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Fairfax KinderCare

Melissa Swanston, Center Director

9749 Main St. Fairfax VA 22031
(703) 273-3155 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Near Fair City Mall Near Woodson High School

Neighborhood:
Main Street and the heart of Fairfax

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mantua, Wakefield, Littlerun, Olde Creek, Daniels Run, Providence, Oakview, Fairhill, Mosby Woods, Laurel Ridge

We consider every child an extended member of our family. We host a variety of events throughout the year that help promote a sense of togetherness and community.

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Welcome

We here at the Main Street set quietly off of Main Street in the heart of Fairfax. Our staff and students represent the many cultures found around the globe. Our school provides a hands on learning environment. Students are encouraged to explore and discover everyday. We have an open door policy and encourage families to join us at any time in the fun!

Melissa Swanston, 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.

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

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.

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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 Main Street have over a hundred years of experience working with children. We all believe that being here everyday is critical for our students to succeed. We welcome everyone to come join our school and become a member of our family here.

  • Melissa Swanston

    Melissa Swanston, Center Director

    I am a hands on manager and I like to practice what I preach. I am very engaged with my staff and families.

    Sheree has always loved working with children and was is super excited she is able to come in everyday to KinderCare.She graduated from Howard University with her degree in Child Pscychology and is blessed with a young son named Jayden. She started as a Prekindergarten teacher and quickly became an Assistant Director. She has been the Center Director here for over two years and really feels like every staff member is a part of her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Sheree worked as a teacher in both Hawaii and Samoa.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Brooke Dessinger, Assistant Director

    I love my job! I absolutley love that I am able to go in to the infant room and see an infant giggle at themselves as they make a silly face in the mirror. I love going into our toddler room to help a student finger paint their own personal Picaso, and then go into the our preschool room to see a student write their name in their journal for the first time. I love hearing our school age students tell me all about the adventures of their day at big kid school. Most of all, though, I love giving a tour to a family expecting their first baby, because I am able to nurture and watch their child make daily discoveries as they grow from a tiny infant to be young student. I know that we play a small role in how that child will become a productive member of our community, which the biggest gift to me.

    Brooke Dessinger started with KinderCare in the summer of 2007. She initially started as our Prekindergarten teacher, but quickly transitioned to being a lead teacher for our Private Kindergarten classroom.  She greatly enjoys being an Assistant Director because she can help support teachers to ensure the best education is given to each child. She is also able to meet new families. Most importantly, however, she enjoys being able to play with the students! Personally, Brooke grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and went to school at George Washington University. Brooke has been working with children in a variety of settings over the past ten years, from teaching children English in Peru, Uruguay and Argentina, to then being a camp counselor at a special needs camp and nannying. Every morning she comes to work excited to see her KinderCare family and friends. You will not be surprised to see her singing, dancing, and just being plain silly in the classrooms with her students!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brooke started working with children as a Program Director for Smithsonian Summer Camps. She then worked at Centro Nino in their after school program, and as a camp instructor for Camp Stepping Stone.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Spanish
  • Ms. Seble

    Ms. Seble, Infant Classroom

    I treat all of these babies like the were my own children. I believe that all children deserve caring and nurturing teachers.

    Ms. Seble who is consider the grandmother of the center is the absolute heart of the infant classroom. Originally from Ethiopia Ms. Seble has over 15 years experience working in child care and is our infant room expert. When Ms. Seble is not at KinderCare she enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Seble worked as an teacher and nanny in her home country.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Currently Pursuing her CDA

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

We are set back from Main Street so that families and children can enter and exit safely from the building. Our center has a keypad entrance; visitors must ring the bell in order to enter the building. Our playgrounds have a new fence surrounding the entire building giving the children a safe place to play. All staff are CPR and first aid certified.

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