The Kensington School opens second location in Toano

jojacobs@vagazette.com

The Kensington School has opened a second location at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano.

Founded in 2010, the Kensington School is a preschool and childhood development center which currently operates at an existing location at 3435 John Tyler Highway. The new, second location is at 8300 Richmond Road, according to a county news release.

The school fills a critical need for childcare services in the upper part of the county, Hickory Neck Episcopal Church rector Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly said.

“We want the community to know we support them,” Andrews-Weckerly said. “The school allows us to express our concern for everyday practical needs.”

About a decade ago the church had considered offering childcare, but the Great Recession put those plans on the back burner. The church recently struck up a partnership with the Kensington School to bring both childcare and an educational opportunity to Toano, Andrews-Weckerly said.

The school is housed in a temporary building on the church grounds. In time, the church hopes to raise enough money to build a new permanent building for the school’s use. That building would also house a proposed senior respite care center, Andrews-Weckerly said.

The school opened Aug. 20 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church was held Sept. 26. The school has 65 students and is fully enrolled, said Rachel Salmon, the school’s founder and owner.

The school’s curriculum is based on social interaction and guided self-discovery. Children are able to attend on either part time or full time, the release states.

“We are excited to open our Toano location of The Kensington School and support children and their families in the upper part of James City County,” Salmon said.

The school was interested in a second location due to high enrollment demand, Salmon said.

For more information, call the Kensington School at 757-250-3588 or visit thekensingtonschool.com.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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