Welcome to Ida Thompson Child Development Program

Meet the Center Director

Linda Lawson
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Our Educational Programs

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Infants

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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Toddler/Twos

An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Preschool

Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond

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School-Aged

Where children become engaged learners who take pride in academic achievement

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Summer Camp

A welcoming place for age-appropriate fun, friendships, and exploration

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Meet Our Teaching Team

Alice S.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: Children motivate me to be a better person. They are creative, curious, honest, flexible, energetic and resilient. Working with children is fun!

Teaching since: 1990

Annie M.

Cook

I love teaching because: I love to see the children enjoy their meals and wanting to learn!

Teaching since: 1975

Carla H.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: They can say some of the funniest things and be so loving.

Teaching since: 2003

Carolyn H.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: They are a lot of fun, and it keeps you young.

Teaching since: 2000

Charlene B.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I get to see the impact we have while shaping the lives of children's futures.

Teaching since: 1983

Darlene M.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I love adding bricks to a child's foundation of learning.

Teaching since: 1993

Debora M.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love seeing the children play and learn. The excitement on their faces tells it all. When they give you a big hug and tell you they love you, it makes my day!

Teaching since: 1987

Holly B.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to watch children learn new things and get excited when they accomplish new things!

Teaching since: 2010

Barbara W.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy being part of children learning who they are. Also, I believe that strong beginnings play a major role in the future.

Teaching since: 1999

Jennifer B.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to see them smile when they learn something new and I get to see them grow in every area of their life.

Teaching since: 2013

Joan R.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: They are changing every day; No two days are the same.

Teaching since: 1975

Judie H.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: They are so loving and accepting! Each age has its own challenges and rewards, also the nicest people love working with children!

Teaching since: 1975

LaDevia L.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy watching children grow and develop.

Teaching since: 1993

Lynn M.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: They are very honest and trusting and their minds are like sponges. They can make you smile even when you are down.

Teaching since: 2001

Melissa D.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: It just melts my heart when they see you and they reach up to you with a big smile on their face. The hugs and kisses make your day.

Teaching since: 1990

Rosalind C.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I have a passion for young children; nurturing and watching them grow from infants, etc. I enjoy working with them every day. They are all fun to watch and grow.

Teaching since: 2000

Shana C.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: It is rewarding to see them accomplish the different milestones.

Teaching since: 2004

Stephanie R.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love helping them grow and learn new things every day.

Teaching since: 2009

Kaitlyn S.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love their innocence! I love watching children learn something for the first time!

Teaching since: 2005

Cathy D.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to see the children's eagerness to learn new things. Children are so loving and honest.

Teaching since: 1982

Summer J.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I love watching them grow and learn new things. Also, it brings joy to me to be a part of their life.

Teaching since: 1994

Kimberly G.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to see them make a connection, learn and grow.

Teaching since: 2011

Stacey T.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I find it rewarding to be a part of a child's development. It's a great feeling to make a child feel happy and confident.

Teaching since: 2009

Monique L.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I like to see how eager they are to learn and the look on their face when they master a new task. They have the best personalities ever!

Teaching since: 2015

Kionna S.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love experiencing the uniqueness of each child. Children offer unconditional love. They love you as you are and they don't judge you. They also have the ability to make you laugh and cry all in the same breath.

Teaching since: 2012

Anita G.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love the smile they can bring to my face no matter what kind of day I may be having. I love all of their different personalities.

Teaching since: 1998

Maureen D.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I love being able to watch children grow and know that I helped to shape who they become.

Teaching since: 2016

Heather J.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: of everything. Their innocence, eagerness to learn and explore, They get excited and their joy is contagious.

Teaching since: 2005

Tiesha W.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I love to see the children grow and develop effectively.

Teaching since: 2006

Rachel J.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love their imaginations. I love how they smile at you first thing in the morning.

Teaching since: 2002

Shawna C.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love seeing how children grow and learn new things.

Teaching since: 2015

Brenda H.

Support Staff

I love teaching because: I love to see their individual personalities develop. I love their excitement and enthusiasm for life.

Teaching since: 2002

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The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Language Works

Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Works

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“Mrs. Dawkins is an AMAZING teacher. We have been fortunate to have her with him from the beginning in Infants and now in Toddlers. She greets us with a warm smile and a big hug for Ames each morning. She is always patient and encouraging when working with Ames to meet his goals. THANK YOU!!!”

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Cameron & Travis Harris

“Mrs. Steadman, Thank you so much for taking such great care of Jake! He has already learned so much. I appreciate everything you do for him! Love, Dreama Thornton”

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Dreama

“Mrs. Muncie, Thank you so much for all you do for Jake! You and Mrs. Steadman have made it a smooth transition for both him and me! I appreciate all you do for us! Love, Dreama”

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Dreama

“Thank you so much for taking care of our baby girl. She always smiles when she sees you at drop off and we can tell she is happy. We appreciate that more than we can put into words. ”

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Christine H. -Bright Horizons Parent

“My appreciation for the teachers at Bright Horizons goes beyond the words that I can express. They extend themselves daily to our children's learning. Both of my sons were more than prepared to move forward in Kindergarten, thanks to Bright Horizons.”

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Jessica F. -Bright Horizons Parent

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

Early Education Awards & Partnerships

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