Our History

Butter's Love Academy For Early Learning, LLC opened its doors in 1999. We offer a loving, peaceful, safe, and structured environment for children aged six weeks through school age. We are blessed to have a trained and trusted staff to care for our children and provide excellent educational opportunities. Butter's Love Academy serves the Woodlawn and Clarksville area and is zoned for the following: Liberty Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Minglewood Elementary, and Northwest High School. We open our doors, Monday through Friday at 5:30 am and close at 7 pm. Before and after school care is provided. All our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

After 13 wonderful years of owning and operating Butter's Love Family Home Childcare, God called Lacrecia to another path. For two years, Lacrecia worked with Tabernacle Christian School, providing excellent childcare and education to their students. After her time at TCS, Lacrecia returned to Butter's Love Academy. "My faith has to lead me on a path to meet Addison and Chawanda Reynolds, whom God has used as a vessel to bless us at Butter's Love Academy."

Butter's Love Academy accepts children as young as six weeks and has before and after-care for school-age children. Our doors open Monday - Friday from 5:30 am to 7 pm. We encourage anyone interested in joining our family to please come in for tour our facility, and meet our loving staff.

What We Have To Offer

  • State-approved curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten, ABEKA curriculum, bible stories from ABEKA creative curriculum, state standards, and keeping kids safe.
  • Staff is participating in the Tecta program at Austin Peay University for continuing their education in Early Child Education
  • Staff/Admin are in ongoing professional development training; along with a monthly teacher, meetings held to keep an open, positive, communications relationships.
  • CPR and First Aid trained staff
  • Enrichment programs for children that include: drama scenes, poetry, music, and more. Allowing our children to enjoy their God-given gifts to build up their confidence.
  • More Than Conquerors summer program for school-age children who have completed kindergarten. Butter's monthly newsletter in each classroom. Infants through 4 years old use weekly lessons.
  • Lesson plans created to spiral from one classroom to another where every child is being taught with the infant for the same objective.
  • Four age-appropriate professional crafted built playgrounds. It is a must-see!
  • Extra-curricular: Dance Force of Clarksville, Performing Arts, Soccer, Gymnastics, Accounting, Home Economics, Girl Scouts Troop Number 1059.
  • Pre-Kindergarten will be attending field trips: Roxy Regional Theater, Great Escape Matinee, pumpkin patch, visiting a nursing home, Custom House Museum, and Liberty Park.
  • Sponsors the Lupus Foundation and the Hope Foundation for the homeless in Nashville, TN.
  • Donates to the safe house and sponsors St. Jude Children's Hospital.
  • Sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project

Butter's Love Academy Staff Members

Butter's Love Academy boasts a wonderful staff that loves working with children and feel blessed to help young minds develop and learn. Our staff understands that they are not only teaching children but showing them through example how to treat others and themselves. Each of our staff members is in continuous professional development training to better themselves so that they may better serve the parents. children, and community of Butter's Love Academy.

Lacrecia McRae was born in the historic town of Charleston, S.C. on January 4, 1962. At the age of three, her family relocated to Brooklyn, New York where her mother quickly learned that the fast pace of the big city life was not for a growing teenager. At the age of fourteen, her mother relocated her back to Charleston to reside with her grandparents, who raised her until she was a mature young adult. Her grandparents infused in her a strong religious foundation, teaching her to lean on her faith and to trust in God. This resulted in her membership with Bethel A.M.E. church at an early age. Her faith in Christ led her to her soul mate, retired SFC Willie C. McRae. Their union surpassed the stress and demands of the United States Army, dedicating 21 years of total active duty service. Through this union, they have five children and 11 grandchildren that they cherish deeply.

Butter's Love Home Child Care was a stepping stone of faith when Lacrecia's first grandchild was born 16 years ago. At this point, she decided to forgo her full-time job and to stay home to care for her new grandbaby. She would soon learn that she would be blessed with a granddaughter and instantaneously started calling her Butter. This name would stick with her even after birth. While staying home caring for Butter, Lacrecia's spirit told her to expand the everlasting love she had for Butter to other children, as she understood there was a need for quality childcare within the community. By expanding and sharing her love, she soon realized Butter's Love would be the perfect fit, hence the birth of Butter's Love Home Childcare Center.

Lacrecia has successfully obtained her Child Development Associate, along with maintaining CPR certification and is constantly attending continuing education courses to ensure she's up to date with the latest practices. After 13 years of being the owner and operator of Butter's Love Home Childcare Center, God has directed another path. Currently, the new journey has allowed me to teach pre-kindergarten to 4-year-old children at Tabernacle Christian School. Working at Tabernacle Christian School for two years has given me the opportunity to give back to the school that Butter transitioned too. This position has allowed me to gain additional experience as an educator. I have had the pleasure of working with standardized state testing and proving that I have the ability to help students surpass the recommended requirement. My students have tested well above the kindergarten level for the past two years. My faith has lead me on a path of absolute greatness and I believe that God will allow for nothing less. My loyalty and beliefs have transferred to my students. I believe that we are to train up a child in the way he should go and he shall not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

God has now placed a new venture in my heart. I am inspired to continue my initial path by creating a new environment for growth, Butter's Love Academy for Early Learning LLC. My vision is to create an environment to mold children academically with Godly character. Parents need to be reassured that their children are being raised with the same moral compass and spiritual foundation that they to work to instill in them. My Academy will provide an excellent educational experience, to include a structured weekly curriculum that will cater to the needs of the individual child, as well as the group, just as I have proven with Tabernacle Christian School. My goal is to bring the meaning of family to my center and back to the community. I put the Lord first in all that I do and with him, nothing is impossible. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it; Love thy neighbor as thyself. (Matthew 22: 37-39).