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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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Special Instructions:
at Hintz & Schoenbeck Rd

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!

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Welcome

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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Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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

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.

    Year Started:
    6/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    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 program. She is also 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One of favorite children's books is Rainbow Fish. It teaches the children that being unique and look different is ok. Not everyone has the same skin, eye, and hair color, yet we all are the same in the inside. What you can not see with the “naked eye’ is what counts the most, your feeling and actions.
    Year Started:
    11/20/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • 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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/8/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alma has been with KinderCare since September of 2013. She has previous experience working in our Prekindergarten Classroom. Ms. Alma is now working in our Preschool Classroom. She is pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her determination to work hard and teach the children new things every day puts a smile on her face. Ms. Alma loves seeing the children when their faces light up when they figure out how to do something on their own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alma brings three years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field to the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9/30/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Ms. Alma is pursuing her Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Ryan

    Ms. Ryan, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Trish started with KinderCare in 2012. She has helped out in all of our rooms but has found a home as a Discovery Preschool co-teacher. She is inspired by the relationships she builds with the kids and knowing that she may be impacting their lives in a positive way.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Scout

    Ms. Scout, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Scout joined our staff eager to begin teaching the children.  After graduating from Northern Illinois University she came back to the building with knowledge that she was very excited to share with the students. She comes in with a smile on her face ready to start teaching!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One of favorite children's books is Rainbow Fish. It teaches the children that being unique and look different is ok. Not everyone has the same skin, eye, and hair color, yet we all are the same in the inside. What you can not see with the “naked eye’ is what counts the most, your feeling and actions.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jocy

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  • Ms. Ahoova

    Ms. Ahoova, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ahoova has been with KinderCare since 1993 and has been a staple at the center ever since! 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.

    Year Started:
    7/16/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Care Certificate
  • Mr. Xochitl

    Mr. Xochitl, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    5/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 months
  • Ms. Tresa

    Ms. Tresa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tresa has been with KinderCare since 2010. She works in both the infant room and toddler room. She currently has her Associate's Degree and is working towards her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She loves that her influence helps shape the lives of these young children.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Kindergarten Class

    Ms.Tiffany has been with KinderCare since 2011. She is a wonderful asset to our team with her outstanding Private Kindergarten program. The children's scores truly show how wonderful of a teacher she is. She is inspired knowing that she is making a difference in children's lives and that she teaches them something new everyday.
    Ms. Tiffany knew from a young age that her future would always be in a classroom. Her inspiration came from her Kindergarten Teacher, First Grade Teacher and her High School French Teacher.
    Ms. Tiffany has been in the educational field for 8 years. She is passionate, knowledgable and has great ideas that she adds to her curriculum every year. This is Ms. Tiffany's fourth year and her curriculum grows and grows, which makes the children excited to learn!
    When you walk into Ms. Tiffany's classromm you will be greeted with vibrant colors, active learning and students who show their eagerness in their education. She welcomes visitors, and parent involvement in the classroom is always encouraged.

    Previous Experience:
    I have taught Fourth Grade in the public schools in The McHenry County School Distric and I have taught Second Grade at a Private School in Evanston. I also spent some time substituting in the public schools when I first graduated college. .
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My favorite children's book is The Polar Express. I love how it shows the imagination that children have and how we as adults tend to lose that over the years, but people who truly believe can still hear the bell.
    Year Started:
    8/23/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Cook

    Year Started:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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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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

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

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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