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Ridgeway KinderCare

Valeria Benson, Center Director

2941 Ridgeway Rd. Memphis TN 38115
(901) 795-6350 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Mt Moriah & Ridgeway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Winridge, Fox Meadows, Cea Isle, Balmoral-Ridgeway, Oak Forrest, Ridgeway Middle, Hickory Ridge

Join us for a fun-filled summer. There are currently openings in all classes!

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Welcome

Welcome to Ridgeway KinderCare! The center is run as though everyone is a family. Everyone works hard to create a welcoming environment, maintain an open-door policy, and invite parents to be included, like come read to their child's classroom. There are also monthly events for everyone to attend in order to develop strong relationships. Each day is rewarding for the staff member. They feel honored to be a part of each child's development and mold their educational foundation. They feel inspired to further develop as a teacher outside of the classroom through continued training and education. Once families see what Ridgeway KinderCare has to offer, they will see that the center is one of the best for early childhood education. Families are invited to schedule a tour to see our center firsthand. Call us today to schedule your visit!

Valeria Benson, Center Director

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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.

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

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

We have a combined wealth of over 30 years experience at our center. Our staff are committed to higher education, which is evidenced in their credentials ranging from Master's Degrees to Child Development Associate credentials.

  • Valeria Benson

    Valeria Benson, Center Director

    I enjoy seeing the happy faces of the children and the smiling faces of the parents, it lets me know we are providing them with many meaningful moments.

    Since Valeria began employment with KinderCare, she has learned many new things and met a lot of amazing people. Ms. Benson has inherited a wonderful team that makes it a pleasure to come to work each day. Outside of work, she is working to obtain her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with an estimated graduation date in 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Benson brought over 27 years experience within the childcare industry. More specifically, she gained experience from working in a variety of roles from a cook to an infant teacher. Additionally, she has over 11 years of previous experience as a Center Director for another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jennifer Askew

    Ms. Jennifer Askew, Assistant Director

    My passion is aiding in the development, learning and teaching life skills to students.

    I have been employed with Kindercare for three years. Things that I enjoy the most include, helping others achieve goals, creative arts, and watching children grow up into. I graduated from college with a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous experience include: Tax preparer, Wireless store Sales Manager, and PreK Teacher
    Year Started:
    11/28/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Sociology
  • Ms. Tanecia

    Ms. Tanecia, Infant / School Age Classrooms

    The unconditional love from children is a priceless gift that soothes the soul.

    Ms. Tanecia has been employed with KinderCare for one year. She brings a unique creative play to the classroom that helps a child to express and cope with their emotional feelings and most importantly build social skills that will further them later in life. She loves working with children.

    Year Started:
    2/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cheyann Brockington

    Ms. Cheyann Brockington, Infant Classroom

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

    Ms. Cheyann has been with KinderCare for three years. She is currently enrolled in Ashford University, majoring in Early Childhood Education working towards a Bachelors of Arts.

    Previous Experience:
    Cheyann had three years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma, Certification in Pharmacy Technician
  • Ms. Mashundra Brooks

    Ms. Mashundra Brooks, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants in my class grow and develop into walking and talking little kids.

    Ms. Mashundra has been employed with KinderCare for three years. She has over seven years experience working with the infant/toddler program. She attendeed the University of Memphis. She has a very unique way of making the curriculum fun for her young infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Mashundra had four years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Tennessee Childhood Training Alliance
  • Ms. Tiffany Appleberry

    Ms. Tiffany Appleberry, Infant Classroom

    If better is possible, good is not enough.

    Ms. Tiffany has been employed with KinderCare since September of 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from LeMoyne Owen College in 2008. Ms. Tiffany enjoys working with the infants, she says, there is never a dull moment, because of the learning process the infants go through, I love it when their little minds comprehend the lessons.

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Art
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Toddler Classroom

    Loving, nuturing and enthusiastic teachers bring a lifetime of learning to growing, developing young minds.

    Erica has been with KinderCare for nine years. She is working towrds her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys helping children learn through play. Their faces light up while doing fun activities, while they are learning.

    Year Started:
    4/12/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Essence

    Ms. Essence, Toddler Classroom

    While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

    Essence hads been with KinderCare since February of 2015. She loves engaging the children in play and learning. She has worked with all age groups infants through preschool.

    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. La Shon Henderson

    Ms. La Shon Henderson, Toddlers Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, open a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. La Shon has been employed with KinderCare for four years. She is currently a student at Strayer University, where she is working towards her Bachelor degree. She loves the kids and loves to be around the kids. She always has the best interest of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    La Shon had four years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. LaKeshia Hunt

    Ms. LaKeshia Hunt, Toddlers Classroom

    Every child in my classroom deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection. I'm that champion who's determined to give them knowledge that lays the foundation for the rest of their lives.

    Ms. LaKeshia is a Toddler Teacher and has been with KinderCare for two years, with more than 14 years experience. She believes education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. Ms. LaKeshia has her CDA and TECTA Certification.

    Previous Experience:
    Lakeshia had 12 years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    11/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates, High School Diploma, Tennessee Childhood Training Alliance
  • Ms. Chelsea Thomas

    Ms. Chelsea Thomas, Two's Classroom

    I have a strong passion for teaching and enhancing children's lives.

    Ms. Chelsea has been with Kindercare since Oct of 2015. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She has worked as a drug counselor but relized her passion was in educating young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Chelsea was previously a substitute teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Kiara Hawkins

    Ms. Kiara Hawkins, Two's Classroom

    I enjoy providing a home away from home for your child.

    Ms. Kiara has been employed with KinderCare for three years. She loves teaching and caring for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Kiara had eight years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Renea Fant-Thomas

    Ms. Renea Fant-Thomas, Two's Classroom

    The foundation to our children's future begans in the early stages of life. I'm here to help enhance their goals to success.

    Ms. Renea has been employed with KinderCare two years. She started working in childcare at the early age of 16. She graduated in May of 2015 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Renea's love for her son is what drives her love for the children in her class.  

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tammie Richardson

    Ms. Tammie Richardson, Two's Classroom

    It takes a village to raie a child, but it only takes one teacher to develop a lifetime of great memories.

    Ms. Tammie hab been employed with KinderCare for two years. Ms. Tammie started her teacher experience with the Shelby County Headstart in 1997, where she developed a passion for teaching children. She's always makes her class fun and enjoyable for the children and parents. Every month she has special events in her class. 

    Previous Experience:
    Tammie had eighteen years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates, High School Diploma, Tennessee Childhood Training Alliance
  • Ms. Tiljuana Miles

    Ms. Tiljuana Miles, Two's Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Ms. Tiljuana has been employed with KinderCare for three years. She is currently enrolled in school furthering her education in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with children and is very passionate about her job.

    Previous Experience:
    Tiljuana had seven years of Early Childhood Education experience before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/18/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Debra Claiborne

    Ms. Debra Claiborne, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy teaching children and helping them develop the appropriate skills for future tasks, such as Kindergarten. I also like to see the expressions from parents when they discover the abilities of their children.

    Ms. Debra is a Preschool Teacher and has been with KinderCare for 14 years, with more than 30 years of experience. She enjoys teaching and partnering with the parents, helping their child develop different learning skills. Ms. Debra has her CDA, TECTA Certification and is currently working on her degree.

    Year Started:
    4/24/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates, Tennessee Childhood Training Alliance
  • Ms. Demetricus Farmer

    Ms. Demetricus Farmer, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy being the foundation of my students developmental learning stage.

    Ms. Demetricus has been employed with KinderCare for four years. In the classroom she enjoys teaching her children to write and doing art projects. She also enjoys helping lay the foundation for their future.

    Year Started:
    4/29/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Sciences
  • Ms. LaRonda

    Ms. LaRonda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    No one will make an impact or leave a mark on the lives of children like a teacher. Children are our future, we must guide them carefully.

    Ms. LaRonda has been employed with KinderCare for one year. She says, "Being apart of children's lives come natural to her, her passion for children grew and she knew that this was her calling. LaRonda feels she has found a new home at KinderCare as a Pre-K teacher and her love for children keeps on growing.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, VPK Classroom

    I love influencing the minds of the next generation on a positive note. A mind is the most powerful tool a person can use.

    Ms. Cassie has been with KinderCare since August of 2015. She has lived in several different places (including overseas). She has always had a desire for teaching. She is very passionate about what she does. She has worked in the school system  since 2007, with pre-k to 5th grade. Ms. Cassie feels it is her mission to ensure that each child feels appreciated, safe, and receives a quality educational experience.

    Year Started:
    8/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, VPK Classroom

    Children are our future, so we should prep them to be hardworking successful adults as we are.

    Ms. Melanie has been with KinderCare for two years. She has worked with all ages and is very passionate about her job. She motivates the children and treats them as the young adults they are prepping them for the future.

    Year Started:
    10/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate of Science and Bachelors of Art in Sociology
  • Ms. Tanisha

    Ms. Tanisha, School Age Classroom

    It takes a little passion and a lot of patience to work with children.

    Ms. Tanisha was been employed with KinderCare since August of 2014. She has an Associates in Psychology and is working on her Bachelor's in Psychology. She loves working with children.

    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. LaTrevon

    Ms. LaTrevon, Cook / Driver

    My job is to make sure the children eat a healthy meal and are transported safely.

    Ms. Treva has been employed with KinderCare for five years. She has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She makes the children love vegetables by making them yummy. She cooks the best nutritious meals and snacks. She makes sure the children are transported to and from school daily. The children love her.

    Year Started:
    8/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

December 2016 Events

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  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 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.

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

Our center has a keypad entry and our entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified. All of our playgrounds are enclosed and fenced off from public access.

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.

The educational learning is really great at KinderCare. My son always comes home telling me something new he has learned each day.

- Mother

A few years ago, we were looking for a childcare facility that our son could establish a strong educational foundation and have fun. Since selecting the KinderCare on Ridgeway, we have been very pleased with the staff, from the director to the teachers. My son enjoys returning to the center and always has a story to tell us about his friends or a story he has read. He has truly blossomed into an active little boy that enjoys reading, playing and learning new things. KUDOS to the teachers for molding my son into a very creative little boy that was very shy

- Mother

Since my child has been enrolled in KinderCare, there are many great things she and I have experienced: 1. The staff is very polite and caring. They speak every morning with smiles. 2. My child's vocabulary has grown since she has been enrolled. 3. The staff does a great job keeping the parents in the loop of whats going on. 4. My child has not received any incidents in which she has been hurt or mistreated. 5. She loves coming to school every morning and enjoy her teachers.

- Parent

I have been so pleased with KinderCare in relation to my children's development. My children never cease to amaze me when they repeat all the things they learn on a daily basis. Thanks KinderCare for giving them a wonderful start.

- Mother
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