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Baldwin Road KinderCare

Jennifer Swatek, Center Director

1653 N. Baldwin Rd. Palatine IL 60074
(847) 359-2270 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
KinderCare provides transportation to/from the following schools: Virginia Lake, Jane Addams, Winston Campus, Marion Jordan District Buses provide transportation to/from KinderCare at the following schools: Lake Louise, Paddock, Sanborn, Whiteley, Lincoln *Other schools may provide transportation to our center, please check with your child's school.


Welcome to Baldwin Road KinderCare! We are a culturally diverse center that is proud to provide childcare and preschool programs to the families of Palatine and our surrounding communities. Our teachers are nurturing and provide a wonderful learning atmosphere. Our goal is to have your child want to return tomorrow. All of our classrooms are enhanced and provide curriculum to help get each child prepared for a lifetime of learning. We are here to help each child achieve their hopes and dreams. We offer flexible scheduling and are open to meet the hours of our community. We accept the Illinois Child Care Subsidy program and will do what we can to accommodate the needs of each family. Please come tour our school. We are available when you are available.

Jennifer Swatek, Center Director

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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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Allow me to introduce the Teachers and Staff of the Baldwin Road KinderCare. Combined, we offer over 20 years of early childhood education. The Teachers and Staff are here to prepare your children for a lifetime of learning.

  • Jennifer Swatek

    Jennifer Swatek, Center Director

    I love coming to work everyday! The children make me smile, and they are our greatest accomplishments.

    Ms. Jennifer started with KinderCare in September of 2005. She started as the School Age teacher. Ms. Jennifer then transferred to Texas with KinderCare and was promoted to a Center Director. She was able to return to Illinois, where she continues to be a Center Director. Her KinderCare Teaching experiences include the Learning Adventures, Prekindergarten, School Age and Toddler classrooms. Ms. Jennifer is great about schedule, order and routine. She provides a warm and loving atmosphere to the center. Ms. Jennifer currently attends Keller Graduate School where she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Human Resources. She is a proud mother of four children ranging in ages of one to nine years old.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Illinois Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education, Master's Level courses in Education and Human Resources.
  • Ericka Guevara

    Ericka Guevara, Assistant Director

    I enjoy coming into work and being able to help children achieve their milestones.

    Ms. Ericka has been working with KinderCare since 2006 and has a passion for working with children. She enjoys coming into work and interacting with the children. Also, she really enjoys working with the parents and keeping them updated about their children. She is currently enrolled in the College of Lake County in order to further her education in Early Childhood Education. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She is the proud mother of a four-year-old. On her spare time you can find Ms. Ericka spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ericka was a nanny for five years.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Pursuing an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicketa

    Ms. Nicketa, Infants

    There is nothing else like this field. You get a chance to watch children grow up into smart and intelligent people.

    Ms. Nicketa has been working with KinderCare since October 2005. She has some college credits from Harper College and is planning on continuing her education. Ms. Nicketa is the Lead Teacher in our Infant classroom. She truly enjoys being able to watch children develop and grow up into intelligent people because it is very unique. She likes being able to watch her students develop and move on to the older classrooms. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and writing poetry.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Nicketa has been a caregiver and camp counselor. She has been a children’s choir director and participated in the Early Childhood Education program in her high school.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Lindsey, Toddlers

    I love coming to work everday and listening to the funny things the kids say. They make me laugh.

    Ms. Lindsey has been working with KinderCare since June 2013. She has earned an Assistant Teacher Early Childhood Certificate as well as a Teacher Early Childhood Certificate. Ms. Lindsey works with both the Toddler classroom and the Preschool classroom. She loves to have music time with the children in the Toddler class. She enjoys singing and dancing with them. Ms. Lindsey also likes doing art projects with the children in the Preschool classroom. She provides many different materials for the children to use as they explore art.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsey has previous experience working with children in the afterschool C.A.R.E. program.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Early Childhood Teachers Certificate and Assistant Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children, and I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love seeing the children daily and watching their expressions along with helping them reach their milestones.

    Ms. Erica has been working with KinderCare since May 2011. She is the Lead Teacher in our Two's Discovery Preschool classroom. Ms. Erica is currently in school to receive an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from College of Lake County. She really enjoys working with younger kids because she has always wanted to become a teacher since she was a young girl. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working in KinderCare, Ms. Erica had been an after school counselor for a park district. Also, she was a part of an Early Childhood Education program in high school.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Archie

    Ms. Archie, Preschool

    I love providing an enriching and nurturing environment where children can learn, grow, create friendships, and express themselves.The children teach me new things everyday also.

    Ms. Archie has been working with KinderCare since 2008. She has earned a Masters Degree in Education as well as a Child Development Associate certification. She creates a positive classroom environment where children can build their self-confidence and explore using their imaginations as they learn. She celebrates each child's unique attributes that they bring to her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught Preschool at a privately owned school
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Masters Degree in Education, Child Development Associate certification
  • Ms. Kulsoom

    Ms. Kulsoom, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love learning and teaching. It is my passion.

    Ms. Kulsoom has been working with KinderCare since May 2008. She works in the Prekindergarten classroom. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities (from Pakistan). Aside from English she also speaks Urdu. She is married and the proud mother of three children who are seven months, nine and eleven years old. In her spare time she enjoys to cook and spend time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Kulsoom has been a caregiver to family and friends. She also was a teacher in Pakistan prior to moving here.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Humanities
  • Ms. Alejandra

    Ms. Alejandra, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love working in the fun environment that staff and children have created. I love learning new things from the children.

    Ms. Alejandra Fernandez has been working with KinderCare since March 2011. Ms. Alejandra is our Kindergarten teacher. She has some college credits and is planning to return to school in the future. She decided to be a part of the education field because she really enjoys working with children. She is a proud  mom to her son and infant daughter. Alejandra speaks Spanish and English. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working in KinderCare, Ms. Alejandra was a part of the Early Childhood Education program in her high school and has experience in babysitting.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Celeste

    Ms. Celeste, Cook and Infant Classroom

    Ms. Celeste has been working with KinderCare since October 2004. She is our cook who prepares our center's nutritious meals everyday for our children. She also works in our infant classroom. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She is the proud mother of three daughters and is married. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her family.

    Year Started:
    12 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Our school is equipped with a front door key pad. Only the parents of the center are given the secret code. All doors are locked from the outside. Our play areas are fenced-in and offer shade for those sunny days. 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.

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

"I am glad to have found the Baldwin Road KinderCare. This KinderCare is like family to me. My children have been attending for over 10 years. The staff is very friendly and loving toward my children. I've never had any issues or complaints. I want to thank all the workers at this center for taking care of my children.  I cannot live without this Baldwin Road KinderCare!"

- Mother

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