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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.


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.  Along with transporting to all those school we also have Junior Kindergarten here in our building.  Our dedicated  teacher Miss Lisa won the teacher of the year award, and strives to make the children ready for the big world.  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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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. Friday July 31, 2015

      It's Friday.... and WATER DAY!!
      Our junior kindergarteners and school age children are ready for a day of fun and water play!!

  2. Monday August 03, 2015

      Read Are You a Cow? by S. Boynton. Draw your favorite farm animal!

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
  • Bernadette Winkelman

    Bernadette Winkelman, Assistant Director

    “The joy on the children’s face when they accomplish something for the first time is one of the most precious sights on earth.  I love working with children because it’s always something different each day.”

    Ms. Berandette lives in Alsip with her fiance and her puppy Benny. She loves watching sports and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew.  Working with children has always been her passion and finding exciting ways to teach simple things in a new and exciting way.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the Assistant Director, Ms. Bernadette was previously a director for a family owned daycare for four years before becoming a teacher in our Discovery Preschool Classroom, then she became the Assistant Center Director in 2013.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associates Degree In Applied Science- Child Care
  • Ms. Renata, Assistant Director

    Live your life to the fullest

    I am excited to be part of the KinderCare family. What I love most about my job is that I can take my son to work. Noah is currently a toddler and learning so many things every day. Everyone has been wonderful and very welcoming. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a teacher for 13 years. I taught 6th grade for 9 years and 8th grade for 4 years. I also was a nanny for two little girls. I have been around children of all ages all my life. I was an assistant director at The Children's Academy in Lisle for 8 months. .
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-- cutest book ever!!
    Year Started:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tris

    Ms. Tris, Nursery

    The best part of teaching is watching the children become independent as they start to accomplishing more difficult tasks individually.  My favorite sentence is Ms. Tris look what I did. 

    Ms. Tris is a mother of a energentic son.  She lives in Lockport and loves baking and sports.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tris was previously a live in nanny for three children and has one child of her own.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • 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. Laversa

    Ms. Laversa, Nursery

    Without my children my house would be clean my wallet would be full, but my HEART would be empty.

    Ms. Laversa's two children have been a part of the KinderCare family for a while now.  She enjoys spending time with the at the park and doing other activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laversa has taken classes in early childhood eductaion and has a son and daughter of her own.
    currently enrolled in Child Development Associate classes
  • 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:
    1 Year
    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. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Discovery Preschool

    My favorite part of being around children is yes, I get to educate them but they teach me everyday.

    Being around children throughout the years has inspired Ms. Cassie to serve children through education.  Ms. Cassie is the oldest of eight and was raised to guide children with trust and faith in both her and themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassie was around children her whole life and has a very large family.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Discovery 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:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Preschool

    Education is not the filling of the of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  William Butler Yeats

    In 2011 Ms. Jill recieved her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Olivet Nazarene University.  From there she went on to be an aid in a Kindergarten classroom.  In 2012 she joined the KinderCare team as the 4-5 year teacher.  Ms. Jill says it has been fun watching the kids grow and getting to know the families.  She loves teaching the preschool and pre-kindergarten class because she loves seeing them get excited about learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jill was previously a one on one aid in an elementary school.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors Degree In Education
  • Ms. Haley, Preschool

    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, Pre-Kindergarten

    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. Lisa, Junior Kindergarten

    I love teaching the children to become critical thinkers and really enjoy creating opportunities for everyone to learn in his or her own way.

    Ms. Lisa has been married to her husband Tim since 2001.  She has two cats and two nephews she absolutely adores.  She also loves Elvis, penguins, and the Cubs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare since 1989. Ms. Lisa also won the educator of the year award in 2009.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • 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, Pre- 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

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 01, 2015

      Our toddlers through school age will experience Sandy- the storyteller, ventriloquist and songstress! The children will enjoy such a super day!!

  2. Friday July 03, 2015

      Our center will be closed today- due to observe Independence Day

  3. Tuesday July 07, 2015

      What a fun day filled with baseball and basketball!! Our school age children will have a blast learning new tricks at this awesome academy!

  4. Wednesday July 08, 2015

      Nothing says summer like an ICE CREAM SOCIAL!!
      Toddlers through school age will get a change to experience this fun-filled and yummy day!!

  5. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. LASER TAG

      Our junior kindergarteners and school age will have a opportunity to let off some steam playing...LASER TAG!!

  6. Friday July 10, 2015

      It's Friday..... and WATER DAY for our junior kindergarteners and school age children!!

  7. Tuesday July 14, 2015

      Our junior kindergarteners and school age children will be golfing outdoors having a blast with their class!

  8. Wednesday July 15, 2015

      Our junior kindergarteners and school age children will be learning the basics of soccer, try the sport, and have FUN!!!

  9. Thursday July 16, 2015

      Our school age children will be experiencing the outdoors at Cantigny Park.

  10. Friday July 17, 2015

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


      It's Friday..... and WATER DAY!!

  11. Tuesday July 21, 2015

      The school age children will be creating tie-dye shirts.
      What a fun day creating shirts!!

  12. Wednesday July 22, 2015

      The Beach party is for our Toddlers through junior kindergarteners.


      Our junior kindergarteners will be having a beach party! Time to bring your favorite beach attire!!

      Our school age children will be going to the movies. They will be seeing "The Book of Life."

  13. Thursday July 23, 2015

      Our junior kindergarteners will be enjoying the day at Pirate's Cove! What a fun-filled day they will have!!

  14. Friday July 24, 2015

      It's Friday.... and WATER DAY for our junior kindergarteners and school age children

  15. Monday July 27, 2015

      Our toddlers through school age children will have the opportunity to experience Mr. Steve and his cool magic!!

  16. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. BOWLING

      Another great day for BOWLING!!
      Our junior kindergarteners and school age will enjoy bowling the day away!

  17. Friday July 31, 2015

      It's Friday.... and WATER DAY!!
      Our junior kindergarteners and school age children are ready for a day of fun and water play!!

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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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

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

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

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