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Woodridge North KinderCare

Kimberly Tillmon, Center Director

7040 N. Woodward Ave. Woodridge IL 60517
(630) 852-2611 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off west 71st St. and Woodward Avenue. Next to Nancy's Pizza

Neighborhood:
Woodridge

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Edgewood, Fairmount, Goodrich, Indian Trail, Jonas-Salk, Kingsley, Meadowview, Murphy, Sipley, Elizabeth Ide, El Sierra, Willow Creek and Woodview Elementary Schools.

On October 22nd at our school, our very own Prekindergarten teacher Maryella Bifano was surprised with a 10,000 check and the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award. Maryella was chosen from more than 24,000 early childhood educators in the Knowledge Universe family for this honor. This award honors early childhood educational professionals dedicated to excellence in the classroom, while celebrating the important contribution of educators in development of young children. We are very proud to have the privilege to be amongst someone who enjoys teaching our young children. Job Well Done, Maryella!

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our center. We know that choosing the right environment for your family is very important. Our school is proud to serve the communities of Woodridge, Downers Grove, Darien, and other surrounding areas. As a center we support cooperative play; use whole and small group activities to model sharing, communication and cooperation. Our Preschool and Prekindergarten programs prepare children to reason and analyze by using their senses to explore materials, create opportunities to ask and answer open ended questions, experiment with spatial relationships, problem solve and make independent choices. Our goal is to do all we can to help children learn and succeed. We would love to share our Nationally Accredited center with you. Please stop by anytime!

Kimberly Tillmon, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. STORY ACTING WITH MS. PADDY

      Our Toddlers through Prekindergarten enjoy Ms.Paddy and her show!

  2. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. EXPLORING THE ARTS KICK-OFF

      Read, learn and create: photography, wood stick art, famous artists, and more!

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Woodridge North KinderCare. We’re an Illinois Two Star Quality Rated center with dedicated teachers. We provide quality education in a safe environment. Our team has a combined tenure of over 200 years of experience working in education.

  • Kimberly Tillmon

    Kimberly Tillmon, Center Director

    I am proud to be in a position to encourage children to learn and grow.

    Kimberly has been a part of the KinderCare family for fifteen years. Her focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to the families and children in her care. She has three children that keep her very busy on the weekends. All of her children have had the great experience of being part of our KinderCare family. Kimberly is very excited to be an advocate for young children and ensure the highest quality Early Childhood Education for young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Kimberly began her career as a summer youth counselor for a community center in Missouri.
    Year Started:
    9/17/1997
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Paola Hahn

    Paola Hahn, Assistant Director

    Paola recently moved to Lisle a few months ago to join our KinderCare Family. She currently lives with her fiance who is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Bensenville Fire District. Paola is a compassionate, kindhearted person who has the best interest of the children in mind at all times. She has always wanted to work with kids and looks forward to being a part of their developmental growth in the years to come.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I am a big part of each child's development.

    Ms. Erin joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 2011 but has been employed for four years at various locations. She enjoys playing with the Infants and helping them achieve milestones. Ms. Erin holds an Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has worked with the Champion's program with School Age children as well as other early learning centers in Illinois.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    I love when I walk into the classroom and the babies smile at me, their expressions are heart-warming.

    Ms. Lisa joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 2012. She loves working with the Infants and planning projects that will enhance their development. Ms. Lisa is pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential and will complete the program in 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for nine years. She stayed at home for some time to raise her children and once they were grown, she re-entered the field that she loves.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Toddler Classroom

    I love what I do for the children every day. It is so rewarding.

    Ms. Lauren joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 2006. Prior to relocating to Woodridge she spent four years educating children in other areas in Illinois. Ms. Lauren is our center's 2012 Spirit Award winner. She holds a Child Development Associate's credential.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Grace joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 2012 and proves to be a great addition to the team. She enjoys teaching the Discovery Preschool children many fun things and keeps them engaged throughout the day. Ms. Grace holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Grace has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for ten years. She has volunteered within the elementary school system as well as in the field of Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a part of a child's early learning experience.

    Ms. Dawn joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 1988. She has served in many capacities within the center in roles such as cook, teacher's assistant, teacher and Assistant Director. Ms. Dawn holds a Child Development Associate's credential.

    Year Started:
    7/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Reham

    Ms. Reham, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching children new concepts and watching them grow.

    Ms. Reham joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 2012. She engages the Prekindergarten children with activities that help them develop cognitive, social, motor and literacy skills. Ms. Reham is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Reham has been teaching Arabic to children for six years in a volunteer capacity.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren B.

    Ms. Lauren B., School Age Classroom

    I enjoy teaching children concepts they will take with them for a lifetime.

    Ms. Lauren joined the Woodridge North KinderCare team in 1996 and brings an abundance of knowledge into the School Age classroom. She has been teaching in many capacities at this location and enjoys each age group. Ms. Lauren holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren has worked as an administrative assistant and a volunteer coordinator in the field of sociology.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 01, 2015
    1. A BUSY DAY FOR ALL!

      Toddlers and Discovery Preschool make a fruit salad. Preschool and Prekindergarten enjoy their Water Day. School-Agers head to the movies!

  2. Thursday July 02, 2015
    1. FUN WITH FOOD FLAVORS

      Animal cracker counting, graphing popsicles, rainbow bread and more!

  3. Friday July 03, 2015
    1. CENTER CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF JULY 4TH

      Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!

  4. Monday July 06, 2015
    1. BULLS SOX TRAINING ACADEMY

      Our School-Agers attend a the Bulls-Sox Academy.

  5. Tuesday July 07, 2015
    1. SCHOOL-AGERS SWIM LESSONS

      A fun splish, splash day!

  6. Wednesday July 08, 2015
    1. WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

      Preschool and Prekindergarten wonderful Water Day. School-Agers head to the movies.

  7. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. CYBERSPACE

      School-agers head to Cyberspace for an off-site field trip!

  8. Friday July 10, 2015
    1. DARIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT TOUR

      School-Agers board the bus and head to the fire department!

  9. Monday July 13, 2015
    1. FIRE FIGHTER DAY

      All children will have an opportunity to see a fire truck up close and learn about fire prevention!

  10. Tuesday July 14, 2015
    1. HOME DEPOT DAY

      School-Agers head to Home Depot for arts and crafts!

  11. Wednesday July 15, 2015
    1. WATER SAFETY DAY

      Preschool and Prekindergarten enjoy a wonderful Water Day!

  12. Thursday July 16, 2015
    1. STAYING SAFE

      Each class will learn and practice valuable safety lessons!

  13. Friday July 17, 2015
    1. TAMMY TOWN

      We love our hands-on experience with Police Officer Tammy and her traveling town!

  14. Monday July 20, 2015
    1. JURICA NATURE MUSEUM

      School-Agers enjoy an off-site field trip!

  15. Tuesday July 21, 2015
    1. SCHOOL-AGE SWIM

      School-agers head to to swim lessons!

  16. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. MAGNIFICENT MOVIE DAY

      School-Agers head to the movies!

  17. Thursday July 23, 2015
    1. PRARIE VIEW SPLASH PAD

      Board the bus and head to the splash pad!

  18. Friday July 24, 2015
    1. PETLAND VISIT

      School-Agers visit Petland and learn about the care of pets.

  19. Monday July 27, 2015
    1. ALL ABOUT BOOKS KICK-OFF

      Each class will celebrate the beauty of books this whole week!

  20. Tuesday July 28, 2015
    1. BOUNTIFUL BOOKS AND SWIM LESSONS

      Toddlers through Prekindergarten welcome Parent Guest Readers. School-Agers kick up their heals in the pool!

  21. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. SHARE-A-STORY AND MAGNIFICENT MOVIES

      Bring a favorite story to share while the School-Agers head to the movies!

  22. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. STORY ACTING WITH MS. PADDY

      Our Toddlers through Prekindergarten enjoy Ms.Paddy and her show!

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.

Awards and Recognition

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    ExceleRate

  • Award of Accreditation

    Award of Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Polish

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

Woodridge North KinderCare adhere to the highest level of safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. Your child is protected through mandated security protocols, including a single-entry through keypad access, daily sign-ins and strict parent and guardian identification procedures. We also adhere to KinderCare’s name-to-face checks each half-hour of your child’s stay. We pledge to provide you with the highest level of security so your child can learn in a safe and fun environment.

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 name is Celesian and I am Ja'nia'smother. She attends the Woodridge North KinderCare, where Kim Tillmon is the Center Director and Lawren Vanderkoon is the Assistant Director. I just wanted to send an email to say that I am really pleased with all of the changes that the new director, Kim, has made. She is exactly what this center needs, in my opinion. I have had some personal conversations with her and she is very polite, educated and professional. I hope that she will be with this center for the long haul. I also, wanted to say something brief about Lawren, the Assistant Director. She is the absolute best and I have seen her work wonders with this center. She is very passionate about her job and all of the children. I know that with these two women in charge, my daughter is in perfect care. I just wanted to share this with you, because sometimes people need to be acknowledged when they're doing a great job!

- Mother

My son Marcel has grown up at KinderCare. He was more than ready for Kindergarten and even more ready for first grade. His teachers have become like family.

- Mother
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