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Montclair KinderCare

Ms. Kristen Southard, Center Director

4381 Kevin Walker Dr. Dumfries VA 22025
(703) 680-2244 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Corners of Rt 234, Country Club Dr and Kevin Walker Dr. Behind 7-11

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ashland, Henderson, Montclair, Pattie/Washington Reid (2 schools in the same building)

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Welcome to Montclair KinderCare. When you walk through our doors, you will feel the warmth that our wonderful teachers bring to this center. Since many of our teachers have been here for four or more years, we pride ourselves in the longevity of our staff.  The curriculum our staff teaches focuses on academic, emotional, and social development in an engaging atmosphere for children from six weeks up through 12 years in age. Every classroom is designed to encourage growth of the whole child, including fully enhanced learning centers. 

You will also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect to both spoken words and print, we are helping to develop their early literacy and writing skills.

Ms. Kristen Southard, Center Director

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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

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.

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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 staff at Montclair KinderCare is like a family.  We all believe consistently being here for the children is an essential part of their learning. The teachers are dedicated to the classroom curriculum and teaching the children who are in their care.

  • Ms. Kristen Southard

    Ms. Kristen Southard, Center Director

    I am very passionate about the curriculum coming to life for the children and families. I also enjoy serving as a mentor and friend to a dedicated staff.

    Mrs. Kristen has been center director since February 2016.  Before that, she served as the program specialist and pre-K teacher since 2009.  Mrs. Kristen has her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and because of that, is affectionately known as the "Nutty Professor."

    Previous Experience:
    Program Specialist, Pre-K Teacher
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Sharon Bryan

    Sharon Bryan, Assistant Director

    I have a passion for teaching and caring for the children and their families.

    Sharon began working at this KinderCare when it opened in 1985. She began working as a preschool (three-year-old classroom) teacher before moving into the position of Assistant Director. Sharon has her Child Development Associate credentials.
    Sharon has seen many children learn and grow throughout the years. She has even had the privilege of having some of her former students bring their own children to KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Sharon previously worked at Dumfries Elementary.
    Year Started:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Carita

    Ms. Carita, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the growth of the children, and getting to know them!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carita previously worked in the childcare field.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Tondelia

    Ms. Tondelia, Infant Classroom

    I love the feeling of knowing that I am able to help children.

    Ms. Tondelia also helps out in the preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tondelia has also worked for social services at an unemployment office.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Courses in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Infant Classroom

    The difference that I make when they see my face and the interactions during the day. I love watching them going from infants to toddlers, and on and on.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Occupational Science Degree
  • Ms. Nelida

    Ms. Nelida, Infant/Toddler Classrooms

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Jasmin

    Ms. Jasmin, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The innocence of children is admirable. I enjoy learning their personalities.

    I have been working with children for several years - and love it!

  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children get excited about learning new things.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Sasha

    Ms. Sasha, Preschool Classroom

    Even if I teach for 30 years, but have only one child who says they have been impacted by my teaching, I will have done more than enough.

    Sasha graduated from Randolph College in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  She loves helping and encouraging others, and giving them the tools to succeed.  In the classroom, Ms. Sasha likes to create unique activities for when the kids are stuck inside on a rainy day.  Sasha is married with two chidlren who both attend KinderCare.  She sees how much they have grown being the care of great early childhood educators.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Stacey

    Ms. Stacey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have a passion for teaching young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey worked for seven years at Creative Play School in Alexandria, Virginia before joining our KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kiaira

    Ms. Kiaira, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I always loved helping and watching kids meet their milestones and experiencing them grow first hand.  It gives me so much joy!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Graduate of the Culinary Arts
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children's excitement over their activities and projects!

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Floater

    I love seeing the children learning new things and helping them grow.

    Stephanie is originally from Kentucky, and spent her later childhood as an Army brat.  She moved back to Virginia in 2015 with her son Bryson to be closer to family.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts
  • Ms. Erika

    Ms. Erika, Cook

    I like the children and their families and my coworkers.

    Year Started:
    15 Years

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

Montclair KinderCare offers families a home away from home!  We hope you consider making your family a part of ours.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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 and security of our children is our number one concern. The doors to the classrooms are locked and require a keypad entry. All of our playgrounds are fenced. We have at least two people in the building at all times that are CPR and First Aid certified, as well as Medication trained.

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.

I wanted to personally recognize the teachers and staff at Montclair KinderCare for the wonderful care that they have provided for our daughter, Madeline. Madeline started at KinderCare when she was 6 weeks old. The transition for mom and dad going back to work was smooth and we felt very comfortable leaving Madeline in their care. She is now 6 months old and is the happiest little girl. She is so excited to be at KinderCare, every morning, when I drop her off. Her face lights up when she sees her teachers and the other children. She loves to play and explore and has really developed quite a personality. I am confident that starting her at KinderCare at 6 weeks was beneficial for our whole family. Madeline enjoys her days playing with her new friends and teachers and mom and dad can focus on their work without worrying about her well being or her adjustment into this world. We are better parents for it and we truly value every minute we have with her when we're at home together. I love to see her interacting with the other children and her teachers. I can also personally attest to the care and concern that her teachers show for her. They're faces light up when she arrives every morning and I love that she provides that joy for other people. We enjoy reading her reports every day and learning what she is doing at school. We also enjoy seeing pictures of her activities during the day. I'm sure there are going to be days when the separation is hard(er) and that she's not always going to be a happy baby. Our goal is to give her every opportunity to learn and grow in a healthy and positive atmosphere and she will continue to thrive at KinderCare. Miss Kristen, Miss Sharon, Miss T, Miss Corita, Miss Nelida, Miss Anna and any of the teachers that I missed that help out in the infant classroom have been wonderful. Thank you for the excellent care she has been provided.

- Mother

Ms. Tee has been SO SUPPORTIVE of me as I go through all the transitions a new mother goes through. She never pushes me out of my comfort zone with David. Always ready and willing to do anything I ask, even if deep down she thinks I'm completely nuts :) She loves to laugh with me and genuinely loves all her babies!

Ms. Tee one day noticed hives popping up on David's cheek. She immediately called me and told me she was concerned and allowed me to have time to ask her lots of questions. I was able to use this conversation at the pediatrician's office to help clarify what was going on with David, and it all turned out to be a minor allergic reaction.

Ms. Nelida LOVES her babies and you can tell. She is always smiling and always sharing fun stories of David when I pick him up. She is never sitting down, always up and on the go, tending to children all afternoon.

Ms. Anna loves telling me stories about David when I come in. She shares his recent accomplishments and really takes notice of the things he likes and doesn't like. She showers him with complements like "he's soooo cute!!!" and it makes me feel so good! :)

Ms. Kristen, the Center Director, and Ms. Sharon, the Assistant Director, make the center warm and welcoming for the parents EVERY DAY. There is always a warm smile and often a fun story about David's day when I walk in. I love you guys!

Katie Ortega

- Mother

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