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N Ridgeville KinderCare

Melanie Drouin, Center Director

7171 Lear Nagel Rd. N. Ridgeville OH 44039
(440) 327-2706 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
North Ridgeville

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
North Ridgeville School District buses directly to Center; Center provides transportation to North Olmsted and Olmsted Falls Schools.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare of North Ridgeville! We are very happy and excited that you have taken an interest in our center, and we can't wait to meet your family. We believe there is nothing more important then developing the whole child, and creating a world of learners. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning

Melanie Drouin, 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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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

Our staff members have years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field! Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center. We are here to help you and your family!

  • Melanie Drouin

    Melanie Drouin, Center Director

    I love being a Center Director at KinderCare because of all the wonderful families that attend. It truly is my second family!

    Prior to joining KinderCare, Melanie was an Early Childhood Center Director at a Jewish Community Center. She has also worked for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and for the Great Lakes Science Center.  Melanie also enjoys volunteering for various non-profit groups including the Akron Dog Park, the Akron Road Runner Marathon, and for the United Way.

    Year Started:
    8/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Master's in Business Administration
  • Nicole Kozell, Assistant Director

    Allison has an Associate's Degree from Cleveland State University. She has previously taught prior to coming to KinderCare in 2010 where she taught Prekindergarten.  She has been a part of the management team at North Ridgeville KinderCare since 2013.  Allison is married and has three beautiful children.  In her spare time, Allison enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Allison has been a classroom teacher since 2001 before joining the administration and management team!
    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Hilary, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Teacher

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Teacher

    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Teacher

    My favorite part of my job is working for all the different families.

    Ms. Melissa has worked for KinderCare for almost 4 years. She has 14 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She has two amazing children of her own and loves spending time with her family. Ms. Melissa thinks the best part of her job is the relationships she develops with the children and families she works with.

    Previous Experience:
    Before KinderCare she worked for two other child care centers where she worked as a Preschool teacher and spent time as an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    5/28/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michele, Infant Teacher

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Education
  • Ms. Dorothy

    Ms. Dorothy, Prekindergarten Teacher

    Year Started:
    5/13/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Eva, Prekindergarten Teacher

    Previous Experience:
    Eva comes to KinderCare from Greece. She has many years of experience working with young children including children in Hospice care.
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Master's in Education
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Preschool

    Year Started:
    3/4/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren, Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Ohio Peace Officer
  • Mr. Brandon, School-Age Teacher

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Stephanie, School-Age Teacher

    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nisha

    Ms. Nisha, Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Mia, Toddler/Infant Teacher

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Cook and Bus Driver

    The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or heard they must be felt within the heart.

    Ms. Veronica has worked for KinderCare for almost three years as the cook and as a floating teacher who works in all the classrooms. She also helps out with school transportation by driving our KinderCare bus. She is a mother of one little girl herself, and has a little boy on the way.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified in CPR and First Aid
    Education:
    7 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

Welcome to the KinderCare of North Ridgeville! Thank you for your interest in our center. Our teachers are dedicated to treating each child as an individual and creating fun and safe learning environments where children are able to explore and learn. Our play based curriculum is designed to teach the "whole" child; helping develop their physical, social, emotional and academic abilities. We would love to show you our beautiful school and introduce you to our friendly staff!

- Melanie Drouin, Center Director

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas. We are also closed on Presidents Day and Columbus Day for Professional Development for our teachers.

Health and Safety

Your child's safety is important to us. Our center has a secure keypad entry that only allows current families and staff access to our building. We have three outside play areas that are fenced in and designed specifically for your child's age group. Our staff are trained in CPR, First Aid and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for their age group.

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 just recently began attending the center three days per week after being with family since she was eight weeks old. The transition has been a little tearful in the mornings, but the teachers have been nothing short of amazing with her. At 11 months old, I know she is in the best hands aside from her mother and I. They give her the extra hugs and snuggles she needs to calm down after drop off, they are encouraging her to take her first steps and have jumped on the sign language train along with her mom and I, to help encourage signing. We couldn't be happier with the teachers here at KinderCare and we are constantly recommending them to everyone we know. They are truly a family and we know they treat our little girl as if she is one of their own children. Thank you for all that you do.

- Father
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