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Trucker Street KinderCare

Yolanda Brown, Center Director

5700 Trucker St. Portsmouth VA 23703
(757) 484-1965 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
High Street to Tyre Neck Rd left on Trucker Street

Neighborhood:
Off of High street & Western Branch Blvd. Intersect with 664, 64.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Western Branch Primary & intermediate, Churchland Academy, Churchland Elementary.

Here at our center we provide each individual class with curriculum and assessments that is age appropriate. We provide nurturing love and care that builds and prepares each child for the next level. Our Prekindergarten classroom, prepares the children for Kindergarten through phonics assessments, word recognition, reading readiness. Our teachers are curriculum trained to make sure the children get the highest level of education before entering the public school system. We pride our self in education and school readiness. KinderCare is one of the nation's leading early childhood providers. Our teachers passionately embrace a balanced approach to learning- which gives parents confidence that their child will have fun as she or he develops socially,emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

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Welcome

Welcome to our KinderCare Learning Center. We are here to help develop each child as a whole. Creating passionate teacher-student bonds is our goal. As well as giving parents, the confidence in know each child will be well taken care of during their stay here at KinderCare Learning Center.Our teachers strive to give the best professional performance and integrity.

Yolanda Brown, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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  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

Meet our wonderful teachers. Every teacher at our center has the experience and the drive to build healthy minds and bodies. We are dedicated to our children and love what we do. Each staff member has a unique bond in their classrooms that help the children blossom. Every one of our teachers goes through the same rigorous hiring process to ensure their dedication and passion, and their ability to meet the developmental and emotional needs of your child. No other early childhood education providers can match the level of customer service, experience, and commitment you will find here. Our staff take pride in providing care and dedication to each family here at our center. We're always happy to meet and talk about your child's progress at any time.

  • Yolanda Brown

    Yolanda Brown, Center Director

    Providing a safe learning atmosphere for our children. Knowing that I can make a positive change in someone's life.

    Yolanda finds joy in helping the children become well rounded individuals. She feels that good role models and educators help children develop their social skills and assist them in becoming higher achievers. Her passion is to see children reach their highest potential and know that they are special.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Yolanda worked with Portsmouth Public Schools and STOP Organization Head Start.
    Year Started:
    9/20/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • JoVerna Chambers

    JoVerna Chambers, Assistant Director

    I believe every child should have a caring adult in their lives. That's not always a biological parents. It may be a friend, neighbor or even a teacher.

    JoVerna Chambers started working for KinderCare in the Spring of 1999. Since working at KinderCare, JoVerna has worked in every class spending the most time if the Prekindergarten class, she was also the Program Specialist. A program specialist is a person who implements and ensures the quality of the curriculum in the classrooms. JoVerna was promoted to Assistant Director in May of 2012. JoVerna was born in the Washington DC area she also lived in Maryland, Hawaii and has been living in Virginia for the past 14 years. JoVerna received fer Child Development Associate's in December of 2011.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare JoVerna worked at a military child development center.
    Year Started:
    3/19/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy working as a two year old teacher and be able to provide a positive and safe learning environment for the children.

    Ms. Christine has been in the early child education field for three years. Her experience includes teaching as a child career professional, volunteering with her church's youth program and assisting with children's activities for the Norfolk tides Baseball Club. Ms. Christine successfully completed her Child Development Associates, she is also MAT, CPR and First Aid trained. Ms. Christine's experience working with children is vast ranging from infants, toddlers, 2-7 year olds and special needs children. Ms. Christine believes that having a positive relationship with each child creates a trusting learning environment and allows her to share her  knowledge to future generations about the world around them and to open their minds about heir potentials and creativity

    Year Started:
    5/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Samira

    Ms. Samira, Infant Classroom/Health and Safety

    I enjoy being able to start the educational future of the Infants.

    Ms. Samira has been with KinderCare for nearly a year she is currently Mat, First Aid and CPR trained. Ms. Samira is very flexible she works in all the classrooms.Ms. Samira also works with the youth outside of work by volunteering at church functions and summer camp. Ms. Samira really has a love for mentoring children.

    Year Started:
    8/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Multi-Age

    A teacher who loves to teach knows the children are also teachers.

    Ms. Cindy has worked with children for over 26 years. She has taught Preschool Curriculum with phonics, numbers, shapes and writing which she loves to do. She is very passionate about the knowledge that children can develop. Her most unique thing she loves to do is create or display art around the room.

    Year Started:
    4/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
  • Ms. Shante'

    Ms. Shante', Multi-Age Classroom

    The bond we have with children, seeing thier happy faces and open arms every day when arrive and depart.

    Ms. Shante' has been working with children for 8 years, she has mentored the Children's Church, the Church Choir. Ms. Shante' work's in the Multi-Age room at KinderCare, she loves doing arts and crafts and leading small group time. Working with children has it's advantages, you get get to see the chilrdens physical and social development. It also amazes her to see the communication the children establish with adults and peers. Ms. Shante' has her Child Development Assisocates, she is also MAT, CPR and Frist Aid trained.

    Year Started:
    4/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Third Key

    Children are a gift and each teachable moment is important.

    Ms. Denise has been in the childcare field for over 20 years. She has her Child Development Associates, she is also MAT, CPR and First Aid Trained. The thing she likes most about working with children is being able to make a difference in a child's life. Ms. Denise enjoys the day to day interactions with the parents and the children.

    Year Started:
    1/6/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
  • Ms. Shauntae

    Ms. Shauntae, Toddlers

    There is nothing better than watching a child grow into a successful adult, knowing that you made an impact on their life.

    Ms. Shauntae has been with KinderCare for only two months. She is very creative and loves to decorate the class room and the activity boards. Ms Shauntae prefers to involve the children in circle time, she has them sing songs, talk about the alphabet and numbers just to name a few things. Ms. Shauntae loves making a difference in children's lives.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Brenda has been with KinderCare for eight years but she has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 25 years. She is CPR and First Aid trained. Ms Brenda is very passionate about teaching because she wants to make an positive impact on the children development. Ms. Brenda believes that the dedication you put into the Early Childhood Education field helps to lead the children in the right direction at an early age.

    Year Started:
    3/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Two's Classroom

    Readers become leaders!

    Ms. Desiree has been with KinderCare for seven years. She is CPR and First Aid Trained. Ms. Desiree enjoys working with the Discovery Preschool because it gives her a rewarding feeling to watch the children develop into young adults. She is inspired and fulfilled everyday by the children's smiling faces.

    Year Started:
    10/15/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed


 

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built-in security features at the center such as the keypad entry system; we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure. All children must be signed in and out on our paper-based roster and computer system. Also for your child's safety, we will only release them to authorized individuals only. We will not release a child to any emergency contacts younger than 18 years of age unless the individual is the legal parent/guardian. We are committed to fostering and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for everyone. Staff, family members, and guest are prohibited from smoking in the center and its grounds. We are a drug-free environment, at no time shall anyone ever use, consume, sell, manufacture, and be under the influence of any alcohol or illegal drugs on center property. We adhere to all health regulations here at our center. Our staff is CPR/ First-aid certified. In addition to those certifications we have several staff members that are medication certified (MAT) as well. MAT members can administer medications upon request of parents and/ or physicians.

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Dear Teachers thank you for instilling such a great sense of eagerness to learn. You will always put a smile on their faces. Thanks for all you do in the our family.

- Parent

The year you have put in to help develop my little girl. She is not so little anymore and will be leaving you soon but you have helped her grow and a big part of who she is because of all of you!!

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