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Franconia KinderCare

Stephanie Savoy, Center Director

6323 Grovedale Dr. Alexandria VA 22310
(703) 971-4845 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
At Franconia Rd. and Beulah St. across from DMV

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rose Hill, Bush Hill, Lane, Forest Dale, Hayfield, Franconia, Springfield, Clermont

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Welcome

Welcome to NAEYC accredited KinderCare Learning Center on Grovedale Drive in Alexandria, VA. The teachers and I would like to invite you in for a tour of our learning center. We want you to see first hand, all the wonderful things that are happening at KinderCare on Grovedale Drive.

Each classroom is filled with children who are eager to learn and whose growth and development is supported by our professional teachers. Your child’s needs will be met to the fullest and we will provide the best child 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.

We take pride in offering top quality education in our learning center through our curriculums in each class. We are always available to answer any questions and to support your family in any way possible. New ideas and opportunities are discovered each day here at KinderCare on Grovedale Drive. Come on in for a tour and take a look around. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Stephanie Savoy, 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.

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  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 Grovedale Drive are dedicated, compassionate, loving caregivers and educators. Our teachers have an average tenure of 4 1/2 years at KinderCare and an average of 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Our 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 Associates Credential (CDA) or higher degree, while the remaining 25% are continuing their education in pursuit of their Early Childhood Education degree.

  • Stephanie Savoy

    Stephanie Savoy, Center Director

    Working with children has always been my passion. The fact that I get to know families personally and help them with their childcare needs is a huge honor. I love the relationships I build with families. They are the key to my success. The amount of trust families have in me touches me in a way nothing else could possibly touch me. Watching children come into the center with smiles on their faces is by far the biggest gift I could ever ask for in life.

    Mrs. Stephanie started with KinderCare in January 1996 as the Assistant Director in a Maryland center. She also has experience teaching children ages 6 weeks through school-age. Mrs. Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Stephanie’s biggest strength is her compassion and dedication to her families and staff at her center. She strives to provide the utmost quality care for all children. Each day, she looks forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces and eagerness to learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the role of Center Director, Mrs. Stephanie worked as an Infant, Two's and School Age teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/17/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cassandra Henderson

    Ms. Cassandra Henderson, Assistant Director

    Ms. Cassandra has been working with children since she was in middle school. Babysitting, youth groups and after school programs are just a few of her valuable experiences in the Early Childhood field. She enjoys going into the classrooms to sing, dance, and read stories to the children. Ms. Cassandra was born and raised in Washington, DC. She has two daughters and in her free time she enjoys running, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Cassandra worked at after school programs; was a youth group counselor, and was a home child care provider.
    Year Started:
    3/28/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cherly

    Ms. Cherly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Monica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The world is your imagination.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at Franconia Rd. KinderCare, Ms. Monica worked as an assistant teacher at a different childcare center.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Antoinette

    Ms. Antoinette, Infant Classroom

    Success is not fatal and failure is not fatal.

    Ms. Antoinette loves working with children! She says they are life and they keep her going. She loves to inspire the children to do things they think they cannot do. In her free time, Ms. Antoinette loves to sing, dance, and occasionally act.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Antoinette worked as an assistant teacher and a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    7/7/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Infant Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi

    Ms. Gina always wanted to be a teacher and to be able to change the lives of as many kids as possible. After having her son, 2 years ago, she realized that one can begin making a difference very young in children's' lives - that's when she decided she wanted to be an early childhood educator.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gina has previous early childhood development experience interning with a Toddler class and 2nd grade class.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Maalika

    Ms. Maalika, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that I have a positive impact on my kids, creating great memories for myself and the children.

    Ms. Maalika was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate from Howard University's School of Education with a major in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. While attending Howard University, Ms. Maalika was an active member of the Philadelphia Club, Frazier Hall's Dorm Counsel, and Resident Festival Committee. She has one brother and two younger sisters. She moved to the DMV area in 2008 and loves it! Ms. Maalika hopes to continue her education to receive a Master's Degree in School Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maalika previously worked for the nonprofit Heads Up - an organization that allows college students to oversee school age classrooms with children ages 4-10. She was also an assistant teacher at a daycare and other early childhood centers.
    Year Started:
    6/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development
  • Ms. Emarjah, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Infant Classroom

    The children are our future.

    Ms. Nicole has a beautiful daughter named Zariah. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, going out to eat, and just enjoying life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has previous experience working with infants and toddlers in another daycare center.
    Year Started:
    2/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    90 hours Infant and Toddler Training, Pursuing Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary/Special Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool

    I love that I can make a difference in a child's development.

    Ms. Amber has attended many workshops and Early Childhood Education trainings. She is constantly finding ways to broaden her knowledge on early childhood development and education. She is currently enrolled to obtain her Child Development Associates Credential. Her knowledge and expertise support the growth and development of all the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber transferred to us from the KinderCare on Gum Street, where she was the Toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    4/25/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Freddie

    Ms. Freddie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have ALWAYS been a kid at heart, and I could NEVER narrow down a career-field of choice. As a teacher, I am a writer, a chef, a dancer, an artist, and I feel like the coolest kid in class, not just the teacher!

    Ms. Alfreda, better known as “Ms. Freddie” has worked for KinderCare for six years. In addition to teaching Prekindergarten, she also teaches Science Adventures and has taught many other learning adventures courses.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting in the Prekindergarten classroom Ms. Freddie was a Learning Adventures teacher and worked in sales for an arts and crafts store.
    Year Started:
    9/11/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Lee Ann

    Ms. Lee Ann, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing children having ah-ha moments when they really get what you're trying to teach.

    Ms. Lee Ann has been working with KinderCare since 1989. She was the Lead teacher for the two-year-old class for 19 years and is currently teaching in the Prekindergarten classroom. Some of Ms. Lee Ann’s responsibilities include Health and Safety Coordinator, MAT certified, van driver, cook, and third person in charge when management is unavailable. Ms. Lee Ann does a wonderful job of preparing the children for school readiness in Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lee Ann ran her own daycare center for over 10 years.
    Year Started:
    6/5/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow as each year passes.

    Since Mr. Mike joined the Grovedale KinderCare team, the center has been filled with laughter and surprises. What’s unique about Mr. Mike's School Age room is the children run the show. They just collect the materials and go to work. It gives them the opportunity to be leaders and work together.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Mike joined the KinderCare team as assistant teacher in the School Age classroom.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Kimberlee

    Ms. Kimberlee, School Age Classroom

    I love my job because I love when children come back and remember something I have taught them. I love seeing the smile on their faces when I helped them accomplish something they didn't think they could.

    Ms. Kimberlee is new to the center and the School Age room at our center. She has been working here for about a month.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kimberlee has been a teacher at different daycare centers, a camp counselor, support staff member and teacher prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology
  • Mr. Anthony

    Mr. Anthony, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Anthony grew up in a small town in New Jersey. After graduating High School, he joined the military. After leaving active duty, Mr. Anthony worked for a company that created and installed high grade restaurant equipment. He joined the reserves and then moved to Virginia.
    Year Started:
    6/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 Franconia Road 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 rigorous standards for safety. Our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance. Ms. Lee Ann Gray has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1989. When it came time to choose a Health and Safety Coordinator Ms. Lee Ann was the number one choice for her excellent organization and her knowledge of this center. She has been our Health and Safety Coordinator since November 2011 and she keeps us on our toes everyday. She is in charge of keeping track of our daily cleaning sheets, playground checklists, and administration of medication, only to name a few items. She complies a report every month to make sure that the center is as safe as possible and welcoming to all the friends who enter the door the everyday.

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

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

~~The staff at the Grovedale/Franconia Kindercare center have gone above and beyond in helping my children both transition to a new center and also to get adjusted to new life events.  Mr. Mike, Ms. Kim, and Mr. Anthony have been mentioned by name repeatedly by my kindergartner for making her feel comforted during this very new and overwhelming time in her life (new to elementary school, new to the aftercare program, new schedules, etc). They’ve been excellent in communicating with me updates regarding her adjustment as well as helped her with transition support/ideas.  My three-year-old’s teachers, Ms. Amber and Ms. Maalika, have been so incredibly kind and supportive to a child who definitely has a more “determined” personality.  Since switching to this program, we have seen such a huge difference in his level of happiness both in and out of care.  The director and assistant director, Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Cassandra, have always been open and available for questions and calls and have always made sure to offer warm words either at greetings or departures.  All of the staff we have interacted with (Ms. Freddie, Ms. Lee Ann, all of the other teachers who do workshops or are floaters), have always been professional and very kind with our family and it’s been so appreciated. 

- Parent

We are so pleased with KinderCare. We've done a lot of different childcare venues and this is the best experience we've had. Everyone says 'Good Morning' and is friendly even though we drop off really early. Our youngest is flourishing. It's amazing to pick him up everyday and he'll tell us something new he's learned. It's neat to see the bonds our children have formed with their teachers and classmates. We can't think of anything we'd change about the center. We're so happy we have our children at this center.

- Parent

My 7 year old boy and my 6 year old girl have been at KinderCare since they were 2 months old til now, and this past August our new 6 month old princess Menna has joined KinderCare. I think I don't have to say anything about our center. Everybody is kind and can tell if I wasn't happy and full of trust. I would like to thank everybody at KinderCare for the hard work and the good care. Looking forward for many more years of joy.

- Mother

We are enjoying the center immensely. We are extremely satisfied. The hours are convenient as is the location. The staff are extremely professional but also NICE!! Our children's favorite thing about the center is the staff. They tell us all the time how much they like their teachers. Our children enjoy the center and that is all that matters.

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