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Oak Leather KinderCare

Rebecca Walker, Center Director

5680 Oak Leather Dr. Burke VA 22015
(703) 250-4344 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off of the Burke Centre Parkway Oak Leather Dr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fairview, Oak View, White Oaks, Bonnie Brae, Laurel Ridge, and Terra Center.

Here at Oak Leather, we take great pride in our Spirit Days and center events! Whether it's Costume Day or Parent's Night Out, you'll always find the children and staff showing off their school spirit and having a blast! The Oak Leather KinderCare also operates as the District Training Site. Many managerial, staff, and new-hire trainings are held here and directed by our District Trainer, Monika Hasnat.

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Welcome

Welcome to Oak Leather KinderCare! We are a passionate team, dedicated to providing you and your family with the best experience possible. Our friendly, experienced teachers and professional, approachable management team make this the ideal center for you and your family! If you're ready for your child to grow and develop through exploration and play in a safe and loving environment, then come on in - we'll be waiting for you!

Rebecca Walker, 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

The teachers here at the Oak Leather KinderCare are truly a gifted and inspiring group of individuals. Not only does their genuine passion for teaching show through their daily actions, but their dedication to ensuring each child's success is expressed through each family's personalized experience. Our loving, engaging teachers are sure to make sure you and your family feel completely comfortable spending the day here with us.

  • Rebecca Walker

    Rebecca Walker, Center Director

    Wendy Wortman has been a member of the KinderCare family since 2000.  She began her journey as an assistant teacher in the two-year old classroom and grew within the company to her current position as a Center Director.  Wendy prides herself on establishing great relationships with the families that her center serves.  She is a supportive, growth oriented leader of a dedicated team of staff that provides the best care possible to all the children.  Above all, Wendy is passionate about learning and development of young children.  She is committed to building a safe, healthy and educational environment for each and every child to thrive in.  You will always find Wendy with a smile on her face, and an her eagerness of working hard to meet the needs of every family that entrusts us with their children.
     

    Year Started:
    8/14/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Stephanie Short

    Stephanie Short, Assistant Director

    You never feel as tall as you do, when you reach down to help a child. ~ Anonymous

    Stephanie was born in the mountains of SW Virginia, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. She moved to FL at age 11 and has also lived in SC, OK, FL, NC, and now VA. She lives her with her husband and three children, ages 20, 14, and 7. She attended college at Montreat College in Western NC. She holds a Bachelor's Degree is in Human Services with a Major in Family Science. She has used this degere and her experience to help others with their childcare and early education as a preschool teacher, preshool management, second grade teacher, private nanny, and community educator and tutor. She loves to work with children and families!

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie has worked in Early Childhood Education, since her first child care position at 16 years old. Since that summer, she has been a part of numerous centers and programs both during the school year and summer while in college and after. Her experience is with ages birth to school age and also has worked as a volunteer life coach for teens and young adults.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love you forever By Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    10/7/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Human Services
  • Ms. Monika Hasnat

    Ms. Monika Hasnat, District Trainer

    Ms. Monika has been a part of the KinderCare family since 1996.  Over the years, she has served in several positions such as the Preschool and Kindergarten teacher, Program Specialist and Center Director.  Currently, she is enjoying her role as the District Trainer and welcomes staff from several districts in the region at their on-boarding orientations and trainings.  Ms. Monika has degrees in Business and Education and a wealth of experience.  Her long term with the company as an employee as well as a former parent has allowed her to build great relationships all around. Her contribution to the field of early childhood education makes her a strong part of Knowledge Universe team.  Ms. Monika values every moment spent with the children, and she strives to empower and inspire the dedicated professionals who share her passion for teaching and caring for each and every child.

    Year Started:
    9/12/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Degrees - Business Admin & Educ.
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Infant A Classroom

    The soul is healed by being with children. - English proverb

    Ms. Caitlin has just recently joined our center here at Oak Leather and is excited about becoming a part of our team. Her mission is to provide the children with a safe and loving environment that will both prepare them for school, and provide them with skills needed to be successful in their life ahead. Ms. Caitlin has a one-year-old daughter who also attends our center and they both enjoy the time they spend here. She can not wait for many years to come as a member of the KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Caitlin has previous experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    9/24/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Fatima

    Ms. Fatima, Infant B Classroom

    Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. - Plato

    Ms. Fatima pursued and achieved a Bachelor's degree at Kabul University in Afghanistan. Once she achieved this, she began working at the Institute and Research of Agriculture. After moving to America and raising her children, she became interested in Early Childhood Education. She strongly believes her own children persuaded her to become involved with young children due to all the love and joy she gained from being with her own children. Ms. Fatima started as a food service staff and now as a teaching assistant in our Infant classroom. Ms. Fatima loves singing with the babies, as well as completing art projects and activities. She strives in energetic interaction as believes this type of engagement will help the children learn and grow and be the best they can be.

    Year Started:
    11/17/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Carol has been a part of our KinderCare family for almost nine years. She has two daughters that also attend our center and they could not be any happier. Ms. Carol is currently attending NOVA and pursuing her long time dream of becoming a prenatal nurse. Ms. Carol is quite active and is not afraid of getting messy with the children. During her free time, she plays many sports and spends as much time as she can with her two girls.

    Year Started:
    11/3/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie has been working as a child care provider since 2002. She has volunteered at Vacation Bible school, Silo Center Preschool substitute, Nativity Catholic school and now KinderCare. Ms. Stephanie currently has an Associate's Degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Social Science with a Teacher Education Specialization and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources. Ms. Stephanie enjoys taking care of children and helping them learn and grow during each of their developmental stages.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Social Science with a Specialization in Teacher Education
  • Ms. Belkys

    Ms. Belkys, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Belkys is the Prekindergarten Lead Teacher here at our center. She has been with KinderCare since 2010 and has recently achieve an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves working at KinderCare because she loves being able to help children develop and reach their physical and educational milestones. It is extremely rewarding to know that she helped children accomplish goals in any way possible. During her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family and eating nachos and tacos.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yvette

    Ms. Yvette, Learning Adventures Instructor

    Ms. Yvette has been with KinderCare since 2008 and currently runs our Learning Adventures enrichment program. She has achieved an Associate's Degree and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She loves working at KinderCare because every day is different when you’re working with children. You never know what they are going to say, or do, and they constantly keep you guessing what’s about to happen next. She truly enjoys watching the children grow throughout each year, and receiving hugs, smiles, and sharing joyous laughs with them is always rewarding! During her free time, Ms.Yvette enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Meredith

    Ms. Meredith, School Age

    Ms. Meredith has been a part of KinderCare for several years.  She returned to the center last year and has been working with the School Agers.  Meredith is well experienced with every age group and enjoys a variety of classrooms.  She has over fifteen years of experience and plans to stay in the field of education.  Ms. Meredith also has her son attend the Oak Leather KinderCare.  As a parent, she understands what is truly important to parents and she takes pride in her communication and engagement with the families.  In her spare time, she enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her son.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at KinderCare in 2010 and was a private nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Critter Books by Mercer Mayer
    Year Started:
    8/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associates in General Education

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
  • Farsi, Bangoli

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

Our number one priority is ensuring that the children in our care are safe at all times. In order to make this possible, some of our center features include a keypad entry for building access and fenced playgrounds. In addition, we practice regular cleansing and sanitation of classroom items, and consistently enforce our company food and sick policies. Almost all of our staff members are First Aid and CPR certified, with a number of us being MAT-trained (Medication Administration Training) as well.

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 just want to say that I love the sweet teachers of this center! All of you guys work so hard and you love what you do. My son also really loves all of you guys and I am very happy with the service of this center! Keep on being such a great center and keep up the great work! Also I really love the management. Stephanie and Wendy, thank you guys for being so sweet and working so hard!

- Parents

I currently have two kids at the center. My special needs 13 year old, Lesley, and my typically developing two year old, Clark. Lesley has been going here for 11 years now and we LOVE it. Lesley wasn't potty trained until she was four and unlike other centers they kept her with kids her age instead of holding her back. Lesley still has hard days but the teachers and staff have been very good at calming her down and working with her strengths.

My son is getting a strong background in basic math skills like shapes and categorization, language, and social skills. The units are fun and educational. They have done ones about farms, families and weather. One of the best things they do is they take photos of the children when they do art projects and display them together with a phrase the child said while working on it. As you may have noticed there are tons of the children's work at eye level for the kids; not all centers do this. My son is so proud to show off what he has worked on. It really is a great place!

- Parent

I could not be happier with the care my son receives at Oak Leather KinderCare.  Anansa Archer and her wonderful staff of teachers have created a caring environment for babies and kids to grow and learn.  I am amazed at how much my son is learning every day and I really think he will have a great foundation when he heads to kindergarten in two years.  He comes home asking for paper so he can practice writing the letters he learned about that day.  Everyone treats each other with courtesy and respect which is reflected in all the kids’ behavior.  I’m so glad I found a place where I can be completely comfortable that my son is getting the best possible care.

- Mother
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