Shirl Vandiver, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Sudley Manor Drive & Braemar Village Plaze
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bristow Run, Cedar Point, Chris Yung, Glenkirk, Piney Branch, T. Clay Wood, The Nokesville School
Welcome to the Gainesville KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on creating a comfortable, yet challenging atmosphere to promote your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. At our center, your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for education and nurturing children. Our parents consider us an extension of their family, and we know you will too.
Shirl Vandiver, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
Phonics & Reading Adventures
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
Teachers & Staff
We are very proud of our staff here at the Gainesville KinderCare. They have a genuine passion for teaching and it is apparent through their practice of sharing meaningful moments every single day. They are committed to the success of each child in their classroom, and that is evident through their implementation of our world-class curriculum. Their engagement with children and families is sure to make you feel comfortable and welcome.
Shirl Vandiver, Center Director
Where else can you work with people who love you unconditionally, consistently remind you how to have fun, and make you laugh and cry all at the same time? I can't imagine being in any other profession.
Shirl became the director of the Gainesville KinderCare in July 2011. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from Radford University, with a concentration in Child Care Administration/Teaching. She has always enjoyed working with children, and considers it a privilege to be able to do what she loves every single day. She strives to provide a family atmosphere at KinderCare and wants to be sure that each family feels happy, relaxed, and secure. She has always lived locally, and is happily married with three boys.
- Year Started:
- 6 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 22 years
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development
Cindy Cronin, Assistant Director
I am honored to be a part of a quality early childhood program that creates meaningful moments everyday. My passion is to give every child an enriched beginning and provide opportunities for families to come together as a community and celebrate the education of young children.
Cindy has been with KinderCare since 1988. She earned her Child Development Associate Certification in 1997. Her experience as a teacher, assistant director, and district trainer has given her the opportunity to be a mentor to many staff throughout the years. She enjoys working with children and her joy is to see their smiles at the start and end of each day. She always has a welcoming smile and creates a happy, inviting atmosphere at the center for parents and children alike. She is happily married with two daughters, and four beautiful grandchildren.
- Year Started:
- 28 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 25 years
- Child Development Associate's credential
Ms. Melanie, Infant Classroom
I love watching the infants develop socially and physically. It is exciting to be able to celebrate all of their achievements and see the look on their faces when they reach that new milestone.
Ms. Melanie has been with the Gainesville KinderCare since the opening of the center in 2005. She is a Lead Teacher in our Infant Room and loves being able to engage with the babies and their families everyday. Ms. Melanie has a passion for creating an enriched environment in which the babies can thrive. She always takes the time to make each family feel comfortable, especially the new parents dropping off their brand new babies for the first time. She loves making the Infant Room their home away from home. Ms. Melanie is happily married and has one son.
- Year Started:
- 12 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 10 Years
Ms. Andreina, Infants/Toddlers
Teaching is a fun, wonderful experience for me. I love to watch the children discover new ideas each day.
Ms. Andreina has been with the Gainesville KinderCare since 2006. She is a Lead Teacher in our Infant/Toddler classroom and loves this stage in development. She loves to transform her classroom into a different theme each month, and set up new play experiences for the Infants and Toddlers to explore freely. She encourages each of her students at their own pace, and loves to watch them reach all of their developmental milestones. Ms. Andreina his happily married and has two children of her own.
Ms. Ronee, Discovery Preschool
I love forming a bond with each student and their family, and enjoy seeing their smiles each day.
Ms. Ronee has been with the Gainesville KinderCare since 2007. She is a Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. Ms. Ronee has a passion for teaching and loves to plan developmentally appropriate activities to meet the needs of the individual child. She strives to discover the needs and interests of all the students, and often adjusts to ensure each child is having fun while learning without frustration. She is married and has two daughters of her own.
Ms. Jennifer, PreKindergarten
I love knowing I can make a difference in a child's life by doing what I love each day.
Ms. Jennifer has been with the Gainesville KinderCare since 2008. She is a Lead Teacher in our PreKindergarten Classroom and loves the opportunity to implement our world class curriculum. She enjoys enhancing the class discovery areas to ensure each child is provided the best foundation to adequately prepare them for their transition into kindergarten. She loves hearing the socialization happen among her students and the connections they make with each other about the things they are learning. Ms. Jennifer is happily married and has one daughter.
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.
Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!
About Our Center
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
Languages Spoken at Our Center
Meals & Menus
- PM Snack
We observe the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Health and Safety
We are proud to put your child's safety first and foremost. Our keypad entry and fenced in playground make sure your child is safe while in our care. We change the code often to ensure that only our current families have access. Most of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified, and background checks are conducted regularly.
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Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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