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Riverdale KinderCare

Kathy Thomas, Center Director

6960 Highway 85 Riverdale GA 30274
(770) 991-6046 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Riverdale, Church Street, MLK, Calloway, Pointe South, Harper, Lake Ridge

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Riverdale KinderCare

Welcome to Riverdale KinderCare! We are located in Clayton County, GA. We are committed to educating children here, and our curriculum focuses on early academics, physical activity, and social emotional learning to nurture healthy bodies, happy hearts, and growing minds. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. Everyone belongs in our circle—we love our families and meeting new friends!


Kathy Thomas, Our 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.)

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!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children


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!

  • 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

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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.

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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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