Barrett Parkway KinderCare
Meet Carla Bentley, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1986
Education: Child Development Associate Certification
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Engine That Could
Meet Carla Bentley! She is the Center Director at Barrett Parkway KinderCare in Marietta, GA. Carla attended Morehead State University, where she earned a Child Development Associate certification. She has been with KinderCare since 1986 and has served in a wide range of positions. Every day, Carla looks forward to helping children learn and discover their true potential. “With will one can do anything.” – Samuel Smiles. Outside of work, Carla enjoys reading and traveling.
Barrett Parkway 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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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.
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!
Ballet Adventures, Cheer leading and Basketball
“ Our family recently relocated to Marietta. Due to the move, we had to leave a center with teachers that we were extremely familiar and comfortable with and were apprehensive to start the process over again. We couldn't be happier we chose KinderCare Barrett Parkway! The teachers are extremely warm and so engaged with our children, ages one and three years old. I never worry about their well being while I'm at work, which is a huge relief. The Director is intimately involved with each classroom and every child and it is clear that the enrichment and nurturing of children is her top priority. We are amazed by what our three-year-old has achieved in just six months time, she's already sounding out words! My one-year-old rarely lets me out of her sight, but when she sees her teacher, she reaches out for her and never cries when I leave; that should say it all about this center. Thank you Barrett Parkway KinderCare!Show more
“ To the Entire KinderCare Staff, We want to thank you all so much for everything you have done for us. Whether you've played a small role or a big role, you all have shown Callen an immense amount of love, care & concern. He has loved every one of his teachers, and learned so much from all of you. Thank you for your dedication to his education! We will miss all of you very much, but have no fear, we will be back for summer care! Our experience with KinderCare has been exceptional and we refer you every chance we get. Thank you for your professionalism, willingness to be flexible when necessary, and your constant spirit of excellence. All Our Love, Lindsay, Kelsey & CallenShow more
“ My children have been enrolled at the Barrett Parkway KinderCare for several years and I've always thought the care they were given from the teachers and staff has been exceptional until this past Tuesday during the Atlanta snow storm. The staff's exceptional service and dedication to the students went beyond words. They were so caring and loving toward my kids, all the kids, during the snow storm. My son was on the KinderCare bus between his elementary school and the center for more than 2 1/2 hours. After what seemed like an eternity for a Mother waiting for her son's safe arrival, two of the staff, myself and another parent got dressed as warm as we could, grabbed as many extra scarfs, hats and gloves and headed out into the snow storm to rescue the kids and the bus driver off the bus. I cannot tell you how impressive their dedication and determination in getting everyone back to the center safely and reunited with their parents was. And, while I was waiting for my son, I watched the staff start to call each parent to let them know they were closing the center early due to weather conditions. And, in order to keep the KinderCare phone lines open to receive calls from worried parents, they made those calls on the their personal cell phones. At certain points, the staff had a phone to each ear. Hats off to Carla Bentley and her team for a remarkable job well done! I especially want to recognize the following people: Carla Bentley- she took into consideration her staff, parents and students when making caring decisions for their safe return home. Amanda- She loaned her own stroller to another parent to help him get his child home safely and was one of the staff who walked to the bus to get the kids back to the center safely. Ms.Elizabeth- She also was taking calls and making calls to parents on her personal cell phone while checking on kids and make the trek to get the kids off the bus. Ms. Awilda- She was taking calls in each ear, checking on kids and wound up staying at the center all night till some stranded parents were able to get their kids. Ms. Katelyn- She was organizing the after affects of the storm, getting the stranded bus, checking in with me personally to make sure we got home okay and letting me know when the center was reopening. Ms. Gloria- For keeping the little ones busy during the snow storm while the parents were trying to reach them. Mr. Louis- He was another bus driver stuck out in the snow storm for several hours getting the kids back to the center safely. Ms. Sara- I saved the best for last. Ms. Sara was the bus driver for my son's bus. She was so great in keeping the kids calm. My son said she kept telling me not to worry. All the while worrying about her own son on another bus on it's way back to the center. She is always a very calm and caring teacher and one that I'm thankful was there for my son. Thank you to all the staff and teachers at KinderCare. They deserve a metal for their exceptional work and great attitudes during a very stressful time.Show more
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.