Kelsey Cunningham, Center Director
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Greetings and welcome to our center! Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center provides your child with the necessary tools for success! We understand how important it is to find childcare you can really trust and a program that meets your expectations. Look no further because you have come to the right place! We are strong believers in building meaningful relationships to further foster your child's development.
Kelsey Cunningham, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
Our teachers have an expertise in early childhood education which allows each and everyone of them to design every activity, lesson and classroom to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, our teachers provide your child with the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
Everyday is an adveture when you work in a preschool.
Orginally from Colorado, Ms. Kelsey grew up in Southeast Virginia. She started working in childcare at a very young age, working part time in highschool for a private facility. Upon graduating Ms. Kelsey contuined teaching various ages in public and private school settings. In College Ms. Kelsey would spend her summer working and managing non-profit summer camps for girls. Upon graduating Ms. Kelsey contuined her career in education and management working as a Director. When not working Ms. Kelsey enjoy the beach, visiting family, hiking, and playing softball.
Children thrive in a positive atmosphere. Each child should be recognized for their achievements.
Mrs. Virginia received her Bachelors of Art degree in Early Childhood Education from Montclair State University. She has been working with children sine she was 16, when she is not at work Ms. Virginia enjoys playing golf, soccer, and traveling with her husband.
I love babies and big kids!
Ms. Ava has been a certified bus driver for KinderCare for almost four years. She loves driving the school-agers to and from school each day. The smiles on the children's faces when I pick them up each afternoon are so great and I look forward to seeing them every day! Ms. Ava grew up in Cochabamba, Bolivia and came to the United States in 1991. She continues to provide support in Bolivia regarding early childhood developments as well as the United States to children infancy through school-age. Ms. Ava loves to sing and dance with the children in her class and continues to build strong and lasting relationships with all of her families.
Children are great blessing and in the right care they will become great gifts to the world.
Ms. Shawnie comes to KinderCare with a diverse background! Ms. Shawnie started her education obtaining a BA degree in criminal justice and is currently working towards her Masters in education. Ms. Shawnie loves spending her free time with her husband and son C.J.
A child affects eternity; he cacn never tell where his or her influence stops." ~Henry Adams
Andrea Wilson decided to take a career change after her son was enrolled at a neighboring KinderCare. In the classroom Ms. Andrea enjoys expressing and learning through artwork. As a parent she understand the importance of learning and providing children with the attention they deserve and need to develop. She has a passion for helping children and learning about their strengths and weaknesses to help them become stronger individuals.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awfult lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Ms. Uneque obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She began working with children in high school volunteering at a local homeless shelter. In college Ms. Uneque spent her free time volunteering leading before and programs. Some of her interests outside of work include; crafting, event planning, traveling, and military/ veteran affairs.
I love working with children and watching them grow into unique individuals.
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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
The health and safety of each and every child that enters our facility is our number one priority. The perimeter of our school is fenced in and upon entering the building, you will come to our secure keypad entry to the childcare portion of our center. Our main office is located right off the lobby. There are two fire stations located within a five mile distance and the nearest police department is two miles from the center. All of our teachers are both CPR & First Aid Certified and participate in extensive safety trainings semi-annually including daily health screening and medication administration. Our classrooms are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day as well as nightly to help combat common childhood illnesses. Did you know???? Why Sleep Matters... Sleep is as important to our health and well-being as food and water, but most of us don’t get enough of it. Sleep deprivation is currently one of the most pervasive health concerns in the United States. For children, sleep plays a critical role in their healthy growth and development. Beyond simply affecting children’s moods, behaviors, and academic performances, insufficient sleep has also been associated with lower social skills and learning disabilities. How Much Sleep Is Enough? When experts study the sleep needs of children, they consider the amount of sleep children need in a 24-hour period, including naps. Since every child is different, sleep charts are not exact; however, there are some agreed-upon ranges for children of different ages*: • Birth - 6 months: 10-18 hrs of sleep a day • 6 months - 2 years: 11-16 hrs of sleep a day • Three years: 10 -14 hrs of sleep a day • Four - 6 years: 9-14 hrs of sleep a day • Seven - 9 years: 9 -12 hrs of sleep a day • Ten - 12 years: 8 to 11 hrs of sleep a day (*from Iglowstein I., Jenni, O. G., Molinari, L., & Largo, R. H. (2003). Sleep duration from infancy to adolescence: Reference values and generational trends. Pediatrics, 111 (2), 302-307.) Do these numbers surprise you? If so, you are not alone. Most parents are unaware of just how much sleep their children require in a 24-hour period.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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