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Kingsport KinderCare

Denise Craig, Center Director

2000 American Way Kingsport TN 37660
(423) 246-2961 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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The schools that we offer drop off and pick up to are: Ketron Elementary Jackson Elementary Johnson Elementary Jefferson Elementary Lincoln Elementary Miller Perry Elementary

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Welcome to the Kingsport KinderCare. We would love for you to become a part of our family tree. We are very proud of the fact that there is over 100 years of combined experience within our center. We believe that each child has unique talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences by providing your child with customized attention and activities that enable your son or daughter to learn and grow at his or her own pace. Our teachers are very eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our KinderCare Family.

Denise Craig, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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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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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

  • Denise Craig

    Denise Craig, Center Director

    My goal as a Teacher or Director are both in the same and that is to make a positive difference in every child and family that I touch.

    Chris began her career in child care with KinderCare Learning Center on May 24,1982. Her first classroom was with the Infants and later she took over the two's classroom. She worked at the Bristol, Va Center with all age groups and as the Assistant Director until May of 1992. In May of 1992 she took the position of Center Director at the Johnson City, TN Center. Chris joined the Kingsport, TN Center in May1997 as the Center Director.

    Year Started:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Sheila Summerton

    Sheila Summerton, Assistant Director

    There is nothing more rewarding than bending down and seeing a smile on a child's face that you help put there because of something you said or did to make their day brighter.

    Sheila began her career with KinderCare as the three year old Teacher at the Leesburg, Va. Center in November of 1984. After moving to Kingsport, TN she worked at the Johnson City, TN Center for 10 years. In Sheila's 28 years with KinderCare she has worked with all age groups and held the position as the Health and Safety Coordinator, Center Trainer, Assistant Director and Director. Sheila is currently the Assistant Director at the Kingsport, TN Center.

    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Substitute

    Ms. Teresa is a native of Church Hill Tennessee where she continues to live with her husband of many years. She is a graduate of Volunteer High School and began her employment with KinderCare in September of 1995. Ms. Teresa accuired her Child Development Associate's credential in 2001. Through the years Ms. Teresa has gained a great deal of knowledge and experience working with children of all ages. She currently works in all classes as a substitute. In her spare time Teresa enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Olivia, Three's & Fours Classrooms

    I love to see the spark of excitement in a child's eye when they learn something new. Being a part of that moment is the reason why I come to work everyday.

    Ms. Olivia is originally from the state of Texas. Olivia moved to the Kingsport area eight years ago. She graduated from Sullivan South High School and is studing to be a Kindergarten teacher. She became employed with Kindercare in May of 2014 and absolutley loves  the children. Ms. Olivia currently serves as an Infant Teacher but has worked with all ages at some point during her career with KInderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Various babysitting jobs and raising eight younger siblings
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently Attending Northeast State Majoring in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It is a great feeling to see a child smile as you come into a room everyday and even a greater feeling knowing that you are making a difference.

    Ms. Kayla began her teaching career with KinderCare in June of 2011. Since then she has worked in our three-and-two-year-old classrooms.She has an Associate of Arts Degree in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. Currently, in the two year-old-room, Ms. Kayla strives to make the children feel successful in learning and caring for others.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associate's Degree in Public Relations, Bachelor's Degree in Communication
  • Ms. Tiffani

    Ms. Tiffani, Preschool Classroom

    To be a positive influence in the life of a child and their family.

    Ms. Tiffani is a native of Kingsport Tennessee and graduated from North High School in 1992. She began teaching at KinderCare in February of 1996 as the three year old teacher and acquired her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Tiffani has worked with all ages but enjoys the pre-school classes the most. She also serves as the Center Trainer and assists in training and mentoring new teachers that join our team of staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffani previously worked at Play Center and Mini Raiders.
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associates Degree in ECE and CDA Credential
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Toddler Classroom

    I want to be successful at everything I do and hopefully make a difference in a child's life while I teach them.

    Ms. Meghan is a native of Church Hill Tennessee where she graduated from Volunteer High School in may of 2012. She began her employment with KinderCare in August of that same year. Ms. Meghan loves working with children and finds great pleasure in knowing that she has a small part in teaching them new things. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends along with her dog scooter.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 year
  • Ms. Dennese

    Ms. Dennese, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy learning from the children and growing with them as we work together to prepare for kindergarten.

    Ms. began her employment with KinderCare in August of 1995. Through those years she has served as an Assistant Director, Health & Safety coordinator and Four year old teacher. She is originally from Illinois but now resides here in Kingsport with her husband and three boys. She has lived here for almost twenty years. She received her Child Development Associate's (CDA) Credential through Walter State in 1999. Ms. Dennese has also earned such honors as Teacher of the Year and Best Program Management awards. In her spare time she enjoys cake decorating and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Two's Classroom

    I love making a personal connection with children and getting to know them as unique individual.

    Ms. Rachel is a native of Kingsport Tennessee where she graduated from Sullivan Central High School. She began her career with KinderCare in October of 2009. During her time here she has worked in several classrooms but has always enjoyed the School Age class and planning the Summer Camp program.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rachel worked with all ages at several child care centers.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in English Literature
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, School-age Classroom &Learning Adventures Classroom (Phonics)

    It is very rewarding for me as a Phonics Teacher to be a part of the excitement on a child's face when they discover that they can read for the first time!

    Ms. Valerie is a native of Church Hill Tennessee and began her employment with KinderCare in October of 2004. She received an Associates Degree from Hiwassee College and has attended Tennessee Weslyan College to obtain a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys teaching the phonics program here at KinderCare because it is such a joy to watch the children go through the developmental phases of beginning reading and discover that the final results of their hard work is that they can read.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Valerie worked as an Assistant Director & Director of a preschool in Nashville Tennessee.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Angela Cradic, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Angela is native of Kingsport Tennessee and began her employment with KinderCare in May of 2001. Ms. Angela served as the three year old teacher for several years and currently works in our Infant room. She Briefly attended East Tennessee State University to get a degree in Elementary Education and recieved her Child Development Associates Credential in 2014. In her spare time Ms. Angela loves to cook, read and spend time with her family. 

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Stephanie WInters, Infant Classroom

    Iam always so excited to watch them learn and grow. To me, it is what makes working with young children so rewarding.

    Ms. Stephanie is a native of the Blountville area and began her employment with KinderCare in May of 2015. Stephanie has worked with every age and currently works mainly in our Infant room. She attended East Tennessee State University to pursue a Masters in Early Childhood Development. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, antiques and sports.  

    Previous Experience:
    Infant & Toddler caregiver at Waverly Road Church and teacher at St. Dominic' s Catholic
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Early Childhood with minor in Child and Family studies
  • Ms. Kellie Christian, Four Year Old Classroom

    I Love seeing the happiness and joy in a child's eyes when they learn something fun and exciting. It's reminds me of how lucky I am to be a teacher.

    Ms. Kellie resides here in the Kingsport area and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School  in 2013. She began her employment with KInderCare in June of 2015. She has worked in all classrooms as a floater and currently works as an afternoon four year old teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Vacation Bible School
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built-in security features at the center we have Infant and child CPR and First Aid certified teachers in the center at all times. Monthly emergency evacuation drills are practiced and documented by our Health & Safety Coordinator and strict sanitizing policies and procedures are followed through out our center as well. It is our mission to be sure that all children in our center are safe and well cared for.

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.

My daughter wakes up every day wanting to know if she is going to KinderCare today, even on the weekends. She enjoys everything about KinderCare, from art, field trips, playing with friends, science activities to Summer adventures. She never wants to leave.
As a parent, I love KinderCare because I know she is getting the care and attention that she needs. Her teachers plan activities and projects to keep her interested, which can be hard to do with a School Age child. I have the assurance that KinderCare is there and available when her elementary school is out for spring break, summer break or when it snows. I don't have to worry when she is there because I have the assurance that she is safe and happy.

- Mother

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