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McLearen Square KinderCare

Sara Shoulars, Center Director

3051 Centreville Rd. Herndon VA 20171
(703) 834-2830 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
In McLearen Square Shopping Ctr near Bloom Off Rte 28 Intersection Centreville & McLearen Rds

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Floris Elementary School, Coates, Oak Hill, Fox Mill, Crossfield, McNair, Navy and St. Veronica.

Our center provides a Parent's Night Out one Friday every month. This gives our parents free time for a date night or just an evening to themselves. The center remains open until 9:30 that evening for our families. During this time we have fun and exciting activities planned for all age groups attending, as well as dinner.

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It gives me great pleasure, as the Director of Mclearn KinderCare, to welcome you to the official Mclearn KinderCare website. It is a happy, vibrant learning center with a successful and talented staff, which enjoys a great reputation. Our mission is our commitment to enhancing the educational opportunities for children, families, and the dedicated professionals who serve them. I hope you will find the KinderCare website to be a great source of information. Please check back often and stay up to date on the latest news. Best wishes to everyone and thank you again for visiting the Mclearn KinderCare website.

Sara Shoulars, Center Director

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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.

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 KinderCare staff is nurturing, patient and enthusiastic. They enhance our curriculum to allow children to learn something new each and every day. We all look forward to learning and growing with your child.

  • Sara Shoulars, Center Director

    The most wonderful feeling is to be part of a large Kinder Care family! To partner with parents in their childs growth and development is responsibility that I hold with great regard. When my Kinder Care parents drop off their children it brings me great joy to know that they do so without reservation. To be able to share in the lives of our families is the most rewarding part of what I do. To lead a team of loving, caring and dedicated teachers that want to educate and nurture the children in their care is truly an amazing feeling. I look forward to coming to Kinder Care each and every day to share in the lives of our children, families and teachers that make up this Kinder Care Community. I could not imagine doing anything else!

    Beth Velke has worked for Kinder Care since April 2004.  Beth started working as a Toddler teacher, moved to Assistant Director and became a Center Director in November of 2007. 
    Beth has her CDA and continues her education, she also enjoys mentoring and developing teachers so they have the tools to provide high quality and professional care to the children they serve.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked in the Early Childhood Education Field for over 11 years. I began as a Toddler Teacher, was promoted to an Assistant Director and have been a Center Director for over 7 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Rabbit that wanted Red Wings
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • LaVonne Farr, Assistant Director

    "It is amazing to be able to experience the joy of educating and nurturing children. I love the experience of children growing from day to day and partnering with parents in theirs development."
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. LaVonne is a dynamic fun loving Assistant! Ms. LaVonne has been in the early childhood field for 11 years and enjoys every minute of it.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    B.S. in Business
  • Ms. Sherry, Infant A

    I love to watch the little babies grow and discover new things!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherry has been with Kinder Care Learning Center for 16 years. Before joining our team Ms. Sherry had her own home day care for over 10 years.
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Marta

    Ms. Marta, Infant B Classroom

    I like spending as much time as I can with my little ones. I am here to help them learn and grow.

    I Love to see children growing and learning new things!

    The children Inspire me to come to work each and every day! 

    I Love to see their beautiful faces when I come in everyday!

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Martha, Toddler Classroom

    I love watchihng childen's growth and learning!

    Ms. Martha started working with KinderCare this year in the Toddler Classroom. She loves being able to watch and help every child grow and learn. Her inspiration everyday is to see the children's smiling faces when she walks in each morning.

    Previous Experience:
    Certified Nursing Assistant for 6 years
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Ms. Laura, Preschool Classroom

    I will always have a passion for teaching children.

    Ms. Laura is a mother of two. She has been working as a Preschool teacher since 2002. She started as an assistant teacher in a Preschool class in a Montessori setting. Ms. Laura joined KinderCare in 2006. Through KinderCare she has received her CPR and First Aid certifications. Ms. Laura enjoys working with children and plans to continue working with them for many years to come.

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 11 years.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate’s Credential
  • Ms. Zena

    Ms. Zena, School Age

    Helping a child gain self confidence and to feel good about themselves inspires me to come to work every day.

    Ms. Zena joined KinderCare in April 2011 as a Preschool teacher. She is married and has one daughter. Before becoming a Preschool teacher, Ms. Zena was a stay at home mom. She volunteered and was a room mom at her daughter’s schools during her early school years. She was also an assistant preschool teacher at her daughter’s school. Ms. Zena is currently working towards a Child Development Associate’s Credential and has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is certified in CPR, First Aid and Basic Life Support. Ms. Zena enjoys watching children grow and learn. Her hobbies include shopping with her daughter, reading and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Zena worked as an assistant Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Pursuing Child Development Associate’s Credential

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
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

To maintain the safety of all of our staff and children, our classroom doors remain locked and secured. All enrolled families receive a number to enter in and out of our lobby area. We also have a secured playground area that remains locked to the outside access at all times. KinderCare staff members are First Aid, CPR and MAT trained throughout the center. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site Monday through Friday.

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 daughter joined KinderCare at McLearen Square when she was 17 months and stayed there until she turned three. Recently we moved to a different place so I shifted my daughter to a new daycare. I am so used to wonderful welcome and loving, caring teachers at your place that I am unhappy with all the other daycares. Ms. Tina, Ms. Hasna, Ms. Lorena, Mr. Dan, Ms. Roxana etc. are so sweet and my daughter enjoyed every minute with you guys. My daughter and I miss you all so much. Keep up the good work guys!

- Mother

My daughter has been enrolled at McLearen Square Kindercare for a few months. Previously, she had been home with her Grandmother every day while I worked. I was nervous that it would be a hard adjustment for her but have been pleasantly surprised! Ms. Lorena did such a great job helping her transition. Also, Mrs. Hasna and Mrs. Kaitlin made my her feel very welcomed! She is now very eager to tell me about her day when I would pick her up. I'm very happy that she is now in a learning environment that supports her individuality!

- Mother

I love my daycare! It is clean; the whole staff knows all the kids and parents by name. My son started at KinderCare when he was 2 and he will be 5 in June. It has been an amazing experience. My son has learned so much while here. He gets to socialize and interact with kids his age. They have taught him so much already and have worked with him in areas that he has had trouble in. He will be well prepared to start kindergarten in September. His teacher Ms Sharon is very impressive! She does MANY arts and crafts with him and has great patience with the kids. I have seen this center go through some immense changes in the last six months and Ms. Hasna and her staff do an AWESOME job with ALL the kids. Thank you for taking care of my son I really appreciate you ALL!

- Mother

My children have been with KinderCare Bloom for three years. My son was two, and my daughter was five when they first enrolled. I am super happy with KinderCare as are my kids. I have ease of mind that they are being taken care of. The staff is reliable and understanding. The center feels like family to us. The center is big and roomy and is not crammed like other centers. When looking around for a daycare, I loved how organized and roomy it was. I recommend it to all parents.

- Mother

My nephew has been attending McLearen Square KinderCare for five weeks now, and we absolutely love it! Previously, he attended another local child care facility, and he always cried going into the center each morning. Now at KinderCare, I can't get him to go home! He absolutely loves his teacher Ms. Lorena. He always shares with me the things she says. He knows most of the teachers by name and they know him. That says a lot about how the whole staff loves and cares for my child. I love how the center is always clean and smells great! I also enjoy that the teachers put up pictures in each classroom so that the parents are able to see what their child does throughout the day. I appreciate that the Director and Assistant Director, Ms. Hasna and Ms. Kaitlin, take the time out to greet my child every time they see him. The McLearen KinderCare is a family. The teachers are always welcoming and smiling, the parents greet each other in passing, and the children always seem to be enjoying themselves. I absolutely love OUR KinderCare.

- Aunt

My daughter has been going to KinderCare for almost two years, and my expectations have been blown away since day one thanks to Hasna. My daughter loves to tell family and friends the activities she did at KinderCare. I have always been impressed by the professionalism and genuine care under Hasna's Team. Thank you for your hard work and kindness Hasna.

- Parent

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