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Lake Cook KinderCare

Kristina Scanlon, Center Director

1025 E Lake Cook Rd Wheeling IL 60090
(847) 541-4406 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pritchett, Field, Kilmer, Tarkington, and Twain

Welcome to Lake Cook KinderCare

Welcome to Lake Cook KinderCare! We are located in Wheeling, IL, and are committed to educating children here in Cook and Lake counties. Our curriculum focuses on early academics, physical activity, and social emotional learning to nurture healthy bodies, happy hearts, and growing minds. Our staff works hard every day to help children develop confidence for life. Everyone belongs in our circle—we love our families and meeting new friends!

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!

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.

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.

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.)

Science Adventures

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!

  • Hello my name is Raquel C,

    I would like to share my experience with the Kinder-Care that my 3yr old twins Jayden & Jordan attend. I am a single mother raising two 3yr old's, We moved from the city of Chicago to Wheeling, IL in May 2013. I started a new chapter in my life, but was very worried on whom would take the responsibility of caring for my little boys while I worked. I made various appointments with 7 or 8 local daycare's & visited 5 or 6 of them. I decided to put the boys into Kinder-Care located in Wheeling, I was very nervous and anxious the very 1st few weeks and so were Jayden & Jordan. The staff always made me & the boys feel very comfortable. I could drop in whenever I wanted, I could also call as many times as I wanted. As time went by I can honestly tell you, putting my kids at the Kinder-Care in Wheeling was one of the most humbling decisions that I have ever made for my boys and myself!! I went from calling 7 times a day to once or twice a week. the family (staff) at this Kinder-Care are the most amazing, caring, professional, family orientated people I have ever met, My boys get up every morning with the grace of God, asking to go to school (daycare) so they can have fun, count, color & most importantly LEARN. My boys are 3yr olds & they know their numbers, their colors, how to be respectful & are on their way to becoming responsible young men. I moved to wheeling with no family in my surroundings, and now I am truly blessed in saying that Kinder-Care is my family. A BIG THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY BOYS JUST AS MUCH AS I DO!!
    Signed,
    A Grateful & Worry Free Mommie

    Raquel C. - KinderCare Parent
  • Calling Kindercare my kids second home is an understatement. The way my kids feel about their teachers is pure adoration. I know if you asked either of them to list those they love, at the top of the list would be their teachers (and the directors). The care and attention they give to each child is amazing. We have been part of the Kindercare family for the past three and a half years…starting out in the infant room and now my son is in the 4’s room. What amazes me the most every single day is that they learn SO much…both children can count in Spanish (by the age of 2!) which I am just amazed by…. There are times when I will have the day off and ask them if they would rather stay home with me or go to school…nine times out of ten, they pick school…I even get scolded by my son when I pick them up early… To say that they love Kindercare is so true but honestly, I know that the teachers and directors there love my children and to a working mom, there is nothing better than feeling as if your kids are with family when you can’t be with them.

    Nina C. - KinderCare Parent
  • Over the last year and a half I have built a relationship with the Kindercare Center directors and staff. The expression, "it takes a village to raise a child" could not be more true in today's world. As a full-time working mom, I am often wrecked with the guilt of leaving a crying child or having to work when my child is feeling under the weather. The caring and nurturing staff at Kindercare works diligently to support me and my child. There have been innumerable times that I have had to have the staff administer medicine or breathing treatments to my child. Every time I have felt secure and confident that I am leaving my child in the best possible treatment. The staff loves and supports my daughter. The feeling is reciprocal. Two year olds can be fickle but when she comes home reporting love for her teacher and the center staff, I know that it is a result of the many hours and attention they provide to her. I feel blessed to have the support of such a capable, caring staff. I have received help and support from every staff member, I don't believe that my thanks will ever be sufficient. I just couldn't do it without their help. Again, I express my gratitude and many thanks.

    Nancy C. - KinderCare Parent
  • I was so nervous when I was searching for a daycare for my children. As an Early Childhood Educator, I had high expectations of where I wanted my children to attend, but also needed the place to be affordable. I was looking for a play based curriculum with some age appropriate academics as well. I can honestly say that this KinderCare on Lake Cook Rd. in Wheeling has by far exceeded my expectations! My children are learning in English AND Spanish! What an amazing gift that is! In addition to the learning, my children connected immediately with their teachers and the directors and there is a genuine care and concern that goes both ways. My son still talks about the teachers he had in previous years. As a parent, the peace of mind that I have knowing that my children are safe and happy at this wonderful center is truly priceless. This is a QUALITY daycare and that is something that I do not take lightly!

    Carly H. - 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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