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Meridian KinderCare

Tracy Moore, Center Director

4706 Broadmoor Dr. Meridian MS 39305
(601) 485-8166 Contact this center

Ages: 12 month to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 39 between Bank Plus & Chicken Basket

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
4 schools serviced- Poplar Springs, Lamar, North East, Parkview

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Welcome to Meridian KinderCare! Thank you for taking time to learn more about our wonderful preschool and all we have to offer in Early Childhood Education. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, 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, labels and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Our center is designed for your child to learn through play, so come in today to see first hand how the KinderCare experience will give your child every advantage! We warmly welcome you into our family and look forward to celebrating your child's success with you!

Tracy Moore, 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

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


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

Here at the Meridian KinderCare Learning Center our entire staff are committed to each child and family in providing the highest form of quality in childcare education.

We strive to serve with excellence utilizing many childcare education accreditations and certifications including the Mississippi Quality Rating System (STARS). We also partner with our state's collegiate programs, such as Meridian Community College offering opportunities preparing future childcare educators pursuing a career in Early Childhood Development. 

We also pride ourselves in having an highly-qualified and tenured staff who often participate in a myriad of staff development coursework, classes and certifications including the Mississippi Resource and Referral Program and many more. We also provide our staff opportunities to further their career and education during their tenure with KinderCare. 

From the moment you walk through the door you and your family will experience bright smiles, warm hugs and the overall passion we have about education.

So what are you waiting for? We can't wait to meet you!

  • Tracy Moore

    Tracy Moore, Center Director

    Every child is uniquely gifted; each unwrap in their own unique way.

    Ms. Tracy Moore has been apart of the KinderCare Learning Center family since the on set of the Summer of 2015. Ms. Tracy Moore has served in management and administration for over twenty years. Her excitement derives from hopes of making each child, family and student's life a better one.

    Ms. Tracy believes in the purpose of early childhood education and looks to have a similar impact and success as achieved in years past. Her primary focus and goal is to provide the families of Meridian Mississippi with the upmost in early childhood development and education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy Moore joins the education industry coming to our KinderCare Learning Center family after spending over twenty successful years in the Business Management industry.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham" -Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Office of Children and Youth Directors Credential
  • Tina Leggette

    Tina Leggette, Assistant Director

    If you want change you have to be the change you want to see. -Unknown

    Mrs. Tina Leggett, originally from Meridian, MS has been an amazing teacher since her beginning with KinderCare since May of 2005. For over eight years Mrs. Tina has served in many capacities and now serves as the Assistant Director. 
    Mrs.Tina encourages and strives for growth of the total child by cultivating them in physical, social and emotional development. She loves responding to her children wih warm, loving and positive feedback.

    She now serves as the Assistant Director of KinderCare Learning Center. Mrs. Tina strives and continues to be a positive building block toward every child's education and future.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina has previous experience working in the Toddler and Pre-School Learning programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, Discovery Pre-School

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. 

    Ms. Dominque has had a variety of childcare experience throughout the Meridian,Mississippi area. She values high childcare quality and makes a commitment to provide love and new experiences for all of her students.


    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dominique has worked with many ages from Infants, to Toddlers and more.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Napping House"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    A.A. in Early Childhood Education Technology
  • Ms. Emily Grace Carroll

    Ms. Emily Grace Carroll, Learning Adventures Professor

    Children are the world's most valuable resource and it's best hope for the future. -John F. Kennedy

    Ms. Emily Grace Caroll is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During her time in previous childcare centers Ms. Emily found her passion working with children majoring in human development.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked for the Capitol School of Tuscaloosa (AL) and the Forrest Lake Methodist Day Care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Just in case You Ever Wonder - Max Lucado
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    BS in Human Environmental Science
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Pre-Kindergarten

    Every child deserves a champion...who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. -Rita Pierson

    Ms. Sonia has served in early childhood education for almost ten years now. A graduate of Meridian Community College she has aspired to be a great childcare advocate and instructor.

    Her reason for teaching is that she loves to watch the children and students grow each day learning something new. Her passion is to grow with them in their experiences. She has accomplished most of her goals as a teacher. At the end of the day her mindset is to love your students, teach them, learn with them and have fun doing it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sonia has served in early childhood education for almost ten years. Ms. Sonia originally started out as an volunteer for several childcare programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    A.A. of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kaylnn

    Ms. Kaylnn, Toddlers

    The profession as a Teacher is to teach the other professions. -Unknown

    Ms. Kalynne serves a the Toddlers teacher for KinderCare Eduation. She is excited about using art as a vehicle to educate and inspire her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked for Highland Baptist Youth program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Puppy who Wanted a Boy - Jane Thayer
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    A.A. in Art Education
  • Ms. Jameka

    Ms. Jameka, After-School & School Agers

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Inolve me and I learn.

    Originally  from Meridian, Mississippi Ms. Jameka began her journey with KinderCare in April of 2013. She acquired her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Meridian Community College in May of 2014

    Ms. Jameka provides the Toddler classroom with tons of fun, love and creativity. She has also served in the Pre-School classroom.

    Ms. Jameka hopes to continue persuing her education and impacting the lives of every child she teaches.


    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jameka worked at the Boys and Girls Club.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Bernice

    Ms. Bernice, Preschool Classroom

    I believe, therfore I can. 

    Ms. Bernice serves as the Threes Pre-School teacher at KinderCare here in Meridian, Mississippi. She truly enjoys working with children and striving to create an awesome learning experience for each child. Often times you can find Ms. Bernice reading, acting or singing during story time to help bring the characters in the story to life.

    Ms. Bernice always says 'being a silly-train is not so bad'. She always aims to inspire her childreen to learn through what they love and keeping their attention sparked.

    Ms. Bernice has finished her Associates in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue furthering her eduaction and career in childhood education

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ruthie Baylor

    Ms. Ruthie Baylor, KinderCare Chef

    If at first you don't succeed try and try again.

    Ms. Ruthie has been a resident of Meridian for over thirty years. She has also been a part of the KinderCare Education family for over 35 years. Outside of being our KinderCare Chef she has also taught the Pre-School classroom.

    What Ms. Ruthie enjoys most about KinderCare is seeing the children grow up and bring their next generation of students back to KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ruthie has worked in childcare for an amazing 35 years. Now retired from teaching she serves as the School Chef.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Diggest Dog
    Year Started:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

The Center has a secure coded entrance door. They have monthly fire and tornado drills. Most teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified (all are trained). There is a sign-in and sign-out book at the front of the Center.

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.

Before having a child of our own, my husband Terry would always talk about KinderCare and how much fun he had growing up in the KinderCare family. So when our daughter Allie Grace was born, we knew we wanted the same positive experience for her. Allie Grace joined the KinderCare family at the age of 12 months, and we've been there ever since.The teachers and staff are absolutely wonderful, full of kindness and compassion, and we have never second guessed leaving our baby girl in their care. Allie Grace has a blast every day and is always excited in the mornings to get ready for school. I enjoy hearing about her adventures when she comes home in the afternoon, and it makes my heart smile. All the children enrolled in the school have an opportunity to participate in music classes and phonics classes. There are seasonal Family Fun days which brings together teachers, kids, and parents, and it lets everyone bond and get to know each other a little more. Water play days during the summer months are a real hit with Allie Grace. She has learned so much during her time at KinderCare and has made lots of friendships and memories. She will take these skills and memories along with her as she transitions into elementary and will truly excel. With Allie Grace starting kindergarten this fall, we are sad to be leaving KinderCare full time, but she will still be part of the after school program so for that we are grateful. Mrs. Susan, the Center Director, was also director when Terry attended KinderCare, and you can't ask for better. She, along with ALL the teachers, care for each child as if he or she was their own. The entire staff is dedicated to the children, nourishing their minds and nurturing their souls. We have been so happy with our experience at KinderCare! Terry and I know that when we have a 2nd child, he or she will definitely be attending KinderCare and following the "family traditions"!

- Parents

As parents of two children enrolled at KinderCare Learning Center, we are greatly blessed to have such caring and compassionate group of individuals in our children's lives. They have all touched our family in ways they will never know. Also as parents of children who have completed and are currently enrolled in the phonics program, we have seen a wonderful enthusiasm for learning and as our oldest child completed the phonics program he was beyond where he needed to be to start kindergarten. Thank you all for all you have done not only for our children but for our family.

- Parents

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