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Diamond Springs KinderCare

Heather Pearson, Center Director

990 Diamond Springs Rd. Virginia Beach VA 23455
(757) 671-7370 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Between Northhampton Blvd. and Wesleyn Dr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Betty F. William (4th and 5th grade), Diamond Springs (Early Discovery for 4yrs to 1st grade), Bay Side both (1st to 5th grade), Shelton Park (Early Discovery for 4yrs olds to 5th grade), Luxford (Early Discovery for 4yrs olds to 5th grade), Thurgood, Hermitage, New Town (2nd and 3rd grade), Bayside Middle School (6th graders that are not 12), Stop Organization (State run programs - pick their children up at the Center and drop off); Speech Classes held at Diamond Springs - 3x a week and the school busses. Center buses 4 yr olds accepted to the Early Discovery programs in public schools.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Diamond Springs KinderCare in the exciting city of Virginia Beach, Virginia! Our most precious and prized possession in our center are our families. We believe that the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of each child constitutes the whole child and this is where our focus lies. Here at the Diamond Springs KinderCare each child interacts with program teachers qualified in Early Childhood Education. Families are strongly encouraged to be a part of our program by volunteering their many talents. Come visit us and see for yourself!

Heather Pearson, 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

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.

Spanish

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?

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  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 teachers and staff at Diamond Spring KinderCare Learning Center take pride in nurturing and educating our children. The vast majority of our teaching staff have their Child Development Associates Credential, Associate's Degrees, and/or Bachelor's Degrees, with the majority of these being in the Early Childhood Educational field. Our goal is to have all of our teachers to have obtain one of these degrees by the end of 2013. At the end of the day we want to ensure that every child in our care leaves happy and excited about the day they have had, and are excited to return tomorrow.

  • Heather Pearson

    Heather Pearson, Center Director

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

    Heather is from the beautiful Island of Barbados in the Caribbean, and has been in the teaching field for over 20 years. She is married and has three remarkable sons. She holds a CDA and certification in Public Speaking. Heather loves her staff and children as they make each day an adventure filled with curiosity and growth.

    Year Started:
    1/17/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Donna Brown

    Donna Brown, Assistant Director

    All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Martin Luther King Jr

    Donna is originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, and now resides in Norfolk, Virginia with her fiance, their two-year-old son, and her mother. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She has been with KinderCare since 1997 and feels that every family, teacher, and child she connects with makes her job even more enjoyable.

    Year Started:
    6/7/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Cook

    Ms. Joan is originally from Kingston, Jamaica where she worked with young children for many years.  She now works for KinderCare where she feels a sense of joy from the children and my fellow staff.  She has daughters of her own,

    Year Started:
    3/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tyler

    Ms. Tyler, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Tyler is originally from New Kent, VA but now resides in Norfolk, VA.  She has been with KinderCare for almost 2 years now.  She just graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in December 2014.  She loves fashion and music in her spare time.  She really enjoys helping the children in her class learn and grow.  She wants all of her her class to grow up to be wonderful citizens.

    Year Started:
    6/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Prekindergarten

    Ms. Brenda ia originally from Jackson, Mississippi.  She has been in the Eatly Childhood Education field cooking for students for over 7 years now.  She has recently accepted a role in our Prekindergarten classroom and she is so excited.    What makes her happ is seeing the children in her classrooms smiling faces and to see how excited they are to learn.  At the end of each and every day she leaves happy and content.

    Year Started:
    6/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Stacy P.

    Ms. Stacy P., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love reading to my class and making a difference in their lives each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacy has Five years of experience working at KinderCare Learning Centers.
    Year Started:
    7/7/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Donna M.

    Ms. Donna M., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Donna was born and raised in Norfolk, VA, where she graduated from Old Dominon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is married and has two sons named Steve and David. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, going to the beach and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has worked with children since 1989.
    Year Started:
    8/3/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Yogeswary

    Ms. Yogeswary, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Whenever possible I love to teach children with hands on experiences, which will enable them to learn and remember things better.

    Ms. Yogeswary is originally from Sri Lanaka, and her career has always been teaching young children from Kindergarten to fifth grade. She has always been in the midst of children in school, and loves to work with them.

    Year Started:
    12/15/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Higher Education
  • Ms. Nadezhda

    Ms. Nadezhda, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching, playing, laughing and having fun with the children. I enjoy seeing a child succeed and being a part of that process.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nadezhda has worked with children since she was 16 years old.
    Year Started:
    2/22/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Stacey A.

    Ms. Stacey A., School Age Classroom; Bus Driver; Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love working with children and their families, as well as the great team relationship with my co-workers.

    Ms. Stacey is from the Caribbean Island of Guyana, and is the proud mother of three boys. She is currently working towards her Child Development Associate.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey has been teaching in the early childhood education field since 1992.
    Year Started:
    3/5/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Chld Developmanet Associates Credential

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Bulgarian

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

Your child's safety and well being are our top priorities. We offer the folowing security measures: We have a locked key pad entry system in order to gain access to our center, and fenced-in playgrounds for all ages to enjoy. We also perform monthly fire and disaster drills to ensure all children and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff whose primary responsibility is to ensure that all staff and children are safe and healthy every day. She performs monthly safety observations to ensure that all potential concerns are caught ahead of time and handled properly. Teachers also receive monthly training, in which we focus on a unique health and safety topic each month. All teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid Certified, also the Center Director and Assistant Director are certified American Red Cross Instructors. We also have four members of the staff who are licensed to administer medication. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, at least one member of the staff has to have this license.

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.

I just love kinder care staff especially Ms. Heather P. and Ms. Donna they go over and beyond to make sure you kids are okay and learning. As a single parent KinderCare has been my family and support outlet. My boys have been coming to KinderCare for two years. I have referred three parents and they still have their kids attending. Now when I drop my 4yr old off he tells me mom I'm a big kid now you don't have to walk me to my class I know where it is. That goes to show he is comfortable there and he loves KinderCare. Even when he misses one day he says mom why can't I go to school today or do we have school today. KinderCare has been there for me when I didn't have help. Ms. Heather is a wonderful director and Ms. Donna also they speak to you and ask how your day was and that makes you feel better knowing that they deal with kids all day but when the parent arrives they take time out to talk with you. I would recommend KinderCare on diamonds springs anytime and if I ever had to move I would still keep KinderCare.

- Mother

My son has attended this KinderCare for two years. He loves going to school so much that he wants to play preschool when he gets home. He especially likes pretending to be Ms. Heather because "she's the boss". Ms. Heather is a professional and *loving* center director who keeps the kids in line. She and Ms. Donna, the assistant director, are always on site and helping out wherever they are needed to keep the center running smoothly. My son's teachers are great! And the other teachers greet him when they see him. I am glad that he has experienced teachers who enjoy their jobs. I am confident that he is taken care of and that he is learning every day.

- Mother
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