Louisville , KentuckyTGS of Louisville

9401 Mill Brook Drive, Louisville, KY 40223 | 502-412-3088 |

From the moment you enter our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art academic facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Louisville is significantly more than a traditional, educational child care or preschool. Established in 2006, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Louisville. This year, we achieved the honor of national accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs!

As a private, academically focused preschool that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families that want the best for their child. Our school is conveniently located in the Hurstbourne Green office park directly across from the YMCA. At our Louisville campus, we offer year-round education programs of full and part-time childcare for children six weeks old through private Pre-Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner.

TGS of Louisville Leadership

School Director Assistant Director

Jennifer McNickle

Jeni McNickle    

Years with TGS: 8 years

Roles Served with TGS:  Executive School Director.

What is your educational background? 

BA in Elementary Education

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I love children and have a passion for seeing children learn.

What makes you laugh about kids? 

Their laughs are contagious, the silly faces and noises they make, watching a child imitate their parent.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 

I love seeing children experience and learn something for the first time. During the early childhood years, they learn and change so much. If you watch closely enough, you can see the light bulbs turning on over and over again.  

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 

Small Groups Activities/Center Rotations - I love seeing small groups of children working together and helping each other.

What do you love most about TGS? 

TGS Families and Staff – I have met some of the most wonderful parents over the last 8 ½ years.  

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 

Holiday and End of the Year Programs – seeing children perform in front of 200+ people without reservation is amazing. I love that we teach children to feel confident and comfortable in front of a group of people. Seeing the Pre-K class graduate is pretty amazing as well -- the sense of accomplishment they have and their excitement for Kindergarten. 

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by people doing what they are passionate about and making a difference in other's lives.  

What is your passion or passions? 

I am passionate about coming along side people/children to help them be the best they can. When you take time to invest in people/children, they know they are valued and you believe in them. Everyone is capable of being great at something and making a difference!

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 

Learning begins at any developmental stage or age. You meet children where they are and challenge them to grow and learn from that point.  

How important is early childhood education?

Early childhood education is an essential for children and sets the groundwork for their educational journey and success.  

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 

My daughter, Sophie, went TGS from 7 weeks old – Pre-K.  She graduated in 2013.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 

Leaving your child for the first time is one of the hardest things you will do. TGS doesn’t want to replace the care a parent gives to their child, but rather wants to partner with them to enhance the opportunity to meet not only the child’s physical needs, but also developmental needs. When you leave your child at TGS you can rest assured that your child will get the best care from our trained and qualified staff, be in an environment where safety comes first, and our classroom activities are age appropriate and child focused.

Enrichment Programs Offered

  • Gymnastics
  • skills, body awareness & discipline
  • 18 mos & up
  • Be Smart Computers
  • a phonics- and math-based program
  • 2 years & up
  • Dance
  • ballet & tap skills and vocabulary
  • 2 years & up
  • Soccer
  • fundamentals & hand-eye coordination
  • 2 years & up
  • Music & Drama
  • music fundamentals & theatre
  • 3 years & up
  • Science
  • hands-on experiments & fact-finding
  • 3 years & up
  • Art
  • creative expression & fine motor skills
  • 3 years & up
  • Spanish
  • vocabulary, speaking & understanding
  • 3 years & up