Starting Points is Under New Ownership

Starting Points Child Care is under new ownership. Ms. Janice founded Starting Points over 25 years ago. She created a fantastic child care center that has served hundreds of families since 1997. The center consistently received Three Stars, the highest rating, ever since the state began assessing the quality of care provided by child care centers. Ms. Janice was ready for full retirement though and sold the center to Thea Raymond. She has owned a family child care center in Berkeley California for the last twelve years. The change in ownership has been a long process as our Childcare license was not transferable. We are now operating under a new license. Unfortunately that means we have lost our “Stars” and will be unable to earn a new Quality rating until October 2023 – this is because the Stars assessment system has changed and centers are assessed four times over the next year. We want to assure you that the quality of care we currently provide is the same level of care we have provided for the last quarter of a century. We have simply lost our Stars due to State government regulations regarding a change in ownership. We encourage prospective parents to tour our center and see what makes our center different from other child care centers. We provide quality care in a home-like environment with an emphasis on nature-based, play based learning.

Starting Points is now hiring!

We have part-time positions available with different ages of children. A two or four year degree in early childhood education or a related field preferred for the Lead teacher
positions. We are a homelike, nature based program. Teachers will prepare
and implement lesson plans and have one on one as well as group interactions with the children.
Please call 865-966-2613 for more information.



Starting Points uses this app as a communication tool between teachers and parents. We have had nothing but positive comments about this communication tool. Through this app parents have access to weekly lesson plans along with receiving pictures and comments about their child’s day.


Starting Points has a Facebook page. On this page we post valuable news and post pictures of children enjoying a variety of activities.


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Celebrating Over 20 years

“I visited the daycare center a few months ago and was thoroughly impressed with how nice the place was. I was even informed they have preschool programs as well. I would definitely enroll my children. I recommend to have a visit of your own!”
Doug M.

Primary Communities Served

Ball Camp
Cedar Bluff

Fountain City
Hardin Valley

North Hills

North Knoxville

Ridge Brook

South Knoxville
West Hills
Western Heights