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Bluegrass KinderCare

Terry Webb, Center Director

8908 Bluegrass Rd. Knoxville TN 37922
(865) 693-3551 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
across from Bluegrass Elementary off Ebenezer Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bluegrass Elementary and ALLotts Elementary

Our center takes pride in the accomplishment of achieving and upholding a 3 star rating from the Tennessee State Quality Childhood Stars Program for more than five consecutive years.

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Welcome

Welcome to Bluegrass KinderCare in Knoxville, Tennessee! We are excited to have you visit our center and become part of our family. Our center focuses on providing quality early childhood education and encouraging development around the whole child. We also make every effort to involve parents in the growth and educational goals of their child. Our teaching and management team have the experience and education to guide and teach your child as they achieve every developmental milestone from infancy through School Age.

Terry Webb, 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.

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  • Achieved a 3 star rating in the Tennesssee State Quality Childcare Stars Program

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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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

Our management and teaching team is dedicated to enhancing your child's learning potential by stimulating cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. The expertise and knowledge that every teacher within the center has provides a solid foundation for learning and success.

  • Terry Webb

    Terry Webb, Center Director

    Ms Terry has been teaching, mentoring, and leading staff for over 30 years with KinderCare Learning Center. She is an integral piece to not only to her center but also to centers district and region wide. Terry has had the honor of serving on the School Advisory Board in 2012. She continues to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and directors to encourage quality early education within our centers.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree~ By Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    10/1/1978
    Tenure:
    38 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Certificate in 2013, District Peer Trainer, School Advisory Council Member
  • Tammy Hall, Assistant Director

    Ms Tammy has been teaching at KinderCare Learning Center since the age of 20. She has taught in various different classrooms over the years. Currently, Tammy is teaching in the School age Classroom and is also the center's Assistant Director. Also a recent graduate from Roane State with a Degree in Art and Science in the Spring of 2013.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Otis~ By Loren Long
    Year Started:
    9/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Arts and Science - Spring of 2013
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Center Program Specialist

    Ms Carolyn has been teaching at KinderCare Learning Center for over 20 years. Over the years, she has taught in many different classrooms and is a crucial part of the center’s management team. Carolyn is also the center’s Learning Enrichment Coordinator. Through her experience and knowledge regarding early childhood education, Carolyn mentors staff daily as questions and concerns arise. She also is able to provide classroom guidance suggestions and alternative learning techniques to help staff obtain quality early education classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Carolyn taught for nine years at another quality early childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear~By Bill Martin Jr
    Year Started:
    9/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Infant Classroom

    In 2003, Ms. Christina relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee from Pepperton, New Jersey. She began teaching at KinderCare as the center's preschool teacher and is currently teaching in our Infant classroom. In 2009, Ms. Christina received her child Development Associate Certificate from Roane State. Ms. Christina's education and experience allows her to teach in every classroom with ease and enjoys children of all ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christina has experience in both the retail field and also providing in-home childcare prior to beginning her career with KinderCare Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You~ By Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    1/13/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Daniela

    Ms. Daniela, Infant teacher

    Ms Daniela was born in Brazil and moved to the USA in August 2002.  She started working in the Early Childhood Education field in 2006 in West Pointe, New York.  In 2010, Ms Daniela moved to Alaska where she became a lead teacher and mentor of the two year old classroom on the army base where they were stationed.  We were privileged to have Ms Daniela join our team in 2013.

    Previous Experience:
    Daniela has had previous experience in various childcare centers in various states since 2002.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear~ By Bill Martin Jr
    Year Started:
    8/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Developement Associate Credential
  • Ms. Bridget

    Ms. Bridget, Toddler Classroom

    In 2002, Ms. Bridget graduated from Schoolcraft College with an Associate's Degree in Arts. She began working with Knowledge Learning Corporation(KLC) as a Champions, a sister KLC organization, site Director in Westland, Michigan. In 2010, She began teaching at KinderCare Learning Center as a Prekindergarten teacher and is now our center's lead Toddler teacher. Ms. Bridget has a true passion for teaching and loves every child in her class as if they were her very own.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Bridget was a site Director for Champions, a sister Knowledge Learning Corporation organization.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear~ By Bill Martin Jr
    Year Started:
    8/17/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Dorothy

    Ms. Dorothy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dorothy began teaching at KinderCare Learning Center in 1998. Prior to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Dorothy spent two years in Guam teaching at a military base's early childhood program. Since she began teaching at KinderCare, she has been our center's lead Discovery Preschool teacher and truly enjoys educating children this age. Ms. Dorothy has recently received her Child Development Associate Certificate and is continuing to further her education by working towards an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Roane State. We are proud to have her as part of our teaching team, as she is able to share her experience and knowledge with other staff and provide quality early childhood education to her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dorothy has prior experience as a semstress with Spring Industry and as a karate instructor to both adults and children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Gorilla~ By Peggy Rathmann
    Year Started:
    10/5/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jenni

    Ms. Jenni, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Jenni began teaching at KinderCare in 2013.  Since joining the center Ms Jenni has been our assistant Discovery Preschool teacher.  Ms Jenni has recently completed her Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance at Roane State Community College.  Jenni is working on furthering her education by attend online classes at the University of Phoenix. Ms Jenni has a passion for teaching children to learn and explore with new adventures.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear ~By Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    11/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Tecta Training
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Pam has spent much of her career working in the corporate retail industry, but went on a new avenue in her life and began teaching early childhood education. In 2005, she began teaching in an elementary special education class before moving on to an Assistant Driector position with the after school program for Blount County. In 2009, Ms. Pam began teaching at KinderCare Learning Center as a schoolage teacher and is currently is our center's Discovery Pre School teacher. Over the years Ms. Pam has had the opportuntiy to teach children of all ages within the center and has the experience to assist other teachers whenever necessary.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pam has spent 17 years working in the corporate retail industry prior to her teaching early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon~ By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
    Year Started:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms Jasmine has been at KinderCare since 2013. She had previously attended The University of Tennessee earning a BS in Psychology with a concentration in child development. She is currently the centers Discovery Preschool teacher. She is a wonderful addition to our center, bringing all her skills and talents to promote the learning and development of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jasmine began teaching at Kindercare in 2013. She had previously attended The University of Tennessee earning a BS in Psychology with a concentration in child developement.
    Year Started:
    5/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Gladys

    Ms. Gladys, PreKindergarten classroom

    Ms. Gladys began her career as a successful attorney, but in 2002 found her true calling and began teaching at KinderCare Learning Center. She received her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pellissippi State College. Through her many dedicated years of teaching, Ms. Gladys is a role model to her peers and is happy to call KinderCare her home.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gladys has experience as an accomplished attorney prior to finding her real passion of teaching early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear~ By Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    12/27/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Law, Child Development Associate Credential, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joscelyn

    Ms. Joscelyn, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms Joscelyn has been teaching at KinderCare Learning Center for almost 15 years. Her career with KinderCare began in Ohio as Toddler teacher. As time went on, she took on an Assistant Director position and eventually a Center Director position. Recently, Joscelyn has relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee and continues to be a significant part of the center’s management team. Her experience and knowledge allows her to assist the Director with daily tasks as well as mentor and train staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Joscelyn began teaching with KinderCare Learning Center in 1998 as a lead two year old teacher in Columbus, Ohio. In 2001, Joscelyn was promoted to an Assistant Director and then became a Center Director in 2002 until 2010. In July 2010, Joscelyn relocated to Knoxville,Tennessee where she has become a member of the the center's management team as the Health and Safety Coordinator for Bluegrass Kindercare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The giving tree ~By Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    2/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credentials

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

Exclusive to KinderCare~New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child's learning experience.

Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional PreK program.  Transitional Kindergarten is appropriate for children who have been through a PreK program but might miss the age cutoff date for traditional Kindergarten programs.  Or for children who need additional challenging learning experiences.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities.  This is in addition to the language, social, physical, and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

January- New Years Day- Center Closed
February- Presidents Day- Staff Training
May- Memorial Day- Center Closed
July the 4th-Center Closed
September-Labor Day- Center Closed
October-Columbus Day- Center Closed- Staff Training
Thanksgiving- Thursday and Friday- Center Closed
December- Christmas Day- Center Closed

Health and Safety

As your child is learning and growing, we make every effort to maintain the highest of safety standards. Our center is equipped with a keypad entry into the building and also has a fenced in playground area. All staff are trained annually in Adult and Infant CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, and Communicable Disease. Additional attention is given to every classroom to ensure that the equipment and surrounding are secure and age appropriate.

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.

We are a two-child family, who has been enrolled at KinderCare for four years. Both of our girls started at the center as infants and are known by everyone in the center on a personal level. The teachers routinely stop and tell me funny things that one of them has said or done. They show compassion, joy, pride, and concern for my children, just like family. I know that regardless of the classroom my children are in, they are in the hands of someone who truly cares about them. I continue to be impressed with the quality of care, special programs, arts and nutrition my children receive on a daily basis. My children come home with crafts every single day. Even my youngest child is routinely given opportunities to be creative and explore with different mediums. As a parent, I am also thrilled to see fresh fruits and vegetables on their hot meal menu everyday. My oldest child enjoys participating in the center's Kindermusic program and has exceeded my expectations with her progress in the center's Phonics Learning Enrichment Program. She has been spelling her name before the age of three and printing it shortly after. It is reassuring to know that KinderCare is getting her ready for kindergarten success. My family enjoys being part of KinderCare and I know the staff enjoy watching my children grow. We couldn't be happier with the staff, service, ease of payment, availability of early drop off, and elementary school transportation. And we always enjoy the center wide family events, such as the fall festival and winter gala, that allow us to get to know other families and children that attend the center. We absolutely wouldn't take our children anywhere else and we know they have truly benefited from having been there these four years.

- Mother

My name is Vickie J. Over the course of 21 years, my children have been enrolled at Bluegrass KinderCare. Today my children are 21, 18, and 10 years old. I have heard, as a working mother, stories from other working mothers about their guilt for leaving their children at a childcare center where they were unhappy. I never had any guilt with Bluegrass KinderCare. I knew my children were given attention, being educated, cared for, and loved. My oldest child had attended a different childcare center for a few months before we discovered the Bluegrass KinderCare. Once enrolled at the Bluegrass KinderCare, there was no other place for our family. My older children to this day still love to come back to KinderCare and visit with teachers that had taught them many years ago and can recall many wonderful memories. KinderCare has impacted all my children's lives in the most positive ways. I will always be grateful for the person that referred me to KinderCare. To us the KinderCare staff will always be our family. Thank You!

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