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Bartlett KinderCare

Shavodka McNutt, Center Director

6000 Bartlett Center Dr. Bartlett TN 38134
(901) 373-9184 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
near Walgreens off Bartlett Blvd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
The following are the schools we bus from: Oak Elementary Rivercrest Elementary Bartlett Elementary Altruria Elementary Ellendale Elementary Raleigh Bartlett Meadows

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Hello and welcome to KinderCare Bartlett!  My name is Shavodka McNutt, and I am the center director of this school for infant care, preschool, pre-kindergarten and school-age programs.

Our school is one big happy family, and our children enjoy coming to the learning center just as much as we enjoy seeing each child's smiling face when he or she joins us daily.

Our staff members at KinderCare in Bartlett are exceedingly dedicated to our children's education.  All of our teachers have degrees and/or certification, and have more that 100 years of experience.  We provide a warm, friendly, safe and loving atmosphere because we value the importance of early childhood education.

I know that when you visit our center, you will find an early learning center that is unsurpassed as well as an education that will prepare your child for the future.  Call today to schedule a tour and see why KinderCare Bartlett is the best childcare in Memphis, Tn. for you and your child.

Shavodka McNutt, Center Director

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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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff here at this center are a fun loving group. They each show their passion of teaching through their every day interaction with their children. The staff makes sure each family feels welcomed and informed of all activities and events coming up. Our teachers come with a high level of knowledge of education. Some of the teachers have Elementary Education Degrees as well as their Child Development Associate's credentials. Several of the employees have several years of experience in the childhood field.

  • Shavodka McNutt

    Shavodka McNutt, Center Director

    It is my hope to build a solid foundation for each child so that they will become successful, productive learners throughout their school years.

    Academically, Shavodka's extensive course work in the education department at Mississippi State University has allowed her to gain an understanding and appreciation for the education KinderCare pursues.  She is overjoyed to be a part of the KinderCare Learning Center of Bartlett’s family.  She looks forward to working with the children, parents, community, and stakeholders. Shavodka hopes to build a solid foundation for each child so that they will become successful, productive learners throughout their school years.  She has many new ideas to implement here at the Bartlett location that will ensure each individual who walks through the door will be enriched, enlightened, and educated. It is a dream of hers that the children she reaches will become dynamic in whatever they desire to do in life. She looks forward to seeing the smiling faces of our children and families each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    This is Shavodka's second time working for KinderCare Education, having been with KinderCare on and off since 2006 . She started as a Preschool teacher and went into management in 2009. She has recently returned to what she considers "home" and is happy to be back with the family, doing what she loves!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    I hold a Bachelors of Science in Educational Psychology which I received from Mississippi State University. I also obtained my Child Development Associates from Ellis University.
  • Tammy Graham

    Tammy Graham, Assistant Director

    The children are our future. I love teaching and nurturing each and every child's growth and love seeing their smiling faces.

    I have been working with KinderCare Learning Center since May 1993 and have loved every minute of it. I have a CDA and many hours of training in Early Childhood and I attended University of Memphis pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. I treat each and every child as my own. I previously worked at our Knight Arnold KinderCare and our Mt. Moriah KinderCare, I joined the wonderful team at Bartlett KinderCare as their Assistant Director in Feb of this year. I look for to seeing the smiling faces of the children and families each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy has been with KinderCare since 1993. She has a lot of love for children and treats them with respect. She always strives for success.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brooke West

    Ms. Brooke West, Health and Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love seeing the excitement and laughter on children's faces when they play games and learn new things.

    Brooke has been with KinderCare since October of 2011. She is a devoted mother of three girls. Brooke loves interacting with the children in each age group. During her Learning Adventures programs she gets to enjoy that small group interaction time with the children she teaches in her Phonics and music classes. Brooke is also in charge of insuring our building is current and stays on top of all Health and Safety issues or concerns. Brooke loves every aspect of her job, from engaging with the children in Learning Adventures to connecting with the staff and families on health and safety topics.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Joshlynn

    Ms. Joshlynn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Joshlynn was born in Atlanta, GA but has lived in Memphis for most of heradult life.  She has been married to Delroy Jones for four years.  She has three children: Karlie 6, Kingston 5, and Kolton 5 months.  She has worked in the child care industry for 14 years.  She currently attends The University of Phoenix, studying Health Care Administration.  She will be graduating with her associate degree in April 2016.  In her spare time she loves to dance, do hair, go fishing and spend time with my family and friends.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Latorya

    Ms. Latorya, Infant Classroom

    Infants are so much fun.  I love the way they learn new things each day.  Seeing their eyes light up when they are doing an activity that they enjoy or one that is a new experience for them makes me happy.  I have been working with KinderCare for many years and enjoy my job.  Children are our biggest assets we must teach and nurture them to be the best they can be.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rosie

    Ms. Rosie, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about my babies. They are the reason I get up and come to work every day!

    Ms. Rosie has worked in childcare for over fifteen years. She attended Mount Bayou High School. She has six grown children of her own. She just had her first great grandchild. Ms. Rosie moved to Memphis in 2008. She began her KinderCare journey with us in April of 2013. Ms. Rosie is a very loving and hard working woman.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Toddler Classroom

    I have been working with children for over 22 years now.  I enjoy every minute of the day.  I am happy to have joined the KinderCare family.  I have many years experience and I have several hours of training including TECTA.  I can't wait to get to know each and every child and family that I will be working with each and every day.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Toni

    Ms. Toni, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love working with children. I'm passionate about teaching children and watching them learn. They have so much excitement.

    Ms. Toni has worked at KinderCare since May of 2012. She has a medical assistant degree. Also she shows kids love whether they are doing good or bad. She takes time to potty train every child in her classroom. Ms. Toni treats all of the kids the same, she shows no preference. She's a good caring person to her kids as well as their parents.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Marisa

    Ms. Marisa, Two-Year-OId Classroom

    Ms. Marisa has returned to KinderCare Learning Center after being away for a couple of years.  She is happy to be back home.  Marisa is enthusiastic and loves working with young children.  She always has a smile on her face.  She believes that children are our future and wants to mold their young minds.

  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Preschool Classroom

    I love having the opportunity of revealing a whole new exciting and fun world, of exploring and discovering with these toddlers. The smiles and laughter I receive are priceless.

    Ms. Tabitha is a very dedicated teacher who loves taking learning to new heights. She loves incorporating what the toddlers are learning around the room so their surrounded with learning. She loves her children and doesn’t mind going out her way to make sure they all feel safe and comfortable. She fills her days with continuous movement and dance, creative arts, literacy development and other developmental skills to promote the positive growth these toddlers need to succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tabitha has previously worked 5 years at La Petite Academy and 4 years at South Parkway East Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have been with KinderCare Learning Center since May 2015.  I am enjoying my new family.  I love working with children and their parents to help them get ready for Kindergarten.  I enjoy coming to work each and everyday to see their smiling faces and their willingness to learn. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, School Age Classroom

    I love watching a excel and learn new things.

    Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare since May of 2012. She is currently working as a Special Education Assistant Director at Millington Elementary and works for KinderCare in the afternoon for our school age program. She received her Associate's Degree from University of Memphis. She is a wonderful passionate worker and loves teaching children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa was previously a special education assistant at Millington Elementary.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy has been At KinderCare for six years. She is pleased to be focused on beginning your child's Intellectual Development. She has worked with children for over ten years and enjoyed every minute of it. Her goal is to assist children in developing in a positive way so that they will be ready for the next phase of there life. Ms. Tracy loves children and watching them progress brings her joy.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Floater

    Ms. April Downen graduated in 2011 with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  She has three years experience in the classroom and is looking forward to beginning a new adventure in the early childcare setting.  She has a passion for teaching and caring for all children as if they were her own.  She has been with her husband for 21 years.  They have two daughters ages  and 1, and a baby boy due in late February.  Just know that when you leave your child in Ms. April and her team's care, he or she is receiving excellent personal and enriching care. Ms. April looks forward to getting to know your family.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Marilyn

    Ms. Marilyn, Cook and Bus Driver

    I'm passionate about making sure each child learns the essentials they need to help them for the next step in their life.

    Ms. Marilyn has lived in Memphis most of her life. She joined the KinderCare family in April 2012. Her goals in life are to better herself in health and to love her children more.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The health and safety of your child is always our main concern. We are always making sure we follow the regulations set out for our center by the State of Tennessee and KinderCare Education. Our center has a keypad entry so only authorized people are let into the building. We will also ask for a picture ID for everyone who isn't familiar to the staff. All of our playgrounds are fenced in. We always have at least one, if not more CPR and First Aid certified teachers in the building at all times. Our center has a Health and Safety Coordinator who is in charge of making sure everything in the center is working properly and does routine fire, natural disaster, and lock down drills. As a center we work together to keep your child safe and healthy while in our care.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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About once a week or every other week I pick up my nieces. I truly love that every time I walk in to pick them up I am greeted with a smile and either a hello or how are you today. The staff at KinderCare Bartlett is a wonderful group of ladies and I am glad to see that my nieces are being well taken care of. Makaila is learning so much in her Phonics class. You can tell she is learning from the excitement she shows me of what she did today in her class or what letter is on a paper. Thank you KinderCare Bartlett for taking awesome care of my nieces.

- Aunt

My son started at KinderCare Bartlett about six months ago and he absolutely loves it there. His teacher, Ms. Toni, is amazing! She had him completely potty trained after about two months of him starting there! I can call anytime and find out exactly how he is doing! All of the parents are super friendly and all the teachers know exactly who you are! I absolutely LOVE KinderCare Bartlett! Everyone is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for all you do for my baby!

- Mother

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