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Lexington KinderCare

Ms. Susan Smith, Center Director

2611 Wilhite Dr. Lexington KY 40503
(859) 276-2567 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
Off Nicholasville Rd. Directly behind Kmart. Lansdowne & Glendover Neighborhoods

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Glendover, Southern, Lansdowne, Cassidy

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Welcome

Fall is right around the corner! Whether children have first words or first grade on the horizon, our experts designed every classroom, every activity, and lesson to help our teachers prepare children for success in school and beyond. With teachers who delight in opening young learners' eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring, it's easy to see why we're the right choice for families across the nation. Everything we do is designed for learning. Come visit us today!

Ms. Susan Smith, 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.

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

Thank you for your interest in our teachers! Our classrooms are monitored and designed using the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS), Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales (ECERS), and the School Age Environment Rating Scales. Our teachers are formally trained in the most updated early childhood information. Each staff member receives a minimum of 15 clock hours of training each year, as well as opportunities for continuing higher education.

  • Ms. Susan Smith

    Ms. Susan Smith, Center Director

    You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. " - Clay P. Bedford

    Mrs. Susan has been a Center Director for over 30 years. She has worked with KinderCare for 25 plus years and is very experienced in the field. She had 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Mrs. Susan loves working with children and can not imagine her life with out KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    35 years experience in ECE field Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Assistant Director, After school Director and Center Director
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
  • Rebecca Kloth

    Rebecca Kloth, Assistant Director

    Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It's leadership.

    Rebecca has been in the ECE field for 9 years where she served as an assistant director for 6 years. She is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Director's Credential. Ms. Rebecca looks forward to bringing her knowledge in the field to the families of Lexington KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Rebecca has been in the ECE field for 9 years where she served as assistant director for 6 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Director's Credential
  • Ms. Antonia

    Ms. Antonia, Infant Teacher

    I'll meet you at the top. -Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Ms. Toni loves working with families to ensure that each child is excelling and being educated according to their unique needs and personalities. She has two teenagers of her own and she is a foster parent. She is a huge Louisville fan.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    10/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    CDA in Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Alison

    Ms. Alison, Infant

    Ms. Alison is a very dedicated veteran of the childcare field. She has worked in ECE for over 25 years she started out working with a program that was for 4 year olds but has since branched out to working with children of all ages. She has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and her Masters Degree in Biblical studies. Ms. Alison had 3 Children 20,26, and 28 and two grand children.
     

    Previous Experience:
    25+ years in ECE classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    1/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    25+
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education Masters in Biblical Studies
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Brittany is excited to lead the Discovery Preschool classroom at KinderCare. She has been in childcare for 10 years and teaching has become her passion. She has tons of experience in the field and plans to return to school to obtain her BA in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching and getting to know each individual child's personality.

    Previous Experience:
    10 years experience in early childhood field.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, School Age

    The same boiling water that softens the potato also hardens the egg. Its about what you're made of not your circumstance.

    Katilyn graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a degree in Elementary education. Childcare is a new journey that she is beginning out side of her degree and Student teaching work. She is Lead Teacher in our School Age classroom. She is the Teacher for our Learning Adventures program which is an enhancment prorgram here at Lexington KinderCare. She is the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters. She is excited to begin her new career here at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree Elementary Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Pre-K

    Ms. Megan has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has her master's degree in Literacy Education.  Ms. Megan has eight years of teaching experience with children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master's Literacy Education
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Support Staff

    A person's a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess

    Ms. Emily has a CDA specializing in Preschool/Pre-K education. Being a mother herself she knows the important and value that parents put on finding a safe and loving learning environment for their children. Outside of teaching she enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter and family. .

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    8/2/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nadia

    Ms. Nadia, Support Staff

    Leading by example is better than giving advice. -Radostin Chernev

    Ms. Nadia enjoys the natural emotional responses of children; their openness and willingness to learn is inspiring.

    Year Started:
    8/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Completed course work in the field of early childhood 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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

We are commited to the safety of all our children with the front door keypad entry, private fenced off playground, and ID only pickup. We practice clean concepts on a daily basis and require current immunizations on all children.

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 granddaughter was born with special needs.  At the time of her birth, we were told that she would never walk or talk.  My grandaughter has been at Lexington Kindercare since she was a baby.  Due to the care and education she has received while she has been at Kindercare she has not only met but exceeded the expectations of her health care professionals.  She can now carry on 2 year old conversations, and not only does she walk, she runs.  I cannot thank the teachers enough for the care and love they show my granddaughter every day.

- Grandmother
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