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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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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,


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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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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
    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

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

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

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

    Ms. Nikki, Mobil Infants/Young Toddlers

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

    Ms. Tina, Staff Support

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

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