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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


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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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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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.


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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday December 01, 2015

      Read: Play It Safe by Mayer. Learn about healthy foods!

  2. Wednesday December 02, 2015

      Read: Going to the Firehouse by Mayer. Read and learn about fire houses!

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

    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.

    In Ms. Kimberly's free time she enjoys spending time with her family. .

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Kimberly began her career as a summer youth counselor for a community center in Missouri.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Tammy Tunac, Center Director

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Master of Arts - Psychology
  • Ms. Tammy Tunac

    Ms. Tammy Tunac, Center Director

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

    Tammy has been with KinderCare Learning Center in the roles of Assistant Director, Recruiter and Center Director. During her 4 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master or Arts - Psychology
  • 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

    Jessie has enjoyed being apart of the KinderCare family since 1999. Jessie is a kindhearted and energetic she always has the child's best interest in mind. Jessie continues to look forward to working with the children each day. She looks forward to years to come to walk along side children in their developmental process.

    Ms. Jessie enjoys spending time with her two sons. They both inspire her everyday. When she's not outside playing with her oldest son or feeding her youngest one a bottle you will find her watching a sports game. Ms. Jessie is a huge Chicago White Sox fan and Bears fan. Ms. Jessie loves to spend time with her friends-she is a very social person.


    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Mad at Mama
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    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 four years at various KinderCare 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.

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Toddler Classroom

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

    I have been with the Knowledge Universe company since 2014. I have a background in photography and all things creative, the magic of Disney, and most recently a Child Development Associate Credential. My whole life I have been very creative and enjoyed exploring on my own and working with my hands. This has had a profound impact on the way that I do things in my classroom. I firmly believe that letting the children explore on their own during free play time allows them to form their own opinions, make decisions, work through problems, and interact with their peers without having a teacher controlling their every move. I do my very best to provide the children with things relating to the curriculum in every center that will interest them as well as challenge them to help further their development. My role as your child’s teacher is to be that trusted adult outside of 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:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

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

    Each day brings new adventures for the children in my classroom as well as for myself. The children don't realize how much they are learning while having fun but I see new growths made every day in each of the children. I feel privledged and honored to be in the lives of these children knowiing that while Mom and Dad are away at work they can rely on and trust me to be there for them.

    In Ms. Lisa's free time she enjoys going on Harley Motorcycle rides with her husband. She recenetly started to learn about gardening. She will have a green thumb in no time! Ms. Lisa loves enjoying time with her grandchildren.

    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 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lacey

    Ms. Lacey, Discovery Preschool

    I have been working at Kinder Care for 2 years and have loved every second of it! I come to work every day looking forward to seeing the children in my class, teaching them something new, and sharing all of the awesome moments with their families. I strive to grow and learn to be the best educator I can be and to deliver the best care that I can. I also am passionate about working with families to build strong partnerships. I want every family that comes through my door to know how important they are and how much I want them to be involved in their child's experience here. Working with the Discovery Preschool class is a blast and I'm so glad I get to be a part of all the fun here at Kinder Care!

    In Ms. Lacy's free time she enjoys singing and writing. The children love to hear her sing. She also enjoys scrapbooking.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love you More
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    CDA towards Associates
  • 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:
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    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 Associate's credential.

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

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

    Ms. Grace, Pre Kindergarten

    Reading is an important component of a child's development

    Ms. Grace is coming up on her 3rd year working for KinderCare. Her kind heart and creativity inspires the Pre-Kindergardeners everyday. Ms. Grace values the importance of reading. Her children enjoy listening to Ms. Grace read.

    Ms. Grace enjoys spending time with her three children. When shes not out with them you'll most likely find her reading or working on an art project. Ms. Grace also enjoys spending time outside.

    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

    I just approached my one year anniversary at KinderCare, which is very exciting!

    I have the privelage of being the mother of four wonderful young adults and other I have adopted along their life's journey. They have all blessed me in return. They now reside and travel all over the United States and Europe. My goal is to vacation with each of them, one at a time, and truly enjoy our time together.

    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:
    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, School Age

    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

    I am so excited to be the school age teacher. I also have the privileged to teach some of the Learning Adventure classes. I look forward to planning fun activities for all the children in each of my classes.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, working on crafts and watching football. I am a huge Chicago Bears fan. I have a 3 year old sister and her creativity inspires me to bring certain ideas to the classroom.

    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:
    When you give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:

December 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday December 01, 2015

      Read: Play It Safe by Mayer. Learn about healthy foods!

  2. Wednesday December 02, 2015

      Read: Going to the Firehouse by Mayer. Read and learn about fire houses!

  3. Thursday December 03, 2015

      Read: The New Fire Truck by Mayer. Name the parts of the fire truck!

  4. Friday December 04, 2015

      Read: To the Rescue by Mayer. List ways to stay safe!

  5. Monday December 07, 2015

      Read: I Am Helping by Mayer. Help your class write a special letter!

  6. Tuesday December 08, 2015

      Read: I Am Sharing by Mayer. Sign-up for an LA Cooking class!

  7. Wednesday December 09, 2015
    1. IT'S A GOOD DAY!

      Read: Good For You and Me by Mayer. Indoor excercise day!

  8. Thursday December 10, 2015

      Read: Just a Special Day by Mayer. Be kind and share fun games!

  9. Friday December 11, 2015

      Read: I Am Hiding by Mayer. Predict what is in the mystery box!

  10. Monday December 14, 2015

      Read: Just Helping My Dad and Just Shopping with My Mom by Mayer. Draw a picture of your family!

  11. Tuesday December 15, 2015

      Read: The Best Teacher Ever by Mayer. Sign-up for LA Cooking in the lobby!

  12. Wednesday December 16, 2015
    1. I WILL BE...

      Read: When I Grow Up by Mayer. Draw and detail what you will be!

  13. Thursday December 17, 2015

      Read: Just a Teacher's Pet by Mayer. Share a yummy breakfast with your teacher!

  14. Friday December 18, 2015

      Read: A Little Love by Mayer. Graph your favorite cookies!

  15. Monday December 21, 2015

      Read: The Little Drummer Mouse by Mayer. Music marching in and around the center!

  16. Tuesday December 22, 2015

      Read: Just a Little Music by Mayer. Dance to different tyoes of music!

  17. Wednesday December 23, 2015

      Read: Snow Day by Mayer. Share what you love about the snow!

  18. Thursday December 24, 2015
    1. "SOUPER" SNOW

      Read: Snowball Soup by Mayer. Yummy soup for lunch!

  19. Friday December 25, 2015

  20. Monday December 28, 2015

      Read: I Am Playing by Mayer. Fun games with your class!

  21. Tuesday December 29, 2015

      Read: The Best Show and Share by Mayer. Share something special from home!

  22. Wednesday December 30, 2015

      Read: My Lost Treasure by Mayer. Dig through the sensory table for treasures!

  23. Thursday December 31, 2015

      Read: Good For Me and You by Mayer. Celebrate the beginning of a New Year!

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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  • 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'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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