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Cordova KinderCare

Bonnie Queen, Center Director

771 Walnut Knoll Lane Cordova TN 38018
(901) 756-0313 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Walnut Run Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cordova Elementary, Cordova Middle, Dexter Elementary, Dexter Middle, Riverwood Elementary, and Chimmney Rock Elementary.

KinderCare Cordova encourages parent participation in our Community Events, Parent Night Out, and Open Houses.
We are currently enrolling and would love to show you what KinderCare has to offer your child. We strive to provide the best education and to prepare your child for school.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center Cordova. We are excited to take this opportunity to meet with you and your family. Our NAC accredited and 3 STAR Center offers a curriculum based program that has the whole child in mind. We strive to prepare your child for the outside world. We value strong bonded relationships with our families. We believe through open daily communication, our teachers and Center Management can partner with families to help inspire the joy of learning. We hope that the experience you have from the moment that you walk into our building, until the time that you walk out of the door, will leave you with the desire to enroll.

Bonnie Queen, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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  • DHS 3 Stars and Memphis City School Voluntary Prekindergarten

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Spanish

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 for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Each member of our staff here at KinderCare Cordova is trained to meet each and every child's learning needs. Each staff member is formally trained to be able to teach in any classroom in the Center. However, we do have individual teachers who are lead teachers in each classroom and we do have teacher assistants when needed. All of our teachers have a background in education and they possess degrees ranging from Associate's to Master's.

  • Bonnie Queen

    Bonnie Queen, Center Director

    I love my job because of the relationships that I am able to build with families and children, as well as mentoring teachers to provide high quality early childhood education.

    Bonnie began working at KinderCare as a preschool teacher in 1988 and then worked as an Assistant Director until she was promoted to Center Director in 1991. She has worked at three separate locations during her almost 27 years of employment. While in her role as Center Director, she was able to achieve accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Educational Programs (NAC) at her previous center. While at KinderCare Cordova, she has achieved accreditation through the NAC. She also manages a 3 STAR center. She is the New Hire Trainer for the District. She is also the Initiative Lead for the District. She is married and has one son with three adorable grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Bonnie worked as a teacher and as the administrator in the Christian Education field from 1980-1988 prior to coming to KinderCare
    Year Started:
    6/8/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    +30 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development Technology
  • Debbie Hale

    Debbie Hale, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children as they learn new things.

    Debbie came to work for KinderCare as a four year old teacher in 2001. As a teacher, Debbie has worked with all ages until she was promoted as the Assistant Director. She is very compassionate with the children and gives them the love they need every single day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Debbie worked in the food service industry.
    Year Started:
    7/3/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Infant Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to help the children who are in my care to increase their social and emotional skills in life.

    Barbara has been with KinderCare since 2003. She came to Cordova KinderCare in September of 2014. She is dedicated to helping the children to have fun while learning through play.  She has several years of experience and Early Childhood Training. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked in the childcare field all of my adult life.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Estelle

    Ms. Estelle, Infant Classroom

    Children are a blessing that are brought into this world.

    Ms. Estelle began working at KinderCare in Germantown, Tennessee in September 2006. She transferred to KinderCare Cordova in 2015 as an Infant Teacher. She has worked with Infants for several years and feels that this is her calling. She is widowed and has a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Estelle worked for the Healthcare Industry.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Estella

    Ms. Estella, Preschool Classroom/ Program Specialist

    I'm passionate about the children's future.

    Ms. Estella enjoys seeing the children learn through playing and having fun. She believes that children learn best from hands on experience. She is happy when she sees the needs of the children are being met.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Estella has many years of experience in Early Childhood education.
    Year Started:
    3/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education and Child Psychology, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    Seeing a smile on a child's face when they have accompolished something is the most rewarding thing a teacher could ask for.

    Brittany originally came to KinderCare as a parent/customer over three years ago. In December 2015 she decided to be a member of the KinderCare Cordova Team. She loves working with the children. Brittany loves to see the children smile and enjoy their day. She tries to make their classroom feel like home because she wants them to be comfortable.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Brittany worked in the fast food industry.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Some college
  • Ms. Christa

    Ms. Christa, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the young minds grasp onto education and grow.

    Ms. Christa has been with KinderCare since 2009. She came to Cordova KinderCare in September 2014.  She is dedicated to helping your children grow and learn through play.  She has several years of expeirence and Early Childhood Training.

    Previous Experience:
    Christa has always worked in the field of childcare.
    Year Started:
    9/14/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Chelsey

    Ms. Chelsey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.


    Prior to joining to KinderCare Cordova Chelsey was in college and working in the retail business. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Education
  • Ms. Helen

    Ms. Helen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the excitement on student's faces when they have learned or mastered a new skill. Early childhood education is the most important training in a child's life.

    Ms. Helen worked in education all her life. She is very compassionate about the needs of children. She has many years of experience in teaching, that is why she continues to devote her time and love to educate the children and provide them with the tools they need to reach the next stepping stone.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining to KinderCare Ms. Helen taught in private and public schools.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education, English and Social Studies
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A teacher affects eternity; and can never tell where their influence stops.

    Pam has a Bachelor of Science in  Elementary Education and has worked with children for approximately 24 years. She worked at another childcare center before  coming to KinderCare Cordova in 1992.  In 2001 she started teaching in the public school system. When the school closed she decided to come back to KinderCare Cordova. Pam loves to read and write. She is currently writing a book. She also loves to listen to music and spend time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Pam worked at the KinderCare Cordova for seven years before going into the Peace Corps. In 2001 she started teaching in the public school system. Prior to originally coming to KinderCare Cordova Pam worked at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Mehrunisha

    Mr. Mehrunisha, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    It's the little things in life that make you the happiest.

    Mehrunisha has worked with children in India as well as in the United States for over 23 years. She has taught pre-school all the way through 4th grade. She is a very interactive hands on teacher.  She loves to build relationships with the parents and work in the community. The children and the parents absolutely love her. She is married and has one son.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lorraine

    Ms. Lorraine, Infant Classroom

    I love to see children have fun learning in their daily environment.

    Lorraine  has been with KinderCare Cordova about three years. She really enjoys her time with the teachers as well as with the infants. She loves showing the infants how to communicate and helping them to excel and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Lorraine has worked in the childcare industry for about 11 years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Accelerated Christian Education Certificate
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, School Age Classroom

    What I love about my job is to see myself make a difference in the children's lives each day.

    Courtney loves children and working with them. She loves to see the different personalities of the children and seeing themgrow and learn through play each day. Courtney loves to read and listen to music.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining to KinderCare Cordova Courtney was working in the fast food industry.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Some college
  • Ms. Undrea

    Ms. Undrea, Floater

    Live, laugh, and learn.

    Undrea has worked in childcare for over eight years. She is married and has an infant as well as a three year old son. Undrea loves working with the children and getting down on their level. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Undrea has previously worked in childcare before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Kitchen Manager/Care Representative

    Our greatest natural resource is the mind of our children.

    Ms. Tonya began working at KinderCare in Nashville, Tennessee in July 1994. She transferred to KinderCare in Memphis in 2004 as an Assistant Director. She currently works part-time as the center's Kitchen Manager. She is married and has three children. She just recently became a Nana to a beautiful baby girl. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Tonya worked for the childcare industry.
    Year Started:
    7/29/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

All teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid. To prevent staff and student injuries we make sure safety is our top priority. We do this by having an onsite Health & Safety Coordinator who makes sure every thing is running smoothly and safely. We also have a fenced playground and a keypad entry to get inside the building.

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

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I really like KinderCare. My son has learned a lot of things that his old school didn’t teach him. The staff is very friendly and really cares about the children well-being. I would recommend KinderCare Cordova to anyone that is looking for the best education for their child.

- Parent

My son has been attending KinderCare Cordova since June 2012. Since he has been enrolled my experience has been great and the teachers are wonderful. My son has learned so much and is very advanced to be a two year old. KinderCare has been a great influence on his learning.

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