Kathy Thomas, Center Director
Meet Kathy Thomas, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1988
Education: Georgia Director Certificate
Favorite Children's Book: In My House
Meet Kathy Thomas! Kathy is the Center Director at Riverdale KinderCare. She holds a Georgia Director's Certificate. Kathy has been with KinderCare since 1988 and she absolutely loves it. She started out as a toddler teacher, then worked her way up to becoming the Center Director. Kathy's favorite quote is, "Children are not a distraction from the important work. They are the most important work." When Kathy is not working, she loves to go shopping.
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.
Riverdale 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.
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.
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.)
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's coming to KinderCare has made a world of difference in his life. He is now able to concentrate and complete tasks with great confidence. He learns more and more each day, and I'm sure that he is really ready to begin his future as an accomplished student in grades Kindergarten through high school as well as college.”
Ms. C. - KinderCare Parent
Kinder Care provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for my child. He enjoys their spirit calendar events and as well as their Spring, Summer, and Winter camps. My son reads now and is academically prepared Kindergarten.”
Mrs. S. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has definitely nurtured my son. I have witnessed my son mature during his start with KinderCare. The teachers and staff have nurtured my son in excelling through prekindergarten. I am so glad that I chose KinderCare to begin my son's educational journey. His future is definitely bright.”
Ms. G. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter started her educational career with Kinde Care Learning Center. I am proud to say that now she is an honor roll student and has a true thirst for knowledge.”
Mr. D. - KinderCare Parent
Not everyone can make a parent feel comfortable about leaving their only child alone with strangers for extended periods of time, but the Director and Staff at the Riverdale KinderCare made me feel like I was a part of their family and eased all of my troubles. I have never visited a facility where everyone was so caring for one another. Not only did I see a genuine love for the students under their care, they also welcomed new and old parents with open loving arms. The center exceeded my expectations in how attentive they would be to my child and her needs. Not once, when I randomly stopped by to just peek in, that they didn't make me more than pleased with sending my child to such an outstanding facility. Though we had to leave them I am forever grateful for such a wonderful experience with a child care facility. Lots of love and best wishes.”
Kyra 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.
Sneak a peek inside the Riverdale KinderCare where we put safety first, inspire a love of learning, and build confidence for life! Everything about our center is set up to promote your child's success and provide you with peace of mind. Explore each of our age-specific classrooms that provide a nurturing and exciting environment for your child and then get in touch to let us answer any questions you may have about our award winning child care programs.
Cribs are cozy and clear, highchairs are at the ready, and fun toys are plentiful. When you step into our safe, shoe-free infant classroom, you'll see how much we want your tiny one to feel nurtured, loved, and ready to explore their world!
Toys, books, and crafts are at eye-level for our adventurous toddlers to explore. High-touch items are sanitized throughout the day as these curious learners love to touch toys, puzzles, and books.
We'll get your child ready for kindergarten—academically and socially! When you walk into our pre-K classroom, you'll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words.
Preschool is all about self-expression and hands-on learning. 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!
Discovery Preschool Classroom
Fun, reliable classroom routines build confidence in Discovery Preschoolers. Our teachers help children build skills that get them ready for “big kid school!” Simple math and science, pretend play, and group activities prepare them for a more structured school setting.
School Age Classroom
Whether you need before- and after-school care, or break-time solutions for your child, our awesome enrichment program for K-6th graders is designed to help support your family. If your kiddo wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they’ll have a place to follow their dreams here!
Welcome to KinderCare, where we build confidence for life. You might feel really excited when you approach our center—and that's normal!
C'mon in! This is where drop-off happens—your little one will be off to a great start to their day with a hug goodbye, a wellness check, and their backpack in hand. Our warm, welcoming staff is ready to care for them and lead them through a fun day of learning and laughing with friends.
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 Riverdale 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 Riverdale 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.