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Buckman Rd KinderCare

Gwendolyn Mayfield, Center Director

4287 Buckman Rd. Alexandria VA 22309
(703) 360-1045 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
near Richmond Highway across from Pembroke Village and Mt. Vernon Lake Apartments

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Washington Mill Elementary School, Woodley Hill E.S, Riverside E.S, Woodlawn E.S, Fort Hunt E.S., Mt. Vernon Woods

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Welcome to the Buckman Road KinderCare Learning Center. We are an early education center and daycare near Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, VA. We are proud to be selected 2014 Best in Class among KinderCare Learning Centers! In addition, our center is under new management and new changes are underway! Your child’s safety and well being are paramount, therefore, you can rest assured our teachers and staff are 100% CPR/AED certified, Standard First Aid Trained and MAT Certified. New ideas and opportunities are discovered each day at the Buckman Road KinderCare Learning Center. Please come visit and take a look around. We look forward to greeting you and your child!

Gwendolyn Mayfield, 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

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.


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. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

Teachers and staff at the Buckman KinderCare Learning Center are dedicated loving caregivers, and passionate educators. Our teachers have an average tenure of 7 years at KinderCare and an average of 12 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Our teachers are actively engaged in courses to advance their careers and we are adamant about keeping abreast of policies, regulations and best practices in the field of daycare and education. It is the goal of the Buckman KinderCare Learning Center that all staff have attained or are working towards their Child Development Associate credential (CDA) or higher degree in the field of Early Childhood Education.

  • Gwendolyn Mayfield, Center Director

    The children are our future and I want to create thinkers not followers. I want them to be creative and think ouside of the box. I want them to be the next leaders.

    Ms. Gwendolyn was very excited to take the Director position in the Summer of 2015. She is here to reassure families that no matter where you come from, their child/ren will be prepared for success. Education is the key to success! She operates the center with love and dedication to create a family atmosphere. She wants every family she serves to know that the learning journey only begins at KinderCare but the family we create is forever.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gwendolyn has over 40 years of expeince teaching. She moved into the management field in 1988 as a Program Coordinator. She was a Board of Directors Liason, Assistant Director, and Director for 15 years at another daycare center nearby.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    40+ years
    Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education, Pursuing Master's Degree
  • Mary Ransome, Assistant Director

    Each day that a child can smile when you walk in and give you a hug, is a day to be thankful for the field that you're in.

    Ms. Mary comes from a very large family; she grew up one of twelve children in Maryland. She has over 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field, which makes her invaluable to our center. Since joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team in June 2015, Ms. Mary has been a huge asset to ensure smooth operations at our center. You can find her doing anything from assisting classroom teachers to acquainting a new family with the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary started with KinderCare in 1999 in Florida as a before and after school teacher. She continued to teach school agers when she moved back to Maryland in 2006. Ms. Mary served as Assistant Director for 6 years at another KinderCare prior to joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool (Twos)

    Children are our future.

    Ms. Shannon has two beautiful boys ages 4 and 18 months - they are her pride, joy and motivation. She shares her motherly love with the children she cares for in her class and ensures the safest possible environment for them. Ms. Shannon is inspired everyday as soon as she comes in as the children greet her with big smiles and hugs. Outside of work, Ms. Shannon loves to spend time with her children and keep them busy.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Buckman Road KinderCare, Ms. Shannon worked at the Child and Youth Program Services at Fort Belvoir.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Mr. Elante, Enrichment Program Specialist / School Age Classroom

    Mr. Elante has worked with children all of his life. He is very interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and sharing this engineering knowledge with children. He remembers what an exciting impact making his first rocket had on him and he loves to inspire children the same way. Through our exclusive Learning Adventures enrichment programs, Mr. Elante has started a STEM club here at KinderCare and enjoys thinking of new projects to challenge the kids with each week. Outside of work, Mr. Elante enjoys playing basketball and taking his younger siblings to Lee District Park.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team, Mr. Elante was Director of Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) for 2 years. He also spent 5 years mentoring 3rd-6th graders. Mr. Elante has previous experience working with children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Pursuing Associates Degree
  • Ms. Alyvia

    Ms. Alyvia, Infant Classroom

    What we learn is a part of who we are.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyvia has 3 years of previous experince teaching at Fairfax Academy.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Pursuing Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Shahla, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I love to be with kids. Working with kids is the only thing I could imagine doing for 16 years and continuing to do everyday with passion.

    Ms. Shahla moved to the United States from Pakistan in October 2013. She was an elementary school teacher in Pakistan and continued her career in early childhood education here in the States with KinderCare. She currently works in the Pre Kindergarten classroom. Her favorite part of the day is circle time when each child has a chance to shine as an individual. When Ms. Shahla is not in the Pre K room, you can find her assisting the center wherever need, whether it's with infants or school agers, she loves them all!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team, Ms. Shahla taught pre-nursurey to grade 5 in three different elementary schools in Pakistan.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cinderella and Rapunzel
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Bachelor's of the Arts, Pursuing Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jasmine, Infant Classroom

    Action is the foundation of all success.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jasmine previously worked at an in-home daycare for 4-year olds. She also has 2 years of experince as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Persuing Child Development Associate's Credential and Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Toddlers Classroom / Health and Safety Coordinator

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

    Ms. Monica is currently enrolled in college to continue her education in early childhood and receive a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She has over 20 years of early childhood experience. Ms. Monica takes pride in her classroom and loves each and every child that she cares for. She welcomes families every morning with a big smile and puts their minds at ease as they go off to work. Ms. Monica’s interactions with the toddlers are out of this world! Her favorite part of each day is interacting with the children through music and movement. She loves to see how they light up and catch on to new songs week after week. She is also our Health and Safety Coordinator ensuring that the center is safe for all children, staff, families, and tours that come through the building.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica has worked for other daycare centers teaching toddlers, preschool, prekindergarten, and school age. She also has experience training early childhood educators. She has been with the toddler class since joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team and has also driven the bus and taken the role of health and safety coordinator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate, Pursing Bachelors of Education
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Discovery Preschool (2 year olds) Classroom

    I am inspired by the faces I see everyday that I come to work.

    Ms. Brenda has been teaching at Buckman Road KinderCare since August 2013. She is currently a Discovery Preschool teacher working with the 2 year olds, but she has always had a passion to work with all age groups. Her goal is to meet the needs of each and every child to help them accomplish their developmental skills and milestones.She strives to create a nurturing environment by utilizing learning strategies that promote and stimulate curiosity. Every day, you can find Ms. Brenda encouraging participation in exploration and play, and challenging early learners to master new skills. Ms. Brenda is very passionate about her career and responsibilities and she is inspired by the engaged faces the children in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brenda prviously owned a daycare business. She has experince working with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Pursing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Child Development Associate's Credential - Infant, Toddler Care, Early Childhood Development
  • Miss Shenita, Preschool (3 year olds)

    Without art...where would that lead our imaginations to grow?

    Ms. Shenita is a Preschool teacher who began teaching at Buckman Road KinderCare in 2013. She says, "Working with young children gives a measure of inspiration that allows me to be creative." She is always finding fun and creative ways to teach her class of three year olds. Ms. Shenita's most treasured talent is drawing. She enjoys sharing her love and passion for drawing with young children who are eager to pick up a pencil or crayon and boldly sketch something out from their vivid imagination. Her favorite part of the day is the one-on-one time she gets with each of her students every morning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shenita previousy worked at as a lead teacher and floater at another daycare center with children ranging from infants - prekindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Eric Carle or Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Associates Credential; Pursuing VPI Training and Associates Degree
  • Ms. Barby

    Ms. Barby, Floater

    Knowing I have helped a child reach their objectives and goals in a creative environment makes me feel I've made a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Barby has been an educator for approximately seventeen years. She has attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education and a CDA - Child Development Associate license. She enjoys working with young children and loves their laughter and smiles. Ms. Barby creates a warm and welcoming enviroment in which children can thrive.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, CDA Credential
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Floater

    What I love most about teaching is when I am able to make the children smile. When I teach, I like to see the response from the children. The end result of the children learning makes me love my job.

    Ms. Pam started working at KinderCare since May 2007. She has 25 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Pam’s heart and soul is the Discovery Preschool class. Although, her class only consists of two-year-old's, they know Ms. Pam loves and cherishes them. The care that Ms. Pam delivers each day is evident by the smiling faces of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pam has worked with other daycare centers.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    High School Diploma, Pursuing CDA Credential
  • Ms. Wanzer, Bus Driver/Floater

    We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated  - Dr. Maya Angelou

    Ms. Wanzer is our dedicated and reliable bus transporter and classroom floater. She began working at KinderCare in 2008. She is inspired by children because they are a joy and make her smile.

    Previous Experience:
    Forensic Science and Semitarian
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Majored in Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Food Service Manager

    I love providing the children with healthy meals everyday and seeing how excited they get when I serve them. I love to see the smiles on the kids' faces in the morning when I welcome them.

    Ms. Denise transferred to the Buckman Road KinderCare in September 2001. She has over 20 years of experience in daycare and preschools in the Alexandria area. Ms. Denise has 10 of years experience as a food service manager and loves to make sure each child is fed nutritious meals every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Buckman Road KinderCare team, Ms. Denise was an infant teacher at another day care center. She has been a teacher at Buckman Rd and Fordson Rd KinderCares for all classes from infants to school age.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sally, Dick, and Jane books, and all Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Credential; Pursuing Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education; Food Service Manager Certification

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

The Buckman Road KinderCare Learning Center operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. We offer a variety of educational and enrichment programs.

Our center is equipped with a daycare nursery for infants, Discovery Preschool for two year olds, Preschool for three year olds, Prekindergarten for four year olds, and Before and After care for school agers.

We are also proud recipients of the County of Fairfax Virginia Preschool Initiative for four year olds.

Please call (703) 360-1045 or email us at, for more information or to schedule a tour.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best in Class Award 2014

    Best in Class Award 2014

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • 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 KinderCare, we take pride in the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents. Our security policies and protocols include daily sign in and out, adherence to strict parent/guardian identification, and single keypad access. We maintain rigorous standards for the safety and security of our staff and children in our care. Our center is equipped with secured key pad entry access to the classrooms and our playgrounds are fence secured. All staff are CPR/AED certified, Standard First Aid trained and MAT Certified.

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.

My daughter attends the KinderCare off Buckman Road. Her teacher Ms. Brenda is the most amazing teacher I have ever come across. She legitimately cares for her students and goes above and beyond every day to make sure they are properly cared for. Finding a place you can drop your child off at and not have any second thoughts it hard to find. Ms. Brenda is more then a teacher, and she shows that through all the love and care she has for her students. "Thank you" just doesn't seem to be enough for all that she does. I wish there were more teachers out there like Ms. Brenda.

- Buckman Road KinderCare Discovery Preschool Mother

Reuben has been going to KinderCare for about a year now. He loves being there. The staff makes us feel like we are all one happy family. We love that about KinderCare. My son will be starting Kindergarten next year and I want to make sure that we pick a school that this KinderCare provides the transportation and care for. I am very happy and satisfied here.

- Buckman Road PreKindergarten Mother

My daughter loves KinderCare! She only just turned three years old, and it feels like she's been at this center forever. We love the environment, classrooms, and the teachers are very friendly. As a parent for the first time, I enjoy coming into the center and being able to see her interact with kids her age and the teachers.

- Buckman Road KinderCare Preschool Mother

I have two children enrolled in the center on Buckman Road. I love my children's teacher. I have one in Discovery Preschool and the other other in Prekindergarten program. Both teachers are very polite, nice, and knowledgeable. They treat my children with respect, always call them by their first name, and are very friendly to them. They work hard with my children and offer suggestions on how to help with problems at home. The also take my suggestions and use them. I love KinderCare.

- Buckman Road KinderCare Mother

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