Bundle of Joy’s program is designed to serve the needs of the child and family. We recognize ourselves as partners to the parents, working together to help encourage each child to progress at his/her own pace. Our staff encourages positive self-confidence, self-esteem, competence in self-help skills and those inner controls and language abilities necessary for effective social interaction.
Our programs emphasize the process of learning and discovery rather than the product. Daily activities are designed to encourage children to act upon their environment. We provide an environment rich in materials to explore, manipulate and discuss. Children are guided to questions, to discover, to think and to reason. No single area of development is stressed above another. Bundle of Joy believes in promoting the growth of the whole child-emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually.
Welcome to Bundle of Joy Child Development Center. For nearly thirty six years Bundle of Joy has left a positive footprint on the greater Richmond community. Thousands of children have experienced the excellent preparation provided by its dedicated faculty and staff.
The best way to describe Bundle of Joy at the present time is that we are focused on excellence in quality of care, education and best practice in the area of early childhood education. We work with state and local agencies, other local preschools and early education programs, as well as higher education programs to help us evaluate all of our children. We create a learning community where children develop skills as building blocks to the next level of education.
You are invited to tour our website or visit us on Facebook to learn the most up to date information about our programs. If you are look for a nurturing, and dynamic early childhood or after-school experience for your child Bundle of Joy is the place for you!
Bundle of Joy History:
Bundle of Joy Child Development Centers Inc. began with one center in Henrico County in 1976. Over the years the program has expanded its operation to four locations throughout the Richmond Metro Area. Bundle of Joy in now located in Goochland, Hanover and Henrico Counties.
The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Womack, were pioneers of the industry. They opened a child care facility when Mrs. Womack felt that children needed more space and structure than her home could offer. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education and began caring for ten children in a one room, two bath facility in the Hermitage area of Henrico County. Over the years, the one room facility grew to two rooms, then four, then eight then twelve classrooms. The center grew mostly from word of mouth advertising provided by the enrolled families.
After opening a second child development center in Glen Allen area two of the Womack daughters, Kim and Kelley took on active roles in the business. Kim Hulcher holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College, and Kelley Mulcunry holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in early childhood development, from the University of Alabama. The daughters, having both worked with Bundle of Joy over the years, were ready to carry on the expertise and tradition of quality service to children and families.
In 1998, Mrs. Hulcher was appointed by Governor Gilmore to The Child Day Care Council of Virginia. She served on and off the council for 13 years. Serving on this council helped Bundle of Joy align with the state’s best practice initiatives for child development, health and safety.
Today, Bundle of Joy provides preschool education and child care services to approximately 600 children and employs approximately one hundred staff members. We are always focused on ways to be the best at what we do. With the help and partnership of our families and wonderful, dedicated staff members, we are able to do what we love to do each day by providing a place where children can grow and learn while they are in a secure and stable environment.
We believe that developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences foster wonder and a life-long love of learning. We also believe that children build upon their existing knowledge through inquiry and shared experiences. Therefore, we strive to provide authentic learning opportunities through creativity and purposeful play.
Parents are informed of their child’s progress daily, weekly and semi-annually depending on the developmental stage of care. Curriculum assessments, and PAL’s assessments are performed at the Pre-K level twice a year. Our goal is to identify and strengthen areas weakness and to help prepare each child for Kindergarten and beyond.