Ashley Waldren, Center Director
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Welcome to the Burke Commons KinderCare! Thank you for the interest in our school. We provide care for children ages six weeks to twelve years of age on a full or part-time basis. We strive to help your child develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Each of our programs offers a year-round curriculum which fosters the needs of children. We welcome you to stop in for a visit. We are very excited to meet you and would love for you to meet our teachers.
Ashley Waldren, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our center is home to a family of dedicated, passionate, and hard-working teachers and staff members. Together, it is our mission to create an inclusive, compassionate, and nurturing community in which your children can safely and joyfully learn and grow. Our school is truly a home for all of the children and staff members who attend our institution each day, and we are excited to welcome you as the newest members of our community!
If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" -Ignacio Estrada
Kelly has been the Director of the Burke Commons KinderCare since February 2009. She has been in the Early Childhood field for 14 years. She began her career in the Early Childhood Education field as a teacher in the Before and After School Program. Since then, she has been the Lead Teacher in several different classrooms. In 2003 she decided to take on the role of Assisant Director. She has a tremendous passion for children and their education. The role of Center Director allows her to put the educational and developmental needs of the children first. Her compassion for children can be felt throughout every classroom in the center.
If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada
Ashley Waldren grew up in the DC, Maryland and the Virginia area. She began working with children in her younger years beginning with babysitting and from then on she knew that working and being around children was the field that she wanted to serve in. In high school she began working at a daycare facility as a floater, a teacher who worked with all age groups from Infants to School-Agers. Ashley continued working with every age group throughout the years, until she became promoted as a Lead Training Teacher and began working more closely with the families and began performing more management duties. After enjoying her position as 3rd in charge, she took on a higher role as Assistant Director with KinderCare.Ashley is very dedicated to the safety and well-being of children. She also enjoys interacting closely with the families to ensure that they feel comfortable and to address any concerns that they may have. She loves how the children can brighten up her day with their excitement of experiencing something new for the first time.Ashley has a 19 month old son who inspires and motivates her each and every day and she will graduating in December 2014 with a B.A in Psychology.
As they are learning from me, I am learning from them as well
Ms. Shernita has been with the KinderCare family for three years. She is in the process of earning her Associate Degree this year. There is a certain type of understanding working with the Preschool program. They strive for independence, but at the same time, they can lean on you for comfort. Ms. Shernita enjoys having a connection with the children and families in her care. It puts a smile on her face!
I am most passionate about providing an environment in the classroom that fosters joy in learning. Watching children develop and succeed with smiling faces is a wonderful thing
Ms. Rebecca has been with KinderCare since fall of 2013. While she studied Justice and Literature at American University, her passion for the last four years has been providing quality early childhood education and care to children in all communities. Her position with Jumpstart trained her for specialties working in reading comprehension and classroom enrichment, which she brings to life in each classroom that she serves.
Ms. Salma came to the United States 15 years ago. She has two daughters, one is 12 years old and the other is seven years old. She has been working with Kindercare for ten years. Ms. Salma loves reading books to the children in her classroom. She feels that they are like her own children.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Here at Burke Commons KinderCare, safety is very important to us. Our front door, and only entrance, has key pad entry which requires a code to open. All other doors in the center exit into our gated playground area. Staff are required to be First Aid/CPR/AED certified and are required to complete our training before entering the classroom as a teacher. Many of our staff have Early Childhood Education credentials and all of our staff participate in continuing education classes and trainings to keep us up to date with the latest research in Early Childhood Education. In addition to the regular cleaning company, our teachers clean and sanitize the rooms and toys daily. We have a rigid pick up routine in regards to non-guardians of our students. In the event of an authorized pick up, we must be notified by the parent/authorized guardian and need to verify the authorized person's identity in order to release the child.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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