Our Story

Creative Critters learning Centers began 15 years ago in West Point, Virginia. Kathy Gray was a teacher in Williamsburg, Va. She holds a masters degree in Education and was working on her Ph.D. at the College of W&M when she became pregnant with her third little girl. Curt, her husband, is a Navy Veteran who left the Navy and became a PE teacher in New Kent.

They decided to open a learning center for their third little girl because they could not find a quality, affordable learning center in the area. They took a lease at that location for 4 years in hopes they would be able to prepare their daughter for kindergarten. Well, what started out as a means to fill a family need has changed in so many ways for the Grays. They now own and operate four daycare locations in Greater Williamsburg that offer all children the same opportunity they wanted to provide for their own daughter.

Kathy and Curt are actively involved in the everyday operations of the daycare centers. You will often see Kathy in the classrooms working with staff on best practices or Mr. Curt working with the school-age children or delivering food. Their WHY is to touch the lives of not only the children and families they serve every day but to change the lives of the staff who work at their child care centers. They are committed to providing a quality, fun-filled learning environment that is structured and systematic as well as to provide a work environment conducive to personal and educational growth for their staff. At the end of the day, they are committed to teaching both children and staff the love of learning!

Kathy Gray, Owner

Kathy Gray M.Ed. has been in the childcare business for over 16 years. However, she has been in the early childhood business for over 28 years. Kathy has a bachelors degree in Special Education with endorsements in gifted education, adapted physical education, and inclusive education. Kathy is dedicated to providing a safe, loving, developmentally appropriate environment for all the children at Creative Critters daycare centers. She is dedicated to staff training and implementing her exclusive curriculum throughout her centers. Kathy currently directs both our New Kent and West Point locations.

Curtis Gray, Owner

Curtis Gray has been in the childcare business for over 16 years. Curtis holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Christopher Newport University prior to serving in the US Navy. Mr. Curt can often be found at any one of our four centers working with our school-age kiddos or maintaining our buildings. Curtis shares with Kathy the commitment to providing a safe, loving, developmentally appropriate environment for all the children at Creative Critters.


Kristin Tarrant

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Christopher Newport University.  She joined the Creative Critters team in 2008 as an assistant director of our West Point location. She became the director of our Toano location upon its opening in 2009. Kristin has now taken the role of Regional Director of all four of our locations. Kristin is responsible for the daily operations of each location, billing, and assistance with our communication app. You will often see Kristin at any of the four locations assisting our team.


Lisa Hill

Lisa Hill is a Williamsburg James City referred teacher. She has more than 30 years of experience with early childhood education. Lisa onboard our amazing staff as well as works in the classrooms daily on training our staff with best practices in early childhood education.

Our Locations


West Point

New Kent