Meet Shanita Berry, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications
Favorite Children's Book: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Meet Shanita Berry! She is the Center Director at Churchland KinderCare in Portsmouth, VA. Shanita attended Norfolk State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. She has been with KinderCare for seven years. Outside of work, Shanita enjoys participating in the community service group Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. "A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart!"
Churchland 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.
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.)
“ I'd like to thank the staff at our KinderCare in Portsmouth, VA (Churchland) for the wonderful care they've provided our infant son. As first time parents, it was overwhelming to leave our son while we both returned to work. But, we quickly felt comfortable with our new routine, largely thanks to the care his teachers provided. In particular, Ms. Natasha has been a wonderful leader in the infant room. We appreciate all that she does to keep our days running smoothly, while having fun teaching our son. We look forward to her continued lessons as he grows! Thanks!Show more
“ My five year old Will has been attending the Churchland KinderCare for the last five months. Prior to attending, he was at the La Petite Academy in Portsmouth for six months. During that time, we had so many behavioral issues with our son and the teachers not willing to work with him on them. Before leaving La Petite, my son was diagnosed with ADHD, which was very heart wrenching for my husband and me to come to terms with and hear. Since the first day of KinderCare, they have not once judged us as parents or, more importantly, my son. Even after hearing the horror stories from his previous preschool, which was not willing to work through the difficulties associated with his diagnosis. It is wonderful to see my son being welcomed by his teachers, Center Director, Assistant director, and the amazing chef, Ms. Ann. As parents, we have to put our trust in the place and staff that cares for our children while we are working. My son has the utmost respect for his Ms. Shameka, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Ann, who is one of the most amazing women I have met. Every morning, I am reminded by Ms. Ann and his morning teacher, Ms. Shameka on how well our son gets along with his friends and his teachers. Also, all the teachers have to do is give our soon a certain look and he knows that he needs to adjust his behavior. I just want to thank KinderCare their teachers and staff, who are all well-educated, experienced and patient. I have never received a phone call from one teacher about not being able to deal with my son’s diagnosis; they just know! I truly appreciate that they also educate my child every day socially and academically. Personally, I believe that everyone here is amazing. I will always have you in my thoughts and prayers for the peace of mind you have given me.Show more
“ My husband and I began utilizing Kindercare in Virginia Beach almost seven years ago for our oldest son! He was able to make a smooth transition to elementary school from there. Our younger son went there from six weeks to four years in age. Both boys loved KinderCare and learned so much more than I even expected! Our youngest son still needed care when we moved from Virginia Beach, so we enrolled him at Churchland Kindercare. He has been there for about a year and the staff is just as great! However, it is going to be a bittersweet goodbye because he is moving on to big boy school this year!Show more
“ The Churchland KinderCare staff are amazing! The staff are experienced, professional, and provide excellent care of my children. It is with their efforts I can see progression in my children’s growth and development. The center directors (Mrs. Minerva and Mrs. Rhonda) are readily available whenever I have questions, concerns, etc. which eases the stress for this working mom. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate what each of them do every day!Show more
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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.