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Johnson City KinderCare

Liz Johnson, Center Director

906 Sunset Dr. Johnson City TN 37604
(423) 282-4094 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

The Johnson City KinderCare is a place for children to learn and grow in a safe and happy environment. We are proud to provide our research based curriculum to all the children we serve from six weeks to 5 years old. Our administrators and staff are committed to supporting children and families in the East Tennessee community. We can't wait to meet you and find out how we can best serve you and your family!

Liz Johnson, Center Director

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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.

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

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The Johnson City KinderCare staff cannot wait to meet you! Our staff boasts over 125 years of combined experience working with children. We are a warm group of teachers that find inspiration in the little details of early childhood education. We are inspired by the sound a child uttering a new word, watching a child master a new skill, and supporting warm family units through our services.

  • Liz Johnson

    Liz Johnson, Center Director

    My passion is working with children and families to help them achieve the highest levels of success in their development and education. I cherish getting to know each child and family on an individual basis and developing life-long relationships.

    Over the past several years, Liz has had several positions within the company. She started her career with KinderCare as a classroom teacher, then transitioned to being the Center Trainer, Assistant Director, and Center Director. Throughout her time at the center, Liz has been able to use her child development and education background to help train teachers and enrich classroom environments. Her focus is a hands-on approach to developing a center that meets the current best practices in education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Liz worked with children ranging from infants to third graders in both private and public education settings.
    Year Started:
    7/6/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology
  • Lauren Byrd

    Lauren Byrd, Assistant Director

    If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.

    Ms. Lauren has been with KinderCare for six years. Her eight years working in Early Childhood Education along with her previous experience makes her a great asset to KinderCare. Previously before becoming Assistant Director, Lauren was our preschool teacher. Ms Lauren loves working now with each classroom and to connect with each family to make them feel special!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Lauren worked as a teacher, nanny, babysitter, and a Sunday School teacher for youth.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    7/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Infant Classroom

    I have always had a heart for children. It blesses me each day to watch and help them learn and grow.

    Ms. Sherry has been an integral part of our Infant program over the past several years. Her knowledge and nurturing demeanor make her successful in developing long-lasting relationships with children and families. Adorning her classroom walls are many pictures and examples of the children engaged in the curriculum. These early experiences set a foundation for infants' further learning.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infant Classroom

    I have a passion for young children in developing their early skills: language, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, and social/self-help skills. A smile, hug, and laugh from a child means the world to me.

    Ms. Julie is a very versatile teacher who is able to easily transition to working with our younger age groups. Her attentiveness to the children's needs and her knowledge about child development are evident through her interactions with young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie has several years experience working at various centers with children in infant through two year old classrooms.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Toddler Teacher

    I love experiencing and witnessing the wonder and creativity of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with young children of all ages for the last two and a half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    8/15/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Karisha

    Ms. Karisha, Preschool

    I love getting to see the children grow, learn, and develop. Knowing that I get to make a difference in their lives is amazing.

    Ms. Karisha has a degree in Early Childhood Education along with previous experience working with young children. She takes great pride in helping the children in her classroom learn the things that are developmentally appropriate for them. It makes her happy to see the joy on the children's faces as they learn new things. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karisha gained experience as a student teacher during her undergraduate studies and babysat.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching and being a part of the children as they learn and grow. The hugs and words of 'I love you' is also a great benefit.

    Ms. Teresa's extensive knowledge and experience has led her to be a successful teacher with all age groups. She knows the developmental path and milestones that are necessary for Prekindergarten children to focus on in order to be well-prepared for the transition to Kindergarten. Ms. Teresa focuses on each child's strengths and interests and help encourages their future learning in those areas. As she works with each child, she is able to assess their areas for growth and tailors the classroom environment and activities to help children excel in those areas.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teresa has two years of Vocational-Technical training in childcare. Prior to working for KinderCare, she also worked for another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy teaching children new things and to be able to see their spark when they understand something new that I have taught.

    Previous Experience:
    1.5 years at the KinderCare in Springfield, VA Lead teacher in the preschool program for 1 year at Willow Creek Academy. 3.5 years of being a lead teacher in Pre-k and preschool in other learning facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka, Chicka Boom, Boom Oh, The Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Sarah Asbury

    Ms. Sarah Asbury, Floater

    Year Started:
    2/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Chelsie Whitson

    Ms. Chelsie Whitson, Preschool Classroom

    I meant what I said and I said what I meant, An elephant's faithful one hundred percent ~Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Theodore Mouse Goes to Sea
    Year Started:
    2/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Mrs. Ashlee Wilkenson

    Mrs. Ashlee Wilkenson, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    In Ashlee's free time she likes to watch movies and play board games with her husband. She also enjoys spending time with her family. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlie and the New Baby by Ree Drummond

    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Mrs. Amy Holmes

    Mrs. Amy Holmes, Preschool Classroom

    Mrs. Amy was raised on a farm in Johnson City, TN, where she still resides with her family. She loves animals! She has worked with children since she was 18.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Pursuing child development associate
  • Ms. Caroline

    Ms. Caroline, Toddler Classroom

    The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you .

    Ms. Caroline is a loving teacher to our toddler friends.  She makes her room warm and exciting.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    9/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Celest Wiggins

    Ms. Celest Wiggins, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Celest has a nine year old son.  Any extra free time she loves to spend with him by going for walks, exploring nature, and playing with legos.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Missing Piece

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3.5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Education
  • Ms. Amber Bentley

    Ms. Amber Bentley, Floater

    Amber sets such a great atmosphere. She works with all ages in our Johnson City center. We are so glad to have Amber on our team!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Boo To You!

    Year Started:
    5/8/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development with a minor in Psychology
  • Mrs. Val Freeman

    Mrs. Val Freeman, Toddler Classroom

    Love each child in his or her own way.

    Mrs. Val has chosen education as a career because she believes that education is perhaps the most important function performed in any culture.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Prince 

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education with specialization in school administration

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

At our location we are always concerned with keeping the children safe and healthy while under our care! Our center is equipped with magnetically locked doors with keypad entry, as well as full fencing around all of our outdoor play areas. We also make every effort to keep our center clean and to cut down on the spread of germs by practicing daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines. We closely adhere to the illness policies outlined in the KinderCare parent handbook as well as all state health regulations.

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

My children have both attended KinderCare and have loved it. They love the activities which include art, music, science and literacy skills. The teachers love children and want to see them succeed.

- Parents

We loved our time at KinderCare! Your staff is amazing, your care is consistent, your teaching is thorough, and your passion is evident. Jack loved his teachers and enjoyed making new friends! Thank you for everything you have done for our family. We will come by and visit when we are back in town!

- Father
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