Susan Turrise, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Lincoln Park - Our center is near CVS on Sheffield and Trader Joes on Clybourn.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Currently, we do not bus children to any elementary schools as our location specializes in the education and care of children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Susan Turrise, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
Meet Susan Turrise! She is the Center Director at Lincoln Park KinderCare in Chicago, IL. Susan attended Rasmussen University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, and Teaching; and Moraine Valley Community College where she earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching. She has been with KinderCare since 2011, and before that she was a teacher, manager, and an assistant director. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
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.
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.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
We are so thrilled with our Kindercare experience. Not only have we watched our son blossom into a rambunctious toddler from a squeaky little newborn, but we have seen all of the love his teachers and the Kindercare staff show him through his kisses being blown and waves goodbye every night. We have never seen a moment of separation anxiety from him, and we credit that to the level of trust and comfort he feels at Kindercare. We feel so fortunate to know our son is in such great hands every day. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Nicole and Mike C.”
Nicole and Mike C. - KinderCare Parent
As our oldest moves into an elementary school schedule, we see how spoiled we have been by KinderCare…the long hours they are open, the flexibility to pick up and drop off when we want, the fact that they are only closed a few days a year – the convenience is incredible. And, we’ve always felt totally comfortable and happy about the care and development our children have received at KinderCare.”
Amy R. - KinderCare Parent
Lincoln Park KinderCare is a friendly place, and the staff is so very wonderful!! We have returned there for our second child. Our children are four years apart, and the same teachers that took care of our older child are still there taking care of our second child. You feel that you are leaving your child in caring and safe hands. We feel that it is our second home!!”
Mireille A. - KinderCare Parent
We brought our child to KinderCare at about 9 months of age. She had previously been cared for by a full-time nanny, who came to the house during working hours. Over time we became fearful that our baby was missing out on important social interactions with other children her age, so we began to look around for daycare centers. Most of what we found did not inspire confidence. There are loads of daycare centers out there, but mostly we found that were either too far away for our liking, or in sketchy areas, or run by too few people, or by people we had a hard time communicating with. Whatever the reason, we just never felt confident to leave our baby with any of the care facilities we looked into. And then we found KinderCare. What we liked about KinderCare from the beginning was that it didn't feel like some ma-and-pop outfit. KinderCare felt like a proper child care facility: menus are planned out weeks in advance, you get a record of what your child eats and does every day, the doors lock and open only with a code, it has a proper fire alarm system, there's parking out front, there is a reception desk in the entry way, the care givers are caring for normal-sized groups of kids almost exactly the same age, they have specific responsibilities inside those groups, there is a curriculum of activities, developmental habits are tracked and recorded, etc. etc. This wasn't a store front or the third apartment in a three flat that some person decided to run as a daycare center. Someone actually thought about how to build and run KinderCare. That was the biggest takeaway for us. The place feels partly like a school, partly like a cafeteria, and partly like a business. It is well managed and has operating procedures. And for whatever reason, those things made us feel confident that we could take our precious gift there every day - and nothing would go wrong. We were thrilled when our child was confirmed for a spot in the center. And we've never regretted the decision to take her there. We know she's safe. We know she's watched after. And we know that she's on track. This all gives us great peace of mind.”
Plischke Family - KinderCare Parent
Lincoln Park KinderCare has been the perfect match and a true blessing for our family. The friendly and knowledgeable staff and fun environment have become part of our family and we are not just satisfied but are also proud to have our daughter be a part of this community. Our daughter has grown so much thanks to the expertise and genuine care of the staff and we look forward to the years ahead.”
Mason and Carla A. - KinderCare Parent
The first time that Ben got sick in infant care he was running a very high temperature. I got to school to find his teacher holding him - she said he was so sad and that he just wanted to cuddle..Made me feel so good to know he was in such loving hands! The first day that Ben transitioned from waddlers to toddlers, he was having a rough day and wasn't eating his lunch. His old waddler teacher got the word and stopped into the room and let him sit on her lap for lunch time..That is just what he needed to clean his plate. Recently, one night when I was putting Ben to sleep he goes "Mommy, Ms. Winnonah and Ms. Heather know just what to do at school. It is fun there." Just about sums it up! :)”
Katie D. - KinderCare Parent
Lincoln Park KinderCare has been a wonderful place for our family. At our first visit, to tour the facility, the staff made us feel comfortable and welcome. The first day we dropped our infant daughter off, it was sad and hard to leave her, but my husband and I felt extremely reassured that she was in good hands, and that was very calming to both of us. Our daughter has grown so much under the careful care of all the teachers and staff. From infancy into her two’s, they have always treated her as if she is the only child they tend to on a daily basis, and have given us some excellent insight into her growth. I would recommend this facility to everyone, as we have been very happy here. Choosing the right day care is the most important decision any new parents can make. Thank you for making ours both comforting and enjoyable.”
Kathy K. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has made a profound impact in our child's life. We are continually impressed by the caring teachers as well as the unmatched teaching curriculum. As a consequence of the highly skilled staff, our 4 year old is able to read and do multiplication. We truly appreciate the program and highly recommend it.”
Immerman Family - KinderCare Parent
We have been so pleased with our son's experience at Lincoln Park Kindercare. He has been going to "school" there since he was 4 months old and has experienced the loving care of the teachers in Infant 1, Waddler 1 and Toddler 1 classrooms. Some days he has so much fun that he doesn't want to come home, and he talks constantly about his friends that he has made there. We continue to be amazed at everything he's learned - this past weekend he surprised us by counting 2-4-6-8-10 as we were cleaning up his books, and he's only 18 months old!”
Lyssa S. - 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.