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Burke KinderCare

Ashley Waldren, Center Director

6025 Burke Commons Rd. Burke VA 22015
(703) 250-8400 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bonnie Brae, Oakview, Terre Centre, White Oaks, Laurel Ridge, Sangster, Cherry Run, and Cardinal Forest.

Welcome

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

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

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!

  • Ashley Waldren, Center Director

    Ashley Waldren "Ms. Ashley"  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. Ms. Ashley has worked with all age groups from Infants to School-Agers. She 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. After becoming an Assistant Director for 2 years, Ms. Ashley was promoted to the Center Director in the same very school where she was the Assistant Director. Ms. Ashley is very passionate and dedicated to the safety and well-being of all children. She also enjoys interacting and partnering close with the families to work together to help each child develop into their own individual self. She loves how the children can brighten up her day with their excitement of experiencing something new for the first time. Ms. Ashley has a 4 year son who inspires and motivates her each and every day. Ms. Ashley is very enthusiastic about getting new families into the center to visit to become a part of the Burke Commons KinderCare family!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    All "Corduroy" Books

    Year Started:
    8/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Psychology
  • Ms. Shernita

    Ms. Shernita, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Shernita previously served in other Early Childhood Education Programs before working with Kindercare.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Liberal Arts Degree
  • Ms. Salma

    Ms. Salma, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Salma has ten years of experience in child care
    Year Started:
    4/29/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • 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

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.

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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The cohesiveness and camaraderie is very noticeable. The KinderCare staff feels like our second home. The center is constantly making positive improvements.  Whether it is personnel, building structure, interior design, learning curriculum, etc. they are all made with the children's interest and welfare in mind. They keep their finger on the pulse of the center through the use of surveys and comment cards. They always check on their families especially if they have not heard from us or notice anything that is not routine. This is a very good center and well organized. I would recommend this center to EVERYONE!

- Mother

Communication is a #1 priority for me. From the Director to the Teachers and entire staff they effectively communicate with the parents using various methods such as email, phone calls, and daily sheets showing what my child did that day.  My school age child always makes it to school on time and the center provided options for me when school closed due to weather and I still had to go to work.  The past four years with KinderCare Burke Commons has been a wonderful and amazing experience.

- Father
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