Carolyn Lee, Center Director
Meet Carolyn Lee, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Carolyn Lee! Carolyn is the Center Director at KinderCare at Parham Road in Virginia. Carolyn attended Longwood University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2007. Carolyn's favorite quote is, "Here's a little song you wrote, you might want to sing it note for note, don't worry, be happy." When she is not working, Carolyn loves going on walks with her kids.
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!
My son has been with this KinderCare "FAMILY" since he was 3 months old and is now going on two years old. I don't use the term "FAMILY" lightly....I truly consider everyone one at this center that has interaction with my son part of our family. They take amazing care of my little guy when I have to go to work. I hate leaving him, but knowing I'm leaving him in such great hands makes my day easier. They are always there ready to listen, they always greet me and my son with a smile, they always tell me about his day. They don't mind me calling at 3:00pm everyday to see how his day is going. I know they truly love him, nurture him, play with him and he is constantly learning new stuff with them. He participates in a music class and loves it. They do activities every day and post pictures in the class room for me to see. I absolutely love it. Like I said, he has been there since he was 3 months old and still has interaction with the teachers that were caring for him when he started. I can not say enough wonderful things about each and every person at this center they are truly amazing!”
Christina H. - KinderCare Parent
I enrolled my child last fall 2015 into the pre-k program with Mrs. Kelly and her helper Ms. Ellen and got nothing but the best from this experience. From the beginning my child has been the shy and quiet child of the bunch but after graduating from his program he has grown in personality and surprised me with the growth of his first year’s education. From spelling his first and last name to colors shapes and days of the weeks to learning them in Spanish! Every morning he was excited to wake up and go to school to see his teacher and friends that many days he wouldn't want to leave. Over the summer I was hearing so much about other parents experience with other learning centers and how their child hasn't been prepared for their first year of education and how many have not started to do the basics of writing. With the help given my son was "ahead of the bunch" in his age group that they let him tag along with the older kids. This year in kindergarten so far, he has gotten so many roar bucks from participating in all the activities and helping others write their names and learn shapes and much more. He has become so confident about showing off all the things he can do. The teacher has given recognition to us and as parents we couldn't take all the props we owe it all to this amazing teachers at kinder care. Not only the teachers but the friendliness of the staff and the director understanding situations and working with us throughout the year hands down best learning center my family has attended and been a part of yet! Keep up with the great work and thank you for giving our child an educational experience he needed to become the student he is today!
-Kiesha and Brittany
Kiesha and Brittany - KinderCare Parent
While my daughter is away, I see after my granddaughter in the afternoon which was OK while I was unemployed. But once I received employment I wanted to make sure I could go to work and not worry about my granddaughter's well being. I can honestly say not only do I love this facility/staff but my granddaughter loves them as well. From the day I placed my initial call checking availability and cost to today the staff has been nothing short of GREAT. They are very professional and friendly, thus set the atmosphere that you don't mind going to each day. Thank you KinderCare Parham Road for all you do for my granddaughter and I. We really APPRECIATE you. God Bless.”
Carolyn M. - KinderCare Parent
I have a KinderCare near my home in Chesterfield however I chose this location for my daughter to attend. They were very honest and welcoming. Best choice ever! They have great communication, and I couldn't ask for more from a day care. My baby is only one and knows sign language. I cant wait for her to grow with KinderCare. I love this center, and I give them five thumbs up”
Deaundra B. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been attending KinderCare since November 2012. I am very impressed with the staff at KinderCare. They are very helpful, very knowledgeable about the center, the staff, and the children attending. My daughter was not very sociable before attending KinderCare, and now her social skills have sky rocketed. My daughter comes home and share with the family on what she has learned for the day, which makes me excited to know she is learning at KinderCare. I am very happy I enrolled my daughter at KinderCare.”
Shunell 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.