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Woodridge South KinderCare

Ms. Grazia Raia, Center Director

7450 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!

Ms. Grazia Raia, 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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

  • Ms. Grazia Raia

    Ms. Grazia Raia, Center Director

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

    Grazia has a degree in early childhood education and has eleven years of management experience.  She has a passion for helping young minds develop into successful adults. Grazia also had experience working with children with special needs for four years. She is here to help each child grow with their individual needs and create a comfortable learning experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years working with children, eleven years of management experience, BA in early childhood education, and has worked with children with special needs.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Margaret Perez, Assistant Director

    I enjoy working with the children. I feel that early childhood education is where lifetime learning begins.

    Margaret has worked with children as a classroom teacher for the past eight years. She's enjoyed witnessing learning every stage. She has been an assistant director for the past two years and enjoys all of the daily interactions with families!

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Elementary Education
  • Ziarra

    Ziarra, Discovery Preschool

    Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.

    Ziarra was born in Chicago, IL on May 25, 1997. She was raised in Romeoville, IL and hopes to become a high school history teacher or a political advisor.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked two years at a home daycare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently at Lewis University
  • Kelly

    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies
  • Peter

    Peter, Pre-Kindergarten

    I am without form. Without limit. Beyond space. Beyond time. I am everything, Everything is me. I am bliss of the universe. The butterfly" -Ram Tirtha

    Peter lives in Naperville, IL and graduated from St. Cloud State University with honors in May, 2014. HE moved back to Illinois to pursue his passion of teaching. He looks forward to working with new families and the children and fufilling each of their individual needs and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead pre-kindergarten teacher at Rogy's Learning place in Romeoville, IL and Private Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where The Wild Things Are" By: Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.S. Liberal Arts from St. Cloud State University Minor in ECE
  • Amy

    Amy, support staff

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

    Previous Experience:
    Woodridge Park District Kidz Squad
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Years in ECE industry:
    Western Illinois University
  • 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.. She loves being an active role in each toddlers education. Ms. Diane has been with the company for over thirty years and loves seeing the education system evolving!

    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:
    31 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    29 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Transitional 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. She enjoys becoming a positive role in each child's lives and helping them to succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Haley taught preschool in highschool and was a cheerleading and volleyball coach.
    CDA Credentials
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Transitional 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:
    4 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:
    2 Years
    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:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    1 Year
    working toward Child Development Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our center staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. We offer fantastic learning programs and our staff takes pride in keeping up to date with Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff throughtout the year at the center and the staff attends trainings in the community as well.

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 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 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

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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