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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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  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. 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
  • 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. 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
  • 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. 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, Toddler 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

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

  • 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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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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