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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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our 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 2 years old. She loves hanging out with her family, country music, and being in the sun!

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

    Ms. Asifa, Health and Safetty Specialist/Learning Adventures

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Infant Classroom

    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 Classroom

    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. April, Toddlers

    Seeing each child's smiling face and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives is what inspires me to come to work everyday.

    Ms. April has been with us since July of 2015. Prior to being at KinderCare she worked as a teacher's assistant, a camp counselor, and a tutor. She chose to work in Early Childhood because she loves to see each child reach a new accomplishment and being able to watch them grow as an individual.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    A.A.S degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Bre

    Ms. Bre, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love having the chance to see children grow with knowledge and skills.

    Ms. Jackie started working at KinderCare in June 2016. She has spent time working with children in a Preschool program at Maine East prior to joining us here at KinderCare. Ms. Jackie is inspired by knowing she has made a difference and an impact in a child's life. She enjoys spending her days with her friends and family when she has free time.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Nita

    Ms. Nita, Preschool Classroom

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Early Child Education Certificate
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Preschool Classroom

    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:
    2 Years
    High School
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Psychology major
  • Ms. Mirian

    Ms. Mirian, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    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. 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    English and Psychology major
  • Mr. Terry, School Age Classroom

    I love being around the children and they make my day with their progression.

    Year Started:

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

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

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

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

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 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

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