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Telegraph Road KinderCare

Ms. Kathy Owens, Center Director

7136 Telegraph Road Alexandria VA 22315
(703) 971-2793 Contact this center

Ages: 14 MONTHS to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
On Telegraph Rd between S Kings Hwy and Hayfield Road

7136 Telegraph Road, Alexandria VA 22310

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hayfield Elementary School

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Welcome to Telegraph Road KinderCare! We are an early childhood education and day care center located in Alexandria, VA and have been a strong part of the Alexandria community since 1977.  In 2014, Northern Virginia Magazine named our center one of the Top Daycare/ Preschool Providers! We became accredited by the National Association of Childcare Providers in 2010 and maintain this accreditation.                  

Conveniently located between South Kings Highway and Fort Belvoir, we are here to service the community, and even offer a 5% military discount. Telegraph Road KinderCare is the perfect option for a daycare or preschool near Fort Belvoir, Coast Guard, and near Kingstowne, VA.

 We provide daycare and well-rounded curriculums for children ages 14 months to 7 years of age on a full- or part-time basis. We have an amazing playground which allows the children plenty of room for movement. It also allows us to take our preschool and pre kindergarten activities outside to discover and learn. Our classrooms are small and intimate which allows staff to offer ultimate child care services. All of our staff hold a B.A./ B.S. or a CDA and are certified in CPR and First Aid.

We look forward to showing you our center and would love to have you meet our staff. Schedule a tour today to see our toddler program, preschool curriculum, pre k activities, and transitional kindergarten programs!

Ms. Kathy Owens, Center Director

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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

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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.


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 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?

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 staff has over 140 years of early childhood education experience. With a variety of educational backgrounds and experience from daycares, preschools and child care centers nearby, our team offers the best in taking great care of our students. We continue to encourage staff to participate in workshops and trainings to be kept abreast of any new early childhood educational trends. When you visit our center you will see how the continuing education classes are apparent in the classrooms. Every day, our staff go above and beyond the toddler curriculum, preschool curriculum, and pre-kindergarten curriculum with fun projects and activities to make learning fun. We would love to have you visit and meet the staff.

We are proud to have the longest tenure teacher, in all of KinderCare, here at our center on Telegraph Road in Alexandria, VA...
 Mrs. Wheeler!

  • Ms. Kathy Owens

    Ms. Kathy Owens, Center Director

    Education is offering a wholesome environment along with opportunities that stretch children's minds.

    Ms. Kathy has been working in the early childhood education field for 40 years. She started working with young children when her family began to own and operate childcare centers in Northern Virginia and daycares nearby. She has been center director at the Telegraph Rd. KinderCare for over 35 years. Ms. Kathy enjoys the children and their families and hopes that when you visit the center, you can see all the learning going on.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathy has worked in early childhood education and day care centers near Alexandria, VA for the duration of her career. Her parents opened child care centers in Northern Virginia in 1963 and she was always a part of those learning centers. She has worked as a teacher, assistant director, and director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    40 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Years
    Associate's Degree in Education; Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mrs. Vanessa Cardenas, Assistant Director

    I am currently living in Alexandria, VA with my husband and our short haired dachshund. We're originally from NJ but have moved to Boston and now Virginia. I love to travel, take pictures and try new things; especially food. 

    Previous Experience:
    Student Services Advisor, Project C.O.P.E.,
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Family & Child Services concentrating on Family Services, Master credits in Early Childhood Education, P-3 Teaching Certificate from NJ
  • Ms. Mame, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to work with the Toddlers so I can see them grow everyday. Watching them develop from little babies into walking, talking, smiling children, makes me so happy.

    Ms. Mame moved with her family to the United States in 2010 from Senegal. In Senegal, she was a 3rd grade teacher. She joined the KinderCare team in 2012 to be the Toddler classroom teacher. Ms. Mame's warm and welcoming personality is contagious. She cares for the children in her class as if they are her own. Her favorite part of the day is Circle Time when the children are most responsive to the songs, stories, and lessons she shares. Ms. Mame devotes her time outside of work to her family, friends and shopping!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Mame provided in-home child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lion and the Mouse, Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Arshia

    Ms. Arshia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Arshia loves coming to work in  happy and friendly environment. She loves how each day is different and taking on new challenges. She enjoys helping children read and create fun art projects. Ms. Arshia's love for kids drives her love for her job!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Arshia brings over 10 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She's worked with all ages from infant to after school programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Away Big Green Monster
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree in Math & Science
  • Ms. Naila

    Ms. Naila, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Live your life happily everyday!

    Ms. Naila's degree in Early Childhood Education brings out her love of taching kids. She loves when kids ask her questions and she has to help them find the answers. She loves art and always engages her Toddler class in various art activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Naila has worked in early childood education for almost five years. She has worked with two year olds up to prekindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA Childhood Development
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, Preschool Classroom

    I love helping the children learn something new everyday!

    Ms. Jasmine makes time every morning to greet her preschool class with a good morning song. She loves to read to her class and always makes sure her class has exciting new books related to the curriculum theme.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jasmine has woked with children for over 10 years. Beginning with babysitting and tutoring working up to a lead teacher position in early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Green Pocketbook
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Adrean

    Ms. Adrean, Prekindergarten Classroom

    coming soon!

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Roxana

    Ms. Roxana, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Roxana enjoys working with young children now that her own are getting older. She has a passion for teaching that is evident. She loves teaching the Pre K curriculum, helping children learn as well as learning from them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Roxana has been a teacher in early childhood education since 2002. She began working with the infants and has since worked with preschool, pre-kindergarten and toddlers.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Learning Adventures Specialist

    I love to that see my kids are learning something new and I love to have fun with them.

    Mrs. Monica has been with the Telegraph Rd. KinderCare team since 2008. She worked as a Pre-K teacher until taking a promotion to teach the Learning Adventures programs in Fall of 2014. She loves to see the children's' improvements everyday and to receive so many hugs and kisses.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Monica has been in the early childhood education field for over 20 years. She's taught all ages, managed centers and now is the Learning Adventures Specialist.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Claudia is dedicated to providing the children at our center with nutritious and delicious snacks and meals throughout the day. She enjoys helping nourish the children and watching them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Telegraph Road KinderCare team, Ms. Claudia was a food service manager for 14 years with the Fairfax County Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Unfortunate Series of Events
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Food Service Manager License
  • Ms. Faye

    Ms. Faye, Bookkeeper

    I enjoy putting a smile on every child's face.

    Ms. Faye joined the Telegraph Rd. KinderCare team in 2008 after retiring from the government. She enjoys seeing the childrens' smiling faces and all of the hugs she gets. Ms. Faye is always here to help staff, children, and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Faye retired from the Government.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 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

We were voted a Top Daycare Center/Preschool in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2014!

Telegraph Road KinderCare is a very unique early childhood education center. If you are looking for daycares or preschools near Kingstowne, Fort Belvoir or the Coast Guard, look no further! We are accredited, offer smaller class sizes, college educated teachers, and even bathrooms in each classroom. Our staff is dedicated to maximizing learning in every aspect of each child's day.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Quality early childhood education and day care centers begin with a safe environment. At our learning center, keypad entry systems are located on the front and back doors. You must have the key code to gain access to the building; code is changed every 6 months. All of the staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Management and selected teachers are trained and certified in MAT (Medication Administration Training). Each day, families clock their children in/out using the computer located in the entrance and teachers account for all children in their care every 30 minutes with a name-to-face check. Our enormous playground is completely fenced in and the gates are secured. All Virginia state licensing standards are vigorously upheld in addition to all of KinderCare's corporate standards. Center policies are in place concerning allergies, emergency preparedness, authorized pick-up, and injury reporting. Fire and disaster drills are regularly performed.

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.

My son came to Telegraph Road KinderCare at 14 months and he really loves being there. Each day when I take him there he's always happy to be there. I would love to thank all the staff members who made the transition easy for me with placing him in day care. The staff is great and the teachers are as well. 

- Mother

Thank you for making my daughter feel loved, valued, smart, and safe every day!

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Pre Kindergarten Parent

KinderCare Family - We absolutely love what care, love, and education you have provided for Naomi these last few years! We wouldn't' change it for the world. Naomi has blossomed into an articulate, hilarious, little girl with help of your care & guidance. We can't thank you all enough for the peace of mind!

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Pre Kindergarten Mother

One year in Phonics has completely changed my child's life. Everywhere we go, she is sounding out the store names, the sign names, and basically every word we see. Ms. Angelica's tireless energy and positive attitude are just a bonus on top of a great class. My daughter looks forward to every second spent with Ms. Angelica and really enjoyed the 'take home' books, puppets and stickers!!

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Pre Kindergarten Mother

Thank you for showing so much love and patience with Piper, Fletch, and Deacon. The teachers have made my kids' day so fun and happy, while also teaching them with love and patience.

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Toddler & Pre K Parent

I write to say, "thank you." Both our girls attended your pre-school program and were more than prepared for elementary school. Our second grader was just accepted into Fairfax County Public School's Advanced Academic Program. In addition, our kindergartner is thriving in her classroom. Her teacher says she wishes every student was just like her. She can add and subtract double digit numbers in her head and she reads on a 2nd grade level. All this in Kindergarten! We're so glad we used Kindercare's Learning Adventures reading program.

We're just so proud of them and know their time in preschool helped them tremendously. Everyone at Kindercare helped to shape my children, but I'd like the send a special thanks to Ms. Kathy, Ms. Angelica, Ms. Monica, Ms. Jasmine, and Ms. Andrea. They all contributed to the education of my girls! Thank you!

- Telegraph Road KinderCare Parent

Our son has made huge strides in terms of social interaction because of you guys. The original daycare we had him at was huge, so there wasn't a lot of curriculum or personal attention. We noticed an immediate change to his personality when he went to KinderCare. After only a few weeks, he knew the names of all the teachers and was excited about going to school! In fact, he said he didn’t want to leave school the first week he was there. We were hesitant to place our kids in an "off base" facility (meaning away from a military base). We are completely satisfied! Your center is worth every penny, and I know it will pay off in years time when our kids continue to benefit from the solid foundation that you've provided. Telegraph KinderCare is worth its weight in gold!

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Preschool Parents

Michelle has learned a world of information already. She has tremendously improved her ability to write her full name. This is a great foundation for Kindergarten.

- Telegraph Rd. KinderCare Pre-Kindergarten Parent

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