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Alexandria KinderCare

Ms. Tiffany Brisco, Center Director

4616 Minor Lane Alexandria VA 22312
(703) 941-6424 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 Block W of Intersection of Little River Turnpike and Braddock Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parklawn, Annandale Terrace, Columbia, North Springfield and Weyanoke Elementary Schools

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center on Minor Lane. The teachers and I would like to invite you in for a tour of our center. We want you to see first hand, all the wonderful things that are happening at KinderCare on Minor Lane. Each classroom is filled with children who are eager to learn and whose growth and development is supported by our comprehensive curriculum and professional teachers. Here at KinderCare - Minor Lane, your child’s needs will be fully met and we will provide the best care possible to make your family feel at ease while you are away. Your child’s safety and well being is in the best interest of all our teachers and staff. New ideas and opportunities are discovered each day here at KinderCare on Minor Lane. So, come on in and explore and learn at our center. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Ms. Tiffany Brisco, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff at KinderCare on Minor Lane are dedicated, compassionate, loving caregivers and educators. Our teachers have an average tenure of 5 years at KinderCare and an average of 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Teachers are consistently looking for ways to better themselves as educators. They are adamant about keeping up to date on all new policies, regulations and changes in the field. 75% of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's (CDA) or higher degree, while the remaining 25% are continuing their education in pursuit of their Early Childhood Education degree.

  • Ms. Tiffany Brisco

    Ms. Tiffany Brisco, Center Director

    If you do something you love everyday, it's not called a job.

    Ms. Tiffany has 10 years experience teaching children ages three to twelve years old. She began working at the Alexandria KinderCare in August 2009. She has been our School Age, Prekindergarten and Preschool teacher and is now the Center Director. Ms.Tiffany currently holds her Bachelor's Degree in Leisure Studies and is in the process of completing her Child Development Associates Credential. Ms. Tiffany really enjoys being around children with so many different personalities. Each of the children has a special place in her heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Tiffany has previous experience working with children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    8/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Leisure Studies; Pursuing Child Development Associates Credential
  • Sharon Ward, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Sharon began working with KinderCare in June 2015, as our Program and Enrichment Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of education, to include over 20 years serving youth and families in various capacities. Most recently, she has been advocating on behalf of children and families, ensuring that equal opportunities and optimal educational experiences are provided.

    Mrs. Sharon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as her Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, from Bowie State University. Currently, she is completing her candidacy requirements to earn a Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

    Mrs. Sharon is very excited for the opportunity to serve the children, families and staff. She is looking forward to continuing, and growing, the important work with the children in the Learning Adventures program. She teaches Phonics, Math, Music, and Cooking. She brings much experience and innovation to our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Alexandria KinderCare team, Mrs. Sharon was an educational plan writer for students with special needs. She was also teacher and coordinator for elementary age gifted and talented students; a school counselor; and a homeschool supervisor and coordinator.
    Year Started:
    6/27/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Psychology; Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling; Pursuing Doctorates of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired everyday by seeing the children enjoy learning.

    Ms. Dominique transferred here to the Alexandria KinderCare in 2014. Since she was a young child, she knew that her passion is teaching and caring for children. What she loves most about teaching is seeing children enjoy their learning experience. She is excited to begin working on her Child Development Associates Credential this year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dominique was previously a toddler teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book
    Year Started:
    8/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Accounting
  • Ms. Brooke, Floater (All Classes)

    Ms. Brooke comes from a family of educators, almost all of the women in her family have taught at an elementary school. She remembers playing school when she was younger, she would always be the teacher and write lesson plans and grade the kids' work. In high school, she took Intro to Early Childhood Education, and through the program she was able to get a job with KinderCare! She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education degree, with a minor in Psychology, at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Year Started:
    6/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Education; Pursuing Masters of Education
  • Ms. Mona, Floater (All Classes)

    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Remini

    Ms. Remini, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Remini has over a decade of experience in the early childhood education field and joined the Alexandria KinderCare team in 2015 to be the Pre K teacher. Her passion is to prepare 4-5 years olds for elementary school education and its structured environment. Ms. Remini is currently seeking a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling, as this area of study is another passion of hers. Outside of teaching Pre-K, she is the mother of 4 remarkable children, fiance to a wonderful man, and a big sister to 9 siblings. She will continue to gain the knowledge needed to nurture and educate all of those she will encounter on this journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Remini previously taught children of all ages ranging from infancy to school age. She was also previously part of a child care management team.
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Art in Business Management; Pursuing Masters Degree in Professional Counseling
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Medina

    Ms. Medina, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Put Me in the Zoo
    Year Started:
    5/17/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Science
  • Ms. Tenecia

    Ms. Tenecia, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching children makes me happy! Watching them grow and learn amazes me to see how much they know.

    Ms. Tenecia dreamed of working in child care ever since she was little. She enjoys watching children learn, grow, and nurture. She does not have children of her own, so the KinderCare children mean the world to her. She hopes to one day open her own daycare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Alexandria KinderCare team, Ms. Tenecia taught infants and toddlers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones
    Year Started:
    1/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Child Care
  • Ms. Muli

    Ms. Muli, Infant Classroom

    When I see the children it brings happiness. It moves me in a way that makes me happy and I love my job everyday. It is amazing to see the children learn new things and explore everyday.

    Ms. Muli has been working at Alexandria KinderCare since January 2009. She is originally from Ethiopia and is fluent in Amharic. Ms. Muli has s10 of childcare experience and recently completed her Child Development Associates Credential. Ms. Muli is versatile and can work in any classroom but, infants are her heart and soul. Her energy and enthusiasm is over the top. Her love and affection towards all children is evident in every interaction. Ms. Muli’s dedication and compassion about teaching is shown everyday when she walks through the door. She is proud that she knows all of the KinderCare families and that all of the children in our school know her name.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining Alexandria KinderCare, Ms. Muli was an infant teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Qaisra

    Ms. Qaisra, Infant Classroom

    I like seeing the children's' happy faces and watching them grow. I love working with the children and for me it is like coming into another home.

    Ms. Qaisra is a very compassionate and dedicated teacher. She is originally from Pakistan and has been with the Alexandria KinderCare since 2009. She is the face our parents see every morning upon drop off. She prepares the room for the day and welcomes the parents as they come in and assures them that their baby will have the utmost quality care and nurturing experience. Ms. Qaisra is currently in pursuit of her Child Development Associate's Credential and is constantly looking for ways to better herself and her career. Ms. Qaisra is an advocate for Early Childhood Education and promises nothing but the best care possible for all children. She loves working with children, so this is not a job for her - it is her happiness!

    Year Started:
    10/5/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Toddler Classroom

    When I see the children it brings happiness. It moves me in a way that makes me happy and I love my job everyday.

    Mrs. Pat started at KinderCare in November 2000. She has her Bachelors of Science in Music Education and 16 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Mrs. Pat is originally from Thailand and is fluent in Thai. Mrs. Pat’s Toddler class is her passion. She is very dedicated and devoted to her children in her classroom. The children in Mrs. Pat’s classroom fall in love with her soon after their first meeting. Mrs. Pat’s unbelievable attentiveness and awareness of children’s needs doesn’t go unnoticed.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Mrs. Pat taught Music Education in Thailand for grades 3-6. She was also lead teacher at a daycare center in Springfield.
    Year Started:
    11/15/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education; Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Tierra

    Ms. Tierra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    What I love most about teaching is seeing the look on a child's face when they finally get the answer to a question right.

    Ms. Tierra is originally from Virginia and started with Alexandria KinderCare in May 2007 as a co-teacher in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. She has worked with young children since she was 14 years old. Ms. Tierra welcomes the Discovery Preschool children in the morning with her big smile and generous hugs. Se enjoys every aspect of teaching and has realized in her years, that children can teach us as much as we teach them. She genuinely believes the Alexandria KinderCare is a wonderful place for children to begin their education, as we have a great team who have a passion for children. The children and parents adore Ms. Tierra. Her laugh and smile are contagious, especially amongst the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Alexandria KinderCare team, Ms. Tierra worked as a nanny for children infant - 4 years of age.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    5/22/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Nada

    Ms. Nada, Preschool Classroom

    Teaching children is my passion. I love watching children light up when something new is introduced to them.

    Ms. Nada has been working at KinderCare since January 2012. She has 14 years of Early Childhood experience and currently holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Preschool Education. She also has her Child Development Associate. Ms. Nada is originally from Ethiopia and is fluent in Amharic. The children light up when they see Ms. Nada walk through the door. The attention and respect Ms. Nada gives the children is remarkable. Her love and devotion shines through her teaching tactics.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Nada taught infants and prekindergarten-age children.
    Year Started:
    6/18/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Preschool Education; Child Development Associates Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I love the staff at the Minor Lane KinderCare, they are all very nice. My daughter is always very happy at the center. She loves all the teachers, they give her hugs and lots of love. She has learned a lot and can read story books now, not only that she writes as well. I sure will recommend this center to other people.

- Alexandria KinderCare Pre-K Parent

I think making the decision about who would care for my children while I worked is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as a parent. I am very thankful that I found KinderCare. My kids aren't just being watched, they're truly being cared for and taught. I love that both my children (four years and 22 months old) come home and tell me the new things they learned each day. I also really appreciate how well the teachers really know my kids as individuals. Almost every day one of the teachers tells me a funny or interesting thing one of my children did that day. For a working mom who misses a lot of the day with her kids, it's really helpful and touching to get those insights into their day.

- Alexandria KinderCare Mother

The KinderCare in Alexandria is the third child care provider we have used. In my opinion, this particular center is different because of the teachers. They actually care about the well-being of my 2 children. When I come into the center, the teachers provide me with updates and comments on their growth. I was surprised that all of the teachers know my kids by name (this was not the case at prior centers). The best thing is that my kids love the teachers as well. They look forward to seeing them and talk about them at home. It makes me feel comfortable knowing that they are happy while they are learning and exploring.

- Alexandria KinderCare Pre K and Discovery Preschool Mother

My son stayed at home with me for the first two years of his life. It was very hard for me to relinquish total care to anyone, especially strangers, but being as how I had worked at a KinderCare prior to having my child, I know that they only hire capable people. The first few weeks were very rocky (for me more than him) but his teachers made the transition from home to school so easy. Now he is a thriving, lively and active little boy who positively loves his teachers and affectionately calls them his "mommy #2". He knows so much that I can only attribute to the great teachers that he has had. He will stay at the Minor Lane KinderCare as long as he is of age, I couldn't imagine moving him anywhere else!

- Alexandria KinderCare Preschool Mother
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