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Palatine KinderCare

Natalie Tronco, Center Director

929 E. Palatine Rd. Palatine IL 60067
(847) 358-2233 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
near NW Hwy & Palatine Rd

We are just west of the Palatine on/off ramp to Rt. 53 that feeds into most of the major Highways. The neighbors that use those ramps include Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Arlington Heights. We also have families that travel along Palatine road from Northern part of Hoffman Estates, Northern part of Schaumburg and Barrington.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Winston Campus, Kimball Hill, Central Road, Jane Adams, Virginia Lake, Lake Louise, Lincoln, and Sanbourn. Conyers will provide transportation via yellow bus to and from KinderCare!

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Finding the right child care center for your child is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as a parent. We here at the Palatine KinderCare would love to help you make this decision easier. Our center takes pride in offering the best atmosphere for learning for your Infant through School Age child. We are proud to offer a superb Preschool curriculum and environment that helps each child reach his or her own potential. Our curriculum gives each child the skills that he or she needs to excel socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our center serves many schools in the District 15 school district and provides before and after school activities as well as transportation. Our program is designed to make sure that your child receives the best education experience possible while having fun.

Natalie Tronco, 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.

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


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

The teachers and staff at The Palatine KinderCare are all very passionate about providing the best education and care for your child while you are away at work or school. Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here at the Palatine KinderCare and look forward to having your child join the KinderCare family!

  • Natalie Tronco, Center Director

    My role as Center Director is to build a strong relationship with families to ensure that we can work together with the teachers to provide the best care and education for the children. Being able to gain the trust of families to care for and advocate for their children is very important in my career. I want my center to be a place where children will receive not only a quality education, but be able to feel at home while they are here.

    Natalie began her journey with KinderCare in 2004, and has served in many roles at many locations in the area. She began as an assistant teacher in the discovery preschool classroom and was promoted to lead teacher in prekindergarten. Natalie has truly enjoyed the years she spent as a teacher in the classroom and in 2007, she was excited to bring that knowledge to another level when she became an Assistant Center Director. Between 2007 and 2013, Natalie worked alongside Center Directors learning and applying her knowledge, all while going to school. Natalie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She truly believes that early childhood education will create a strong foundation in each child that will create a lifelong love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Natalie worked for as an after school program coordinator and as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+ Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley Citchens

    Ms. Ashley Citchens, Center Director

    Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others"
    - Jack Welch

    Ashley joined the KinderCare family in 2014, but has over 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of four beautiful children, 2 boys and 2 girls! Ashley has always been very active in Ministry both with the youth group and in Leadership. Ashley hopes to bring her knowledge that she gained from her experiences to KinderCare. Ashley is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Management. Ashley goal is to see that every person that enters into this Center gets the love and support they need to grow successfully.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare family, Ashley worked in a NAEYC Accredited Head Start program, as well as a privately owned child care center. She has also lead the youth group at her Church.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 year
    Bachelor's in ECE Leadership and Management
  • Miss Rosemary

    Miss Rosemary, Nursery

    Miss Rosemary wears many hats at our center! She has been a part of the KinderCare family for many years, and her daughter has also attended the center! Miss Rosemary is not only one of our teachers in the Nursery, but she also helps get our School Age students to and from school safely by driving our bus. In her free time, Miss Rosemary enjoys spending time with her daughter, and working out.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her journey with KinderCare, Miss Rosemary worked in customer service.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Miss Desiree

    Miss Desiree, Discovery Preschool

    I get to share my creativity with my students! I love being able to teach them their colors, shapes, and letters! I am proud to prepare these students for preschool!

    Miss Desiree began her journey with KinderCare in 2007. She began in the Bloomingdale area, and came to Palatine in 2010. Miss Desiree works in our Discovery Preschool classroom, and also lends a hand in our Preschool classroom whenever possible! She loves watching the children in her classroom express themselves through art and sensory activities! In her free time, Miss Desiree loves spending time with her daughter and watching movies at home.

    Previous Experience:
    Before her time at KinderCare, Miss Desiree worked at an in-home early childcare provider.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Kharma

    Miss Kharma, Toddlers

    I love coming to work knowing that I will get many hugs throughout the day! I also love to hear my chldren laugh with each other!

    Miss Kharma began her journey with KinderCare in the winter of 2014! She loves displaying the children's work throughout her classroom. Miss Kharma's class gets very excited to showcase their artwork! In her free time, Miss Kharma loves playing ice hockey, volleyball, and softball! She enjoys spending time at the pool and being outside with her son!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Miss Kharma was a 2's, 3's, and prekindergarten enrichment coordinator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. Elementary Education
  • Miss Debbie

    Miss Debbie, Center Support

    Miss Debbie has been with our KinderCare family since 2011. She has many many roles within the walls of our school! She is the owner of Debbie's Diner, and prepares all of our meals for the students we serve! She also drives our bus and provides transportation to and from school for our Kindergarten and School Age students! In her spare time, Miss Debbie enjoys spending time with her son, and baking! You can always count on Miss Debbie to give a great recommendation for some sweet treats!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to beginning at KinderCare, Miss Debbie worked at another Early Childhood school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm Comin' to Get You by Tony Ross
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Kim

    Miss Kim, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching my students discover their imagination! I love hearing what they come up with! It brings a smile to my face!

    Miss Kim works alongside Miss Desiree in our Discovery Preschool classroom and she joined our family in 2014. Miss Kim loves doing math and literacy activities with her students! She believes that will create a strong foundation for early learning! In her free time, Miss Kim loves to travel, bake, and read!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Miss Kim worked in the public schools near her home.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything written by Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Miss Tina

    Miss Tina, Kindergarten

    The thing about teaching is that at the end of the day, I end up learning a lot more from my students. I love what I do!

    Miss Tina joined our team at the start of summer in 2014! She has two daughters, Giada and Giuliana and a baby boy due in late August! Being a mom is Miss Tina's favorite thing in the world! Miss Tina strongly believes that no two students learn the same way, so she uses all types of learning strategies in her classroom. Her favorite part of the day is seeing her students get excited to learn something in a new way! In her free time, Miss tina love to cook, and read!

    Previous Experience:
    Student teaching 4th and 5th grade
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Harry Potter series, and Frindle
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. in Elementary Education, Type 03 teaching license

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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Silver Ccircle of Quality with ExceleRate Illinois

    Silver Ccircle of Quality with ExceleRate Illinois

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The Palatine KinderCare places the health and safety of our children first at all times. The center is locked at all times, and there is a single entrance in and out of the building requiring keypad entry. All of our playgrounds are fenced, and we are surrounded by a well-established safe neighborhood. Each and every teacher has been CPR and First Aid trained, and annual recertification occurs.

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 son, Mikey, is enrolled in the Palatine KinderCare and the teachers knew I was picking him up on a Friday at noon for a "date". When I showed up, they all (including the director and assistant director) were "in" on a little secret. Mikey was dressed up in a bow tie, had a bouquet of paper flowers (the teachers made), and a poem for Mommy for my "date" with my little man. How sweet!  Then they took a picture of us and printed and framed it for me before I even left that day!  I love Kindercare, but more importantly, I love that they love my son.

- Mother

Our experience at KinderCare has been great! As a parent, I entrust my kids to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for loving care and guidance they receive. There is an open line of communication between the staff and parents, and the staff is very knowledgeable about each individual child’s needs. The curriculum/activities are age appropriate and fun, and they have an amazing Summer Program. The center Director and staff members are truly focused on providing a safe, clean and educational environment for the kids. My kids love KinderCare, it is a great place for children!

- Mother

As first time parents, we put a lot of thought into choosing a day care for our son. We were looking for a place that was more than just a daycare, we wanted a place that was going to care and teach Vinny in a way we would. After much research, Palatine KinderCare was our number one choice because of the caring staff, daily communication, and how they made us feel like we are part of a family. Vinny just adores Ms. Rosemary as well as the other infant teachers. He is excited to play and learn each day. He smiles and laughs when he sees his teachers. This makes us feelthat the staff really care about our son. The KinderCare staff does an excellent job of communicating on a daily basis the activities of Vinny; including play, learning, eating, sleeping and more. Knowing that we can call anytime is not problem to Ms. Susan, the center director, who knows each and every child and parent. This makes us feel like we are a part of a family, all caring and teaching Vinny together. We look forward to see Vinny grow with KinderCare.

- Parents

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