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East Riverside KinderCare

Miss Pamela Williams, Center Director

6473 East Riverside Blvd. Rockford IL 61114
(815) 636-2200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parker Center | Marquette | Rockcut | Spring Creek | Carlson Elementary


Welcome to East Riverside KinderCare located between Rockford and Loves Park. Our center is nationally accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children and has earned the Gold Circle of Quality for the ExceleRate program in Illinois. We are proud to be one of the two centers in the Rockford area that have accomplished this achievement.
Each day as children arrive at school they are excited to know that they will be engaging in new learning experiences and will have opportunities to explore and discover new things with their friends. As parents leave for their day, they are confident we will provide the highest quality of care in a safe and nurturing environment each and every day for their child. We invite you to visit and experience all of the great things that make us proud to be a leader in early childhood education.

Miss Pamela Williams, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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


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.


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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our school are the key to what makes us so successful. They are committed to a career in early childhood education as shown in their tenure. We are proud to say that 12 of our teachers have been with KinderCare for over five years. Of those 12 teachers seven are at 10 years or more and two of them at 20 years or more. This commitment provides consistency for the children and ensures parents that the teachers they have trusted will be with them as their children grow.

  • Miss Pamela Williams

    Miss Pamela Williams, Center Director

    I firmly believe that every child has the right and potential to learn and I strive to make this belief a reality.

    Ms. Pam was born and raised in the small town of Freeport, IL also known as the Pretzel City. She currently shares her life with her two children. She began her journey in the field of Early Childhood Education in 2000. She attended Highland Community College, where she obtained her associate degree and later obtained her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College in 2010. In 2014 she received her Level 2 Illinois Directors Credential as well as her Level 5 Early Childhood Education Credential. In 2015 she received her Level 5 Family Specialist Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Since 2000 Early Childhood has been her passion and field of choice. She has served in many different capacities, ranging from, Teachers Assistant, Licensed Home Daycare Provider, Lead Teacher, Certified Parent Educator, and Assistant Program Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Nelson is Missing

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Level 2 Illinois Directors Credential, Level 5 Early Childhood Education Credential, Level 5 Family Specialist Credential
  • Mrs. Susan Griffis

    Mrs. Susan Griffis, Assistant Director

    I love being able to love and nurture children, who are just beginning life. I enjoy watching the children grow and learn every day.

    Ms. Sue understands the importance of providing a nurturing and educational environment for each child. She works along side the director to ensure that staff are in place and families needs are met. She enjoys watching children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Zebra

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Carthage College, CPR/ First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Learning Adventures

    Children make my world brighter

    Ms. Mindy's knowledge and experience at the center includes working with all age groups and helping out in the office. In addition to teaching the Discovery Preschool class she is also our Cooking and Music Learning Adventures teacher. Ms. Mindy enjoys working with the two-year-old age group because they change so much during the time they are in her room. In addition to the things in the curriculum, they learn independence, language skills, self-help skills, and potty training.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mindy was a nanny before coming to KinderCare. At KinderCare she has been a prekindergarten teacher, toddler teacher, and assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Secret Garden

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

    I love caring for the infant and toddler age children because their new adventures keep me on my toes.

    Ms. Danielle knows how hard it is for a parent to leave their child with someone new. She goes out of her way to offer support to both the parent and the child during the transition. She is very nurturing and can always be found interacting with the children on their level.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has previous experience babysitting and teaching Sunday school.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jacky

    Ms. Jacky, Infant Classroom

    I touch the future. I teach.

    Ms. Jacky is a valued part of the infant team. She brings creativity and calmness to the infant classroom and the children absolutely love her. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
    High School Diploma/Currently pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    I love caring for the children and teaching the children new things every day!

    Ms. Brittany loves working with the infant and toddlers. She gets excited when they learn something new and celebrates each milestone with them. Brittany knows young children need a lot of love and nurturing so can often be found with a child in her arms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany babysat for multiple children before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Toddler Classroom

    Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.

    Ms. Kayla is a energetic teachers who brings joy, care & love to her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Going On a Bear Hunt

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Missy

    Ms. Missy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about watching our future grow in each child in our care

    Ms. Missy joined KinderCare as a teacher's assistant in the infant room. She decided to continue her education in early childhood and build a career working with children. In the past 6 years, she has discovered that children are her passion. She treats every child as if they are her own and it shows in the relationships she builds with the children. Ms. Missy loves each and every day interacting with the parents and providing the quality of care they expect.

    Previous Experience:
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential, CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Preschool Classroom

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning

    Ms. Tricia is currently a teacher in the preschool classroom. She came to Rockford after teaching in a large child care center for seven years. During that time, she completed her bachelor's degree in elementary education. Tricia spends her time outside work being a mom to her three children; Chase, Hunter, and Kaylee. She loves working with children and watching them grow into their own individual selves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tricia taught preschool for ten years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Went Walking

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Educationfrom Western Illinois University
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, School Age Classroom

    I love how innocent, honest, funny, and curious children are. Those characteristics are what inspire me!

    Ms. Tracy has been the Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and School Age teacher while at KinderCare. She prides herself on offering a program for school age children that provides the safety, security, and educational components that parents are looking for, as well as the fun experiences that the children are looking for. Her favorite part of being with the school age children is to introduce them to new places and activities during the summer field trips.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Chris

    Ms. Chris, Floater

    I love teaching the children something new everyday and then hearing them talk about it later with friends or family.

    Ms. Chris brings years of experience to the preschool setting. When you walk into her classroom you will always see happy, engaged children that can't wait to tell you about everything they are learning. Her classroom is high quality and changes with each theme so the children always have something new to look forward to. She has a passion for children and teaching that is evident from the moment that you meet her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chris was a preschool teacher for 18 years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:


    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Associate of Applied Science Degree in Childcare and Development
  • Ms. Trisha

    Ms. Trisha, Floater

    I enjoy coming to work everyday to see the excitement in the children's eyes when they learn something new

    Ms. Trisha has a true passion for teaching. In addition to teaching the prekindergarten class, she also teaches our Phonics and Math Learning Adventures. In these roles, Trisha ensures that every child is ready for Kindergarten. She takes great pride in hearing of previous students elementary success and their placement in advanced reading and math classes from her Learning Adventures' students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trisha has worked with school age children at the park district.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate's credential

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

East Riverside KinderCare is excited to introduce you to our new Center Director Amber Simmons! Ms. Amber has been with KinderCare for 16 years and she is excited to learn more about the Rockford area and meet all the families in our center, as well as welcoming new families! 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Presidents Day (staff training), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (staff training), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children in our care is our highest priority. Our keypad entry, fenced playground, parent id check/ sign in system, and on site health and safety coordinator are just few of the ways we support our children's safety. The center is cleaned and sanitized daily to help stop the spread of illness . Every teacher is trained on SIDS prevention and have CPR/First Aid certifications to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the children in our care.

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.

When we enrolled Madison at KinderCare, we were thrilled to discover the Learning Adventures programs. Madison has been consistently enrolled in the Math, Phonics, Music, and Cooking classes. We have seen a definite improvement in her skills and love the extra attention she gets. Thank you!

- Mother

Jake has learned so much since coming to KinderCare. He has transformed from this quiet 2 year old to a bubbly 4 year old that doesn't stop talking about his school. When I pick him up at night he doesn't want to go home. Once I get him to leave (finally!) our car ride home is filled with stories and adventures from his day. I can't thank you enough for all you have done to make this such a positive experience for Jake.

- Mother

Almost every day, Taylor will ask me, "Do I have cooking today?". She LOVES going to Cooking Adventures with Ms. Mindy! She tells me every week what they made and how she helped prepare it. It has made her love helping in the kitchen at home even more. The best thing is listening to her describe if she like what they made or not-she tries a little of everything they make! Cooking Adventures is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to work together in a small group setting, and learn valuable skills for later in life.

- Mother

Where do I begin except a heartfelt thank you for all the love and support you've shown our family over the last five years. Elle's been a KC child since she was six weeks old and is now a "big" kindergarten girl. I so love the fact that her early caregivers and teachers are still at KC so the structure, continuity, and familiar faces have always been a part of her life. I believe that the love, support, and familiar surroundings were a great help to her when she needed it most. Thank you for making her years at KC so special and giving her the extra TLC that she needed.

- Grandparent

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