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Lake Cook KinderCare

Sabrina Claude, Ed.D., Center Director

1025 East Lake Cook Rd. Wheeling IL 60090
(847) 541-4406 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
in Lexington Commons strip mall Lake Cood Rd & Lexington

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Tripp, Pritchett, Field, Kilmer, Tarkington, and Twain.

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Welcome to Lake Cook KinderCare. We are very excited to share our school with your family! At our center, our passionate and engaging teachers provide care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children from six weeks to twelve years old. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow. Our curriculum has been expertly designed to provide a well rounded education that encompasses social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. In addition, our classrooms are planned and laid out to create a least restrictive environment that encourages children to move and explore. Over 75% of our staff have been dedicated to the well-being of the children in our care for more than 5 years and we believe that as partners with you, we can inspire your child’s love of learning.

Sabrina Claude, Ed.D., 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.

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.


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.

Science Adventures

Teachers & Staff

Our staff at the Lake Cook KinderCare is committed to providing a world-class education thast fosters the emotional, social, and academic development of all children.

  • Sabrina Claude, Ed.D.

    Sabrina Claude, Ed.D., Center Director

    “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

    Previous Experience:
    Dr. Claude has over nine years of Early Childhood and Elementary School experience in education. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member. As a corps member, she taught in an urban setting and taught students who were significantly behind grade level. Due to her ability to amke significant academic gains and close the achievement gap among her students, she soon took on school and district level leadership roles. Some of these roles include serving as a Common Core curriculum writer for the district, a university mentor and supervisor to student teachers, and a model teacher for comprehensive school reform models. She has spent the last year as an Assistant Principal for a public school. As an Assistant Principal, she oversaw the primary and upper grades curriculum and was second in command for the rest of the elementary school, which was licensed for approximately 800 students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hooray for Diffendoofer Day
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 + years
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Master of Arts in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, Master of Education in Supervision and Administration with K-12 School Building Certification from Columbia University Teachers College - New York City, and an Education Specialist and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. In addition, she has an Elementary Ed teaching certification and over 30 ECE units from Mercer University.
  • Nakeia Wells, M.S. Ed.D.

    Nakeia Wells, M.S. Ed.D., Assistant Director

    Teach Children to Love Learning!

    I started out in child care when I was sixteen from here, I developed a love for teaching and children. After completing high school I decided to  major and early childhood education where I received my Masters Degree in 2011. Working for years in child care helped me realize that my passion was teaching. I've always believed that teaching is driven from passion- the passion to teach, passion to change, and the passion to witness growth in each child.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy, Charlotte's Web, The Three Little Pigs, Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 + years
    Bachelor Degree in Family and Individual Development from Northern Illinois University; Master of Education in Science with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Northern Illinois University
  • Ms. Joliece

    Ms. Joliece, Floater

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
    By: Benjamin Franklin

    Previous Experience:
    I had the pleasure of working with children with developmental disorders for years! While still exploring my options in the education field, I found KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander & the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. By: Judith Viorst
  • Ms. Susana

    Ms. Susana, Two's

  • Ms. Jackie, Infants

    I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new things.  I love when the children smile and greet me every day.

    Ms. Jackie has been a toddler teacher at KinderCare for ten years and loves helping young children learn and grow.  She is passionate about the well-being of every child and wants each one of her students to know how special they are!  Jackie is currently working on achieving her associates degree for Early Childhood Education to enhance her wealth of knowledge.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Marahi

    Ms. Marahi, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Marahi decided to pursue a career in teaching because of her passion for helping young children.  She cares for each infant that comes into her classroom and builds strong relationships with each parent.  Marahi knows that it is not always easy for parents to leave their baby while they go to work and strives each day to ensure that every baby gets the one-on-one attention they deserve.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool

    I love the fact that the children are so excited to see me and want to explore and learn. The children make me feel so proud when the parents tell me that their child wants to come to school as soon as they wake up in the morning!

    Ms. Debbie has been the Discovery Preschool teacher for almost six years. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is going back to school to finish her degree. She brings a lot of positive energy and excitement into the Discovery Preschool room. Ms. Debbie also works very closely with parents to make sure each child and family feel like they are an important member of the class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Debbie worked as a nanny for five years and taught at Gymboree for five years.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Krissy

    Ms. Krissy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch how excited the children are when they accomplish something new and being so excited about learning!

    Ms. Krissy is an energetic and passionate Prekindergarten teacher. She has worked with the Prekindergarten children for almost six years. She believes each child is a special and exciting part of her class. Ms. Krissy has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is finishing her degree in Education. She loves to make KinderCare a fun and educational place for not only children but families as well. Ms. Krissy strives to have each child and family learn and grow as part of our KinderCare Family.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Krissy worked as a nanny for six years, at the Park District Before and After School Program and spent four years working at Gymboree.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 + years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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About Our Center

We are committed to providing all children with a comprehensive learning experience where children and educators grow in curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity. We envision Lake Cook KinderCare as a place to foster the development of social, emotional, and academic skills among children ages birth to twelve years old.
Each child entrusted in our care should leave our center ready to engage in meaningful ways in the elementary school setting, having internalized our core values of imagination, curiosity, rigor, and service.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 the Lake Cook KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our center features a key-coded entry and two fenced-in playgrounds. We conduct name to face counts every 30 minutes along with monthly fire and disaster drills. Our teachers and staff members are fully background checked and are CPR and First Aid certified. We also follow stringent 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.

Over the last year and a half I have built a relationship with the Kindercare Center directors and staff. The expression, "it takes a village to raise a child" could not be more true in today's world. As a full-time working mom, I am often wrecked with the guilt of leaving a crying child or having to work when my child is feeling under the weather. The caring and nurturing staff at Kindercare works diligently to support me and my child. There have been innumerable times that I have had to have the staff administer medicine or breathing treatments to my child. Every time I have felt secure and confident that I am leaving my child in the best possible treatment. The staff loves and supports my daughter. The feeling is reciprocal. Two year olds can be fickle but when she comes home reporting love for her teacher and the center staff, I know that it is a result of the many hours and attention they provide to her. I feel blessed to have the support of such a capable, caring staff. I have received help and support from every staff member, I don't believe that my thanks will ever be sufficient. I just couldn't do it without their help. Again, I express my gratitude and many thanks.

- Mother

Hello my name is Raquel C,

I would like to share my experience with the Kinder-Care that my 3yr old twins Jayden & Jordan attend. I am a single mother raising two 3yr old's, We moved from the city of Chicago to Wheeling, IL in May 2013. I started a new chapter in my life, but was very worried on whom would take the responsibility of caring for my little boys while I worked. I made various appointments with 7 or 8 local daycare's & visited 5 or 6 of them. I decided to put the boys into Kinder-Care located in Wheeling, I was very nervous and anxious the very 1st few weeks and so were Jayden & Jordan. The staff always made me & the boys feel very comfortable. I could drop in whenever I wanted, I could also call as many times as I wanted. As time went by I can honestly tell you, putting my kids at the Kinder-Care in Wheeling was one of the most humbling decisions that I have ever made for my boys and myself!! I went from calling 7 times a day to once or twice a week. the family (staff) at this Kinder-Care are the most amazing, caring, professional, family orientated people I have ever met, My boys get up every morning with the grace of God, asking to go to school (daycare) so they can have fun, count, color & most importantly LEARN. My boys are 3yr olds & they know their numbers, their colors, how to be respectful & are on their way to becoming responsible young men. I moved to wheeling with no family in my surroundings, and now I am truly blessed in saying that Kinder-Care is my family. A BIG THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY BOYS JUST AS MUCH AS I DO!!
A Grateful & Worry Free Mommie

- Mother

I was so nervous when I was searching for a daycare for my children. As an Early Childhood Educator, I had high expectations of where I wanted my children to attend, but also needed the place to be affordable. I was looking for a play based curriculum with some age appropriate academics as well. I can honestly say that this KinderCare on Lake Cook Rd. in Wheeling has by far exceeded my expectations! My children are learning in English AND Spanish! What an amazing gift that is! In addition to the learning, my children connected immediately with their teachers and the directors and there is a genuine care and concern that goes both ways. My son still talks about the teachers he had in previous years. As a parent, the peace of mind that I have knowing that my children are safe and happy at this wonderful center is truly priceless. This is a QUALITY daycare and that is something that I do not take lightly!

- Mother

Calling Kindercare my kids second home is an understatement. The way my kids feel about their teachers is pure adoration. I know if you asked either of them to list those they love, at the top of the list would be their teachers (and the directors). The care and attention they give to each child is amazing. We have been part of the Kindercare family for the past three and a half years…starting out in the infant room and now my son is in the 4’s room. What amazes me the most every single day is that they learn SO much…both children can count in Spanish (by the age of 2!) which I am just amazed by…. There are times when I will have the day off and ask them if they would rather stay home with me or go to school…nine times out of ten, they pick school…I even get scolded by my son when I pick them up early… To say that they love Kindercare is so true but honestly, I know that the teachers and directors there love my children and to a working mom, there is nothing better than feeling as if your kids are with family when you can’t be with them.

- Mother

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