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J. Clyde Morris KinderCare

Ms. Joy Irick, Center Director

6 Sierra Dr. Newport News VA 23606
(757) 596-1532 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
J. Clyde Morris & Sierra Drive

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sedgefield, Faunders, Riverside, Hilton, Watkins, Newsome Park, Deer Park, Palmer,

Welcome

Our Center welcomes anyone who is looking for a trusted environment that establishes quality care and education for young children. We invite you to tour our facility and get a firsthand view of why everything we do is designed for learning. Looking to enroll as soon as possible? We have been known to make the enrollment process easy and simple for our families. Schedule your tour today and learn more about our Free Day offer. We look forward to seeing you.

Ms. Joy Irick, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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

Our staff is made up of an eclectic blend of backgrounds, personalities, and interests whom all share one common bond - their love of children. Our teachers have a vast array of education and experience ranging from Child Development Associate credentials to a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Our staff is passionate, caring, engaging, and dedicated as a whole. The teachers are warm and welcoming to all our families, and they make our families both new and old feel at ease as they entrust their children to their care.

  • Ms. Joy Irick

    Ms. Joy Irick, Center Director

    My career in Early Childhood education has enriched my passion not only to educate but to also lead a team of professionals to success in the important roles they play in the lives of our children.

    Joy began her career at KinderCare in 2005 as the Infant Classroom teacher assistant. Later she took on the role of Discovery Preschool Classroom teacher which helped develop her skill of creativity. After her time working with all ages, Joy worked her way up the professional ladder into the role of Center Director. Over the course of the years, KinderCare has afforded her the opportunity to express her interests and creativity by enhancing the curriculum with new ideas day to day. There is nothing Joy would trade for the impact that she makes in the lives of our children everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Joy has previous experience in childcare.
    Year Started:
    7/18/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ashleigh Blanchette

    Ashleigh Blanchette, Assistant Center Director

    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Connie

    Ms. Connie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    When children get a new concept, I love to see them smile and their eyes light up.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Connie worked at an Early Childhood Lab.
    Year Started:
    7/25/1988
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Religious Education, Bachelor's Degree in History
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant Classroom

    Working with infants is a passion and drive that I look forward to every morning.

    From the moment I started working with KinderCare, I knew that I was right where I needed to be. I've created a special bond with the children in my care. Responding to the unique needs and interests of each child has allowed the children to know that there is a genuine love that I have for each of them. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Alina

    Ms. Alina, Preschool Classroom

    I see myself as a role model for the children in my care. I enjoy helping and supporting them in areas where they need me. As a team player, I am very reliable. I am an educator and resource provider in my role here.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Destiny

    Ms. Destiny, Preschool Classroom

    My goal here is to make sure that I am meeting our families' expectations, genuinely care for their children, build trust and relationships with the children and families. I also ensure that I am holding myself accountable for the promises we make to all families looking for quality care and education. It is my priority to make sure our families feel welcomed and that I am putting them first.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I have always been passionate about the education of young children. I attended Old Dominion University, recieving a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies- Teacher Preparation. After working 12 years in the Customer Service Field, I joined KinderCare, where everyday I'm excited to share my passion for education with the children and families at my center.

  • Ms. Xaviar

    Ms. Xaviar, School Age Classroom

    I am passionate about offering team support where necessary. I enjoy working with our School-age children and helping them to grow and develop everyday through various hands-on experiences. I also implement our Learning Adventures program which includes Cooking, Phonics, And Music. These programs have created a more individualized bond between myself and the children in my care through one-on -one sessions designed to develop the child in specific areas.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Cook

    My role here is to ensure that our children's dietary needs are met by providing healthy meals throughout the day. I maintain a clean workspace because I believe in the importance of the health and safety of all children and staff. I also take the time to communicate with our families about their child's well-being and how they are progressing while enrolled with us. Focusing on the children's nutritional needs has allowed me the opportunity to build great relationships with the children and families. 

    Previous Experience:
    Leslie has previous experience working in the food industry.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

We believe all children deserve the opportunity to experience high-quality care during the early onset of life. For this purpose we hire qualified teachers with an educational background that will best fit the needs of what we offer everyday, quality.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Russian

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

At our center, the health and safety of the children in our care is our #1 priority. Our center has a keypad entry to the front door, allowing only enrolled families to enter. Our playgrounds are fenced off and separated according to age in order to ensure additional safety. More than half of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified and many of them are MAT certified, which authorizes them to administer medicine. Our staff regularly attends trainings to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest health and safety policies, procedures, and regulations.

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.

My son has been at KinderCare full-time since he was two. When he first started he was not using whole sentences and did not seem interested in conversation. After working with Mrs. Connie, he got potty-trained and burst out of his shell. Now, only a year and a half later, he is writing, counting,doing simple math, and beginning to read. I am very thankful for KinderCare, its loving teachers, and its amazing curriculum that has fostered a love of learning in my son.

- Father

Since my daughter (school age) has been attending KinderCare Learning Center, she has learned to take responsibility for her own actions. My daughter and I feel like we are loved and accepted. Her two favorite people work at KinderCare. Thank you for being you.

- Father

I have 4 children attending the center and could not be more pleased with the outcome. The Staff is VERY WELCOMING and very fun to be around with. My children look forward to going to daycare every day, I feel good leaving them somewhere i know they are safe. Joy the director has always been very helpful from day one. I would Recommend this to everyone I know.

- Mother
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