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County Pkwy KinderCare

Melinda Elder, 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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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 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!

Melinda Elder, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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?

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.

  • Melinda Elder, Center Director

  • 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    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:
    4 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:
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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
    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
    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:
    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:
    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 

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

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Share Your Story
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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