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Elk Grove Village KinderCare

Ms. Verda Zaimis, Center Director

800 South Arlington Heights Rd. Elk Grove IL 60007
(847) 956-7123 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
Near the corner of Arlington Heights Rd. & Biesterfield Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Link, Bird, Salt Creek, Clearmont, Rupley, Stevenson, Meade, Benson

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Welcome to the Elk Grove Village KinderCare, the only nationally accredited center in the area! We provide quality care and education for children in the Elk Grove, Itasca, Wood Dale and Arlington Heights areas. Our center is conveniently located off of Highway 290, near the Beisterfield exit and is the perfect location for commuting families. Our programs provide each child the right balance of cognitive development, creative expression, language and literacy development and much more. Each teacher adds a nurturing approach to the curriculum to promote respect and socialization within the classrooms. We are dedicated to helping your child gain a love for learning that will carry on through Kindergarten and beyond!

Ms. Verda Zaimis, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The Elk Grove Village KinderCare team shares over 130 years of teaching experience! Each of our staff members drives our curriculum, while providing a comfortable and safe atmosphere for every child. We would love for you to meet our quality-driven staff members!

  • Ms. Verda Zaimis, Center Director

    'A child without education, is like a bird without wings'- Tibetan proverb.

    Verda started with KinderCare in 2015 and has held positions as a Director in Training and a Center Director. She grew up in Greece and attended the University of Athens, where she studied English Literature.Special Education has been one of her interests and that led her to take classes in the field. Verda is pursuing her Masters in ESL/Bilingualism at the moment at the University of St.Francis. Verda believes that every child should be respected for their uniqueness and guided to reach their full potential. Early childhood education lays the foundation in a child's heart and mind for  a love and desire to learn and evolve! Every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Her favorite children's books are 'Guess how much I love you' by sam McBratney and 'To kill a mockingbird' by Harper Lee.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in English Literature
  • Tara Overfield

    Tara Overfield, Assistant Director

    Tara came to KinderCare in 2007 as a lead Preschool teacher and was promoted to Assistant Director shortly thereafter. She has also had experience at the Center Director level. With a Child Development Associate's credential and over eight years of experience of working with children and families, Tara loves being the Assistant Director. She enjoys the relationships she has developed within the center.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Verda Pennias Zaimis

    Ms. Verda Pennias Zaimis, Center Director

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in English Literature
  • Ms. Naimisha

    Ms. Naimisha, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Naimisha has been with KinderCare since September 2003. She started as the Early Foundations Toddler teacher and has continued to be since 2003. She studied Early Childhood Education for three years at Harper College, and worked at a Montoserri Learning Center for two years prior to coming to KinderCare. Ms. Naimisha has three children of her own, all who have grown up at this KinderCare. She shows how much she cares about her students and families with her loving personality and welcoming classroom.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Marti

    Ms. Marti, Prekindergarten Classroom

    We are raising our future with our kids - giving them a quality early education is building the foundation for future learning.

    Ms. Marti has been working in early childhood for more than 20 years, and still remembers the names of her very first students!  It's the love and passion for early learning that keeps her in the classroom.  Ms. Marti is married and has 2 kids of her own, ages 9 and 12. Any free time she has is spent with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    District 62 At Risk Blended Preschool, Children's Home and Aid Society, Corporate Child Care
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development and Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Tara came to KinderCare with many years of experience working with children of all ages. Her passion shines through her interactions with each child. Ms. Tara works with each child individually to create an environment full of hands-on exploring and respect for all. Tara has two children of her own that attend KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

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About Our Center

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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our staff believes in providing a healthy and safe environment for each child. KinderCare has a fenced playground, keypad entry, daily sign-ins, and many other features to ensure the safety of your child. Each of our teachers is CPR and First Aid certified and completes monthly trainings on maintaining a healthy and safe environment for children.

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.

The KinderCare Staff, Ms. Jacqui, and Ms. Tara,

As most of you know, my son started Kindergarten this fall.  I had the opportunity to speak with his teacher on curriculum night and she had lots of things to say to me.  She was astounded that he had so much knowledge entering school - not just basic knowledge, such as ABC's, etc., but also more "informational" knowledge.  She wanted to know where he went to preschool and what they were teaching.  She was pleased with his ability to behave in a classroom setting and ability to focus on lessons and instruction.  For this, I thank the teaching of Ms. Becky and Ms. Amy in the Kindergarten classroom.  I applaud the directors for their choices in teaching staff and development of the curriculum for the center.  I thank them for their hard work (because it really is hard work).  The enrichment programs also made a difference for my son, which the teachers did a great job in implementing.  I am pleased to have my second son in Ms. Jessica's class, who he adores.  She is also doing a great job with him.  Thank you!

- Mother

I have been blessed with the care that KinderCare has given me for the last ten years.  The staff and teachers have been wonderful to my kids and they enjoy coming to the center everyday.  The education that my kids have received from KinderCare shows that they are ready for the real world and I would recommend anyone to bring their children to KinderCare.

- Mother

For the last year and a half that my child, Kadince, has been with KinderCare, she has more than enjoyed it.  She looks forward to going to school everyday and will even do her own countdown each weekend until Monday when she goes back.  As a parent, seeing that kind of excitement means the world to me.

- Father

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