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An Immersive Early Childhood Education Program in Chesapeake, VA

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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 staff member 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 

Warm & Inviting Environments

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Holistic & Hygge Approach

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. 

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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


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!


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Assistant Director

​Hello, my name is Elizabeth Fisher. I am blessed to be a part of Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare since 2003. My journey here has allowed me to gain experience all the programs offered at our Center leading to my passion for Early Childhood Education. Along the way, I earned my Associate of Arts degree and pursued my Bachelor of Science in Early Elementary Education from Liberty University.  I was thrilled to expand my role at Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare as Assistant Director in 2013. Along with Ms. Jill, our Center Director, it has been our deepest desire to provide the best  discovery-based learning for the children our center serves. Our business is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. We believe young children have the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, and to dream. At Elizabeth River Baptist Daycare we honor the journey as children, teachers, investigators, life changers, and advocators. We nurture children to build their own ideas, and with this, we challenge ourselves to be constant researchers and innovators.


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