Jodie Mason, Center Director
Meet Jodie Mason, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Day the Crayons Quit
Meet Jodie Mason! She is the Center Director at Rangeline KinderCare in Carmel, Indiana. Jodie attended Ivy Tech Community College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been with KinderCare since 2014 and was a teacher before that. Outside of work, Jodie enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
Rangeline KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
“"The one-on-one time/ small groups outside of regular classroom is great for my daughter! She is so excited to learn and loves spending time with and talking about Ms. Jenna! She is developmentally really progressing since joining the Phonics Learning Adventures class!"”
Lauren B. - KinderCare Parent
“"Within a couple weeks I noticed my daughter identifying letters by sight and sound. She passed out our Christmas presents because she knew the first letter of everyone's name! She loves phonics class! She talks about how much she loves Ms. Jenna and the fun activities they get to do in their small group. If you're considering one of the Learning Adventure Classes definitely try it! I am positive that they will benefit from the education push and it's great to have small group attention time as well!"”
Laura M. - KinderCare Parent
Any parent wonders about leaving their child in the care of others. The Rangeline KinderCare team makes sure our daughter is well cared for, intellectually stimulated and challenged to develop new skills every day. Most importantly, they make her feel loved and safe. Confident that our daughter is happy and excelling in their care, we can go to work and focus on our jobs so that by the time we pick her up, we can focus on our family.
Our daughter is an individual to the Rangeline Kindercare team, not just one of many in a classroom. Each day the team members make time to speak about not only our child but us, too. Everyone at this center cares about the wellness of the children and their families, and it is because of this sense of community we are so proud to be part of their family."”
Dr. A. - KinderCare Parent
I love the Rangeline KinderCare. There are daycares that are closer to our home and work, but we choose to send our child to this center because of the warm, nurturing and welcoming environment this center has. The director and teachers are all great. Our child started in the Infant Room, transitioned to the Tiny Tot Room and is now in the Toddler Room and we have had such exceptional experiences with each classroom. I also love that the director knows all the children by name - personalization is huge at this center. Thank you, KinderCare, for all that you do for our child!”
Ally M. - KinderCare Parent
The entire team at KinderCare Rangeline center is tremendous that provides us with such a high sense of comfort in handing our kid over to them.
It takes a mountain of confidence for parents to hand over their kids to someone and the KinderCare Rangeline team brings in the same confidence and demonstrates that from day one. Be it taking ten calls a day regarding how Anika had been doing, or emailing random picture with such valuable expressions that we miss, for sure, is far beyond. Thank You! No words can explain the emotions to see Anika grow and develop her personality. The team is professional and they make the kids feel at home and groom them for the future. While the entire team puts in herculean efforts day in and day out to keep the show on, there always are a few people who touch us on daily basis.
Ms. Tairyn, Ms. Emily, Mr. Ron are those gems of this team who had always stood out in grooming Anika as a toddler from an infant. Ms. Tairyn had always been like a role model for Anika. Anika would always follow her in what she does. We had always seen sparkle in Anika's eyes when she sees Ms. Emily or Mr. Ron, be it in the KinderCare facility or at a public place. This does show how connected she is to all her teachers, which always strengthens our confidence and what brought us to this center more than an year ago. Ms. Tairyn, Ms. Emily and Mr. Ron had made the last year look like "peaches" for us when it comes to bringing up Anika and telling her what she needs to know, in spite of the cultural diversity. Ms. Jaime, Ms. Kim, Ms. Suzzie are those terrific people who had been helping Anika. The sparkle in her eyes at 7:45 AM when she sees her favorite teachers cannot be put into words. From the days when she was new to the environment and would resist to be dropped off, to the days when see runs from the car to her teachers, is the reflection of her confidence and comfort in being at this facility and with these wonderful people. She does feel at home when she arrives. From the different food needs that Anika has, to helping her learn all that she knows, would have not been possible without the efforts of these terrific people. We know Anika enjoys her time here and she is, nowadays, never reluctant to go. The other name that needs a special mention is Ms. Bobby, who does one of the most difficult tasks of making different kinds of food for all the kids at the school. She is the person who feeds Anika and all other kids and ensures that the basic necessities are addressed. No words of gratitude are enough for Ms. Bobby's efforts.
While these jewels of KinderCare Rangeline facility are the face of the team, leaders like Candace and Katie are needed to hold this ship together and ensure that the experience provided to kids and their parents is always second to none. These two people are the brain of this facility. Though this is a short synopsis of Anika's experience in the last year, this also is the sense of confidence from new parents.”
Discovery Preschool Parents - KinderCare Parent
My son attended Kindercare in Carmel on Rangeline for his first three years. We had many wonderful teachers and staff during his stay. There were three professionals who seemed to have the greatest positive impact on my son and my family.
Kimberly in twos seemed to know exactly what my son needed. There is no way my son would have been potty trained so well if it wasn’t for Kimberly. She is insightful, compassionate, and consistent. She went out of her way to communicate my son’s needs to us, and her intuition and knowledge about him was always spot on. I often think about what my son learns from the adults around him, and with Kimberly I am relieved and grateful that he had her to look up to her. My son learned so much while in her classroom, as did his parents. Any child is lucky to have Kimberly as their teacher.
Erica in infants is the reason my family chose Kindercare, and after a year in her room she continued to surpass our expectations. Her constant compassion and patience, paired with her incredible knowledge about babies, gave my family such comfort at leaving our child during his most vulnerable stage. I have recommended to many pregnant families to seek out Rangeline Kindercare because of Erica in the infant room. I tell them even if Rangeline’s location happens to be inconvenient for their family, Erica is worth a long commute.
Assistant Director Jenna was our constant. Our son bonded with her from the start, and as he grew Jenna was the one who could comfort him when nobody else could. Whenever I was worried that my son might be sad or not feeling his best, it gave me great peace knowing that Jenna was in the building. There are no words to express what this means to us. I am grateful that my son got to experience her kindness, consistency, and gentle guidance. He will be a better person because of Jenna.”
Jenn N. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Rangeline KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Rangeline KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.