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Chapel Hill KinderCare

Amber Schermer, 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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between 15-501 & Franklin

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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.

Amber Schermer, 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.


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?

Science Adventures

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

  • Amber Schermer

    Amber Schermer, Center Director

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

    Ms. Amber has worked as School Director with KinderCare for 13 years and with a total experience in Early Childhood for 18 years. During her time with KinderCare she has had the joy of meeting so many friends who have become more like family to her. The everyday interactions with the children and their families are what she enjoys most about being a Director. She wants families to feel as if they are in their second home. In her spare time Ms. Amber enjoys spending timw with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber started as an Infant teacher, she also worked as School Age, Preschool teacher and finally working as an Assistant Director all at a Private owned schools. She started as a Center Director om 2003.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood. Administration Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Assistant Director

    Enriching children by educating to treat others the way they would like to be treated.

    Ms. Stephanie has an 11 year old son, who is her absolute pride and joy. She was born and raised in the Daytona Beach, FL area. She has worked in childcare for the last 16 years. Ms. Stephanie has done everything from teaching in a classroom, tutoring to running children’s fitness classes. Ms. Stephanie earned her Associates of the Arts degree in Elementary Education at Daytona State College and is continuing her education further in early childhood development. Her favorite things to do are hiking, swimming and trying new foods, fortunately Durham has a ton of fun new restaurants to explore. Ms. Stephanie's philosophy in childcare is to teach children by setting the example of treating others the way you would like to be treated. Ms. Stephanie transferred to Chapel Hill KinderCare from South Square KinderCare where she held the position of Assistant Director. She is extremely excited to be a part of this school and cannot wait to meet all of you!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has transferred from other KinderCare school.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1999
    Associates of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • 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:
    20 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:
    2 Years
    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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Bachelor's Degree in Multicultural Education, Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2010
    Credentials I & II, SIDS & CPR Certified.
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's in Early Childhood. Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Early Childhood Credential I & II
  • Ms. Tyrieka

    Ms. Tyrieka, Toddler Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

    Ms. Tyrieka is a Fall 2015 graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. Watching children learn and develop has been a passion of mine for a really long time. She will go out of the way to ensure that her students reach their highest potential.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2013
    Bachelor Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development & Family Relations
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Ms. Lauren Kuplic recently joined the KinderCare team, taking the lead in the Discovery Preschool classroom. Ms. Lauren brings a wealth of experience working with children from Infant to Sixteen. She focuses on the child's individual needs while bringing the kids to being part of a overall family environment. Lauren is always looking and incorporating new ideas into her class from pintrest, Education modules and KinderCare workshops.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren has many years of experience working as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 200
    Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    8 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:
    10 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. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Pre- Kindergarten

    Teachers who love teaching, Teach children to love learning.

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Associate Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Center Support

    Children are our future; teach them well and they will make a difference in our world.

    Ms. Sandra has recently joined the KinderCare team. She brings over 15 years of experience working with children of very different ages from early age through 3rd grade. Teaching children is truly her passion.  She attended St. Augustine College and continued her education through Meredith College where she received her BA in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master's Degree. Ms. Sandra enjoys traveling to different places, shopping and spending quality time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandra has experience working with grade levels Early Learning- 3rd grade, with special needs children. She has also experience as Teacher Assistant in Public Schools
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There Once Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 15 years
    Major in Early Childhood Education, MInor in Psychology. Early Childhood Credentials I & II. SIDS, First Aid, CPR certified.
  • Ms. Timber

    Ms. Timber, Center Support

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Bachelors in Elementary Education Minor in Sociology.
  • 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:
    7 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.

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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.

Thank you so much KinderCare and staff for the AMAZING education you gifted to our daughter during her tenure there! We truly owe you a debt of gratitude!

- Parents

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

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

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

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