Marlin Roa, Center Director
Meet Marlin Roa, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
Favorite Children's Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Meet Marlin Roa! She is the Center Director at Addison KinderCare in Illinois. Marlin attended the DePaul University of Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education; and Concordia University of Chicago, where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since 2014, and before that she was a teacher, served on the Board of Education, and part of other various Early Childhood Education Associations. "Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein. Outside of work, Marlon enjoys crafting, cooking, baking, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I love the people at the center. They are very caring and extremely dedicated. It is very important that you feel that not only are your child's skills being developed but that those in charge of that development have an innate love for what they do. This is a great place to keep your child and have peace of mind.”
Sagar D. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare is like a second home to my children. There they have many brothers and many moms; caregivers to teach and friends to accompany them on their path; you are a great family to us. Thank you very much for existing!”
Brenda A. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare is a huge part for my son, Kaden's development. He's learning so much-he can name all his body parts and he can count to three-he's not even two years old yet! The staff, including Ms. Marge, Ms. Susan, Ms. Sammy and everyone else has been so sweet to Kaden. He's been at KinderCare for about a year now and I couldn't be happier with his social skills, that he's picking up in learning and all the activities he's part of at the daycare. Kaden is excited every morning when I ask if he wants to go to school and see his friends. He doesn't cry when I leave him there for the day. When I pick him up he's always happy. We love KinderCare for all they do and making us feel like a family. After all, they are a big part of our lives. I wouldn't want my son anywhere else. Thanks KinderCare!”
Christine A. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter is in the Prekindergarten program and I can't believe how much she has progressed! She loves to learn now. I am very grateful to KinderCare for helping me improve her chances for Kindergarten and beyond.
My daughter's teachers are Ms. Anna and Ms. Farhat. I could not ask for better teachers! Cortney is excited when she gets home to tell me everything she has learned and loves singing the songs to me! I don't think I could have educated her as well as they have! They are my right hand women! I am thankful every day that I have her in Addison KinderCare and can't wait until they join me in her adventure into school next fall!”
Nicole B. - KinderCare Parent
My son Jacob has been attending KinderCare since he was one-year-old. He is now three and I can see how much he has developed. He knows his numbers, letters, colors and shapes. He knows how to spell his name as well. As a full time working parent, KinderCare has helped me in the growth of my child's development. I highly recommend KinderCare as a great start for a child before he goes into Kindergarten. They have highly trained staff who can teach children.”
Nancy C. - KinderCare Parent
The biggest reason we love KinderCare is that our girls enjoy going. It is evident that the staff care deeply about our girls who are 2, 4 and 7. They take care of not only their educational needs but also emotional. As a parent is it great to be able to trust the staff with that is most precious to us. The open communication allows us as parents to feel comfortable with what goes on at school. The staff go above and beyond their job description, especially Ms. Jackie, Ms. Marge, Ms. Haseen, Ms. Sammy, Ms. Farhat, Ms. Alisha and all the other KinderCare staff. We are also grateful to Ms. Sandy and Ms. Susan.”
Sara M. - KinderCare Parent
Why I love KinderCare first and foremost is they are nice, caring people. My kids have loved their teachers. When question are asked, they are answered and if they cannot they get someone to help. The extra curriculum (Learning Adventures) that is offered at the center is great as well. My son loves his Phonics class and I have also noticed improvements in his speech and letters. The cooking class is a great way to teach children math. Both Mia, who is six, and Enrique, who is four, love the class. The report cards are very helpful to manage my children's learning and determine if they need any extra help.”
Veronica S. - KinderCare Parent
I love KinderCare for their great service. The teachers are amazing. I have never had a complaint. They have been caring for my baby since she was six weeks old. I feel like they care for my baby as if she were their own daughter. A special thank you goes out to Ms. Marge, Ms. Phyllis and Ms. Alisha because they have always kept me updated on her progress. I have built a bond with the KinderCare teachers and am thankful for such a great daycare!”
Guadalupe H. - KinderCare Parent
I love KinderCare because the teachers and staff take very good care of my children. The Infant room specialized to the needs of my daughter (especially Ms. Alisha and Ms. Phyllis). My two-year-old son is very active and sometimes is a lot to handle and Ms. Karina is very patient with him and he loves her a lot. My kids have learned a lot from this daycare over other facilities they have been in. The director and assistant director have always been helpful any time we needed them. KinderCare is an awesome place and I feel comfortable knowing my kids are in your hands.”
Jolene H. - KinderCare Parent
My family has personally had a great experience with KinderCare. They do a great job getting the kids engaged. Also the summer camp is great and keeps the children occupied during the day. Also, my youngest daughter would not talk before she came to KinderCare and now she is three and talks up a storm. I would definitely recommend KinderCare.”
Lisa Ann D. - KinderCare Parent
I was very nervous at first to have my children in daycare, as any mom would say or think to themselves, "Who is going to take care of my child the way I would?" but this center took the worry right out of me. They treat my children as if they were their own. Any problems or questions I might have they are always more than willing to help out or point me in the right direction. PLUS they take my girls to and from school which is a BLESSING! My daughter placed higher in her kindergarten testing with the help of the prekindergarten program they have here. Overall, I love this place. Thanks to all staff for doing an AWESOME job!”
Josie C. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.