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Custer KinderCare

Ashley Dotson, Center Director

3199 Custer Dr. Lexington KY 40517
(859) 272-8673 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Man of War across from Parkhill Shopping Center

Park Hills

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No morning drop offs. Julius Marks provides transportation in AM/PM. Tates Creek provides transportation in PM. Center picks up after school from Breckenridge, ACE, Southern, & Millcreek.

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Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, our experts have designed every classroom, activity, and learning experience to help our teachers prepare your child for success.  Our teachers delight in opening young learners' eyes to the world of exploring, and learning through hands on activities.  Everything we do is designed for learning,

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Welcome to the Custer Drive KinderCare in Lexington, Kentucky. We are very excited to meet with you and your 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. At Custer Drive we believe in serving our families in the community by providing them with the very best Early Childhood Education available. We pride ourselves on being an extension of the family and a partner in raising your child. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ashley Dotson, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. National Womens Health & Fitness Day

Teachers & Staff

Here at Custer KinderCare, we have an immense passion for early education and providing loving care. We have a young vibrant staff who are excited about teaching your child and furthering their own knowledge in the Early Childhood Education field.

  • Ashley Dotson

    Ashley Dotson, Center Director

    Ashley has always had a love for children, that is why it was such an easy decision for her to go to college for Early Childhood Education.  While pursuing her degree she became very passionate about reading and the benefits that reading has on children.  As soon as Ashley finished her Bachelor's Degree, she immediately pursued the Master's Degree in Reading while teaching full time Kindergarten.  Ashley began her career at Kindercare teaching Prekindergarten at the Wellington Center.  She was soon took on the role of Program Specialist helping to enhance lesson plans and train new staff members.  In 2012 Ashley became the Assistant Director for the center.  In 2014 Ashley became theCenter Director.  In July of 2015 Ashley transferred to the Custer Drive Center as the Center Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has spent three years teaching Kindergarten in Scearcy, Arkansas. She spent two years teaching Prekindergarten, Student Teaching in First Grade and Third Grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mollylou Melon
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Masters of Education in Reading Specialists, BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Debbie Day

    Debbie Day, Assistant Director

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play IS serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood. - Fred Rogers

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has 9 years of experience in the early childhood education field. Prior to joining Kindercare, Debbie was a Migrant Preschool Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Promises in the Attic
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Ky. Directors Credential, Associate Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Discovery Preschool

    Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Wendy has been with KinderCare since 2011 and has enjoyed working in the Discovery Preschool classroom for the majority of that time.  She enjoys engaging with the children and watching them learn new skills every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Kitten's First Full Moon
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Infant

    Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Belinda has worked with children for 20 years and has loved every child she has worked with.  She has worked for KinderCare in Michigan as well as Kentucky.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face - Lisa McCourt
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates of Applied Science Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Preschool

    If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid" - Einstein

    Bachelor Degree in Child & Family Studies
  • Mr. Adam

    Mr. Adam, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Jesica

    Ms. Jesica, Support Staff

  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Support Staff

    If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right -
                                                                       Henry Ford

    Ms. Melissa moved to Kentucky to begin working on her master's degree at Asbury University.  She enjoys teaching, and looks forward to her children's arrival each day.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Miss Ebony

    Miss Ebony, Toddler

    If you want children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein

    Ms. Ebony teaches in the toddler classroom at the Custer Drive KinderCare. She graduated with her Child Development associate's degree in 2013 and has worked with young children for seven years. She believes that the best part about working with young children is knowing that you are creating a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching the children new things; and watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Laura has been working in Early Childhood Education for three years. She is starting her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in the fall. She loves coming to work each day to teach the children new and exciting things. In her class you will often find them working on messy projects, because it helps the children explore and discover more, and she is not afraid to jump in with them, get on the floor and have some fun with the toddlers.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Laura worked for a year at another local center.
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Pursing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Mobil Infants/Young Toddlers

    Teaching children new things and watching them grow each day is the best thing about being able to be a part of the KinderCare family.

    Ms. Nikki plays a very big part in the operation of the center, from cook and substitute teacher, to relief and break personnel. She highly enjoys being able to get to know all the center families, not just one class. She also likes that she gets to help children grow by sharing real life experiences with them. She also likes tying music into her lessons because she feels it helps the smaller children learn things, and keep the older children interested by making the topic more fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Ms Nikki worked at another local childcare center.
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Staff Support

    Every child deserves a champion- a teacher who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connections and insists that they can become the best that they can possibly be.

    Ms. Tina strongly believes that children learn best during hands on activities. It easily grabs and keeps their attention a lot longer. So, instead of doing a lot of large group activities, she plans lessons and sets out activities that will fully engage each child and they learn new skills or concepts at their own pace.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously Ms Tina has been an afterschool program counseolor, as well as assistant site director for similar programs.

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

  2. Friday September 16, 2016
    1. National Working Parents Day

  3. Wednesday September 21, 2016
    1. International Peace Day

  4. Thursday September 22, 2016
    1. 1st Day of Autumn

  5. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. National Womens Health & Fitness Day

About Our Center

Our center is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children. (NAEYC)

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Labor Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
New Years Day

Health and Safety

Our center takes pride that every staff person is CPR and First Aid certified and we follow all the state health and safety regulations. We are a nut-free center that provides three healthy meals for your child daily. We also partner with the Federal Food Program that supplies formula and baby food for our infant program as well as provide fresh fruits and vegetables for our 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.

This Kindercare has been great with my son!  He is now 9 months and has been attending for the last 6.  It was reassuring that they took great care in helping my son get adjusted to the new environment.  They have been a wpnderful help to me as we transitioned to baby and solid foods.  They have a well balanced meal plan so I know he is getting introduced to a wide variety of healthful foods.  His grandparents just loved the
Christmas presents KinderCare helped him make.  I highly recommend this center to others.

- Mother

Our children now ages 15 months and 3 1/2 years, hve been attending this Kindercare for almost a year.  We are thrilled with the curriculum, the classrooms, and especially the teachers.  The facility isn't the newest, but it is very clean and well maintained.  My older child is excited every day to tell us about what she is learning in her Pre-K class, and my younger child is learning words, manners, etc. at the toddler level.  We are especially impressed by the teachers, who take a personal interest in our children and communicate with us about how they are doing.  We highly recommend the Custer Drive KinderCare!

- Mother

I really like this KinderCare!  They are one of the only centers that is flexible with our scheduled days and times.  My son is 3 and has been going for 1 1/2 years.  He is much more advanced than others his own age.  Whenever there is any issue, it is quickly resolved.  I would and have recommended this center to family and friends.

- Mother

My daughter has been at KinderCare for several years. She now attends on a part time basis in their school age program. We have always had a wonderful experience with the staff here. The teachers love the children in their classrooms and work really hard to make sure that everything they do is to the benefit of each individual child. I cannot count how many times small accomodations have been made so that my child received the most from a classroom activity!

- Mother

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