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Herndon KinderCare

Ms. Crystal Weakley, Center Director

801 Locust St. Herndon VA 20170
(703) 471-1191 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Elden Locust Street

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Herndon, Hutchinson, Clearview, McNair, Dranesville, Coates,

Come see what learning looks like!  At the Herndon Kindercare our children learn together as they play, work and laugh.  Each day our team of dedicated teachers provide warm, loving care and teach an exciting curriculum that allows them to explore this great big world we live in.  Come by our center and see the excitement for yourself.


Welcome to Herndon KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond.  With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, blocks and a library for adventures in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, charts, labels and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Crystal Weakley, Center Director

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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


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.


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.


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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Our team of teachers continue to grow and implement their training and knowledge in the classroom, giving each child in our center a quality experience in care and curriculum.  Over the past year we have added a few new teachers to the team as we have grown in enrollment and as old friends have moved onto other adventures.  Come visit and see for yourself what great teachers look like at the Herndon Kindercare!

  • Ms. Crystal Weakley, Center Director

    Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown Jr

    Crystal has worked in childcare for 13 years, she has 2 children they are 12 and 9.  She has worked throughout part of her adult life in childcare while going to school.  Also, working with March of Dimes, and the Make of wish foundation.  Crystal really enjoys working and teaching children at the early childhood stages of life.  She believes this is one of the most important stages for early learning to help to create the best individuals to grow in our society.  

    Previous Experience:
    Director of Sparkles Childcare centers, and La Petite Academy.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associates in Business Management, Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Mirsada

    Ms. Mirsada, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I love working with my babies and children. I love to watch them grow and learn every day. I am very happy to be part of my children's lives.

    Ms. Mirsada has been a vital part of our center's teaching staff for many years. She has consistently brought a loving touch and compassionate heart to her work. Parents are happy to bring their babies to our center and to Ms. Mirsada every day.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. O'Shauna

    Ms. O'Shauna, Infant Classroom

    I really love working with kids. I would be lost without them in my life.

    Ms. O'Shauna's passion is working with kids. She has worked with children of all ages for almost 20 years. She graduated from South Lakes High School. Ms. O'Shauna loves being around family. She is helping to raise her niece. She loves spending time with her nieces. They keep her going and give her so much love and encouragement.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. O'Shauna has worked with several preschools over the many years that she has been in early childhood education.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Mahboubeh

    Ms. Mahboubeh, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love children and love working with them and helping them learn.

    Ms. Mahboubeh has two children of her own and loves spending time with them every day. She enjoys working with the children and their parents here in the center. Being here is like a big family to her. She is excited every day to come to work being a part of the children's families!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mahboubeh has previous experience working as a Preschool assistant teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Pierina

    Ms. Pierina, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Pierina joined us in June of 2013, just in time to enjoy our School Age Summer Camp program. She is attending George Mason University at New Century College, concentrating on Early Childhood Education. She has worked with Preschool children for over two years and is now a member of our Support Staff, working in each classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pierina has previous experience working as a teacher's assistant (Prekindergarten) and a Spanish teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Virginia Department of Social Services Early Childhood Preschool Endorsement
  • Ms. Noemi

    Ms. Noemi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Educating young children is the most rewarding profession.

    Ms. Noemi is originally from the Dominican Republic, she has four boys and her passion is to teach young children. She has been working at KinderCare since September of 2012. She has a Bachelor's degree and is currently working on her Child Development Associate certification.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Noemi worked for 5 years as a Kindergarten teacher in New Jersey, for one year as a preschool teacher in South Carolina, and for one year as a director of a preschool center in South Carolina.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Law

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Bosnian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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 dedicated to provide the safest and healthiest environment for children to live and learn. From our key-pad front door, to training our staff in First Aid and CPR and screening all employees; it is our goal to provide a fun place for children to learn, but one that is safe and secure.

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 couldn't be happier with the experience we have had with our son over the past year at KinderCare. As working parents, this center made the transition for me back to work after just a few weeks very smooth and comforting, knowing he was in good hands. Every day since, we drop off our son and he is super excited to see his friends in their classroom and recently the activity room! The daily feedback and constant communication between the teachers and parents have given us the ease and comfort to never have to worry about him while we are working and know he is in a place that is educating him both socially and mentally. The center is constantly changing things up and doing special events and programs that make each day unique and special. They always remember milestones and birthdays and send home keepsake artwork pieces that we will treasure forever. We feel truly lucky to have found such an amazing place to bring our child and feel 100% comfortable each day we drop him off and when we see his smiling face when we pick him up. Thank you so much to the fantastic and talented infant teachers for all your hard work and everything you do for our families.

- Mother

I love that my son Ben goes to KinderCare.  It is a place where you feel safe dropping your child off.  The staff is great with the kids, and extremely professional.  I would recommend them to anyone.     

- Mother

Our experience at KinderCare has been great! The teachers are not only wonderful at their jobs but they truly care about the kids. That gives my husband and I such peace and comfort knowing they are taking care of our precious little girl while we are at work.

- Mother

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent staff of the Herndon KinderCare Learning Center. My family has been with the KinderCare organization for over twelve years. My son, Edward, was enrolled at the Reston KinderCare. The staff at the Reston Center, under the supervision of the former center director, Loni Fenton was great.

Over the past three years my daughter, Olivia, has been enrolled at the Herndon KinderCare. I have witnessed superb leadership under the supervision of Mr. Dan and Ms. Christine. Dan and Christine’s dedication and care shows everyday. I would like to acknowledge their achievements and thank Dan, Christine and the entire KinderCare Team for their excellent service.

- Mother

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