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Cooper Lake KinderCare

Dana Davenport, Center Director

1635 Cooper Lake Rd. SE Smyrna GA 30082
(770) 435-3344 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Corner of South Cobb Dr. & Cooper Lake Rd. " Across from CVS.

Cross Street: Corner of South Cobb Drive and Cooper Lake Rd., CVS, Walgreens and Cevron on other three corners

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nickhajack, King Springs, and Teasley

We are currently enrolling  in all age groups.
Georgia Pre-K Pre-Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held at the center on February 1-5, 2016 from 9am-5pm. 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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As an early childhood environment we set the stage for the type of learning that will take place within the classroom. It's where the main activities of the day happen, such as playing, eating, sleeping, and washing hands. We go beyond these basic activities to provide a high quality environment for young children that supports a program's philosophy and curriculum. We believe that by focusing on specific elements within the classroom environment will support curriculum and therefore help foster children's learning.

Dana Davenport, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

Teachers & Staff

When it comes to keeping you up to date with your child's engaging learning experiences, the teachers here strive to make our service and communication exceptional. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our KinderCare family.

  • Dana Davenport

    Dana Davenport, Center Director

    Seeing children enjoy learning and seeing the excitement on their faces when they are introduced to new things is a great joy.

    Dana has worked here at the same KinderCare location for a little over 22 years. She has been a teacher in many age groups, Educational Coordinator , Assistant Director and presently as the Center Director. Before joining the KindeCare family Dana worked as a teacher at Rocking Horse Learning Center for over six years. Dana enjoys reading in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the Kindecare family Dana worked as a teacher at Rocking Horse Learning Center for over six years.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Childhood Development Associate's credential
  • Tonwanda Starks

    Tonwanda Starks, Assistant Director

    What I enjoy most about my job is seeing parents and children entering and leaving the center with a smile upon their faces.

    Tonwanda is the Assistant Director at this location. She has been with KinderCare for 19 years. Tonwanda has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and loves working with children of all ages. She is married with three children, two sons and a daughter that she adores very much. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, going out to fine dining, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carmella

    Ms. Carmella, Cook

    I love interacting with all the children and also enjoy making sure they have nutrious meals.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Arlisha

    Ms. Arlisha, Discovery Preschool

    I have been in the chidcare field for four years. In my spare time I enjoy watching my son play sports and volunteering in the community.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working on CDA
  • Ms. Tahajia

    Ms. Tahajia, Discovery Preschool

    I have worked in the childcare for six years. I have two beautiful children of my own. A six year old daughter and a son that is four. I believe children are our future. I love to see each new accomplishment and help them to grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Technical Teaching Certicate in Early childhood
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Floater

    I love to watch the children learn.

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

    Ms. Tikisha, Infant

    Helping children to learn is such a joy.

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

    Ms. Grace, Infant Classroom

    My joy is working with children and knowing I shared in their development.

    Ms. Grace has been working here at KinderCare since 2005. She has worked in both the Infant and the Toddler programs. Grace has raised three children of her own and loves nurturing the babies in her care.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Winnie

    Ms. Winnie, Learning Adventures Teacher

    I love to teach phonics which really helps to prepare the children for Kindergarten and the future thereafter.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Bachelors in Sociology
  • Ms. Joi

    Ms. Joi, Preschool

    I have been in the childcare field since 2011. It is very rewarding profession and so much fun. To see a child improve in their learning is such a gratifying experience for me. I love being a teacher. I don't think I could ever stop.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on CDA
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Toddler Classroom

    Watching the children learn and grow and seeing the smiles on their faces everyday is my joy.

    Ms. Lucy has worked here at KinderCare for over 12 years. She currently works in the Toddler program. Ms. Lucy enjoys reading, singing and dancing with her toddlers as well as preparing new and exciting developmentally age-appropriate activities to promote learning throughout the classroom. She also provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children. Ms. Lucy is a grandmother of 4 and enjoys taking care of her parents as well.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Preschool Classroom

    My joy is working with children and knowing I shared in their development.

    Ms. Nancy has previously worked as a Prekindergarten teacher and also has taught in the Infant program.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Vicky

    Ms. Vicky, Program Specialist

    I enjoy coming to work everyday to see the children learn and grow, especially with young learners!

    Vicky Mosley is the Program Specialist at KinderCare Learning Center.  She has been with KinderCare since October 2014.  Vicky has been married for 15 years and has two beautiful daughters, Jorden & Jaden.  In the spare time, Vicky enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Been in the Early Childhood Education field for 20 years. Started off as a Pre K Assistant at KinderCare Learning Center. Most recent positon before coming back to KinderCare was a Lead Pre K Teacher for 3 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Masters in Education
  • Ms. Keisha

    Ms. Keisha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children grow in all areas of development and making a difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Keisha has been working in the Early Childhood Education industry for 13 years. She has been at KinderCare Learning Center for close to four years where she is currently a Prekindergarten Lead teacher. Ms. Keisha earned her Early Childhood Certification and degree from Kennesaw State University.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Rachelle

    Ms. Rachelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am so proud to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Rachelle has been working in the education industry for over 12 years. She has been working at KinderCare Learning Center as a Prekindergarten Lead Teacher for the past five months. She enjoys reading stories to her class and making the characters "come to life".

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Romates

    Ms. Romates, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each child is different and it's wonderful to see their world and how they perceive it. I have a strong passion to help young children in every way possible.

    Ms. Romatesl has 12 years experience in Early Childhood Development. She has her Child Development Associate's credential and also a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Ms.Romates loves the overall experience of early childhood and education and has passion to teach young children. She takes great pride in knowing that she has been a positive influence in the lives of children.

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

    Ms. Valeria, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I love to work hard with the children every day.

    Ms. Valeria has been with KinderCare for seven years. She has recently obtained her Associate's Degree in Education and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Social Services. Ms. Valeria is married with three boys and also has a one year granddaughter. Ms Valeria enjoys shopping, spending time at home with her family, fishing with her husband and most of all sleeping in late on weekends.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associate's Degree in Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  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.

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

We ensure a healthy and safe environment by providing a keypad entry for the families enrolled as well as fenced in playgrounds. We also make sure that all staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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 children attended the KinderCare off Cooper Lake Road in Smyrna, Georgia. They have always been very friendly and professional, but they really won me over when they went over and beyond to help my child through a tough time when his dad had to move for a job before the rest of the family could relocate. My child is three years old and he did not understand why his dad wasn't around as much anymore. So he cried a lot and was very needy during that time. They would take extra time with him and helped him with that transition quite a bit and made some accommodations so he wouldn't have to have any more huge changes while his dad was gone. We finally moved after the school year was over, but I really hated to leave KinderCare.

- Mother

As a parent of a 1-1/2 year old I feel very comfortable leaving my child at the KinderCare Learning Center. My child's teacher greets me and my child when entering the classroom and informs me of anything that I need to know when I pick up my child everyday. I feel that my child is safe and happy and well taken care of there. Ms. Lucy always gives me pictures of my child involved in fun activities and she keeps me informed of of my child's growth and development.

- Mother

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