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Chapel Hill KinderCare

Bernice Starks, Center Director

210 South Elliot Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514
(919) 942-7223 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between 15-501 & Franklin

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No School Age

Our International presence is a unique quality of our school. We currently have students from twelve different countries. The languages are spoken fluently by the children as well as the parents. Our multi-cultural families provide us  the opportunity to have International Festivals, learn about holidays around the world and learn about native customs.

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Welcome to KinderCare Chapel Hill. We look forward to meeting you and your family. We invite you to come and spend time in our school. You will find our staff warm and inviting. At our school we put children first, making sure each child has a fun day of learning and excitement. Our curriculum is present in every classroom focusing on learning through play and addresing each child's need for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Bernice Starks, Center Director

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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.

Our Programs

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.

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 Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


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.

Science Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Is it so- First Day of the Fall Semester

Teachers & Staff

Our staff has 13 years of combined experience working with children, most of which has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and providing a positive, supportive, uplifting atmosphere for the children in their care.

  • Bernice Starks

    Bernice Starks, Center Director

    I enjoy my job because it affords me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children.

    Bernice has been with KinderCare Chapel Hill for seven years and worked in the field of education for 38 years. Her first years were spent working as a Remedial Reading Specialist using The Hoffman Program. Following that she worked as a teacher's assistant in high school for two years and middle school for two years. She has spent 30 years working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Working with children and their families is a true passion for her and she has a wealth of experience to share.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bernice worked for 18 years a a Director in another large preschool prior to this school. Before moving to NC. I worked in several states in Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    CDA from NCCU, Administration credential I & II from Durham College and 46 hours of Early Childhood credits from Durham College.
  • Carmen Abreu- Riley

    Carmen Abreu- Riley, Assistant Director

    It's without saying that given the opportunity to work alongside talented teachers who are devoted to building the minds of children has been a blessing for me. This experience continues to allow me to grow in so many ways in my career as an educator.

    Carmen has been the school administrator at KinderCare Chapel Hill since April 2015. She is currently completing her certification/licensure in Child Life Specialist. She has spent the last 3 years in the area of education working as a floater teacher in NC. Carmen has completed her internship as a preschool teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and has worked well over 9 years in the human service field working with children with disabilities and families. Her love and devotion for working with children and families has given her the passion to continue her goals in providing fundamental learning foundations for children.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2007
    North Carolina Credentials I & II; Child Life Certificate; UMASS Boston Graduate Degree Science in Human Service Management; Bachelors in Art; Associates in Early Childhood Education and Psychology; Administration Credentials I & II from Wake Tech College
  • Ms. Jean

    Ms. Jean, Infant Classroom

    I have a real passion for children. I enjoy seeing all the milestones in their development. Babies are so very special.

    Ms. Jean has worked in the infant room since 1996 and is a bit of an institution in Chapel Hill. Her energetic, loving, enthusiastic care makes parents feel the utmost confidence as they leave their children each day secure in the knowledge they will have a great day of fun and exploration.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Jean was a nanny for 5 years for 2 children. She had also worked and retired from A.J.D Corp for 28 years in Richmond, VA.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1979
    Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Cheyenne

    Ms. Cheyenne, Infant Classroom

    Treat any child, as if they were your own.

    Ms. Cheyenne is originally from Philadelphia, PA. That is where she got started in childcare. She was fresh out of high school when she turned 18 years old and started working in KinderCare where she worked for 3 years.  She has experienced babysitting children from different families and friends. She took a break from work to take care of her children. She moved to North Carolina to start a new life. She has now 3 beautiful children.

    Ms. Cheyenne loves children so much that could see herself being with them all the time. She found a KinderCare here in Chapel Hill and started working. She fell in love with the wonderful children and treat them like they are her own. She plans to further her education in childcare and to become a business owner as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheyenne has previous experience baby sitting and has 3 children of her own.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2000
    Certified in Tece 1
  • Ms. Kamala

    Ms. Kamala, Infant Classroom

    Early childhood education is a challenging, yet rewarding occupation.

    Ms. Kamala joined our school in October and does a wonderful job with the older infants as they begin walking and exploring their environment. She uses her creativity and crafting prowess to create art experiences for the children and displays them beautifully.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kamala worked in Bright Horizons and Durham Nursery and Preschool before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Bachelor's Degree in Multicultural Education, Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Jean

    Ms. Jean, Toddler Classroom

    Children can make the greatest impact in your life, just when you think you're doing the same for them.

    Ms. Jean lives in Mebane, NC which is also the town where she was born and raised. She comes from a large family in which she is number 7 out of 9 brothers and sisters. She has two daughters, Mia and Kenly whose ages are 14 and 4.

    She attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2009. After having her second daughter, Ms. Jean realized she wanted to work with young children. She went to Alamance Community College where she earned her Associate in Arts in early Childhood Education in 2013. Ms. Jean has been employed at KinderCare of Chapel Hill.
    Ms. Jean loves working with the toddlers. It is as though it's not a job because she's doing something she enjoys.

    Previous Experience:
    Includes experiences with her two daughteres, Mia and Kenly.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's in Early Childhood. Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Early Childhood Credential I & II
  • Ms. Shakara

    Ms. Shakara, Toddler Classroom

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no eductaion at all.

    Ms. Shakara is from Warsaw, NC. She has her Bachelor's in Earky Childhood Education from NCCU in Durham, NC. She is currently in school finishing up her Nursing degree.
    Ms. Shakara has been working in childcare since 2011. She loves working at KinderCare and seeing all the children and how they learn. She has always been the person in the family to volunteer to watch the children!
    Ms. Shakara has experience working with ages K-8th grade. After school, she wants to pursue Nursing but still work with children. She loves the feeling of knowing she made a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shakara started out voluntering at the Child Development lab on Campus. She also worked at different learning centers.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Concentration in Child Development from NCCU.
  • Ms. Timber

    Ms. Timber, Discovery Preschool A Classroom

    Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
    -Og Mandino.

    Ms. Timber has worked in the Early Childhood Field for over 14 years. She enjoyes reading, singing and spending time with family and friends. Working with children has been truly a joy for her. Watching the children grow and learn motivates her to be a preschool teacher.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Bachelors in Elementary Education Minor in Sociology.
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Discovery Preschool B Classroom

    Watching the children develop and grow; knowing we play a part in that is why I come to work.

    Ms. Monica has been with KinderCare since 2008 and brings enthusiasm and a calming presence to the  Preschool room. She enjoys teaching the children new concepts during group time and watching them share that knowledge with each other throughout the day.
    Ms. Monica has over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has completed her Child Development Associate at Ellis University and continued her education by completing Early Childhood  courses at Durham Technical Community College.
    She believes teachers need to provide a caring, safe, secure and loving environment for children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica worked at Victory Village before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1988
    Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Sadina

    Ms. Sadina, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children excited about learning. I am passionate about their health and safety.

    Ms. Sadina has been working with children since 1984. She is the mother of two and enjoys teaching and parent involvement. In her classroom, she teaches children to be creative and independent. Ms. Sadina has her Early Childhood Teaching Credentials I and II, and has received her Teacher Assistant's Certification from Alamance Community College. She has been with KinderCare for seven years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sadina was previously a center director and an owner and operator of a four-star center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1977
    Teacher Assistant's Certification, Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II. NC Early Childhood Administration Credential I & II
  • Ms. Shaterra

    Ms. Shaterra, Preschool Classroom

    Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shaterra has worked at other learning centers.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2009
    Credentials I & II. Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences concentration in Family Development & Family Relations
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Pre- Kindergarten

    Ms. Cassandra was born in Elenendorf Air Force Base, Fort Richardson Achorage, Alaska.
    She moved to Augusta, Georgia in her younger years where both parents were in the Army.
    She then moved to South Carolina to finish her high school. Ms. Cassandra has been a preschool teacher over 20 years. She is certified in Early Childhood, and enjoys nurturing and  teaching children.
    In her spare time, she enjoys singing Gospel music, baking and reading.
    She is also a certified nurse assistant, lead teacher qualified and has Director Credential. She enjoys everything that she does, and is eager to come to work each day to make a difference!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassandra has experience working with two year old children.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Associate Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Molly, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom

    It's never the wrong time to learn something new.

    Ms. Molly believes children are never too young to learn and she loves introducing them to new things, information, and experiences. Ms. Molly has been in the Early childhood Education field since 2000. She loves to see how children grow and develop and know she made a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Molly has worked in education since 2000 and has experience working with children preschool through high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2007
    Bachelor's Degree. 23 Credit hours of NC Teaching Lincesure Education.
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Food Nutritionist

    Never leave anyone behind, always take someone's hand; always pull someone up when they are down.

    Before coming to work at Kindercare, Ms. April worked as a production manager and Head Chef at Saint Augustine University. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She has three sisters and two brothers, and she is the mother of Danielle Walker and the grandmother to Taylor Butler. She attended Baltimore International College and graduated in May of 2000. After moving to Durham, NC she joined Union Baptist Church and became a license minister in May of 2004. In May of 2010, she received her Bachelor Degree in Religion and Philosophy, this being her second degree she went on to completing a Master's program in Dinning. She loves to spend time with family and friends and take long walks. She enjoys providing nutritional meals to the children at the school.

    Year Started:
    Baltimore International College; Shaw University; Apex School of Theology.
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Flaoter Teacher

    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    - Unknown.

    Ms. Beverly loves working with children because their inquisitive attitudes and loads of energy make them a joy to be around. She brings fun and energy to all the classrooms. She has worked with all group ages ranging from infants to Pre- K.
    In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, working out, traveling and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beverly has worked at different child care centers in NC
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2010
    Credentials I & II, SIDS & CPR Certified.
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Floater Teacher

    I believe ALL children can learn.

    Ms. Michelle has been working with KinderCare Chapel Hill since 2009. She brings joys and excitement every afternoon to the children in all the classrooms. All children love her!
    She has her B.S Degree in Middle Grades Education, and Intellectually Gifted add -on lincensure. She is currently earning her M.A in Curriculum and Instruction.
    She enjoys participating in Youth activities and is very involved at her church. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has worked since 2009 in the NC Public Education School System. She teaches Languaga Arts and Social Studies to middle school students.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2009
    B.S Degree in Middle Grades Education; Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education (AIG) add-on licensure; currently earning her M.A in Curriculum and Instruction.

August 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Create a Class Cookbook

  2. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Cooking: Fried Rice. Amazing Cooks!

  3. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Kona Ice Truck

  4. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Pajamas Day

  5. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Fitness Rotation

  6. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Friendship Day: Let's Talk About Friends Open House

  7. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Orange Day: Wear your lightest or darkest color orange clothes.

  8. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Street Fair Hosted by 4A

  9. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Visit from the Police Officer

  10. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Practice Bus Safety

  11. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Cooking Safety

  12. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Car Seat Safety Check

  13. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Introduction to Learning Adventures: Sneak Peek Week

  14. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. After School Snack: Pick up a healthy snack on your way home.

  15. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Lemonade Stand

  16. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. A visit from the librarian

  17. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Fireman visit for Lunch

  18. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Is it so- First Day of the Fall Semester

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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Japanese, Turkish, Portuguese, Setswana

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

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

Parents are provided with a code for the keypad entry for safety of our children. Each age group enjoys their own playground that is age-specific and conducive to the growth of each age group's large motor skills. We have two health and safety coordinators at our school. Jean and Linda strive to keep the children in our care healthy and safe by conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring every staff member's First Aid, CPR and SIDS training is up to date, performing weekly playground inspections and maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitation standards.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My older son Graham graduated right here back in 2011, and I spoke at his graduation. Here I am four years later and would like to say a few things to Ms. Bernice and all the teachers. Things that none of us parents have said enough, if at all. Things that we see day in and day out but often take for granted.
I want to thank each and every one of you:
For putting on sunscreen, bug spray, and diaper cream. For changing bandaids, wet pants, and diapers, For wiping bottoms and boogers. For getting out splinters and caring for bruises. For serving nutritious and even vegetarian meals and encouraging healthy eating habits. And even for getting out the occasional acorn stuck in my son's nose at naptime. Our children are healthier because of you.

For keeping our children safe. For having a code to get in and cameras throughout. For the fire drills and tornado drills. For locking the cabinets. For keeping track of where they are in the school. For cleaning thoroughly and insisting that our children wash their hands. And for vigilantly knowing if a child has allergies to the point that our children know each other's allergies and will even shout out "she's allergic to milk, don't give her any." Our children are safer and more secure because of you.

For the diversity of students and the respect you teach for others. For children from India, China, Korea, Malaysia, Africa and America. For your emphasis on collaboration, not competition. And for working together, not against. Our children are tolerant and respect others because of you.

For improving yourselves and our school. For taking classes, training, practicing, and challenging yourselves to be better teachers. For striving to earn awards and certifications. And for earning accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for early Care and Education Programs. Our children are smarter and better prepared for their lifetime of learning because of you.

For improving our children. For helping them learn how to roll over ina crib. How to walk. How to talk. How to feed themselves. How to play nicely with others. How to share. How to read, write, and even to know the difference between a stegosaurus and triceratops.

For your pactience with our children AND with us parents. For keeping calm in the midst of chaos. For being enthusiastic when you read the same book the 100th time and answer 100 questions from the same little boy all within an hour.

For the good mornings, have a good nights, the drop off hugs, and the see you tomorrows, and all the times you've said "have a good one." We and our children are more calm and less stressed because of you.

Because of you and this school, we are better parents with better children.
We're prepared to move ahead, though sad to leave you behind. You've given us and especially our children a strong fpoundation upon which to build their lifetime of growth, learning, and relationships. Hopefully our next adventures will include teachers and administrators as focuses, caring and uplifting as you. We made the right decision to entrust Graham and all our children to your care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Job well done.


- Father

My son Daniel went to the Chapel Hill KinderCare for the past few years. I used several preschools prior and never found the correct fit until I found Chapel Hill KinderCare. I found the same smiling staff that went out of their way to know my child and myself. I feel like we're part of the KinderCare family. The low turnover and wonderful teachers made this a wonderful learning experience. Not to mention the school is always clean. This was the best learning experience, hands down!

- Mother

We love KinderCare Chapel Hill! Our son has been attending since he was 10 weeks old. He is now two years old. The teachers and administrators are warm, communicative and they truly care for the children at the school. Our son is learning so much and can't wait to get to school each day. He especially likes the new music class for two-year-old kids. We would recommend this center to anyone searching for child care in Chapel Hill. You wont find another place where your child's teachers feel more like family.

- Parents

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