Terri Thomas, Center Director
Meet Terri Thomas, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2017
Education: Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Terri Thomas! She is the Center Director at College Road KinderCare in Lisle, Illinois. Terri holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2017. Every day, Terri enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman. Outside of work, Terri enjoys spending time with her family, listening to jazz, and traveling.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
We've had three boys attend this KinderCare over the last six and a half years. Wonderful experience since we started and currently we are extremely happy with the management and teachers/support that care for our preschooler. They potty trained him in no time and his verbal communication has improved dramatically (he was at home with me for three years). The love they show him is off the charts. The consistently tell me how his day went, funny stories, and his nap schedule. We love KinderCare on College Road!”
Catherine K. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a KinderCare family for three years. I am an elementary teacher and feel confident in the care and educational opportunities my six-year-old daughter receives each day while at KinderCare. The staff is outstanding and is always professional. It is evident that they truly love both what they do and the children at the center. If you are looking for a quality childcare facility that will support the educational and social growth of your child, take the time to visit the KinderCare located on College Road.”
Jennifer B. - KinderCare Parent
Our family has been been with KinderCare since October 2007, first at the Palos location and then at Lisle. We could not be more appreciative of the care, compassion, and education our children have received. Under the guidance of the wonderful teachers at KinderCare my boys have entered/will enter school both academically and socially prepared. Further, because of the efforts of the teachers, both Aric and I have been able to work during the day while having peace of mind that our children are safe and well taken care of. It's been a wonderful experience; one I would wholeheartedly recommend to any parent of preschool age.”
Michelle R. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been such a blessing for me. I have a one year old son and moved back to the area recently. As a single mom, I was looking for a great place where my son would receive the same care I would give him. It is conveniently located for me and the tuition cost is right in line with all other schools in the area. I know daily what activities my son will be partaking in and get a daily reviews. The director and teachers are beyond wonderful, supportive, and loving. They welcomed us with open arms and have made this transition easy and amazing for us. My son loves them too which is great for a working parent to know.Teachers and director work directly with us so that we all are aware of what is going on and are able to work with them. I also love the fact that they have a great curriculum in place for all ages! My son has been learning and loving it! I would highly recommend KinderCare in Lisle to anyone looking for a fun, supportive, caring daycare/preschool.”
Michelle S. - KinderCare Parent
The Lisle KinderCare teachers, programs and Directors are fantastic! The teachers and Directors have always maintained open communication with parents and keep us informed of what is going on in the classroom as far as curriculum, the wonderful things our kids have done in class and other issues that may come up. The Center Director and teachers make themselves available for phone calls, meetings and email. Our eldest is now in Kindergarten in our school district and is excelling in all subjects due the preparation he experienced in the loving care of his KinderCare teachers. Our youngest is in the Discovery Preschool room and is a happy, silly, kid who continues to learn and flourish while at the center. We are blessed to have such an amazing extended family in the Lisle KinderCare staff!”
Jennifer M. - KinderCare Parent
I just want to send a thank you your way to everyone, especially Miss Crystal! My son is getting his hair cut and can not stop talking about dinosaurs. He is "teaching" the gal who cuts his hair about herbivores, carnivores and the whose who of the unit! Countless thanks to everyone's hard work and the joy they bring to my son and his friends each day. Thank you for helping us foster his love of learning!”
Erica M. - KinderCare Parent
I was sad and apprehensive when I went back to work after having my daughter. I visited over ten different day care centers and was most comfortable with KinderCare because of the open communication with the staff, on the floor play and the warm nature in which they took care of my daughter and even my husband and I as we navigated day care for the first time. Ms. Katie treats our daughter like one of her own kids, providing our daughter (and the other babies in the nursery) with much love and attention. Everyone who we have worked with at KinderCare has been kind, open, understanding and authentic. While I would love to be at home with our daughter all the time, I find comfort in having her in the nursery with Ms. Katie and the rest of the staff at KinderCare.”
Karen K. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.