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NOVA KinderCare

Regina Stuart, Center Director

1227 North Ivy St. Arlington VA 22201
(703) 527-2288 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
"13th and Washington Blvd. near Red Top Cab"

Elementary Schools Bussed To:

This center is walking distance to the Clarenden Metro Train Station and has storage available for strollers and car seats. This center has two separate outdoor play areas for different age groups, with doors in the classrooms leading directly onto the play areas. We are able to ensure that all children are able to explore outdoor activities. Fire drills are done on a monthly basis.

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KinderCare Arlington is licensed by the state of Virginia and Arlington County we have low teacher to child ratios. Our teachers are experienced and devoted to helping children develop. This center has some teachers who have over 20 years of experience working in the child care field. The lead teachers in each classroom must have at least a Child Development Associate or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the child development field. This center has a wide range of enrichment programs offered through our Learning Adventures Program. Each classroom is set up to promote Developmentally Appropriate Practices, the children are given the opportunity to make choices and learn through active exploration.

Regina Stuart, 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.

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.

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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

This center has diverse culture and prides itself in our classroom teamwork. There is a balance in every classroom of teachers who have over 10 years of experience with great traditional values and teachers who are new in the field and fresh out of college with great, new ideas and methods. Every teacher at this center has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to developing your child's learning experience.

  • Regina Stuart

    Regina Stuart, Center Director

    The curiosity and love of learning, evident in children, is an expectation of mine rather than a surprise. They are ever-present, ever-busy, and ever-ready. We should meet them where they need us.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stuart's most recent teaching experience was in Changsha, China, where she taught children ages 3-12 years old. However, she has nearly 30 years of experience directing, teaching, and studying preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school students in several states and internationally.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Master of Education Degree
  • Kahlia Evans

    Kahlia Evans, Assistant Director

    Each day I strive to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

    Ms. Kahlia joined the KinderCare family January 2013 after completing her Bachelor's at Virginia Commonwealth University.  While in college Ms. Kahlia volunteered with Richmond Youth at an after school care program.  She also completed an internship helping displaced families find homes and furnishings for those homes. 

    Previous Experience:
    Kahlia has experience as a Toddler Teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Meredith

    Ms. Meredith, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching the expression on the child's face when they learn something new.

    Meredith has over eighteen years experience in the Early Childhood Industry and has earned a CDA. She started at KinderCare February 1998. She's really dedicated to nurturing infants.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Childhood Developement Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ophelia

    Ms. Ophelia, Infant Classroom

    When I come to work and see the faces of the babies it adds such a fulfillment to my life.

    Ms. Ophelia has over 25 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Education field and has earned a Child Development Associate's credential. She started at KinderCare October 1994. Throughout her life, the greatest thing has been watching the children develop in every stage, until they go to Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ophelia has experience at other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. CeCe

    Ms. CeCe, Toddler Classroom

    I do it for the smiles, hugs and kisses.

    Ms. CeCe has 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Education Industry and has earned a Child Development Associate's credential. CeCe started at KinderCare November 2003. She enjoys playing and interacting with toddlers everyday. She always brings tons of love, hugs and smiles.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching for me is feeling compassion and love for my students.

    Ms. Jenny has a Bachelor's of Arts in Education degree. She has been working for KinderCare since May 2009 and has over 16 years’ experience working with children ages one to 11 years. Ms. Jenny speaks Spanish which she infuses in the classroom. She taught elementary school students in Bolivia before joining our staff. Jenny believes in being friendly with her students as well as her peers.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School teacher in Bolivia.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Yaya

    Ms. Yaya, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch children grow physically as well as develop mentally.

    Ms. Yaya has 20 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Education Industry and has earned a CDA. She previously taught elementary school in Ethiopia and speaks Amharic. She started at KinderCare May 2001. YaYa is very reliable and loves interacting with children, parents and staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught elementary school in Ethiopia.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nelida

    Ms. Nelida, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The children teach me as much as I teach them.

    Ms. Nelida has over eight years experience in the Early Childhood Industry and has earned a CDA. She started at KinderCare May 2007. She speaks Spanish as a second language. Ms. Nelida believes in bringing lots of laughter to the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Home daycare provider.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Zakia

    Ms. Zakia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love what I do and do what I love.

    Ms. Zakia has over 12 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field and has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Literacy. She speaks French and Arabic. Ms. Zakia started at KinderCare May 2009. She believes in being on time and ready to educate all of her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years in Head Start program as a teacher and 5 years as a Lead Teacher in another Childcare Center.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Literacy
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Learning Adventures Classroom & Floating Teacher

    Teaching is not my job, it's my passion.

    Ms. Ana has over fifteen years experience in the Early Childhood Industry. She started at KinderCare August 2010. Ms. Ana speaks Spanish as a second language. She took Early Childhood classes that were offered in high school. She has been a camp counselor, nanny, assistant soccer coach, teacher's assistant and a Learning Adventures specialist. She is very passionate, creative and responsible in everything she does.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ana taught early childhood in a Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    High School Courses in Early Childhood Education and Pursuing a Child Development Associate Credential

December 2016 Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Our Center

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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

This center has keypad entry that only current families can know and can enter the center. The entry code is changed frequently to ensure child safety. All lead teaches have CPR and First Aid certifications. There is always staff on site that has Medication Administration Training (MAT). The center has its own parking lot and a fenced in playground.

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.

I am a first time mom at KinderCare and my infant son started in February 2012. My first day was scary because I had never left him with anyone, but after experiencing the warmth and care from the infant teachers, I was so excited about him attending the next day. Ms. Ophelia is the best infant teacher. Her love and care for my son is awesome. Every day when I drop him off, I see his smiling face, and when I pick him up at the end of the day, he’s still smiling.

- Mother

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