Lacie Collins, Center Director
Meet Lacie Collins, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2017
Education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts
Favorite Children's Book: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Meet Lacie Collins! She is the Center Director at Cooley Street KinderCare in Springfield, MA. Lacey attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She has been with KinderCare since 2017, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Outside of work, Lacey enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her family. Together they love playing outside, riding bikes, and having nature adventures.
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.
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!
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!
I would recommend KinderCare to anyone who wants the best educational experience for their child. My daughter has really blossomed since she started there at age three. She has learned so much and is definitely more than prepared for Kindergarten. The teachers are very caring professionals who provide a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. KinderCare is by far the best center my daughter has attended!”
Michelle T. - KinderCare Parent
I will never forget the day I dropped my six-week-old daughter off at daycare. I knew she was going to be taken care of but I still felt guilty leaving her to be cared for by someone else. I was surprised to see how understanding and caring the teachers at KinderCare were. That day, they didn't only take care of my daughter, but they also took care of me. They eased my mind that she would be well taken care of without making me feel like my feelings were invalid. My daughter is now three years old and continues to attend KinderCare and loves every minute she spends there. She is learning things that she would never learn at home. She is socially blossoming into her own person and forming her very own personality. She has had different teachers through different stages in her development and all I can say is that each and every one of them, though very different, has helped my daughter be the smart, social, and wonderful child she is today. I feel like the staff at KinderCare is a part of our family. They have shown a true interest in my child and care about her education and well being. KinderCare has not only provided a wonderful learning environment that my daughter thrives in, but continues to give me piece of mind that I have made the right decision about choosing KinderCare as our daycare provider.”
Jennifer E. - 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.