Monte Nix-Hodges, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Niles, Park Ridge, and Des Plaines
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Stevenson, Mark Twain, Apollo, Nelson, North, Central, Franklin, and Culver. Certain schools in district 62, 63, and 64.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
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)
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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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.)
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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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 well pleased with the development of our twins. At Des Plaines KinderCare, the teachers are very professional and the management has pleased us in all our needs. It is very important for us to see how our children come to our house singing and full of joy. Thanks to Jennifer Tibbetts for accommodating our needs and always taking into consideration our twins. We know the hard work involved in providing children a safe and educational environment. I really recommend Des Plaines KinderCare.”
Leemarys & Israel V. - KinderCare Parent
Bella was seven months old when she first started here. It was reassuring to see how the teachers loved and took care of her. With helpful suggestions as a first time mom and providing me her daily activates as well as telling me what new things she was doing made me feel as though I wasn’t missing out. The pictures of her learning activities were great as well.<br /> Now Bella is in the Discovery Preschool classroom and I give a lot of credit to the teachers as this is a rough age. With trying to communicate and curiosity the teachers are doing a wonderful job helping her express herself and making learning fun. I feel great knowing my daughter is not only being taught her ABC's and 123's, but manners and friendship and learning to use the potty!<br /> In all I love this daycare. With the extra learning programs offered and everyone being so helpful and friendly I would definitely recommend this daycare<br /> And the best part of all is everyone here is so loving to my daughter, I couldn’t ask for a better place.”
Fina L. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter Jocelyn absolutely loves KinderCare. Jocelyn has made so many friends and learned so much in the two and a half years she has been at the Des Plaines KinderCare. The teachers and directors are very friendly and helpful. My daughter doesn't stop talking about her teachers, especially Ms. Anna and Ms. Jackie.”
Sara F. - KinderCare Parent
My family has been coming to KinderCare for a little over two years. All the teachers here are so loving and caring. I would highly recommend them. Also, I would like to give special attention to Ms. Heather who, on her own time, found me books and songs to help my son adjust to a new baby and to help with potty training.”
Stacey - KinderCare Parent
My daughter had been attending the KinderCare in Des Plains since she was five months old. She is now almost thirteen months old. We absolutely love it there. She has learned so much! The staff takes care of her very well, especially Lisbeth. My daughter had connected very well Lisbeth and, even though there are many other children to take care of, she truly gives my daughter the attention she needs. She listens to my concerns and gives me suggestions. I truly feel that Lisbeth cares for my child.”
Carla P. - KinderCare Parent
I'd really like to say thank you to all the workers at DesPlaines Kindercare. From Ms. Salma and Ms La La, to Ms Jessica and Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Amber, Ms Bri and everyone who has interacted with my two children over the past six months. You have helped cultivate in them a true spirit of belonging and helped them adapt to their new environment even when they proved difficult.
Circumstances has led us to transfer to another KinderCare facility but our hearts are always with those at Des Plaines kinderCare. You will be missed, thanks for caring for our entire family in every way you could... from daycare, to working with our finances this daycare really sets the bar in service. We miss you already and its only day one.”
Kristy H. - 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.