Our Stories

Growing promising futures

We are a nonprofit early childhood education center serving children from all backgrounds, incomes, and abilities. We provide our children and families with a place where everyone works together to create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment where equity is at the forefront. We opened our doors in 1971 to meet the need for high quality and affordable childcare in our community.

Today we serve almost 200 children annually, ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our families live all over the Peninsula and even some are from South Hampton Roads to benefit from our unique combination of quality and affordability. Peake Childhood Center offers the Peninsula’s only sliding-scale tuition rate, based on family income and need. We are also approved for Virginia Department of Social Services and military childcare subsidies.

The average PCC parent pays a third of what it costs to educate their child elsewhere. We rely on the support of our community for the other two-thirds. When communities actively demonstrate their commitment to the school readiness of their youngest citizens, they send a powerful message and are clearly focused on growing everyone’s future.

Our Philosophy

We believe the early years of learning are the most important. Our aim is to nurture and to develop the whole child. We feel each child is special and unique. We provide opportunities for the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth of our children using a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

We provide a positive learning experience in a safe, caring, and playful environment. We are a child-centered program where the child is given choices and is encouraged to think and do for himself/herself. Children learn best by doing and through play. Our children will be ready and able to succeed when they leave us. Learning is a journey, and it continues for a lifetime.