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Herndon Parkway KinderCare

Christine Ashman, Center Director

1178 Herndon Pkwy Herndon VA 20170
(703) 435-3955 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
on Herndon Pkwy 2 blocks north of Dulles Toll Road

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

We currently have limited space available in each of our classrooms. Our center participates in Virginia's Preschool Initiative (VPI Program). We have partnered with Fairfax County's Department of Family Services VPI Team to ensure all rising-kindergarteners are prepared for school. Our center also participates in the USDA Food Program, providing nutritionally balanced meals and snacks to children in our care. We also provide vegetarian and soy options for children with allergy and/or food preferences.

Welcome

Welcome to Herndon Parkway KinderCare. We are conveniently located between the Dulles Toll Road and Rt. 28 in Herndon. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our classrooms and curriculum are designed to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print and develop early literacy and writing skills. We look forward to partnering with you and your family and working together to ensure that your child has the best possible start in life. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Christine Ashman, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Currently in NAEYC Self-Study and Working towards VSQI

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is passionate about providing high quality care to all children. We currently use the Early Foundations Curriculum in all classrooms. This versatile curriculum addresses the needs of children at various stages of life and builds on knowledge and experience that they acquire as they grow. 

  • Christine Ashman

    Christine Ashman, Center Director

    I love working children of all ages. I get such joy out of their smiling faces, their questions and statements. Working with children, there is never a day without laughter!

    Christine has over 20 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education, with experience teaching children ages six weeks through elementary school age, as well as in management. She is committed to providing high quality education to children and to supporting families during these formative years. Christine feels communication and working as a team with families and teachers is the key to a successful center. She has a true passion for working with children. She loves being in the classroom and interacting with the children. Being directly involved in your child's day is most important to her.

    Previous Experience:
    Christine has experience teaching Infants through School Age children. She taught first grade for five years for a private Elementary School. She has nine years of management experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, including Center Trainer, Assistant Director and Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ebby Alawi

    Ebby Alawi, Assistant Director

    Child growth and development is so inspiring to me. Being a part of it puts a smile on my face!

    Ebby has been in management for over eight years in the hospitality industry. When her daughter started high school she decided it was time for a change and landed here at KinderCare in early 2013 as Learning Adventures Specialist. She was also learning the ropes to be an Assistant Director and obtaining her Child Development Associate's Credential at the same time. Ebby continues to teach our Learning Adventures Programs (Phonics, Math and Music). She plays a key role in family engagement and the operations of our center. She is loved by the staff and children!

    Previous Experience:
    Ebby has General Management and training experience.
    Year Started:
    4/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Feliza

    Ms. Feliza, Program Specialist

    Having the opportunity to work with children is very important to me! I love to see them grow and develop their skills, it's amazing! They make my day when they say my name and when they come to me and give me hugs!

    Feliza has been with KinderCare for sixteen years. As Program Specialist, she is a team leader. She works with classroom teachers to ensure quality and curriculum are implemented at the highest level. Feliza works directly with management, parents, and the children. Her passion for Early Childhood Education and her commitment to excellence is evident in her every day interactions.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Feliza taught second grade in public school for five years.
    Year Started:
    2/4/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanpreet

    Ms. Amanpreet, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I believe that children are our future. Each child is unique individuals who need a caring, loving atmosphere and it is my desire to provide it to all the children in my care.

    Aman transfered to us from Reston, VA. She bring a loving, caring personality with her. Aman loves to sing and dance with the classroom. She creates a fun educational room that aids in the development and growth emotionally and socially.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with elementary school children in a private school in India.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Teaching & Education and Master of Science in Human Biology
  • Ms. Khadija

    Ms. Khadija, Infant Classroom

    I love helping the children grow and making a difference in their lives, as well as helping them become what they want to be!

    Ms. Khadija has been with KinderCare family for over five years and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. She loves getting on the floor and playing with the babies and interacting with the families. Communication is key to our relationships.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Khadija worked for an in-home daycare center.
    Year Started:
    4/14/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I have been dedicated to teaching children on the Elementary level. I now work with Infants and the relationship with my children is so satisfying. This was a new experience for me. I learn with my babies every day! I love them!

    Ms. Maria came to KinderCare in 2011 and jumped into the Infant program after working in Elementary Education. She works well with her co-workers to provide a safe and loving learning environment. She partners with parents to give each Infant individualized attention and care. Ms. Maria has found her calling working with Infants!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Maria taught Physical Education for Fey Alegria public school for eleven years, worked at Teniente Calvero Marines School for fifteen years and at Chuck E Cheese for three years.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education
  • Ms. Charlotte

    Ms. Charlotte, Toddler Classroom

    I love to work with the Toddlers! You still get that child as a 'baby' while they're developing into independent youngsters. I never tire of hearing them expressing 'I did it!' for each new accomplishment!

    Previously a volunteer in various childcare settings, Ms. Charlotte became KinderCare's Toddler teacher in 2008. She likes to enhance curriculum by adding hands on experiences every day. Toddlers will sing "Row Your Boat" while floating toy boats in our water filled sensory table. Boxes will become cars for the children to drive during our transportation unit. Ms. Charlotte has our little weather watchers bring the outside indoors during rain or snow. Ms. Charlotte is so creative and strives to make each and every experience meaningful for our Toddlers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Charlotte has experience working at in-home daycare center, a church nursery, vacation bible school, and Mother's Day Out Programs.
    Year Started:
    9/8/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Rosa

    Ms. Rosa, Toddler Classroom

    I truly love working with children!

    Ms. Rosa has been with our KinderCare family for over five years. She is one of the first teachers to greet the families and children in the morning. She shares ideas in lesson planning and assists in enhancing our curriculum. Ms. Rosa implements Spanish into the daily activities for our Toddlers. She is dedicated to guiding the children in playing and learning through play!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rosa worked in the hospitality industry.
    Year Started:
    4/8/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Bal

    Ms. Bal, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are a source of happiness!

    Ms. Bal has been with us for a short time but the children have grown to love her very much, she spends her time working with them on activities, reading and attending to their every need by utilizing her certification in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    While living in Napal, Ms. Bal was a Senior Assistant for Telecom as well as a teacher in a secondary school.
    Year Started:
    6/30/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Master's Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Firdaus

    Ms. Firdaus, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is my passion! I enjoy the company of children and love the feeling of teaching them something new!

    Ms. Firdaus is a team player. She is dedicated to working with children and keeps them engaged in their activities. With Two-year-old children, potty training is a big part of our day. She likes to make sure that the children are comfortable and clean.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Firdaus worked as a High School teacher in Pakistan.
    Year Started:
    10/4/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Education Degree, Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Flor

    Ms. Flor, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work each day to see the smiling faces of my children! When I come to work each morning I enjoy implementing the curriculum. I love to read to my children and see there faces light up! We have so much fun singing and dancing in circle time we review colors and numbers every day. Learning through play makes learning enjoyable for our kids!

    Ms. Flor, Has been enjoying her career as an Early Childhood Educator for over 15 years, the past 9 years have been with us here at KinderCare. Her love for children and how much she can see them develop makes her time with them so much more valuable.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Flor worked many years in another childcare setting.
    Year Started:
    10/11/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Preschool Classroom

    I get to be a kid again!

    Ms Claudia brings the Preschool curriculum to life in her class with developmentally appropriate activities, reading, and active play time. She is also fluent in Spanish which make her communication with children so much more effective.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Caludia provided in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching, Food Safety Certified
  • Ms. Heidy

    Ms. Heidy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Working with children while attending school to further my education in the field of Early Childhood makes my experience so rewarding!

    Ms. Heidy came to KinderCare last June as an Assistant in our VPI classroom. She is in the process of getting her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Heidy is loved by all of the children and parents. She loves to help in the School Age classroom and drive our KinderCare bus. Ms. Heidy is thriving in this field. She loves to be with the children and it shows!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Heidy worked as a co-teacher in Ashburn, Virginia.
    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Maribel

    Ms. Maribel, Prekindergarten Classroom / VPI

    My passion for child development started almost a decade ago and is stronger than ever! I love my job!

    Ms. Maribel has worked in the field of Early Childhood for 10 years. She began her career while residing in Florida where she worked in Preschool Programs and ran her own Before & After Care & Spanish Learning Center. Her family relocated to Virginia in 2010 where she immediately joined the KinderCare team.
    In addition to running an excellent educational program as our Prekindergarten teacher, Maribel leads our Virginia Preschool Initiative program.
    Ms. Maribel's love of children is visible from the moment you step into her classroom. She has an excellent relationship with her students and their families. She takes pride in seeing her children grow into future Kindergartners!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Maribel was a childcare provider.
    Year Started:
    8/24/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Early Childhood Teaching Certificate, Master of Arts in Teaching, Northern Virginia Food Manager License
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, School Age Classroom, Cook

    My passion to work with children comes from my love of learning. Seeing them develop each day and learning about their different cultures brings me joy and fulfillment.

    Ms Patricia loves to spend time cooking up yummy nutritional meals for our children. it brings her so much joy to see how excited and happy they are when she walks in to the classrooms with their meals during the day. When she is not in the kitchen she is spending time floating around assisting in classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Patricia has experience in home care and the restaurant business
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Food Safety Certified

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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
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu, Telagu, Moroccan

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

This location has a secure, keypad entry and three 6-foot fenced playgrounds. All current staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified.

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