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Nest Rebrand Timeline

Classroom Furniture & Materials

Every classroom will be transformed with top of the line, solid maple craftsmanship pieces including tables, chairs, shelves, toys, and every day classroom supplies.

Done

Big Brave Blocks

Our jumbo blocks will ignite children’s imaginations encouraging learning, social development, movement, and of course fun! Click here to learn more about children’s development through big block fun. 

Done

Paint

All walls within the school will receive a fresh new coat of paint!

Done

Flooring

Easy to clean vinyl-plank flooring will be installed throughout the school.

Done

Outdoor Play Spaces

Our outdoor play spaces will be rich with plants and natural elements, exciting play themes, and physical challenges. Children can learn to assess risks and test their boundaries within an environment created with their safety, health, and skill-building in mind.

Done

Interior Signage/Artwork

Beautiful artwork, classroom signs, and signs emphasizing our core values will adorn the interior of our school.

Done

Exterior Signage

New exterior signage will ensure we can’t be missed!

Done

Digital Signage

Never miss a beat! Our digital displays outside classrooms and in our lobby will keep you up-to-date on weekly curriculum activities, school announcements, events, menus and more!

Spring 2022

Security

We will be installing state-of-the-art security systems at the entrance and throughout our school to keep our children safe and provide parents peace of mind that their children are safe in our care.

Done

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers using ActivePure Technology® will continuously clean and protect air and surfaces 24 hours a day, reducing 99.96% of airborne SARS-COV-2 viral partials as well as other viral contaminants.

Click here to watch a short video with more information on how this technology protects your child while in our care.

Done

Interior Renovations

Natural elements true to our brand will be carried throughout the design of our school. Our welcome area will become a warm and inviting space, and even our hallway spaces will receive fun Nest elements!

Done

The Nest Difference

We are proud to offer the highest quality early education program for families in the communities we serve. As you compare other daycare and childcare facilities, we invite you to come experience The Nest difference!

Meet Our Team

Kardene Joshua

Kardene has worked in early childhood education for the last eleven years and has an associate degree in Communication and Media and has a bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in Adolescent to Young Adulthood. She has worn many hats during her career, including: teaching all ages for Colombus City Schools for three years and being a director of childcare for five years, and also a director of housing at the collegiate level.

Early childhood education allows Kardene to practice the foundations of education. In addition, working in Early Childhood encourages Kardene to become multi-faceted in implementing various teaching strategies, an aspect of her career that she truly loves!


Kardene comes from a family of seven who all work in the educational field. Her mother and father are retired and are pastors of their church, the Trumpet Temple Worship Center. She loves that her family are community advocates, and love to serve others. A fun fact about Kardene is that she danced professionally for 16 years; three years with Ballet Met, four years with NIA, and the remaining nine years she taught dance across the city of Columbus.

Kardene’s favorite childhood book is “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss. Kardene makes it a point to read that book to her students because it gives great words of affirmation and explains a lot about life. We absolutely love having her on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Mercedes Brown

Mercedes Brown graduated in 2013 from Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and has since been working in the early childcare field. She has been a lead in all of our classrooms at Columbus, as well as an assistant director at a previous school.

Mercedes fell in love with the Early Childhood Education field because she has a passion for children and believes in a strong foundation for early learning and development.

She is a mother of two daughters, Makenzie (10) and Makenna (5, but more like 75 ). A fun fact about Mercedes is that she loves to craft, go thrift shopping, and DIY’s. Mercedes’s favorite childhood books were all the Dr. Seuss books as well as Junie B. Jones; she loved the rhyming and funny tales they told! We are so lucky to have Mercedes on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Andrea Williams

Andrea has been in early childhood education since 2006 and has a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Andrea started her career in Chicago, working with children from preschool to middle school. She moved to Columbus in 2019 and has been with The Nest ever since, first as a director and now as regional director. Andrea has a strong passion for child development and truly believes that the foundation set during the early childhood years for children plays an immense role in their lifelong success as learners.

Andrea still lives in the Columbus area with her husband, and their three highly active boys. Andrea loves being outside, reading, and going on adventures with her boys during her spare time. Her favorite childhood book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie because she enjoys watching how children grasp the pattern of the book and what predictions they come up with for what the mouse will want next! We are so lucky to have Andrea on our team!