinderCare in May 2015. She loves working with the infants because they are always smiling and laughing. Ms. Rahila is currently taking early child education classes to coomplete her Associates degree. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her three children. Ms. Rahila loves to paint.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mirian

    Ms. Mirian, Infants

    I love seeing the children's faces as they are paying attention to me when I teach them.

    Ms. Mirian started working at KinderCare in January of this year. She has four years of experience working with children, as well a daughter of her own who she is always learning from. What inspires Ms. Mirian is seeing the children excited to learn and watching them grow everyday. When Ms. Mirian is not at work she enjoys spending time with her daughter, and sharing with her new things she has learned at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Infant

    “The thing I love most about teaching is the children and seeing them grow.”

    Ms. Annie joined Des Plaines KinderCare after graduating high school in 2001. She is happily married to her husband and has four cats at home. She truly enjoys engaging with the children and is thrilled to have such a fun job!

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Salma

    Ms. Salma, Toddler

    I love to pass my knowledge and education to the children.

    Ms. Salma has been working at KinderCare since October 2014. She has a lot of experience working with children, and has been in this field for 15 years. Ms. Salma bachelor's degree is in early child education and has a certificate in Montessori education. She loves to see each child learn something new and use it in their life. What inspires Ms. Salma is to make a difference in every child's life. She has worked with children of all ages and has done volunteer work in her community. When Ms. Salma is not at work she enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with my family, and doing volunteer work.

    Bachelor of Early Child Education
  • Ms. Nita

    Ms. Nita, Toddler

    I love watching children grow and develope

    Ms. Nita just completed her Early Child Education certificate with Rasmussen College. She has been working with children for 12 wonderful years. The children inspire her to come to work each day because of their joyful smiles and laughter. Ms. Nita enjoys watching the children develope in social and emotional growth.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Early Child Education Certificate
  • Ms. Bre, Discover Preschool

    I love to know I have played a part in the progression and future success of a child.

    Ms. Bre started with us in June of 2015. She has many years of experience working with children from high school to now. She completed an internship at Jane Adams Elementary school in Palatine and then worked at another school after. What inspires Ms. Bre is sharing life skills and development with her children to understand the world around them. Ms. Bre is currently continuing her education of early child education. She loves to know she has helped in a child's progression of life.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Discovery Preschool

    I love teaching to build a connection with kids and seeing them learn something new everyday.

    In high school Ms. Claudia took Early Childhood Education classes and that is where her love for children started. Ms. Claudia started working for KinderCare in May 2014, and she loves building connections with the children to teach them something new everyday. Being an infant teacher is what inspires her to become a better teacher. When Ms. Claudia is not working she enjoys spending time with her son and family, she is expecting her second in May 2015.  

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School
  • Ms. Asifa

    Ms. Asifa, Preschool

    “Interacting with children and watching them grow up with individual styles inspires me to come to work each day.”

    Ms. Asifa has been working with children for over seven years now. Along with her Associate's Degree she also obtained a Montessori Diploma. She loves to read books about psychology and loves shopping! Ms. Asifa is happily married and has four children that she loves very much. Her favorite thing about teaching is to teach children new things and watch them explore.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Aly

    Ms. Aly, Pre-Kindergarten

    What inspires me is being able to see the children grow as individuals and make an impact on their life.

    Ms. Aly is currently a student at Oakton College majoring in Early Child Education. She started at KinderCare in December of 2014 as our School Age teacher. Her experience has been babysitting and taking care of her nephew and cousins, which is when she realized she wanted to become a teacher. She loves to see how happy the children are every day she comes to work. Teaching is what inspires her everyday. When she is not at work she is baking and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Pre-kindergarten

    I love to watch children grow and see their accomplishments.

    Ms. Jessica started with us in August of 2015. She is a psychology major and is going back to school for early child education. Ms. Jessica loves to come to work every day and see smiling faces running up to her to give her a hug. She always love working with children and babysitting. In her free time she loves to play sofball that is her passion besides being a teacher.

    Year Started:
    Psychology major
  • Ms. Bednarski

    Ms. Bednarski, Kindergarten

    I love the ah-ha moments when a child accomplishes something.

    Ms. B has been with us since September of 2015. She has lots of experience with different age groups from her 3 year old daughter to high school children. Ms. B loves to watch the development and growth of children in her class. What inspires Ms. B is that she makes a difference in children's lives every day. She gets to share new activities and new concepts with students. When Ms. B is not at work she loves to spend time with her family.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    English and Psychology major
  • Ms. Juliette

    Ms. Juliette, Cook

    I love to make children smile.

    Ms. Juliette started in April of 2011 with KinderCare. Her experience is volunteering as a teacher and assisting in her church's religious education program. Ms. Juliette loves to watch children grow intellectually and physically. She is currently taking ECE classes towards a degree in education. When she is not at KinderCare she enjoys spending time with her family. Ms. Juliette has four children who attend KinderCare Amelia is 7, Joey is 6, Marco 4, and Emma is 18 months. They have all attended since they were infants.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree

April 2016 Events

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  1. Friday April 08, 2016
    1. White Sox Home Opener

      Wear your favorite White Sox gear.

  2. Monday April 11, 2016
    1. Musical Monday

    2. Cubs home opener

      Wear your favorite cubs gear.

  3. Tuesday April 12, 2016
    1. Taco Tuesday

      The kids will be making their own tacos.

  4. Wednesday April 13, 2016
    1. Work Together Wednesday

  5. Thursday April 14, 2016
    1. Artsy Thursday

  6. Friday April 15, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Mason

    2. Family Friday

  7. Monday April 18, 2016
    1. Crazy Hair Day

      Come to school with crazy hair.

  8. Tuesday April 19, 2016
    1. Wear Your Shirt Backwards Day

  9. Wednesday April 20, 2016
    1. Wear Two Different Socks Day

  10. Thursday April 21, 2016
    1. Wear your favorite Super Hero Shirt

  11. Friday April 22, 2016
    1. Earth Day

    2. Happy Birthday Annaliese and Cole

  12. Monday April 25, 2016
    1. World Peguin Day

      Wear black and white.

  13. Tuesday April 26, 2016
    1. National Pretzel Day

  14. Wednesday April 27, 2016
    1. Family Engagement Meeting

      Parent meeting at the center

  15. Thursday April 28, 2016
    1. Take your daughter to work day

  16. Friday April 29, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Miles Adam and Duncan

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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

We want you to have the piece of mind that your child is safe and protected while in our care. Our front door has a locked keypad entry, allowing only parents and staff to enter freely. The second you enter the building, you are greeted with a member of management, ready to assist you. Our team is certified in First Aid and CPR, and the certifications are renewed every two years.We ensure safe sleep practices and guidelines are followed in each classroom, allowing your child to get the rest they need in the safest environment.

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.

We are well pleased with the development of our twins. At Des Plaines KinderCare, the teachers are very professional and the management has pleased us in all our needs. It is very important for us to see how our children come to our house singing and full of joy. Thanks to Jennifer Tibbetts for accommodating our needs and always taking into consideration our twins. We know the hard work involved in providing children a safe and educational environment. I really recommend Des Plaines KinderCare.

- Parents

My daughter had been attending the KinderCare in Des Plains since she was five months old. She is now almost thirteen months old. We absolutely love it there. She has learned so much! The staff takes care of her very well, especially Lisbeth. My daughter had connected very well Lisbeth and, even though there are many other children to take care of, she truly gives my daughter the attention she needs. She listens to my concerns and gives me suggestions. I truly feel that Lisbeth cares for my child.

- Mother

My family has been coming to KinderCare for a little over two years. All the teachers here are so loving and caring. I would highly recommend them. Also, I would like to give special attention to Ms. Heather who, on her own time, found me books and songs to help my son adjust to a new baby and to help with potty training.

- Mother

My daughter Jocelyn absolutely loves KinderCare. Jocelyn has made so many friends and learned so much in the two and a half years she has been at the Des Plaines KinderCare. The teachers and directors are very friendly and helpful. My daughter doesn't stop talking about her teachers, especially Ms. Anna and Ms. Jackie.

- Mother

Bella was seven months old when she first started here. It was reassuring to see how the teachers loved and took care of her. With helpful suggestions as a first time mom and providing me her daily activates as well as telling me what new things she was doing made me feel as though I wasn’t missing out. The pictures of her learning activities were great as well.<br /> Now Bella is in the Discovery Preschool classroom and I give a lot of credit to the teachers as this is a rough age. With trying to communicate and curiosity the teachers are doing a wonderful job helping her express herself and making learning fun. I feel great knowing my daughter is not only being taught her ABC's and 123's, but manners and friendship and learning to use the potty!<br /> In all I love this daycare. With the extra learning programs offered and everyone being so helpful and friendly I would definitely recommend this daycare<br /> And the best part of all is everyone here is so loving to my daughter, I couldn’t ask for a better place.

- Mother

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