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Northridge KinderCare

Valerie Schaid, Center Director

3890 Northridge Dr. Rockford IL 61114
(815) 877-7887 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harlem School District- Olsn Park Elementary | Rock Cut Elementary | Maple Elementary and Windsor Rockford School District- Carlson Elementary Parker Center and Loves Park Elmentary come to center

Welcome

Welcome to the Northridge KinderCare. KinderCare is a leader in the field of Early Childhood Education and it is our privilege to be a part of your child's early childhood development. Our center is located off of Forest Hills and Riverside on Northridge Drive. The center provides an excellent program to help children achieve their educational milestones in our Infant, Toddlers, Discovery Preschool, Preschool, Prekindergarten and School age classrooms. Our location is convenient for families living in Rockford, Freeport, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockton, and Roscoe, Illinois. Also, we provide before and after care for students attending the Harlem School District and Carlson Elementary School in the Rockford School District.

Valerie Schaid, 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.

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.

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

The teachers and staff at our center are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education that will benefit our personal growth and your child’s development.We are dedicated to creating an environment that supports your child's growth, development, and overall well-being. From your initial contact with our team, our goal is to ensure that you feel a part of our family that extends beyond the learning. We extend a warm offering to you to come and tour our facility soon.
 

  • Valerie Schaid, Center Director

  • Franca Mastrodonato, Assistant Director

    Liz has been working with children since she was 16 years old, she has always known it was her passion and calling.  She started out at a home daycare, and went on to be a preschool and prekindergarten teacher for 4 years.  Liz decided that she would like to be able to help teachers and families on their children's adventure through early childhood years, and became an Assistant Director for another KinderCare in Rockford.  She recently has joined the North Ridge KinderCare team to continue to lead teachers and families in enriching the children in their care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Franca has worked for KinderCare for the past 20 years. Starting in the suburbs of Chicago, and made her way to the Rockford area where she has impacted many centers in Rockford and we are excited to call the Northridge KinderCare her home.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David!

    Year Started:
    6/12/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Jenna

    Ms. Jenna, Prekindergarten

  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children develop from year to year. I also love seeing the children's smiles.

    Ms. Linda earned her Child Development Associate's credential and has used it to enhance her time spent in the infant room. Her goal in the classroom is to provide a safe and healthy environment. What she loves the most about teaching is watching the children develop from year to year

    Previous Experience:
    Linda has worked in our infant room for 25 years.
    Year Started:
    6/26/1989
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Lois P.

    Ms. Lois P., Infant Classroom

    My passion for education comes from interacting with the children and getting to know their parents.

    Ms. Lois earned her Child Development Associate's Credential. Her inspiration comes from watching children discover something new for the first time and seeing the excitement in their eyes. She loves sitting on the floor to read books and to play with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Lois has worked in our infant room for the past 18 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    12/28/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Keshia

    Ms. Keshia, Cook/Bus Driver

    I love watching children grow and learn.

    Ms Keisha enjoys preparing nutritional meals for our children and staff as well as transporting the children to and from school.  Ms Keisha is inspired by all of the children she sees each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Keshia previously worked as a dietary aide and in environmental services.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    N/A

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

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of your child is very important to all of our staff. That’s why we employ high standards in cleanliness, training in CPR and First aid, as well as monthly disaster drills to ensure that we are prepared for any unforeseen events. We employ continuous training for our staff so that we are confident in their ability to exercise good judgment and perform in excellent ways each day.
 
 

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

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

KinderCare's fun-loving environment invites my children to engage in learning new things. I like the structured curriculum which allows my children to share each day what they have learned. As a parent I am at peace knowing my children are in a safe, learning environment and in the hands of an exceptional staff.

- Mother

KinderCare has been there for me from the beginning. From changing diapers to helping me potty train my toddlers. They have done an excellent job not only watching my children but helping me raise them to be well mannered, behaved, and outstanding. I recommend them to everyone I know because I can trust them to do a good job.

- mother

Children are very precious and the thought of leaving them to return to work can be scary. I have three very pretty daughters. My oldest is 8 years old and she has been going to KinderCare since she was 2 years old. Have we tried others...yes. However, we always came back. Now that I have two smaller daughters the only place they will go is KinderCare! I have never questioned the safety or care while my children are there and that is a wonderful feeling!!!!  Thank you KinderCare Staff for all you do for my family!!!
 

- mother
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