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Churchland KinderCare

Mrs. 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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Neighborhood:
Beside the shopping center with Fit Bar and CosmoProf

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.

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.

Mrs. Brittany Epperly, 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.

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.

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 35 years. Our staff has a variety of education from Child Development Associate credentials to Associate and Bachelor 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.

  • Mrs. Brittany Epperly

    Mrs. Brittany Epperly, Center Director

    Mrs. Brittany grew up in a military family and has had the pleasure of living in many different places but she always knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children. Upon graduating high school, she began working in retail while she went to school for Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University. She spent several years as a retail manager before she received her Bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in December of 2010. Mrs. Brittany has been married to her high school sweetheart for nine years and has a son who is now three years old. While she was on maternity leave, the KinderCare opportunity arose. She quickly jumped on it and has now been the director at this location for over three years. She absolutely loves what she does every day and loves knowing that she has had an impact on the lives of so many families and their children. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, cook, workout and go to the beach! Mrs. Brittany looks forward to meeting each and every new family and ensuring they feel a part of the KinderCare family from day one. 

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mrs. Minerva Lubin

    Mrs. Minerva Lubin, Assistant Director

    Minerva has been married for 14 years and has three boys, ages 13, nine and three. She loves spending her spare time hiking, exercising, reading, cooking, and shopping. She also loves to spend time with her family. She knew from a very young age that she loves children and wanted to have some of her own. After having her first child, she wanted to have the best quality care for him and couldn't find a great in-home option. She decided to open her own in-home care and did this for roughly seven years, and decided to pursue a career in early childhood development. She knew that she had found her passion! Minerva currently holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 12 years working with children. She will be receiving her Bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2017. She began working at KinderCare over a year ago as one of the Discovery Preschool (Two's) teachers and it's truly been a great place for her to work. She absolutely loves the staff and parents but most of all, the daily interactions with the children. She is very proud to have the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Director for each and every one of our families and teachers. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ann Porter

    Ms. Ann Porter, Cook

    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:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, School Age Classroom

    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 Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs before starting her career with KinderCare in 2009. She enjoys spending time with her family, four children and granddaughter. She also loves knitting blankets and hats.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    5/13/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Early Childhood Development
  • Mrs. Sharon

    Mrs. Sharon, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sharon grew up in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Virginia in 1985. She received her Associate 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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. LaShawnda

    Ms. LaShawnda, Toddler Classroom

    Each one teach one...nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream

    Ms. LaShawnda was born and raised in Virginia and began working with children while tutoring for her first job. She loves to write poetry, read books, listen to music and sing. Ms. LaShawnda loves to act goofy and is a big kid at heart. She has been in childcare for over six years and currently holds her Associates degree and several certificates in Early Childhood Education. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ms. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald 

    Year Started:
    9/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Shannon

    Mrs. Shannon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Always remain positive.

    Ms. Shannon grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and began her Early Childhood Career ten 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Myrica

    Ms. Myrica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Myrica loves working with children. She began her early childhood career in 2012 teaching Prekindergarten children and her passion for teaching took off from there. She loves inspiring children and helping them reach their full potential. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
  • Ms. Sharniese

    Ms. Sharniese, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Always let your faith be bigger than your fears

    Ms. Sharniese was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She has always had a love for children and had been working with children since her father opened his private school and daycare several years ago. She also loves to help family  and friends with their children. In her spare time, Ms. Sharniese likes to do photography, collect sweatshirts and play piano and bass. She took classes at Norfolk State and Community College of Baltimore for accounting and will be starting on her child development associate in Early Childhood soon. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Three Little Pigs by Elizabeth Ross

  • Mrs. Lyndsey

    Mrs. Lyndsey, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lyndsey is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Virginia in 2016 with her military spouse. She has been teaching for over five years and is currently working towards her Early Childhood Education degree and then will be working towards Special Education. Ms. Lyndsey loves teaching because it allows her to work with children every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Big Book of Trucks by Megan Cullis

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mrs. Tammy

    Mrs. 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 cheer leading league.

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

    Mrs. Catelin, Preschool Classroom

    "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast" --Alice, Alice in Wonderland

    Mrs. Catelin was born and raised in Newport News, Va. She went to Old Dominion University where she earned her bachelor's degree in 2012. She is married and has two beautiful daughters, ages two and six. In her spare time Mrs. Catelin loves to crochet and fish and she is an avid Disney fanatic. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bats at the Beach

    Year Started:
    2/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's of English
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 Prekindergarten room and absolutely loves what she does.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate; working on Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kellie

    Ms. Kellie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kellie has lived in Hampton Roads her whole life. She completed her undergrad at Liberty University and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and English. Ms. Kellie enjoys traveling around the world and watching new series on Netflix. 2016 was Ms. Kellie's first year teaching and she loves coming to work each and every day and seeing her student's smiling faces, knowing they are ready to learn!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish and anything by Eric Carle

    Education:
    Associate in Science; Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Jamila

    Ms. Jamila, Infant Classroom

    A day without laughter is a day wasted.

    Ms. Jamila was born in Virginia and has always had a passion for young children. Upon finishing high school, she completed some coursework in Early Childhood at Paul D. Camp Community College. She has spent many years working with young children and absolutely loves being a part of our infant room.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day!

    Year Started:
    9/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16

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

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.

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

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
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