New Johnstons Road Location



725 E. Liberty Street

Norfolk, VA 23523

712 Liberty Street

Chesapeake, VA 23324

712 Liberty Street

Chesapeake, VA 23324

725 E. Liberty Street

Norfolk, VA 23523

1485 Johnstons Road

Norfolk, VA 23513


Light Years Child Development Center, Inc opened its doors January 6, 2006 in the Berkerly Community of South Norfolk. The center quickly became an intrical part of the local community as enrollment soared yearly. Within a few years and building expansions, the Center's enrollment increased over 50% by adding a Before and After School Program, a service needed for families to support their ability to work and make a living in Hampton Roads.

In July 2021, we opened our second location just a few blocks away, where we serve Infant and Toddlers. Again, after a few short months of activity enrollment soared.

A family-owned and operated business, we are committed to implementing the best practices to provide a nuturing and stimulating environment.

Each location operates with the same commitment to Excellence, Professionalism and Dedication to High
Quality and Standards.


The Mission of LIght Years Child Development Center is to provide a high-quality learning environment, where we embrace each teachable moment as an opportunity to stimulate, develop and enhance the individual uniqueness of each child.


We are a Quality Rated Facility. We offer children supportive, nuturing relationships with trusted teachers, and positive diverse learning experiences. We provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for our children. We focus on delivering a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Choosing us, you get peace of mind that we have demonstrated a commitment to quality and continuously improving our program through trainings and professional development.


Our teachers are highly qualified. Most of the staff have Certificates in Early Childhood Development as well as those with Associates or Higher in Early Childhood Development. We also have staff who are currently working on futhering their education in Early Childhood Development.

We are committed to excellence and understand that continued professional development training ensures that we are thinking fresh, our skills are relevant and our motivation is high.

All staff are certified in CPR & First Aid

Babbette L. Woodbury

About the Founder

Babbette Woodbury, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is the Founder and Owner of Light Years Child Development Center, with locations in South Norfolk and Chesapeake, VA. Married with 4 children, she has a long history of business and business management.  She worked for the United States Government as a Purchasing Agent.  She also worked as the Office Manager of the family-owned construction business with her husband for over 20+ years.  

With an Associates of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Babbette prioritizes reaching into the community to provide opportunities.  She carefully selects staff who are genuinely interested in the business of child development combined with love and compassion.

Babbette expresses her passion for child development through a highly regarded infant and toddler program that combines a no-compromise standard of excellence in operations. She employs a rigorous curriculum that prepares each child for kindergarten and provides an atmosphere that facilitates learning how to interact with peers before they leave the facility.

Babbette has and is still participating in many organizations committed to Quality Early Learning, including Smart Beginnings Virginia, Virginia Quality, PDGB5 Preschool Development Initiative, VQB5, Hampton Roads Directors ECE Business Group, Hampton Roads Shared Services Alliance and Early Education Business Program.

Britney M. Woodbury

Britney Woodbury is the Director of our Norfolk location and oversees the functions of our Chesapeake location.    She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisplinary Studies from Kennesaw State University.  She has a strong desire to see children excel and applies all of her knowledge and experience to ensure that the children receive a quality experience while in her care.  Her main focus is parental involvement and awareness.