About Us


Ms. Sandy, the owner, has been in the child care business for over 30 years. Before moving to Oldham County in 1997, she worked for 9 years at Plainview Preschool (owned by her husband) in East Louisville. Plainview was one of the largest singly owned childcare centers in Louisville with a total enrollment of over 300 children. After moving to Oldham County in 1997, Ms. Sandy opened KIDS HAVEN, by Sandy in July of 1998. She is highly involved in the community serving on the Oldham County Early Childhood Council, a member of the LaGrange Rotary Club, a member of the Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development, a member of the Oldham County Community Band, a member of the Oldham County Arts Association, and a member of LaGrange Southeast Christian Church. She and her husband, Dave, built the new KIDS HAVEN, by Sandy facility in 2017 where they currently do business.


Qualified and experienced, you can trust Sandy and her team to love, nurture and teach your child as they grow!
Sandy Johnson

Ms. Sandy is a graduate of Brownstown Central High School, has an A.A. in Business from Ball State University, has the Child Development Associates Credential and the Kentucky Director’s Credential. Ms. Sandy previously worked at Plainview Preschool (owned by her husband) in Louisville for 9 years and opened KIDS HAVEN, by Sandy in 1998.

Mary Emma Johnson

Mary Emma studied Elementary Education at the University of Kentucky and also completed her Master of Arts in Education with a Literacy Specialist Endorsement from the University of the Cumberlands. She taught Kindergarten in Shelby County for seven years. She has a strong passion for teaching young students and loves putting her passion into her work with the children and teachers at Kids Haven. Mary Emma is an essential part of helping the teachers with educational resources for their classrooms and is 100% committed to preparing our children for Kindergarten and beyond. Mary Emma strongly believes in the importance of incorporating social emotional learning activities within the classrooms to help promote empathy, self-awareness, self-control, problem-solving, communication skills, and more.  Mary Emma was brought up attending childcare and preschool and also worked at KIDS HAVEN, by Sandy owned by her Mother, Sandy, when she was in high school so she is no stranger to the business.

Shannon McCombs

Ms. Shannon has been with KIDS HAVEN since 2004. She is a graduate of South Oldham High School, has the Child Development Associates Credential, obtained the Kentucky Director’s Credential and is working towards an Early Childhood Associates Degree. Shannon began as a classroom teacher, has been the Assistant Director and has been Director since 2010.

[Updated 10.29.19]


KIDS HAVEN, by Sandy uses a new software system called Brightwheel for security and means of daily attendance for each child enrolled.  Current information obtained upon enrollment of your child is used to navigate access to enter and exit our center.   Another component related to the Brightwheel software package is a program called KID REPORTS.  KID REPORTS is a tool that allows our teachers to communicate with parents about their child throughout the day with activity reports, photos and behavior concerns straight from the classroom.  This program enables us to send out mass notifications by text, email, or the KID REPORTS App with important information such as closures due to bad weather, our Parent Newsletters, Weekly Menus, and any unexpected emergencies.