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Woodridge South KinderCare

Bridget Van Gelder, Center Director

7450 N. Woodward Ave. Woodridge IL 60517
(630) 852-4485 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off of 75th and Woodward Avenue Next to Charter One Bank

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Edgewood, Goodrich, Sipley, Meadowview, Murphy, WillowCreek, Elizabeth Ide, Indian Trail, Mark Delay, Kingsley, and Hillcrest Elementary Schools.

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Welcome to your Woodridge South KinderCare!  Our family center is located in the heart of Woodridge and serves families in the towns of Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Westmont, Oswego, and Plainfield.  We transport school age children to Sipley, Kingsley, Edgewood, Murphy, Indian Trail, Elizabeth Ide, Meadow View, Goodrich, Hillcrest, Willow Creek,  and Mark Delay Elementary School.  We understand that one of the most important decisions you will ever make is where to start your child’s education.  Our safe and stimulating environment is the perfect place for children to discover their own talents.  Our researched-based curriculum has been developed by early childhood education experts and our caring and energetic teachers are dedicated to making learning fun. Come on by and check us out and let us help your child’s education start off on the best foot possible!

Bridget Van Gelder, 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 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 06, 2015

      Read:  Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.  Sequence your steps getting ready for school.

  2. Wednesday October 07, 2015

      Read:  The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr. Make your own drum today!

Teachers & Staff

The KinderCare Learning Center here at Woodridge South provides each and every program from infancy through school age with highly experienced teachers. We carefully select our team and provide you with teachers that are educated, passionate, creative and value the art of education.

  • Bridget Van Gelder

    Bridget Van Gelder, Center Director

    I am passionate about early childhood education because I enjoy the day to day joy of watching children learn and grow.

    Ms. Bridget has been with KinderCare Learning Center for 17 years. She has focused most of her work in the northwest and western suburbs where she has a strong reputation for leading her team in the right direction. Her effective management style helps her teachers bring the curriculum to life. She runs an impressive Learning Adventures program on top of her successful curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare has been Bridget's one and only job her entire life. She was a discovery preschool teacher for several years then she became an assistant director and has currently been a director since 2007
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Kelly, Infants

    A person is a person no matter how small" -Dr. Suess

    Kelly is a recent graduate from Cornerstone University! She loves working with children, art, photography, and also loves to travel!

    Previous Experience:
    After school daycare assistant at Timothy Christian School Infant room teacher at Appletree Daycare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter Rabbit's Case of the Missing Lettuce
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies
  • Amy, support staff

    Amy graduated from Lemont High School and attended Wester Illinois University. She strives to succeed and enjoys working in early childhood education. She worked in the park districts after school program.

    Previous Experience:
    Woodridge Park District Kidz Squad
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Years in ECE industry:
    Western Illinois University
  • Maoyuan, Toddlers

    What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals

    Memory loves to travel the world and strives to work hard at becoming a great teacher in early childhood education. She works very hard to continue her exploration and learning in this field. She has a little sister who loves to call her "little mommy".

    Previous Experience:
    Interned at School for Young Children (FL) Tutored for elementry school (FL) Volunteered at Florida State University Children Center and Early Head Start (FL) Taught in Bali, Indonesia
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Masters Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Abi, Nursery

    Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

    Ms. Abi loves spending time with her girls and watching Disney movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Abi is a mother of two beautiful girls who are a part of our happy KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Toddler Room

    A child's hug is like gold.

    Ms. Diane loves walking into the all the classrooms and hearing the children call her name, it makes her feel like she's on Cheers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane has worked with children from infancy to school age during time here at KinderCare. She is currently a teacher in toddler room.
    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Toddler Room

    In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

    Ms. Theresa was born and rasied on the south side of Chicago, and attended Richard J. Daley College to pursue her education.  In May of 2013 she graduated with her Associates in E.C.E. and is now a teacher in our Toddler Room.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Theresa was a two year old teacher at a family owned daycare in the city and was also a support staff member at a privately owned daycare in the suburbs.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool

    The best way to learn is through play.

    Ms. Debbie was born and raised in New Mexico, and moved to Illinois in 1987.  She has two children of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie spent a majority of her years with two year olds then worked with preschoolers, and is now back in discovery preschool.
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Preschool

    Sharing achieved milestones with parents because it makes me so happy to see how proud they are.

    Ms. Jen worked with three and four year olds at her previous daycare and since joining KinderCare in August she has been a nursery teacher, a preschool teacher, and support staff in many other rooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen previously worked for Bobby Nonnan's child care for a year and a half.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Haley, Pre-Kindergarten

    Use your smile to change the world.  Don't let this world change your smile.

    Ms. Haley lives in Bolingbrook and has one sister who is younger then her.  She enjoys playing sports and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Haley taught preschool in highschool and was a cheerleading and volleyball coach.
    working towards Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lindsay, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love to help the children achieve new goals, skills, and help them have a love of learning."

    Ms. Lindsay is originally from Idaho and moved here in 2001.  She married her husband John in 2002 and they have a cat named Penny.  She likes to spend her free time baking, sewing, and being on pinterest to find ideas for her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsay was a nanny for a year and was also a substitute teacher in a high school for two years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Support Staff

    I come to work everyday because I love to watch the children grow.

    Ms. Mary went to chatholic school her whole life.  She has two older sisters, a chinchilla named Lily,  and two dogs Buster and Nala.  She enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary was previously a nanny and a babysitter for many people in her community.
    Year Started:
    HIghschool Graduate
  • Ms. Jeanett

    Ms. Jeanett, School Age

    Real success is finding your life work in the work you love" " A child's life is a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

    Ms. Jeanett is the mother of three children who are her life and a part of the KinderCare family as well.  She loves to sing, dance, and spend time with her family.  One thing she loves about work is that no matter how tired she is the reward of the children running up to her and giving her a hug and smile takes all the tiredness away.

    Previous Experience:
    mother of three
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Learning Adventures, Bus driver, Support Staff

    Watching the children learn and grow each and everyday is amazing and I'm thankful to be a part of it.

    Ms. Patty has one son and two daughters.  Both of her daughters are a part of the KinderCare family and her son was a member of the Development Associate.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Patty has worked with children of all ages during her time at KinderCare. She also has 3 children of her own.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Highschool Graduate
  • Ms. Zainab, Support Staff

    Life is what you make of it.

    Ms. Z looks forward to coming to work each and every day. She is currently at Lewis University finishing up her bachelors degree in Special Education/Elementary Education. She hopes to be a teacher in the future. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Field Experiences- Grades 1, 3 and Special Education Self Contatined Room.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Girrafes Can't Dance"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Earning a Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Sonja

    Ms. Sonja, Cook

    Live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Sonja got married in June of 2013 and planning on starting a family of her own.  She has 2 nieces 2 nephews and a grandson.  She enjoys going out with her husband, spending time with family, and cooking.  She LOVES cooking and baking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sonja worked as a home health aid and a CNA before she decided to make a career change and get into food service and child care.
    Year Started:
    Food Safety and Sanitation License
  • Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael, Junior Kindergarten

    "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

    J.R.R Tolkien

    I was born here in Chicago and lived on the East Side for most of my childhood. I then moved out to Orland park when I was in third grade. I grew up playing music in coffee shops for most of my adolescence. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a focus on two-dimentional arts. I was trained at Columbia in the Reggio Emilia Approach to education and I had the chance to travel to Italy to see the approach in action where it originated. I am a draftsman, print maker, artist, actor, musician, traveler and educational consultant along with being a teacher and facilitator.

    Previous Experience:
    Paraprofessional, student teaching, preschool assistiant teacher at Chicago Commons.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "This is Not My Hat" by Jon Klassen
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Discovery Preschool

    I was born in Chicago IL. I moved to Plainfield IL when I was 7 and then after graduating high school, I moved to Woodridge IL. I have a son named Alexander who is 8 months old. I enjoy playing volleyball, I played for 10 years. I also love drawing and arts and crafts. I am pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and am currently working on obtaining my CDA certification.

    Previous Experience:
    Coached a girl's volleyball team and also have a lot of experience in babysitting/nannying.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    working toward Child Development Credential

October 2015 Events

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  1. Thursday October 01, 2015

      Read:  I Love Our Earth
      by Bill Martin Jr.
      Eat Vegetables for Snack!

  2. Friday October 02, 2015

      Read: Listen to the Rain by BIll Martin Jr.  Learn about the importance of rain!

  3. Monday October 05, 2015

      Read:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.  Find the teacher in the story!

  4. Tuesday October 06, 2015

      Read:  Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.  Sequence your steps getting ready for school.

  5. Wednesday October 07, 2015

      Read:  The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr. Make your own drum today!

  6. Thursday October 08, 2015

      Read:  Swish! by Bill Martin Jr.  Play a game of tag today!

  7. Friday October 09, 2015

      Read:  "Fire! Fire! Said Mrs. McGuire" by Bill Martin Jr.  Practice a fire drill!

  8. Monday October 12, 2015

  9. Tuesday October 13, 2015

      Read:  Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr.  Let's have a dance party.

  10. Wednesday October 14, 2015

      Join a special Learning Adventures Cooking class and create a dessert to take home!  See lobby for details!

  11. Thursday October 15, 2015

      Read:  The Little Squeegy Bug by Bill Martin Jr.  Play a bug marching game!

  12. Friday October 16, 2015

      Read:  Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr.  Dance the Hokey Pokey!

  13. Monday October 19, 2015

      Read:  Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr.  Make an alphabet tree!

  14. Tuesday October 20, 2015

      Read:  Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr.  Make a number tree!

  15. Wednesday October 21, 2015

      Read:  Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.  Make button art!

  16. Thursday October 22, 2015
    1. A TOP TEN DAY

      Read:  10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.  Draw 10 of your favorite bugs!

  17. Friday October 23, 2015

      Read:  Up & Down Merry Go Round by Bill Martin Jr.  Science experiments with gravity!

  18. Monday October 26, 2015

      Read: The Magic Pumpkin by Bill Martin Jr. Get creative with pumpkins!

  19. Tuesday October 27, 2015

      Read:  The Turning of the Year by Bill Martin Jr.  Leaf art today!

  20. Wednesday October 28, 2015

      Read:  A Beasty Day by Bill Martin Jr.  Make Frankenstein masks!

  21. Thursday October 29, 2015

      Read:  A Beasty Day by Bill Martin Jr.  Make Frankenstein masks!

  22. Friday October 30, 2015

      Read:  Trick-or-Treat by Bill Martin Jr.  Sweet treats in the lobby for you!

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. Our center provides a built in security feature, fenced in play yards and written authorization must be on file for all Emergency Contact individuals. KinderCare Learning Centers abide by a strict Center Health Requirements. By working cooperatively with parents/guardians, we can ensure the health and safety of all children enrolled at our center. Our center staff members are equipped with CPR and First Aid training on an annual basis. The center also participates in monthly activities to ensure a safe environment for all children and team members.

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.

My daughter has been with KinderCare since she was seven weeks in age. It was very hard for me to leave her at first. I can honestly say that I’m very impressed with the Infant teachers and I feel more than comfortable leaving her with them. When I pick my daughter up she is always happy and laughing. She is now nine months old and has really demonstrated how much she has learned from her teachers. I would recommend everyone to put their children in this KinderCare”

- Parent

I just love the environment. Everyone is so friendly, so it makes me feel comfortable. My child loves coming here each and every day.

- Mother

My son is about to start Kindergarten this fall. His teacher has prepared him with all the necessities he needs, plus more. He knows how to spell and write his name. Thank you so much Woodridge KinderCare for all that you do!

- Parent

I am a very happy parent of a Toddler that goes to the Woodridge KinderCare. The teachers show her so much love and this reassures me that she is in safe care when I’m not present. Her social and behavior skills have done a complete 360 since enrolling her in KinderCare four months ago. She is working on her numbers and alphabet. I see constant growth and I can thank her teachers for that. Thank You!

- Parent

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