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Herr Lane KinderCare

Ms. Valentina Fee, Center Director

2013 Herr Lane Louisville KY 40222
(502) 425-7272 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
in front of Louisville Tennis Club Next to Ballard High School

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October 18th -  Join us for our Community Social - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Change is in the air and in our classrooms! Our exciting October curriculum is focused on autumn, home and family, and pets. In our centers, you might see a farmer's market in full swing, kids drawing family portraits, or infants cooing over bright leaves in the Discovery Basket. No matter what's scheduled, you can be sure children and teachers are buzzing with enthusiasm! Join in the fun by enrolling today!

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Welcome to Herr Lane KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Valentina Fee, 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.

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


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.


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. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Wear your favorite color

  2. Tuesday October 25, 2016
    1. Punk Rock Day

      Dress like a punk rocker

Teachers & Staff

Our teaching staff at Herr Lane KinderCare is committed to Early Childhood Education and is extremely passionate about childhood development. We currently have six degreed teachers.

  • Ms. Valentina Fee

    Ms. Valentina Fee, Center Director

    I am truly passionate about providing high quality Early Childhood Education to each child we serve. I am amazed to know I am making a difference in each child's life that walks through our doors.

    Valentina is from Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 2001. She then obtained her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast in 2005. Valentina began her career with KinderCare Learning Centers in 1996. Not only did Valentina attend KinderCare as a child, but her two children are currently enrolled in KinderCare as well. Valentina is extremely passionate about the children and families that attend her center. Valentina is committed to her team and always leads by example.

    Previous Experience:
    Valentina has experience as a nanny and as an after-school teacher in Richmond, Kentucky.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Master's Degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
  • Ms. Cindy Sears

    Ms. Cindy Sears, Assistant Director

    Teaching is very rewarding! I love seeing children engaged in activities, making new discoveries and reaching developmental milestones.

    Cindy has had 14 years of experience in early childhood education. Cindy currently holds a Child Development Associate's credential. Before becoming an Assistant Director at the Herr Lane KinderCare, Cindy worked in both the Infant and Prekindergarten classrooms. Cindy is extremely passionate about Early Childhood Education. 

    Previous Experience:
    Cindy has worked for the Jefferson County Public School System as a teacher's assistant as well as a library assistant.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infant Classroom

    I love the diversity of the children. It is amazing how much infants learn in their first year of life.

    Ms. Chris is a loving, nurturing teacher. She always makes sure to treat each child with individual respect and makes absolute sure that their needs and wants are met. The infants grow very attached to Ms. Chris and often times will come to visit her, even after they have moved on to older classrooms.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Tatianna

    Ms. Tatianna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tatianna has worked in child care for 20 years. She has her CDA and attended the University of Louisville. She is thankful for the opportunity to have a positive influence in so many young lives. Ms. Tatianna has 2 children of her own.  

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy teaching the kids new things and watching their minds and imaginations grow.

    Ms. Laura has a never-ending supply of patience and understanding, which is important when working with a group of two-year-old kids! She brings a creative side to her classroom, and the Discovery Preschool classroom reflects that. The children constantly bring home or hang up art projects that are related to their theme.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has worked at another childcare center prior to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Center Director's Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Latasha

    Ms. Latasha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Latasha is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She is full of energy and always has a smile on her face. Ms. Latasha is currently working towards her Child Development Associate. She has a background in nursing.  

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children's expression when they learn something new.

    Ms. Lauren has a passion for Early Childhood Education. She currently is taking classes to obtain her Center Director's Associate's Degree. She works hard to make sure the curriculum is ready and that the children are constantly engaged in activities.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Lauren L

    Ms. Lauren L, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lauren has been teaching for a little over a year here at KinderCare. Ms. Lauren is currently attending Indiana University Southeast where she is studying Sociology as well as a Master's degree in Counseling.
    Ms. Lauren teaches in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She is amazed at the diversity this age group brings. She values the children's daily growth and loves interacting with each and every child in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy helping the children learn new concepts and I love watching them have fun while learning.

    Ms. Melissa is passionate about literacy in her classroom. She teaches and supports the children to recognize and write their own names, and become more familiar with reading and writing. By the time the children leave Preschool to go to Prekindergarten, they are ready!

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tara joined our team in April. She attended Moorehead State University where she was a member of the dance team. Before joining our KinderCare team, Ms. Tara taught dance classes to a variety of age groups. She is energetic and passionate about early childhood education. She is excited to prepare children for Kindergarten. She wants them to leave our center with the tools to take on the world. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lucille

    Ms. Lucille, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lucille is one of our Pre-K teachers. She will be celebrating her 30th teaching anniversary with KinderCare on September 9th, 2015. She is passionate, dedicated, and prepares children for success beyond Kindergarten.

    Ms. Lucille loves watching children make progress. She truly enjoys engaging with families. She believes teaching is the most rewarding field.

    Year Started:
    31 Years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 03, 2016
    1. Bring a photo of your pet

  2. Tuesday October 04, 2016
    1. Read Aloud: Books About Pets

  3. Wednesday October 05, 2016
    1. National Cookbook Month

      Bring in your child's favorite recipe

  4. Thursday October 06, 2016
    1. Mad Hatter Day!

      Wear a crazy hat

  5. Friday October 07, 2016
    1. Sack Lunch Day

  6. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  7. Tuesday October 11, 2016
    1. Charting Activity

  8. Wednesday October 12, 2016
    1. Pajama Day

  9. Thursday October 13, 2016
    1. Celebrate National Cookie Month

  10. Friday October 14, 2016
    1. Cooking Class

  11. Monday October 17, 2016
    1. Parent Teacher Conferences Begin

  12. 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. Fall Festival 6:30-8pm

      Join us for our annual Fall Festival. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. We will provide dinner and games. Mr. Magic will perform at 7:15 p.m.

  13. Wednesday October 19, 2016
    1. Nature Walk

  14. Thursday October 20, 2016
    1. Leaf Rubbings

  15. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Wear your favorite color

  16. Tuesday October 25, 2016
    1. Punk Rock Day

      Dress like a punk rocker

  17. Wednesday October 26, 2016
    1. National Pumpkin Day

      Decorate a pumpkin

  18. Friday October 28, 2016
    1. Show and Tell

  19. Monday October 31, 2016
    1. Costume PArty

About Our Center

Welcome to Herr Lane KinderCare, where it's all designed for learning! We have a passionate, dedicated team of teachers, some of whom have been here for more than 20 years. Our school has a STARS rating as well as a NAEYC Accreditation, elevating our classrooms to higher standards of learning. Stop in and visit us; we are located on Herr Lane between Ballard High School and Wilder Elementary School.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

All staff members are CPR, First Aid and Pediatric Head Trauma certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

KinderCare has provided a safe and caring environment for my infant to grow. The teachers are genuinely concerned about my baby's health and happiness, as well as his growth. They always call when something seems off, and give him extra cuddles when he needs them. Since starting at KinderCare, my son has transitioned from just bottles to adding solid foods, and the teachers have been very helpful and supportive of this transition, as well as the napping transition as he has gotten older. As a first time parent, I am very appreciative of this and it has made growth transitions easier on all of us. The "care" in KinderCare has been evident for my child. 

- Mother

My daughter, Molly, loves cooking class! She is 3 years old and is enrolled in Cooking Adventures with Ms. Laura. Molly is so curious every Friday to see what she will be making and tasting. Cooking Adventures has given my daughter an introduction to measurement, making healthy food choices, trying new foods, as well as increased social skills. I enjoy hearing about her experience each Friday and looking over her recipe cards together at home. 

- Mother

Ms. Amanda is calm, soothing, and direct with the children and it shows. I maybe would refer to Ms. Amanda as the "kid whisperer". I know she is different because the children are different. Watching the Discovery Preschool class play in their learning centers is very refreshing.
I would personally like to thank Vanessa, Laura, Lauren, Chris, Kayla, Brooke, and Helga…they always have a smile!
In a time when life gets busy and days become a routine, sometimes you have to step back and give credit and compliments where that is due. I could have kept it to myself and gone on about my day but people need to hear positive reinforcement no matter what job position they are in.

- Mother

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