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


Welcome to the Elk Grove Village KinderCare. We are very excited to get to know you and your family. When you join our center you will be joining our family and going on an adventure with us each and every day. Our passionate and educated teachers work hard every day providing the best possible care for your child/children. Your child will have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

We are the only Nationally Accredited Center in Elk Grove Village. We are conveniently located near highway 290, which makes us a great location for commuting parents.

Ms. Verda Zaimis, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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! Our team of teachers are passionate and dedicated to what we do in early childhood education. We strive to always give 100% and provide a safe, secure, nurturing and stimulating environment for each and every child in our care. We are so excited to share our passion with you and your family.

  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in English Literature
  • Tara Overfield

    Tara Overfield, Assistant Director

    They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel." "Tell me and i forget, show me and i remember, involve me and i understand.

    Tara came to KinderCare in 2007 as our Preschool teacher and was promoted to Assistant Director shortly thereafter. Tara also has experience as a Center Director. With a Child Development Associate's credential and over 12 years of experience of working with children and families, Tara loves being the Assistant Director. She enjoys the relationships she has developed and continues to develop with the children and families in our center. Tara also has two children of her own who attend KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    LOVE YOU FOREVER Written by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 + years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Nestor

    Mr. Nestor, Discovery Preschool

    Mr. Nestor is new to Early childhood and has just graduated with an Associates in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Nestor enjoys being with our Discovery preschool classroom and engaging with the children. He loves seeing the children learn and explore new things everyday. In his spare time he enjoys being adventurous.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Monika

    Ms. Monika, Preschool

    Ms. Monika has been teaching for over 20years with experience in K-5 as well as early childhood. In her spare time Ms.Monika enjoys spending time with her children and  reading. Ms. Monika feels the the best part of being a teacher is seeing the exciment that the children show when they have learned something new or mastered a skill.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Masters in mathematics and Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Naimisha

    Ms. Naimisha, Toddler Classroom

    The best part about my job is being a part of their early learning experience, and having meaningful moments with each and every child in my care.

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat In The Hat
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 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! The best part of teaching is creating a love for learning and preparing the children for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    District 62 At Risk Blended Preschool, Children's Home and Aid Society, Corporate Child Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
    Year Started:
    3 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

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Polish, Gujarati, Greek, Chinese, Tagalog (National) Visaya/Cebuano (dialect)

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.

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

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

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