Megan Countz, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Megan Countz, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2015
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, Master's Degree in Educational Literacy
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Megan Countz! She is the Center Director at Wellington KinderCare in Lexington, KY. Megan attended Northern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, and Georgetown College where she earned a Master's Degree in Educational Literacy. She has been with KinderCare for seven years, and before that she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Megan enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family.
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.
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.
Wellington 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.
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.
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.)
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. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
Pam is a wonderful teacher for our five-month-old little angel, but she is not just her teacher, she's part of the family. Pam has been her teacher since she was three months old. Pam loves all the little ones under her care and she shows it. Pam loves to watch our little one develop and grow and gets as excited about reached milestones as we do. Pam also is very engaged with the babies doing art work, playing, and getting them to laugh and smile. One thing that I really love about Pam is that even with all the demands of caring for several babies she is always on top of everyone's schedule and knows their needs almost before they do. I never have to worry when Pam is in command. I know my baby will be loved and promptly cared for. Recently, we switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers and Pam has made that a smooth transition which was a pleasant surprise. My favorite part of my day is talking to Pam at drop off and pickup because that is when I get to hear all about my daughter's day. I love to hear what shes been up to and informed of any concerns as well so I can be as up to date as possible to care for her when I get home. I can't say enough good things about Pam.”
Emily A. - KinderCare Parent
As a new first-time mom, finding a place that would love and nurture my infant was very important to me. I was looking for the perfect fit for daycare and I found them all at the KinderCare on Wellington. I love the communication I have with the staff and administration. I really appreciate the care and compassion that Ms. Dotson, the center director, and the fellow teachers (Sara, Pam, Carolyn, Tanya, and Kim) share for each child. I feel my daughter is safe, loved, and is provided the best environment for her development. Her wonderful teachers helped me so much with transitioning as a stay-at-home mom to a full-time working one. They helped me put my daughter on a schedule, which was such a big help at home. I love seeing the daily changes in the way my little one interacts with her teachers and fellow children. She has become so much more independent through this positive and nurturing environment. I am so happy here and am so thankful for all of them.”
Jessica S. - KinderCare Parent
I don't typically do things like this, but I wanted to give a special shout out to the center director at Wellington KinderCare and the rest of the staff. Ms. Pam is a delight and is always welcoming when we walk through the door. She is always there to answer any questions or concerns we may have. For example, a recent billing issue was cleared up right away due to her diligence.
Our son has been in a KinderCare center since he was six weeks old. He is now two and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend our center to anyone with a child needing daytime care. Our son's classroom is always clean and well kept and the instructors are always thrilled to see him. Ms. Kim, Ms. Katie, and Ms. Sandy were great teachers to have for his first two years and so far we like his toddler and preschool teachers just as much. Sometimes I think he enjoys going to "school" more than he likes being at home.”
Robert B. - 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 Wellington 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 Wellington 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.