Kristen Milligan, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Richfield KinderCare is located in the heart of Richfield on Kinross Lakes Parkway close to I-271, I77 and Route 21. We are part of the Revere School Distict but also serve families in North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Brecksville, Medina, Akron and Cleveland.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hillcrest, Old Trail, and St. Hillary's BUS RUNS - Start at Morning: 7:30 AM - 7:45 AM, Afternoon: 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM, Evening: 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Kristen Milligan, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2015
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist
Meet Kristen Milligan! She is the Center Director at Richfield KinderCare in Ohio. Kristen attended Norte Dame College, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. She has been with KinderCare since 2015, and before that she was a teacher, program specialist, and an assistant director. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys hiking, being outdoors, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "A person's a person, no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss
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!
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
March 6, 2012 Incoming Kindercare Kindergarten Parents: We are writing to highly recommend the full time Kindergarten Program at the Kindercare on Kinross Lake Road in Richfield. In this letter we will speak of our history with Kindercare, what is important to us, our praise of the staff, and what we would change for the future. Our history with Kindercare: Our family has been with Kindercare since February 2006 when our oldest son Freddie was 12 weeks old. Around his first birthday we experienced some challenges and made a short-sited decision to change to another daycare center. We returned nine months later and have never looked back. We are more than thrilled with Kindercare for both a day care center and pre-school for our 3 year old son and as a full-time Private Kindergarten for our 6 year old son. Two years ago our family experienced loss of employment for 14 months and maintained our children’s enrollment at Kindercare because of its importance to our family. We can truly say that we are more than satisfied with our decision to keep our children at Kindercare every day - even through financial challenges. We often count our blessings as Kindercare gives us the peace of mind knowing that our children are well cared for at a facility with national oversight using nationally developed and time-tested curriculum. This allows us to excel professionally as we know our sons are at a facility with people who love them and who will always do what is best for them. What is important to us. When looking for daycare and Kindergarten we looked for an established program, national companies, affordability, ease of use, and high standards. While we happen to be part of the first year of the full day private kindergarten class at the Richfield Kindercare we entered it knowing that Ms. Murray, Ms. Brandi, and Ms. Ford had the experience necessary to establish this program. A national company is important to us as the foundation of oversight come at a much higher level than just one or a few locations. In the past 6 years we have had very few occasions to communicate with Kindercare corporate and every time I was satisfied and glad I had another resource to rectify our challenge. As for affordability I am very pleased that the Kindergarten program priced in the middle of the pact of all of our Kindergarten options. It also happened to be not too much of an increase from the Pre-Kindergarten tuition we were already paying. For ease of use this speaks to the hours of operation and the meals being provided. With this full time Kindergarten program we also are permitted to use the center during the entire operational hours for no additional fee. Food is never a problem, does not cost additional, and does not need to be brought in or coordinated. It is simply taken care of. Our opinion of Ms. Murray Ms. Candace Murray is simply the best Kindergarten teacher I could ask for my son. She is compassionate, intelligent, patient, communicative, creative, and generous. She started this program from nothing last Spring and has far exceeded our expectations. She always has time for our questions and communicates more details that I could have ever imagined needing or wanting. She understands all of the children’s challenges and works with each of their specific abilities and shortcomings. Our opinion of Miss Brandi Miss Brandi is more than the ideal daycare center director. She is driven, passionate, kind, caring, and a friend. She will likely never tell you, but recently won a National Kindercare Award for being in the top 10 center Directors in The Knowledge Learning Corporation (Kindercare’s National Name) measured across many metrics. She gets the most out of her staff and has created a family atmosphere where learning and fun occur naturally. Our opinion of Ms. Heather Ford Ms. Heather Ford is Miss Brandi’s boss and is more than just a name on an organization chart. Both of my boys know who she is as she knows them. She has helped in numerous ways from new rubber mulch on a playground, parking lot repavement, and exterior lighting correction. She is extremely timely and thorough with communication. Having strong regional leadership is one of many reasons why we wanted a national chain and have been only pleased with Ms. Ford’s oversight. What we would change if we could. Nothing. Please feel free to contact us for anything else you need as you begin this journey with your student. Sincerely, Jill and Jeffrey M”
Jill and Jeffrey M. - KinderCare Parent
We could not be more thrilled with how far our twin boys have come in such a short period of time with the Learning Adventures phonics program, and would recommend it to anyone who wants their child to be ahead of the curve in learning. It has been an amazing experience for all of us!
The boys knew they were learning, but really saw their Learning Adventures experience as more of a fun time in a small group setting, where they got individualized attention for their specific needs and abilities. Both of our boys were reading on their own BEFORE they started Kindergarten!
As parents, we saw that the boys were having fun in Learning Adventures working with Ms. Carrie. It was a great head start to position themahead of the curve when they started school. They are now reading on their own above their age level, and are reading us stories at bedtime. An added benefit is that they are starting to teach their little sister about different sounds and letters, becuase they are just so excited about what they have learned.
We are starting our third child in Learning Adventures this fall so she can have the same great experience and head start that our boys had. We love watching her excitement about starting the program. A big thanks to Brandi and Danielle for introducing us to the Learning Adventures program, and a special thanks to Ms. Carrie for all that she has done in the program to make the kids excited about reading and learning! We could not recommend this program enought!
Ross and Kim Koutris”
Kim and Ross Koutris - 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.