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Newport News/Denbigh KinderCare

Amber Taylor, Center Director

12707 Jefferson Ave. Newport News VA 23602
(757) 875-9580 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Corner of Jefferson Ave and Turnberry Blvd Behind McDonald's

Right behind Mcdonalds. In the shopping Center located at corner Denbigh & Jefferson.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We bus to Oliver C Greenwood Elementary, Richneck Elementary, and Mcintosh Elementary. Dutrow Elementary, Kiln Creek Elementary, and Denbigh Early Childhood Center pick up and drop off at our center. Mcintosh Elementary will use our center as a pick up and drop off site for any special needs children.

We look forward to you coming out and visiting our center. We are currently enrolling in all of our classrooms and would love for your family to join our extended family. Our goal is to have a center that is full of joyful, engaged and loving children that give us the opportunity to care for them on a daily basis. Our staff is composed of many different educational backgrounds and each of us brings something unique to the table on this early childhood trek. All of us love children, love learning as we teach and are committed to excellent customer service.

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Welcome to the Jefferson KinderCare, where we are dedicated to the early childhood learning experience!  We are excited that you have taken the time out to view our page and some of the wonderful things that we are doing.  We look forward to seeing you and having you become a part of our extended family.

Amber Taylor, Center Director

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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.

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 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.


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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff consists of highly trained individuals who are made up of funloving and caring teachers who share a common passion-their love of children. Our staff is passionate, engaging, and dedicated! We are excited to share and partner with your family and want to lay the foundation for your children to ensure a happy, healthy, and prosperous future.

  • Amber Taylor, Center Director

    Everything worth having comes with trials worth withstanding!" - Kate Voegele "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt

    Amber graduated from Old Dominion University and began her career with KinderCare just recently as a Center Director. Her interest in teaching, interacting with, and impacting children began when she was young. Her adventure began as a full time nanny who then pursued positions in childcare centers. Amber started as an assistant teacher and worked her way up in the field over the years to become the Center Director she is today! She loves loving on the children, enabling her teachers to teach and grow every student's mind, and that she can genuinely feel she is making an impact on both students and staff while leading them to push themselves each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Amber was a center director at a non-profit center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (focused on children)
  • Jo Verna Chambers

    Jo Verna Chambers, Assistant Director

    Children learn more from what you are than what you teach." - W.E.B. DuBois

    JoVerna Chambers has obtained her CDA through Rasmussen College. She has been an assistant teacher, lead teacher, program specialist, and asssistant director in her time with KinderCare. Jo Verna is passionate about providing a safe environment where children have genuine love and guidance from teachers that can be looked to as role models. In her experience, she has found that children care more about what you say when they know how much you care -- showing them that is just the beginning to a great relationship. In her time here, Jo Verna has had the pleasure of getting to know many children and their families -- she looks forward to many more!

    Previous Experience:
    Jo Verna previously worked at the CDC for the Army prior to joining the KinderCare team 17 years ago. She started with KinderCare as an assistant teacher in the toddler room and grew to become an assistant director over the years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are!
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Infant Classroom

    I'm so happy to be a part of each and every child's life that I have in my care.

    Ms. Tara is a busy mother of two, but makes sure she has a lot of love left for the infants in her care. She instantly puts smiles on the children's faces when they see her. Many of her students whom she has taught during her tenure at KinderCare make sure they come by and see her often.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Special Features

  • Subsidy Vendor
  • NAACRA Approved Vendor
  • USAB Approved Vendor

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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 value your child's health and recognize that preventing the spread of infectious diseases is a very important part of quality child care. We clean and sanitize all throughout the day and are huge advocates of hand washing. We actively strive to monitor the health and well-being of all children in our care. Medications will be administered by trained individuals who are MAT Certified. Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified in case of emergencies.

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.

When my daughter arrives and I watch her greet and be greeted by her friends and begin to play, my mind and heart are at ease knowing she is in a safe, loving and great learning environment. I love seeing her grow.

- Mother

Kam'ren has enjoyed going to school and making friends. I appreciate him having structure, routine and a curriculum fit for his age. Thank you all for providing not only for my child, but for all children under your care.

- Mother

My child began his eleventh year at KinderCare this year and he is truly a part of their family. You can catch him up front assisting and in his classroom being a part of the Council, which he wants to do every week. I am so grateful that the staff really care about him and have allowed him to grow into a caring, respectful and fun-loving kid.

- Mother

Thank you for providing an inviting and warm center for my daughter. It warms my heart to know that she is safe, cared for and loved. Thank you for the personal attention she is shown.

- Mother

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