Terry Webb, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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