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Franconia Road KinderCare

Michelle Conroy, Center Director

6123 Gum St. Alexandria VA 22310
(703) 922-5040 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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


Welcome to KinderCare Gum Street, conveniently located on Franconia Road, in Alexandria, Virginia. We are ecstatic that you are interested in KinderCare and want to applaud you for seeking the invaluable gift of early education for your child. Research shows that birth to age three is crucial in our development, and placing your child in an early environment such as we have here at KinderCare is sure to get them the early advantage needed for a lifetime of success! Please read on to find more about our center features, programs, and staff; immediately after, feel free to give us a call so that we may turn your online glimpse into reality! Thanks again for your interest! We can't wait to meet you and your early learner!

Michelle Conroy, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

Teachers & Staff

Meet our KinderCare team of child care professionals! Our team is composed of a group of individuals that love children and furthering their development. Each staff member is unique and has come to us with varying educational and professional experiences, yet we share one common interest: Kids are our business. We ascribe to the spirit of service and hold strong to our commitment of creating a world of learners!

  • Michelle Conroy

    Michelle Conroy, Center Director

    Ms. Michelle has been teaching young children for the past six years. She comes to us having previously directed a preschool specific dance program for Northern Virginia. Ms. Michelle loves integrating the arts into our school environment and believes in not only strengthening students' education but also their creativity, imagination and self-confidence.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Arts Administration
  • Buffy Foster

    Buffy Foster, Assistant Director

    I love working with children, and to help them to reach their fullest potential in learning and socializing with others.

    Ms. Buffy joined the Gum Street KinderCare team in July 2015 and brings a great energy to our center as Assistant Director. She believes that children learn through everyday experiences. Ms. Buffy is here to ensure that children are safe and cared for in a loving and caring environment. She is here to meet all of the needs - educational, emotional, physical - of all of the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Buffy was the Director/Owner of a family child care center in Maryland for ten years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management; Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ronna

    Ms. Ronna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each child is different in their own way but each of them receive the same love and passion from me.

    Ms. Ronna has a passion for children that is contagious. She acknowledges that children spend most of their time with their teachers. She leads by example as children watch her every action and listen to her every word, she is here to help the children grow and learn each day. Ms. Ronna is expanding her education and knowledge in early childhood education as she works toward completing certificates and her associates degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ronna previously spent seven years as a volunteer with Fairfax County Public Elementary Schools. She has three years experience teaching math for kids as a volunteer math tutor with Fairfax County Public Schools.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Infant

    I love working with children. My goal is to make sure each child learns through their everyday experience and to make sure they achieve the skills they need to be successful.

    Ms. Carmen is continuing her education in Early Childhood. Ms. Carmen is a wonderful, loving and caring teacher. The Infants love her and she loves the Infants.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Shamyra

    Miss Shamyra, Infant Classroom

    I love working in the infant classroom. Children learn through play and each day is the opportunity for learning.

    Ms. Shamyra enjoys teaching the children in her care. Her passion is to make sure each child's individual needs are met. Ms. Shamyra is continuing her education in Early Childhood.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Barbee

    Ms. Barbee, Preschool Classroom

    My commitment is to make sure each child is cared for as if they were my own.

    Ms. Marcia offers her love and compassion to each child that she cares for. She is committed to making each child feel that they are special in their own unique way. Ms. Marcia believes that children grow and learn through play, modeled behavior, and consistency - this is the model she teaches by.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marcia has 10 years previous experience working with children ages 4-6. She also spent two years working with three year olds.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Master's Degree Human Resource Management; Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Maryland Credential Level 3; Center Director Qualified
  • Ms. Shaniqua, Toddler Classroom

    My commitments are to protect, care, and guide my children.

    Ms. Teresa joined the Gum Street KinderCare team in August 2015 as an Assistant Teacher. He loves to create a positive environment in which he believes children will grow happy and learn better in. Mr. Santos is looking forward to registering for classes towards his Child Development Associates Credential and in the future, pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Spanish.

    Year Started:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Alice

    Ms. Alice, Toddler Classroom

    In my own contribution, I'll make sure the children learn every day.

    Ms. Alice is a passionate teacher who loves to help children grow and learn through playing. Her philosophy is to make sure the children are safe at all times.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Carrer Certification in ECE
  • Ms. Chyna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with kids. I love to see them learn and grow.

    Ms. Sasi loves working with children! She believes that children learn through play and in particular, group activities. She finds that children benefit the most through learning with same-age kids. Ms. Sasi is looking forward to pursuing her education in early childhood and elementary education.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Fathiya

    Ms. Fathiya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The children inspire me to come to work each day. I love being with them and teaching them new things. My passion is being a helping hand, cultivating a brighter future and society.

    Ms. Fathiya is originally from Somalia. She currently holds her certificate of Child Daycare Management and a Bachelor's Degree. Her philosophy in early childhood education is to guide children yet allow them to choose based on what they learn. Ms. Fathiya is a wonderful, loving and caring teacher. The Twos love her and she loves them. She is looking forward to continuing to work on her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Fathiya was previously a SACC teacher for before and after care programs. She was a volunteer for Fairfax County public schools and she was also a Teacher's Assistant at Washington Islamic Academy. Ms. Fathiya owned and operated an in-home day care center for 7 years. Additionally, she did home health care for children with autism.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelor's of Science and Math; Certificate of Child Day Care Managment
  • Ms. Rozita

    Ms. Rozita, Infant Classroom

    I love children and I can't imagine doing anything else. My philosophy is that children are learning all the time - every minute. I can only hinder the process. Every situation is an opportunity for learning.

    Ms. Rozita has a passion for working for children. Every day, she is committed to making sure the children are safe and secure. She genuinely enjoys teaching the children, caring for them and having meaningful relationships with the parents. Ms. Rozita is always finding ways to better herself and the children in our learning center. She keeps abreast of all early childhood education regulations and changes in the field.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rozita was previously a SACC Teacher and also Director at another day care center.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Marivat "Mimi"

    Ms. Marivat "Mimi", Toddler Classroom

    I love being around children because they are honest and pure and so sweet. I enjoy making them laugh and be happy.

    Ms. Mimi is originally from Jordan. She has experience working with all age groups of children from infants - school age. She is very passionate about what she does. Every day, Ms. Mimi guides the children in her care to be healthy, makes them happy, and helps them to solve their problems. All the children in our learning center absolutely love Ms. Mimi!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mimi was previously an Arabic teacher and Physical Education teacher. She has experience working in a private elementary school and a public high school. Ms. Mimi was previously a lead teacher for ages 2-5 years old.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Sociology
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Learning Adventures

    I love providing fun learning experiences and watching the children grow and make progress.

    Mrs. Denise has experience working in every age group. She is currently our Enrichment Program Specialist, who teaches, Math, Phonics, Cooking, Music and Conversational Spanish. She excels in anything she does and the children do as well. Mrs. Denise continues her education through trainings, workshops and readings on Early Childhood Education. She is always willing to learn and try new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Denise has previously Worked with all age groups from Infants - School Age. She was previously a Program Specialist and an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Randy

    Mr. Randy, Cook and Bus Driver

    I love hearing the children cheer every time I bring food for them.

    Mr. Randy comes to our learning center as a jack of all trades. He cooks and prepares breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack for all the children and teachers. Mr. Randy also drives the bus for the school age children during field trips and before and after school. Mr. Randy helps do whatever is necessary to keep the center up to par.  He truly is an asset to our team!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Randy has previous experience as a Service Tech.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Sharita, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Sharita loves working with our School Age students and exploring with hands on experiments and innovative projects.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Health and Safety is of utmost importance to us and our first priority. You will enjoy key safety features such as: Professionally maintained and cleaned buildings; all staff members are First Aid and CPR certified; locked entry system (password accessible only) at front entrance and at classroom entrances; trained staff on emergency evacuation procedures; all staff well versed and practicing universal precautions throughout daily tasks; 100% identification check and parent sign off for all visiting pick-up personnel (i.e. If Grandma is in town and picking up the children, then Grandma must show ID, and we must hear from you that this arrangement has been made); building and play facilities are completely fenced and locked at all times; and child identification services offered each year.

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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KinderCare has always considered part of my family. I always feel comfortable leaving my children in the care of the awesome staff. I never have to worry about them, which makes my day so much more productive!<br /> My daughter started at KinderCare when she was four and my son started out when he was sixteen months. They are now eleven and eight. They attended KinderCare until we moved but, still attend during summer camps and when schools are closed. KinderCare has always been flexible and always accommodating with my schedule. I am proud to say my children are KinderCare kids!

- Mother

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