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Lake Zurich KinderCare

Lila Acosta, Center Director

550 W. Cuba Rd. Lake Zurich IL 60047
(847) 438-9330 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Cuba & Rand behind Walgreens Cuba and 12

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sara Adams - Issac Fox - Seth Paine - May Whitney - Saint Anne's - Saint Francis - Arnett Lines - Kildeer Countryside - North Barrington - Roslyn Road

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Welcome to our Lake Zurich KinderCare Learning Center where the safety and learning of your child is always first. We have served the Lake Zurich and Barrington area for over 20 years. Our teachers are among the highest qualified in early childhood education and always work to ensure your needs as a family are met, as well as the needs of your child as an individual. We have seven classrooms each designed for learning experiences that best fit each age group. Knowing that children learn best by doing, our teaching approach is hands-on with child directed learning. We foster a love of lifelong learning through engaging our children with real life examples and exploration that is relevant to their everyday lives. We are always welcoming families to come visit our center and meet our exceptional team of teaching staff! Feel free to stop by anytime to get information that would best meet the needs of your family!

Lila Acosta, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

Our teaching staff is passionate about your child's happiness and growth by providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. They are committed to providing each child with the best social and educational experience by inspiring, engaging and awaken wonder daily.

  • Lila Acosta

    Lila Acosta, Center Director

    I love being the Center Director because it allows me to help out wherever I am needed and allows me to build relationships with all the families. I am passionate about the children and promising the parents that their children are in the best care aside from home!"
    "Me encanta ser Direccion en el centro, ya que me permite ayudar a dondequiera que me necesitaba y me permite construir relaciones con todas las familias. Soy un apasionado de los ninos y prometiendo a los padres que sus hijos estan en la mejor atencion a un lado de casa!

    Lila has been with KinderCare since September of 2008. She worked at the Palatine, Arlington Heights and Wheeling locations prior to coming to the Lake Zurich location as Center Director in January of 2014. She has her Associates Degree in Applied Science.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associates Degree in Applied Science
  • Heather Hendrixson

    Heather Hendrixson, Assistant Director

    If you have no critics, you will likely have no success.

    Ms. Heather received her Associate's Degree in 2013 and is continuing her education to get her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. She has had experience working with children for about seven years now. Ms. Heather started her career with KinderCare in 2013 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys being a part of the children's lives and hopes to make an impact on them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with continued schooling in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laurel

    Ms. Laurel, Cook

    Be yourself!  Everyone else is taken!

    Ms. Laurel has been with KinderCare for over 2 years now, and enjoys cooking for all of the smiling faces each and every day!  She has been in the cooking industry for many years prior to joining us.  Ms. Laurel does not only love cooking for the children, but getting invovled with them as well.  She loves recieving all of their hugs and stories that they have to share with her!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Jackie

    Jackie, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Nurture your thoughts with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heros.

    Ms. Jackie has completed her Child Development Associate's Degree.  Ms. Jackie has babysat for many years, and loves working with all of the children within her classroom.  She looks forward to helping children learn and grow each day, and to help expand their creativity.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Becca is currently a senior at Illinois State University. Becca has her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Resources.  Ms. Becca has babysat throughout the years and has also completed clinical hours working with toddlers and preschoolers. Becca loves working with children because of their "zest" for life and their love for learning.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Infant Teacher

    In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

    Ms. Desiree received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Carthage College.  She is currently attending school to recieve her Child Development Associate's Degree.  She has had multiple years of experience caring for children of all ages. Desiree began working in the infant and toddler classrooms at the Lake Zurich KinderCare in March of 2012 and has since become the infant lead teacher. She enjoys coming to work each day knowing she is providing the best care possible along with a solid foundation for future education.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Teacher

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

    Over the past couple of years, Ms. Jessica has worked with many children.  She has nannied for a couple of years, along with teaching in Preschools.  She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Kendall College to receive her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education.  Jessica has joined our team here at KinderCare, and is very excited to help educate the children.  Jessica enjoys making a difference in the children's life and being that positive impact on them!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Infant Teacher Assistant

    Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they are supposed to help you discover who you are.

    Ms. Kristin is currently in school attaining her Child Development Associate's Degree, and will be finishing up in June 2016.  She loves working with the infants and is eager to help them learn as much as she can!  She loves seeing the children works towards and achieve their milestones.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

    You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

    Ms. Alexa has been interested in working with children for as long as she could remember.  She is currently in school attaining her Child Development Associate's Degree.  She enjoys seeing the children's faces when they figure something out for the first time!

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Preschool Teacher

    No matter how long it takes, if you keep moving one step at a time, you will reach the finish line.

    Ms. Danielle has been working with children since she was 12 years old.  She used to be a nanny and has babysat for as long as she could remember.  Ms. Danielle also worked at other daycares before as a lead teacher in many different classrooms.  Ms. Danielle is looking to transfer to the University of SIU in Grayslake once she finishes her Associates Degree.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maja

    Ms. Maja, Preschool Teacher

    You are always a student, never a master.  You have to keep moving forward.

    Ms. Maja is currently in school at Illinois State University and will graduate in May of 2017 with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Maja has worked as an assistant teacher before, and was a volunteer in a program called "Partners in Reading" to help promote literacy with young learners.  Maja is very excited to join the team and help educate the children for success!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Teacher Assistant

    In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.

    Ms. Angie is very excited to join the KinderCare team!  She loves influencing and developing young friends' minds!  She is eager to help them learn something fun and new each and everyday!

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Teacher Assistant

    The rainbows of life follow the storm.

    Ms. Ashley currently enrolled at Harper to further her career in Education.  She has coached youth cheerleading for four years, and has also nannied multiples of different families.  Ms. Ashley enjoys all of the age groups and is excited in helping each child grow.

    Year Started:
  • Rachel

    Rachel, Teacher Assistant

    Each day is another step in your life's journey.

    Rachel is attending Michigan State University, and will finish with her Bachelor's degree majoring in Early Childhood Education in fall of 2018.  Ms. Rachel has a love for children and enjoys watching them grow.  In her previous years she was a Sunday School teacher at a church and a counselor at summer camps.  Last year, Rachel volunteered in Lasing Michigan where she tutored and taught life lessons to underprivileged children.  Ms. Rachel also attended Lake Zurich KinderCare when she was younger, and is very excited to be back!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Tarah

    Ms. Tarah, Toddler Teacher

    Trust the unknown future to the known God.

    Ms. Tarah has been teaching at KinderCare since February 2014.  Tarah has her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Secondary Education.  She just recently started her career working with children, and loves putting her degree to a great use!  She loves watching the joy on the kids faces when they master a newly acquired skill and getting that smile of accomplishment!  She feels inspired by helping the children achieve their goals and working towards them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Toddler Teacher Assistant

    Attitude is the master key to life's little locks.

    Ms. Lauren started her career at the Lake Zurich KinderCare in 2009. She volunteered part time for about a year being an assistant teacher for the Discovery Preschool and Preschool classrooms. In 2010, she began to work full time and became an assistant teacher for all of the classrooms.

    Ms. Lauren is attending Penn Foster to attain her Child Development Associates Degree.  She has had experience with children by being a nanny for neighbors and family friends since she was sixteen. Ms. Lauren also worked summers at a horse ranch helping and teaching the children how to get ready to ride the horses.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Kindergarten Teacher

    Happiness is a mood, not a destination.

    Ms. Natalie received her Early Childhood Education degree in 2012 from Millikin University. She worked with children in the Barrington school district prior to starting her career with KinderCare. Ms. Natalie  is passionate about teaching and making learning fun. She plays the ukulele and loves bringing it into class to play for the children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Type 04 Illinois Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Pre-Kindergarten and School Age Teacher

    Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.

    Ms. Tina received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to Northeastern, Tina received her Associate's Degree of the Arts. She started her career working with kids through being a nanny and tutoring. Following that, she gained experience working in public and private schools with students in a variety of grade levels and abilities. Here she learned how to use a variety of methods to teach and reach each student. Ms. Tina encourages a community of learners and creates class discussions to help build on each child's uniqueness, experiences, and abilities.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor's 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.

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

Health and Safety are always number one when working with children. Our center has a keypad entry with three fenced in playgrounds. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Each month we highlight a safety focus where we spend time training best practices to all of our staff.

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 son has been attending the Lake Zurich KinderCare since he was an infant and we absolutely love it! The staff and all of his teachers are so loving, nurturing and creative. He learns so much here and we love the detailed feedback we get in his daily reports. The teachers take the time to not only write about what the class did as a whole, but also milestones and kind or funny things he did that day. They are all friendly and provide daily feedback in person as well. It's such a positive environment, and we're so happy we found KinderCare!

- Mother

My daughters have been attending KinderCare for 3 years now.  The teachers do a wonderful job keeping her busy with new adventures each day!  I appreciate the great communication that the teachers and I have.  The continuous activities really keep the kids and parents involved.  They are always available to assist me with any questions or concerns that I may have.  This is a wonderful daycare with a superior staff team!  As a parent, you will not be disappointed.  This daycare is a home away from home.

- Mother

Both of our daughters started KinderCare when they were 12 weeks old.  They are now 2 and 5 years old.  My husband and I searched high and low through many daycares to find the one that we felt most comfortable.  Once we walked into the Lake Zurich KinderCare, met the staff and learned about the curriculum, we knew right away that this was the place for our children.  The staff is phenomenal!  The level of learning our children receive from KinderCare is outstanding.  Our oldest daughter tested into Kindergarten early at age 4.  She was in the 97 percentile of children ages 4-6.  This was purely due to the exceptional education our children receive from KinderCare.  It is comforting to know that the teachers really work with the children and adjust the curriculum to meet your child's needs.  It is comforting to know that your child is thought of as an individual, not a number.  As a parent you want to have a sense of comfort that you have the best place for your children.  You will not be disappointed with KinderCare!  This is a wonderful daycare with the best staff that truly cares about your child.

- Mother

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