Bernice Starks, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
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.
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.
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.
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.
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!
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.
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.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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