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Woodridge North KinderCare

Ms. Tammy Tunac, 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.

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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!

Ms. Tammy Tunac, 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.

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.

Spanish

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday February 09, 2016
    1. CENTER BEAUTIFICATION DAY

      Let's decorate our center with LOVE!

  2. Wednesday February 10, 2016
    1. NATIONAL CREAM CHESSE BROWNIE DAY

      Our Learning Adventure Cooks will make brownies to take home. Sign your child up just for the day!

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.

  • Ms. Tammy Tunac

    Ms. Tammy Tunac, Center Director

    Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

    Tammy has been with KinderCare Learning Center in the roles of Assistant Director, Recruiter and Center Director. During her four years of tenure, she has enjoyed building working relationships with parents, growing and inspiring passionate teachers, and being a part of the care and education of the amazing children. Tammy was born and raised just outside of Detroit, Michigan. She has made her home in Plainfield, Illinois for the past 11 years with her husband and son. Her interests outside of the field of early childhood education are R.E.A.D. Book Club, running, and library volunteer work.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Masters of Art- Psychology
  • Paola Hahn

    Paola Hahn, Assistant Director

    You can't change what you don't acklowledge" -Dr. Phil

    Paola recently moved to Lisle a few months ago to join our KinderCare Family. 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.

    Ms. Paola enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys playing sports. Her favorite sports to play are volleyball and softball. Ms. Paola enjoys playing pool as well. On weekends Ms. Paola visits her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Jessie Kelly

    Jessie Kelly, 3rd Incharge

    I have learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" -Maya Angelou

    Ms. Jessie has enjoyed being apart of the KinderCare family since 1999. Ms. Jessie is a kindhearted and energetic individual. She always has the child's best interest in mind. Jessie looks forward to helping each child in our center grow. Ms. Jessie enjoys spending time with her two sons.

     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Mad at Mama
    Year Started:
    8/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Director Certified
  • 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 six years at various KinderCare locations. She enjoys playing with the Infants and helping them achieve milestones. Ms. Erin holds an Associate of Art's Degree.In Ms. Erin's free time she enjoys reading. She also enjoys working on crafts. When the weather is nice you are most likely going to see Ms. Erin out on a walk.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has worked with the Champion's program. She also has experience working in other early learning centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hobbit
    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Toddler Classroom

    Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children" -Walt Disney

    Ms. Brittney has been with the Knowledge Universe Company since 2014. She has a background in photography and all things creative, the magic of Disney, and most recently a Child Development Associate Credential. She is also CPR and First Aid certified and has over 77 hours of gateways approved training. Ms. Brittney's teaching philosophy is based on children being able to explore on their own which allows children to form their own opinions, make decisions, work through problems, and interact with their peers without having a teacher control their every move. Her role as your child's teacher is to be that trusted adult outside the parents and guardians who encourage the children to do things they think they can't do, be there to comfort them when they are having a rough day, and to ultimately have their best interest in mind when it comes to education and their development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes
    Year Started:
    5/26/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

    Be the change that you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi

    Ms. Lisa has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 12 years of which 10 years have been with toddlers. Seeing the daily growth in the children is what Ms. Lisa looks forward to most. Making rough days happy and good days great is one of Ms. Lisa's goals. Ms. Lisa is certified in First Aid, CPR and has more than 34 hours of certified gateways training which will continue to grow throughout the years. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at KinderCare Learning Center for 31/2 years where I get to spend my days with the most active, fun, loving Toddlers you could ever posssibly meet. From 1988 to 1996 I worked with Toddlers for Children's World Learning Center and from 1996 to 2012 I was fortunate enough to be able and stay home and raise my 2 children while taking care of numerous nieces and nephews.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Discovery Preschool

    If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" -Winnie the Pooh

    Ms. Lindsay has been with the Knowledge Universe Company since the summer of 2015. She spent a period of time as the school age teacher. Ms. Lindsay is excited to make the Discovery Preschool room her new home room. In addition to being the Discovery Preschool teacher she also teaches the phonics, math and music learning adventures offered at our center. Ms. Lindsay is responsible for assessing children as they enter our center, so our teachers can best academically support them. Ms. Lindsay is pursing her Child Development Associates Credential and plans to start working on her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Lindsay's teaching philosophy is children learn best in a nurturing environment that fosters opprotunitities to express oneself creatively. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to wokring at KinderCare Ms. Lindsay worked with children with disabilities for 3 years. She worked with these children in various settings including schools and summer camps. Ms. Lindsay has also nannied/babysat for many years. She has also volunteered teaching Sunday school for 2 year olds.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If you give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Education:
    Pursing her Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Discovery Preschool

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. - Margaret Mead

    Ms. Teresa has just joined the North Woodridge KinderCare Team at the beginning of 2016. From working with girl scouts, teaching a karate class, and her recent internship at the Louise M. Beem Early Childhood Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Ms. Teresa has worked with a wide range of children. Recently she completed her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care at the College of DuPage. Ms. Teresa enjoys exploring the outdoor and traveling, one day dreaming of standing in all 50 states. She enjoys playing games and reading, as well as spending time with friends and family. Ms. Teresa is also an avid Blackhawks fan.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Seven Silly Eaters
    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood and Care
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool

    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.

    In Ms. Lauren's free time she enjoys volunteering with the Feral Fixers, PADS, Horse Rescues, St. Leonards' House and church.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren has worked as an Administrative Assistant and a Volunteer Coordinator in the field of Sociology.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Misty
    Year Started:
    8/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology
  • 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 Associates credential.

    Ms. Dawn enjoys spending time with her Kids. Her and her children enjoy going on road trips, movies, trying new restaurants.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    7/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Pre Kindergarten

    Reading is an important component of a child's development

    Ms. Grace has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since she earned her Associates degree in 2001. She joined the KinderCare family in the fall of 2012 and is currently working in the PreKindergarten room. Ms. Grace strongly believes that success of the children depends on teamwork between parents, teachers and the children. Ms. Grace also values reading as a great start for a successful education. Books fill a big part of her life and she enjoys sharing stories in the classroom. Another value of a young child's life is imagination and creativity. Come and join our fabulous classroom!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pippi Longstocking
  • Ms. Judith

    Ms. Judith, Pre-Kinderegarten

    I am very excited to be an important part of your child's life

    Ms. Judith joined the KinderCare family in 2014. She has been very excited to share her love of learning with the children in her care. She is currently a teacher in the PreKindergarten classroom and has two goals that is passionate about~ striving to make the children feel welcomed and cared for and sharing a love of reading and books. Judith has the privilege of being the mother of four wonderful young adults. In addition, she has been a foster mother to others along their life's journey. Judith also spent several years tutoring PreK-1st grade reading and math and presented special science field trips to first graders. Please don't hesitate to arrange a visit to the PreKindergarten classroom. You child's learning adventures await!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to my employment at KinderCare, I taught preschool at a small Christian school for ten years. I also spent several years as a kindergarden/ 1st grade reading tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Folk Tales
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Reham

    Ms. Reham, Kindergarten

    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. Dominque

    Ms. Dominque, School Age

    I have been with the KinderCare Education Company for four years. I am very excited to make the School Age room my home room. I can't wait to share creative ideas for the children and to promote the curriculum. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful daughters. My daughters are one and two years old and they sure do keep me busy. When I'm not spending time with my girls I enjoy spending time with my friends and relaxing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursing her CDA
  • Ms. Rosy

    Ms. Rosy, Cook

    Ms. Rosy has grown up being in the kitchen and she loves trying new recipes. Ms. Rosy likes seeing all the smiles on the children's faces after they complete a meal.  Ms. Rosy moved to Illinois from Bulgaria in 2001. After the move she has worked very hard to learn English. English is the forth language that Ms. Rosy can speak. When Ms. Rosy is not in the kitchen cooking she enjoys spending time with her college age son.

    Previous Experience:
    Hyatt Cook
    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Education:
    Associates in Culinary Arts
  • Ms. Harpreet

    Ms. Harpreet, Support Staff

    Ms. Harpreet likes seeing the children grow hitting different developmental milestones. By being in all the classrooms she is able to work with all the children in the center which is one of the highlights of her job. Prior to starting working at KinderCare Ms. Harpreet volunteered at Heinz Hospital.

    Previous Experience:
    Montessori School Teachers Assistant
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015

February 2016 Events

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  1. Monday February 01, 2016
    1. NATIONAL FREEEDOM DAY

      Celebrate this day by reflecting upon your own freedoms that you enjoy by living in America!

  2. Tuesday February 02, 2016
    1. NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY

      Make crafts and read about the groundhod and his shadow

  3. Wednesday February 03, 2016
    1. CHILI CHEESE DIP DAY

      Our Learning Adventures Cooks will make chili cheese dip in their cooking class today!

  4. Thursday February 04, 2016
    1. NATIONAL THANK A MAILMAN DAY

      Children will work on one large letter to thank our mailperson for bringing us packages rain or shine!

  5. Friday February 05, 2016
    1. NATIONAL WEATHER DAY

      Children will learn about and predict the weather for the weekend based on what they think they know about the weather.

  6. Monday February 08, 2016
    1. CHINESE NEW YEAR'S

      Children will learn about Chinese New Year and the traditions that the Chinese culture has.

  7. Tuesday February 09, 2016
    1. CENTER BEAUTIFICATION DAY

      Let's decorate our center with LOVE!

  8. Wednesday February 10, 2016
    1. NATIONAL CREAM CHESSE BROWNIE DAY

      Our Learning Adventure Cooks will make brownies to take home. Sign your child up just for the day!

  9. Thursday February 11, 2016
    1. NATIONAL WHITE T-SHIRT DAY

      Please wear a white tee for a great center photo!

  10. Friday February 12, 2016
    1. ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

      Make crafts and read about the life of Abraham Lincoln

  11. Monday February 15, 2016
    1. PRESIDENT'S DAY

      Professional Development for Staff

  12. Tuesday February 16, 2016
    1. DO-A-GROUCH-A-FAVOR-DAY

      Find a friend who is sad or upset and make them happy!

  13. Wednesday February 17, 2016
    1. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY

      Be prepare to catch someone being kind!

  14. Thursday February 18, 2016
    1. NATIONAL BATTERY DAY

      Children will learn the purpose of a battery!

  15. Friday February 19, 2016
    1. NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY

      Check out our lobby for a sweet treat!

  16. Monday February 22, 2016
    1. BE HUMBLE DAY

      Practice humbleness today, and everyday

  17. Tuesday February 23, 2016
    1. NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY

      Our Learning Adventures Cooks will make banana bread to take home. Sign your child up for just the day!

  18. Wednesday February 24, 2016
    1. NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY

      Chips and Salsa for snack

  19. Thursday February 25, 2016
    1. NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

      Make crafts and read about amazing polar bears!

  20. Friday February 26, 2016
    1. NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY

      Bring in your favorite fairy tale story or share one from your classroom!

  21. Monday February 29, 2016
    1. LEAP DAY

      Learn about Leap Year and why it only comes once every 4 years!

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

  • Award of Accreditation

    Award of Accreditation

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Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Polish, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian

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's mother. 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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