Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts Play

Child exploring shells

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Plant and Seed Discovery
Plant and Seed Discovery

Children exploring parts of plants

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Ice Painting
Ice Painting

Child exploring with ice and water colors for process art.

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Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts Play

Child exploring shells

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An Immersive Early Childhood Education Program in Chesapeake, VA

We are a ministry of Elizabeth River Baptist Church which is a non-profit, religious exempt facility located in Chesapeake, VA. We welcome children 6 weeks to pre-Kindergarten with Before and After school available. Our experienced and educated teachers and administration aim to meet each child's optimal development in a small group setting. 

We offer a mix of traditional Christian learning and a multi-sensory curriculum of learning. All complemented  with engaging activities that promote your child's growth and development. Every student at Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare is committed to supporting your family in raising happy, healthy, confident and spiritually fed children even after they depart Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare.

We are a privately owned, non-profit child care center committed to nurturing and educating your children in a safe and loving environment. Our Center provides cozy amenities:

Small Classroom Sizes

Natural Outdoor Classroom/playscape 

Enchanting Environments

Loose Parts

Holistic & Hygge

Reggio to Montessori philosophy 

Faith Based Programs

Out of School Camp

One of the most important decisions you'll make is who to trust your children with for their care. Schedule a tour today and see if Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare offers that feeling of security and education opportunities your family desires. 

Are you interested in learning more about ERBDC? Call us today for more information and to schedule your tour. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns your may have about our Center. 



Our Center is one of the organizations within Elizabeth River Baptist Church. The purpose of the Daycare Ministry of the church is to minister families with quality Christian Education and childcare. The Daycare committee of ERBDC is comprised of active members of the church which implement policy and Center business, while the daily operation of the Center is executed by the Center Director.



At Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare, we believe in the value and uniqueness of each child we serve. Our childhood experience is designed to promote each child's own individual social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development in a natural and Christ Centered environment. 



Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare takes its inspiration from various progressive educational theories including Montessori, Steiner, as well as Reggio, which focuses on self-directed and experiential learning. The emphasis of Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare is not only academic achievement, but the enjoyment of discovery that inspires a child's natural awe and wonder of God's world. By developing children's curiosity and spark of discovery, they acquire important skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, and creative and critical thinking which will help as children grow into thriving and productive adults. Ultimately, Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare nurtures children to lead in their own learning and develop a love for learning in a safe and welcoming Christian Early Learning environment

Plants on the Window


Here to Guide, Inspire and Support

Everyday our Teachers take pride in Early Childhood Education by  creating opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where children feel safe, comfortable, and confident. We have amazing staff who are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping children exceed their every expectation.



Center Director

​My name is Jill Safley and I have had the privilege of being a part of Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare since 2003. I began my adventure in the Toddler classroom and then had the opportunity to become the Assistant in the Pre-K Classroom for several years. Soon after, I became the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.  After spending 3 years teaching the Pre-K  class, I was excited to expand my role at ERBDC, first as Assistant Director and now as Director.  Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. At Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare, we know that play is a child's most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring God's world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

email: jill.safley@yahoo.com



Assistant Director

​My name is Elizabeth Fisher and I have had the privilege of being a part of Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare since 2003. I was first a floater in all of our Programs. I then became one of the  Preschool teachers. After spending three years teaching in the Preschool classroom, my family and I moved to the outskirts of Richmond. During this time, I pursued my degree in Early Elementary Education.  After three years living in beautiful Dinwiddie, Virginia, I returned to ERBDC and became the Pre-Kindergarten teacher, I was excited to expand my role at Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare as Assistant Director in 2013. This ministry has given me the best blessing and opportunity to reach our community with the importance of Early Learning with a Biblical foundation.

email: mrs.liz.erbdc@gmail.com