Susan Wapniarski, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
We are just west of the Palatine on/off ramp to Rt. 53 that feeds into most of the major Highways. The neighbors that use those ramps include Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Arlington Heights. We also have families that travel along Palatine road from Northern part of Hoffman Estates, Northern part of Schaumburg and Barrington.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Winston Campus, Jane Addams, Virginia Lake, Lake Louise, Lincoln, and Sanbourn. Conyers will provide transportation via yellow bus to and from KinderCare!
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Susan Wapniarski, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Associate Degree, Director's Credential
Favorite Children's Book: Mud Puddle
Meet Susan Wapniarski! She is the Center Director at Palatine KinderCare in Illinois. Susie attended Oakton Community College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2020 and was awarded the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Award in 2015. Every day, Susie looks forward to providing children with a nurturing learning environment. "Let Nature be your teacher." – William Wordsworth. Outside of work, Susie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, going on neighborhood walks, gardening, and participating in seasonal activities.
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.
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.
Palatine KinderCare 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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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.
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.)
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!
My son, Mikey, is enrolled in the Palatine KinderCare and the teachers knew I was picking him up on a Friday at noon for a "date". When I showed up, they all (including the director and assistant director) were "in" on a little secret. Mikey was dressed up in a bow tie, had a bouquet of paper flowers (the teachers made), and a poem for Mommy for my "date" with my little man. How sweet! Then they took a picture of us and printed and framed it for me before I even left that day! I love Kindercare, but more importantly, I love that they love my son.”
Kery B. - KinderCare Parent
Our experience at KinderCare has been great! As a parent, I entrust my kids to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for loving care and guidance they receive. There is an open line of communication between the staff and parents, and the staff is very knowledgeable about each individual child’s needs. The curriculum/activities are age appropriate and fun, and they have an amazing Summer Program. The center Director and staff members are truly focused on providing a safe, clean and educational environment for the kids. My kids love KinderCare, it is a great place for children!”
Michelle - KinderCare Parent
As first time parents, we put a lot of thought into choosing a day care for our son. We were looking for a place that was more than just a daycare, we wanted a place that was going to care and teach Vinny in a way we would. After much research, Palatine KinderCare was our number one choice because of the caring staff, daily communication, and how they made us feel like we are part of a family. Vinny just adores Ms. Rosemary as well as the other infant teachers. He is excited to play and learn each day. He smiles and laughs when he sees his teachers. This makes us feelthat the staff really care about our son. The KinderCare staff does an excellent job of communicating on a daily basis the activities of Vinny; including play, learning, eating, sleeping and more. Knowing that we can call anytime is not problem to Ms. Susan, the center director, who knows each and every child and parent. This makes us feel like we are a part of a family, all caring and teaching Vinny together. We look forward to see Vinny grow with KinderCare.”
Jim and Dawn - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Palatine KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Palatine KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.