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Palatine KinderCare

Amber Simmons, 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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Neighborhood:
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, Jane Addams, Virginia Lake, Lake Louise, Lincoln, and Sanbourn. Conyers will provide transportation via yellow bus to and from KinderCare!

Welcome

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.

Amber Simmons, 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.

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

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

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!

  • Amber Simmons

    Amber Simmons, Center Director

    Amber started in Early Childhood  Education in 2000 as an assistant teacher for KinderCare. She became a lead teacher for school age program, using her classroom management skills to support a team of educators and taking on additional management roles. After graduating with her associates degree in Early Childhood Education, Amber became a Center Director in February 2016.   

    Previous Experience:
    Amber has had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher for other NAEYC accredited childcare centers, as well as an Assistant Director for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Curious George Series 

    Year Started:
    7/10/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Hannah Rivera

    Hannah Rivera, Program Specialist

    Both working with children and their families, and continuing my education as an educator, helped me to build a solid foundation and understanding of how to best meet the needs and interests of young children.

    Hannah started in Early Care and Education in 2010 as an assistant teacher for a military childcare organization, then strengthened her professional development by graduating at the top of her class with her Associates in Early Childhood Development. She became a Lead Teacher for both a toddler and two's classroom, using her classroom management skills to support a team of educators. Hannah joined the KinderCare family in 2015 while conducting field hours for her education courses, taking on the role of Assistant Director. She has broadened her skill set by working with a diverse group of teachers, children, and their families. Hannah looks forward each day to supporting her team in providing the highest quality environment that she can to support the children in their growth. Her focus is truly on the families, and to make their experience with KinderCare one their children will remember and appreciate for a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Hannah has had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher for other NAEYC accredited childcare centers, as well as an Acting Center Director for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat: I Love My Red Shoes

    Year Started:
    6/9/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Business Management; Illinois Director's Credential
  • Kim Bianchi

    Kim Bianchi, Education Specialist

    Kim was born and raised in Hoffman Estates, IL and now lives in Palatine! Kim attended Northern Illinois University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. In March 2010 she started working for KinderCare as a Prekindergarten Teacher. A year later, she became the Private Kindergarten Teacher, and taught the class for five years. She also took on management responsibilities which prepared her to take on the role as Assistant Director for the Palatine KinderCare! Kim loves working with children and seeing their accomplishments over the years!

    Previous Experience:
    I have babysat for many years and I was also a summer camp counselor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jen Wallace

    Ms. Jen Wallace, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jen has been an Infant Teacher here for over two years. She decided to change career paths after having her son. She realized how much she loves caring for children and fell in-love with our Infant Nursery. Ms. Jen truly loves seeing the babies grow and building relationships with all of the families. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending her free time with her son and boyfriend. Their favorite thing to do together is fish!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer's previous experience includes being a mommy and babysitting her nieces and nephews.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever by Roger Knapp

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Megan Mendyk

    Ms. Megan Mendyk, Infant Classroom

    After graduating from DePaul University with her bachelor's of arts in Psychology, Ms. Megan knew right away that her interests were in working with kids. She loves to teach in every single way, and loves to watch young children learn from their environment and teachers. It's amazing for her to see how observant and smart children are. She especially loves to help shape who they are as little humans!

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher for Children with Special Needs
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Steal the Bacon

    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Miriam

    Ms. Miriam, Toddler Classroom

    Do not prepare the path for the child. Let the child prepare his/her own path.

    Ms. Miriam loves her life in her Toddler classroom! She enjoys working at KinderCare, from learning the curriculum to carrying out hands-on creative activities with the children, as well as growing as a teacher in the field. Ms. Miriam is happily married and resides in Hoffman Estates, IL. She appreciates the good in everything, and teaches that to her students each and every day by having a positive attitude and a smile!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Miriam has had experience babysitting and also working in childcare facilities in the local area of Schaumburg, IL. Ms. Miriam is also a teacher at her community church helping second grade children to receive their first communion.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    1/3/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Megan Ellis

    Ms. Megan Ellis, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Megan is married with three children of her own; a ten year-old, eight year-old, and six year-old. She is a very family-oriented person, and loves to sing, dance, and spend time with her family. What brought her to KinderCare originally was being able to work where her kids are. What has kept her passionate in work is being able to work with children and helping them grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    But Not the Hippopotamus

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Michelle lives in Roselle, IL, and attends Elmhurst College. She is currently working towards her bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Michelle has always had a love for kids and hopes to one day have her own Kindergarten classroom. KinderCare has helped Ms. Michelle to grow as a teacher and as a healthy individual. When not at work, Ms. Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, swimming, and listening to music.

    Previous Experience:
    Student Teacher
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working Towards bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ever since Ms. Tina was little, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. Working at KinderCare has allowed her to do what she loves as well as spend time with her family. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently working on her certificate for Early Childhood Education through Harper College. Ms. Tina has three beautiful children who keep her endlessly entertained and exhausted. She loves to read, cook, and travel as much as she can!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina's previous experience includes student teaching.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Harry Potter series and Frindle by Andrew Clements

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nimra

    Ms. Nimra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nimra graduated in May 2017 with her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and Urbana Champaign.  She one day aspires to be a Speech Language Pathologist and will be pursuing her Graduate degree in the near future.  In her free, Ms. Nimra loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and finding new food places to eat at!  Within the last semester at U of I, Ms. Nimra worked at a Child Development Lab where she was a student teacher in their Two's classroom, and she absolutely loved it!  She is now one of our Discovery Preschool teachers, and her passion for working with children is what brought here her to our Palatine Rd. KinderCare.  Ms. Nimra is excited to be a part of the KinderCare team and to provide an enriching environment to the children!

    Previous Experience:
    Student Teacher
    Year Started:
    5/1/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Gianna

    Ms. Gianna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Gianna is a senior at Illinois State University where she is studying Early Childhood Education. She began her career at KinderCare at the Bloomington location and transferred to our Palatine Rd. KinderCare for the summer!  Ms. Gianna will be student teaching in Arlington Heights spring of 2018.  She has a huge passion for teaching, and the best feeling for her is seeing a student learn something because of her teaching!  In her free time, Ms. Gianna enjoys watching sports and movies, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2017
    Education:
    Working towards bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sammy

    Ms. Sammy, Preschool Classroom

    The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

    Ms. Sammy has had the pleasure to teach and play with all ages here at KinderCare. She has a little one named Dakota that attends our Toddler Program. Ms. Sammy and Dakota both love anything outdoors including walks with their St. Bernard, hiking, swimming, and camping!  Ms. Sammy has been working with and caring for children for over ten years. She believes it is truly the best and most rewarding job watching children grow into incredible little humans. She dreams to one day become an elementary teacher.  In the meantime, she has a blast with the children here at KinderCare and thanks the families for allowing her to be a part of their wonderful life!

    Previous Experience:
    School Age Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit

    Year Started:
    3/1/2017
    Education:
    Bachelors in Film & Video: Animation; Working towards completion of bachelor of art in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Meghan Moffett

    Ms. Meghan Moffett, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Meghan grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and attended William Fremd High School here in Palatine, IL.  She received her Bachelor's degree from Western Illinois, and is currently working towards receiving her Master's degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University.  Outside of teaching, Ms. Meghan loves spending time with her family and friends, and also enjoys dancing, which has been a big part of her life for 20+ years!  Ms. Meghan has a passion for teaching and working with children, which is why she is grateful to be able to do what she loves everyday here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Dance Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Education:
    Bachelors in Communication with a minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Jen Ivener

    Ms. Jen Ivener, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing all the children I spend time with grow and change!

    Ms. Jen has been married for 18 years and she has two daughters. One of her daughters is 18 years old and the second one is 13 years old. Ms. Jen loves dogs and owns three herself! Ms. Jen loves to spend time with her family and their favorite thing to do together is to go camping. We are very appreciative of her dedication to the children and the excellent service she provides each and every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has been with KinderCare for 20 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ten in the Bed

    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Jasmin

    Ms. Jasmin, Floater

    Ms. Jasmin is a kind and caring person that has a passion for working with children and families.  She works with KinderCare because she loves to teach and prepare students to become future leaders.

    Previous Experience:
    Case Manager
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy 

    Year Started:
    4/8/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Family and Social Services

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

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.

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