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County Pkwy KinderCare

Carmen Kovacs, 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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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.)

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!

Carmen Kovacs, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

At Fairfax County Parkway KinderCare, our teachers are hand picked and strive for success for each and every student. 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.

  • Carmen Kovacs

    Carmen Kovacs, Center Director

    Every child is an artist!

    Ms. Carmen was born Chicago and has lived in Virginia 30 years! She has three amazing children that she enjoys spending quality time with. They enjoy watching movies, traveling, gardening, and a casual night out to eat! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, CPR/First Aid, MAT certified.
  • Melinda Elder

    Melinda Elder, Assistant Director

    Ms. Melinda was born and raised in Germantown, Maryland where she still currently resides! She has two beautiful children ages two and six that keep her motivated everyday! She enjoy spending time with her family and sticking her toes in the sand! Ms. Melinda is also a die hard Redskins fan! HTTR!! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alphaprint Colors By Priddy Books

    Year Started:
    1/16/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate of Art degree in Early Childhood Education, Currently pursuing bachelor's degree. MAT certified as well as CPR/First Aid.
  • 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. Rachelle Davis, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rachelle enjoys singing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys volunteering at local health clinics.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Because You're You

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    CPR/First Aid Certified and RMA (Registered Medical Assistant)
  • Ms. Luisa

    Ms. Luisa, Toddler Classroom

    Happiness is apart of who we are. Joy is the feeling!

    Luisa was born in Lima, Peru. She moved to Reston, Virginia in 2006. She enjoys cooking, watching T.V., and doing Zumba classes! Ms. Luisa loves working for KinderCare where she can create personal and meaningful activities for each child in her care! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat In The Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss 

    Year Started:
    3/4/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    CPR/First Aid
  • Ms. Sholeh Dilfanian

    Ms. Sholeh Dilfanian, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sholeh enjoys swimming, listening to music, reading books, and walking/enjoying nature! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint

    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years teaching - 10 in ECE
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in English Language and CPR/First Aid certified
  • Ms. Haifaa AlKadi

    Ms. Haifaa AlKadi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Be the reason someone smiles today!

    Ms. Haifaa enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with her family. She is married and has two daughters and one son. She enjoys working with kids because of their honesty and compassion!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    All Llama Llama Books!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, working towards Associate of Arts in ECE and has Bachelor's of Art in Psychology.
  • Ms. Candice Dobbs, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the kids learn, grow, and achieve different milestones!

    Ms. Candice loves watching chick flicks and going to the beach. She is also very family oriented so anytime she can be with her family is priceless! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Three Little Bears 

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently working on child development associate
  • Ms. Stephanie Otis, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "If you can dream it, you can do it!

    Ms. Stephanie love to read and always has a book with her. She loves to knit, paint ceramics, and be crafty! She is an avid sports fan and loves watching football, baseball, and hockey. She has two cats and two dogs and a fabulous fiancé that she loves spending time with.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlottes Web & The Secret Garden 

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    CPR/First Aid, MAT Certified, and is currently studying for her child development associate
  • Ms. Jennifer Rutherford, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jennifer has two beautiful children that she enjoys spending her time with. She loves doing arts and crafts and ready fun stories.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss 

    Education:
    Associate Degree in General Studies and a Career Studies Certificate in ECE
  • Ms. Ruby

    Ms. Ruby, Prekindergarten, School Age

    This too shall pass!

    Ms. Ruby has lived in Virginia since she was born and graduated high school from Stonewall Jackson High. She is the oldest of 14 siblings and they enjoy spending quality time together! She likes to go to the movies and play dress up with her siblings! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing child development associate, MAT certified.
  • Mr. Dominique

    Mr. 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 5 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma, attending College to obtain CDA

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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!

- Parent

Our kids love the teachers at this school, running up to them each morning to give them hugs! The teachers and staff are wonderful and are quick to respond to any questions and suggestions we have. Location is very convenient. They offer a "Parent's night out" once a month where we don't have to pick them up until 9:30, so it is nice to have a date night for a change.

- Mother and Father
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