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Churchland KinderCare

Brittany Epperly, Center Director

6025 Churchland Blvd. Portsmouth VA 23703
(757) 484-9377 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near Academy Crossing Shopping Center

Neighborhood:
Beside shopping Center with Blockbuster & Gymboree.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Creekside Elementary, Churchland Primary, Churchland Academy, Churchland Elementary, Northern Shores, Western Branch primary, Western Branch Intermediate, Christopher Academy

Churchland KinderCare is conveniently located on the borders of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Northern Suffolk. We are within a 15 minute drive to Norfolk Naval Base, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and the Coast Guard ISC Portsmouth. The center management and staff strive to ensure your child receives the highest quality of care and education possible. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with all of our families and would love for you to come to be a part of the KinderCare family.

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Welcome

Welcome to Churchland Kindercare in Portsmouth, Virginia. We are a learning center that believes every child can and should have every opportunity to learn, grow, be loved and have fun. Our goal is to help develop the whole child and work side by side with our families. All children here at KinderCare are considered to be an extension of our own families and will be cared for as if they were our own. We strive to provide the best learning environment for our children in a caring, loving and safe manner. We welcome you to come and visit our center and see what a wonderful place your child can experience.

Brittany Epperly, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Churchland KinderCare are here to provide the best care possible to all of our children. The average tenure of the staff is seven years, even though our cook has worked for KinderCare for 33 years. Our staff has a variety of education from Child Development Associates credentials to Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees. The relationships that the staff have with our families is like no other. We truly consider each family to be part of our own and always enjoy building new family relationships.
 

  • Brittany Epperly

    Brittany Epperly, Center Director

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . . but the world maybe different because I was important in the life of a child.

    Ms. Brittany began her career with KinderCare in January of 2014. She obtained an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Old Dominion University in December of 2010. She brings to the center over 10 years of customer service and management experience. Brittany will ensure that your child enjoys a safe and positive enriched learning environment at our Churchland Center.  Brittany looks forward to spending each and every day contributing to the growth and development of the teachers and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Brittany has over ten years of customer service experience and seven years of retail management
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Muncsh
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science; Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Janelle Majette

    Ms. Janelle Majette, Assistant Director

    In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.

    Ms. Janelle is from Franklin, Virginia and always knew she wanted a career in Early Childhood Education. She spent a few years of her life in Fayetville, NC which is where she began her career with KinderCare as a PreK teacher. She has two sons and ejoys spending any free time she has with her family. Ms. Janelle became an Assistant Director in January of 2016 and is already making a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who!
    Year Started:
    2/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors in ECE September 2016
  • Ms. Ann Porter

    Ms. Ann Porter, Cook

    Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults
    --Abraham Lincoln

    Ms. Ann has spent her whole life in Portsmouth, Virginia and began her early childhood career at the age of 16. She joined KinderCare as a cook in January of 1982 and has been with us since. She absolutely loves to cook and loves seeing how excited the children are to see her everyday.

    Year Started:
    1/27/1982
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
  • Ms. Natasha

    Ms. Natasha, Infant Classroom

    My true passion is watching the children learn and grow and knowing that I have been such a big influence in their lives.

    Natasha Burke is a native of the Tidewater area in Virginia and has lived in Portsmouth her entire life. After high school, Natasha went to James Madison University to study music. While there, she taught violin to students in the local public school system. She currently is very involved with the music program at her church, were she is also a licensed minister. Natasha is the aunt of seven and even a great aunt of one little one. Natasha is very passionate about teaching and developing all children in her care. She received her CDA from Rasmussen College in 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming our Infant Teacher, Ms. Natasha was a lead teacher for Epworth School in Norfolk, Virginia.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Natalie

    Natalie, Infants

    Ms. Natalie spent several years in retail management while pursuing her Bachelors degree at Norfolk State University. While there, she took several classes in Early Childhood Education and Psychology before starting her KinderCare career in March of 2016. She is looking forward to helping each of the infants learn, grow and develop while in her care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish!
    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors in Music
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, Infant

    The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the further you go!

    Ms. Debra was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia at the age of 19. She went to Tidewater Community College for Early Childhood Development and spent her time during school working at various child care centers. She then became a teachers aid for SECEP before starting her career with KinderCare in 2009. She enjoys spending time with her family, 4 children and grandaughter. She also loves knitting blankets and hats.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If you give a mouse a cookie" by:
    Year Started:
    5/13/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Toddlers

    Ms. Sharon grew up in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Virginia in 1985. She received her associates degree in Early Childhood Education in 2000. She started with KinderCare that same year. In her spare time, Sharon likes to do arts and crafts and watch cooking shows. She loves doing circle time with her little toddlers and loves to see them having fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    6/5/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christy, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    4/30/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Lyndsey, Toddlers

  • Ms. Minerva

    Ms. Minerva, Discovery Preschool

    Learning is Fun!

    Mrs. Minerva started her early childhood career after having her first son. She ran her own in home daycare for eight years then decided to pursue her Associates in Early Childhood. She has several certifications and trainings in the field and currently pursuing her Bachelors degree. She started with KinderCare in October of 2015. She loves watching the children learn and grow as they reach different milestones.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    We are Going on a Bear Hunt!
    Year Started:
    10/14/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool

    Always remain positive.

    Ms. Shannon grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and began her Early Childhood Career 10 years ago with her own in home daycare. She recently joined Kindercare in May of 2015 and is excited about what her future holds. Shannon enjoys reading online and doing crossword puzzles. She loves coming to work and knowing that she has made a difference in each of her kid's lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Preschool Classroom

    The children are my inspiration everyday when I come to work and see all of their smiling faces. Knowing that they are eager to see me and be a part of my classroom makes me so happy.

    Tammy Williams is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and has lived here all her life. After graduating high school, she started to pursue her career in Early Childhood Education at Tidewater Community College. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2004. Tammy has been working for Kindercare since 2001 and truly enjoys working for the company. She is married and the mother of three little ones. Tammy is very involved with the children of our local community participating in the local Pop Warner cheerleading league.

    Year Started:
    9/8/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Pre-Kindergarten

    Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.
    --William Arthur Ward

    Ms. Whitney is from Hawkinsville, Georgia. She started her early childhood career there then moved to Virginia in 2007. She has spent the majority of her time with KinderCare in the PreK room and absolutely loves what she does.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Tiffany was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia and received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Virginia State University in 2013. She started her career with children as a school age case manager and therapeutic mentor. After two years, she started with KinderCare as a PreK teacher. She enjoys doing circle time with the children daily and helping them learn to write and read to prepare them for kindergarten.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Alex, SchoolAge

    Year Started:
    9/30/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors in ECE December 2016
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, SchoolAge

    Ms. Christina was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and began her career in Early Childhood while working at the Parks and Recreation center as a camp leader. She started with KinderCare in January 2016 as a school age teacher and has already brought so much to the classroom. She loves to see that she has made a difference in each of the children she cares for.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Dr. Suess Books
    Year Started:
    1/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Sports Management
  • Ms. Kasandra, SchoolAge

    Year Started:
    10/6/2015

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

Churchland KinderCare believes in the utmost safety for our children and staff. We have a keypad entry with a code that changes every six months and a totally fenced in playground with a six foot privacy fence. All staff have their CPR and First Aid certifications,all staff are Daily Health Observation trained and several members of the staff are Medication Administration 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.

My five year old Will has been attending the Churchland KinderCare for the last five months.  Prior to attending, he was at the La Petite Academy in Portsmouth for six months. During that time, we had so many behavioral issues with our son and the teachers not willing to work with him on them.  Before leaving La Petite, my son was diagnosed with ADHD, which was very heart wrenching for my husband and me to come to terms with and hear. 

Since the first day of KinderCare, they have not once judged us as parents or, more importantly, my son.  Even after hearing the horror stories from his previous preschool, which was not willing to work through the difficulties associated with his diagnosis. It is wonderful to see my son being welcomed by his teachers, Center Director, Assistant director, and the amazing chef, Ms. Ann.

As parents, we have to put our trust in the place and staff that cares for our children while we are working.  My son has the utmost respect for his Ms. Shameka, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Ann, who is one of the most amazing women I have met. Every morning, I am reminded by Ms. Ann and his morning teacher, Ms. Shameka on how well our son gets along with his friends and his teachers. Also, all the teachers have to do is give our soon a certain look and he knows that he needs to adjust his behavior. 

I just want to thank KinderCare their teachers and staff, who are all well-educated, experienced and patient. I have never received a phone call from one teacher about not being able to deal with my son’s diagnosis; they just know!  I truly appreciate that they also educate my child every day socially and academically. Personally, I believe that everyone here is amazing. I will always have you in my thoughts and prayers for the peace of mind you have given me.

- Mother

My husband and I began utilizing Kindercare in Virginia Beach almost seven years ago for our oldest son!  He was able to make a smooth transition to elementary school from there. Our younger son went there from six weeks to four years in age. Both boys loved KinderCare and learned so much more than I even expected! Our youngest son still needed care when we moved from Virginia Beach, so we enrolled him at Churchland Kindercare. He has been there for about a year and the staff is just as great! However, it is going to be a bittersweet goodbye because he is moving on to big boy school this year!

- Mother

I'd like to thank the staff at our KinderCare in Portsmouth, VA (Churchland) for the wonderful care they've provided our infant son. As first time parents, it was overwhelming to leave our son while we both returned to work. But, we quickly felt comfortable with our new routine, largely thanks to the care his teachers provided. In particular, Ms. Natasha has been a wonderful leader in the infant room. We appreciate all that she does to keep our days running smoothly, while having fun teaching our son. We look forward to her continued lessons as he grows! Thanks!

- Parent
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