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Braddock Road KinderCare

Kelly Vargas, Center Director

9328 Braddock Rd. Burke VA 22015
(703) 425-8008 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Laurel Ridge, Kings Park, Ravensworth, Canterbury Woods, White Oaks, Oak View, Little Run (p.m. only)

Welcome

Welcome to Braddock Road KinderCare! We are very excited to share our center with you. Our world-class curriculum, amazing teachers, and our commitment to children's growth and learning are what sets us apart from other child care centers. 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.

Kelly Vargas, 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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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?

Summer Reading Club

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.

  • Kelly Vargas, Center Director

    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" -Ignacio Estrada

    Ms. Kelly comes to the Braddock Road KinderCare with over 15 years of Early Childhood Experience.  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 Assistant Center 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 through coaching and developing teachers. Her compassion for children can be felt throughout every classroom in the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler, 2 year old , Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Private Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    2/24/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ilka McCoy, Assistant Director

    Favorite Children's Book:
    How Full is Your Bucket-for Kids? by Tom Rath
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Ramona

    Ms. Ramona, Infant A

    I love knowing that I will see the babies and that I make a difference in their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Usborne Little Book of Nursery Rhymes by Various Collections
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Sabiha, Infant A

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    5/8/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Amany

    Ms. Amany, Infant, Toddler and Discovery Preschool

    I ove to see the children on a new day because I feel that they are a part of my life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amany recently relocated to the United States from Egypt, where she was a teacher and then a school director for more than 20 years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Genetics, English Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Toddler

    I love helping the children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Flor, Infant A

    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • 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

As a parent, you can rest assured that our center offers complete safety and security for your child. Our front door has key pad entry, our playgrounds are securely fenced in and regularly checked for safety, and most importantly, our staff is educated in best safety practices in caring for children. All of our center staff are CPR and First Aid certified for Infants through Adult.

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.

Coming to KinderCare was a big change for my children who were used to being home, and also having just moved to the area. I was very nervous but the teachers at KinderCare were so loving and nurturing that my children adapted easily. Since then, I can see just how much they are gaining every day by the things and people they talk about at home.

- Mother
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