Vanessa Freeman, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Millbrook Elementary, Lynn Road Elementary, Green Road and York Elementary.
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Vanessa Freeman, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1996
Education: Child Development Associate, Associate Degree in Early Childhood, Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources/Early Intervention
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Vanessa Freeman! She is the Center Director at Millbrook KinderCare in Raleigh, NC. Vanessa she has earned her Child Development Associate credential, an Associate Degree in Early Childhood, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources/Early Intervention. She has been with KinderCare for twenty-six years. Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys scrapbooking, card-making, reading, going to the beach, and going to festivals. Her favorite quote is, "Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful." - Kailash Satyarthi
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Millbrook 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.
Transitional Kindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
If your child finished pre-K but missed the kindergarten cutoff date, transitional kindergarten is a great stepping stone to big-kid school. Our project-based learning model emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Kids take lead roles on projects and complete them in small groups.
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.
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.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
At two years in age, my daughter had never been to daycare or stayed with anyone other than myself. I had decided to go back to work, so I was scared at the at first, but KinderCare was absolutely the right place for her. She has found a lot of support and loving care while learning so much every day! Miss Kris is a fantastic, patient teacher; Caroline talks about her all the time at home! Miss Nadia is so nurturing and giving that Caroline loves her like another grandmother. Miss Tami's phonics class is the highlight of our week because Caroline enjoys it. I have been astounded by how much she's learning, and I am so glad that I enrolled my daughter in KinderCare Millbrook!”
Kimberly - KinderCare Parent
I am so excited to give my feedback about Kinder Care. This center has made me and my family feel so comfortable, warm welcoming and loved from the first day I entered their school. My one year old, which she will be two July 1 2016, she absolutely love the school and had such a bad experience at another center prior. My daughter cried and cried each and every day for three weeks straight at the other center but it was not a Kinder Care center. But once she came to Kinder Care it was totally different and she even told me she loves the school. My son is six years old and he is enjoying the summer camp program as well. I would definitely recommend this center on Millbrook Road in Raleigh any day. Thanks to my Kinder Care Family and keep up the good work.
Sincerely Chassie Ray”
Chassie R. - KinderCare Parent
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.
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 Millbrook 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 Millbrook 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.