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Brandermill KinderCare

Emily Bullen, Center Director

2900 Foxchase Lane Midlothian VA 23112
(804) 744-6814 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently transport to the following schools: Swift Creek Elementary Evergreen Elementary Spring Run Elementary Clover Hill Elementary Winterpock Elementary Crenshaw Elementary Alberta Smith Elementary

Welcome to Brandermill KinderCare. We look forward to meeting you and your family. The education and well-being of your child is very important to us and we look forward to assisting you when it comes to ensuring the best for your child. Here at Brandermill  KinderCare, we are very family oriented and we feel that your child should come first. It is a privilege to be allowed to be a part of the development of your child.


Welcome to Brandermill KinderCare on Fox Chase in Midlothian, Virgina. We welcome you and are very excited to meet with your family. We believe in developing a child to be the best that they can be along with helping them develop physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills. At Brandermill KinderCare, our families believe we are a part of their family. We are that piece to the puzzle for them knowing we are their support team, giving guidance to their children and being educators. We take the time with our parents to speak to them and make them feel welcome every morning and afternoon. We want you to know that your child is in a great environment, with the team of child development experts who have a passion for education and teaching a child to be all that he/she can be.

Emily Bullen, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.


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

Our Staff at Brandmill KinderCare is truly one of a kind. We work as a team and also put that extra foot forward to ensure the best education for the children. Our staff is one big happy family and as you read below you will be able to learn more about them individually.

  • 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 the 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies
  • Dortheia Harper

    Dortheia Harper, Assistant Director

    I love the fact that I get to interact with families and the students. There is nothing like coming to work and enjoying what you do.

    Dortheia has been working for KinderCare since November of 2013. She is the Assistant Director to LaKeshia Parham. Dortheia loves to work with children and their parents. She has been working with children since 2005. Dortheia graduated from Shaw University in 2010 with a BA in Psychology. Something unique about her is that she is very friendly and is always ready to give a helping hand. She also likes to take time out and play with the students. Dortheia always says "You can always learn something when working with children".

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Dortheia worked at another learning center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Infant Classroom Lead

    My favorite thing about teaching is seeing each child smiling and ready for another great day! Children love being in my classroom because I feel they believe they feel loved and secure and have lots of fun too!!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Seven Chinese Brothers
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. September

    Ms. September, Toddler Classroom

    Early experiences matter! There is nothing more fun then teaching and helping children achieve and grow both physically and mentally.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, PreK

    Year Started:
    32 Years
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Juniors School Age

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Floater

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Cook

    Year Started:
    26 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

Here at Brandermill KinderCare we want to ensure you that your child or children are safe with us. In order for that to happen we have a keypad entry to the building, our play ground is fenced in and all of our staff is CPR and First Aid trained.

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.

All I hear at home is Suzie, Suzie, Suzie! Who is this wonderful woman? Thanks for all you do!

- Father

My daughter couldn’t say words that I could understand. It was always sounds and hand movements when she was trying to tell me something. However, since my daughter has been attending KinderCare she can now say words clearly and I am able to understand her. Now she loves to sing and I sing along with her. My daughter has become very independent and prefers to dress her self without mommy's help. I would like to thank all the teachers who have helped my daughter progress in her learning skills. Thank You all.

- Mother

My daughter has been at this center for three years. My youngest just started, and I'm pleased with everything that is done for her. My oldest has learned so much here we love it!

- Parent

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