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Baldwin Road KinderCare

Jennifer Swatek,
Center Director

1653 N. Baldwin Rd. Palatine IL 60074
Ph: (847) 359-2270
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: "Off Dundee between Rte 12 and Rte 53."

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED 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.

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, 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:
9/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Illinois Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education, Master's Level courses in Education and Human Resources.

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 two-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:
2/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Education:
Pursuing an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Jenra, Infants

""I enjoy watching each child as they grow and develop. It is very rewarding to me to be a part of their lives.""

Ms. Jenra began working for KinderCare in August 1992. She has earned a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Although she has experience working with many age groups, her passion is for working with infants. She loves to watch infants as they achieve their milestones and learn to explore their environment. She likes to take pictures of those special moments she has with the infants each day to create a scrapbook for each child and their families as they learn and grow while in her care. She also enjoys singing songs with the infants and creating art with them.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jenra has worked for both park district and church preschool programs.

Year Started:
8/1/1992
Tenure:
22 Years
Years in ECE industry:
27 years
Education:
Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Maritza, Toddler Classroom

"“I enjoy working with children and seeing them reach their milestones because I know it’s very exciting.”"

Ms. Maritza has been working with KinderCare since August 2012. She is the Lead Teacher of the Toddler classroom and is currently attending Harper College for an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Maritza is bilingual and speaks Spanish. Also, she has a three-year-old son and enjoys being a mom. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and expanding her shoe collection.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Maritza has worked in other childcare centers prior to joining KinderCare.

Year Started:
8/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Lindsey, Toddlers and Preschool

""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:
6/24/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
3 years
Education:
Early Childhood Teachers Certificate and Assistant Teacher Certificate

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:
5/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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:
4/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 years
Education:
Masters Degree in Education, Child Development Associate certification

Ms. Rana, PreKindergarten

""I get much satisfaction working with Preschool-aged children. I enjoy when they play and laugh with me!""

Ms. Rana has been working with KinderCare since September 2013. She has earned a Bachelors Degree in History along with an Early Childhood Education certificate. She has 8 years experience working with preschool aged children. She loves teaching the children in her class about math,science, health and nutrition. It is important for her to foster curiosity in children when building their foundation for learning.

Previous Experience:

Taught Preschool in other schools

Year Started:
9/9/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Bachelors Degree in History, Early Childhood Education Certificate

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:
5/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Humanities

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 new mom to her son Adrian who is three months old. 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:
3/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years

Ms. Nicketa, Prekindergarten and School Age Classroom

"“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 works in the Prekindergarten and School Age 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:
10/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years

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:
10/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years

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