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Richardson Road KinderCare

Ms. Bridgette Whalen, Center Director

4225 Richardson Rd. Independence KY 41051
(859) 525-8662 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off US 25 (Dixie Hwy) in the Beechgrove Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not transport children to and from elementary school; however, Beechgrove does transport to us with the public school yellow bus before and after school.

We are currently enrolling in all five of our classrooms. Call us to schedule a visit today! We would love to meet you.

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Fall is right around the corner. Whether children have first words or first grade on their horizon, our experts designed every classroom, every activity and lesson to help our teachers prepare children for success in school and beyond. With teachers who delight in opening young learner's eyes to a world of learning, sharing and exploring, it's easy to see why we are the right choice for families across the nation. Everything we do is designed for learning. Come visit us today.

Ms. Bridgette Whalen, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 members are very caring and loving individuals. They come to work to make a difference in a child's life. The staff also wants the children to learn and be prepared to move on to accomplish all of their goals in life.

  • Ms. Bridgette Whalen

    Ms. Bridgette Whalen, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Bridgette has been working with children for over 15 yrs in different venues such as Foster Care, Residential Treatment, and Early Childhood Education center. She is a mother of three and enjoys family time. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreational Therapy.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Cecily Collier

    Cecily Collier, Assistant Director

    Dream big while you sleep,and even bigger when you are awake"~Jared Leto

    Ms. Cecily has been working with infants and toddlers for 7 years. She is so excited to join the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to us Miss.Cecily taught at Youthland Academy and The Goddard School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare for 21 years in several states and now is at home in KY.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare for 21 years in several states and now is at home in KY.
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lisa H.

    Ms. Lisa H., Infant A/B Classroom

    I enjoy working with children and giving the parents the support system they need while knowing their child is well taken care of!

    Ms. Lisa enjoys working at KinderCare so much that her daughter now wants to grow up and be a teacher like her mother. She loves coming in to work every day and seeing the smiling faces of the children and the staff!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lisa worked at Thirsty Way for twenty four years and has three children of her own.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Melissa

    Melissa, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Melissa has a degree in Special Education from University of Cincinnati. She enjoys teaching and watching children grow and learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tiki Tiki Tembo
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Special Education
  • Desiree

    Desiree, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Desi comes to us from The Goddard School. She has 15 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of two boys and is very active with her boys. She loves teaching and helping young minds grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Preesha

    Miss Preesha, Pre-Kindergarten

    The best form of research is play":)

    Miss. LaPreesha comes to us from a sister school in Beechmont, OH!  She has been an assistant teacher for three years in pre-school and pre-kindergarten classrooms. She is so excited to be a lead teacher here at our location! We are so excited to have her!

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare location in Beechmont, OH
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, School Age Classroom

    Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Ms. Sandy has been with KinderCare since 2012 and enjoys working with School Age children in our after school program. She has worked at the Taylor Mill Elementary School for thirteen years and enjoys every minute of both of her jobs! Ms. Sandy enjoys activities with the children that are hands on, like science experiments or artwork!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sandy worked at Taylor Mill Elementary School and has has of her own children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

For the health and safety of our students and staff, our center is equipped with a keypad entry and fenced-in playgrounds. Also all of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

 A letter to KinderCare on a child's last day.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for taking such amazing care of Izabella for the past 6 years. All of you are such caring and loving people. She has spent almost her whole life with you guys at KinderCare and I can't begin to describe the love we have felt over the years. It is such a bitter sweet day for Izabella and I. Thank you all so much.
Izabella and Family:)


- Mother

My wife and I know that when we drop of fthe two most important people in our lives, that they will be taken care of and loved like they were their own children. Our boys are very close with their teachers and their faces light up when we mention their teachers"names outside of school

- Father

My daughter is enrolled in Ms. Michelle's [Learning Adventures] cooking class and LOVES it! The excitement she gets on Tuesdays and Thursdays when he knows she has class is pure joy for a mother. She enjoys the class so much, she has started to help me in the kitchen, cooking dinner and looking at recipes! I couldn't ask for a better extra-curricular for my little preschooler! Thank you so much!

- Mother

There is nowhere else I could leave my children and know they were well taken care of and learning so much at school. The knowledge my children have learned from the class at KinderCare has helped so much and I couldn't ask for better teachers and staff. The school is so clean and inviting, I never want to leave! Thank you to Ms. Stephanie and her whole staff for helping this working mother of two!

- Mother

When I walk into KinderCare I instantly feel a sense of calm and comfort. I am always greeted with a smile and a kind face. I know my daughter is being well taken care and have a sense of relief knowing she will be learning and playing with her friends and teachers. I know all the teachers very well and they can talk to me about her progress and how well she is doing. I love KinderCare, I would not go anywhere else.

- Mother

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