Sharon Pope, Center Director
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Welcome to the Hermitage KinderCare. We are a Tennessee three star rated, nationally accredited school serving the Nashville area. We can't wait to meet you and your family! We believe in using a whole child approach to learning, with a focus on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our school consists of a unique blend of families that love, learn, and grow together. We are very involved in our local community and encourage family participation. Our nurturing educators create a safe learning environment that stimulates children's development. We appreciate the trust our families place in us each day and we hope to add you to our family soon!
Sharon Pope, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What sets us apart from other schools? Our teachers all share a passion for nurturing and teaching young children. Collectively our teachers offer over 185 years of early childhood education teaching experience. All of our staff members hold a degree or a credential or are currently enrolled in a higher education program. We are also a Tennessee 3 star rated school and nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). But the most important piece is that we love what we do!
I love my job for so many reasons: the smiles and hugs, relationships with staff and families, making a difference; but also because it doesn't feel like a job--it's fun and so rewarding!
Sharon started with KinderCare in April of 2000. She has experience as a teacher and assistant director. In her current role she enjoys bonding with children, families, and staff to create a special learning community. A Tennessee native, Sharon grew up in a Nashville suburb and has lived in the area most of her life. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree and recently earned an Administrator's Credential with the state. Sharon has worked with children in an early childhood setting since 1993, teaching and caring for children ages infant through school-age. She loves the opportunity to help new generations of children explore and learn.
I enjoy being able to watch children learn and grow!
Sarah grew up in an early learning environment, as her mother owned and operated a child care center for many years. So naturally when Sarah attended college she chose to study Early Childhood Education. She graduated in December 2015 with an Associates Degree, and plans on completing her Bachelors Degree in the next couple of years. Sarah has lived in the Nashville area her entire life, and is married with one young son.
I am passionate about working with young children. I think it is important for children to have a good foundation in life. As one of their first teachers I am excited about being an integral part of their growth and development.
Mary joined KinderCare in 2012 as an infant teacher and is still teaching that age age group today. She has worked with young children and their families for over 20 years in early childhood and health care settings. Mary is also a substance abuse counselor and works with families, groups, and individuals to provide education and support. She earned her bachelors degree in 1997 and masters degree in 2013 from Tennessee State University. Mary loves being able to help people and she prides herself on her creativity in the classroom, such as creating unique songs for each child.
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 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.
New Years Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
President's Day and Columbus Day we are closed to our families for our staff Professional Development Days.
Health and safety is a priority in our school. We offer a keypad entry system, completely fenced playground, staff certified in CPR and First Aid, allergy-sensitive and nut-free menus, and daily communication.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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