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Glendale Heights KinderCare

Marlin Roa, Center Director

1470 Bloomingdale Rd. Glendale Heights IL 60139
(630) 682-9222 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Fullerton Rd & North Ave next to Citgo Gas Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Glenhill, Pheasant Ridge, Americana, Glenside Middle School, Reskin, Blackhawk, Winnebago, G Stanley Hall, Churchill, Forest Glen, St. Matthews

Our Glendale Heights KinderCare takes great pride in their accredited center. We are accredited through the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). We are committed in providing high quality early childhood education through our programs and dedicated teachers. Combined, our teachers have more than 95 years of Early Childhood experience and speak six different languages. Our Center Director is bilingual and is fluent in Spanish.

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We want to thank you for choosing our Nationally Accredited Glendale Heights KinderCare. We offer a research based, age appropriate curriculum that meets and exceeds the needs of children six weeks to 12 years including a Preschool and Prekindergarten program. Through the use of small group sizes and qualified and dedicated teachers we are able to offer an individualized education that encourages family involvement. Our community involvement and open door policy create a family like atmosphere that feels like an extension of your home.

Marlin Roa, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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

We take great pride in the longevity of our teachers here at the KinderCare in Glendale Heights.Combined, our teachers have more than 95 years of Early Childhood expereince and speak six different languages. All of our teachers take pride in their classrooms and keep the children engaged to ensure they are receiving the best education. Our teachers are dedicated to each individual child and their developmental needs. We focus on all aspects of our curriculum and enhancements each and every day.

  • Marlin Roa, Center Director

    Marlin began her career at York High School as a teacher assistant for the Special Education Department. After working at York High School, she completed her student teaching at Winnebago in Glendale Heights while working as the School-Age teacher for KinderCare. After working for two years at KinderCare she continued in the education field and worked for Veterans Park District as a Preschool Director for five years. While overseeing the preschool, Marlin also planned special events for the community and was the Day Camp Director for children ages 5-12 years old.

    Previous Experience:
    Marlin previously worked for KinderCare as a School-Age teacher from 2006-2008. She began working as a Center Director for KinderCare in July of 2013. Marlin is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She has a diverse experience in various settings in the education field. She is currently continuing her education by pursing her Masters in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education & Pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Administration
  • Latasha Greene

    Latasha Greene, Assistant Director

    Tell Me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn."
    Benjamin Franklin

    Latasha is a mother of two, who enjoys spending time with her family, planning events and sewing.  Latasha also enjoys glass painting and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Latasha began her career as an Assistant Teacher in a Head Start program. She then transitioned to a Lead teacher where she taught children ages three to five before coming to KinderCare where she is presently an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Latasha's favorite children's book is, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Dana has been with KinderCare since July 2008. She has worked as an Assistant Teacher in all the classrooms and enjoys working with all the children. Dana has received her Child Development Associate's Credential from Rasmussen College. Ms. Dana is excited about being in the infant room class and enjoys watching the children grow, learn, and have fun!

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool

    Ms. Stephanie sees a bright future with KinderCare and is looking forward to learning and growing as a teacher. She enjoys teaching Pre-Kindergarten and is amazed at how quickly the children learn as she prepares them for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie is looking forward to enhancing her experience with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Durdana, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Durdana grew up in India where she completed her high school education. After getting married she moved to America in 1988. Her experience working with children started as a "lunch mom" and an active volunteer in school district 16. In 2000 she joined KinderCare, working with every age group. In 2004 she became an assistant teacher in the Discovery Preschool room. After receiving her CDA credentials in 2008, she became the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool room. She is currently working the afternoon shift for the School Age classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Durdana has worked as a lunch mom and an active volunteer in School District 16, and has experience working with every age group at Glendale Heights KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Aracely, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Aracely is excited about being part of the KinderCare team and is looking forward to grow within KinderCare. Ms. Aracely is the Health & Safety Coordinator for the center. She works along side with the Director to assure our center is safe. Ms. Aracely also in our Learning Adventures teacher. She currently teaches Phonics, Music, and Cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Aracely has worked as a Preschool teacher and a day camp counselor for children ages 5-12 years old for 5 years. Aracely was then promoted to a Day Camp Director and worked with children ages 5-12 years old.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary 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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu, Tamil, Singhala

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our Centers observe the following holidays:
•              New Year's Day
•              Memorial Day
•              Independence Day
•              Labor Day
•              Thanksgiving
•              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

We diligently perform center safety checks, which include updating emergency plans, medication information updates, and classroom safety reviews. Ms. Aracely is our Health & Safety Coordinator for our center and works along with the Center Director to assure our center is safe. We have a no nuts policy to ensure the safety of our children with food allergies.
Our teachers are all certified in CPR & First Aid. Our playgrounds are checked on a daily basis to ensure a safe environment and are fenced in. Our doors to our classrooms require a security code and only our enrolled families have access. The security code is changed throughout the year. The children, staff, and parents practice safe hand washing throughout the day. We take pride in our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules of each of our classrooms.

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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The teachers at KinderCare have helped my child write in cursive, play well with others, be more social, try new things and activities. Thank you to all the teachers that have helped and taught my children.

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