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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Shaterra is outgoing, kind hearted, and loving. She is an absolute lover of life and strive to keep only those positive things a part of it. Although she very recent obtained her degree in Child Development and Family Relations, Ms. Shaterra is not new to the child care field. She has six years experience working with children of all age groups. Her genuine love for children and passion for their upbringing lead her to believe that she has the best job in the world. Ms. Shaterra truly loves what she does! Outside of work she loves to site see. She finds joy in exploring and traveling. She plans to always be in tact with this field but will be obtaining a master's degree in Professional Counseling soon.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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