What does Permaculture Look Like?

Choose a Program

Preschool

Ages 6 weeks to 5* years

Year Round

7 am - 6:30 pm

Even as infants...

learning about the world

Georgia Pre-K

Age 4 before Sept. 1 this year

Full School Year

Extended Care Available

State-Funded Pre-K

Exciting curriculum. Includes lunch for all students

After School

Pre-K through Fifth Grade

Full School Year

Experience nature

plus economics, diverse cultures... with time left for homework

Day Camps

Pre-K through Fifth Grade

On Most School Holidays

See the natural world

and experience other cultures.

Summer Camps

Pre-K through Fifth Grade

10 Weeks Each Summer

New perspectives

with field trips, swimming and related activities

Meet the Leadership Team

Cindy Young

Campus Operations Officer
Kirkwood & Decatur


Cindy Young has been working in Childcare for over 12 years and she can't imagine doing anything else. The responsibility of helping shape young minds is very important and it gives her such a sense of accomplishment knowing she has a part in doing that. Cindy has been married since 2008 and has three boys: Bryce,  Austin and Conner.

Courtney Shelton

Executive Consulting Chef
Kirkwood & Decatur


Ms. Courtney is a New Jersey native. As a child, she begged her parents and grandparents to let her in the garden to help pick vegetables. Instead she found herself prepping ingredients for meals, and she never lost that love. Ms. Courtney's been a chef since 2007. She's a US Army veteran, and attended Atlantic Culinary and Kentucky University.

Destiny Smith

Human Resources Manager
Kirkwood & Decatur


Destiny Smith was born in Decatur, but grew up in Montezuma, GA. She returned to Decatur to attend Agnes Scott College and graduated with a BA in Psychology. Even though her role at SoulShine is in HR, she has a fondness for teaching and for dance. She combined them starting at 13, when she began teaching dance to girls ages 3 to 15. In her spare time, you'll find her taking dance classes, baking and enjoying shrimp scampi.

Kate Karassik

Corporate Office
Kirkwood & Decatur


Kate Karassik and Shannon Smith have been close friends since middle school and grew up working in childcare together. Kate received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to receive her Masters in Education. She was a public school teacher for five years before joining the SoulShine team in 2011.

Oriana Padron

Operations Coordinator
Kirkwood & Decatur


Oriana Padron graduated from the University of Montevallo with a BFA.  She has a strong passion for children and has been caring for them since her early teens and began working professionally in childcare while still in college.

Shannon Smith

Founder & Visionary
Kirkwood & Decatur


Shannon Smith founded SoulShine in December 2006 and it is rooted in her belief that every child deserves the space and encouragement to create themselves through all forms of expression. Shannon has worked with children since 2002. She believes in positive reinforcement instead of traditional behavioral discipline.

Your Window into SoulShine

SoulShine uses two tools to keep parents up-to-date on daily activities and school happenings:

  1. The Parent Portal of Positivity. This is an online community of parents where you'll be able to see classroom pictures, make contact with other SoulShine parents, read Teacher bios and see curriculum updates.
  2. BrightWheel. This is an app parents use to check their children in/out of SoulShine. For younger kids, BrightWheel is how the teachers will share updates on bottles, diaper changes and more.

Details on use and access will be discussed completely during your orientation process, if you decide to enroll.

Ready to see SoulShine for Yourself?

Tour the Preschool or After School