Tina Nesbit, Center Director
Welcome to Burke Lake KinderCare! We are very excited to share our center with you. Our world-class curriculum, amazing teachers with nearly 250 years combined experience, and our commitment to children's growth and learning are what sets us apart from other child care centers.
Burke Lake KinderCare has been a part of the Burke community since 1984 and we are proud and honored to have watched the children we've served grow up to be life-long learners for decades and look forward to decades more!
We would love for your family to join our family. Please call us today to set up a tour, we would love to show you around our wonderful center.
Tina Nesbit, 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.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
Teachers & Staff
Our teachers are the heart of our center. It's their passion for teaching and nurturing, and their love for the children that keeps our center flourishing. We have seasoned teachers who've been with us for over 20 years as well as brand new teachers who've joined us just this month. Together, we make for an excellent team and we're very fortunate we work in this field!
Tina Nesbit, Center Director
Hena joined the KinderCare Team in September of 2015 as the Center Director of Burke Lake. Prior to joining this Center, she was the Director at Kiddie Academy of Gainesville for 2 1/2 years. In addition, Hena was the Assistant Director at Chesterbrook Academy for 1 year. Hena attended the University of Virginia and obtained her B.A. in Child Psychology and attended Lynchburg College to obtain her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. When Hena is not working, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her niece and nephew. When she grows up, Hena wants to become a children's author and write lots of little kids books!
- Previous Experience:
- 15 years teaching 1st grade. 2 years as an Assistant Center Director. 2 years as a Center Director.
- Favorite Children's Book:
- Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Year Started:
- 1 Year
- Years in ECE industry:
- Master's in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology
Michael Balderrama, Assistant Director
Michael joined the Burke Lake KinderCare team in 2007. He started as a teacher in our Prekindergarten classroom and has taught in just about every classroom from Infants through School Age. He has also been an important part of our Learning Adventures program here as both the Cooking Adventures and Math Adventures teacher. After working with the children at KinderCare and realizing what a difference he could make in their lives each day, and the impact they had on his life, it made him realize that working with children would be his career. Michael has formal education in the areas of Child Development and Psychology and is currently working towards his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology. In his free time he likes to stay active with sports and with community involvement.
- Year Started:
- 10 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 7 Years
- Associate's Degree in Psychology, Pursuing Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens
What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens.
Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals
For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters.
The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.
At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!
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.
- Part-Day Preschool & PreKindergarten
- Extremely diverse staff and student population
Languages Spoken at Our Center
Meals & Menus
- AM Snack
- 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
At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Our teachers receive on-going training that not only focuses on best practices for educating early learners, but also the best health & safety practices to ensure the safest environment possible for your child. Plus, our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance so you can rest at ease during your busy day knowing that your child is in good hands.
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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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