Skip to main content

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
Open:

Show other centers nearby

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

Neighborhood:
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.

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,

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

Welcome

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

Image Gallery

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

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

    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
    Education:
    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
    Education:
    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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Kitten's First Full Moon
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Infant

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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face - Lisa McCourt
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associates of Applied Science Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." - Dr. Seuss

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA, Director's Credential
  • 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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Bear Who Shared - Catherine Rayner
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Child & Family Studies
  • Mr. Adam

    Mr. Adam, School Age Classroom

    All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." - Mark Twain

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who - Dr. Seuss
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jesica

    Ms. Jesica, Support Staff

    Be yourself, everyone is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Berenstain Bears
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Support Staff

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

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goldilocks & The Three Bears - Robert Southey
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Mobil Infants/Young Toddlers

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Staff Support

December 2016 Events

December Hero Image
Filter Center Calendar
  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 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.

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

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

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

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
×

See what’s happening on the blog

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.

View More

Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.

What should I look for when choosing a childcare center?:

Enrollment Agreement: