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Evanston KinderCare

Michelle Clayborn, Center Director

2014 Dempster St Evanston IL 60202
(847) 869-3456 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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We are located in Evanston, IL

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center does not bus to the school districts. However, all of District 65 buses to the Center: Dawes, Walker, Washington, Oakton, Bessy Rose, Lincolnwood, King Lab, and Dewey. *No busing options to Lincoln or Kingsley

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Evanston KinderCare

Welcome to Evanston KinderCare in this beautiful suburb of Chicago, Illinois! We are committed to our families here on the beautiful North Shore, and we are dedicated to the enhancement of your child’s educational experience, starting as young as six weeks old and up to twelve years old. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Meet Michelle Clayborn, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2019

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership

Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat Series

Meet Michelle Clayborn! She is the Center Director at Evanston KinderCare in Illinois. Michelle attended Columbia College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, and National Louis University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since 2019, and before that she was a 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. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys dancing, indoor skydiving, and traveling with her family.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

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.

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.)

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • We rarely leave at the end of the day without some wonderful tidbit on what our babes were up to while we were gone (He was a great eater! She slept like a champ! Tummy time success today!). Even when they have less than stellar news, they relay it so well (He loves playing with his friends....but they don't necessarily love that he pulls their hair...Oops!).

    Elizabeth - KinderCare Parent
  • My daughter has been here for the past 17 months, and I have been impressed with the level of commitment and caring shown by the teachers here. I first enrolled her in this center when she was a little over 3 months old and she has thrived with the attention and caregiving she has received. They have a good teacher-child ratio and run a clean, well-organized operation. I was particularly impressed with their being able to work with us when we had feedback about certain things that were not working for us.

    Paivthra - KinderCare Parent
  • My daughter, London has shown a lot of growth and development since enrolling at KinderCare. Her verbal skills are becoming clear and advanced. I am very pleased with the service. Keep it up!

    Jasmine - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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