Fort Bragg KinderCare

Joy Smith-Lyon, Center Director

2014 Fort Bragg Rd Fayetteville NC 28303
(910) 483-3582 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Alma Easom, Glendale Acres, Margaret Willis, Montclair, Vanstory

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Fort Bragg KinderCare

Welcome to Fort Bragg KinderCare, located in Fayetteville, NC. We are committed to educating the youth in our community, and our classrooms feature a print-rich environment to help your child to connect spoken words and print, helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. It’s our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel welcomed and a part of our KinderCare family!

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!

Joy Smith-Lyon, Our Center Director

Meet Joy Smith-Lyon, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2011

Education: Associate Degree

Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Forever

Meet Joy Smith-Lyon! She is the Center Director at this KinderCare Learning Center location. Joy holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for most of her life and has been with KinderCare since 2011. Joy's favorite quote is, "Good Morning Sunshine," because she believes that there is always sunshine and greatness in every new day. You just have to make a decision every moment, every day to see it. When she is not working, Joy likes to travel and see new places.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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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 just wanted to take a moment to thank Kimberly Purdie for the vast improvements that have occurred at KinderCare Learning Center located on Fort Bragg, Rd, Fayetteville, NC. Since she has taken over as director, I have observed marked improvements in every faucet of operations at the center. Upon her assuming responsibilities as the Director, I began to notice encouraging changes in the appearance of the center as well as in the professionalism of the staff members. Old furniture and worn out toys and materials have been replaced by new furniture and toys that encourage children to learn and develop social skills. I especially like the puppet platform in the three year old classroom. Prior to Kimberly's arrival, the atmosphere was turbulent mainly due to very frequent staff turnover. The children at the center had to adapt to ever changing staff persons and this was quite frustrating at times. With all the wonderful changes that have occurred under her tutelage, children and parents are greeted with a warm reception upon arrival and there is a better sense of trust and stability when I leave my children at the center. Staff members have also greatly improved in their professionalism and courtesy. I appreciate the care and concern she and each of the KinderCare staff members demonstrate daily. I am excited and encouraged by the positive changes I see in the center and the wonderful care my children receive daily from the center staff. Kudos to Kimberly and the KinderCare staff members.

    Thelma M. - KinderCare Parent
  • Before enrolling into KinderCare, I dreaded the idea of having to put my children into childcare. I had the fears the most mothers have. After coming to KinderCare and touring, I felt a much better about enrolling my daughter. From the very first day, my family and I felt welcomed by the staff members and my daughters teachers. I have now had another daughter and she is in the infant room and she fits right in!  I wouldn't consider any other daycare. My infant learns just as much as my four year old! My girls will be ready for the world!  Thank you KinderCare!

    Erika W. - 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.

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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