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Franklin KinderCare

Yukeia Leach, Center Director

205 Bedford Way Franklin TN 37064
(615) 791-5022 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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We do not bus children at this time. We offer school age care any time school is out and during summer breaks.

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The Bedford Way KinderCare uses an exclusive educational program which provides unlimited opportunities for the development of the whole child. There's a unique curriculum for every age level, centered around developmentally appropriate and fun activities that help children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Yukeia Leach, Center Director

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Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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

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?

Teachers & Staff

Our staff members have over 100 years of combined experience in the Early Childhood Education.

  • Yukeia Leach

    Yukeia Leach, Center Director

    Keia is passionate about her job because having the opportunity to make a positive and long lasting impact on the lives of young children is priceless.

    Keia has been with KinderCare at Bedford Way for 15 years. She enjoys spending time in her classrooms reading to the class and helping the teachers with projects.

    Previous Experience:
    3 years at previous childcare center.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Heather Beard

    Heather Beard, Assistant Director

    I love seeing how excited the children get when they learn something new.

    Ms. Heather has been with KinderCare for six years. Prior to her employment with KinderCare, she worked in various childcare settings. She enjoys doing arts and crafts and music and dancing with her children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Crissy Wise, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Crissy loves working with infants because she loves to watch them grow and learn.

    Crissy has been with KinderCare for 8 years and enjoys being Health and Safety Coordinator because making sure that the children in our care are safe and healthy at all times.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Ms. Erika, Infant A Classroom

    I am passionate about making a difference in every child's life because I believe that every child is important. I also enjoy watching every child grow and develop in their own unique way.

    Erika has been with KinderCare since April 2014. She attended the University of Mississippi for three years and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant A Classroom

    I so enjoy watching the children grow and love watching the excitement on their little faces when they realize they've learned something new!

    Ms. Mary has been an Infant teacher at KinderCare since December of 2013. She joins us with over 25 years of experience from working with special needs children within the school system and working in Mother's Day Out programs. She enjoys being able to love and care for the babies in her classroom daily.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Marilyn

    Ms. Marilyn, Infant B Classroom

    I am passionate about making a difference in every child's life because I believe that every child is the future of our nation. I also enjoy watching every child grow and develop in their own unique way.

    Ms. Marilyn has been with KinderCare since December 2013. She has had extensive training and is bi-lingual and can do some sign language.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Marilyn spent fifteen years at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Infant B Classroom

    Teaching is a passion of mine. I love coming to work and seeing the smiles on the children's faces when I enter the room.

    Ms. Patricia has been an Infant teacher with KinderCare since December 2013. She obtained her Associate's Degree from Draughn's Jr. College. She enjoys the relationships she has formed with the children and their parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Pat spent fourteen years working as a teacher and was Center Director at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. LaTarah

    Ms. LaTarah, Infant B Classroom \ Floater

    I love watching the babies learn and grow.

    Ms. LaTarah has been an Infant teacher at KinderCare since the fall of 2013. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1998 where her passion for working with children began in the Early Childhood Education program. She really enjoys the personal interactions that she has with the Infants in her care.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Kathy loves teaching because watching children learn new things is exciting!

    Ms. Kathy has worked for KinderCare since 2006. She has worked with the Prekindergarten, Infant and Toddler classes. Ms. Kathy enjoys watching the children learn new things. One of her favorite things to do with her class is art projects. Kathy makes her classroom a very fun and exciting place for children to learn through play.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddle Classroom

    I love my job because I get to see the children get excited about learning.

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare since March 2013. She has worked in other childcare settings. Ms. Ashley received Early Childhood training through TECTA (Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance). Ms. Ashley loves to dance and read with the children. She also enjoys doing art projects and helping the children learn through playing games or doing curriculum activities.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy seeing children's imaginations grow.

    Diamond has been with KinderCare since December 2013 as our Pre-K teacher. She is currently attending MTSU obtaining a BS in graphic design and minoring in Art Education. Diamond really enjoys teaching and sharing her artistic abilities with her students and our staff.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years teaching at another childcare center
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently attending MTSU
  • Ms. Glenda, Discovery Preschool

    Glenda loves her job because she builds meaningful relationships with the children and families.

    Glenda enjoys singing, dancing and reading to the children in her class.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    BA in Special Education
  • Ms. Gena

    Ms. Gena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the milestones reached by each child and knowing that I played a part in that. I love the little hugs and laughter and the funny things they do on a daily basis.

    Ms. Gena has been with KinderCare for over 20 years and has had a great impact on so many children over the years. She has a true compassionate heart and cares for each child that is in her classroom. Ms. Gena loves to do hands on activities with the children. She documents all the things the children do during the day through pictures, which she then displays in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about teaching America's children!

    Ms. Michelle has been with KinderCare since May 2013. She enjoys watching children learn new things. Her favorite part of her day is walking in and getting hugs from all of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has previous experience working for the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance and Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Salome

    Ms. Salome, Preschool Classroom

    I love interacting with the children every day!

    Ms. Salome has been with KinderCare since October 2013. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Nuestia Senora de Lourdes in Peru. Ms. Salome is very creative in her classroom and loves to help the children learn a new language.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing children's imaginations grow.

    Ms. Diamond has been with KinderCare since December 2013 as our Prekindergarten teacher. She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University obtaining a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Graphic Design and minoring in Art Education. Ms. Diamond really enjoys teaching and sharing her artistic abilities with her students and our staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Diamond spent two years teaching at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Science Degree in Graphic Design with a Minor in Art Education
  • Ms. Terry, Learning Adventures Classroom (Phonics and Math)

    Words and literature have been my passion since childhood.

    Ms. Terry has been with KinderCare for over 20 years and has taught Preschool and Prekindergarten. She was Assistant Director for several years before returning to the Prekindergarten classroom. She now teaches our Phonics and Math Adventures program, which is her passion. Ms. Terry worked as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts when her sons were growing up as well as teaching high school English.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree with emphasis in English
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Cook

    I enjoy cooking and seeing the children's smiling faces every day!

    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since September 2013 as our Cook. She obtained her Associate's degree from Remington College and loves preparing meals for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has fifteen years of cooking experience.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

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

Our center is secured by a keypad entry and fenced playgrounds. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified. The center has a Health and Safety coordinator that helps ensure all classrooms and playgrounds are safe and that staff know proper ways to handle

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Overwhelmed - that's how I felt with all of the options and choices in child care when we moved to the Nashville area. Luckily, a friend of mine had used KinderCare and recommended that I should give it a look. I'm glad we did! The curriculum and programs they use are top-notch. My oldest son is reading far beyond his age and my younger son has learned all of his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, and much more. In addition, they have been exposed to music, art, sports, and other activities as well. I couldn't be happier! Not only have my boys gotten a great education, but they have also grown emotionally and socially while at KinderCare. I have been impressed with the personal attention given to them by the teachers. On several occasions, changes have been made to better accommodate my kids' personal needs or learning styles and that kind of attention has been priceless to me. I feel like the teachers truly love their students and love their jobs. This makes a huge impact on how I feel about dropping my kids off every day. I am so thankful that we made the choice to send our kids to KinderCare and thankful that they are getting a wonderful foundation for a lifetime of learning. Thanks KinderCare!

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