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Establishing a Safe Learning Environment for Young Kids

Mission Statement

Kidz World Childcare exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate Christian, environment for infant to school age children. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience, which promotes each child's social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our goal is to support a child’s desire to be a life-long learner in an affordable, high quality, home-like environment.

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Our Philosophy

Kidz World Childcare, Inc. is based on the child development model which incorporates the quality care of STARS, the standards set in ITERS, ECERS, and SACERS, and the Kentucky State Regulations. Learning through play is viewed as the cornerstone of the curriculum. Adults provide protection, security, stimulation, support, limits, and affection.

Children are respected as individuals within a child-oriented rather than teacher-directed program. We believe that the home is the most important factor in a child’s development. We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote the healthy development of children and parents.

At Kidz World Childcare, Inc., children are given the opportunity to explore materials and participate in a variety of experiences. Activities are carefully planned and implemented in an open classroom setting. We have implemented the Pinnacle-Faith Based Curriculum and children are encouraged to participate in activities including art, music, language development, pre-math skills, science and nature, and dramatic play. Children develop self-esteem, independence, and problem-solving skills as they make choices and assist in planning the environment and the activities.

Our primary goal is for children to feel safe and secure. Prior to being independent, a child must know that he or she can depend on adults and a predictable environment. Children are treated with respect and kindness. We recognize that children develop at different rates and have different interests. Small group size and appropriate teacher-child ratios allow for meeting the individual needs of each child.

Learning and playing are not limited to the classrooms. Children participate in the outdoor environment when weather permits. There are opportunities for gross motor activities to aid in raising a healthy child. The Center provides an age-appropriate playground. Infants are also taken outside for walks in a stroller or in the arms of a teacher.

Our Story

Every business has a beginning... sometimes those beginnings are unexpected. Tamika Johnson was sitting at her desk at the Henderson Housing Authority when she received a phone call... not just one, but many calls from a friend wanting her to open a daycare. Little did she imagine that this phone call develops into her life's dream, her life's passion... assisting, caring for, and educating children of the community.

Kidz World's first location opened in 2005 at 817 N. Elm St Henderson, KY. Following soon after was the 2nd location in 2010 located at 325 N. Elm St Henderson, KY. The two locations were busting at the seams when Ms. Tamika discovered a hidden gem, an opportunity she just couldn't pass up... the current facility opened in July 2012 at 106 Hancock St Henderson, KY. But... don't think it stops there... we have big plans in the works!

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Tamika

Tamika Johnson

President/Owner

Ms. Tamika has 24 years of experience servicing the needs of children in the Henderson, KY community. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Director’s License, CDA, and is CPR/First Aid Certified. She is an alumnus of Henderson County High School, Henderson Community College, and the University of Southern Indiana.

Her proudest accomplishments thus far are: becoming a Christian, owning and operating a successful childcare center, and utilizing those opportunities to work with children and adults to bring them to Christ. Tamika has an infectious personality and her warmth, caring, and passion for what she does just fills the room. Among her many favorites in life are; the color red, chicken-n-dumplings, UK Wildcats, Spiderman, and singing and dancing.

Her favorite quote, outside of Bible verses is, “A person is a person, no matter how small.” When asked about the thing she loves most about her job she replied, “I love getting hugs & kisses from all the children every day. Seeing the children learn and grow daily is still amazing after all these years!” Ms. Tamika is not only the foundation from which Kidz World was built, but she is the support of the facility that keeps everything standing strong each and every day.

Kidz World Staff

Stephenie Duncan

Stephenie Duncan, Director of Kidz World Childcare, Inc. has over 17 years of experience in the field of child care. She is an alumnus of Henderson County High School. She holds her CDA and Director’s credential. She is CPR/First Aid certified. Stephenie is the cog that moves the wheel at Kidz World and fulfills many roles in her duties. She receives great respect from all the children and is the go-to person for all staff. She is a problem solver and goes above and beyond each day to ensure the safety...

Brandi

Mrs. Brandi is the lead teacher in the 4+ room at Kidz World. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of childcare. She is an alumnus of Henderson County High School and Henderson Community College where she obtained her Director's Credential and CDA license. She is CPR/First Aid Certified. Her proudest accomplishments thus far are: evolving in her career at Kidz World, her precious daughter, and being a part of the lives of the children and families of Kidz World. Among her many favorites in life are...

Rose Mary

Rose Mary, is a Float at Kidz World Childcare. Ms. Roro, as the children call her, is an alumnus of Henderson Co High. Her proudest accomplishment in life thus far is being a mother, grandmother of three, and Aunt to 15 nieces and nephews. Her favorite color is purple. Fried chicken is her favorite food. She strongly advocates for Autism Awareness. Mickey Mouse is her favorite Disney character while Superman her favorite super hero. Her favorite hobby is reading. Her favorite quote is “Yes you can!” When asked why she loves...

Alexis

Ms. Alexis is the lead teacher in the 3 year old room at Kidz World. Alexis has 6 years of experience in childcare. She is an alumnus of Benjamin Bosse High School. She is currently enrolled in Henderson Community College and holds a phlebotomy certification. She is the proud mother of 4. Her favorite color is blue. She loves Italian food. She proudly supports UK and the Patriots. She loves all Disney and superhero characters. Her favorite hobby is shopping and make up. When asked why she loves her job...

Michelle

Mrs. Michelle is the Administrative Assistant at Kidz World and also enrolls all new students. She has 6 years of experience in administration. Michelle is also a part time photographer and takes spring, fall and graduation pictures here at Kidz World. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services from USI. Her proudest accomplishment thus far is being marired to her wonderful husband for 10 years and becoming a mother to three wonderful boys. Her favorite color is turquoise. Her favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. Ariel from Little Mermaid...

Savannah

Mrs. Savannah is the lead teacher at Kidz World in the 2-yr old Red room. She has 10 years experience in childcare. She is an alumnus of HCC where she obtained her Associate's Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Her proudest accomplishments in life thus far is being in a profession she loves, marrying her best friend, and making a life with him. Her favorite color is black. Her favorite food is anything with cheese. She loves alternative music. Savannah's favorite Disney character is Mulan while her favorite superhero is...

Jessika

Ms. Jessika is a teacher in the Infant room at Kidz World. Ms. Jessika has 5 years of experience in childcare. She is an alumnus of Henderson Academy. She has her CDA. Her proudest accomplishment is making a future for her 3 beautiful children. Her favorite color is purple. She loves pizza. Spiderman is her favorite superhero. Her favorite quote is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When asked why she loves her job so much, she replied, “I get to see children grow and learn...

Selena

Ms. Selena is a teacher in the 1 year old room at Kidz World. Ms. Selena has over 5 years of experience in childcare. She is an alumnus of Henderson County High and is currently enrolled at Henderson Community College where she will receive her Associates in IECE. She has a CDA. Her proudest accomplishment in life thus far is being a mentor to the children. Her favorite color is red. Hot wings are her favorite food. Her favorite Disney character is princess Tiana and her favorite superhero is herself!...

Paula

Mrs. Paula is one of the morning teachers in the infant room. Ms. Paula has 20+ years of experience educating children. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood. She is an alumnus of Henderson Community College. Her proudest accomplishment in life has been teaching the children in the community of Henderson, KY. Her favorite color is red. Pizza is her favorite food. She’s a proud supporter of the Seattle Seahawks. Her favorite Disney character is Belle. In her spare time, between working at Kidz World and Thelma B. Johnson...

Wanda

Mrs. Wanda is the lead teacher in the infant room. She is an alumnus of Henderson County High School. She has seven years’ experience in licensed childcare including being a Director. Her proudest accomplishment in life thus far is being a mother of two children and grandmother to four. She is also very proud of being married to her husband, Rick for the past 47 years. Her favorite color is red. Mexican is her favorite food. She proudly supports the St. Louis Cardinals. Her favorite Disney character is Pluto and...

Mary

Ms. Mary is a float at Kidz World. She is an alumnus of Central Academy. Her proudest accomplishment in life thus far is getting her driver’s license. Her favorite color is yellow. Her favorite food is potato soup. She loves Broadway music. Her favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast. Her favorite Disney character is Belle. Her favorite superhero is Iron Man. Singing is her favorite hobby. Her favorite quote is, “A rose by any other name, would smell as sweet.” She believes Early Childhood Education is important because, “It...

Tamara

Ms. Tammy is the kitchen manager here at Kidz World. She comes to us with 25 years of experience. She is an Alumnus of Henderson County High School. Her proudest accomplishment are her wonderful kids and grandkids. Her favorite color is purple, favorite movie is Titanic and her favorite Disney character is The Little Mermaid. She loves 70's music and is a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When asked why she loves her job Ms. Tammy said "I love my job because it puts a smile on my face...

Shelbye

Ms. Shelbye is an assistant teacher in the green and purple rooms. She is a graduate of Henderson County High School and has 3 years of experience in childcare. Her proudest accomplishment is her son. She enjoys reading and her favorite music is anything from the 90's. Shelbye loves seeing kids learn new things so they can be successful.

Gabriel

Ms. Gabby is a float here at Kidz World Childcare. She is a current High School student. Her favorite color is red and she enjoys all types of music. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Gabby believes early childhood education is important because it benefits the child and helps the teacher gain a better understanding of children's needs.

Willow

Ms. Willow is an assistant teacher in the red room. Her proudest accomplishment is graduating high school a year early. Her favorite colors are red and yellow. She enjoys crafting and she is a fan on all different kinds of music. She believes early childhood education is important because it is the foundation of kids future learning experiences and how they view school in the future. Willow loves her job because she enjoys seeing kids smile and learn.

Addison

Mrs. Addison is an assistant teacher in the blue room. She is a graduate of Henderson County High School where she completed an Early Childhood Development program. Her favorite color is grey and her favorite music is country. In her spare time she enjoys painting. Addison believes early childhood education is important because it helps prepare children for school and their future.

Grace

Ms. Grace is an assistant teacher in the 4 year old + room. She is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and is currently a nursing major at Murray State. Her favorite music is country and she is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Grace believes early childhood education is important because these children are our future doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders!

Claire

Ms. Claire is an assistant teacher in the 4 year old + room. She is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and is currently a nursing major at Murray State. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite disney character is Ariel. Claire believes early childhood education is important because it gives children the headstart they need to grow as leaders and love to learn. It helps children, parents and the community as a whole.

Michaela

Ms. Michaela is the Assistant Director of Operations here at Kidz World. She has 4 years of teaching experience and holds an Associates degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Michaela's favorite color is blue, and her favorite disney character is Snow White and Belle. She believes early childhood education is important because it sets the foundation to a child's life. It helps mold and create our countries future, by starting with the most basic and essential skills. Michaela loves playing a role in children's learning & discoveries.

Kaitlin

Ms. Kaitlin is a teacher in the Green (4 year old and up) room. She has over 5 years of experience in childcare. Kaitlin is an alumnus of Henderson County High School. She has a CDA license and holds a Commonwealth Child Care Credential. Her proudest accomplishment is her children. Ms. Kaitlin believes early childhood education is important because it is the most important time in their development. She loves teaching children new things and watching their eyes light up.

Victoria

Ms. Victoria is a teacher in the Green (4 year old and up) room. She is a junior at the University of Southern Indiana where she is majoring in Child Psychology. Victoria enjoys coloring. Her favorite superhero is spiderman and favorite Disney character is Olaf. Victoria believes early childhood education is important because children are always in the process of learning. Education helps them but also helps teach us new ways of learing.

Hannah

Ms. Hannah is a teacher in the purple (1 year old) room. She is a graduate of Henderson Community College where she obtained an Associates of Science degree. Hannah's favorite hobby is drawing. She likes pop music and her favorite color is green. Hannah believes early childhood education is important because it benefits the child even at an early age.

Bridget

Ms. Bridget is a teacher in the Purple (1 year old) room. She is a graduate of Union County High School. Bridget enjoys chinese food, scary movies and painting. She is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and her favorite color is orange. Bridget love her job because she loves working with children.

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