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Palatine KinderCare

Natalie Tronco,
Center Director

929 E. Palatine Rd. Palatine IL 60067
Ph: (847) 358-2233
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: near NW Hwy & Palatine Rd

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 BUSED TO: Winston Campus, Kimball Hill, Central Road, Jane Adams, Virginia Lake, Lake Louise, Paddock, and St. Theresa. St. Collette and Conyers will provide transportation via yellow bus to and from KinderCare!

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:
4/12/2004
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15+ Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ashley Citchens, Assistant Director

Ashley joined the KinderCare family in 2014, but has over 5 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of four and three of her children attend the center! Ashley has always been very active in church, and hopes to bring her knowledge that she gained from her experience working there to KinderCare. Ashley is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Management.

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.

Year Started:
5/8/2014
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Assicociate's Degree in Child Development and Human Services

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:
8/5/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10+
Education:
Child Development Associate's

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:
8/3/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10+

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:
12/22/2014
Years in ECE industry:
15
Education:
B.A. Elementary Education

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:
4/25/2011
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10+
Education:
Child Development Associate

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:
6/9/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5+
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

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:
6/23/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
B.A. in Elementary Education, Type 03 teaching license

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