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Ridge Mill KinderCare

Jessica Ryan, 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ridgewood Elementary, Britton Elementary, Norwich Elementary, Barrington Elementary, Scioto Darby, Tremont, Wickliffe, and JW Reason.

Welcome

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.

Jessica Ryan, Center Director

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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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

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.

  • Jessica Ryan

    Jessica Ryan, Center Director

    The most important thing to remember when you work with children, is that each one is unique. Every child learns and grows at their own pace and it is up to us, as educators, to understand and fuel their individuality.

    Ms. Jess has been with KinderCare for almost two years and has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for ten years. She has worked with every age group and taught kindergarten for three years. She lives with her wonderful boyfriend, has two bonus children who are three and nine, and she loves coming to work everyday and seeing the children flourish and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jess has worked with children from six weeks to 12 years old for over 10 years and taught kindergarten for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
  • Marlissa Stewart

    Marlissa Stewart, Assistant Director

    Always believe that something amazing is going to happen!

    Marlissa has been married for 11 years and has one 10-year-old child that has been going to KinderCare since she was four. She loves to go camping, hiking, and fishing.  

    Previous Experience:
    Marlissa ran a home daycare from her house for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    11/17/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate and currently obtaining Bachelor in Early Childhood Care.
  • Ms. Haylie Woolley

    Ms. Haylie Woolley, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Haylie has been working in childcare for three years. She loves to see the children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Haylie has babysat for several years and has worked with every age group.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood Development certificate
  • Ms. Maysa, Infant Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    9/5/2017
  • Miss Cortney

    Miss Cortney, School-Age

    Live, laugh, love...live 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:
    3/2/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    High School Diploma and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Mahi

    Ms. Mahi, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mahi was born and raised in India. While getting her degree, she worked in HR and volunteered in preschools. Ms. Mahi moved to the US in February of 2016 after she was married and currently lives in Dublin. Ms. Mahi always wanted to teach, so she decided to move to the U.S. to pursue her dream of a full-time teaching position. She plans to spend more time learning about the development of children and is so glad to be part of KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering at many preschools in India and the U.S. She also worked as a Senior Executive in Human Resources for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cinderella and The Wind in the Willows

    Year Started:
    6/2/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Masters in Biotechnology
  • 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:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Michelle Laney

    Ms. Michelle Laney, School Age Classroom

    I'm passionate about providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for children to learn and grow!

    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 and prekindergarten teacher, cook, and is now currently a school age teacher and bus driver. Ms. Michelle 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:

    Percy Jackson Lightening Thief

    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Vaunita

    Ms. Vaunita, Cook

    Watching a child grow and learn and knowing you're a great influence in their life is the best feeling in the world!

    Ms. Vaunita has been in childcare for 25 years. She has always been passionate about teaching children and watching them grow and succeed. When she was a kids, her best friend did not have a home. She asked her parents to become foster parents, and she gained 15 adopted brothers and sisters. She has a love for people in need.

    Previous Experience:
    On the job training at Human Hospital in Pediatrics. She also taught disabled children from 6-10 years old at Denali Elementary School.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Food Safety Certificate
  • 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:
    5/21/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    High School Diploma, 2 years of ECE at Tolles Career and Technical Center

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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. 

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