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Knightdale KinderCare

Courtney Timmons, Center Director

200 Forest Dr. Knightdale NC 27545
(919) 266-4166 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 64

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lockhart, Hodge Road, Forrestville, Lake Myra, Knightdale Elementary, Wendell Elementary, Carver Elementary

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Welcome to Knightdale KinderCare! We are very excited to have you join our family! We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at Knightdale KinderCare you can rest assured that your child will be safe and receive the most positive educational experience during their early years!

Courtney Timmons, 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.

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


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

At Knightdale KinderCare, we work together, learn together, aspire together and laugh together. We gain strength from each other, help each other and most of all empower each other, all of that with one common goal - to make our school the BEST educational environment for children.

  • Courtney Timmons

    Courtney Timmons, Center Director

    There is nothing more rewarding than having the ability to impact children every day of my life.

    Courtney has been with KinderCare since October 2001. She relocated to North Carolina in February of 2009. She has been working with children in a variety of settings for over 10 years, starting as a nanny when she graduated high school. Growing up Courtney always knew one day she would be the Director of a school. She started as a teacher while attending college and slowly worked her way to becoming a Director. Courtney believes all children deserve a chance to receive the best education possible.  Being a part of Knightdale KinderCare has been the most rewarding experience for her.  She has been able to continuously improve the quality of care at this.  From achieving national accreditation to obtaining 5 STARs she sets the bar high for her staff and families.  Building relationships and partnering with the families and community here in Knightdale has been a passion and is evident in the school environment each and everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney worked one year as a nanny. She spent two years teaching part-time private kindergarten and worked with elementary through middle school children.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Early Childhood Administration Credentials
  • Shaneek Hill

    Shaneek Hill, Assistant Director

    Just because I drink from a Sippy cup and ride in a car seat, does not mean I'm not opinionated.
    Remember, our little ones have feelings too!

    Shaneek is new to KinderCare and joined our team in September 2013. Although she is new to KinderCare, she is not a stranger when it comes to working with children. Her love of working with children began in her teen years. While still in High School Shaneek worked as a summer camp counselor. After entering college at Saint Augustine's University she became a Rehabilitation Technician part-time, and learned to work with children with exceptional needs. Shaneek began her professional career in the child care field in 1996 in Raleigh as a classroom teacher. Over the years she has worked as Lead Teacher advising other teachers on class curriculum, and eventually began taking on an office assistant role learning the business side of childcare. This led to an Assistant Director position at a previous learning center in 2010. Shaneek has worked with all age groups ranging from six weeks to twelve years of age. Her dream is to become a Child Care Director.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Master's Degree in Organizational Management, Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology, Early Childhood Administration II, Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Program Specialist

    A child doesn't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

    Ms. Jessica has been employed with KinderCare since July 2013. She has worked in the child care field for over thirteen years, across the United States with a vast array of child care facilities. Ms. Jessica has taught all ages and is currently teaching in the two-year-old room. She moved here from Athens, Georgia and is a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan. She is married, with a fifteen-month-old daughter, an orange Tabby Cat and a Dachshund named Luci. In her spare time Ms. Jessica enjoys being crafty at home and spending time outdoors with her family. Ms. Jessica is excited to be a part of the KinderCare Knightdale team and looks forward to meeting new children to teach and inspire.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jessica worked across the United States with various children.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Lina, Infants

  • Ms. Angelia

    Ms. Angelia, Infants

    We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act its a habit.

    Ms. Angelia has been with KinderCare since July 2015. She has her Education Credentials and has been trained in CPR & First Aid, SIDS and Outside Safety. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the smiles and watching her babies grow and develop!
    In her spare time, Ms. Angelia enjoys dancing, yoga and exercising.

    Previous Experience:
    Internship at Forestville Elementary & teacher at Kids Ed. Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2013
    North Carolina Credentials.SIDS, CPR & First Aid, Outside Safety.
  • Ms. Sherika

    Ms. Sherika, Infants

    I love straight forward people. The lack of drama makes life so much easier.

    Ms. Sherika has been with KinderCare since June 2015. She has over 14 years experience working with children of different ages. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and she has been certified and trained in CPR & First Aid and SIDS.
    Her favorite about teaching is seeing how children constantly show us how beautiful and amazing the simpleast things in life can be. Children love being in her classroom because she is very nurturing.

    Previous Experience:
    9 years in Bright Horizons and 2 in Primrose.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. La'Shannie

    Ms. La'Shannie, Toddlers

    It takes a village to raise a child.  I love working with children, because I know that every child can learn. It is my respnsibility as an educator to see where each child is developmentally and to set achievable goals for the them to meet while enjoying the ride.

    Ms. La'Shannie took a love for education while in the elementary school. She worked as a substitute teacher in the public school system while attending school at night. After receiving her Associates Degree, she worked as a lead Infant/Toddler teacher with Head Start. She relocated to Wake County and continued working with Head Start in the Preschool setting. She continued her education and received her Bachelor's Degree from Achieved University. Once that goal was obtain, she went to Wake Tech and received a certificate for Level 3 Administration. She was promoted at her job as an Education/Disability Specialist. She decided that she wanted to be closer to home and that is how she learned about KinderCare. She still wants to receive her licenses, so she can teach in a special education setting. While in the classroom setting, she loves to implement social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development because she knows that this will help each child in their development.
    She loves working with children because she knows that every child can learn and she feels is her responsibility as an educator to see where the child's current level is and set achievable goals for them to meet while enjoying the ride.

    Previous Experience:
    Telamon Headstart.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Bachelor of Arts Degree in early Childhood Education. Administration Credentials Level III
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler A

  • Ms. Whitnee, Toddler B

  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Toddlers B

  • Ms. Mida

    Ms. Mida, Discovery Preschool

    Each Child is A BUI, " Beautiful Unique Individual".

    Ms. Mida graduated from Fluvanna County High School. Right after high school she attended Saint Paul's College where she obtained her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education. With a passion to work with young children she began working in the field of Early Childhood Education.
    In the classroom Mida maintains a safe, loving and learning environment for the children. She allows the children to express themselves emotionally, socially as well as through their work.
    Ms. Mida loves teaching, molding young minds and giving their first experience with education. Children are like a sponge. She likes giving them their first positive experience with education in hope that it will help them develop a positive experience through their educational goals.
     In her spare time she enjoys drawing, reading, writing poems and doing puzzles. Her children love to be in her classroom because she makes learning fun! She nurtures them and shows them they are loved with a special hug. She loves to listen what they have to say.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked in different centers in Charlotte, Cary and Henderson
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goldie locks., 3 Bears, 3 Little Pigs
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cherida, Discovery Preschool

    Shoot for the moon if you miss you'll land amonst the stars.

    Ms. Cherida has been with KinderCare since June 2014. She has been enjoying teaching for the past three years and is looking forward to many more. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching each student achieve a goal. In her classroom she makes sure she gives each student love and comfort they deserve. In her spare time she likes to go shopping, traveling and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2013
    Bachelor's Degree. CPR certified
  • Sanina

    Sanina, Preschool

  • Terry

    Terry, Preschool

  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Pre-Kindergarten

  • Ms. Deborah

    Ms. Deborah, Pre- Kindergarten

    Believe in yourself, then you can believe in others.

    Ms. Deborah has been with KinderCare since August 2015 before that she worked with WCPSS (k-6 grade) for eleven years and Milestone Scademy for 10 years. She has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Her favorite thing about teaching is building a solid foundation of eductaion for the children and to see their faces light up when they have mastered a new learning skill. She enjoys playing tennis, gardening, and listening to jazz. Ms. Deborah is always concerned about the well being of the children and she invests in each child's learning experience to progress and succeed.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Frog and Toad are Friends.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood. SIDS, CPR & First Aid Certified.
  • Ms. Jadanka

    Ms. Jadanka, Schoolage

    Knowing that the children are learning brings a smile to my face.

    Ms. Jadanka joined KinderCare in November 2014. Before that she worked at Apple tree Academy for seven years. Jadanka has worked with every age in the early childhood environment. She feels like she has the most to offer with the threes because she is fun loving and really enjoys this age. Jadanka enjoys spending time with her family and loves photography!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2004
    North Carolina Credentials.
  • Ms. Shay

    Ms. Shay, Schoolage

  • Ms. Zoila, Cook

    I love my job because it allows me to provide healthy, well- balanced meals on a daily basis to these children that I care so much about. It helps me contribute to their overall health and well- being and allows me to help them reach their full potential.

    Zoila works extremely hard to provide healthy and proportionate meals to the children and staff at KinderCare. She keeps the kitchen safe and top shape by maintaining a clean and sanitized environment. Zoila is always in good spirits and treats the children and their families with love.

    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    High School Diploma

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About Our Center

We are 5 STARS!!!!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day and Day after
Christmas Eve close @ 3 p.m.
Christmas Day


Health and Safety

Parents are provided with a code for the keypad entry for safety of our children. Each age group enjoys their own playground that is age-specific and conducive to the growth of each age group's large motor skills. We have a full time Health and Safety Coordinator at our school. She strives to keep the children in our care healthy and safe by conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring every staff member's First Aid, CPR and SIDS training is up to date, performing weekly playground inspections and maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitation standards.

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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I love this center and so do all my children. I know my children are safe and happy here when i cant be with them. The staff is amazing especially Mrs. Brenda she is a truly wonderful all the time. I was initially concerned about care for special needs son, not anymore they take GREAT care of him. When you walk in you can fell the love they have for all the children. My children have been to a few centers before but none like this one.

- Mother

My son started at this center in August 2013. Since he has been here, he has became an open book. His teacher, Ms. Brenda has taught him so many things and how to express himself better than ever before. I am so thankful to have Ms Brenda and the other teachers, who are a part of his learning adventures. This is the best learning center, so I would recommend anyone to bring their child here. 

- Mother

My son has been going to KinderCare since 2010. Since the day I dropped him off with Ms. Lina, almost four years ago, I have never had to worry about him, because I know he is in excellent hands. He is now in Ms. Brenda's amazing Preschool class and she is out of this world. I have never met a more enthusiastic and energetic teacher and, being a teacher myself, I have met a lot! The Director, Ms. Courtney has been nothing but helpful and supportive through the years. When I've had questions or concerns in the past she listened and took action. I truly feel that my son is loved, adored and nurtured by all of the staff members (even the cook)!

- Parents

Since this is our first time being parents, the idea of dropping off our infant at daycare filled us with stress and anxiety. We feel so lucky to have the support and care of all of the staff at KinderCare Knightdale to help me through that transition. The infant teachers show such special attention to each of the babies and our daughter has already shown such positive growth in the two months she has been attending. The constant feedback we receive from the teachers and the daily notes that are sent home makes us feel well informed and a part of her day. We couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll our daughter here!

- Parents

I have been a part of the Kinder Care family since 2010. On my first visit I knew instantly this was the day care for me. I dropped off my then six month old daughter and did not have any concern about her well-being in the capable hands of the staff. My oldest is now three and her sister who is two also attends Kinder Care and has been there since she was four months old. The staff is warm, friendly, caring and nurturing. The staff loves my girls and my girls love them.

- Mother

We enrolled our 8 month old son in to the Knightdale Kindercare in April of 2013. Our experience with the center and the staff has been nothing but positive. The infant room is cozy, yet spacious and the infant teachers, Ms.Lina and Ms. Christen, are wonderful. They are always very welcoming and attentive to the children. The Center Director, Courtney, is fabulous! She is readily available to assist parents with questions and always has a smile on her face. Each morning, when my son enters his classroom he lights up, further reassuring me choosing the Knightdale Kindercare was a great decision for our family.

- Mother

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