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Skipwith Road KinderCare

Carolyn Lee, Center Director

3206 Skipwith Rd. Richmond VA 23294
(804) 270-0292 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
located in between Parham Road and Broad Street

Neighborhood:
Just off of Parham & Broad

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jackson Davis, Dumbarton, Skipwith, Longan, Holladay, Johnson, Three Chopt

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Welcome

Welcome to Skipwith KinderCare.  Our experts designed our classrooms - and every activity and lesson - to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond.  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.
 
You'll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children's literature.  By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. 
 
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!

Carolyn Lee, 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.

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.

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

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Skipwith KinderCare would like to invite you into our classrooms!  We believe that there is no better way to understand just how passionate we are about our children and their families.  We love to interact and 'play' with our children while partnering with you to help them grow and develop into confident, self-assured individuals.

  • Carolyn Lee

    Carolyn Lee, Center Director

    I have always been passionate about working with children. As I watch these children through the years and see them take their first steps, say their first words, interact and share with others, learn to read and write, I think to myself, 'wow, you were a part of molding that child into the person they are today'…there is no better feeling than that in the world.

    Carolyn started working for KinderCare in 2007 as a Kindergarten teacher. Her experience as a Program Specialist and Assistant Director have allowed her to develop personally, and to appreciate all those who work in the childcare field. Her favorite part of the day is listening to the children sing their morning songs with wide eyes, bright smiles and enthusiastic dispositions.

    Previous Experience:
    Carolyn has worked for early learning centers from the age of 16 and through college.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    7/24/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Allison Ward

    Allison Ward, Assistant Director

    I am inspired by the smiling faces of the children that I get to see every day and the wonderful teachers who care for them.

    Ms. Allison was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011. Before joining KinderCare in 2012, she worked in the Mental Health field for 1 years as a Crisis Hotline worker. She has also workign within KinderCare as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher. Allison strives to make a difference every day in the lives of her teachers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Allison has previous experience working as a Pre-K teacher and a Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Silly Sally Went to Town
    Year Started:
    7/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development
  • Ms. Ileana, Infant

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain

    "The best part of my job is when I get to play, sing and dance with my little friends"

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Prince
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    B.S. Pyschology
  • Rebekah

    Rebekah, Enrichment Specialist

    I am inspired by the smiling faces of the children that I get to see every day and the wonderful teachers who care for them.

    Ms. Rebekah was born and raised in Richmond and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2008. Before joining KinderCare in 2012, she worked in the child care field from four years as a Preschool teacher, a Program Coordinator, and a Center Director for a non-profit child care center. She has also held the role of Acting Center Director during a time of transition for Skipwith Road. Rebekah strives to make a difference every day in the lives of her teachers and families.

    Year Started:
    11/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelos in Music and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tanisha

    Ms. Tanisha, Infant Classroom

    I find joy in caring for children and seeing their smiling faces each morning. It is amazing watching them grow and learn. I want to be a positive influence in their lives because they are the future.

    Year Started:
    9/23/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jane

    Ms. Jane, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy helping children develop good values and life skills.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Radhika

    Ms. Radhika, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching children learn and grow. My goal is to have a positive influence on the children in my care by promoting joy in learning.

    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Shantel

    Ms. Shantel, Discovery Preschool

    Never a failure, always a lesson

    Ms Shantel came to us from Fayetteville North Carolina.  She decided to get into the Early Education field because being around made her feel genuinely happy ever since she was young herself.  Her favorite part of working with children is seeing their smile as soon as she walks into the door every morning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I will Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

    Ms Michelle comes to us from Albany New York.  She has lived in Richmond Virginia for 5 years.  She has been teaching for 21 years.  Ms Michelle wanted to work in Early Childhood Education because children are her passion.  Every new experience that she shares with them, every new word that she teaches them, and every behavior they adopt, she feels is an investment in their future.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Business Admin, Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Josie

    Ms. Josie, Pre-Kindergarten

    I admire the innocence of children and love to make learning fun for them.

    Year Started:
    9/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Justine

    Ms. Justine, School Age Teacher

    The Key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance...and then the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning" Oprah Winfrey

    Ms. Justine came to us from Norwich, Connecticut and moved to Richmond in June of 2013.  She wanted to work in ECE because she always looked up to her teachers as a child and admired all the hard work they had done.  Ms. Justine's favorite part of working in ECE is knowing that she makes the difference in kids lives.  "It's an incredibly amazing feeling seeing the knowledge the children absorbs and knowing that I was a part of that."

    Favorite Children's Book:
    You're My Little Love Bug
    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    CDA

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

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

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Safety is one of the most important aspects of our job here at Skipwith KinderCare.  We have a designated employee who coordinates all aspects of health and safety.  Our health and safety coordinator ensures that proper procedures are being utilized, training is completed and paperwork is done properly.  We also have several team members in the building at all times who are able to administer medication or CPR.  In the state of Virginia you are required to have specific classes in order to do both.  A question we will often be asked by inquiring parent’s regards our pick up process.  Only authorized personnel are allowed to pick up, view or inquire about your children.  If we cannot verify the individual who is trying to pick up your child, they are turned away.  We take great pride in knowing that the parents feel secure while we are caring for their children.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

“Our son has been attending KinderCare-Skipwith since he was 7 weeks old and he is now almost 4 years old. We have seen him grow so much emotionally and mentally and we are so grateful for all of his teachers who have helped him along the way and enabled this growth to happen and to continue to happen. All of the teachers and management staff at KinderCare are always so approachable and supportive. It gives us the peace of mind we need when leaving our child in someone else’s care for the day.”

- Parent

“My child recently started attending KinderCare-Skipwith this past fall. I am more than pleased with the level of care, dependability, and professionalism provided by the teachers and administration here. Not only is KinderCare-Skipwith nationally accredited, the teachers also engage in professional development to enhance the service they provide to their students. KinderCare-Skipwith provides my child the structured atmosphere that has been hard to find at previous childcare facilities. During transport to and from school, I feel confident that my child is safe. During the after-school program, my child receives a nutritious snack, homework assistance, and time for structured play through a variety of learning stations that help her grow both academically and socially. The teachers possess an enthusiasm for their job that is evident in their interactions with, not just my child, but all of the children in their care. I have no reservations about recommending KinderCare-Skipwith to any parent(s) who wants their child(ren) to be provided with care that is incomparable to any other childcare provider in the area!”

- Parent

“Our daughter has been with KinderCare since she was 14 months old. She is now almost 4 and every day when I pick her up, she asks if she’s going back to school tomorrow. That’s how happy she is there! This makes us so glad that we chose KinderCare as our childcare provider. My daughter is learning and developing so much. KinderCare is more than just day care – they have been teaching her and preparing her for school since her first day. I know when it is time for her to go to school, she will be more than ready, thanks to all the hard work and preparation that KinderCare-Skipwith has done.”

- Parent

“I enrolled my daughter at KinderCare-Skipwith in August of 2012. She transitioned wonderfully from in-home care where I did not feel she was receiving the attention that an infant needs at such a delicate age. She has thrived in the infant room with the other children – exploring her environment, trying different foods once she was age-appropriate and engaging in activities such as art and group play time. I feel confident when I leave that I am leaving my daughter in very capable hands. I truly feel that the infant teachers, director and assistant director truly care about my daughter and family. This gives me such peace of mind knowing, while I’m at work during the day, that my daughter is being taken care of just the way I would take care of her at home.”

- Parent

KinderCare has helped prepare my son for kindergarten. From the time he was 12 weeks old until he went to kindergarten, our son was cared for by the wonderful teachers and staff at KinderCare-Skipwith. In that time, we came to see KinderCare not just as a great daycare but as a great preschool. The KinderCare curriculum provides for plenty of creativity, play and learning. We also took advantage of the Learning Adventure programs – which offer one-on-one instruction in reading and math. In a recent parent conference, my son’s teacher applauded his school preparedness and was shocked to hear that he hadn’t gone to an expensive, exclusive preschool. We really appreciate the quality and affordable early education provided at KinderCare and we are so proud of our five year old who is now approaching a second grade reading level! We look forward to seeing our daughter learn and grow at KinderCare-Skipwith as well. She just moved up to Discovery Preschool (2 year olds) and the teachers have already just about potty trained her. For this we are so excited and grateful!

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