Joan Patterson, Center Director
Meet Joan Patterson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Joan Patterson! She is the Center Director at Cool Springs KinderCare in Franklin, Tennessee. Joanne is currently attending Teachstone, where she is working on her Child Development Associate and her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been at KinderCare since 2016, and before that she was a teacher, a children’s ministry director and an assistant director. Outside of work, Joan enjoys traveling, singing, baking, and spending time 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.
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.
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.
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!
I wanted to make a testimonial about my wonderful experience with KinderCare. In 2009, I enrolled both of my children (at the time son was one and my daughter was four). I immediately enrolled my daughter in the Phonics enrichment program run through the daycare. Once my son reached the age to be enrolled, I enrolled him as well. When my daughter entered Kindergarten she was already above the expectation. She is now going into third grade and she is reading at almost a fifth grade level. This little girl had learned to break down words by using what she was taught in the Phonics program. I fully support the daycare and school by encouraging reading in our home and buying books that my kids will enjoy.
My son has always been very interested in reading, but I had no idea how advanced he was. I learned at the beginning of this term (equivalent to preschool age) that he could read. The director, Tonya and staff stood around us while he read me an entire book provided from the school used in the Phonics program. All of us stood there beaming with pride as he read the small book cover to cover. But this was only the beginning of it. Today my son is not only reading those smaller books, but he is reading at almost a third grade level. He is reading words out of the books that are made for the instructors. He is reading contractions, complex words and I believe that by sounding out words he has never seen, the way he learned to phonetically, he could read and comprehend almost any word put in front of him. I attribute his success to the Phonics program, the support of our KinderCare family and his personal drive and determination.
I now have two children who think reading is fun! I have learned through the workforce and managing other people how very important it is to effectively communicate. The Phonics program provides the fundamentals of reading and the earlier they start, the more equipped they are.
Tonya and the staff at Cool Springs KinderCare have provided constant encouragement and support. We are loyal and faithful clients and we gladly put our kids' safety and education in their more than capable hands. We are moving this year, but we intend to stay with KinderCare for our now School Age children. We are looking forward to new enrichment opportunities to come. Thank you to Tonya, Lisa, Kathy, Karla and the rest of our KinderCare family for encouraging us and our children to strive to be the best!”
Rebecca E. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been, and continues to be, a blessing to our family. I enrolled my child when she was three months old. Her first daycare teacher was Ms. Debbie. My daughter is now two years old and still wants to give Ms. Debbie a hug goodbye every day! All of the teachers and staff at KinderCare care deeply about the children that are entrusted to their care; the safety, learning and emotional well-being of the kids are all very important to them. I would absolutely recommend KinderCare to families looking for a safe, fun, nurturing environment for their children.”
Rebekah 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.