Enrichment programs for children
ages six weeks to five years, since 1993
HOME      ABOUT US      CLASSROOMS      FOR  PARENTS      NEWS      LOCATIONS & CONTACT INFO     

Our Voyage

Tots’ Landing Learning Centers, Inc. opened in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1993 and now has four Middle Tennessee locations serving families of children ages six weeks to five years with child care, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. As one of the area’s premier child care centers, we provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn.

Our developmental milestones have included multiple awards for excellence:
Best Child Care Center Ruthies Award Daily News Journal
Best Child Care Murfreesboro Magazine
Best of Parenting Rutherford Parent Magazine
Top Growing Business Nashville Business Journal
Besties Award Murfreesboro Post

NECPA Accreditation!
We're excited to announce that three of Tots' Landing Learning Centers locations have received accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program (NECPA).

Our two Murfreesboro centers and Smyrna location earned accreditation recently, and our LaVergne center is being reviewed now by NECPA in anticipation of accreditation.


The NECPA is the only independent early education accrediting organization. Created in 1991, just two years before Tots' Landing opened its doors, its goal is to encourage and recognize excellence in early childhood programs across the U.S. and the world.


Our Founders

Guen Campbell and Lori Perry received their degrees from the University of Tennessee. Being child care professionals and mothers themselves, the owners created Tots’ Landing Learning Centers, Inc. to promote an effective learning atmosphere by tempering knowledge and instruction with love and patience.

View our directors and their bios



Bethany Douglas
Director, Murfreesboro (River Rock)

Hi, I am Bethany Douglas and I am the director at our River Rock location in Murfreesboro. I have worked with Tots' Landing since 2015. I am orginally from Hendersonvlle, TN. I hold a bachelor's degree in Sociolagy from MTSU, with an emphasis in Child Welfare and Criminology. I have been married for 2 years and have a 6 year old step son.

One of my favorite quotes is, "Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work - C.S. Lweis." It is such an honor to be an important part of equipping the future children to take on the world. Being able to witness the impact we as teachers leave on the lives of these children in our care is life changing. It is an amazing feeling knowing we are preparing children for their futures, and sending them off to a successful path in the school system.


Stephanie Wardell
Director, Murfreesboro (First Place)

Hi, I am Stephanie and I am the director at our First Place location in Murfreesboro. I began working for Tots' Landing in 2012 as a teacher. I love spending time with my two vivacious girls and my amazing husband. We enjoy baking, crafting and being active together.

I graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelors degree in family child and consumer sciences with a concentration in human services management. Geaux Tigers! My zeal for early childhood development allows me to enjoy my job every day. I am in awe of how children learn and grow. A positive enriching environment and holistic approach to early childhood education lays a solid foundation to becoming a successful learner. My daily intention is to foster curiosity and the love of learning in our center.



Melissa Beard
Director, Smyrna

Hi! My name is Melissa Beard and I am the Director at our Smyrna location. I began working at Tots' Landing in 2009 as a teacher and was an Assistant Director for six years. I attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies.

I love watching children reach new milestones everyday and being able to help lay the foundation for future school success. I also enjoy sharing knowledge with families and teachers to help provide the best early learning experience for our children.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. I also love gradening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Audra CurryJessie Dinwiddie
Director, LaVergne

Hi! My name is Jessie Dinwiddie and I am the Director at our LaVergne location. I started with Tots’ Landing as an Assistant Director in September of 2009.

Both Business and Elementary Education are passions of mine. The first college I attended was Pellissippi State in Knoxville, TN. There, I studied Accounting and received my associates degree. After that, I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Although I am a certified teacher, I found this job to be more fulfilling since it incorporates both of my passions.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family. During baseball season, you can find me watching the Braves! We try to go to Atlanta at least once a year. My husband and I have been married since 2005, and although we do not have any children of our own yet, I love children! I am looking forward to a long career with Tots’ Landing.





Nautical Theme

A nautical theme has been chosen for Tots’ Landing that stems from a family love of sea life. You will find professionally painted murals of many characters that the children love on the walls of our hallway. We set our sights on the futures of all the children in our care. Let’s “Set Sail” together!

20 Years Experience

We have been caring for and teaching children for 23 years. Our experience in designing appropriate learning environments, developing specialized curriculum, hiring the proper teachers/staff and responding to the needs of children will benefit you and your child(ren).

We're Social!

Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Pin us on Pinterest to learn more about Tots' Landing, early education and fun activities for your tot.