Starting Points prides itself on its qualified and experienced staff.  All staff are required to complete a screening process which includes personal references, FBI and TBI back ground checks, and work references.  All staff must undergo extensive orientation training and a three month probationary period.  Staff must complete a minimum of 18 hours of Child Day Care Services related in-service training each year.  The Director is required to complete 24 hours of childcare and administrative training.  Staff are also certified in CPR and First Aid within the first six months of employment.

The Owner

Janice Zimmerman is the Owner of Starting Points child day care services.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education/Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Special Education/Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has six years of teaching experience in private and public school systems.  She also has over thirty years of childcare and administrative experience.  Janice is a member of NCCA, NAEYC and SECA.  She is also on the board of TACEE and TCCA as well as the Childcare Board of Review.

The Director

Kathy Lorenz has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. She has over twenty five years of teaching and administrative experience. Kathy has been with Starting Points for over 19 years.  Kathy is a member of NAEYC, SECA and TACEE.

The Director is responsible for the overall administration of day care services at Starting Points.  This includes direct supervision of the staff, serving as a role model for teachers, monitoring the program’s operations, working with parents and assisting with the assessment of children’s individual needs.

Kathy is also a Lead preschool teacher in the three year old classroom.

Assistant Director

Kelsey Lorenz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee Tech. She has been employed by Starting Points for over seven years but attended the school-age program as a child. She is the Lead Infant Teacher in addition to helping oversee the day to day operations of the center.

Lead Teachers

Starting Points requires all Lead Teachers to have their degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field, a Child Development Associate (CDA), thirty hours of TECTA training, or working towards a goal of achieving a higher education degree in a related field. All Lead Teachers are required to have previous teaching experience and complete a thorough background check.  A back ground check includes written and phone references as well as a FBI and TBI background checks.

Lead teachers are primarily responsible for creating individualized learning goals, observational assessments, lesson planning, supervising the classroom, implementing activities, interacting with children and working closely with parents. They are also responsible for coordinating teaching efforts with the afternoon assistant teacher.

Teaching Assistants

Starting Points requires part time teaching assistants to be trained in day care services or child development and to have experience working with children in a childcare setting.

The teaching assistants work directly with the lead teacher helping to develop activities around the current lesson plan. The teaching assistant works directly with the children, prepares materials, plans and implements activities, interacts with children, and works closely with all parents.

After School Coordinator

The after school coordinator (ASC) is a part time employee with experience working with school age children. The ASC has a degree in Education or a related field, or has a goal of achieving a higher education in childcare or a related field.

The ASC is responsible for a variety of child day care services, such as supervision of the classroom, transportation, activity planning, implementing activities, homework assistance, field trip planning, interacting with children, and working closely with the parents. The ASC is also responsible for the supervision of other counselors.

Celebrating Over 20 years

A wonderful place to work where the staff really cares about the children and the quality of care they are given. It was the best job ever!
Donna O.

Primary Communities Served

Ball Camp
Cedar Bluff

Fountain City
Hardin Valley

North Hills

North Knoxville

Ridge Brook

South Knoxville
West Hills
Western Heights