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North Schaumburg KinderCare

Cathy Veller, Center Director

2601 Quentin Rd. Schaumburg IL 60173
(847) 397-0799 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Plum Grove Hills, Pleasant Hill, Hunting Ridge, Inverness

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pleasant Hill, Hunting Ridge, Willow Bend, Central Road


Welcome to our KinderCare Learning Center!  We are so proud of our dedicated teachers, amazing curriculum and our commitment to our families.  I have been with the center since 2001 and have many long term teachers on our team.  Our goal is to make sure all of our children are safe, happy and learning!  Our days consist of hands-on activities, singing and dancing, graphing and sorting, large and small motor activities, experimenting and exploring and much more!  We invite you to come in and experience all of the amazing things happening in our NAEYC Accredited school.  Please stop by and spend some time meeting our teachers and learning more about us.

Cathy Veller, 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

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


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.


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

We have such a diverse staff at our KinderCare Learning Center, which makes us stand out in our community!  We embrace many languages and a lot of creativity in our classrooms.  Please take a look at our individual staff biographies for more information or stop in to meet our wonderful teachers.

  • Cathy Veller

    Cathy Veller, Center Director

    A sense of community and family is important to me and my center.

    I have been with KinderCare since 2001. I was lucky enough to grow up in the neighborhoods near our school and attended the elementary, junior high and high schools in the area. Later, I moved to Arizona where I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. Family is extremely important to me, so I moved back to the Palatine area to be close to my family after my son was born. My son attended KinderCare for many years, which allowed me to see each classroom through the eyes of a manager and a parent for each age group. I am so fortunate to always have a strong team with me at KinderCare. We work hard to make our school the cleanest, safest and best school for all of our children.

    Previous Experience:
    Cathy studied Elementary Education and completed student teaching in Arizona prior to joining KinderCare. I have since then taken Early Childhood classes along with on-going Professional Development classes. I am proud to be a part of the Palatine Jaycees within our community and I am a board member on my son's high school hockey team.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Mallika

    Mallika, Infant Nursery

    Mallika is an amazing Infant room teacher who puts the needs of her children and families first.  Mallika has her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business and Education.  She has enjoyed being a part of our team for many years and has been able to watch her little ones grow up throughout the center after graduating from her class.  She loves the babies because each day they learn and grwo with her! Please stop by to meet Miss Mallika and her team in our Infant nursery.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Lidia

    Lidia, Pre-Kindergarten

    Lidia is a very important part of our team.  She is our most veteran teacher, who always helps to train and mentor our other teaching staff.  Lidia has her degree in Early Childhood Education and she puts it to good use everyday.  Lidia is the best at preparing the students for their Kindergarten year through hands-on work and activities.  You will alway sfind something new in Miss Lidia's classroom because she is cretive and excited to keep our children's minds expanding. Please stop by our Pre-Kindergarten class to meet Lidia and her team!

    Year Started:
    17 Years
  • Jason

    Jason, Private Kindergarten

    Mr. Jason has an amazing Kindergarten classroom!  Jason graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and is certified to teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  He runs a private, full-day program where children can explore science, literacy, social studies, art and much more! Jason uses the program K12, along with a Smart Board to engage his students and allow them to take ownership of their learning.  You definitiely need to see him and his class in action!

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Debra

    Debra, Learning Adventures Classes

    Debra teaches our Learning Adventure class during the day to our children. Debra earned her Associates degree in Elementary Education and Business.  We offer Phonics, Reading, Math, Cooking and Music.  She brings the children into smaller group sizes to focus on whichever class they have signed up for.  These classes are not only great for your child academically, but they build self-confidence and independence.

    Year Started:
    11 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Special Features

  • Our school offer full-day Kindergarten with interactive technology.
  • We have a group of long term teachers who have been with our center for 16 years or more, including the School Director!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  Please enjoy the special time with your families!

Health and Safety

The teachers at KinderCare are First Aid and CPR certified and are continually trained on Health and Safety issues throughout the year. Our center has a secure entrance door with keypad capability and our three playgrounds are enclosed by a secure fence. We also follow health and safety procedures, such as hand washing, safe sleep practices and much more to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.

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.

When we first enrolled in this KinderCare my son went into the fours classroom and my daughter the threes. Now three years later, my son is a graduate from their first ever kindergarten classroom that this center opened up and I can't wait for my daughter to have the same fantastic experience my son had. Their syllabus has been up to par and sometimes I feel has exceeded the kindergarten learning in public school. Mr. Jason realized my son's potential and pushed him to realize it himself. The homework he was given perfectly complemented the homework he got from his public school and at times I thought was more creative too. The trips they took while in their summer program were fun and I love the amount of personal involvement the teacher had in each student.
Aditi's teachers have given us the same experience as well. Ms, Lydia, and Ms. Sammika, especially, have shown such an amazing personal interest in her. I feel like she is safe and in good hands and I never have had to worry about her safety or her feeling sad or left out in anyway. Their quality of teaching is impeccable and I only wish my daughter would sometimes listen better! I am looking forward to the summer program again and her upcoming kindergarten experience here.
The staff here has been incredibly supportive. There are times when I've had to call the school last minute to see if the kids could attend for that day, or the time I missed letting them know that they would be out. They have never let me feel like they've been inconvenienced by my missteps.
I would highly recommend this center to anyone that's interested in giving their child a wholesome education with a loving family like atmosphere.

- Mother

KinderCare has been a second family to us for almost four years now. The teachers in the infant, toddler and preschool/Pre-K rooms are wonderful -- so caring, educated and teaching our children so much. The Learning Adventure classes like Phonics give our children extra education outside of the classroom with more specialized learning, and it's been amazing to see everything our kids have learned in the classroom. The curriculum is challenging and perfect for each age group, and we know how prepared our kids will be once they get to kindergarten and beyond, thanks to KinderCare. Cathy Veller, the director, and Kristin Boyd, the assistant director, are so helpful, organized and accommodating. Best of all, they truly love the children. It's such a pleasure to be greeted by their smiling faces every morning. They have both been with the North Schaumburg center long term, and it shows -- they know all the families, kids and center information so well. They work well together, and it shows. Cathy and Kristin's center was our first choice from the beginning, and we have been thrilled with KinderCare from the first day we brought our 3-month-old to them. One of the best decisions we made as first-time parents!

- Mother

As a new mom, it was hard for me to make the decision for my daughter to go to daycare.    She has been enrolled for over a year now and it is one of the best decisions my husband and I made.  The staff at North Schaumburg KinderCare have made a positive impact in my daughter’s life and given her skills that she can only learn in a social setting.   The teachers are professional, experienced, but most importantly have the caring side that will scoop up your child and give them a hug just like I would at home.  They treat each student like they are one of there own, and pay attention to their individual needs.  They take the time out to listen and make the child feel important, even if it means they have to stop and take the time to  do the “potty dance” with my daughter, as we do at home, after each trip to the bathroom.   The Directors, Cathy and Kristen are always visible, know everyone’s names and welcome you in with a smile.   Their professionalism, longevity with the company and attention to every detail does not go unnoticed.  They are the pillars of the facility and are respected by each staff member; I never hesitate leaving my child under their direction.  
My husband and I are amazed with the growth our daughter has had over the first year with them, from songs she sings, to her logical reasoning, social interactions and her manners all because of North Schaumburg KinderCare.  We are expecting our second child in the next few months, and because of our daughter’s success, the only option for us is to enroll our second.   I cannot thank all the staff enough, from the cook to the directors for the positive impact they have made in our child’s life.

- Mother

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