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Woodridge South KinderCare

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

Welcome

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!

Edwina Tolbert, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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.

  • Edwina Tolbert

    Edwina Tolbert, Center Director

    "I aspire to inspire

    Ms. Edwina began her journey in Early Childhood Education over 20 years ago by taking her first job as an Assistant Teacher at a Preschool in Downtown Chicago, while attending Chicago State University for a bachelor’s in elementary education. It was through that job she found her love of early childhood education and immediately switched her focus of study to Early Childhood Education. For the following 15 years, she had the privilege of working with young children and their families at one of Chicago’s top Preschools. Early on, she was a Two Year Old Teacher, but as of 2010 she became part of the senior leadership driving growth of the organization and in 2014 she lead their entire team as the Executive Director. Outside of KinderCare, she is an Adjunct Professor teaching Early Childhood Education courses to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership. She recently started a small business as an Early Childhood Educational Consultant here in Chicago where she was born and currently reside.

    Previous Experience:
    I come to you with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. I am a licensed Early Childhood Specialist and a certified Infant Toddler Specialist. I have obtained an Illinois Director Credential, Substitute Teaching License and Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success - Sigma Alpha Pi. I recently started a small business as an Early Childhood Educational Consultant here in Chicago where I was born and currently reside.
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Margaret

    Margaret, Assistant Director

    I believe early childhood education is where lifetime learning begins.

    Margaret started with KinderCare as an assistant teacher in 2006 and has currently been an Assistant Director for two years. She has taken on every role possible within the center throughout her time with KinderCare. Margaret is proud and confident  every child walks out of KinderCare leaning something new each and every day. 

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Graduated from Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Infant Classroom

    A child's hug is like gold.

    Ms. Diane has been with KinderCare for over thirty years and loves seeing the education system evolving! She enjoys watching the infants grow into young toddlers and beyond. She is proud to be playing an important role in every child's life and couldn't imagine doing anything else. Ms. Diane enjoys being called grandma to all the children here at KinderCare. 

    Year Started:
    7/16/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jeanett

    Ms. Jeanett, Infant Classroom

    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 knowing that she is playing a rewarding role in every child's life. She loves being greeted by the children and families with hugs and smiles. 

    Year Started:
    10/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The best way children learn is through play.

    Ms. Debbie has worked with children for over 29 years and enjoys working in every age group. She loves watching children blossom physically and emotionally. Children are our future and Ms. Debbie enjoys knowing she is playing a key role with every child in her classroom. 

    Year Started:
    6/22/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ziarra

    Ziarra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ziarra enjoys watching young children grow and flourish at every growing stage. Her passion for early childhood education has grown to be an important part of her journey and feels proud that she is able to make a difference in every child's life.  She looks forward to each and every day she is able to education young minds. 

    Year Started:
    12/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently a student at Lewis University
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Haley has been with KinderCare for two years and is continuing her education in early childhood education. She enjoys watching children grow and succeed. She also enjoys preparing all the children in her classroom for Kindergarten and beyond. 

    Year Started:
    1/10/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Alexis is a proud mother of one and enjoys drawing, arts, and crafts. She enjoys being able to bring out the children's creativity and love for learning. Ms. Alexis enjoys being around all age groups and enjoys knowing she is making a difference in every child's life. Ms. Alexis is continuing her education in elementary education. She looks forward in working with children for many years to come. 

    Year Started:
    3/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.

    Danielle earned her associate degree and has been working in early childhood education for the past eight years. She has always had a passion to teach since she was a child herself. Danielle loves being able to lead the toddler classroom and make new discoveries with them each and every day. She is proud to part of such an important part of the children's development. 

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. LeAnne

    Ms. LeAnne, Learning Adventures

    Ms. LeAnne enjoys teaching all age groups from infants to preschool. She finds it a joy to watch them grow and learn everyday. It makes her so happy to be part of their daily triumphs. I want children to not just learn at school, but to flourish as an individual. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Mr. Erik

    Mr. Erik, Bus Driver

    Early childhood education sets the foundation to a child's future.

    Mr. Erik is a proud to be part of everyday learning with the children. He enjoys making learning fun and engaging throughout the days through play and exploration. Mr. Erik is an active teacher who also enjoys getting the children involved in active learning and looks forward to all the activities he can do with the children. He enjoys spending his free time volunteering for youth football leagues and coaching. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate degree
  • Ms. Mirissa

    Ms. Mirissa, Floater

    Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Ms. Mirissa has always had a passion for working with children and being able to make a difference in their lives. Both as an educator and a role model. She plans on continuing her education where she can achieve her goal as an educator  in special education. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Zohreh

    Ms. Zohreh, Program Specialist

    The laughter I hear from the classrooms fills my heart with joy! I absolutely love being a part of a child's life, watching them grow, their personalities develop, celebrating milestones, and knowing that something that I have done has made a difference!

    Mrs. Zohreh has worked in Early Childhood since 1999. She has her associate in Early Childhood and her bachelor's of applied science. Her favorite thing about teaching is helping younger generations be successful in their futures!

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Saturday April 08, 2017
Spring Egg Hunt

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We are super excited to be hosting a spring hunt!  Please come join us  as we  hunt for eggs, participate in games and receive a basket. Refreshments will be provided.  

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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!

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