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Riverdale KinderCare

Kathy Thomas, Center Director

6960 Highway 85 Riverdale GA 30274
(770) 991-6046 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
1.5 miles S of 75 next to Dairy Queen

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Riverdale, Church Street, MLK, Calloway, Pointe South, Harper, Lake Ridge

Georgia Pre-K Pre-Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held at the center on February 1-5, 2016 from 10am-12pm and 4-7pm.  Space is limited. Contact your Center Director for more details and information.

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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Welcome. Kinder Care is proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country from infant to kindergarten and beyond.

Kathy Thomas, 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 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.

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

Every one of our teachers goes through the same rigorous hiring process to ensure their dedication and passion-and their ability to meet the developmental and emotional needs of your child. We confirm all professional references and conduct national criminal background screenings. We ensure each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualifications required to provide the absolute best learning environment for your child/children.

  • Kathy Thomas

    Kathy Thomas, Center Director

    The care, safety, and well-being of the students are my first priority.

    I have been working in the education field for 25 years and I am proud to say that a caring, loving, clean and educational environment is what develops the whole child.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, Kathy worked as a multi-age classroom teacher.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Currently pursuing a degree from Ashford University
  • Melissa Patterson

    Melissa Patterson, Assistant Director

    Providing a well supplied, print rich environment allows children to learn, explore and develop mentally, socially, physically and emotionally. Giving students these tools provides them with a great start in their educational journey.

    Having worked in the field of education for the last 21 years has given me a great appreciation for watching children learn. I have experience with all age groups from six weeks to 12 years old and one thing is true for all students, love, care and validation builds a child's self -esteem which makes them amazing adults.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa is a US Army Certified Home Child Care Provider.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelors of Science in Education from Shorter University, Currently pursuing a Master's Degree from Shorter University
  • Ms. Leeaundria

    Ms. Leeaundria, Preschool Classroom

    I genuinely care about every child in my classroom and I look forward to building relationships with the families in our center.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    1 Class away from Receiving Her Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Jane, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I teach for the 'Aa Ha' moment when the children get the skill being taught.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor's in Human Relations, Bachelor's in Early Care with Special Education Endorsement and Certification in Early Care and Learning
  • Ms. Marie, Prekindergarten Classroom B Lead

    I love nurturing the students in my care and being a part of their growth and development.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 25 Years of Experience
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom C Lead

    It is my greatest joy to see children's minds grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Master's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nettie, School Age Classroom

    What I love to do most is watch the children learn from different aspects of education. I am most inspired by the true love I have for each and every child in my care.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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.

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

Kinder Care is proud of offering the best health and safety environment to all our families in the center. We provide nutritionally balanced meals and snacks. We encourage hand washing and cleanliness to assist in the prevention of spreading germs and diseases. All of our students enter with up to date immunizations and we pride ourselves in the education of all of our teachers in Child Abuse and Neglect and Infectious Diseases just to name a few.

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.

My son's coming to KinderCare has made a world of difference in his life. He is now able to concentrate and complete tasks with great confidence. He learns more and more each day, and I'm sure that he is really ready to begin his future as an accomplished student in grades Kindergarten through high school as well as college.

- Mother

Kinder Care provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for my child. He enjoys their spirit calendar events and as well as their Spring, Summer, and Winter camps. My son reads now and is academically prepared Kindergarten.

- Mother

KinderCare has definitely nurtured my son. I have witnessed my son mature during his start with KinderCare. The teachers and staff have nurtured my son in excelling through prekindergarten. I am so glad that I chose KinderCare to begin my son's educational journey. His future is definitely bright.

- Mother

My daughter started her educational career with Kinde Care Learning Center. I am proud to say that now she is an honor roll student and has a true thirst for knowledge.

- Father

Not everyone can make a parent feel comfortable about leaving their only child alone with strangers for extended periods of time, but the Director and Staff at the Riverdale KinderCare made me feel like I was a part of their family and eased all of my troubles. I have never visited a facility where everyone was so caring for one another. Not only did I see a genuine love for the students under their care, they also welcomed new and old parents with open loving arms. The center exceeded my expectations in how attentive they would be to my child and her needs. Not once, when I randomly stopped by to just peek in, that they didn't make me more than pleased with sending my child to such an outstanding facility. Though we had to leave them I am forever grateful for such a wonderful experience with a child care facility. Lots of love and best wishes.

- Mother

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