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Burke Lake Road KinderCare

Tina Nesbit, Center Director

9724 Burke Lake Rd. Burke VA 22015
(703) 250-3854 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Orange Hunt, Sangster, Fairview, White Oaks, Cherry Run, Terra Centre, King's Park, Keene Mill.


Welcome to Burke Lake KinderCare! We are very excited to share our center with you. Our world-class curriculum, amazing teachers with nearly 250 years combined experience, and our commitment to children's growth and learning are what sets us apart from other child care centers.
Burke Lake KinderCare has been a part of the Burke community since 1984 and we are proud and honored to have watched the children we've served grow up to be life-long learners for decades and look forward to decades more!
We would love for your family to join our family. Please call us today to set up a tour, we would love to show you around our wonderful center.

Tina Nesbit, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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 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.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are the heart of our center. It's their passion for teaching and nurturing, and their love for the children that keeps our center flourishing. We have seasoned teachers who've been with us for over 20 years as well as brand new teachers who've joined us just this month. Together, we make for an excellent team and we're very fortunate we work in this field!

  • Tina Nesbit, Center Director

    Hena joined the KinderCare Team in September of 2015 as the Center Director of Burke Lake. Prior to joining this Center, she was the Director at Kiddie Academy of Gainesville for 2 1/2 years. In addition, Hena was the Assistant Director at Chesterbrook Academy for 1 year. Hena attended the University of Virginia and obtained her B.A. in Child Psychology and attended Lynchburg College to obtain her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. When Hena is not working, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her niece and nephew. When she grows up, Hena wants to become a children's author and write lots of little kids books!

    Previous Experience:
    15 years teaching 1st grade. 2 years as an Assistant Center Director. 2 years as a Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology
  • Michael Balderrama

    Michael Balderrama, Assistant Director

    Michael joined the Burke Lake KinderCare team in 2007. He started as a teacher in our Prekindergarten classroom and has taught in just about every classroom from Infants through School Age. He has also been an important part of our Learning Adventures program here as both the Cooking Adventures and Math Adventures teacher. After working with the children at KinderCare and realizing what a difference he could make in their lives each day, and the impact they had on his life, it made him realize that working with children would be his career. Michael has formal education in the areas of Child Development and Psychology and is currently working towards his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology. In his free time he likes to stay active with sports and with community involvement.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's Degree in Psychology, Pursuing Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Special Features

  • Part-Day Preschool & PreKindergarten
  • Extremely diverse staff and student population

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • 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, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Our teachers receive on-going training that not only focuses on best practices for educating early learners, but also the best health & safety practices to ensure the safest environment possible for your child. Plus, our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance so you can rest at ease during your busy day knowing that your child is in good hands.

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 husband and I are in the military and we just finished moving from Texas to Virginia. We drove into town and stopped at KinderCare to tour the facility for our five year old and two year old. We walked in and were greeted kindly, and given a tour of the facility. We felt so comfortable that we left the children to try out the center while we went to check in at a hotel and get settled. That was almost three years ago and we have been at KinderCare ever since. The children love the school and their teachers. They are like family to us and it is not hard to see how much they care about our children.

- Parent

My daughter has thrived at the Burke Lake KinderCare. She started there at four months old. Today she is about to turn four years old! It is amazing to me all she has learned at the Center! The Learning Adventure classes have definitely given her an edge at grasping her alphabet, assisting in the kitchen, and remembering the lyrics to songs! She is a well adjusted child who shares, listens and plays well with her friends. As her mom, I would like to take all the credit, but I know that KinderCare has played a strong role in shaping her personality and skills. It truly takes a village and I am so happy Burke Lake KinderCare is part of mine!

- Parent

My daughter has been enrolled at Burke Lake KinderCare since February 2010. We've stayed with KinderCare because we have seen that they nurture and love our child, even when she is having a particularly bad day. They ensure her safety and well being which I witnessed firsthand when I showed up at the center five minutes after the earthquake on August 23, 2011. Everyday I arrive to Ms. Anna's well chosen classical music; Ms. Babar's words of encouragement and love to my daughter as well as all the other employees who help me nurture my child. We are leaving Virginia and KinderCare this summer and can only hope to find loving, caring and responsible teachers who will guide our daughter as well.

- Parent

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