About Us

Why Early
Education Matters

Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy is an independently black owned franchise of Childcare Learning Centers owned by Tamika and Terrance James. For over 10 years we have been dedicated to the growth and development of each child within our care.  From infants to preteens, we are invested in your child’s growth and developing cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Kiddie Kottage is where the magic happens…. where learning begins, and the fun never ends. Children are not just a number on our classroom roster but rather our motivation to provide quality care in a safe and nurturing environment. We are committed to expanding their minds and helping them to reach their greatest potential.

about Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy
After School Classes
about Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy

Our Leadership Team

Tamika and Terrance James

Terrance and Tamika James have been in the childcare industry for 10 years and counting. With over 20 years of experience working with children in various arenas and environments, they truly take pride in what they have built in the Kiddie Kottage brand. Kiddie Kottage has become the epitome of learning beyond our limits. We thrive to create an atmosphere for children that is fun; a place for families that is safe, and an atmosphere for our staff that is productive and makes working almost as fun as learning. With the help of our dedicated staff Kiddie Kottage is now open in three convenient locations: Austell, Jonesboro, and Griffin. We are not just a business we are an extension of the families we serve.  

“Learning is a gift by which every human being has been given the ability in some capacity to retain information and apply it to their everyday life.”

Owners – Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy

Director- Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy

Chandra Varner

I have been in childcare for over 12+ years and have been employed with kiddie kottage for 10 years and counting. Over the course of my tenure here I have had the pleasure of serving families from all walks of life. I have learned that it is just as important to love and care for not only our children but our families as well. My care and service does not stop at the front desk, and that is why Kiddie Kottage is exceptional at providing quality care. I chose Kiddie Kottage for just that reason.  We are a loving environment and safe space for our children. Our children although they learn at different paces all have come to enjoy learning because we enjoy teaching… But most of all, Kiddie Kottage has been my family for 10 years and counting and I am fortunate and honored to provide a place that families cant help but to call their home.  

“Learning is a way of being. Learning should never cease. Learning requires critical thinking skills, minds that are open to challenges and ideas from many sources. Learning requires the learner to be proactively curious about almost everything.”

Charekia Gibson

I have been employed with kiddie kottage for 10 years and counting. The reason that I chose kiddie kottage learning academy is because they pride themselves on their dedicated staff and their commitment to the families they serve. They ensure that each child will learn and grow from infancy through their school- age years and beyond. Every day our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. 

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.”

Director- Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy

Director- Kiddie Kottage Learning Academy

Talicia Snell

I have over 13 years of experience and have been employed with kiddie kottage for 6 years and counting. The reason that I enjoy working at kiddie kottage is because the owners provide a warm and caring learning environment where you can grow as a staff member. Kiddie kottage creates an environment to help the children explore and learn new things every day. We enjoy watching our kids develop from the daily activities and lessons taught at our center. We take pride in helping to ensure the child meets their milestones every six to eight months.

“The great thing about education is no two kids are the same. We will try every method and strategy until we get their lightbulb to spark!”

Marie Thebaud

I have over 25 years of experience and have been working for Kiddie Kottage for 7 years. I chose kiddie kottage because of its supportive and inclusive community which creates an ideal environment for collaboration and growth, allowing me to make a meaningful impact on the lives of my students. I cherish the privilege that the school gives me to serve families of different backgrounds including Spanish, Haitian, and African cultures.

“ I believe in fostering critical thinking, curiosity, and a love for life long learning in my students; creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment that recognizes the individuality and diverse learning styles of my students.”

GA Pre- K Lead Teacher
GA Pre-k Teacher of the Year Finalist 2021-2022