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Smyrna KinderCare

Me'Chelle Carrell, Center Director

555 Concord Rd. SE Smyrna GA 30082
(770) 434-8139 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off South Cobb Drive Located on Concord Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
King Springs, Nickajack, Russell, Teasley

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare in Smyrna! Our experienced and well educated staff is excited to have the opportunity to provide your child an engaging and enriched learning experience. It is one of our goals to work in partnership with families to ensure that all children's specific needs are being met. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment to help your child to connect spoken words and print, helping develop early literacy and writing skills. We take great pride in providing the first stepping stones to your child's lifelong success. It is our personal goal that every child feels at home and is loved, nurtured and well taken care of. We would love to invite you to tour our center and look forward to meeting you and your little ones. Thank you in advance for the opportunity to join your family!

Me'Chelle Carrell, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Quality Rated "2"

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

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. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Our teachers know children thrive when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. Each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirements set by state law. Our teachers are passionate about what they do and they love what they do. No other early childhood education provider can match the level of customer service, experience, and commitment you will find here. In my center alone, our teachers have 70 years of experience with KinderCare. That is a huge testament to their commitment and love of teaching.

  • Me'Chelle Carrell

    Me'Chelle Carrell, Center Director

    Everyday we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

    Me'Chelle has been a Center Director with KinderCare for fourteen years. She recently relocated from California to lovely Georgia with her family and she loves how welcoming everyone has been.

    Year Started:
    5/15/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Social and Behavioral Studies
  • Becca Payne

    Becca Payne, Assistant Director

    I love seeing the kids adorable faces everyday and getting the satisfaction that I am helping the youth of tomorrow.

    Becca Cuthbert-Payne began her KinderCare career in Wallingford, CT in 2006. After six years as a Learning Adventures teacher and an Assistant Director, she transferred with her family to Marietta, GA. Joining our center as the Assistant Director in July of 2012, Becca enjoyed meeting all the new families and building relationships with them and their children. Walking into the classrooms and seeing the children smile and run over to say hello makes coming to work everyday a wonderful and rewarding experience. When not at the center, Becca enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her two active little boys.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Becca worked in a school age program for 11 years.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Ashley, Program Specialist

    There is no greater satisfaction in life, than making a difference in a child's life.

    Ashley has been with Kindercare since 2012 and has played many roles in the center. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama but has found Georgia as her new home. She enjoys working with children and seeing them grow and learn new things. Ashley looks forward to meeting you and continuing the high standards of our curriculum and the development of the children here at Kindercare.

    Year Started:
    8/21/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Mallory

    Ms. Mallory,

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery" ~Mark Van Doren

    Mallory began working for KinderCare in 2014. Before her teaching career started Mallory worked as a children's case manager in Pennsylvania. Mallory has always enjoyed working with children and was a nanny for three years and a child sleep consultant when she moved to Georgia in 2011. During her spare time Mallory works for a nanny agency helping families find their perfect nanny. She also enjoys traveling, going for walks with her dog, cooking and reading.

    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Discovery Preschool

    Walking in a classroom and seeing the smiles on their faces inspires and motivates me daily.

    Ms. Diamond has been with KinderCare since January 2014. She recently moved to the South from Rochester, New York and now calls Georgia home. She has several years of child care experience and she is currently a candidate to receive her CDA. Ms. Diamond enjoys exercising and going to church when she is not working here at KinderCare.

    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    CDA candidate
  • Ms. Christiana, Infant Classroom

    The children are the best part about being a educator!

    Ms. Christiana has educated students at KinderCare Learning Centers for over 30 years. She enjoys being able to interact with the children as well as being a staff mentor. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies with her granddaughter.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Janobia

    Ms. Janobia, Infant Program

    "It is wonderful watching a baby reach a milestone and to know I helped"

    Janobia is a teacher in our infant program. She is originally from Meridian, Mississippi and has been living here in Georgia since 2013. Janobia enjoys teaching because she is allowed to help the children meet different milestones as they are growing. She loves to come up with fun and interesting ideas to make teaching as exciting as possible for her students. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her son.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Assiciate Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Krista, School Age

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and install a love of learning" -Brad Henry

    Ms. Krista has been with the company since September 2013. She is from Meridian, MS and and has called Georgia home since 2012. Ms. Krista loves helping students become achievers of all their ambitions by sparking a life long desire for learning. The most important part of her job is building unforgettable relationships through unforgettable moments. When she is not working at KinderCare she enjoys writing for her on-line blog.

    Year Started:
    9/18/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    B.A. English Literature
  • Ms. Mabel

    Ms. Mabel, Preshcool Classroom

    It is so rewarding to watch the children grow and learn. To be able to be a part of helping them learn and grow is such an amazing feeling to me.

    Ms. Mabel has been a part of the KinderCare family since 1995. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Mabel loves to use her creativity to transform the classroom into new themes and activities. She loves to watch the children have fun using their imaginations to create art and stimulate learning every day. Ms. Mabel shows her class how to learn while having fun. When not at the center, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her 19-year-old son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mabel has previous experience in an in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Shae

    Ms. Shae, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children. Just seeing their beautiful faces inspires me to come to work each day!

    Ms. Shae has worked at our KinderCare for five years. She currently works in the Prekindergarten B classroom. Ms. Shae loves spending her days teaching the children. When Ms. Shae is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her seven-year-old son and doing activities as a family. Ms. Shae has over 13 years of experience with young children and is currently pursing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working together with Ms. Jenna to form a great team!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential, pursing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. James, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love my job because it enables me to be a positive influence in a student's life.

    Mr. James has worked for KinderCare for over four years. As the health and Safety Coordinator, he supports the health and well being of the children and staff. Mr. James enjoys sports activities and coaching basketball.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years

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

  • French
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

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

Food and Nutrition: Each day, we help nourish your child's growing mind and body by providing nutritious, tasty meals and snacks. Our center offer a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins- including calcium-rich foods. Security: Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built-in security features of our center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure. Positive Guidance: Part of what children are learning in their early years is how to get along with others and what behaviors are appropriate in different situations. My teachers take a proactive and preventive approach to guidance that reinforces appropriate behaviors rather than focusing on inappropriate behaviors. To do this, our teachers are trained to use various techniques including redirection, praise, and distraction.

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.

We transferred our son from a daycare in the area. We thought we wanted a small individually owned daycare thinking the care would be better with a smaller class size. Long story short, we were wrong. Among the many things we appreciate about the KinderCare program; a main one for us is the ability to accommodate to our child's schedule and needs. Thanks to the individualized and great care, we drop him off in the mornings with a smile and pick him up in the evenings with a smile. Thank you!

- Parents

Ever since we dropped our son off in the infant room three and a half years ago, we have been so happy with KinderCare and have never looked back. Not only do we love the infant room, but he has learned SO much in every class that he has been in! Now that we are starting over in the infant room with our second son, we have total confidence in his teachers that they take the absolute best care of him that they possibly can. They keep him stimulated and encourage his development, and they are so great about communicating with us about his daily activities and achievements. They are all so wonderful and I am so thankful that we found a daycare where we can leave our children and not worry about them one bit. Thanks to all that everyone at KinderCare does!

- Mother

The teachers in the Infant Room are so caring and loving to my child. I know when I leave him there he is in good hands and they make me feel at ease. They are consistent with giving me updates on his learning or issues that come up that day. They are the best!!

- Mother
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