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Des Plaines KinderCare

DeLisa Contreras, 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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Neighborhood:
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.

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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

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.

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Leemarys & Israel V. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Fina L. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Sara F. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Stacey - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Carla P. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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