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Central Avenue KinderCare

Stacy Gant, Center Director

3625 Central Ave Columbus IN 47203
(812) 376-8399 Contact this center

Ages: 1 year to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkside Elementary School Lillian Schmidtt Elementary School WD Richards Elementary School Frances Smith Elementary School Columbus Signature Academy-Lincoln Campus Columbus Signatur Academy-Fodrea Campus St Bartholomew Catholic School St Peters Lutheran School

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Central Avenue KinderCare

Welcome to Central Avenue KinderCare, located in the heart of Columbus, IN! We are proud of our center and our beautiful back yard where your child can explore and grow to their full potential. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.


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

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.

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.

Elementary School Distance Learning

Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!

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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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.)

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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

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!


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!

  • My son is five. He has been going to KinderCare since he was a little under two-years-old. It has been a great experience for us. The center that we previously went to had a director who did not relate well to the parents or children (in my opinion), so it was a very bad experience for me. Technically, I am a first-time mom with my son (I have a 15-year-old step-son who I have been with since he was two). I wore my heart on my sleeve, and I was probably super sensitive sometimes, but overall, I felt that our needs at the first daycare were not addressed. In particular, my son has asthma and a peanut allergy. The asthma was handled well, but there were two incidents where he was fed food that "may contain peanuts." Those incidents could have been life threatening for him. I am telling you this background because this was a very important point to me when I considered a new choice for my son and I. On a happy note, there is KinderCare. They have signs up that they are "Peanut Free" and they handle treats, celebrations, etc. as "Peanut Free" events. They are also very careful and vigilant when it comes to my son's asthma. I used to worry and call and check on him everyday at the first daycare. I have not done that since he was at KinderCare for about three weeks. The teachers are very loving and kind, but they are firm too, which as I am learning, a little boy needs sometimes. I feel that they are consistent, and they put the children first, always. If I have a concern, they address it immediately. The assistant director and/or center director will come out of the office and help teach the children, which is awesome. The assistant director and center director know all of the children's names and the teacher's names. If someone comes to pick up a child that they do not recognize, they call the parent and ask for the person's license to verify who they are. They have done this for my son on several occasions with his grandparents. I feel it is very secure. In addition, everyone can see everyone, so if a teacher does not feel well or a teacher needs help they can see the teachers in other rooms and ask them to step in or come over or get someone. They did this for my son one time with his asthma. I have to say, the first time I walked into the center, I thought this is not as big as our old center; it is an older building, smaller space; will the children stay separated? The answer is yes to all and there is something even more valuable for me in that my son is exposed to other ages sometimes, even if they are just lining up for classes. So he is comfortable with "school agers" and the "babies" as he calls them. He is also not uncomfortable if one of the teachers has to stand in for another teacher, he knows them all. Also, he has the opportunity to participate in extra activities at KinderCare, which we did not have at our other center. He is currently in cooking, phonics, and science. He loves these. I have to pay extra for them, but they are well worth it and he enjoys them. He is also in Kindergarten now at KinderCare and his teacher is a certified and licensed teacher. He is learning so much from her, and when I see him with other kids his age who go to some of the other local schools, he is further along than they are. The toddler teachers are very sweet and good with little ones. They sing, dance, play with, and guide the children. The preschool class is great too. The teachers teach them songs, Spanish, and they provide a strong presence. Both are great.! The Prekindergarten teachers are awesome. They are firm, fun, and teach the kids a lot. In all of the rooms, if my son is not listening, which he sometimes does, He is warned a few times, then has to sit with a book or a table by himself to think about how to act differently. This works well for all of us. Also, the teachers get along well with each other. I feel like my son is part of a community, not just part of the Kindergarten class. I also feel like I am part of that community. There are parent involved events, for example, pumpkin carving, a winter concert, parent/teacher conferences, meet the teacher night, etc. Ohhhh, they even do a parent date night sometimes, where you can leave your children at the center for them to have fun while you and your spouse go on a date. In addition, a big comfort for me is that a lot of the teachers have or have had their children go to that KinderCare, which says a lot to me. The Columbus KinderCare is perfect for us and our life. I feel like he is loved, taught, guided, nurtured, provided with structure, and behavior issues are managed effectively, consistently, and with a fair and even-handed approach. We love the Columbus KinderCare! We are very happy, and I have enjoyed the experience, and so has my son.

    Michelle C. - KinderCare Parent
  • This is without a doubt the BEST daycare/Kindergarten in this county!! I spent five years searching for somewhere I loved and my daughter loved, and we both felt she was safe that this is the place! She is constantly coming home with adorable and educational activities and has learned more in six months here than three years at her other daycare. The staff, especially Stacy, is amazingly friendly and helpful and I cannot thank them enough!

    Amber M. - 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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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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