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Schoenbeck KinderCare

Debra Lipka, Center Director

780 Schoenbeck Rd Wheeling IL 60090
(847) 459-9231 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 23: Eisenhower, Betsy Ross, and Sullivan. Dist. 21: Field, Twain, Whitman, Tarkington, Kilmer, Riley, Poe. Dist. 25: Ivy Hill.

Our center is accredited by NAC.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.

Our Programs

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.

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. 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.)


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 for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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!


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!

  • I have had my daughter Isabelle enrolled at Schoenbeck KinderCare for the past six years. I feel as though the KinderCare staff is an extended part of my family now. The center director, Debbie Lipka, is one of the most helpful people I have ever known. She has always helped me whenever I came to her for questions or guidance. I really love that the staff truly cares about the kids. It's not just a simple job for them, it is their career and life. All the teachers that my daughter has had over the years have taught her not only academically, but life lessons as well. The most challenging times I've had with my daughter was in Ms. Melody's room (Preschool classroom) and she was always so helpful in guiding me as a parent for things I can do at home to keep my daughter on the right track. Because of the wonderful staff at KinderCare, my daughter is excelling academically in her Kindergarten class and she has such a strong foundation to start her life! Thank you to everyone involved in helping my Isabelle grow into such an intelligent and social little person!

    Christina S. - KinderCare Parent
  • Anytime you are looking for a child care center it can be worrisome.  The staff at the Schoenbeck KinderCare have made our experience an absolute pleasure.  Our 4 year old daughter loves the teachers and all the friends that she has created in her classroom.  In addition to the excellent level of care she receives, the education in phenomenal.  Caitlyn can spell, count, and use complete sentences with a large and vast vocabulary.  This was our third attempt at finding a child care center we could call home, and we found it with this KinderCare.  The director Debbie Lipka is a wonderful person who can help you with just about anything.  The staff there treat you as if you and your family are part of their family and this is rare for a child care center.  If you are looking for a place dedicated to your child, look no further.  Thank you Schoenbeck KinderCare for being there for us!

    Bobbi F. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our KinderCare is the best daycare in the world! We have been at the center for over seven years and we couldn’t be happier. There isn't anyone else that I would trust to take care of my children while I am at work. From the first time we came to scope out KinderCare, I knew we would like it. It smelled clean as you walked in the door and we were greeted so warmly-as if we were already part of a family. We were at another center for a few months and my son didn’t like it. I also didn’t like the dirty diaper smell and lack of a plan for the day's activities. I wanted my child to learn and grow while I was at work-the same things I would be teaching him if I didn’t have to go to work. I luckily found the perfect place for him - KinderCare. All the teachers are happy, you can see in every room, and it is clean and organized. They also have great extra programs you can sign your child up for-mine really liked cooking and music. I have two children enrolled-they are now School Age children. The one major bonus of KinderCare, was keeping them there for Kindergarten. When they went to first grade at the public school, they were way ahead of their peers. I am so glad that I made the choice to put my kids at KinderCare. They have cared for my kids as if they were their own. At our particular center, Ms. Debbie the center director has assembled a great team. The entire team/staff is always professional and courteous. We love Mr. Ryan, Ms. Melody, Ms. Janet, Ms. Scout, Ms. Lila, Ms. Ahoova, Ms. Susan, Ms. Tresa and well, everyone there is amazing! We have been very happy with KinderCare. I tell every parent that I come in contact with that KinderCare is the BEST! (And I see a lot of new soon-to-be parents every day at my work!)

    Chris L. - 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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