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Schoenbeck KinderCare

Debbie Lipka, Center Director

780 South Schoenbeck Rd. Wheeling IL 60090
(847) 459-9231 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 23: Eisenhower, Betsy Ross, and Sullivan. Dist. 21: Field, Twain, Whitman, Tarkington, Kilmer, Riley, Poe. Dist. 25: Ivy Hill.

Currently accepting enrollments in our Toddler, Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-kindergarten classrooms!


Welcome to our center designed around child-initiated discovery and social play. Our strong teaching staff, both in tenure and educational backgrounds, provide an environment rich with learning, discovery, dramatic play, socialization, literacy and much more. Education at such a young age is the foundation for a lifetime of learners. You will find that our classrooms feature many opportunities for children to discover, learn and explore. Our center is diversified in both student and teacher populations and makes for a very well-rounded KinderCare family. We would love the opportunity to show you around our center and introduce you to the wonderful teachers that will play such a huge role in your child's education!

Debbie Lipka, 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.

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.

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 are extremely proud of our team at KinderCare and their commitment to education and to your children. Our staff either has a professional certificate, a degree, or is working towards their degree in a field related to child care studies. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education. Our company provides in-service training two days per year, along with monthly staff meetings. Our teachers are dedicated to providing an environment for your child that supports their overall well-being. We treat each child as if they were our own and know we can earn your confidence with the care we provide.

  • Debbie Lipka

    Debbie Lipka, Center Director

    My goal is to privde the children many opportunities for learning and to create their own "love for learning", that would continue throughout their lifetime. I am inspired by viewing the excitement, energy, and the "light bulbs" that go off, from the activities and projects the children and the teacher are engaged in, each and every day

    Debbie has been with KinderCare since June of 1988. She worked at the Schaumburg and Lake Cook Road locations as Center Director prior to coming to the Wheeling location as a Center Director in 1994.

    Previous Experience:
    Debbie’s previous experience includes teaching religious education classes for various age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Debbie’s favorite book is “Good Night Moon” and “Snowman at Night” these books became her favorite while reading them daily with her young son daily, who is now 8 years old. She is an advocate of reading to your child everyday.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 + years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Janet Esteban

    Janet Esteban, Assistant Director

    Ms. Janet has been with KinderCare since 2005. She has experience in our Discovery Preschool room and our Preschool room. Besides being our Assitant Director, she is also currently our Health and Safety Coordinator and teaches our Learning Adventures as our Program Specialist. She wears many hats at our location and is loved by all. She loves seeing the growth and development of the children.

    Ms. Janet knew from a young age that she wanted to become a teacher.  As a child, Ms. Janet liked to play “teacher”.   She would gather all her little cousins and friends, made an attendance list, and even gave them homework!  They soon became bored, because that is all she would want to play, so then she turned to her stuffed animals to be her students.  She would play for hours!!!  

    Her inspiration came from her third grade teacher; Ms. Riley.  She always went out of her way to make sure Ms. Janet got the best education she could possibly receive.  Till this day, she remembers her teacher and still has contact with her. 

    Ms Janet has been been married for 7 years; we are excepting our first child- a boy!  She enjoy spending time with my family.  She also enjoys traveling; her dream destinations would be Spain and Jamaica.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janet In high school, enrolled into the preschool program offered at Wheeling High School, for 2 years. She also completed observations and clinicals at Frost Elementary School with the 1st and 2nd graders.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Janet’s favorite children’s book is Rainbow Fish, because it teaches the children to love one another and themselves, for who they are and learn how to share. She mostly loves this book, because it teaches the uniqueness of every fish. Also, what you can not see with the “naked eye’ is what counts the most, your feelings and actions.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Ahoova

    Ms. Ahoova, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ahoova has been with KinderCare since 1993.  She has her CDA credential and continues her education throughout the years. Previous to working at KinderCare she worked at other community daycares in the area. She loves being around the children, teaching them and seeing them grow.

    She is inspired by seeing all the cute faces and all the hugs she gets from the little ones.  Seeing the entire first tooth, walk, crawl, and also knowing she can make a difference in their lives. 
    When she came to the U.S., she started working as a cook at Jolly Fun House and when she took lunch to the baby room, that was the time she knew she wanted to spend her time in the baby room. 
    When the parents walk into the room they will feel the warmth and the love for the children.  She always gives comfort when needed or they will see her doing something with the babies, feeding, diapering, projects, and activities. 

    Ms. Ahoova has been married for 32 years to my husband Yaakov.  She has 1 daughter Karen; she lives with us and her husband Bert.  She has 3 dogs Xoe, Cloe, and Pagette.  Her hobbies are cooking and baking.  She also like crocheting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ahoova worked at Jolly Fun House in the infant room from 1985-1992. In 1992-1993 she worked in a Kindergarten class in Israel.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Ahoova's favorite children book is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” It teaches people not to be greedy and it is ‘ok” to have simple things in life.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Child Care Certificate
  • Ms. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Infants

    Ms. hope is inspired when she see's the face of a child who has mastered a new skill or conquered a challenge, that makes her feel good, to see the smile on his/her face.  She thanks god each day that she can make a positive difference in the life of a child. 

    She knew she wanted to be a teacher when she felt a great love for children of any age and shared her teaching experience with them.  She likes to interact with children and she enjoys putting together curriculum to help promote social, physical, and emotional development for each individual child. 
    Parents will see that she interacts with their children and gives the children lots of smiles and hugs, they feel good leaving their child in her classroom, because they know their child will be safe, cared for, and loved by our teachers. 

    Ms. Hope has a son, T.J who is 25 years old and a daughter Paige, who is 22 years old.  She enjoys going bowling for fun, seeing movies in the theater.  She also enjoy reading the Bible everyday and loves romantic stories and inspirational stories.  She enjoys serving food and cooking food for the homeless people.  She love dogs, especially Chihuahua’s.  Her favorite color is pink. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hope took care of her baby cousin’s little sister. She also babysat a neighbor’s child.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Hope's favorite children's book is “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson, because it tells you simple ways to keep little things from taking over your life.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jen has been with KinderCare since 2007. She has worked in the Discovery Preschool room and is currently working in the Toddler room. She has her Bachelor's in Psycology. She enjoys knowing that she has made a difference in the lives of the children and enjoys learning from the children herself.

    She is inspired knowing that each day she is here, and makes an impact on a child’s life!

    She knew she wanted to become a teacher during high school.  Her mother was a teacher and she helped in a 2nd grade class during her senior year of high school.
    When parents enter her class, they will feel how inviting it is.  She has a great deal of pride in the activities she does in class: the artwork they create, the pictures of learning new skills, and the fun they have while doing them.

    Ms. Jen has a 9 ½ year old daughter who grew up at this KinderCare.  She has 2 pets: 1 dog Tucker and her cat Watson.  She enjoys spending time listening to music, shopping and hanging out with friends and family!  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen has Babysat in her neighborhood while she college. She student taught in college She also has taught Sunday school for the past 10 years plus.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Jen's favorite children's book is “Where The Wild Things Are” because it shows how children’s imagination start at an early age.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Xochitl

    Ms. Xochitl, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Xoch is inspired of herself (my persona)  she wants to prove to her self that she can do better everyday (better than the day before) she always try to improve and learn from her mistakes.

    Since she was a kid she wanted to teach because she always enjoyed helping others and now she knows that a teacher helps kids in many different ways. 
    When parents walk into her room they will be able to see all the different projects the children have worked on.   It's a blast of color, shapes and exciting creative actitivies that your child will participate in daily. They will also see how clean and well organized things are around the classroom.  In addition to that, parents will feel a warm and friendly environment.

    Three words that describe her would be “honest, passionate, and optimistic”.  She is dedicated to her school and on her free time, she likes to draw while listening to music or writing.


    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Xoch started working with children in 2005, she babysat her cousin. In 2008 she babysat two brothers. Till this day, she still takes them on little field trips.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Xoch's favorite children's book is “No David”. In this book, children learn about the good and the bad. David shows what not to do and shows the consequences of his actions. Children can relate to this book and learn from it too.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alma is isnpsired by seeing her childrne's faces filled with excitement when she teaches them new things. 
    When Ms. Alma was a little girl, she used to take all her moms papers and pens and set everything on the stairs of her house. She would put all her dolls on the couch and she remembers that she used to teach her dolls letters and numbers.  She would do this everyday after school and that’s when she told her self that she wanted to be a teacher.  She wanted to be close to the children and teach them new things. 
    When parents walk into her class they will be amazed by all the things that a two year old can do in her clasroom.   It's a blast of color, shapes and exciting creative actitivies that your child will participate in daily.  In addition to that, parents will feel a warm and friendly environment. 

    Ms. Alma She loves children, likes to read books and she has 3 children of her own Nathan-4 years old, Camila-3 years old, and Katheryne-6 months old.  Her three children are her life!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alma workied Kidcare for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Alma's favorite books is “Rainbow Fish” because she sees herself like a rainbow fish, that no matter what you are going thru in life, you have to put on your best color (face) for your classroom. What children see is what they will remember for ever!
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Ms. Alma is pursuing her Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Hiroshi, Preschool

    Ms. Hiro is inspired by people who surround her and who makes her happy and encourage her.
    After graduating from high school, she realized teaching a child something new or watching a child do something for the very first time, was very exciting for her.  Furthermore, it has been so interesting to help shape the young mind of a child.  She thinks it is such a rewarding job. 

    When a parent enters her classroom, they will feel that it’s a clean, safe environment where they can leave their child without any hesitation. 

    She is originally from Sri Lanka and she moved to the USA in 2007.  She has lived in four different states during this short period of time.   It was very interesting to learn and experience different people, facilities, etc. across the USA internationally. She is married and have two children, a daughter and a son which are the best thing that has happened in her life.  When ever she finds spare time, she loves hiking as well as painting, mostly outdoor sceneries.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hiro has been teaching since 2004. She started her career as a preschool teacher in Sri Lanka. After moving to the USA, she worked as a preschool teacher in San Diego CA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Hiro used to read lots of books written in her native language back in Sri Lanka.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, School age and Pre-kindergarten

    Mr. Ryan has been with KinderCare since 2008. He has experience in all of our classrooms as well as our Learning Adventures program. Mr. Ryan is loved by all the children and families. He is inspired by knowing he is helping them to learn and is helping make a difference in their lives.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Maria, Cook

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day,  (Holidays on Saturday, holiday observed on Friday before.  Holidays on Sunday, holiday observed on Monday after.)

Health and Safety

At the Schoenbeck KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our center features a key-coded entry and three 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 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.

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I have had my daughter Isabelle enrolled at Schoenbeck KinderCare for the past six years. I feel as though the KinderCare staff is an extended part of my family now. The center director, Debbie Lipka, is one of the most helpful people I have ever known. She has always helped me whenever I came to her for questions or guidance. I really love that the staff truly cares about the kids. It's not just a simple job for them, it is their career and life. All the teachers that my daughter has had over the years have taught her not only academically, but life lessons as well. The most challenging times I've had with my daughter was in Ms. Melody's room (Preschool classroom) and she was always so helpful in guiding me as a parent for things I can do at home to keep my daughter on the right track. Because of the wonderful staff at KinderCare, my daughter is excelling academically in her Kindergarten class and she has such a strong foundation to start her life! Thank you to everyone involved in helping my Isabelle grow into such an intelligent and social little person!

- Mother

Anytime you are looking for a child care center it can be worrisome.  The staff at the Schoenbeck KinderCare have made our experience an absolute pleasure.  Our 4 year old daughter loves the teachers and all the friends that she has created in her classroom.  In addition to the excellent level of care she receives, the education in phenomenal.  Caitlyn can spell, count, and use complete sentences with a large and vast vocabulary.  This was our third attempt at finding a child care center we could call home, and we found it with this KinderCare.  The director Debbie Lipka is a wonderful person who can help you with just about anything.  The staff there treat you as if you and your family are part of their family and this is rare for a child care center.  If you are looking for a place dedicated to your child, look no further.  Thank you Schoenbeck KinderCare for being there for us!

- Mother

Our KinderCare is the best daycare in the world! We have been at the center for over seven years and we couldn’t be happier. There isn't anyone else that I would trust to take care of my children while I am at work. From the first time we came to scope out KinderCare, I knew we would like it. It smelled clean as you walked in the door and we were greeted so warmly-as if we were already part of a family. We were at another center for a few months and my son didn’t like it. I also didn’t like the dirty diaper smell and lack of a plan for the day's activities. I wanted my child to learn and grow while I was at work-the same things I would be teaching him if I didn’t have to go to work. I luckily found the perfect place for him - KinderCare. All the teachers are happy, you can see in every room, and it is clean and organized. They also have great extra programs you can sign your child up for-mine really liked cooking and music. I have two children enrolled-they are now School Age children. The one major bonus of KinderCare, was keeping them there for Kindergarten. When they went to first grade at the public school, they were way ahead of their peers. I am so glad that I made the choice to put my kids at KinderCare. They have cared for my kids as if they were their own. At our particular center, Ms. Debbie the center director has assembled a great team. The entire team/staff is always professional and courteous. We love Mr. Ryan, Ms. Melody, Ms. Janet, Ms. Scout, Ms. Lila, Ms. Ahoova, Ms. Susan, Ms. Tresa and well, everyone there is amazing! We have been very happy with KinderCare. I tell every parent that I come in contact with that KinderCare is the BEST! (And I see a lot of new soon-to-be parents every day at my work!)

- Mother

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