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Spring Street KinderCare

Kimberly McShane, Center Director

1250 W. Spring St. South Elgin IL 60177
(847) 289-5280 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Corner of Spring and McLean" behind McDonalds and 7-Eleven

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Willard, Clinton, Fox Meadow, Century Oaks, Corron, Anderson, Otter Creek, Country Trails, St. Patricks, Prairie View

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Welcome to the South Elgin KinderCare. As you begin the journey of finding a quality early childhood program, we would like to extend a hand to you in helping your family make the best choice. As a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited center, we strive to meet the highest standard in early care and education. We employ and support teachers who have the educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development. They do so through implementation of a curriculum that fosters all areas: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development. It is our top priority to establish relationships and use the resources of our community and our families so that we can achieve the goals we have in mind for our children. You and your child or children are welcome to come meet our teachers, and explore the classroom and the curriculum for yourselves. We look forward to your visit!

Kimberly McShane, 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.

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.

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

  • Kimberly McShane

    Kimberly McShane, Center Director

    Nothing makes me happier than connecting families and teachers, that they may communicate and work together to impact the greatest goal: the whole child.

    Kimberly has been with KinderCare since 1999. She has been at the South Elgin location since 2007. Ms. Kim is not only the center director, but a very proud parent as well. With that, her goal is to provide the utmost quality care so every parent feels comfortable with their choice in childcare. During her career at South Elgin, she has led the center to become NAEYC Accredited, worked with teachers and parents to help co-launch a parent/teacher organization and has brought the center status as an active community participant for local fundraisers and community involvement. Her personal goal is to always live and work to make herself happy as a parent and a director.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
  • Amanda Miracle

    Amanda Miracle, Assistant Director

    Creating meaningful moments with children, family and staff allows the building blocks of our children's educational future to be founded.

    Ms. Amanda began her journey with the South Elgin KinderCare in the School Age Classroom and has since been promoted to the Assistant Director. As a part of her Assistant Director position, she works very closely with the parents to keep them involved in every aspect of their children's lives. Ms. Amanda is the Chairperson of the center's Parent Teacher Organization. The Parent Teacher Organization is a main part of what Ms. Amanda's passion is about. She feels that there is no greater educational bond than the one that incorporates parent, teacher, child and community.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    The thrill and joy I see with learning and discovery never gets boring. The thirst for knowledge is always an amazing process to watch and share in experience.

    Ms. Jennifer has always had a passion for childhood development. She has never known how to do anything else but love, nurture, inspire, teach and hug. After earning her teachers certificate, she took some time to grow a family. This is her first year as a Kindergarten teacher and she can't wait to enjoy the many more joyous experiences of the first year of her children's educational career.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Silvia

    Ms. Silvia, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because every minute is a teachable moment.

    Ms. Silvia has spent her entire career at KinderCare in the Toddler classroom. She loves to communicate with all of the parents. In her spare time she is a Zumba Instructor for children and adults. Ms. Silvia loves to get to know every single child in her classroom as well as displaying art work and pictures for the parents to see.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool & Preschool Classroom & Cooking Adventures

    I love the children! I love their hugs and excitement when I come into a classroom!

    Ms. Jessica is a very involved and passionate teacher. She has a passion for literacy and utilizes literacy in many ways to enhance the Preschool curriculum. Ms. Jessica enjoys small group activities along with the ability to spend one on one time with children. She also makes great efforts at keep open lines of communication with parents about their child's development.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow from the first time they come in our doors to the time they are all grown up.

    Ms. Megan has spent her entire career in the Discovery Preschool classromo. She loves to incorporate activities throughout the day that are fun, challenging, exciting and sometimes messy! Ms. Megan has a love for each child in her class and provides open communication with each parent. She is also fantastic at potty training!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Sandy, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Gail

    Ms. Gail, Preschool Classroom

    We all learn together.

    Ms. Gail has been with the KinderCare family since 2004. She is currently teaching in the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. Ms. Gail enjoys working with the children to make their classroom a "homey" comfortable place to play and learn. She is uses a very honest approach to her education methods. She maintains consistent open lines of communication with the families to create meaningful bonds that produce everlasting learning for her students. Ms. Gail is very passionate about each individual child and helping them to create stepping stones to fully prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gail has also run her own home daycare.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Naveeda

    Ms. Naveeda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It gives me great satisfaction to see the progress and development the children have achieved when they graduate from Prekindergarten and that I have made a positive impact on their life.

    Ms. Naveeda come from a diverse background and therefore has a great deal of experience to offer the children in her classroom. She brings diversity to the classroom by talking about her family, her culture and her celebrations. Ms. Naveeda is very passionate about literacy and preparing her students with the skill set that they need in order to become life long readers. She enjoys creating small group activities that allow for one on one time with each child to fully prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Naveeda has previously taught in an International elementary school, University of Windsor, Canada DayCare
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool Classroom

    Every child is special in his or her own way. That makes every day special in so many ways.

    Ms. Lauren has been working with children for over six years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She loves that even in a short amount of time, she can make an impact on a child and they in turn can impact her. Ms. Lauren is a very creative person and uses her creativity to enhance the curriculum through art. She enjoys organizing large group activities that include silly songs, dances and sensory experiences.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    I love this job because I get to teach children about different things. I love watching how much they grow and what they learn.

    Ms. Amber has spent her career with KinderCare in the Toddler classroom. She loves to create fun and messy activities that provide the opportunity to learn. Ms. Amber has a strong love for every individual child in her room and throughout the center. She patiently provides parents with answers to any and all questions they may have.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Ashley V.

    Ms. Ashley V., Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten 1

    I love my job because everyday is rewarding and a child always teaches me something new.

    Ms. Ashley has previous experience with a variety of age groups that allows her to be very successful in her current role. She has always had a passion for kids. It is a field that she enjoys.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jenni

    Ms. Jenni, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and develop each and every day. The smiles and hugs I receive are the best!

    Ms. Jenni has spent her entire career at KinderCare in the Infant classroom. She is very passionate about her job and enjoys watching the children reach milestones in her classroom. She loves doing art projects and reading books to the children. Ms. Jenni has made it her passion to always capture each child's milestone moments so that the parents do not miss a thing.

    Year Started:
    5 Years

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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.

Special Features

  • Multi-Child Discounts

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

I would recommend this center to anyone and everyone. I had a job change and I moved my daughter to a different center for about a month. My daughter’s attitude changed along with her potty training regression. She would scream every time I dropped her off and she would ask for her old teachers and classmates all the time. I, as well, did not feel comfortable or very welcomed. After a month of my daughter crying, I made the choice to switch back to South Elgin center and driving 20 min. out of the way was worth it! This center treats everyone like family and includes my husband in things even though he’s in Afghanistan. I have searched and looked at a lot of daycare learning centers, I can truly say there is NO other place like this center!

- Mother

I asked a neighbor about the South Elgin center because I was unhappy with my current situation and my neighbor said she loved it. I took the tour for myself and I loved it too! We are so happy we came to this center!

- Mother

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