Woodridge North KinderCare
Meet Kimberly Tillmon, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Favorite Children's Book: Charlotte's Web
Meet Kimberly Tillmon! She is the Center Director at Woodridge North KinderCare in Illinois. Kimberly attended Central Missouri State University. She has been with KinderCare for 20 years, and before that was a before and after school teacher and program manager. She says she partners with a great team of teachers who are passionate about the everyday work we do to help children embrace a love for learning. "The secret in education lies in respecting the students." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Outside of work, Kimberly is likely catching a game, as her son and two daughters play collegiate-level sports.
Woodridge North 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!
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.)
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!
“ The day I dropped my 2 year old daughter off for the first time I think we were both going through withdrawals. The teacher held my daughter as she cried just as I would have. In the middle of the day, I received an email from the teacher giving me an update on how Neena's first day was going and sent me a picture of her in class. That really eased my mind and helped me realize I had made the best decision for my daughter. Neena was very shy when she started and hardly spoke to anyone. She had a limited vocabulary but 7 months later, she is an extrovert and now she can't stop talking! Every day she comes home with something new that she's learned. She's always talking about her friends from class and what fun activities she did with Ms. Lindsay. The entire staff is extremely supportive, professional and sincerely have your child's best interest at heart. I love getting daily reports that tells me what she ate, how she slept and what she learned for the day. It also includes Neena's most fun part of the day. It's always so nice to see all the pictures hanging up in the classroom of the kids taken during their learning adventures. I know that when I leave my daughter with the KC staff she's in good hands. They treat all the kids as though they were their own. We are so thankful for each and every Kinder Care Teacher. They say it takes a village to raise a child and they make me feel like we're all one big happy family! Thank you Kinder Care, The Holland FamilyShow more
“ For a month, as we welcomed a new grandchild into our family, I had the pleasure of taking and picking up my granddaughter from the Woodridge KinderCare Learning Center. I wanted to share some observations. I was impressed with the staff who greeted us daily as we entered the facility. There was a hello, a wave from across the lobby and/ or a brief conversation. On numerous occasions we were witness to the director greeting children and parents by name. On one such occasion she inquired how a child was feeling since he had recently sustained stitches from a recent home accident. Her enthusiasm for his return was apparent. As well, other parents we encountered at arrivals and departures were friendly and were not without a hello. The lobby is welcoming not only by the staff presence but also by numerous books on display. These books appeared to augment classroom curriculum themes such as gardening and insects. With our relaxed arrival and departures times we often took the time to look and/or read a book. Upon entering my granddaughter’s brightly lit classroom, we were welcomed by her teacher. The children who had arrived prior enthusiastically greeted my granddaughter by name and on numerous occasions invited her to play in one of the activity areas. It was obvious the children enjoyed being in this classroom as evidenced by their smiles, greetings, conversations and body language. They made me feel welcome! The prevailing atmosphere throughout the classroom was learning through play. There were numerous activity centers in which children had choices---reading center, block area, science area, dress up and a manipulative area. A toileting area and handwashing sink with easy accessibility for young children plus a changing table for those in need of diapering was also present. Each child had his or her own cubbie for coats and extra clothing. An enclosed outdoor play space was also available for extended gross motor activities. I enjoyed reading the daily report received at the end of the day. This was also a way my son and daughter in law could keep abreast of days at school. This report gave me an overview of what had transpired during the day. Sometimes I received an extended account of a particular activity highlighting something great my granddaughter had done that day. An accompanying picture rounded out the story. One thing that impressed me was my granddaughter’s enthusiasm for singing. I had the feeling a lot singing took place in the classroom throughout the day and this was confirmed when I asked one of the two teachers. What a great way to learn language, learn concepts and experience social interactions with others. The carry over to home--invaluable! Any concerns or questions I had were addressed by the administration and/or the teachers. Staff listened and my thoughts respected. The facility is secure and designated outside spaces enclosed. While not part of our routine, some children are also picked up and dropped off for intervention services as well as attendance at local elementary schools. The atmosphere in this facility made me feel comfortable and I feel my son and daughter in law have made a good choice for their child. My granddaughter is enthusiastic about being in this learning center and soon her new baby brother will be in attendance as well.Show more
“ Since our daughter Helena enrolled in the phonics program, we have seen great progress on recognizing letters, sounds and words as well as a much improved handwriting. Her vocabulary and full sentences speaking has greatly improved too. Ms. Lindsay keeps us informed on the topics and themes that they work on, and she gives us feedback on how Helena is doing, and what we can work on while at home. Setting time aside every week definitely helps, especially for us that speak two languages and need some more focused practicing. I definitely recommend Kindercare's Phonics Program!Show more
“ My children and I have had nothing but great experiences with this center. The directors and teachers have been always extremely welcoming and helpful throughout the time we've been here. My children never fail to come home happy and excited to tell me about their day and what they've learned. I know I have made the right decision when enrolling my children here and I am very pleased with the amount of dedication from the teachers.Show more
“ When we brought Valkyrie to KinderCare when she was about 2 years old. At that time she barely speak anything except mama, papa, and no more than 5 words in Chinese. We were so worried that the communication problem would upset her. In the first 3 weeks every time in dropping off and picking up my daughter cried in tears, it’s like we were being cruel to her. Frankly speaking, we worried almost everything at the beginning. But the supportive staff there really relief us a lot. Miss Kim sent me email with pics that show my kid is happy there. Miss Krissy held my daughter and comfort her when she cried just as we would have. Now my daughter would happily run and give a big hug to Miss Krissy every morning as other kids do. I love getting daily reports that tells me what she ate, how she slept and what she learned for the day. When we knew that she had a big sounding nap and ate everything since her first day there we knew that she is so well taken care of. And it surprise me that my daughter eat everything there in every meals all by herself. Since we thought she has been used to Chinese food only and need to be feed sometimes. Now it’s been months since she’s in KinderCare, we enjoy to hear the new words that come out from her, the new nursery rhymes she sings and new movement she shows us. We know these all contains dedication and devotion from teachers there with their loving heart to kids. We are thankful for each and every teacher at North Woodridge KinderCare.Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Woodridge North KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Woodridge North KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.