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Pocoshock KinderCare

Tanya Hall, Center Director

2621 Pocoshock Blvd. Richmond VA 23235
(804) 276-6554 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off Hull St. Rd. across from the Post Office." South of Manchester Middle School

Neighborhood:
Poco Shock Blvd & Hull Street

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chalkley, Jacob, Providence, Davis, Francis, , Reid, Falling Creek, Hening,

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center located on Pocoshock Blvd. We are conveniently located close to both the Powhite Parkway and Chippenham Highway. We take great pride in teaching and watching each and every child learn and grow with us. We offer an excellent literacy-based education curriculum as well as many extra enrichment programs. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Everything we do is designed with purpose and opportunity to teach skills that serve as building blocks for a lifetime of learning. So, whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Tanya Hall, 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.

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.

Math

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.

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

Welcome to the Pocoshock KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the Pocoshock KinderCare, our parents consider us to be a part of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of caring and dedicated teachers.

  • Tanya Hall

    Tanya Hall, Center Director

    Being a part of the foundation leading to the success of children's future endeavors through daily interactions as well as partnering with families is what I love most about my job.

    Tanya has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1997 and has held various posititons from  Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Educational Coordinator and Assistant Director. In 2000, she became a Center Director working at various locations before coming to the Belmont location in 2007 and then the Pocoshock location in 2013.

    Year Started:
    1/14/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Jennifer McCay

    Jennifer McCay, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about helping to mold children's future by working with the children, teachers, and families giving a positive outlook on education.

    Jennifer has a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies as well as a Certification in Special Education. She has been at the Belmont location as Assistant Director for two years. While with KinderCare, Jennifer had been a Prekindergarten teacher, Program Specialist, a School Age teacher, and a Learning Adventures Specialist.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Jennifer worked in early childcare as well as the elementary school system.
    Year Started:
    1/2/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Shalessa

    Ms. Shalessa, Infant Classroom

    I love being around children at different ages. I know that each day I am making a difference in a child's life.

    Year Started:
    4/19/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Infant Classroom

    Children are our future and watching them be excited and willing to learn new things makes my day.

    Year Started:
    1/13/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sherral

    Ms. Sherral, Early Foundations Toddler Teacher

    The best part of teaching is knowing that I will make a difference in a child's life and learning process.

    Year Started:
    7/22/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy teaching and working with children, and watching how they apply the knowledge given to them in their own special way.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Belinda has four years of experience as a lead two-year-olds teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Social Work
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children because everyday is different and full of surprises.

    Year Started:
    5/8/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Months
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    The best part of teaching is watching children progress through the stages of development.

    Year Started:
    6/10/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Rosalind

    Ms. Rosalind, Preschool Classroom/Enrichment Specialist

    I enjoy seeing the curiosity and excitement of learning in each child's eyes. As an educator it is quite gratifying to know that I play a significant role in their early years of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rosalind was a Kindergarten teacher for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Master's in Education
  • Ms. Cherease

    Ms. Cherease, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Seeing the growth in the children in my class and knowing that I am a part of learning is what gives me satisfaction in my work.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Shuntell

    Ms. Shuntell, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children and being a positive role model as I prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    7/29/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Alice

    Ms. Alice, School Age Classroom

    The best part of working at KinderCare is the fulfillment of seeing the children's smiling faces and hearing the sounds of their laughter.

    Year Started:
    2/2/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, School Age Classroom

    I am inspired by the possibility of making a difference in the lives of young children.

    Year Started:
    8/20/2002
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 years
  • Ms. Khiona

    Ms. Khiona, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because of their imagination and hunger for knowledge.

    Year Started:
    7/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Charlene

    Ms. Charlene, School Age Classroom

    I love to work with children because they are a valuable resource and our best hope for the future.

    Year Started:
    5/14/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Cook

    All food should be good food and meals should be an important source for children.

    Year Started:
    4/5/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years

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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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

We provide a safe and nurturing “home away from” environment. Health and safety is just as important to us as it is to our families. Safety starts right at the front door with keypad entry and individual family codes for signing in and out each day. We take every measure to make sure each of our children are protected and cared for at all times. Our teachers are trained frequently on proper safety techniques from CPR/First Aid to proper food handling. We follow state licensing guidelines for safety inside and outside of our center. You can find these guidelines at http://www.dss.virginia.gov/facility/child_care/licensed/child_day_centers/

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 wanted to share how much I appreciate the staff at this center. Their willingness to help, their sincere concern, and their warm inviting smiles really mean alot to me. I could not image my son being at any other learning center.

- mother

I would like to thank you and your staff for the support you have given us. From day one when we brought our children to KinderCare, you welcomed them with open arms. They love their teachers and their friends and they enjoy coming in every day. They always talk about what they have learned and what they did that day. Thank you for all your support and hugs that you all have given us in the past year.

- Mother

From my initial inquiry with KinderCare to my daughter's first experiences at the center, I have been thoroughly pleased and thankful for the professionalism, genuinely caring staff, and the flexible learning opportunities and programs.

- Mother

I just want to say that I'm so blessed and grateful that I'm able to take my children to the Pocoshock KinderCare location in Richmond, Va. As a mother of three small children I was very nervous to allow my children to stay in a daycare center because of all the things I have heard but now I feel so comfortable and calm when I drop off my children every morning and pick them up every evening. Every time I walk in the door I am greeted with so much warmth. This staff is so nice and they really care about the children and treat them as individuals. I just love the Director, Tanya and the Assistant Director, Jennifer because they are kind and have very good hearts. I feel like they are a part of my family and that's how I feel about the whole staff. I would recommend this KinderCare location to all my friends and family with children.

Thank you,

Ashley L.

- Mother

Thank you for taking such good care of our son. I was worried about him attending daycare but with the daily report sheet and when I call you guys are always cheerful and easy my worries. I don't think I could do your job. Thanks a million and please continue to voice your concerns so I can keep him on track.

- Parents

I am very pleased with the care my children receive, the understanding, the time and effort they take with my children, and my self understanding and the struggle in everyday of a mother. They love children with full hearts and warm arms. The smallest out of our four children is now almost two and has been here since he was nine weeks old. He has grown up here and now he looks at his teachers like his family. With their compassion for learning and teaching the children, it makes this place feel special not just a school but a home away from home. I would never take my children anywhere else and will always recommend this school to everyone I know.

- Parents

My son started in September of 2011 when he was 21 months old. Within a matter of months I watched as his vocabulary and social skills blossomed. The staff has been amazing to me and my family. They have shown me that that they are truly interested in what's best for my son. Even though I was apprehensive about sending my son to daycare, it has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made thus far!

- Mother
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