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Imagination Station Too

Melissa Patterson, Center Director

4601 Cargo Dr Columbus GA 31907
(706) 317-0227 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Located near Aflac PSA Campus

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We service 17 local schools in Georgia and 4 schools in Alabama.

Our center is only open to families of AFLAC employees. 

Melissa Patterson, Our Center Director

Meet Melissa Patterson, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2002

Education: Master's Degree in Management. Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Favorite Children's Book: Peter Rabbit

Meet Melissa Patterson! She is the Center Director at Imagination Station Too in Columbus, GA. Melissa attended Shorter University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Management. She has been with KinderCare for 19 years. Melissa loves laying the educational foundation for young learners. She is proud to be a part of the KinderCare family where she gets to make her center a warm, caring, and welcoming environment for all. “She believed she could, so she did.” – R.S. Grey. Outside of work, Melissa loves to travel, read, volunteer, and spread love.

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We’re so proud!

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.

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What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our 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.

Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)

Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.

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.

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Our Teachers

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!

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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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • I have two kids who have been going to Imagination Station Too since birth. You always hear about the “daycare nightmares,” but I have to say that I did not experience this at all. It was like their home away from home! I never had to worry if they were lost, hurt, etc., and they enjoyed going. My youngest had a hard time transitioning from room to room as he aged. Instead of forcing him to be in the room and allowing him to cry, they would allow him to remain with his previous teacher for a while and then slowly move him during the day until he felt comfortable. That moved me so much to know even with several kids in the room, if there was one child not comfortable, they saw to it that he was fine and comfortable. This is just one of many great experiences I have had!

    Stephanie - KinderCare Parent
  • We have a 5 month old and absolutely LOVES Infant Room A! Our son is engaged all day with songs, books and activities. These activities range from sensory learning (touching water, pasta, and balls) to cognitive learning (stacking blocks, cups and learning words). We are able to see these activities because they send pictures each and everyday. Every teacher is engaged and knowledgeable about age appropriate activities. To top it off, when your son's face lights up when he sees his teachers, you know he's happy, and if we can't be with him we are truly happy he's with teachers that care about him!

    Tyler G. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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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.

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