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Maryville KinderCare

Lisa McMahan, Center Director

1752 West Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville TN 37801
(865) 977-6825 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
E of Foothills Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Foothills Elementary, Sam Houston, Union Grove and Mary Blount Elementary

KinderCare is one of only two child care facilities in the immediate vicinity that provides transportation for our children enrolled in public school grades Kindergarten through sixth. We are currently transporting from Mary Blount Elementary, Sam Houston, Foothills Elementary, Middlesettlements Elementary and Union Grove Elementary.

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Welcome to Maryville KinderCare! We would love to have the opportunity to meet you and your family! It is our desire to become an integral part of your family, and one in which you could not imagine your life without. Our seasoned teaching team strives to provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment for your child, and one in which children will excel in their early education.

Lisa McMahan, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teaching staff at Maryville KinderCare is all about sharing meaningful moments. We make it a point to consistently offer the highest quality experiences for every child and thrive to engage all our families so that they may celebrate their child's achievements regardless of the magnitude. The majority of our teaching staff possess either their Child Development Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree in Education. We are extremely proud of the fact that the combined teaching experience in our school totals over 316 years! We would love to show you first hand why we are so extremely proud of our school and our classrooms!

  • Lisa McMahan

    Lisa McMahan, Center Director

    My teaching staff and I are dedicated to insuring that your child will receive the best early care and education that they can possibly receive in their young lives. We will strive to teach tolerance and acceptance, we will recognize attempts and successes in all developmental areas, and through rules and structure, we will teach children that these are expected behaviors in order to succeed in life. Children are this country's future, and we must embrace every effort and shortcoming with compassion.

    Ms. McMahan has been employed with KinderCare since, August, 1989. She started out her career as an Assistant Director at a large school in Charlotte, NC. Within four months, she was promoted to Center Director, and remained at this center until 1995, when she transferred to Knoxville, Tn. Ms. McMahan has been a director in East Tennessee since this time, and has since seen two daughters "age out" of KinderCare and now her own grandson attends her present school. Prior to joining KinderCare Learning Center, Ms. McMahan received her AS degree from Young Harris College, in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, and followed with her final two years at the University of Georgia with concentration in Early Childhood Education. I am most passionate about my family and then my beloved "DAWGS"!

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Amber Frye

    Amber Frye, Assistant Director

    I love being a part of each child's individual achievements and seeing the pride they feel in themselves when they accomplish something new. Every day is different and no matter how I may feel on any given day, their smiles and hugs make everything better, and I feel blessed to be able to help them in their times of need also.

    Ms. Frye has been the Assistant Director since July, 2014. Prior to her promotion, she was an early preschool teacher teaching two and three years old children for over six years. Due to this vast experience,  Amber estimtes that she has potty trained over 100 children!  Prior to joining the KinderCare team, she was a coach and counselor for afterschool age children . Amber earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013 from Tusculum College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her beloved and two boys. She also balances her schedule by volunteering in her community through her church.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Tutorial Specialist

    Seeing the children's faces light up, when they finally start to put sounds together and start reading. Is an amazing experience for both the children and my self".

    Ms Sandy has been with KinderCare since 2002. She started out working as a pre-school teacher in our three year old classroom, and then she was promoted to her current position as tutorial specialist.
    Ms Sandy was born and raised in Harlow, Essex, England. She is married to her soul mate Tim, and they have one daughter, Megan, who is their pride and joy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies. Recently, Ms Sandy has earned her CDA credential now she helps and trains other teachers up so that they are able to complete theirs!

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Infant Classroom

    There is nothing more rewarding than to see 'the light come on' when it is obvious that a child has grasped a concept and learned something new.

    Ms. Ann has worked at KinderCare since September of 1999. After Ms. Ann graduated from high school, she earned 60 hours of credit at a community college in Plainfield, Illinois. Shortly after, Ms. Ann transferred with KinderCare and moved to Tennessee. She is very excited because she has recently earned her CDA and hopes to further her education in Early Childhood Education! Outside of KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with "her other family."

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliace
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    It continues to amaze me just how many 'firsts' there are for each child. I am fortunate in that I am able to witness so many milestones achieved and how excited the children get when they accomplish something new!

    Ms. Lisa has been teaching at KinderCare since March, 2001. During this time, she has spent time teaching in the toddler, two's and preschool classrooms before finding her permanent home in the Infant Classroom in June, 2002. She graduated high school in 2000 and proceeded to achieve recognition through the Tennessee Early Childhood Teaching Alliance. She recently obtained her CDA in December 2015, she is very proud of this achievement and hopes she can further her education. Ms. Lisa is very attached to her pets. She has a German Sheppard, and a Terrier, as well as a cat. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and working at a local Church operated Food and Clothing pantry.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sharon previously worked with another KinderCare in Knoxville for 30 years before joining our team in Maryville. She loves working with infants and helping them learn new skills as they grow to become toddlers. Her passion has always been with children, she recieved her Bacherlors degree from ETSU in Elementary Education. In her spare time you can find her reading, sewing, and spending time with family

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Toddler

    I love interacting with kids and having a postive impact on their day.

    Ms Diana began her career at Kindercare in March of 2016. Prior to joining our team she worked for 5 years at Tellico West Child Development Center. She has worked with all ages but has found that her love is with Toddlers. Ms Diana plans on finishing her degree in Early Childhood education. Ms Diana loves working with children and encouraging them throughout the day to try new things and to make learning fun. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children. Together they like to be outdoors, camping, fishing, and bear hunting.

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  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    I really enjoy teaching children, they are always full of surprises and can most certanily bring a smile to my face!

    Ms. Heather began working with KinderCare in May of 2012 at our Kingsport location before joining our team in July of 2014. Ms. Heather is originally from Alabama, and then lived in Virginia before finding home sweet home in East Tennessee. Ms. Heather is married and has two sons. In Ms. Heather's spare time she enjoys making jewlery, quilting, and reading.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Young Twos

    My favorite part of my job is seeing the excitement from the kids when they learn soemthing new. They are so full of personality and energy.

    Ms. Robin started her career at KinderCare in Febuary of 2015 as a substitute teacher, then she moved to the Toddler classroom.  Ms Robin has alwasy wanted to work with two year olds and feels this is where she "clicks" best. From day one, being in the Young Two's classroom stole her heart. Ms. Robin is very excited to continue her education in Early Childhood, she is working on receiving her CDA and is excited about this new challenge and opportunity to grow. When Ms. Robin is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and her amazing son. Ms. Robin also enjoys fishing and watching Grey's Anatomy.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have always had a heart and passion for children of ages. I enjoy watching them grow  and find their dreams in life.

    Ms. Sarah began her career with KinderCare March 31, of 2015. Prior to joining our team she worked with children of all ages, but took a break to be a stay at home mom with her little girl for a year. Ms. Sarah received her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. When she is not in a classroom she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. Ms. Sarah enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, and loves being outside exploring with her daughter.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. LaChrisha

    Ms. LaChrisha, Young Preschool

    I want to be the "light" for children to make them feel loved so they can experience learning at the greatest level.

    Ms Chris started her career at KinderCare in October of 2015, however she previously worked with KinderCare in 2013. Ms. Chris is a firm believer that when a student feels safe, that they will feel free to express themselves and learn new things. Before working with KinderCare Ms. Chris received her Bachleors in General Studies with a Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2011. Upon completion, Ms. Chris knew that her heart was with children so she went back to school to complete her CDA. When Ms. Chris is not in that classroom you can find her spending time with her family. Ms. Chris is orginally from Louisiana, but has found home sweet home in Tennessee!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kati

    Ms. Kati, Preschool Classroom

    I always love to watch children make the connections from the lessons to real life situations. When I see the excitement and sense of accomplishment on their faces, it is simply amazing.

    Ms. Kati has lived in Knoxville her entire life. In fact, she was actually a KinderCare kid! It was her experience, at a young age, that sparked a true passion for helping children learn. She believes that with a little guidance and a lot of support and love, a child can learn anything they put their mind to. Ms Kati loves the process of teaching, and the "AHA" moments from her children are priceless. She has been with KinderCare since January of 2015. Prior to joining our team, she attended the University of Tennessee and earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development. Outside of the classroom Ms. Kati enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and precious son. She is also a big fan of the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey team and loves going to their games. When she is in need of a quiet moment, she finds peace reading mystery books and day dreaming of her happy place...the beach.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Childhood Development
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Preschool Substitute

    My passion is teaching and being able to help children accomplish their goals.

    Ms. Leah has been with KinderCare since May of 2011. She has had experience in all the classrooms, and originally was the teacher in the Toddler classroom before expressing her desire to be with the Preschoolers. Ms Leah has a daughter, and a wonderful husband who she enjoys spending time with. One of their favorite past times is going for walks, and working in the yard.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Allison

    Ms. Allison, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching because I get to show children all the fun this world has to offer. I love expanding their horizens and making learning fun and excitable!

    Ms. Allison began her career  at KinderCare in May of 2012. She earned her BA from Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Allison loves incorporating science and hands on activities into her curriculum. Ms. Allison found her love for teaching children as she was teaching horse back riding lessons. When Ms. Allison is away from her classroom, and not working on her farm, she loves spending time with her 2 sons, and her husband. Ms. Allison also has fun cooking, and dancing.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
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  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have a sincere passion for working with children and dedicating my career to their little livelihoods.

    Ms. Danielle has been working with KinderCare since December of 2012. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University and then later earned her Masters of Education with a concentration in literacy. Ms. Danielle was born Massachusetts and was very thankful to move to Tennessee to get away from their harsh winters. In her spare time she is a volunteer with the Big Brother Big Sister organization and walking her 2 dogs, Bailey and Emmitt.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Transitional Kindergarten

    Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!

    Ms Mary is a native of Florida. She has been married since 1995 and has 2 children, Charity and Elijah. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, going to church, shopping, and fishing. She has a strong enthusiasm that the kids love being around. It is because of her passion that the children enjoy learning and coming to school everyday!

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Pre-K Substitute

    I believe everyday is new. I never know what will happen on any given day and I love coming in to the school in the morning and the children are happy to see me.

    Ms. Robin has been teaching with KinderCare since July of 2010. Before joining our team she was Teacher and taught all ages, from preschool through 5th grade. Ms. Robin was born and raised in Chula Vista, California, however, she really wanted to see all the seasons and now calls Tennessee home.Ms. Robin helps us in the morning in the 2 year old discovery classroom, she also helps us out during holiday and Summer breaks. When Ms. Robin is not busy in the classroom she enjoys gardening, baking, walking, and of course spending time with her little grand son!

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kelli

    Ms. Kelli, Schoolage

    I am excited about moving from retail to teaching, it has always been on my heart to do it and having this opportunity is very exciting. I love getting to know the children, hearing their stories, and figuring out what interests them. I am dedicated to making learning fun and exciting, helping them find their niche and allowing them to express themselves. It is awesome seeing when they figure it out, and how excited they are about learning.

    Ms Kelli began her career at KinderCare in Dec of 2015. Before joining our team Ms Kelli worked for Publix Supermarkets for 17 years! Ms. Kelli moved from sunny Florida to Tennessee in 2013 where she continued to work for Publix. Ms. Kelli is no stranger to KinderCare though, her daughter Jaidyn attended our school till she went to Kindergarten. Ms. Kelli  earned her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Education from the Univiersity of Central Florida. Ms Kelli is currently enrolled to receive her CDA. In Ms. Kelli's spare time she loves hanging with her husband and her daughter, and volunteering at her church.

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October 2016 Events

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

The center is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the following Friday
Abbreviated day on Christmas Eve (close at 2 pm) and closed on Christmas Day

If a Holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday it will be observed on Friday or Monday.

Our center is also on Columbus Day and President's Day to conduct full-day in-service professional development training workshops for teachers.

Health and Safety

Your child's safety and well being is one of our main concerns. In order to keep your child out of harms way, we have several safety features that will put parents' minds at ease. When you enter our school, it will be necessary to enter a code in order to get through the entry door to the classrooms. This feature prevents strangers from entering at will. Every staff member in our school is also certified in current CPR and First Aid. We have three separate playgrounds, therefore, each age group has the area to themselves, instead of competing with other age groups. We employ a Health and Safety Coordinator whose responsibilities include conducting monthly evacuation drills, lock-downs, and seeing that safety and health standards are maintained throughout our school.

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.

Our family absolutely loves Maryville KinderCare. This was our first choice in looking for a safe and secure school for our daughter. The teachers are so loving and each one goes the extra mile to ensure that our daughter feels special and appreciated each and every day. She loves going to school because the teachers make all the difference in her learning experience and that makes me happy as a parent to see how happy she is at school. We have been loyal parents for almost 5 years and our daughter participates in music and phonics lessons, as well as the dance class taught at the center by Danse ET Plus. We get feedback daily on how our daughter is progressing and she's always excited to point out her artwork in the classroom or talk about what they did at school each day. We wanted our daughter to have a positive experience with school and learning prior to starting Kindergarten and Maryville KinderCare has done just that! We couldn't have found a better school for our family. Thank you Maryville Kindercare for helping to nourish and develop our daughter's love of learning.

- Mother

When choosing a place for care for your child, you need to look no further. An exceptional Director is equivalent to any exceptional school and Lisa McMahan and her management team is the perfect example of excellence. All the teaching staff understand that your child is your most precious commodity and besides providing the basics: food, safety, education, and love, there is so much more than encompasses the KinderCare experience. They all have an innate ability to see the totality of all the children's diverse needs, which might include the importance of teaching the 'whole' child in their social, emotional, physical and intellectual areas of development and/or teaching tolerance and acceptance. Happily, it is not only myself, but the children and parents of this school who are the recipients of such profound professional dedication. Thank You!

- Mother

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Resources for Parents

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Local Resources

  • Preschool/Pre-kindergarten summer calendar - Parent participation is always a plus!!! Please join us for any and all activities. Don't forget to bring your child in their bathing suit and a change of clothing on Wednesdays! As a reminder, please remember a towel and water shoes!
  • School age summer calendar - Thursday's are designated Field trip days, while Wednesday's are Water Play day. Parent chaperones are always welcome to join us!

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