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Cedar Bluff KinderCare

Robin Long, Center Director

9200 Gulf Park Dr. Knoxville TN 37923
(865) 693-5570 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Cedar Bluff Rd at entrance of Gulf Park Subdivision

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Bluff Elementary, A.L. Lotts Elementary and Ball Camp Elementary

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Welcome

Thank you for choosing KinderCare Learning Center on Gulf Park Drive. We are confident that we can meet all of your Early Childhood Educational needs. Our staff have over 174 years of combined experience working in the Early Childhood field. We are dedicated to help build the foundation for your child's education here on a daily basis. The early years of learning in a child's life are most important in helping them reach their developmental milestones and assist them in getting ready for Kindergarten and beyond. If you have any questions about our center, the enrollment process, or any of our enrichment programs, please contact us at 865-693-5570 or stop by and take a tour of our facility and meet our sensational staff. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you as part of our KinderCare family here at Gulf Park Drive.

Robin Long, Center Director

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Accreditation

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

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.

Music

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.

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  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

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our dedicated and talented teachers and staff. Each one of our staff members brings their own unique talent and creativity into the classroom to provide your child with a learning environment where they can explore, imagine, discover and create. We look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and your family soon. Please call us to schedule a tour today!

  • Robin Long

    Robin Long, Center Director

    As Center Director, Robin's role is to lead and manage all aspects of the Gulf Park Drive Center. Her focus and commitment is to provide quality programming and exceptional service to the children and their families. Robin leads a remarkable staff that provides the highest quality of care and education. Robin has worked for KinderCare since 1993 and has 20 years of experience in the early childhood field. Robin has two children, Joey and  Zachary. When she is not at KinderCare, Robin enjoys spending quality time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Robin has been a teacher for toddlers, school-agers, and infants. She was an Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director in 2000.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/29/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. AnnMarie

    Ms. AnnMarie, Discovery Preschool/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time" - Rabindranath Tagore

    Hello, my name is AnnMarie and I am a Discovery Preschool teacher but I have experience and work daily in all of our Classrooms and enjoy working with all ages. I have been employed with Kindercare since September of 2011. I have been involved with and have had a passion for childcare my entire life. I grew up in my Mother's at home daycare in Farmington Hills, Michigan where I became her assistant at the age of 14. I graduate from Central Michigan University in 2011 with my BS degree in Family Studies and Human Development, Psychology and Outdoor and Environmental Education. I moved to Knoxville in August of 2011 and have enjoyed living here every since. As a firm believer in being a life long learner, I am excited to get to know, grow and learn with your child. I am committed to helping your child feel comfortable joining in our classroom activities and exploring their early childhood in a safe and comfortable environment everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Harry Potter"
    Year Started:
    9/23/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelors in Familiy Studies and Human Development
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infant Classroom

    If you can dream it, you can Achieve it." - Walt Disney

    Hello. My Name is Carol Acuff and I have been with KinderCare for 3 years. I have 25 years of experience working with children. I received my Masters of Early Childhood Education from Oakland University in Michigan. My family and I have lived in Knoxville for 28 years. I am so excited to be a part of your child's early learning adventures. Thank You for sharing your children with me.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
    Year Started:
    10/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Master of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant Program

    Hi, my name is Stephanie. I was born and raised in San Diego California and recently moved here to Tennessee. I began working for Kindercare in 2014 but have been working in the field for about 3 years. In 2014 I received my Bachelors in Child and Family Development. By choosing this career path I hope to make a positive influence on our students and their future.

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors of Child and Family Studies
  • Mr. Shawn, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Keep Adventuring and Stay Not A Grownup" - Peter Pan

    Welcome to Pre-K. My name is Mr. Shawn and I will be your child's teacher. Working with children and being a part of their development has always been a passion of mine. It is always so exciting to see children explore, imagine , discover and create. I have my Associate in Teaching from Pellissippi. I have 6 children at home that keep me motivated everyday. I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping up with the latest technology and going to the movies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
    Year Started:
    10/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associates in Teaching
  • Alicia

    Alicia, Preschool Classroom

    her mama said "Don't eat with your fingers." "Ok," said Ridiculous Rose. So she ate with her toes!

    My name is Alicia Shuford. I have a BS in Psychology with a minor in Children Development and Family Relations. I enjoy this job to the fullest because of the love and the inspiration the children share everyday. I come from a small family but wish to become a part of every family that work with.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
    Year Started:
    11/22/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Preschool Classroom

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

    Ms. Meghan is new to our KinderCare family. She previously worked for Disney and earned her Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts and Science. She encourages the children to use their creativity and teaches them to have healthy eating habits and good nutrition. Her hope is that her families always feel a sense of comfort and open communication in the classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Winnie the Pooh"
    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associates in Culinary Arts and Science
  • Ms. Margie

    Ms. Margie, School Age Classroom

    Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind" - Lilo and Stitch

    Miss Margie has worked in the Early Childhood field for the past 6 years. She is currently enrolled at Pellissippi State to earn her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Margie is committed to providing a nurturing and loving environment for your child. In her free time, Miss Margie enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters, Alyssa and Brianna,

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Cinderella"
    Year Started:
    11/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Assistant Director

    Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." - Anonymous

    As Assistant Director , Tara's role is to support the Center Director and Center Staff. Tara helps to promote creativity in the teachers as well as provide our staff with skills used to sustain a quality classroom. Her goal is to ensure that each child has an exceptional learning experience. Tara gained most of her childcare experience through the positions she held at KinderCare. She is currently enrolled in Pellissippi State where she is working on completing her degree in Social Work and Early Childhood Development. Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and 6 children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree"
    Year Started:
    8/12/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Office Support/Floater

    Every Child is gifted, They just unwrap their packages at different times.

    Ms. Danielle has worked for KinderCare since October of 2010. Her role is to provide support to the management staff as well as teaching staff in the position of Floater.  She has seven years experience and has worked with many different age groups. She loves working with children and is committed to helping each child grown and develop in a safe and fun learning environment. Ms. Danielle is an outgoing person and considers herself to be a big time sports fanatic. She enjoys spending time with her husband to be, Daniel. They will be married in April of 2017.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Terri has been working for KinderCare for the past 14 years. During that time her experience has primarily been working as the lead Discovery Preschool teacher. Her experience also includes working with Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten children. Ms. Terri gained most of her experience from working with the children, trainings and  currently holds her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Ms. Terri is married and has 6 children.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Accounting
  • Ms. Christie

    Ms. Christie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Christie has worked for KinderCare since October of 1989. She transferred from California and joined the Gulf Park Team in August of 2011. Ms. Christie works with the toddlers and enjoys teaching them the tools to grow and develop. Her favorite moments are when the children get to explore, imagine, discover and create. Ms. Christie has been married for 23 years and has two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 Years
  • Sharon, Chef

    Ms. Sharon has been an employee of KidnerCare since January of 1986. She has held many different positions within our center and has found her calling of cooking and transporting our children to and from school for the past 18 years. Teaching has always been a passion for Ms. Sharon. She believes that children need to learn in a positive and loving environment. She has made a commitment to always care for your children and to keep them safe whether she in in a classroom, preparing meals or transporting them to school.

    Year Started:
    1/3/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bacehelors in Elementary Education

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

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

Our Center has a security keypad entrance. All teachers are First Aid and CPR certified. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator who inspects our building and playground daily to ensure that the children are being provided a safe and secure learning environment.

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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We love how we are all one family who learns and has fun together

- Father

Our daughter loves coming to Kindercare. So many great and loving people, plus she gets to learn

- Father

Home away from Home

- Mother

Both of my children have been at KinderCare since they were ten weeks old. They are now three and one. The staff members at KinderCare are caring, supportive and absolutely wonderful. My children love going to “school” every day to see their teacher, participate in crafts and play with the other classmates. The curriculum in each classroom is very impressive and we are always amazed by what our children learn each week. The teachers are always trying to come up with creative learning activities. The staff will also work with you and your child on any issues to help them progress. They have great hours and are very accommodating to all parent’s needs. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for a good daycare that surpasses expectations.

- Mother

We love the way you love our kiddo

- Mother

I love that the kids are always learning new things

- Mother

We love the caring hearts and big smiles that greet us everyday. I love that my son is at a safe, fun place to learn everyday.

- Mother

Our daughter enrolled at KinderCare at ten months. Our son joined her there once he came on the scene. Our children have gone through bottles, diapers, the alphabet, numbers and more at KinderCare. They each made their first non-family friends at KinderCare and have had great relationships with staff members. In sum, at KinderCare our children have had the security and stability they’ve needed along with the imaginative and physical space to be a kid, which is a balance we value.

- Parents
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