Lydia Billups, Center Director
Meet Lydia Billups, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Director's Certification
Favorite Children's Book: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Meet Lydia Billups! She is the Center Director at Park Meadows KinderCare in Lone Tree, Colorado. Lydia attended the Community College of Denver, where she earned a Director’s certificate and is currently earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2018, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. "Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times." Outside of work, Lydia enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Together they love traveling to new places.
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.
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
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.)
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!
We have been sending our son and daughter to KinderCare for a year now and it's been a great experience for us. The teachers are very involved in my children's development, learning, and emotional well-being. It was a bit of a hard transition for us as they were coming from having a live-in au pair to being separated and with a group of other children everyday. They have absolutely flourished under their awesome teachers. The Center Director has worked tirelessly to make sure that her center is top-notch with curriculum, staff, facility maintenance, family, and children happiness and growth for every student. I have been really impressed with the organization as a whole. We would recommend KinderCare to anyone!”
Dora & Tim N. - KinderCare Parent
Our family moved from out of state and my husband and I found KinderCare! We absolutely love this facility, not because of the activities or food our kids love, but because the staff are so attentive to our children’s needs. We’ve had some hiccups of course here and there, and they were each handled appropriately and in a timely fashion.”
Renea M. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been going here since she was 6 weeks old. She's going to be 5 years old this year, and I am so happy that she has spent her time learning and playing here at Park Meadows KinderCare. The teachers are amazing, the families are diverse, and the kids learn!”
Ayshen G. - KinderCare Parent
We enrolled our son when he was 7 months old and will be 3 this summer. We are very pleased with this KinderCare location. The teachers are very engaging and we couldn't be happier with the growth my son is getting from going to school here. They were very helpful during potty training and we all worked together in what works best for my son. The fact that he can count to 15, sing his ABC's and is potty trained by 2 1/2 is amazing and I owe a lot of support from all of the staff members.
Each and every staff member is fully invested in all of the children. All of the teachers have been truly wonderful. I love to hear my son teach us the songs he has learned and talk about what they are learning in each mod. It makes us feel like we made a great decision on this school.
We love having the app available to us so we can see him being engaged during class and how he plays with others. This school does a great job with extra activities and involvement the school provides to parents inside and outside of school!”
Jenn M. - KinderCare Parent
I absolutely LOVE this daycare. My children always sing the songs they sing at school, at home and they LOVE their teachers. They learn so much here and everyone is so amazing. I highly recommend for any family with kids at any age!”
Brittany T. - 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.