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Millbrook KinderCare

Samantha Williams, Center Director

223 West Millbrook Rd. Raleigh NC 27609
(919) 781-4642 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between Six Forks Rd & N Hills Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Millbrook Elementary, Lynn Road Elementary, Green Road and York Elementary.

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Welcome

Thank you for choosing Millbrook KinderCare!  We hope you will join us on exploring the world and learning during everyday adventures.  From discovering textures in our infant classroom, to expanding literacy knowledge in the school age classroom, our center can meet all your early childhood education needs.  With a dedicated and experienced staff, our center is bursting with energy and enthusiasm; we love learning, and we know you will love learning with us! If you have any questions, or would like to see the great things happening here on a tour, please call us at 919-781-4642 or stop by anytime.

Samantha Williams, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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. 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. Tuesday December 06, 2016
    1. Mitten Tree Creation

Teachers & Staff

Here at Millbrook KinderCare, our staff is passionate about learning and look forward to engaging children in the world each and every day.
Millbrook KinderCare is the place to come if you want to be a part of a family experience that will last a lifetime.

  • Samantha Williams

    Samantha Williams, Center Director

    I love my job because I guide the teachers into the right direction in providing quality education to all of the children as well as guiding them into the right direction of furthering their education. I'm setting the tone for the learning throughout the center.

    Growing up, Samantha was always interested in educating children and being a part of the foundation that led them to love learning. Doing all the messy projects and crazy fun games was the best part as well as seeing them smiles the children wore on their faces and how good the children retained information when it was taught to them in a fun manner. She'll never forget one of the students she had as the pre- kindergarten teacher. He taught her how to be patient and how to listen by way of observation. Ms. Samantha took what the child taught her and applied it to her career which is what led her to becoming a Center Director. Ms. Samantha feels the best thing about being a Center Director is that she can help teachers understand and appreciate the lessons that children provide them with each day. Teachers aren't just educators but, students too. In her spare time, she enjoys scrap booking. Ms. Samantha feels the best thing about being a Center Director is that she can help teachers understand and appreciate the lessons that children provide them with each day. Teachers aren't just educators but, students too. In her spare time, she enjoys scrap booking.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher with KinderCare. She also worked as a TA to a blind teacher in the Prince Williams County Public School System as well as a Summer School TA working with high school autistic children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Currenly working on MBA.
  • Catina Liverman

    Catina Liverman, Assistant Director

    I love teaching because as a teacher I get the opportunity to make a significant difference in the world each and everyday,just by touching the lives of my students. As a teacher I shape the future of my students and therefore contribute toward making their future bright and colorful.

    Ms. Catina is originally from Holly Springs, NC. She has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Olive University in Mount Olive, NC. Her philosophy of teaching is that early childhood is the foundation to a lifetime of learning. She believes children are our future and what we put into them will blossom into great future leaders. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Telamon/ Early Haed Start, Holly Springs Learning Center, Knowledge Beginnings, Tutor time.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    6/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nadia

    Ms. Nadia, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching because I can teach children good things, create strong personalities for the future.

    Ms. Nadia is originally from Egypt. She came to the United States in September of 1990. She joined KinderCare Millbrook in 2012 with a long history of caring for children. She has over 14 years of previous experience. Ms. Nadia has obtained her Bachelor's of Sociology and her Child Development Associate certificate in Early childhood. Nadia believes that interacting with children and providing for their needs is very important to their development. Her philosophy of teaching is the earlier you plant good healthy seeds, the better will be in future. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, going to church and socializing with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nadia worked as a social worker, qualified professional group home manager as well as for other childcare education facilities before becoming a part of our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Clifford's books
    Year Started:
    9/26/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology; Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development. SIDS, CPR & Fird Aid
  • Ms. Aishah

    Ms. Aishah, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I love the children I care for.

    Ms. Aishah is the longest-running member of our team. She has been such a nurturing teacher with her infants and toddlers in her classrooms over the past ten years She loves to work with this age group! in her spare time, Ms. Aishah enjoys cooking and camping.

    Year Started:
    4/19/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Education:
    Credentials in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Decola

    Ms. Decola, Toddler Classroom

    I know I'm making a difference in a child's life by educating them.

    Ms. Decola has been at KinderCare since Summer 2016 and she is excited to have a promising career with the company. She is originally from Raleigh, NC and later moved to Dallas, TX to be with family. Decola later moved back to North Carolina where she finished her high school years. Ms. Decola is currently attending Wake Technical Community College.
    Some of the unique things Ms. Decola does in her classroom is she uses the kids favorite things to do to teach them.
    Decola philosophy on teaching children are the seeds we plant and in order for them to grow we must nurture them. We must understand that each child is unique and they have their own way of learning and therefore it is essential to stimulate them mentally and physically.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years at different childcare facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B Jones Collection. The Cat in The Hat
    Year Started:
    5/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2014
    Education:
    Currently enrolled at Wake Technical Community College. SIDS certified.
  • Ms. Shaunette

    Ms. Shaunette, Toddler Classroom

    Children love being in my classroom because I love to make learning fun!

    During Ms. Shaunette's years in college, she spent over 4 years volunteering around the community with children. She has tutored Elementary School children with math and reading skills.She has also volunteered with mental health agencies helping children and families find resources throughout the community.
    Ms. Shaunette attended Bennett College for Women where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She enjoys watching children learn and grow. She feels teaching is a great feeling and very rewarding.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor or Arts in Social Work from Bennett College for Women. SIDS certified.
  • Ms. Tameeka

    Ms. Tameeka, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching because I can't imagine doing anything better than helping a young child's mind grow and learn.

    Ms. Tameeka is originally from Jacksonville, NC and has lived in North Carolina since 2008. She is married and has four wonderful children with the oldest being 15 and the youngest 4 months. She started KinderCare in 2009 and joined our team with a background in early childhood education and many years of experience. She is currently working towards getting her Bachelor's degree and is anticipating to graduate Summer of 2017.
    Ms. Tammeeka has a deep passion for the toddlers and discovery preschool programs. Children love being in her classroom because she keeps fun while teaching them. She loves art projects and enjoys teaching her students through doing art. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tameeka has worked in various childcare centers in Raleihj, Greensboro and Jacksonville.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss Books
    Year Started:
    11/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Credentials in Early Childhood Education. Currently working towards her Bachelor's degree.
  • Ms. Pauline

    Ms. Pauline, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teaching gives me joy. I love teaching because I can see children learn and I can help them become great citizens of tomorrow!

    Ms. Pauline is one of the newest team members of Millbrook KinderCare. She transfered from another KinderCare school and comes with over 20 years of experience working with young children.
    Ms. Pauline believes that children should be heard and not overlooked when they are trying to get our attention. She believes that how one interact with chilren will promote better knowledge as to where that child will become someone that is Knowleadggable and healthy in life.Giving children love each day is very important to her. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, shopping amd bowling.
    Ms. Pauline is ver excited to be here at KinderCare and is looking forward to welcoming more friends in the Discovery Preschool classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pauline has worked at many different childcare facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss Books.
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II. SIDS, CPR & First Aid, Corporate Childcare Consulting.
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica grew up in a city in NY. She moved to Raleigh, NC in Aug.2008. She began working with children at an early age by babysitting and volunteering in non-profit organizations. She has two sons ages 18 and 8, raising them has increased her passion for working with children. She has a combined total of over 20 years of working with both school age as well as early childhood. 
    She believes teaching is an incredibly important profession and she is glad to be part of it. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends and cooking for them. She loves to play video and board games
     

     
     

    Previous Experience:
    Has volunteering work with children, babysitting and working with non- profit organizations.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Magic Tree House.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2015
  • Ms. Mequinta

    Ms. Mequinta, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela.

    Ms. Quinn is a native of Raleigh, NC and a mother of two children; Dominique and MaKenzi. She has been working with children since 2012 and has loved every minute of it. She believes that it is her duty to give each child a vibrant and informational experience so they will prosper and flourish when they enter Kindergarten. Her number one belief is that every child deserves an equal opportunity to optimize their learning experience.
    Ms. Quinn graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science; Child Development and Family Relations and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Development. 
    In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and traveling.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Quinn has worked for other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Willow
    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Family and Consumer Science and Child Development and Family Relations.
  • Mr. Mervin

    Mr. Mervin, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching because teaching is my purpose and I love the fulfillment of watching people grow in knowledge and confidence.

    Mr. Mervin is a native Bahamian Islander. His heritage is rich with a mix of the Bahamas and the Sunshine State of Florida. He is a graduate of Shaw University the oldest HBLU where he acquired a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Early Childhood Education.
    Mr. Mervin does not see teaching as a job alone but a calling. He enjoys planting positive seeds through instruction and mentoring while watching them grow gracefully. In his classroom he presents instruction in a fashion that is interesting and engaging to his students.
    His educational philosophy is based on the premise that the purpose of education is to serve children not children to serve education;hence curriculum and instruction should be relevantly designed to meet their needs rather than a standard traditional mold.

    Previous Experience:
    Brassfield Elementary, other community and non profit organizations, Shaw University Experiential ECE Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Train that Could
    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Business., HRM; Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, School- Age Classroom

    Teaching is my absolute passion!

    Ms. Nikki is a mother of 3 wonderful children, the eldest is on the autism spectrum and her main reason for going into early childhood education.
    She worked seven years at Crosby Headstart before joining WCPSS as a Pre- K special education teacher.
    A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet people from different cultures.

    Ms. Nikki has her Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wake Technical Community College( 2006), her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from University of Mount Olive (2010), and her Masters in Education with a concentration on Early Intervention and Family Support with a focus in poverty and diversity from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014).
    Children love being in her classroom because her classroom is always, inviting and fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nikki worked for 7 years with head start and 16 years childcares.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    6/27/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1991
    Education:
    Masters in Education. Birth- Kindergarten License. Playground Safety, SIDS, CPR, First Aid & BSAC certified.

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. Tuesday December 06, 2016
    1. Mitten Tree Creation

  3. Thursday December 08, 2016
    1. Santa Clause is coming to town

  4. Monday December 12, 2016
    1. Rock- N- Roll Magic Show

  5. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Dental Hygenist Visit

    2. Ice Cream Celebration

  6. Wednesday December 21, 2016
    1. Inside- out day (wear something inside-out)

  7. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Pajama Day

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

  9. Tuesday December 27, 2016
    1. National Snow Flake Creation Day

  10. Friday December 30, 2016
    1. Classroom Story Creations

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Christmas Eve close at 3 pm
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Health and Safety

At Millbrook KinderCare, safety is our top priority. Each staff member is CPR and First Aid certified.  Our center features a keypad entry system along with taking the most diligent safety precautions in child safety inside each classroom.

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.

At two years in age, my daughter had never been to daycare or stayed with anyone other than myself. I had decided to go back to work, so I was scared at the at first, but KinderCare was absolutely the right place for her. She has found a lot of support and loving care while learning so much every day! Miss Kris is a fantastic, patient teacher; Caroline talks about her all the time at home! Miss Nadia is so nurturing and giving that Caroline loves her like another grandmother. Miss Tami's phonics class is the highlight of our week because Caroline enjoys it. I have been astounded by how much she's learning, and I am so glad that I enrolled my daughter in KinderCare Millbrook!

- Parent

I am so excited to give my feedback about Kinder Care. This center has made me and my family feel so comfortable, warm welcoming and loved from the first day I entered their school. My one year old, which she will be two July 1 2016, she absolutely love the school and had such a bad experience at another center prior. My daughter cried and cried each and every day for three weeks straight at the other center but it was not a Kinder Care center. But once she came to Kinder Care it was totally different and she even told me she loves the school. My son is six years old and he is enjoying the summer camp program as well. I would definitely recommend this center on Millbrook Road in Raleigh any day. Thanks to my Kinder Care Family and keep up the good work.
 
Sincerely Chassie Ray

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