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Wise Road/Schaumburg KinderCare

Ms. Karen Maxwell, Center Director

650 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg IL 60193
(847) 895-1950 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Aldrin - Hanover Highlands - Collins - Einstein- Anne Fox - Endersalk - Laurel Hill - - Heritage- Frederick Nerge

"Come on in and have a free day on us!!!"


Welcome to  Wise Road KinderCare in Schaumburg!  Here at our center we are committed to providing the highest quailty of early childhood education for our families, in a safe, nurturing envirnoment where care and learning focuses on the "Whole Child"! Our enhanced programs leads the way in early childhoood development , with focusing on the important six areas of development: 
* Language and literacy
* Social + Emotional Development
* Creative Expression
* Physical Development + Wellness
* Executive Function
* Cognitive Development
   Our center can fulfill your family with a variety of needs to infant care, toddler care, discovery preschool 2's, preschool, pre- kindergarden, and schoolage. We work with every family's schedules by offering partial day, full-day, and partial week plans to  better our relationship with our committed families.  Feel free to come in and visit our center with the knowledge that your child will have the best care provided in the schaumburg area.

Ms. Karen Maxwell, 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

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.

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.

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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.


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

Our staff at the Wise Road KinderCare are dedicated and passionate about education and caring for children. We accommodate children as young as six weeks through twelve years of age(6th grade). Our staff participates in a minimum of 20 hours of Professional Development training annually and many continue their with new college course to further their educational horizons. We provide an educational curriculum to meet the needs of each child and age group and prepare them for school and beyond. We teach them life skills through our daily routines. 

We are NAC accredited. The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive, ongoing quality improvement system that recognizes the inherent diversity among programs through the self-study and award process. 

We transport to several local Elementary Schools for Before and After care as well as drop in care for days off of school. We also offer a fun and exciting Summer Curriculum that allows our School-Age children to go on field trips and our younger children to have in-house field trips with special guests. 

  • Ms. Karen Maxwell, Center Director

    Natalie was born in Chicago, Illinois. She has two sisters, a niece and two nephews and two wonderful parents and she is newly married.  She graduated from Illinois State University in 2008. She is new to KinderCare but ready to learn new things everyday and be part of the KinderCare family.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Michelle C.

    Ms. Michelle C., Prekindergarten Lead Teacher, Bus Driver

    Ms. Michelle was born and raised in Streamwood, Illinois. She graduated from Elgin Community College with her associate degree in Early Childhood Education and continued to get her Bachelor's Degree at Roosevelt University. She has been working with children since 2003. Besides working at KinderCare, Michelle loves to do scrap booking and enjoying time with her friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Michelle taught at another early childhood center. She also volunteered at Gigi Playhouse in Schaumburg.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marisa G., Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the children smile with joy when they learn new skills!" - Ms. Marisa

    Ms. Marisa was raised in Chicago and later moved to Streamwood with her family. She attended Wright College and Truman College where she attended classes in Education. Ms. Marisa has been in the Early Childhood field since 1990. She enjoys spending time with her children and swimming. She is also a big baseball and football fan. Her favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Marisa worked for School District U46 and continues to do private tutoring.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Credentials in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Hannah S., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Hannah is a proud mother of two beautiful little girls; Taniya and Brooklyn. She found her passion working with children when she was a youth mentor at her church as a teenager. She's excited to be in the child development associate program which will enable her become a Certified Lead Teacher. Being an Infant room teacher has given her so much happiness and she can not wait to keep being a loving role model all the children in her care!

    Previous Experience:
    Youth Mentor and Assistant teacher at Panther Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 years
    Enrolled in child development associate program
  • Ms. Christina C., Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    My previous experience in Early Childood Education working at the Bensenville KinderCare location for a little over a year prior to joining the loving family at Wise Road KinderCare!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Credentials in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole M., Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nicole comes from a big, loving family full of children which lead her to her passion teaching children. Ms. Nicole grew up in Minnesota and relocated to Schaumburg in July 2016. She helped raise her younger sister who is currently in high school. Ms. Nicole still follows her Minnesota sports teams the Vikings and the Wild. Ms. Nicole worked at KinderCare in Minnesota and when she moved to Illinois transferred to our KinderCare on Wise Road.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at KinderCare in Minnesota.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Baby Bear by Esther and Eloise Wilkin

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhod Education
  • Ms. Zenitra H., Infant Classroom

    Ms. Zenitra became passionate about working with children while in college pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology. Later, she decided to pursue a minor in Child Development. Ms. Zenitra loves creating trusting close relationships with children and loves watching them grow and develop. She also enjoys shopping, watching T.V., baking cakes, cookies, and brownies, and she loves listening to music!

    Previous Experience:
    My previous experience was working at Little Shepherd Day Care and Children's Home and Aide.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Minor in Child Development
  • Ms. Laurie M., Preschool Classroom

    I love reconnecting with my former students. It is nice to learn how they have grown and hear where they see themselves in the future.

    Ms. Laurie was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from Badger High School and later moved to Streamwood, Illinois where she married her husband in 1981. She has three children and enjoys spending her free time going to concerts and movies. Ms. Laurie is also a grandmother of two grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie has ten years of experience working at the Streawood Behavioral Health Center in the Dietary Unit. The knowledge Ms. Laurie obtained working as a dietary aide is used daily at home and as a current KinderCare teacher. Providing a safe and positive environment are of Ms. Laurie's strengths.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate Certified
  • Ms. Carolyn S., Opening Floater, Bus Driver, School Age, Learning Adventures

    I enjoy teaching the children new things and watching them get excited about mastering new life skill(s).

    Ms. Carolyn grew up in Schaumburg. Her hobbies are painting and going to the movies. She also enjoys going into the city, and spending time with her wonderful family, her puppies, and her loving boyfriend!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carolyn has been dedicated to KinderCare throughout her whole entire Early Childhood Education career.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren K., School Age Classroom

    Ms. Lauren has grown up in Schaumburg her entire life. She received her bachelors degree in community health education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2014. Ms. Lauren loves hanging out with her family and friends. She is also a huge Chicago Cubs fan and is beside herself that they won the World Series!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren worked at a child care center while attending Southern Illinois University for two and a half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Community Health

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

When you are part of the KinderCare family you are part of a diverse family that focuses on the enrichment and growth of children in a positive learning environment.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)

    National Accreditation Commission (NAC)

Special Features

  • Phonics Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Music Classes
  • Sports/Yoga/Large Motor Classes

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Please find alternative care for your children on the following days for center closures-- New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, President's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Columbus Day and Christmas Day.  Two of these days are Professional Development Days for the staff that give educators an opportunity to learn and discuss new ideas in their career field to better their classrooms for the children.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member.All of our staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid. We conduct monthly fire drills to ensure the safety of our children and staff.

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.

A Special Thank You in recognition and sincere appreciation for your exemplary efforts in ensuring our success during the indelible time we have been at the learning center from November 2012 until April 2014. We acknowledge your distinguished contribution in building up our English proficiency level. Thank you for teaching, inspiring, encouraging and challenging us. We are grateful to our unique friends in the Prekindergarten classroom. We have built together an ambiance that is filled with love and friendship.You are a great learning center, we wish you all a bright future. We will miss you as we return back home to Saudi Arabia.

- Father

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