Learn, Grow & Play Everyday!

At the Garden of Children it is our pleasure to care for your little ones! We take pride in providing an exceptional learning environment to promote school readiness. Our teachers work as a team to make your families learning experience a valuable one.

The Garden of Children has offered child day care to the Newport News area since 1974. Our dedicated staff is certified, insured, warm and caring. We believe that the pre-school experience prepares children academically, emotionally, and socially for elementary school. Additionally, we believe play is a vital element in a child’s learning experience.


The Garden of Children’s mission is to partner with Virginia families in providing excellence in quality child care and education. We maximize the positive aspects of all children through creating an environment where differences are recognized, understood, appreciated and where all children learn, grow and play every day so that they are given an opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.


In these difficult economic times, the Garden of Children wants to do all we can to help. We participate with Dept of Human Services (VA & NJ) and Childcare Aware subsidy programs. We also offer an Active Duty Military discount.


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At The Garden of Children, LTD, safety and security of your children is our number one priority! In order to accomplish this we have many measures in place.


We provide a safe nurturing environment for your child to grow and develop character. Our dedicated staff is certified, insured, warm and caring.


Infants (4 weeks – 16 months)

In our infant classroom, it is our highest priority to meet your child’s basic needs in a nurturing and loving environment. Your infant will receive personal, individualized attention and care. Our classroom environment helps form a foundation for later learning by offering areas focused in movement, balance, coordination and gross motor skills. We provide manipulative objects and interactive materials to engage your child from birth to 16 months.

Our infant room is a shoe-free environment built for your little explorers to roam freely. As soon as your infant is ready to start crawling and scooting around, it is our priority to make sure that the environment keeps their hands and mouth safe from germs and dirt.

Cribs are provided for each child under 12 months and once your infant turns 1 year old, we transition them to a cot. We provide each child with a tight fitting sheet and blanket. Cribs and cots are personalized with your infant’s name. In addition cribs are see-through so we can keep an eye on your little one while they sleep.

Pre-Toddler (16 months – 2 years)

It is our priority to ensure all children are best prepared to enter into the toddler classroom. The classroom environment has been especially designed to promote learning as well as achieving the age appropriate milestones that will prepare them for the next stages in their education.

We understand that each child is unique and during this phase are growing into their own personality, therefore we have a stimulating room layout, consistent routines, and are placing a focus on classroom habits and behaviors.

Toddler (2 years)

Our Toddler Program has been designed specifically to promote learning and independence through play. The Curriculum is a thematic approach and is presented in short intervals on the carpet and at tables to keep children moving and engaged in learning. It is our overall goal to help each child reach their age appropriate milestones that will prepare them for their next stage in education as well as the world around them.

During the day we follow a classroom schedule with developmentally appropriate learning times. Circle time with stories and songs, to promote verbal skills and language. Math and science are part of our weekly routines, along with specials in art, music and movement. Another focus is modeling respect, kindness and sharing. Teachers lead and guide children in free play and games to help develop gross motor skills.

Pre-School (3 & 4 years)

In our program, it is our priority to ensure all children are best prepared to enter in to the school system. Our classroom environment is especially designed to promote education. We have a stimulating room layout, consistent routines, and we place a lot of focus on the children’s responsibilities as students.

We purposely developed our program and curriculum to best help each child reach their social and emotional developmental milestones. We also ensured our program and curriculum will best prepare each child academically by giving endless learning opportunities to. In order to maintain a successful learning environment, every child’s behavior must be conducive to learning.

We use a 2-week trial period to best determine if our program is the right fit!

School Age (5 – 12 years)

At the GOC we offer a great start and finish to every school day for our elementary age children. For our school age students we focus on homework support, physical activities, and social and emotional development.

With a mixture of independent and organized activiites your child is sure to have fun as we set stage for the opening and completion of their days.

What Parents Say

My daughter has been going since she was 8 months old and she loves it! During Covid they always made sure I felt comfortable with their facility, and that my husband & I were always up to date with Covid restrictions & precautions. My daughter loves their facility! She learns so much as if she’s already in Montessori school. The types of activities & lessons they teach even their youngest learners is superb! If you needed confirmation, this is it. They’re worth the investment.


My children loves this daycare and the teachers. My daughter started when she was 3 and she learned alot there. Now that she is in Kindergarten her teacher says she is one of the top students in her class which is awesome. I now have a 15month old in the daycare and he loves it too. They have such an amazing staff and I recommend them to anyone who is looking for childcare. Thank you GOC staff


This childcare facility has been the light at the end of a long tunnel for me. I’m very particular about my child and childcare facilities but this location has been a blessing to me and has proved that there is still good childcare available . We are greeted with smiles at the beginning of th day and always walk away with a smile at the end. I am confident my child is taken care of and that will always make my day that much better. To directors and staff, keep up the good work.