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Evanston KinderCare

Nakeia Wells, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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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


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!

Nakeia Wells, Center Director

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC
  • NECPA Accreditation NECPA

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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.

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

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.

  • Nakeia Wells, Center Director

  • Ms. Mehjabeen

    Ms. Mehjabeen, 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise-Brown

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Ms. Zeneb

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Delphine

    Ms. Delphine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Knowing that my children are learning new things everyday and that they are being loved.

    I started working with children in college during a work-study program. I attended Tuskegee University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Sociology and Child Psychology. I attend numerous workshops to keep myself up do date on the latest educational policies and updates. It inspires me to know that I am involved in helping children move forward in life growing experiences. These experiences help them to become well-rounded and makes them capable of making it within our society. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Delphine taught children for over twenty years in the Evanston School District as a school age coordinator and substitute teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    All of Mo Williems books

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Cecilia

    Ms. Cecilia, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cecilia 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Miss Charmaine

    Miss Charmaine, Toddler Classroom

    I love educating children and making them happy to learn.

    I attended Lincoln College where I majored in Physical Education. I also played basketball in college which contributed to my love of sports. I was an assistant director at Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center. I love working with children and continue to update my training to ensure I can provide the best possible care. I look forward to educating children at KinderCare and building relationships with their families. 

    Previous Experience:
    I owned my own home daycare which I operated for 15 years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Miss Destiny

    Miss Destiny, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Destiny is currently a student at Harry S. Truman Community College for the Transfer Program Associate Degree. After she completes her two years there, she hopes of attending Northwestern, Loyola, or UIC University for Neuroscience. She has over three great years in child care experience. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Dr. Seuss book

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Miss Passion

    Miss Passion, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The children are the reason I come everyday, watching them learn and grow motivates me!

    Miss Passion has worked with children of all different ages from Infants to School Agers. She's currently working on getting her child development associate at Ashworth college. Her mom inspired her to work in the childcare field. One of her hobbies she enjoys outside of work is hanging out with friends and family. 

    Previous Experience:
    4 years interning at Christopher house
    Favorite Children's Book:


    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Amber

    Miss Amber, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to connect with children on a regular basis and teaching them things that help them grow.

    I am a mother of one energetic boy, Nolan, who is 16 months. Watching children grow and being able to help contribute to their development is such a wonderful experience. Teaching has always been something that I love to do! I am returning to the Twos room. I am currently in school to continue my education in the early childhood field.

    Previous Experience:
    I have experience working with children in many different capacities including in a nursery, doing community service at elementary schools and babysitting.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    You Can Read to Me, I Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Olivene

    Miss Olivene, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being able to create and explore with the children inspires me everyday.

    Ms. Olivene is a mother of four wonderful boys. She's so thrilled to be teaching the the Twos room again. She is currently in school for behavioral health sciences to become a social worker within the education system. She also takes early childhood classes to continue her knowledge of children. She also has experience as a medical assistant for Northshore University Medical group as well as Erie Family Health.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Kesia

    Miss Kesia, Toddler Classroom

    Kesia graduated from Ashworth College with her associate in Child Development. She has been teaching for over 13 years and loves to take continuing education classes. She has one daughter.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Childhood Development
  • Miss Jasmine

    Miss Jasmine, Floater

    Putting a smile and leaving a positive impact on the children's lives

    Ms. Jasmine enjoys engaging with the children, making them smile and laugh. She also loves knowing that she is personally helping them have positive experiences while in her care. She chooses to work in childcare because she wants to make a difference in every child's life. Every child deserves the chance to grow into the best individual they can be. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, going to concerts, sporting events, shopping, and traveling.

    Previous Experience:
    I have experience in babysitting, summer camp, counseling, and 1 year working as an activities assistant. I'm currently working on my child development associate
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Jeanette

    Miss Jeanette, Infant Classroom

    Everyday is a new day for amazing discoveries.

    Ms. Jeanette has been working with kids since she was seven with the children in her neighborhood. She has also worked in the nursery during high school. She has four beautiful children of my own. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Mercer Mayer

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Alavisi

    Miss Alavisi, Preschool Classroom

    Watching children learn, grow, and develop inspires me everyday.

    Ms. Alavisi started her journey at KinderCare after deciding to close her home daycare. It was time to rejoin the workforce that she loves so much. She chooses to work with children because she wanted to educate her own children and being a teacher allowed her to do that over the years. She has been married for 19 years and has three children.

    Previous Experience:
    I have taught Kindergarten through 8th grade and have coached boys basketball
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Tatianna

    Miss Tatianna, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tatianna is a mother of three boys: Sanitago 7, Vinny "max" 4, Julius "JuJu" 2. She has nine years of experience working with children. Three of these were spent working with military children at the naval base NAS JRB-Belle Chasse, Louisiana. She currently is a full time students pursuing her degree in Psychology. She's also a licensed esthetician and has a passion of making the world a more beautiful place.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numerhoff

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Brittani

    Miss Brittani, Learning Adventures

    Children see a world filled with wonder and questions just waiting to be asked.It is our jobs as teachers to share in that and help them find answers.

     I started working at KinderCare in December of 2016. I have always loved the curious nature of children and watching them discover new things. As a teacher it is my mission to help my students learn about the things the love and the world around them. I obtained my bachelors degree in early childhood education because I wanted to be involved in the most formative years of a child's life. After teaching Preschool for three years I re-enrolled and received my masters degree in curriculum and instruction to become more involved with the administrative side of the centers I worked in. I love to go swimming, hiking, and exploring with my daughter and husband. I am also an avid knitter and a beginning runner. 

    Previous Experience:
    I taught preschool for three years in a Headstart program. I then taught in Lincoln park for two years in a parochial school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Williems

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's of Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

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.

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

We rarely leave at the end of the day without some wonderful tidbit on what our babes were up to while we were gone (He was a great eater! She slept like a champ! Tummy time success today!). Even when they have less than stellar news, they relay it so well (He loves playing with his friends....but they don't necessarily love that he pulls their hair...Oops!).

- Mother

My daughter has been here for the past 17 months, and I have been impressed with the level of commitment and caring shown by the teachers here. I first enrolled her in this center when she was a little over 3 months old and she has thrived with the attention and caregiving she has received. They have a good teacher-child ratio and run a clean, well-organized operation. I was particularly impressed with their being able to work with us when we had feedback about certain things that were not working for us.

- Mother

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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