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Quentin Road KinderCare

Jackie Krueger, Center Director

838 North Quentin Rd. Palatine IL 60067
(847) 359-2229 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
We are located on Quentin Rd., just north of Northwest Highway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Paddock, Pleasant Hill, Lake Louise, Virginia Lake, Sandborn, Hunting Ridge, Lincoln, Conyers

Welcome

Welcome to Quentin Road KinderCare Learning Center!  We are so proud of our dedicated teachers, amazing curriculum and our commitment to our families. Our goal is to make sure all of our children are safe, happy and learning! We provide educational child care and preschool programs for children ages six weeks through 12 years. We invite you to come in and experience all of the amazing things happening in our school. Please stop by and spend some time meeting our teachers and learning more about us.

Jackie Krueger, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Music

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 passionate teachers are waiting to meet you! We look forward to showing you our classrooms and having the opportunity to be a part of your child's education.

  • Jackie Krueger

    Jackie Krueger, Center Director

    I look forward to coming in everyday and observing our children grow and learn. I am so proud of my teachers and their dedication.

    Jackie Krueger transferred to this center in January of 2011 as the Center Director. She has worked previously at the Barrington Hills KinderCare as the Center Director and previous to that in Algonquin as an Assistant Director. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in 2003.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I love the Laurie Berkner Band. She gets me up and moving! Check out the book Victor Vito.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Illinois Director's Credential
  • Yvette Helmi

    Yvette Helmi, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher at the Round Lake KinderCare from 2012 - 2014 Service Rep. for BMO Harris Bank 2006 - 2012 Camp Counselor at Northwest Special Recreation Association - Summer of 2005
    Year Started:
    4/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Laurie Houldsworth

    Laurie Houldsworth, Preschool Classroom

    Laurie has been in the early childhood education field for over 25 years. She has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Harper College. She started her journey as a Sunday School Teacher. She loves to create a love of learning with songs or stories. Laurie is married and has one daughter, Carolynn. Her hobbies care crafting, sewing, and gardening.

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    25+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education; Illinois Credential Level 4
  • Ms. Kelli Piel

    Ms. Kelli Piel, Infant Classroom

    I just love babies! I feel loved by them and look forward to seeing their smiling faces.

    Ms. Kelli has worked for KinderCare since May of 2011. She has her child development associate (CDA) credential in Early Childhood Education and is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College to earn her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Previously, she was a nanny for three and a half years for two little boys. Kelli enjoys doing art and sensory activities with the babies. The babies love to read and sing with Kelli because she has so much enthusiasm.  Kelli is great at taking pictures and sends home lots!  The infant families really like Kelli. If you would like a referral from one of our families, please don't hesitate to ask us!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Kelli worked as a nanny for over three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Baby Beluga

    Year Started:
    5/2/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sogra Khatoon

    Ms. Sogra Khatoon, Infant Classroom

    I love working in my Infant room. Ms. Kelli is my best partner! I love care and nurturing my infants. It's my 1st priority. Love for my infants motivates me to keep working here. All the parents have a very good relationship with me and Ms. Kelli. We enjoy communicating with them.

    Ms. Sogra has worked for Kindercare since 2002. She came from India, where she went to college for three years and worked as a teacher for ten years. She had three years of college in Hyderbad, India and after moving here to the United States, continued taking early childhood education courses at Harper College. Ms. Sogra enjoys watching the infants grow and holding on to the relationships she made as the infants move up to other classrooms. She is proud of the wonderful relationships with the children and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sogra worked as a teacher in India for ten years.
    Year Started:
    12/2/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Julie Lang

    Ms. Julie Lang, Toddler Classroom

    Julie is our lead teacher in the Toddler classroom. She is a mother to three daughters, Miranda, Tamra and Bailey. She has been in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She has her child development associate credential in Infants and Toddlers and is very excited to engage with our young ones and their parents at our center. Julie also teaches our Learning Adventure programs at our center, which consists of Music, Cooking and Phonics. She also is our Health and Safety Coordinator and helps us to follow safety protocols in our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ran her own licensed in-home daycare for over ten years and spent four years at the Lindenhurst KinderCare as the Toddler teacher from 2001-2005.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jo Patel

    Ms. Jo Patel, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jo has worked for KinderCare since 1998 with the infants and toddlers. She is from India where she earned her bachelor's degree in Child Development from S.P. University, and worked as a teacher for 20 years. Ms. Jo is often found singing with her class. She enjoys engaging her students with new activities and watching them explore. Jo is so happy to have worked with children since 1997. She feels like they are all my own children. She is excited to come to work every morning and wants to do her best. As a teacher, she really wants all her children safe, clean and happy. She enjoys doing different types of activities and watching the toddlers learn more and more. Group time is a lot of fun, telling stories, singing songs, and dancing. She looks forward to talking to parents about the progress their child is making and asking what their goals are. She also is happy to work with her co-teacher, Ms. Devlina. They have good times together and make the best team.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Jo worked as a teacher in India for 20 years.
    Year Started:
    10/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Attiya Mirza

    Ms. Attiya Mirza, Preschool Classroom

    Quitters never win and winners never quit.

    Ms. Attiya was born and raised in Pakistan. She became a professional singer and wrote and sang devotion songs and children's songs. Ms. Attiya also was captain for the cricket and field hockey national leagues. She worked as a TV sports talk show anchor. She also ran a yoga TV show and enjoyed playing ping pong. She came to the United States and worked at a park district and the YWCA before coming here to KinderCare. Ms. Attiya continued her education by taking some Early Childhood Education courses and by receiving her Fitness and Nutrition Diploma. Her passion is music and sports. Attiya also has a beautiful daughter, named Zohaa. Attiya is a masterful teacher who approaches teaching everyday with heartfelt passion and a sense of purpose.  She is a mentor and a valuable resource to other teachers in our center. Attiya brings her love of music to her classroom, singing to them every day and inviting them to join in the fun with homemade instruments.  Attiya also goes an extra step to help bridge the gap between home and school with regularly planned family events and a special journal that goes home with each child.  Her passion inspires children to become curious learners for life!  In the fall of 2016, she won KinderCare's Legacy Award in the category of Preschool Teachers from our parent company, KinderCare Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Attiya taught psychical education in Pakistan for 11 years. Prior to working at KinderCare she worked in the park district and at a YWCA here in the US for eight years.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Arts, Fitness and Nutrition Diploma
  • Ms. Val Kellogg

    Ms. Val Kellogg, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have a great co-worker working with me, Ms. Allyson. We make a great team and have fun with our prekindergarteners. I care for all the children in my care and like to watch them learn and grow in the year that we have them. I really enjoyed teaching the class how to garden, watching our vegetables grow, and taste testing. I also like showing the parents what their child has learned each day.

    Ms. Val is a Teacher Assistant in our Prekindergarten classroom. She also helps all of the teachers in their classrooms when needed. Her family consists of two brothers, a nephew, and a cat named Buzz. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and riding her bike, reading books, and taking walks.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Val has worked at a local daycare and volunteered in a preschool program in high school.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Allyson Carter

    Ms. Allyson Carter, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Allyson is originally from Iowa where she grew up in a very small town. She is the oldest of four and loves getting back to Iowa whenever she can to visit her siblings. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 2008. She double majored in Elementary Education and Liberal Arts with endorsements in both reading and early childhood. Right after college, she married her high school sweetheart on a beach in Puerto Rico and moved to Arlington Heights in 2013. They purchased a house in Palatine in December of 2015. She enjoys working on DIY projects, playing sports, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals! Also, spending time with her dog, reading, home decor, cooking and anything chocolate. She's looking forward to sharing more about herself and getting to know you and your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Associate Preschool Teacher at Indianola Community Schools from 2009 - 2013 Summer Group Leader at the Indianola Child Care Program - Summers of 2008 - 2013
    Year Started:
    4/19/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Liberal Arts with Endorsements in Early Childhood and Reading; Illinois Credential Level 4
  • Ms. Rosa Ocampo

    Ms. Rosa Ocampo, Chef

    Ms. Rosa has been with KinderCare since April of 2000 and is the cook at the Quentin Road KinderCare. She is amazing at what she does! She stays organized and clean. Rosa always is in excellent standing with the Palatine Health Department and our food program.

    Year Started:
    4/11/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Vanesa Bahena

    Ms. Vanesa Bahena, Toddler Classroom

    Vanesa joined our center in April of 2017. Vanesa is currently attending Elgin Community College to earn her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She has completed 15 hours of observations in various daycare settings and enjoys volunteering in the community.  

  • Ms. Paxton

    Ms. Paxton, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to work on each and every child's individual level, their needs, and have that one on one time to grow a special relationship with each and every one of them. Smiles, hugs, and good morning greetings from children under my care inspire me to come to work each day! The best part of my job is seeing that "light bulb" go off in their head when they learn something new and knowing I have made an impact in their life!

    Paxton is our lead Discovery Preschool Teacher. She has worked for KinderCare since 2013 and has transferred to our center in January of 2017. She has a five year old son who attends our center and will be going to kindergarten this fall. Paxton has her child development associate Credential from Rasmussen College and will be returning to school at Harper College this fall.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher at Glendale Heights KinderCare 2013-2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Jordan Birchfield, School Age Classroom

    Education is very important to me, and I believe that the early years of education can get a child off to a strong academic start. As an educator, I strive to encourage students to achieve their goals and dreams.

    Jordan just joined our center in May of 2017 as our School age Teacher. He has a Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism and History from Northern Illinois University. He also has a Para-Educator's License and a Substitute Teacher's License from the Illinois State Board of Education. Jordan currently works as an aide in a primary Special Education classroom at Glenbrook Elementary School. He is also obtaining his K-8 teaching certification through Western Governors University. Jordan is an amateur musician who plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass guitar and the saxophone. He enjoys writing and playing music. He also enjoys reading.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History; Para-Educator's License; Substitute Teacher's License

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Polish, Urdu, Telugu, Gutariti

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Columbus day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve - early closing
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We have a keypad entry and every family signs in and out each day. Our playground is fenced in and surrounded by lush plants for privacy. Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified.

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 have been in KinderCare for a year. I have seem her grow in many ways, the teachers always care about our kids safety.They are always smiling, and friendly. I feel safe leaving my daughter in good hand while I and working.

- Mother

While looking through my son's backpack I found a story map in which he was able to identify characters, settings and was able to follow the plot. This made me very proud and glad to see how much KinderCare is teaching my child. I also like the relationships he has built with both the staff and the other children.

- Mother

KinderCare always considers child safety and the teachers have respect for all. They maintain open communication and the activities always interests my daughter.

- Mother

Every parent has their worst fears when deciding on childcare and stress when it isn't the right fit. Just before I came to this KinderCare, I experienced some of my worst fears at a previous daycare. In deciding to make the change to KinderCare, not only has it made a change in my child's caring needs it has changed our life for the best. I've shaken off my fears and have seen my child flourish on so many levels from behavior to education. This place has been a joy even to the parent!!

- Mother

Our children both have some mild special needs and KinderCare provides the kind of structure they need to thrive. They have a behavior program and the staff has done an excellent job of implementing it. They know that they are in a safe and caring environment that fosters individual success as well as social/emotional growth. KinderCare is a very big part of our "village".

- Father
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