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Braemar KinderCare

Jennifer Simkins, Center Director

12121 Caithness Circle Bristow VA 20136
(703) 361-2498 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Across from the braemar pool

Neighborhood:
Braemar Community

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Point, The Nokesville School, T Clay Woods, Bristow Run, and Victory.

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare in Bristow, VA. As one of the leading providers of early childhood care, we truly set ourselves apart. We pride ourselves in helping your child to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually; this is both our passion and mission. Here at our center your child will develop a love of learning and a rich imagination. We believe that each child has unique talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences by providing your child with customized attention and activities that enable your son or daughter to learn and grow at his or her own pace and in your child's own way. This hands-on approach, combined with our balanced curriculum, is designed to encourage children to become confident, happy and self-aware. We're honored you've chosen us for your child's education and care, and can't wait for you to become a part of our family.

Jennifer Simkins, 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.

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.

Spanish

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?

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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

Every one of our teachers goes through the same rigorous hiring process to ensure their dedication, passion and their ability to meet the developmental and emotional needs of your child.

  • Jennifer Simkins

    Jennifer Simkins, Center Director

    I love coming to work everyday; the teachers, children and parents make this center so special!

    Since joining the KinderCare family Jennifer has held many roles in the center. She has been a member of the teaching staff, management and a parent herself. Jennifer recognizes the important job her team has as educators. Each day she works to ensure that her school is safe and each child is having fun and learning. Her center prides on having enriched classrooms and making sure everyday is a learning experience. Jennifer has one daughter who attends this school.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking over as Center Director Jennifer was a Toddler, Discovery Preschool, Preschool, Prekindergarten and Learning Adventures teacher. She was also a Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    4/15/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing a Masters in Education
  • Vanessa Cabrera

    Vanessa Cabrera, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children learn, grow and have fun every day!

    Vanessa began working at KinderCare when her children were two and three years old. As a parent Vanessa loved the center, especially watching her kids develop long lasting friendships with both their peers and teachers. Now her kids are in middle school and high school and they still love to visit the center and talk about all the fun times they had. Vanessa's passion has always been to create a enriched environment for the kids. She has a special gift of bringing the classrooms to life. She always trains and works closely with the teachers to have this same passion. Over time Vanessa has developed special relationships with so many of the families. Vanessa recognizes that there is an important relationship that should be developed between the parents and the teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the Assistant Director Vanessa was a Infant, Toddler, Prekindergarten, School Age and Learning Adventures teacher. Vanessa was also a Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Beatriz

    Ms. Beatriz, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children interact with each other and develop. I am inspired to come to work each day because I know I will see the children's happy faces.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Luz, Toddler Classroom

    I love that I spend my days teaching and exploring new things with the children. Seeing the expression on the children's faces when they discover something new is amazing.

    Year Started:
    6/12/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children get excited about what is being taught and showing that they are really learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda home-schooled her children and then worked as a teacher at a Christian academy.
    Year Started:
    6/4/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Karen, Preschool Classroom

    Every day that I teach is so rewarding. The anticipation on the children's faces as they make new discoveries each day is priceless. I look forward to the love that the children give me. They make me feel that I am important to them, and that the time we spend together is special.

    Ms. Karen first came to our center as a student.  Her mom is our cook, Ms. Edis.  During Karen's senior year of highschool she returned to our center as an assistant teacher in the Discovery Preschool room.  In a short time it was evident to parents and staff that Ms. Karen deserved a classroom of her own.  Ms, Karen is loving, enthusiastic, and fun.  The kids enjoy spending time with Ms. Karen, and especially enjoy the exciting and educational activities she plans for the preschool room.

    Year Started:
    2/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Dana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love how creative I get to be each day at work. It is so rewarding to work hard on my curriculum and then get to witness the kids benefit from it.

    Ms. Dana has been a dedicated part of the KinderCare team for almost sixteen years now. During this time she has touched many children's lives. Ms. Dana works diligently on her curriculum to ensure that it is both fun and educational for her students. Her students are always busy with art projects, lessons, or even fun activities.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Pursuing 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

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

The safety of your children is very important to us. Our center has great safety features such as a keypad entry, fenced playground, and our entire staff has been certified in CPR and First Aid.

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 two young children love coming to school at KinderCare each day. It was difficult for me to bring my kids to KinderCare because I had stayed at home with my children for so long. Now I am glad that I made the choice to bring them to KinderCare. Both my children have so many wonderful teachers who love and nurture them when I can't. My favorite part of KinderCare is the exciting activities that the teachers plan and the lifetime relationships that we have made.

- Mother
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