Chapel Hill KinderCare
Meet Jessica McNair, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Relations, Administration Credentials 1
Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama Red Pajamas
Meet Jessica McNair! She is the Center Director at Chapel Hill KinderCare in North Carolina. Jessica attended North Carolina Central University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Relations, and her Administration Credentials 1. She has been with KinderCare for nine years, and before that she was an assistant director. Jessica's favorite quote is, "Learning through adventure!" Outside of work, Jessica enjoys horseback riding and four-wheeling.
Chapel Hill KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
“ Thank you so much KinderCare and staff for the AMAZING education you gifted to our daughter during her tenure there! We truly owe you a debt of gratitude!Show more
“ My older son Graham graduated right here back in 2011, and I spoke at his graduation. Here I am four years later and would like to say a few things to Ms. Bernice and all the teachers. Things that none of us parents have said enough, if at all. Things that we see day in and day out but often take for granted. I want to thank each and every one of you: For putting on sunscreen, bug spray, and diaper cream. For changing bandaids, wet pants, and diapers, For wiping bottoms and boogers. For getting out splinters and caring for bruises. For serving nutritious and even vegetarian meals and encouraging healthy eating habits. And even for getting out the occasional acorn stuck in my son's nose at naptime. Our children are healthier because of you. For keeping our children safe. For having a code to get in and cameras throughout. For the fire drills and tornado drills. For locking the cabinets. For keeping track of where they are in the school. For cleaning thoroughly and insisting that our children wash their hands. And for vigilantly knowing if a child has allergies to the point that our children know each other's allergies and will even shout out "she's allergic to milk, don't give her any." Our children are safer and more secure because of you. For the diversity of students and the respect you teach for others. For children from India, China, Korea, Malaysia, Africa and America. For your emphasis on collaboration, not competition. And for working together, not against. Our children are tolerant and respect others because of you. For improving yourselves and our school. For taking classes, training, practicing, and challenging yourselves to be better teachers. For striving to earn awards and certifications. And for earning accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for early Care and Education Programs. Our children are smarter and better prepared for their lifetime of learning because of you. For improving our children. For helping them learn how to roll over ina crib. How to walk. How to talk. How to feed themselves. How to play nicely with others. How to share. How to read, write, and even to know the difference between a stegosaurus and triceratops. For your pactience with our children AND with us parents. For keeping calm in the midst of chaos. For being enthusiastic when you read the same book the 100th time and answer 100 questions from the same little boy all within an hour. For the good mornings, have a good nights, the drop off hugs, and the see you tomorrows, and all the times you've said "have a good one." We and our children are more calm and less stressed because of you. Because of you and this school, we are better parents with better children. We're prepared to move ahead, though sad to leave you behind. You've given us and especially our children a strong fpoundation upon which to build their lifetime of growth, learning, and relationships. Hopefully our next adventures will include teachers and administrators as focuses, caring and uplifting as you. We made the right decision to entrust Graham and all our children to your care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Job well done.Show more
“ We love KinderCare Chapel Hill! Our son has been attending since he was 10 weeks old. He is now two years old. The teachers and administrators are warm, communicative and they truly care for the children at the school. Our son is learning so much and can't wait to get to school each day. He especially likes the new music class for two-year-old kids. We would recommend this center to anyone searching for child care in Chapel Hill. You wont find another place where your child's teachers feel more like family.Show more
“ My son Daniel went to the Chapel Hill KinderCare for the past few years. I used several preschools prior and never found the correct fit until I found Chapel Hill KinderCare. I found the same smiling staff that went out of their way to know my child and myself. I feel like we're part of the KinderCare family. The low turnover and wonderful teachers made this a wonderful learning experience. Not to mention the school is always clean. This was the best learning experience, hands down!Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Chapel Hill KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Chapel Hill KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KinderCare Teacher With An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds a Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.