Carol Thompson, Center Director
Meet Carol Thompson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2010
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Meet Carol Thompson! She is the Center Director at Hope Mills KinderCare in Fayetteville, NC. Carol attended Fayetteville State University. She has been with KinderCare since 2010, and before that was a kindergarten teacher. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." - Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Carol enjoys camping, hiking, and riding ATVs with her family.
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.
Hope Mills 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
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.
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!
KinderCare means a lot to me and my family. Dasan started at KinderCare when she was four an d along came Jaimie shortly after. Jaimie started KinderCare as a baby and the experience with both girls was truly amazing. I don't think I could have asked for a better daycare. Dasan at that time started calling daycare school because it felt like she was going to school. The teachers were and are very helpful and that certainly helped with having a newborn. When we went to Utah and returned to KinderCare (22 months later) witha nother daughter (Josslyn) it was like we never left! Everyone welcomed all my girls with open arms. The ladies of KinderCare almost feel like they are a part of my family and that is really and truly amazing. We have had some hiccups here and there but I love the ladies that take care of my daughters and I know that my daughters love being there. Especially Josslyn who calls herself "Miss Meka". Please continue doing everything that you do, it is truly appreciated. Thank you so very much!”
Kimberly H. - KinderCare Parent
There are so many reasons for a military family to love KinderCare. My daughter is my only biological child and the most precious thing in my life. Knowing that I am leaving her with people who feel like family, who make daycare affordable, and who have taught her so much makes leaving her everyday so easy.
I guess I always looked at being the mom of a military child as being the mom of any other type of child. But as I sit and think about the reasons I feel that way I realize that we are so lucky to have awesome childcare that makes Fort Bragg feel like home. Leaving my daughter at KinderCare is more like leaving her with a grandmother, a favorite aunt, or a best friend than it is dropping her off at daycare. They’re a family away from family.
As an enlisted solider, and a teacher, my husband and I aren’t exactly rolling in the riches. Not only does KinderCare provide excellent care for my daughter at a very reasonable price, they helped us get assistance. The military fee assistance program is long, complicated, and intimidating. However, the staff made the process so easy and is always on top of letting us know when we need to update a file or send something in.
Being a teacher I value a great education. But being a working mom, and with my husband being at Uncle Sam’s disposal, we don’t always have as much time as we’d like to work with her development. But at just two years old, my daughter is already learning how to recognize shapes, numbers, and colors. She can always count to fifteen. That is a direct result of her hard working teachers.
We are so thankful to have KinderCare as our partners in raising our daughter. The military may have sent us away from our family but we have definitely found a new home with KinderCare. There is no where else I’d want my daughter spending her days.”
Kelly S. - 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 Hope Mills 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 Hope Mills 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.