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Evanston KinderCare

Shameka Williams, Center Director

2014 Dempster St. Evanston IL 60202
(847) 869-3456 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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We are located in Evanston, IL

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center does not bus to the school districts. However, all of District 65 buses to the Center: Dawes, Walker, Washington, Oakton, Bessy Rose, Lincolnwood, King Lab, and Dewey. *No busing options to Lincoln or Kingsley

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We are committed to you and the enhancement of your child's educational experience, starting as young as six weeks old up to twelve years old. We provide care that focuses on the whole child, meeting the needs of your child's emotional, social, cognitive, physical and educational well-being. As educators, we want you to feel confident in the care we provide and will take every step to gain your trust. At the Evanston KinderCare, we would like to personally invite you to come and see what makes us different; that makes us a family!

Shameka Williams, 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.

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. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

Evanston KinderCare staff is devoted to providing all children the opportunity to explore, learn and develop according to their individual needs. We strive to maintain a level of care that keeps our youngest student of six weeks old to our oldest student age twelve fully engaged in our curriculum. We would love to show you what we do on a daily basis. Feel free to stop by and take a tour.

  • Shameka Williams, Center Director

  • Jenise Siler

    Jenise Siler, Assistant Director

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
                -Psalm 32:8

     I am a Golden Apple Scholar and a member of the Golden Apple Foundation for excellence in teaching. I have received my bachelors in Secondary Education and a bachelor in Social Work from Concordia University Chicago. I joined the KinderCare company in 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA and then transferred to the Des Plaines location in 2012. Within the KinderCare program, I have served as an L.A Enrichment teacher, Infant through pre-k teacher and more. I am also currently taking classes to further my learning in Early Childhood Administration through Oakton Community College. I have always believed that children are our future leaders, and it is up to us to mold and prepare them for that role.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I like many books including: Hershel and the Hannukkah Goblins The Quiet Book No, David! Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Ms. Nelson Books Pete the Cat series Babysitter Club Series
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelors in Education & Social Work
  • Ms. Mary Aceron

    Ms. Mary Aceron, Program Specialist

    To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe"

    As the program specialist, my goal is to provide a fun learning environment in small group settings. I love the opportunity to asses each child and help them excel academically.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chica Chica Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelors in Science
  • Ms. Debbie, Infant A

    Studies have shown that the first 3 years of a child’s life are the most critical for brain development. I strive to provide a rich environment for the children in my care that inspires learning through diverse and fun activities. I believe it’s important to acknowledge each child’s individual abilities and to keep challenging them to improve with positive reinforcement and encouragement.
                My previous experience includes working with infants and toddlers at both corporate and privately owned daycare centers.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Miss Marian

    Miss Marian, Infant A

    I grew up here in Evanston, IL and have always wanted to be an Early Childhood teacher. I majored in college in Early Childhood Development and Child Psychology and minored in Creative Writing. I love to work with children and look foward to working with your little one.

    Previous Experience:
    10 plus years working privately for families, day camps and family members
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Adventures of Princess She-Ra
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Mejahbeen

    Ms. Mejahbeen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mehjabeen started with KinderCare in 2012. She enjoys providing the children with a safe and nurturing environment, giving them the appropriate place to develop. Ms. Mehjabeen is inspired to come to work each day because she knows that she is providing the children with the opportunity to enhance their skills during the beginning of their learning process.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Ms. Zeneb, Infant Classroom

    Seeing the children grow and develop makes me happy.

    Ms. Zeneb started her journey with KinderCare in 2000. She loves caring for her infants and helping the them learn. Ms. Zeneb enjoys watching the infants learn how to explore as they move through their developmental stages.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Pre-Kindergarten

    “Working with children is amazing everyday is unique, you never know what your going to get.”

    I have been in the early childhood field for 16 years and have held various positions from infant teacher to Center Director. I love working with children!
                Being in this profession is my passion, a passion that God has given me when I was a child. I am married and a mother of a very busy and active toddler.  I love doing arts and crafts, and the holiday season. I feel honored to work with children and honored that you, the parents, share your pride and joy with me. I thank you!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
  • Ms. Colene

    Ms. Colene, Preschool

    “Tell me and I will forget, Teach me and I will remember, Involve me and I will learn.”

    • Ben Franklin
    “Strong Hugs”
    -Ms. Colene

    I bring the energy and excitement to the class I’m in. We dance out our willies and sing out our screams until we are ready to calm down and get to work. I’m the mother of three glorious girls, and grandmother to two wonderful grandchildren. My experience is extensive in all aspects. I have been in the educational field for 20 years and I really enjoy what I do.

    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Marella

    Ms. Marella, Toddler A

    Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, achieve with all your might.”
    - Maira

    Hello! My name is Marella and I have 2 kids of my own ages 2 and 2 months old. I have always loved working with children. It stared when my sister had my niece, and I helped with his care. I would teacher my niece how to count, say her name and learn the alphabet.  It made me so happy knowing that I helped her grow and now that I’ve taught her, she teaches her own siblings. During high school I took a child development class and worked in the preschool within Glenbrook South High School. That was my first experience and I loved it! I’m happy Kindercare gave me the opportunity to work more with children and further my education. I not only teach the children but they teach me everyday as well. It fills me with joy knowing I help children grow.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Miss Stephanie

    Miss Stephanie, Toddler B

    “The moral of Pete’s story is: no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song, because it’s all good.”

    My name is Stephanie Hoffman. I grew up in Evanston, IL. I graduated from Evanston Township High School. I enjoy singing in my wonderful church choir. I love to knit scarves for my family in the winter. Like any woman, I love to go shopping in my free time!
    I always had a passion for Early Childhood Education.  So, I went to Oakton Community College to pursue my degree. I have also had experience working as a camp counselor.
    I am so glad I have the opportunity to enhance children’s knowledge of the world we live in and to see them having fun while learning! I appreciate how they brighten my day when I walk in the door. I am grateful to have the chance to work at KinderCare, one of the best early childhood centers in the world!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Certificate in ECE and Preschool
  • Ms. Tiana

    Ms. Tiana, Preschool

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
    – Marianne Williamsen

    I am excited to work with each and every little one that crosses my path. I have the passion to teach! I promise to treat everyone as an individual and provide every child with good care. I will lead by example and see to it that you grow.
                My previous experience includes being a children’s counselor, camp counselor, tutor, mentor, children’s advocate, daycare employee, and program supervisor over camp.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science
  • Ms. Vonetta

    Ms. Vonetta, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vonetta joined our KinderCare family in January 2013. She loves the way that children respond toward her positive influence. Ms. Vonetta is determined to fulfill her dream of giving back to the community by educating their children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Delphine

    Ms. Delphine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Delphine started with KinderCare in 2012. She has a wealth of experience in getting the children engaged and eager to learn. The children enjoy listening to Ms. Delphine bring a story to life or create a masterpiece. She has a wealth of experience helping children succeed in each developmental area of their young life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Delphine taught children for over twenty years in a public school setting.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Cecilia

    Ms. Cecilia, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Cecilia started with KinderCare in 2003. She loves how children use their imagination to explore the classroom. Ms. Cecilia enjoys helping children develop in all of their developmental areas such as cognitive, social, emotional and physical. Ms. Cecilia ensures that all of the children in her classroom are receiving the best possible care under her direction.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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
  • Armk

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center is officially closed on the following days to observe holidays and for in-service days:

New Years Day                              Presidents Day
Memorial Day                                 Independence Day
Labor Day                                      Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day                          Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day


Health and Safety

At KinderCare we make health and safety a primary concern; from daily sign in and out procedures to the use of a keypad entry system to help keep our building safe and secure. We provide staff with training in CPR and First Aid certification. We maintain a daily, weekly and monthly cleaning regiment to ensure we are doing our very best to keep your child healthy.

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.

My daughter, London has shown a lot of growth and development since enrolling at KinderCare. Her verbal skills are becoming clear and advanced. I am very pleased with the service. Keep it up!

- Mother

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