About Us

Our Story

Opened in 1981, Southminster Child Care offers an all-day preschool to children ages six-weeks through five years. The environment is warm and nurturing. Southminster Child Care is a safe, engaging, collaborative place for children to learn. As a child care and early learning center we stress the importance of early literacy development, fine arts, and social-emotional intelligence. Southminster Child Care offers a curriculum that enables teachers to discover the unique gifts each child possesses.

Southminster is a unique early childhood center. We pride ourselves on the small community feel of our center. With only 50 students, our team of educators can spend time getting to know our children and families. We believe that partnering with parents in the care of their children is our top priority. We hope when you visit us, you walk in and feel at home!

Faculty

 Director

Susan Christison Assistant Director

Love of children has always been a part of my nature so being a teacher and administrator in an early childhood setting is one of the joys of my life. 
My husband and I joined Southminster Presbyterian in the early 1970s and served on the committee that organized and soon opened Southminster Pre-school, a morning program serving children 3-5 years old from 8-12:30 each day. As the need for full-time childcare soon became evident in our community, Southminster Child Care Center opened in the early 1980s offering full-time care for children ages 1 to 4  years old while still offering a morning preschool program as well. In 1982 I became the preschool teacher for three-year-olds two days a week and four-year-olds three days a week. At the close of that morning program, I joined the staff of our childcare program as a resource coordinator and assistant director. Terry and I, having been married for 54 years, both love art and enjoy visiting various art museums. My hobbies are painting, interior design, reading, cooking, eating, cheering for Auburn football and we love to travel. Our most delightful hobby, though, is being with our 8 grandchildren. We are so fortunate that our 2 adult children settled in the Nashville area, and blessed to be active grandparents!

Our Teachers

Katie Erickson, Floater

Hey! I’m Katie and I have been a floater here at Southminster since September 2017. I truly love watching each child develop into their own person, with a unique character and individual passions. It is an incredibly rewarding experience, and an honor to help support them in this journey. I currently have a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Belmont University, as well as the necessary CPR & First Aid qualifications required by the State of Tennessee. To be a part of Southminster Child Care is to be a part of a loving, supportive, and close-knit family; for which I am so grateful!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela

Se’Bon Daughtdrill, Toddlers One Class

My name is Se’Bon Daughtdrill, I have been an infant teacher at SouthMinister for ten months. I love that I get to see the children grow and develop different skills. I am a lover of reading and can get lost in a book for days at a time. 

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

Jennifer Ledbetter, Twos Teacher

My name is Jennifer, and I have been a teacher at Southminster for 2 years. The best part of being a teacher is building bonds with the children and seeing them succeed academically. Watching my students develop intellectually motivates me to be the best teacher I can be. 

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.

Sarina Jeske, Pre K2

My name is Sarina and I have been the Pre-k 2 teacher for 2 years in June and I couldn’t be happier! I have my Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Volunteer State community college, I hope one day to finish my degree. I have been a teacher for 11 years working from infants to school-age kids! This is something I like to think you can see in my classroom. My hobbies outside of the classroom include sewing, singing, and acting. I am currently on the board of the Fairview Community Theater. I am excited to get to know not only your child but your whole family.

 “Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.” – Fred Rodgers.

Rachel Staton

My name is Rachel and I have been a teacher at Southminster for 2 years. My motivation for being a teacher is the way that some of my teachers have changed my life and helped me grow as a person. I want to be that teacher for my students! I love to do art with my students and to see what they come up with and create. My hobbies are reading and writing notes (pen pals) to friends to friends overseas.

 “If you are not willing to learn no one can help you, if you are willing to learn then no one can stop you.”

Dana Ladd, Threes Teacher 

I have worked at Southminster since August of 2010.I began working in childcare in 1988.       I started out being a volunteer and quickly realized that is where my heart belonged. I enjoy watching the excitement in the children when they accomplish goals. It is like watching flowers bloom. I am a mom of one son (Jp). My hobbies are reading ,going to concerts and hanging out with family and friends.

If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.

Liz Carry-Oliver

Hi, my name is Liz. I have been a Preschool Teacher at Southminster for a year and a half now. I love getting to know each child as a unique individual.  Getting to know my students and helping them reach their full potential excites me. Having a desire to respond and empathize with the struggles and challenges children may face greatly motivated me to become a teacher. Art is my favorite activity to do with my students because it allows them to let go and enjoy the process of creation. I enjoy reading, going on long walks, and traveling.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Samantha Dickens, Toddler One Class

My name is Samantha! I have been teaching at Southminster Childcare for three years, and I have been working with children for five years total. I don’t have any children myself but part of what motivated me to become a teacher was knowing that I had the chance to be a major part of children’s lives and to hopefully make a positive difference for them. Having the opportunity to be a part of young children learning social-emotional skills has been amazing and feels very rewarding. Another reason that I wanted to work with children is that I had amazing memories when I was a young child in care and I wanted to be able to give that to others. I love watching the toddlers explore their world and become more independent with their fine and gross motor skills, it’s awesome seeing how hard they have worked to master eating with a spoon, or walking, or holding a paintbrush by themselves! I have completed the TECTA training and have plans to continue on and get my CDA. Some of my favorite activities with my kids are dancing, every child dances differently! Art is another fun activity I love to do, specifically painting with things from the outside and finger painting. My hobbies outside of work are reading, cooking, arts and crafts for fun, and I love movies and concerts when they’re going on in Nashville!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” by Nelson Mandela.

Taylor Vogels

My name is Taylor and I have been a teacher at Southminster for 4 months and have only been a teacher for that long. I graduated from The University of North Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in Spanish and I am also CPR certified. What I love most about being a teacher is getting to be apart of the children’s growth in all areas, celebrating their wins, and helping them push a little harder when some things don’t come as easy. What motivation for being is wanting to be apart of the prime developmental years of children and be able to help set them up as they continue to grow and learn. My favorite activity to do with the children is music and movement, as well as art. You can learn a lot about them just from those alone! When I’m not teaching, I love exploring new places, especially good hiking spots and I love a good concert.

“If one has courage nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”   -Maya Angelou

FAQ’s

How will I know what happens during my child's day?

Our center uses the parent communication app, Brightwheel to communicate with families throughout the day. Diapering, meals, photos, and messages keep educators and parents in the know. Our infants are also sent home with a physical daily sheet each day.

Do the children go outside everyday?

Weather permitting, our toddlers and up go outside for 45mins to 1 hour each morning and afternoon. Our infants also get valuable outside time each day. Our center is blessed with a large gross motor room to use when the weather is unfavorable.

Do you provide part-time or drop-in care?

At this time, Southminster Child Care only provides full-time care. Families may attend as often or as infrequently as they like, however tuition remains the same.

May I visit my child during the day?

While our center has an open-door policy, we do ask that families scheduled in advance if they want to spend time with our children. Our center offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for our families to become immersed in the program!

Can my child bring his/her favorite blanket or toy to school?

We know the transition to school each morning can be taxing, therefore students can bring whatever they need to feel safe and comfortable.

Do you accept Military Subsidies?

Our center is proud to accept military subsidies.

How will I know my child is safe while I am at work?

Our center remains unable to be accessed by outsiders during the day. Our center is locked and also has a video surveillance security system in place. All of our staff is certified in CPR and First aid; they also all have extensive safety training each year on emergency preparedness and more! All educators have had a background check and we are a drug-free environment.

Do you provide meals and snacks?

Our center provides morning and afternoon snacks. Families pack their own lunch from home.