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Maryville KinderCare

Lisa Marie McMahan, Center Director

1752 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville TN 37801
(865) 977-6825 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently do not drop off at schools in the mornings. However, we do pick up from Foothills Elementary, Sam Houston, Union Grove, Mary Blount Elementary, and Middlesettlements Elementary in the afternoon.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Maryville KinderCare

Welcome to Maryville KinderCare! We are located off Highway 321 in the foothills of Maryville, Tennessee. Our experienced staff strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and loving environment that enables each child to thrive and gain confidence for life. Our classrooms are designed around your child’s unique needs. Our curriculum is built from the latest research in early childhood development. It’s our mission to make you feel like part of our KinderCare family, where everyone belongs!

This center is open.
We’re open to serve hardworking families in your community! Check out the new health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect families and staff. We can’t wait to see you soon! 

Meet Lisa Marie McMahan, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 1990

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Favorite Children's Book: Are You My Mother? 

Meet Lisa McMahan! She is the Center Director at Maryville KinderCare in Tennessee. Lisa attended University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She has been with KinderCare for 31 years. Every day, Lisa enjoys helping children discover their true potential. She believes In school we learn to be kind, compassionate, communicate and to have a degree of common sense. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, camping and riding through East Tennessee. 


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.

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.

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

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.

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!


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!


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!

  • "When choosing a place for care for your child, you need to look no further. An exceptional Director is equivalent to any exceptional school and Lisa McMahan and her management team is the perfect example of excellence. All the teaching staff understand that your child is your most precious commodity and besides providing the basics: food, safety, education, and love, there is so much more than encompasses the KinderCare experience. They all have an innate ability to see the totality of all the children's diverse needs, which might include the importance of teaching the 'whole' child in their social, emotional, physical and intellectual areas of development and/or teaching tolerance and acceptance. Happily, it is not only myself, but the children and parents of this school who are the recipients of such profound professional dedication. Thank You!"

    Louise W. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our family absolutely loves Maryville KinderCare. This was our first choice in looking for a safe and secure school for our daughter. The teachers are so loving and each one goes the extra mile to ensure that our daughter feels special and appreciated each and every day. She loves going to school because the teachers make all the difference in her learning experience and that makes me happy as a parent to see how happy she is at school. We have been loyal parents for almost 5 years and our daughter participates in music and phonics lessons, as well as the dance class taught at the center by Danse ET Plus. We get feedback daily on how our daughter is progressing and she's always excited to point out her artwork in the classroom or talk about what they did at school each day. We wanted our daughter to have a positive experience with school and learning prior to starting Kindergarten and Maryville KinderCare has done just that! We couldn't have found a better school for our family. Thank you Maryville Kindercare for helping to nourish and develop our daughter's love of learning.

    Brandi S. - 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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