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Great Bridge KinderCare

LeQuille Green-Madison, Center Director

929 Cedar Rd. Chesapeake VA 23322
(757) 436-4747 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between Battlefield Blvd & Dominion Blvd

Neighborhood:
Waters Rd. is cross street, next to LightHouse Point Retirement home.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Great Bridge Primary, Great Bridge Intermediate, Cedar Road Elem, Grassfield Elem, Deep Creek Central Elem, BM Williams Elem, Cresswood Intermediate, Butts Rd. Intermediate, Butts Rd. Primary.

Our Refer-a-Friend program allows both current and new families the chance to receive a $200.00 tuition credit.

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Welcome

Welcome to Great Bridge KinderCare where we value your child's needs by assuring that they are happy and safe. We offer a stimulating curriculum that involves learning while having fun.

LeQuille Green-Madison, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Music

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.

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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

All of our staff members are long term and have been with the company for a combined number of over fifty years. We are a team of expert educators who are passionate about your children and their needs. We are a family friendly building so upon entering you will feel as if our center is your home away from home..

  • LeQuille Green-Madison

    LeQuille Green-Madison, Center Director

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

    Ms. Lequille has been a part of the Great Bridge KinderCare family for five years. She has committed her love for children as being a lifelong journey and is very passionate about helping children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Shamika Ellis

    Shamika Ellis, Assistant Director

    If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. - Peter Marshall

    Ms. Shamika was born and raised in Portsmouth, VA.  She has three beautiful kids ages 15, 12, and 10.  During her spare time Shamika loves to shop and spend time with her family.  In 2009, she received her Associates in Administrative Support Technology and her Child Development Associates Credential in 2014.  During her years at KinderCare and great work Shamika was promoted to Assistant Director in June 2015.

    Previous Experience:
    Shamika was a para-professional at JSSEC for 2006-2007 school year. She began working for KinderCare in the summer of 2007 as a Pre- K teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
    Year Started:
    7/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Discovery Preschool

    Failure is not an option!!

    Ms. Jennifer teaching passion began when she was in her teens. As she went through high school and lead her to a degree in Education.  She just love knowing that she is part of educating so many young people that will grow to be the leaders of tomorrow.  Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child when they first learn a new concept or idea. 

    Previous Experience:
    Head Start teacher for 10 yrs, Many years with school district
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Eric Carle and Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    6/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 12
    Education:
    Degree
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Infant Classroom

    I have passion and confidence in knowing I've helped in an infant's development.

    Ms. Diana has been in the childcare field for many years and thought she was ready for semi-retirement, until she came to work with infants at KinderCare. She has enjoyed bonding with the babies and watching their development and growth so much that she is celebrating 20 years with KinderCare this year! Ms. Diana truly can say that she loves coming to work everyday.

    Year Started:
    9/27/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood and Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Deborah

    Ms. Deborah, Infants

    The Lord is my Sheppard, I shall not want. Keep Calm and Smile!!

    Born and raised in Maryland. Ms Debbie has three wonderful children (two girls and one boy) and married twice.  She currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am a Christian who by all means is not perfect, but strives to be good at whatever God - made her to be whether it's a mom, sister, aunt, niece, friend, teacher or daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Two Home Daycares, Head Start, Childtime
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Crayons Talk
    Year Started:
    9/3/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Hazel

    Ms. Hazel, Pre Kindergarten

    In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn.

    Ms Hazel was born and raised in the UK.  She has lived in Chesapeake, Va for 20 years. For 18 years, she has been the Pre-K teacher at Cedar Raod.  Her goal as a Pre-K teacher is to ensure each child is ready for their up-coming Kindergarten year.

    Previous Experience:
    Has previous experience in childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    1/20/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    ECA
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Pre-Kindergarten

    You don't know how strong you are until you have to be.

    Ms. Katie graduated from TCC in 2011 and started working at KinderCare, Febuary 2012.  She has been a teacher in the Preschool class, Toddler class, and now in the Pre-K class. She loves coming to work everyday to seeing the children's smiling faces.  Ms Katie states that its not easy everyday but everyday is fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Portsmouth YMCA 2005-2014, lifeguard, swim instructor, supervisor, party planner
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Elosie, Madeline
    Year Started:
    2/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, School Age

    Put the past behind you. Face the future with gusto!

    Ms. Rebecca was born in Bermuda and traveled the world as a child. She has lived in Chesapeake, Va area 43 years. Now she enjoys traveling on the weekends to new, interesting cities. Ms Rebbeca has a beautiful daughter and a new grandson, her first.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years writing IFSPS for children with disabilities ages 4-10. Ten years caring for a child with disabilities. Four years working as a volunteer coordination Director with the Hr/DD program in Virginia Beach. Five years teaching 1st grade, Five years teaching 3rd grade, six years working with adults with disabilities in long- term care facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    8/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 15
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood/ Family and Child Deelopment
  • Ms. Tabatha

    Ms. Tabatha, Toddler

    If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney

    Ms. Tabatha was born and raised in Northern Va. She started working with children from birth to 4 years of age right after high school.  Tabatha has worked in other centers and in a daycare in her church up in Northern Va.  For five years, she worked in an office but missed working with children so she decided to come back  and work with them again.

    Previous Experience:
    20 Years working with children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm a Little Teapot by Iza Trapani
    Year Started:
    9/3/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 1/2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credentials
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Preschool Classroom

    Look, Listen, Learn!!

    Ms. Naomi is a very loving and passionate teacher. She will go above and beyond the call of duty to assure that your children learn and grow. Her love for her children shows each and everyday through her interactions with the parents as well as through her teachings. She was born and raised in GA and has two beautiful children (one boy and one girl).  Ms. Naomi currently resides in Chesapeake and love looking at nature.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Center, Licensed Family Home Care, Children's Workshop, Children's World, KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Associates Science Degree Early Childhood Certificate, Certificate in Early Childhood Instruction, Certificate in Educational Support Specialist

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 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our center offers a keypad entry, fenced playground as well as staff who are all CPR and First Aid certified.

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

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

Huge thank you to the staff of the Great Bridge KinderCare Learning Center in Chesapeake Va!  I know that when I leave my child in their care that he's being taken care of properly which makes me feel so secure!  They are all like 2nd moms to my son & he loves them dearly!  Ms. LeQuille keeps her staff trained properly & up to date on how to meet each child's needs.  They are all godsend!!! Thank you so much :) ( I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

- Mother

I would like to thank KinderCare for all that they have done for my nephew. The teachers there and the management that are there are so caring. They make sure that all of the kids are well taken care of and that they are learning loads.

- Aunt

We truly appreciate your guidence, support and caring for William. Thank you very much!

- Parents

Thanks for a wonderful school year, and thank you for taking care of me!!!
 

- Child

Thank you for blessing my family by caring for my (Saniaa) granddaughter this year.  You and your staff have been wonderful, warm hearted people who have made a difference in our lives!

- Grandmother
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