Meet Zantra Best, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2023
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
Meet Zantra Best! She is the Center Director at Stantonsburg KinderCare in Greenville, NC. Zantra attended Fayetteville State University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, North Carolina Central University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, and Pitt Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined KinderCare this year, and before that she was a teacher, center manager, and high school director. Her favorite quote is, "Children are our most valuable resource." Outside of work, Zantra enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.
Stantonsburg 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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
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.
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.)
“ My experience at KinderCare as a parent has been awesome. My daughter started daycare at the age of one, and it was very hard for me to let go and allow strangers to care for her eight hour work a days. As the days went by I became more comfortable and happy about my decision to allow my daughter to go to daycare. Every staff member is humble and sweet, each morning we are greeted with a warm smile, and every afternoon my daughter cries and gets upset because she is not ready to go home. The next month after my daughter turned two, she was potty trained, and if it was not for KinderCare that would had been a hard experience for me. KinderCare has been the best decision I’ve made for my daughter and I. I really appreciate the staffs hard work and dedication not only to my daughter, but to me as well. I really consider KinderCare as my extended family.Show more
“ I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and express my gratitude to a wonderful learning development center, KinderCare Learning Center, located on Stantonsburg Road in Greenville, NC. I am a single mother of two wonderful children and that in its self is a full time job, but in addition I am employed full time in the public service field which can be extremely unpredictable at times. My son began his learning experience with KinderCare in January 2012 at the tender age of three. Since he has started with KinderCare his social and scholastic skills have improved greatly. His mannerisms have become free flowing and he often surprises me with his new intellects that seem to broaden on a daily basis. The staff is extremely informative and communicates with me freely which gives me a since of comfort and security. There is no doubt that KinderCare has improved the life of my son and my family and will continue to be a vital part of our lives.Show more
“ It is a pleasure to share with you what KinderCare has meant to our family. Our daughter, now eight, started attending KinderCare when she was just eight weeks old. I was fortunate enough to work close by so I was able to visit her everyday at lunch. The staff was so very accommodating, understanding that my little girl means the world to me. When our daughter began walking and took her first big spill, the staff was kind enough to call me immediately and they invited me to come and comfort her and feel assured she was okay. I must admit I am a worrier extraordinaire so to have a staff so kind that they would think of my needs as a parent as well as what’s best for my daughter was more than I could have expected. Our daughter continued to grow and learn, making her way through all the classrooms and being cared for at some point by all the staff. She had cooking and music lessons. The preschool curriculum was taught so well, her Kindergarten evaluator commented that she was more than ready to begin school. Her graduation from KinderCare was certainly emotional for us as parents but you could see tears in other eyes as her name was announced. She was loved like family. We took a short break from KinderCare after Hannah began school so she could try other things but she is now back in the KinderCare after-school program. To be honest, it was like coming home, being with people I knew loved her and would take care of her the way I would. I’m not sure there is a way we could ever thank this KinderCare staff enough for not just taking care of our daughter but for taking care of her parents as well. Peace of mind as a parent is a rare thing, but we found it at our KinderCare.Show more
“ I want to say thank you to the teachers at KinderCare on Stantonsburg road, for all that they do for my son Bobby and all the other children. I was excited when he came home and sang his first song, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". He is coming out of his shell and everyday his is telling me something about his school. Some things I understand from him and some I do not. Nevertheless, he is able to express himself. Gradually, he is telling me the names of some of the other children. I want to say thanks, once again, for a job well done. Keep up the good work.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 Stantonsburg 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 Stantonsburg 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.