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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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

    Amy has been in the childcare industry for 29 years teaching her first class in June of 1988. She has earned an early childhood associate and has taught dance to children of all ages. A Boston native, Amy made Virginia her home and plans to stay with the KinderCare family!

    Year Started:
    5/14/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    You can find Ashley in the Infant and/or Toddler classroom. She started working at KinderCare almost a year ago and her experiences with the children in each room has made her a more well-rounded teacher when it comes to different ages and stages in each child and group. She has been working with children for four years now by extending her work through babysitting a licensed church daycare and licensed childcare centers. She loves being able to see each and every child learn and grow from their developmental stages and to actually make their own mini milestones while trying to reach their personal goals. KinderCare has taught her to not just teach a child what they need to know for the next age group but to actually extend her heart and love to each and every child she comes into contact with. KinderCare teaches love and with that we can rest assured that our children will not be behind in their life experiences.

    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Toddler Classroom

    The "I did it" look on children's faces when they try and succeed at new learning concepts is what inspires me everyday.

    I am so happy to be a part of the Chester KinderCare family.  I have been in childcare for over five years now.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and my bulldog especially at the beach.  Science experiments and crafts are some of my favorite things to do with children.  My Early Childhood education started during 2011-2012 where I completed the Child Development course at the Chesterfield Technical Center.  I am currently certified in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid.  In August, I will have completed and received my Child Development Associates Degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kim is a parent, sister, and a child. She is very kind and nurturing to all she comes into contact with. She loves being a part of the children in her care and the interactions she has with them. She believes in partnering with families in creating a safe atmosphere for children to learn and grow.

    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, 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. Trinity

    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
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "No two days are the same; Every day offers new experiences and opportunities.

    Lauren has been working with young children since her junior year of high school. She is currently pursuing an associate degree in Early Childhood Development at John Tyler.  Her favorite thing about teaching is watching her students grow and become amazing people. Children love being in her classroom because it is more than a school. We are family!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Red Racer by Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Amber joined the KinderCare family a little over six months ago but it feels like she's been here forever! She came with a bachelor's degree in Education Studies but plans to further her education to possess a Master's of Arts in Teaching. She has not had any experience with early learning centers but has been in various classroom settings for internships of multiple age groups throughout her time in college. The love she receives from the children when she walks into our classroom is indescribable and it is a beautiful way to begin each day. Her love for children is immense and being a part of their growth and development means the world to her!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

    Year Started:
    11/2/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • 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

    Ms. Jennifer, Cook

    Ms. Jennifer's favorite thing about teaching is being able to positively impact children daily. She also likes cooking their meals because she knows 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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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

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