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Pump Road KinderCare

Tracey Wood, 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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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. 

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!

Tracey Wood, 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

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

  • Tracey Wood

    Tracey Wood, Center Director

    I enjoy building relationships with the children, their parents, and our staff. I strive to make each family have a positive and rewarding experience while with us.

    Tracey has been in the educational field for 20 years. She has worked with all ages of children in her experience. She has taught in early education settings, elementary school, and middle school. She enjoys watching children grow and learn. She also enjoys getting to know their families and building relationships with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Tracey has previous experience working as a Preschool teacher, Middle School Teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies/Education
  • 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:
    4 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BA in Communication from VCU
  • 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. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Discovery Preschool

    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. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Preschool

    I enjoy creating good memories with the children I teach.

    Ms. Belinda was born and raised in Richmond.  She has completed her CDA through Rasmussen College.  She has worked with both the Discovery PreSchool and Preschool classes at our center. Ms. Belinda is a very kind and caring teacher and her ability to reinforce positive social and emotional skill development shows in the routine behaviors of the children in her class. She is often observed spending time with the children in the Preschool class modeling and encouraging prosocial behavior. She also enjoys writing poetry and music and incorporates those passions into the education of the Holstein in the Preschool class. 

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working on completion of CDA
  • 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:
    10 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:
    3 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:
    26 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Mathematics

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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