Our Team

The teachers and staff at A Child’s Place are passionate about the education and growth of your child. They strive for excellence in caring for your child and exceed the minimum requirements for Kentucky childcare providers. All receive a minimum of 15 hours of supplemental education within their area of expertise, CPR, and First Aid training, and pediatric head trauma training. In addition, we prioritize the safety of our children above all else, and thus require all staff to take and pass drug screening on date of hire and submit to random drug testing throughout the year, exceeding state licensing requirements.


Cilisa opened the center more than 20 years ago after teaching in the Midway school system. She wanted to change her field and help kids at a younger age before they reached elementary school. Cilisa has a Bachelor's degree in child psychology and sociology and graduated at the top of her class. She has her Masters degree in Child Psychology and education. Cilisa volunteers in the Jessamine county school system. Her love of children is the driver behind A Child's Place. She enjoys learning, reading, and spending time with her daughter and family.



Tracey Cooper - Director

Ashley served as assistant director for two years before before becoming the director, and brings over a decade of childcare experience with her to this position. Ashley has a Child Development Associate (CDA Credential), Director’s Credential, and an Associates of Early Childhood Education. She is a strong advocate for young children and their families and is dedicated to and engaged in the development of young children. In addition to acting, director she works with our 2nd-5th grade after school program. She has three littles ones of her own, and when not working, enjoys watching them play softball and baseball and reading with them.



TANYA CHADWELL - Assistant Director

Tanya has been with A Child’s place for three years and serves in our nursery, loving on infants. She is currently pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary in Early Childhood Development and brings five years of experiences to the role. She is in the process of receiving her CDA credential. Tanya has three children and loves doing arts and crafts with them, watching basketball and playing games.




Rachel has been with A Child’s Place for seven years. With eight years of childcare experience and four children of her own, Rachel loves cooking for our children. Outside of work she enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her children.



Judy Shoemaker - Preschool

Judy Has been with A Child's Place for a little over a year. She is a great addition to our team. She has experience as a preschool teacher and really enjoys working with young children. She loves spending time with her family and her dogs. She also enjoys reading and baking.



HANNAH DOWNS - Woddler Teacher

Hannah brings over two years experience to our program. One of the things she enjoys most about her class is watching the children learn and grow. She is loving and caring member of our staff. When she is not working, she loves going to concerts, spending time with family, and watching sports.



KIARA REID - Preschool

Kiara has been with A Child’s Place for three years. She has two children of her own and is in the final steps of receiving her Childhood Development Associate credential. One of her favorite things about being a teacher is helping the kids achieve their full potential to help them feel happier and better about themselves. Outside of work she enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family.



Katie Aldridge-  Floater

Katie has her CDA in early childhood and has two years experience in early childhood education. She has a four month old daughter and is enjoying motherhood. She is a new member of our team! She enjoys working with young toddler and doing arts and crafts with them.



PAIGE HONICAN - Substitute Teacher

Paige brings 3 years of childcare experience to A Child’s Place. She loves toddlers and enjoys teaching them new words, shapes, and colors. Paige loves Mexican food, riding horses and softball.




Sydney started at A Child's Place in 2018. She brings 3 years of childcare experience to A Child's Place. She loves doing Arts & Crafts with the children. Sydney loves to watch basketball and take pictures.

BILLIE CLEM - Preschool

Billie started at A Child’s Place in 2016 after graduating from West Jessamine High School, where she spent her high school years caring for children as a babysitter. Billie enjoys helping children learn and achieve their goals in learning new things. In her free time, she loves going to rodeos and riding horses.



Georgia Perkins - Nursery

 Georgia has been with A Child's Place for almost a year. She enjoys spending her day caring for infants. She has 3 children of her own, 2 grandchildren. and two on the way. She enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys wedding photography. She is enjoys working with kids and watching them learn and grow.


107 Brookside Dr

Nicholasville, KY 40356

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