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Ridge Mill KinderCare

Melissa Gordon, Center Director

3700 Ridge Mill Dr. Hilliard OH 43026
(614) 771-8909 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
At Mill Run across from Movies 12

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ridgewood Elementary, Britton Elementary, Norwich Elementary, Hoffman Trials Elementary, Avery Elementary, J.W. Reason, Windemere Elementary, Wickliffe Progressive,

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Welcome to the Ridge Mill KinderCare in Hilliard, Ohio.  We are very excited to meet with you and your family.  We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Here at our learning center, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families (their village).  Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Melissa Gordon, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

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.

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.

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


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Ridge Mill KinderCare are an amazing group of professionals who are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our staff has been here for over five years and have their CDA's.  Our team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development day long trainings to seeking additional college courses, seminars, and trainings from Action for Children.  At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Melissa Gordon

    Melissa Gordon, Center Director

    Education is the kindling of the flame, not the filling of a vessel." -Socrates

    Ms. Melissa started with KinderCare in March 2001 and has worked in the Early Childhood field since 1997.  She has six children ranging in ages from 17 to 4 years old. Ms.  Melissa is passionate about giving the children in her center fun, exciting, and developmentally appropriate experiences to help them learn and grow.   She loves building relationships with the families in her center, and working with them to meet the individual needs of their child(ren).


    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"- Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates, currently working on obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Tamantha Williams

    Tamantha Williams, Assistant Director

    Being in the field of mentoring young minds, I feel is very rewarding and I wouldn't have it any other way.


    Ms. Tamantha was born and raised in various cities in Ohio, she has been married for 14 years stepmother to three mother of two. In her spare time she likes reading, writing short children stories, watching old and new movies, swimming and making silk floral arrangements. She is also a CASA (GAL) which is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children. Ms. Tamantha has her MBA and she has worked in numerous fields related to overseeing the day-to-day operations. She had wished to open her own child care facility and learn firsthand the scope of the job. She became employed at KinderCare Learning Center as a Discovery Preschool Teacher in 2005, after almost a year with dedication and hard work she was promoted to Assistant Director and has often taken on the role as Acting Center Director.  Ms. Tamantha is eternally grateful for the opportunity KinderCare has given her working with children helps her stay young.


    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tamantha helped in the Youth Opportinities Unlimited program ran by her church as a young adult aiding in childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green as a Bean" by Karla Kuskin
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's in Business Administration
  • Ms. Nehad

    Ms. Nehad, Infants

    I love kids and I wish I could  make all of them happy.

    Ms. Nehad was born in Egypt and resided there until 2008 when she moved to the U.S.  Ms. Nehad Has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She speaks three languages; Arabic, English and some Spanish. Ms Nehad is a mother to a six year old boy who keeps her on her toes and inspired her to become a teacher.  In her spare time Ms. Nehad loves to read, crochet and make children laugh.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nehad worked at a Cell Phone company.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature.
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Prekindergarten

    Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. It respnds like a snail to our impatience, then it races like a gazelle wieh you can't catch a breath.

    Ms. Ashley is a mother of a toddler who recently started her journey with  the KinderCare family. Ms.  Ashley has a combination of three years of college education in teaching and early childhood classes. She has always had a passion in working with children and watching them learn in many different ways.  She loves to create new ways for the children to learn and getting involved with the activities whithin the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley was a stay at home mom and has several years experience in babysitting.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Toddlers

    You are never given more than you can handle, when one door closes another one will open.

    Ms. Lauren worked for KinderCare Learning Center in the past and missed it sooo much that she wanted to come back Ms. Lauren enjoyed watching the kids learn and see what their minds can do.  In her spare time when she is not working Ms. Lauren likes to take her daughter to the park and help her learn new things. Ms.Lauren also likes to go bowing on mommy daughter dates. In the classroomMs.  Lauren tries to make the things the kids do hands-on.  She always ask kids to help hangthings up or get items for different projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Lerning Center, Ms Lauren worked in customer service, before that Ms. Lauren was a stay at home mom form the time her daughter was born until the age of one then she worded in customer service.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cheri

    Ms. Cheri, Infants

    Good teaching is one-fourth preperation and three-fourths theatre" -Gail Goodwin

    Ms. Cheri loves teaching infants something new everyday and watching them smile as they learn.  She has her high school diploma and is working towards getting her child development associates. Ms. Cheri is a mother of four (including a set of triplets) so tending to the needs of infants comes as a second nature to her.  She is calm, caring, and loving to all of the children.  Not only do they learn and grow everyday with Ms. Cheri, but they are loved and nurtured as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheri was a lead teacher at the Edwards Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Marlissa

    Ms. Marlissa, Preschool

    My happiness comes from the children. I love teaching them new things and seeing them smile" -Ms. Marlissa

    Ms. Marlissa and her husband have a beautiful daughter named Shelby who has been attending KinderCare since she was four years old.  Before she began working in the KinderCare family, she was a parent volunteer that helped out on a weekly basis.  She has always loved being a part of our big family here.  Now as a toddler room teacher, she is working on name recognition, prewriting skills, as well as potty training.  She loves watching the children learn and grow everyday and is currently seeking her Child Development Credntial.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marlissa was a stay at home mom that cared for 3-4 other children in her home at the same time.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can You?" -Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Floater

    I love my job not for the income, but for the outcome! -Miss Leah

    Leah started working for KinderCare in May of 2013.  She attended Tolles Career and Technical Center studying Early Childhood Education, where she had hands on experience in a classroom setting.  Leah has a fun, outgoing personality which goes hand in hand with our toddler room.  She makes learning fun and exciting every day with her young learners.  She loves watching their eyes light up when they accomplish and achieve things they've been working on.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leah has been in the early childhood field since she was still in high school. After graduating she transitioned right into the classroom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma, 2 years of ECE at Tolles Career and Technical Center
  • Miss Cortney

    Miss Cortney, School-Age

    Live, laugh, in the moment, love and laugh everyday." -Miss Cortney

    Cortneys been with the KinderCare family for the last nine years.  She has been a teacher in the infant room as well as the Preschool and Pre-K class and is now currently our School Age teacher.  She grew up around kids during her childhood because her mom had a at home daycare.  Throughout high school she babysat on a regular basis and even volunteered at a local elementary schools followed by being a camp counselor.  She loves coming in each day to all of her children in her class and seeing them excited about each days adventures!

    Previous Experience:
    School volunteer, babysitting, and camp counselor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler

    I'm passionate about providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for children to learn and grow!" -Ms. Michelle

    Michelle began her journey at KinderCare in the infant room back in 2007.  Throughout the years with our family she has enjoyed being a preschool, pre-k,school-age teacher, cook and is now currently a toddler teacher.  Michelle really enjoys teaching toddlers, she loves teaching the wide range of children in her class.  She makes learning fun for all of the kids!

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle is a mom of two amazing boys and has watched and cared for other children for over twenty years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Toy Story Collection" By:Andrew Eiden.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

We believe there is no job more important than educating children.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC Accreditation

    NAC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

The center is closed in observation of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The center closes at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve.  We are also closed on February 17th and October 13th for Professional Development Day.  If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday the center will be closed on Friday, if the holiday falls on a Sunday the center will be closed that following Monday.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well.  In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter.  Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a staff member.  At Ridge Mill KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well.  Her role includes conducting monthly tornado and fire drills, ensuring that all staff's first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards. 

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My daughter has been part of the KinderCare family for over three years.  I use the word family because I believe this is how my daughter and all the other children in the center are treated.  They exemplify the core values of compassion, and caring.  My daughters life has truly been enriched by these dedicated and extraordinary people.  I thank them for all that they do!

- Mother

Hi Melissa I wanted to let you know that Daniel's last day at KinderCare will be August 14th, 2015 since we moved to Marysville he will be attending Marysville schools. Daniel has been attending Ridge Mill KinderCare since he was two years old and I have always been so pleased with the care he has received. Your teachers are wonderful, caring and have contributed immensely to Daniel's care and education.  Early childhood teachers have one of the most important jobs and I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all of you!

Thank you,
Jennifer Garcia

- Mother

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