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County Pkwy KinderCare

Beth Velke, Center Director

13228 Franklin Farm Rd. Herndon VA 20171
(703) 860-2800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Franklin Farms & Fairfax County Pkwy Red brick building

Neighborhood:
Oak Hill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
St. Veronica's, Lee's Corner, Oak Hill, Fox Mill, Crossfield, Navy, Brookfield. We will fit in other schools if it coincides with the bus run schedule. (We coordinate with neighboring centers for bus runs.)

Summer Camp begins June 27, 2016! Space is still available! Be sure to call for more information!

At County Parkway KinderCare, our children enjoy large classrooms and multiple play yards. We have grassy areas, hard surface areas, a half basketball court, and a large field where the children are able to play a variety of sports or just simply run. We also have picnic tables by our playground so we can offer our children a wide range of outside experiences.
Inside our building we have large classrooms that are independent from each other. Each classroom has its own private bathroom- a plus during those potty training years! There is direct access to an outdoor play area from each classroom. We also have large windows that look into each room from the hallway so we are able to constantly keep an extra eye on our children without interrupting their daily activities.
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Welcome

Welcome to Fairfax County Parkway KinderCare! Our teachers encourage our children to explore the world around them while providing a supportive and nurturing environment. We are dedicated to ensuring that every child and every family feel as if they are home when they are here! Our center believes in having open communication with our families and always providing a positive experience for every child. Please stop in to see what learning looks like! We look forward to hearing from you!

Beth Velke, 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.

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?

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

At Fairfax County Parkway KinderCare, our teachers have an average tenure of nine years in the early childhood field. The majority of our teachers are currently working towards their Child Development Associate's Credential or are working towards their Bachelor's Degree. Our teachers are involved in continuous training by attending our company's Professional Development Days as well as other trainings that are provided during the year. Our teachers are dedicated to making sure they are providing the best possible care for each and every child.

  • Beth Velke

    Beth Velke, Center Director

    I genuinely care about every child in my center and making this a warm and welcoming environment for my families and children.


     
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree- Shel SIlverstein
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Kate Brick

    Kate Brick, Assistant Director

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham- Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/9/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
  • Ms. Mahnaz

    Ms. Mahnaz, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mahnaz enjoys teaching and watching children grow and learn new things each day. She started her career with us in September of 2013 and is excited to begin her new journey in our center! She has other experience working in a day care setting and really loves seeing the children start in her classroom and move forward as they get older.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mahnaz has experience working at other day care centers
    Year Started:
    9/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Infant Classroom

    I love getting to work with all ages and watching every child grow and learn.

    Ms. Abby is a student at George Mason University where she is working on her Bachelor's degree in Film and Video Studies, with minors in Business and Anthropology. Ms. Abby has always enjoyed working with children and previously worked part time at Chuck E. Cheese.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Abby has previous experience in other fields.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham- Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Film and Video Studies
  • Ms. Starr, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Starr has been working in childcare since 2002. She has worked in every classroom, from infant to school age.  She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster where she is studying to get her CDA, to better herself and become a better educator for the children she works with.

    Previous Experience:
    14 years at various day care centers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat- Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go- Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham- Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Larissa

    Ms. Larissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the energy that the children provide. You can walk into the room and they will come running up to you and give you the biggest hugs! They just put you in a great mood and it makes you want to make sure that they are getting the greatest support and lessons that we can provide.

    Ms. Larissa started at a different KinderCare location in 2007. She moved on to Minnie Land Academy where she was a lead teacher. After two years of being at Minnie Land, she found that she wanted a new challenge and new goals. She came to us interested in being our two-year-old lead teacher. Ms. Larissa has completely turned the Discovery Preschool classroom around to be one of the most exciting classrooms. The children are always engaged with her in art activities, circle time and learning through free play. She is very excited to be at our center and to grow and learn with the children that she teaches.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Larissa has been a lead teacher in different child care settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sea, Sand, Me- Patricia Hubbell
    Year Started:
    1/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Pre School

    I love seeing the children express their emotions when exploring and learning new things.

    Lori has been with KinderCare at multiple centers, and has recently earned her Child Development Associate's. She is so happy to get the chance to be the lead Preschool Teacher here at our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Lori has worked at various KinderCare locations.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?- Bill Martin, Jr.
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children and seeing how much they grow through our discussions and creative play.

    Ms. Erica has been working with KinderCare Learning Center since June 2014. Ms. Erica loves teaching projects for children and helping their minds to grow. In her free time, she loves to spend time being a mother to her son, Kahlil.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than five years, working with Preschool and Prekindergarten children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Summer Jackson All Grown Up- Teresa E. Harris
    Year Started:
    6/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Prekindergarten

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom- Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
  • Ms. May

    Ms. May, Transitional Kindergarten/ School Age Classroom

    Ms. May joined our KinderCare family late 2013 as the assistant Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She has since, been moved to our Kindergarten/School Age classroom where is enjoying teaching our children different activities each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. May was an assistant teacher at a previous day care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go- Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in History; Masters Degree in Education- Concentration in Special Education
  • Ms. Luisa

    Ms. Luisa, Cook, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants learn new things every day!

    Luisa was born in Lima, Peru. She moved to Reston, Virginia in 2006, where she worked at Chuck E Cheese's as a cook for 7 years. She was happy to find KinderCare to work one on one with children, and provide nutritious meals for each child every day.

    Year Started:
    3/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Ereen, Floater

    Year Started:
    3/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, School Chef

    Working with children is such a rewarding job, I love molding them to become great leaders and decision makers in the future.

    Mr. Dominique has grown up in the Herndon area and graduated from Herndon High School. He loves sports and working with children. He uses positive reinforcement and is passionate about working with children to make a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Dominique has worked in local childcare facilities in the area and has gained wonderful experiences to use at our KinderCare center.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 5 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma, attending College to obtain 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
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving (and following Friday), Christmas (half day on Christmas Eve).

Health and Safety

Our facility is always locked and secured and requires keypad entry for all families. Our playgrounds are fenced and gated, as well as separated by age groups. All of our teachers hold a current infant, child, and adult CPR and First Aid certification. All management and upper-level staff hold a valid MAT certification as well.

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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KinderCare, Ms.Velke and her outstanding staff are making my son's Kindergarten experience one he will be able to happily reflect upon as well as use for an advanced foundation on his education. Within the the first weeks his joy at practicing math and learning sight words has been fun for the whole family. I just don't know what we are going to do when we move to public school...we are going to enjoy the year we have at our County Parkway Center!

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