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Pump Road KinderCare

Sarah Berry, Center Director

1001 Pump Rd. Henrico VA 23238
(804) 740-0020 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
One block West of Patterson and Pump between Canterberry Apts.

Neighborhood:
Pump & Patterson

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maybeury, Carver, Pinchbeck, Pemberton, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, and St. Mary's Catholic School.

Welcome to the Pump Road KinderCare! We are excited to invite you to our center and welcome you to our home away from home. 

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center located on Pump Road. We take great pride in teaching and watching each and every child learn and grow with us. We offer an excellent literacy-based education curriculum as well as many extra enrichment programs. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Everything we do is designed with purpose and opportunity to teach skills that serve as building blocks for a lifetime of learning. So, whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Sarah Berry, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday July 27, 2016
    1. Make an obstacle course

  2. Thursday July 28, 2016
    1. National refreshment day

      + Breakfast to go
      Enjoy some refreshments on us!

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Pump Road KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. When you visit you will see that our program is designed to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We are a team that is committed to bringing the highest quality early childhood education. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at the Pump Road KinderCare, our parents consider us to be a part of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of caring and dedicated teachers. Together we have 140 years experience working with children.

  • Sarah Berry

    Sarah Berry, Center Director

    KinderCare has provided me with great experience working with, and learning from children of every age. I love the smiles and laughter I gain every time I see a child learn something new and apply it in their own unique way! As a director I get the privilege of observing and aiding each teacher in their classroom, and am always excited to see all the fun ways a teacher educates and develops the minds of children in their care.

    Sarah first joined KinderCare in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2006 and then transferred to Richmond in 2012. While working for KinderCare in Tennessee she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology and then left KinderCare for two years to complete the coursework for her Master's Degree in Psychology. While with KinderCare she has enjoyed teaching classrooms of every age, as well as Learning Adventures, and has enjoyed providing support to teachers and families as both an Assistant Director and Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah has previous experience as a Reading tutor for Elementary age children, counselor for a summer care program, research assistant for an infant studies lab, and an instructor of a college level research methods writing course. Sarah joined the Pump Road KinderCare after working as an Assistant Director for the West End Drive KinderCare for a year.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Glynis Riccio, Assistant Director

    Being a PreK teacher is all about knowing not only when to be silly but how to be silly as well!  Being able to tap into my silliness is what helps me connect with kids and allows me to be an effective educator.

    Glynis comes to us from Savannah, Georgia.  Her undergraduate work was completed in Special Education and she received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Georgia Southern University.  She has worked in education for the past 17 years in many capacities - Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal and Special Education Program Manager for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  In addition, she as employed by VCU as a PreK Teacher before beginning her new career with us.  Her love of children has led her to our center and she is very excited to be here with us.  She has a passion for children, her family and animals - particularly her tuxedo polydactyl cat, Kevin.  She likes to educate children on the responsibility we have to all living things and makes it a point to include animals in all of her lessons. 

    Previous Experience:
    Glynis has worked as a PreK Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Special Education District Staffing Specialist, Assistant Principal and a Special Education Program Manager .
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "What Do You Do With an Idea?" by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    6/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    B.S. - Special Education, M.Ed. - Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Ms. Manu

    Ms. Manu, Infant Classroom

    I have been working here for 16 years and still every day feels like an exciting new experience because I get to witness babies discovering the world!

    Ms. Manu has been a teacher for the children and families of the Pump Road KinderCare for 16 years! She has provided a consistent and compassionate education to all the infants that have joined and developed in her classroom. The role she fills as an infant teacher has touched many lives and she enjoys seeing the children grow as they develop and move on to each of the classrooms within the Center. One of the joys she receives as infant teacher is having new families enroll their little ones in her class after great recommendations from previous families. The Pump Road KinderCare often has visitors with children that have been in the care of Ms. Manu and wish to say hi and catch up with their very first teacher. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Abra, Infants

    Ms. Abra joined the Pump Rd. KinderCare after working as a teacher in another center that closed in the nearby area. Along with Ms. Abra the center gained families that still call KinderCare their home away from home and she enjoys getting to watch these and all the other children at the center learn and grow. Ms. Abra has a warm heart and enjoys doing amazing artwork with the infants in her classroom. She is often asked for help from other classrooms to work on amazing art projects. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Fox in Sox" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infants

    Live, learn and love!

    Ms. Ashley was born and raised in Richmond.  She graduated from Huguenot High School and went to college at VCU, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.   She loves working with children and is currently in the infant room.  She enjoys the innocence, the purity of spirit and the carefree happiness that children possess.  She stated that she learns from them how to be a better teacher all the time. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley worked previously in the childcare setting with ages 2 to 14.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge" by Jerry Pallotta and Howard McWilliam
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BA in Communication from VCU
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Toddlers

    Ms. Brooke joined the Pump Rd. KinderCare as an Infant teacher. When it was time for many of the infants to make the transition from the infant class to the toddler class she helped both the children and their families have a smooth transition to their new classroom. As a toddler teacher she has enjoyed watching the children she first met as infants learn and grow. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Shaunda

    Ms. Shaunda, Toddlers

    Ms. Shaunda enjoys getting to know each of the children in her care. Families love talking with Ms. Shaunda about their child's day and how they are learning and developing at home as well. She makes sure families know what the children in her care are learning and doing each day. From teaching families the tune of the song their child is beginning to sing at home to sharing cute stories about what their child did today, Ms. Shaunda shows each family in her class how much their child means to her with her everyday care routines. 

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sanja, Discovery Preschool

    Hugs make everything better!!

    Ms. Sanja is originally from Croatia. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sanja has had experience with all ages of children through the years in her positions as an au pair and teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Bear Says Thanks" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Preschool

    I enjoy creating good memories with the children I teach.

    Ms. Belinda was born and raised in Richmond.  She graduated from Deep Run High School in 2013 and is currently working on completion of her CDA through Rasmussen College.  She has worked with both the Discovery PreSchool and Preschool classes at our center.  She enjoys writing poetry and music. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Belinda worked as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Godwin High School before joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Bunnicula" by James Howe
    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working on completion of CDA
  • Mr. Christopher

    Mr. Christopher, Preschool

    I believe in love and communication.

    Mr. Christopher joined the Pump Rd. KinderCare to teach in the School Age classroom. Since joining the center he has taught in our Preschool and PreK classes as well. The children in his care enjoy sharing new discoveries and learning moments with Mr. Christopher each day. From teaching a child in PreK how to tie their shoes to listening to each child in his care to help them to learn and grow in an environment he helps shape around their individual needs. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Christopher has worked as a substitute teacher for grades Prek through 12th for the Chesterfield and Richmond Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    BA in English
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a positive influence on the children, and I love seeing the happy expression on the children’s faces when they learn something new.

    Ms. Alma provides the Pump Road KinderCare with an exciting, positive attitude and loves her job and the people and children she gets to work with each day. As a PreKindergarten teacher Ms. Alma prepares children to enter into Kindergarten and provides children and their families with a peace of mind that they are ready to begin the next educational chapter of life with the knowledge and confidence children need to excel! Ms. Alma also serves as a Health and Safety Coordinator for the Pump Road KinderCare and helps to maintain and promote safety throughout the Center. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Travis

    Ms. Travis, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Travis joined the Pump Rd. KinderCare in the summer of 2014 after transfering from Enlightened Beginnings where she worked as a teacher for almost 7 years! Ms. Travis has enjoyed the PreKindergarten children and has done an excellent job with curriculum and preparing them for a successful year in KIndergarten.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Anna has been working at the Pump Rd. KinderCare for one year and has been a Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Toddler Teacher. She enjoys working with all of these age groups and helps with curriculum and care in many of the classrooms. Ms. Anna enjoys singing with the children, working on curriculum activities in the classroom, and helping new children adjust to their new routine and classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Anna worked as an assistant Preschool teacher in California.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Candy

    Ms. Candy, School Age

    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

    Ms. Candy has been at the Pump Rd. KinderCare for five months. She previously has worked for Enlightened Beginnings and other KinderCare Centers. She enjoys working with this age group helping to develop and embrace their uniqueness and individuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candy has previously worked as a teacher and care provider in the home setting, as well as worked at multiple other KinderCares.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Cook

    Ms. Sheila enjoys providing care and nutrition to every child and teacher that attends the Pump Rd. KinderCare. She also enjoys helping as a teacher in the infant classroom during the morning hours when children are arriving for their day.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Christie

    Ms. Christie, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I can truly say that I have found what I love doing! I know that every interaction I have with children in my classes will have a lasting impact.

    Ms. Christie joined the Pump Road KinderCare in 2014 as the Learning Adventures teacher. She enjoys working one-on-one with many of the children in our center helping them better develop their math, music, literacy and many other important educational skills. Each child in the Center enjoys being a part of one of her Learning Adventure Classes and she is always excited to enroll new children to join her in growing their minds through fun-filled activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christie has previously worked as a Chief Math Assistant for an area tutoring center. She tutored children, aged three through school age.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Mathematics
  • Ms. Cameron, Teacher

    Ms. Cameron enjoys helping each classroom and supporting all the teachers and children in the Pump Rd. KinderCare. 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015

July 2016 Events

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  1. Monday July 04, 2016
    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

  2. Friday July 08, 2016
    1. Make a rain experiment inside

      + Parents night out

  3. Monday July 11, 2016
    1. Celebrate hot dog month

      What do you like on your hot dog?

  4. Tuesday July 12, 2016
    1. Wear yellow for summer

  5. Wednesday July 13, 2016
    1. French Fry Day

      + Family Dinner

  6. Thursday July 14, 2016
    1. National Mac and Cheese Day

  7. Friday July 15, 2016
    1. Give something away day

      Bring a book to swap with a friend

  8. Monday July 18, 2016
    1. Global hug your kid day

  9. Tuesday July 19, 2016
    1. Celebrate Honey Month

      Where does honey come from?

      +Breakfast to go

  10. Wednesday July 20, 2016
    1. Space Exploration Day

      Build a rocket ship

  11. Thursday July 21, 2016
    1. Pick your favorite decade and dress up

  12. Friday July 22, 2016
    1. Celebrate Parents Day

      St. Jude's Trik-A-Thon

  13. Monday July 25, 2016
    1. Red Shoe Day

  14. Tuesday July 26, 2016
    1. Tie Dye Day

  15. Wednesday July 27, 2016
    1. Make an obstacle course

  16. Thursday July 28, 2016
    1. National refreshment day

      + Breakfast to go
      Enjoy some refreshments on us!

  17. Friday July 29, 2016
    1. Read outside today

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

We provide a safe and nurturing “home away from home” learning environment. Health and safety is just as important to us as it is to our families. Safety starts right at the front door with keypad entry and individual family codes for signing in and out each day. We take every measure to make sure our children are protected and cared for at all times. Our teachers are trained frequently on proper safety techniques from CPR and First Aid to proper food handling. We follow state licensing guidelines for safety inside and outside of our center.

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.

To the staff at Pump Road KinderCare,<br /> The sad time has come that Joey’s last day at the Center will be Thursday August 29th. We have moved and when school starts, it will be out of this district.<br /> I wanted to say Thank You! To each of you that has had a role in taking care of my son from Toddler-hood through “Big Kid” status. He has made some sweet friends (with students, teachers and staff) and some fond memories.<br /> We wish you all the best! Thank you again for all your love and patience you’ve shown him through the years.<br /> With much appreciation, Ryan and Joe.

- Father
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