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Chester KinderCare

Tanya Hall, Center Director

4021 W. Hundred Rd. Chester VA 23831
(804) 796-1464 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Corner of Chester Road & Winfree (Route 10)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Curtis, Harrowgate, CC Wells, Ecoff,

Now enrolling all ages!

Welcome

Our KinderCare is a positive learning climate comprised of many things. It is a place that respects children. It is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where children can experiment and try out new ideas without fear or failure. It is an atmosphere that builds children’s self-confidence so they dare to take risks. It is an environment that nurtures a love of learning. And it is a second home in which every child feels loved, nurtured, and taken care of.

Tanya Hall, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have a variety of staff members that bring different skills and abilities to our center. Some of our staff members have been here since the 1990's and house a variety of degrees from Child Development Associate's Credentials to Master's! Our staff is like one big family and all of them share the same mission; which is the growth and education of our children.

  • Tanya Hall

    Tanya Hall, Center Director

    Being a part of the foundation leading to the success of children's future endeavors through daily interactions as well as partnering with families is what I love most about my job.

    Tanya Hall has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 1997 and has held various positions from Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Educational Coordinator and Assistant Director. In 2000, she became a Center Director working at various locations before coming here to the Chester center.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/14/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Amy Ring

    Amy Ring, Assistant Director

    Ms. Shawna has been with KinderCare since the Fall of 2011. She recently moved to the Chester location and has made it her home! She has a love for early childhood education and a drive for success. She has earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Early Childhood Education and plans to further her education to a Masters!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Over the years Ms. Kourtney has worked in child care and has been involved in volunteer work at the American Red Cross. She is continuing her education in American Sign Language. She uses sign language with our infants and hopes to one day help children with hearing disabilities.

    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has been with KinderCare since 2007. She began her KinderCare career as a floating teacher, helping children of all ages. Ms. Nicole then moved into teaching our Discovery Preschool classroom and has most recently joined the team of teachers in our Infant classroom. When Ms. Nicole has down time, she likes to read and create art projects with her daughter.

    Year Started:
    12/5/2016
  • Ms. Doreen

    Ms. Doreen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Doreen has been at our KinderCare for ten years now. She currently heads up our discovery preschool program and is not only the Health and Safety coordinator, but also holds a key as a third in charge. She always has a smile on her face and her love of children shows in her classroom everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Doreen was a teacher's Aide for both Elementary School and Middle school.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Marquita

    Ms. Marquita, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Marquita's favorite thing about teaching is being a part of a child's growth and development. She is inspired to come to work every day just seeing children be excited when they discover something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Place You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
  • Ms. Kristin, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching making personal connections to the children. I enjoy seeing them go through the process of mastering new concepts.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Eric Carl book

    Year Started:
    5/8/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Trinity, Preschool Classroom

    I love walking in the doors of the Chester KinderCare because every day brings a new adventure full of the children's creativity through activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    11/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Trumaine

    Mr. Trumaine, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Trumaine came to KinderCare in May of 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Heath and Physical Education. He has previous experience being a teen supervisor at the Colonial Heights Recreation Department and Teen Center, an after school tutor and a substitute teacher. His love of teaching really shows in his classroom. The children really look up to Mr. Trumaine and they truly enjoy having a male figure to relate and look up to.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education
  • Ms. Jennifer, Cook

    My favorite thing about teaching is being able to positively impact children daily. I also like cooking their meals because I know they are not only nutritious but yummy too!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/22/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

• New Year’s Day

• Memorial Day

• Independence Day

• Labor Day

• Thanksgiving

• Day After Thanksgiving

• Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our motto here at The Chester KinderCare is "cleanliness and safety are key". We strive to make our learning environments not only clean, but inviting. We ensure the safety of our children and staff by allowing access to the building only through our coded entry door and our name to face counts done every half an hour. Our staff members are all CPR and First Aid certified. We always have a MAT trained staff member on hand, and we have an in-house Health and Safety Coordinator.

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.

My daughter has attended KinderCare for almost two years. From the moment we toured the center, to this morning when she was dropped off, the staff has been nothing but loving, nurturing and kind. This is the only daycare that we toured in which I felt that the child's spirit was nurtured. Everyone you encounter greets the child by name and has something sweet to say, letting the child know that they are valued and the staff is excited to see them. Even on days when my daughter has the option to stay at home she asks to go to daycare! Each day she learns something new and is excited to share it. The staff has made learning fun and I believe helped to instill a love of learning and curiosity that will serve her throughout her life. The environment is bright, colorful and full of laughter.
The staff is always available to address any questions about my child's day or the curriculum. As a working mom it is comforting to know that there is a place that genuinely cares about your child and is taking the best care of them possible.

- Mother
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