Meet Melissa Toff, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2022
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Dog Heaven
Meet Melissa Toff! She is the Center Director at Lombard KinderCare in Illinois. Melissa attended Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree. She has been with KinderCare for one year, and before that she was an assistant supervisor. Her favorite quote is, "Keep your children wild - don't make them grow up too fast." - Brooke Hampton. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her family and dog.
Lombard KinderCare Programs
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!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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.
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!
“ Both of my boys have been attending Lombard KinderCare since they were three months old. My oldest is almost four and loves being in school, learning new and exciting things, and playing with his friends. It is such a joy for me to have him be so eager to go to school…he’s growing by leaps and bounds. The units the teachers teach are age-appropriate and very engaging. I especially like the enhanced curriculum giving the students an opportunity to boost their early math and reading skills. The teachers at Lombard KinderCare are extremely warm and friendly. My one-year-old smiles and laughs each morning as we walk into his room. Both the Center Director and Assistant Director are true professionals who will listen and work with you for the best interest of your child. My husband and I are both very happy with Lombard KinderCare!Show more
“ Dear KinderCare Family, It saddens us that our son Miles will be leaving KinderCare, but we wanted to send a special thank you to all of you. We chose KinderCare not knowing whether Miles was going to be a good fit, but Lindsey Forrest’s inviting attitude gave us the confidence to believe we made the right decision. We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. Because of Miles’ teachers and classmates, he has learned sign language, knows his ABC’s, can count to 18, loves to sing a handful of nursery rhymes, and has an impressively large vocabulary all at the age of 2 just to name a few things. Not to mention his amazing dance skills. We are so proud at how much he has learned at Kindercare, and there are no words that can explain how much we appreciate all you’ve done for us. We understand that being a teacher takes a lot of patience and passion, and we are so lucky that Miles experienced that kind of teacher at KinderCare. We understand that somedays are the best days and some days are the worst days, but I would like to tell you that Miles loved going to Kindercare any of those days. He would come home and tell us all about what teacher he saw that day with a huge smile on his face. When we would ask him if he had fun and if he liked his teacher he would shout yes. Your passion and patience has given Miles the direction to become the smart, happy, and sweet boy that we are so proud of. Kindercare has set our standards high when it comes to child care, and it was very hard to find a place that made us feel as comfortable as you have. We thank you so much for taking such great care of Miles, and thank you for all your patience and passion. Sincerely, Matt, Kathy, and MilesShow more
“ Our girls have been enrolled at KinderCare for the last three years and we continue to be pleased with the experiences at the Lombard KinderCare. They have always been willing to accommodate our many schedule changes which is truly a plus in today's hectic lifestyle. Moreover, our girls love everything about coming to KinderCare, extending from the teachers to their new friends. Bottom line, we feel comfortable when we go to work knowing our girls are safe and happy.Show more
“ Both of my children are so happy in their classrooms at KinderCare. My three-year-old has gone to this center since he was an infant, and at each stage I have been thrilled with his experiences there. Both of the boys have learned great socialization skills as well as getting developmentally appropriate curriculum. All of the staff is friendly and caring - I feel like we get a personalized experience every day!Show more
“ KinderCare Lombard has been a wonderful childcare experience for our family. All three of our children love going to 'school' at KinderCare. I love this center because I know that I have nothing to worry about while at work. When dropping off, my children all love to walk in the door, running to give their teachers a hug and to say hi to their friends. When it is time to go home, I get honest feedback about their day. When I drop off my infant, the teachers take the time to listen to how his morning was and truly care for my child. The center director is approachable and listens to parent feedback. When you walk in you feel the kindness and warmth of this nurturing environment. This center is truly a home away from home for my family.Show more
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.