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Pump Road KinderCare

Emily Bullen, 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, Pinchback, Pemberton, Short Pump, Gayton Elem.

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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!

Emily Bullen, 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.

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.

  • Emily Bullen

    Emily Bullen, Center Director

    Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don't begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten." - Robert. L. Ehrlich

    Emily earned her Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies in 2012. She has been part of the Knowledge Universe family since 2007. Emily enjoys helping families and children with their first school experiences and feels as though being Director gives her the best of both worlds. She is committed to providing parents a piece of mind by ensuring their children are in a nurturing and positive learning environment. Emily’s wish if for each child to be given the opportunity to be the best they can be each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Emily was an Assistant Director at another center before relocating to Richmond, Virginia.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies
  • Sarah Berry

    Sarah Berry, Assistant 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 an assistant 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 an Assistant 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:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Abra

    Ms. Abra, Infant Classroom

    I love the ability to help children grow and build their knowledge to create a solid foundation.

    Ms. Abra has over six years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She enjoys working with babies. She enjoys being there for them and enjoys being able to be a part of their growth and development. Ms. Abra provides a warm smile and friendly face to all the children and families at the Pump Road KinderCare and each infant and their family are always glad to see her. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Abra has previous experience educating and providing care for both Toddlers and Infants.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Manu

    Ms. Manu, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because there is never a day when I am the only teacher. Even though my profession is that of a teacher, I know that I have learned just as much from my children as they have learned from me. The children embody an innocence, creativity and pure love of life that many adults have lost. It is wonderful to be able to help cultivate that! The role that I know I can have in the children’s lives inspires me to come to work everyday. What they learn in these early stages of life is a precursor to the way that they will interpret and see the world one day. I know that a good support system is one of the most significant steps towards independence.

    Ms. Manu has been a teacher for the children and families of the Pump Road KinderCare for 14 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:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Infants

    I have always loved children. I love watching them learn and grow!

    Ms. Tina joined the Pump Road KinderCare in October 2014 beginning in the Toddler and Infant classrooms. As one of the infant teachers she fosters the development of many important milestones in the infants. Ms. Tina is very good at encouraging the learning that happens during curriculum activities, and can often be found spending time on the floor with the little ones sharing in activities with them and capturing their learning by taking pictures. 
    -Ms. Tina has two daughters of her own. She loves the beach, camping, and spending time with her family, as well as driving around in her Jeep.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina has gained experience working in a few different childcare centers over the 24 years she has worked in early childhood education. She also has enjoyed helping a couple families as a nanny for their children.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
  • Ms. Victoria, Infants

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
  • Ms. Krysten, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
  • Annette, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/1/2015
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Toddler Classroom

    Seeing a child grow and be healthy and happy is why I come to work everyday. They are the future and I'm proud to be a part of the building blocks of that.

    Ms. Briana is new to the Richmond area. She loves reading and singing with the Toddler Children in her class and helping to build their creativity. She has an older sister who is hearing impaired and loves using the sign language that she learned from her own home life in the Toddler Classroom with the children. She has her Child Development Associates and is a mother of two who attend the Pump Road KinderCare as well. She would love for you to come in to meet her and show you around her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Briana has previous experience working with and caring for children with special needs. She has worked with many ages including Infants, Toddlers, and Twos and enjoys them all!
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Belinda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/1/2015
  • Ms. Monda

    Ms. Monda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and feel that the Two-year-old classroom is my area of expertise.

    Ms. Monda has worked for KinderCare and another Knowledge Universe Learning Center for over 13 years. She loves providing care and education to young children and feels that the two-year-old class is the age where she can truly let her expertise shine.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Houda, Preschool

    I enjoy giving children the greatest care and education during their youth.

    Ms. Houda joined the Pump Road KinderCare after teaching at the West End Drive KinderCare for a year and a half. She has taught in many classrooms and enjoys being able to help children learn and grown in each classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Houda has previously worked for the West End Drive KinderCare helping out in many of the classrooms. She has also worked with families in the past helping to care for them in their own homes.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Social Science and Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the looks on my students' faces when they "get it". Nothing is better than seeing a skill I have taught carried through!

    Ms. Trish has worn many hats during her 10 years with KinderCare! She started as a Preschool teacher and has since been a Center Trainer, Program Specialist, and an Assistant Director. While all of these positions have been awe inspiring for her, the one she loves the most is being a Preschool teacher. She feels being able to be creative and teach at the same time is the best role to fill!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Prekindergarten 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:
    12 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:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, 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:
    1 Year
    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:
    24 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:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Christopher, School Age

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
  • 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 sill have a lasting impact.

    Ms. Christie joined the Pump Road KinderCare this year 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:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Mathematics
  • Ms. Gloria, School Age Bus Driver

    Year Started:
    11/1/2014

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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.

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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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