Meet Lyz Quinones, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Child Development Associate credential
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Lyz Quinones! She is the Center Director at Haygood KinderCare in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Lyz attended Rasmussen College, where she earned a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare since 2009, and before that she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Lyz enjoys singing, dancing, reading, doing CrossFit, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada
Haygood 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
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.
“ As a Mother of two I, like most parents, strive to surround my children with love, kindness and the best care possible. When I find something amazing I like to tell other parents about it and my experience with KinderCare at Haygood center is definitely worth sharing. My children and I moved here from Hawaii at the beginning of the year. My four year old son is special needs with speech disorder called "apraxia" and requires a lot of patience and attention. Before moving here he had only said a handful of words and was very difficult to understand. I was nervous to find a "daycare" to take care of him while I went back to work. We went through a huge transition moving here from Hawaii and finding new schools, speech pathologists and a new home. I could see in my children the affect this was having on them and I interviewed numerous child care centers before finding KinderCare. I signed them up for "child time learning center" and it took about a week until I got feedback that my daughter cried the whole time I was gone. I noticed the kids playing in big rooms filled with toys and not having any kind of curriculum or structure. I did not receive any work they did during the day or crafts and felt like this was just a daycare and nothing more. I searched for something more, this is when I found Shannon and JeVon at KinderCare I toured the facility and was very impressed with the classroom structure they created and the detail and care I saw the children receiving. I love that they follow a curriculum and have a daily schedule. My kids both bring home crafts and work they do in class on a daily basis. My daughter was twelve months old when she started at KinderCare. They made her transition smooth and she adjusted immediately! My son loves his teachers and they have worked so patiently and hard with him on his speech. In two short months he began talking more, writing his own name and knowing his numbers and the alphabet. The growth my kids have had is tremendous and the care they receive is priceless. Each morning when we walk through those doors my kids and I are greeted by every teacher and they receive hugs from everyone…. I cannot express how thankful I am for the care and love they receive at this learning center.Show more
“ My son was born premature and has always been fussy and needed a lot of attention. His caregiver (a family friend) gave us three days notice that she would not be able to keep him anymore due to relationship problems, and we were worried we would not find childcare. We looked at many different facilities. Some were Ok, but some were overcrowded, understaffed and dirty. KinderCare was on our list to look a. Haygood KinderCare is so friendly and clean. It was the only facility we both took one look at and agreed this was the one for us. There were no openings in the Infant room yet, but we wrote them a check for the deposit and went on the waiting list. We were told two weeks, and then they called us with an opening within the first week. It was the hardest decision to place our child in a childcare facility, but not everyone has a family member to watch their children. At first, I was cutting out of work early every day and calling them often to make sure my baby was doing well. I eventually calmed down, and within months we could see the positive changes in my son's growth. He was reaching milestones faster than before and he was a more sociable and a well-adjusted baby! He has gained weight and is no longer underweight. He is no longer behind his age group and is meeting milestones on time with his peers. His pediatrician has remarked at how great his progress has been and is extremely pleased with our choice to place him with KinderCare. The staff has even been caring and attentive with handling him after his surgery. He always comes home with new dances or games and is happy to go to "school" every day. We are extremely happy with KinderCare!Show more
“ I am a mother of an almost two year old that has been in two of the KinderCare centers in the Virginia Beach area. The Haygood location as well as Kempsville. I have had nothing but great experiences from both with my son having several different food allergies, asthma, and eczema. They have offered good quality care when it came to handling his needs as well as being great communicators when an emergency situation raise. My son has loved the teachers at both locations and they have made him excited to learn. I wouldn't trust my son with any other daycare franchise.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 Haygood 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 Haygood 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.