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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 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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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.

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.


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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    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:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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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

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.

Share Your Story
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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