Good Shepherd Child Development Center: Exceptional Learning Experiences for Children

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Good Shepherd Child Development Center in Midlothian offers far more than daycare or traditional childcare. We partner with parents to prepare your child for school and for life. We provide a rare combination of high-quality early learning programs within a Christian environment and enjoy long-term relationships with families.

The Good Shepherd family loves what we do.

Our greatest joy comes from creating exceptional learning experiences for children. Nothing makes us happier than watching children grow, bloom, and thrive as outstanding students and leaders in school and life. We offer enrollment from ages 6 weeks to 5th grade and Summer Camp. For school-age children, we also offer Snow Day Drop-In, Winter, and Spring Break Camps.

Before and after school care is available for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, with bus service to/from: Clover Hill Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Grange Hall Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, J. B. Watkins Elementary, Old Hundred Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, and Woolridge Elementary.

It’s always an adventure at Good Shepherd’s Summer Camp!

Our action-packed camp promotes adventure, fitness, arts, age-appropriate Bible study and worship, long-lasting friendships, and plenty of fun, too. Enjoy flexible enrollment through August, as well as field trips and hands-on activities throughout the summer.

Our programs and caring staff provide a nurturing “home away from home” environment that allows your precious child to grow in countless new ways. The Good Shepherd building and playgrounds are state-of-the-art and were specifically designed with the safety, security and developmental needs of children in mind.

We are here for your children from 6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday. Located near Midlothian Turnpike, Powhite Parkway, and Route 288, we are minutes away for families who live in Chesterfield and Powhatan counties.

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Pictured is Kim Jones with Junior Kindergarten students.

Kim Jones, our Junior Kindergarten Lead Teacher, has been with our Center for over nine years. She says, “The FUN in here!” is what she enjoys most. Seeing the amazing growth in a child socially, emotionally, and cognitively in just one year amazes her. She enjoys seeing how they take the class lessons and apply them to their real-life experiences.

A former first grade teacher in the public school system, she knows the expectations for rising kindergarten students and has designed her day to follow a similar daily schedule and curriculum. Her class includes Circle Time, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Creative Play at interest areas. Ms. Kim stays current on early childhood education standards and kindergarten readiness through continuing education and training.

Kay Nicholas, School Age Program Director, started with Good Shepherd in October 2018. When asked her favorite things about the CDC, her resounding answer is, “The kids!” She shares, “It’s such a joy to see them grow and develop, from preschoolers developing their motor skills, or reading success in School Age.” She also loves that the curriculum is age-appropriate yet allows space for creativity. She loves that the Center’s teachers truly enjoy what they are doing.  Developing programming that is exciting and Christian is a privilege she greatly appreciates.

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Pictured is the Warren family. Photo credit: Jennifer Gavin Photography

Our focus is relationships and community, so who better to share their experience than one of our families?

The Warren family started at Good Shepherd when their oldest son, Liam, was in Junior Kindergarten and then enrolled their daughter, Cabell, at age two for preschool. Blair Warren said, “From the moment we arrived, the Good Shepherd family was warm, welcoming, friendly, and professional. All we hoped to find was a place that would love our kids as if they were family. That is exactly what we have found. The teachers at Good Shepherd are, simply put, delightful. As a teacher myself, I am always pleased to see that the lessons and activities done with each class are age-appropriate. Class lessons always support the social and emotional development children need at this young age. There is free play as well as structured play. The teachers take time to work with each child at their individual level to promote individual growth for each child. The teachers also support our family fully. Our greatest wish was to instill a love of and excitement for learning. Being a part of the Good Shepherd CDC has certainly done that!”

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