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Great Neck KinderCare

Vernenci Samuels, Center Director

2205 Poplar Point Rd. Virginia Beach VA 23454
(757) 481-6048 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Great Neck Area

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Alanton, Linkhorn Park, Trantwood

The Great Neck KinderCare located in the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach is now enrolling Full-time Infants, Toddlers, Two Year Old children, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and School Age children. We offer quality childcare, education, and a developmentally appropriate curriculum from infancy through School Age. We are focused on providing your children with the knowledge needed for strong early foundations.  We hope to see you soon!!!


Welcome to the Great Neck KinderCare!  We are a Nationally Accredited Child Care Center located in the Great Neck area of Virgina Beach. Near First Colonial Road and across from Mill Dam Road, the Great Neck KinderCare services children in the Great Neck Community and surrounding areas. The Great Neck KinderCare also provides quality childcare for our Military Families stationed at NAB Little Creek, NAS Oceana and NS Norfolk bases. We offer full time and part time childcare for the ages Infant, Toddler, Two year olds, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, as well as Before and After School Age care. At the Great Neck KinderCare, children are able to learn, discover, and grow within a safe, happy, and nurturing environment. Within our classrooms, children are given the tools to be successful. Our Teachers here at KinderCare are knowledgeable, and passionate about your child's growth and development. Contact the Great Neck KinderCare today to tour our wonderful school!

Vernenci Samuels, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

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 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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Teachers & Staff

The Great Neck KinderCare Team of teachers is dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing, and responsive environment so that children feel free to experiment, explore, and discover. They strive to continually improve service to children and families while building strong relationships in the community.

  • Vernenci Samuels, Center Director

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Rebecca, Infants

    I get the awesome opportunity to not only love and care for babies but also help provide a safe and fun environment as they grow, explore and learn!

    Born in Norfolk, Becca has been a preschool teacher for the last seven years.  She has also studied Graphic Design and completed extensive volunteer work. She enjoys reading and being with her students!

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher and Youth Outreach Volunteer
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Brittany

    Miss Brittany, Toddlers

    Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

    Brittany was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Virginia Beach.  She enjoys reading, the NY Rangers, and spending time with her husband and dog.  She is an enthusiastic and vital part of our wonderful team of educators!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany worked previously for the Virginia Beach City Public School system.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Jessica, School Age

    Ms. Jessica has been an important part of our team as a dynamic and energetic school age teacher!  Born and raised in Virginia, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves teaching because of the unique opportunities to educate the children about new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica has been a preschool and school age teacher for the last two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax - Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Rachael, Discovery Preschool

    Try to learn something about everything and everything about something

    Rachael was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She is currently attending ODU to obtain a license to teach in VA.  Rachael enjoys working with children and watching them learn and develop new skills.  In her free time, she enjoys being active, traveling, going to the beach, playing sports and trying new places to eat! She has a fun and caring attitude, and loves meeting new people!

    Previous Experience:
    Rachael has worked previously at a Math & Reading Center with children ranging from 2-17 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Persuing Teaching License

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

We are a nationally accredited child care center located in the heart of the Great Neck area.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day,Thanksgiving, The Day After Thanksgiving,Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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 am always amazed by how well my children are taken care of. I have 3 children in the care of these fabulous teachers. My children were never left with anyone but family before we relocated here. When my children first started at KinderCare, I was just about to have my baby girl and was more then nervous to have my infant in a daycare. Ms. Becca was always responsive to any questions I had and amazingly reassuring while I was nervous about leaving my baby. My older two children are in the summer program currently and they love all the fun things going on for summer.They are actually disappointed that there is no KinderCare on the weekend! I can not thank this center enough for all the hard work and love they put towards taking care of my children. All the teachers in this center go above and beyond for my family, and I am incredibly happy that we found this center.  

- Mother

Our family moved to Virginia Beach from California in March of 2012 for the Navy. I was going to start work for the Virginia Beach City Public School System in August of 2012, and we knew we needed to find a safe place to send our baby. We looked high and low at a number of child care centers, and we were afraid we'd never find the perfect place. Being an educator myself, I am very picky about what would be a safe and educational environment for our son. Then we found the Great Neck KinderCare center, and we knew we found the perfect place! Our baby started attending Great Neck KinderCare when he was eight months old. He transitioned so well into the program. Our son literally LOVES going to the Infant Room--he smiles ear to ear whenever I drop him off. His teachers are wonderful, caring, nurturing, and genuinely care about our son and his development. The curriculum that the Infant Room provides our son is exactly what he needs to challenge him physically and mentally. We feel more than comfortable leaving our son at KinderCare. We know he's in good hands. I would recommend this center OVER and OVER again.

- Mother

The Great Neck KinderCare management and all the teachers my granddaughter has had so far have been amazing. She has learned a lot at the center. I am appreciative for KinderCare and the teachers for all the things my granddaughter knows. I signed her up for phonics in addition to the other classes. They all give excellent care and deserve a pat on the back. I strongly recommend this center.

- Grandmother

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