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Kingstowne KinderCare

Tanya Matthews, Center Director

6301 Kingstowne Commons Dr. Kingstowne VA 22315
(703) 924-1400 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Kingstowne Commons Rd & Beulah St.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Franconia, Hayfield, Lane, Island Creek, Bush Field.

Welcome

Welcome to Kingstowne KinderCare  Learning Center, where young children thrive, grow, and learn. Our center serves children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We offer superior child care services and day care, a strong curriculum for every age, as well as a transistional kindergarten class.
Parents can feel confident that our professional and dedicated staff are partners with them.  We understand that along with your child's education, it is very important that children are in a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide you with that peace of mind, through day to day communication, an open door policy, kindercare family connection, and an ongoing commitment to maintain licensing standards.
We aim  to provide your children with a comprehensive educational program, where they can begin the life long journey to learning. We would love for you to stop by, meet our staff and tour our center.

Tanya Matthews, Center Director

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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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

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 teachers have an outstanding dedication to the children and families that we serve. We are very proud to have teachers with over 20 years experience in the early childhood education field, as well as teachers who are new to the field. We provide a fun-filled environment that encourages children to explore the world around them. From infants to after school programs, our curriculums make school readiness a priority. Our caregivers offer superior child care services as they develop trusting bonds with the children and families; we believe that teaching young children involves a partnership with their families.

  • Tanya Matthews, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya started with KinderCare in January 2016. Her early career began as a Legal Assistant working at E.I. DuPont DeNemours, Inc. for 20 years. After leaving DuPont, Tanya changed careers, went back to school to receive her MEd. in School Leadership. Tanya was an elementary school teacher for a few years and then moved on to become Director of Lifelong Learning at a Community Center in charge of 15 programs for children, youth and families. After leaving the center Tanya moved into the position of Supervisor, championing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHA) Block Grant for the State of Delaware. In addition to her new roll as Center Director at KinderCare, she is an Adjunct Professor for Wilmington University.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. The story of the first child to integrate a New Orleans school. Ruby's story of courage, faith and hope is a true inspiration.
    Year Started:
    1/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Masters Education and Curriculum and Instruction
  • Traleece Graves

    Traleece Graves, Assistant Director

    I love working with children because I really love watching a child's progress and I feel honored to be a part of their growth.

    Ms. Traleece started her career teaching in various classes at the Arlington KinderCare center. She worked her way up to management with the Health and Safety Coordinator position and later transfered here to Kingstowne to become the Assistant Director in 2014.  She continues her education in early childhood development and recently received her CDA! Everyday, she is committed and dedicated to help run the center, keeping children, staff, and families safe and happy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Traleece began in the early childhood education field as an infant teacher. From there, she worked with toddlers, preschool, pre k, kindergarten and school age. She previously worked as a private nanny for a family of 2 and also as a teacher at a Jewish Community School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/20/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Kazzandra, Floater

    Year Started:
    3/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working on Associates Degree
  • Ms. Glenda, Infant B Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Candidate for CDA
  • Ms. Ms. Uzma, Infant B Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    H.S. Diploma
  • Ms. Stefanie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/6/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Working on CDA
  • Ms. Afroza

    Ms. Afroza, Infants

    Children are innocent and lovable. I enjoy watching their joy.

    Ms. Afroza has been part of the Kingstowne KinderCare Learning Center for over 5 years.  She loves working with the Infant class and enjoys the special opportunity to affect the lives of children at such a young age.  She helps make the collaboration of teachers, families and children in the infant classroom, feel more like a family. 
     

    Previous Experience:
    3 years experience in Child Development and Family Relationships at Dhaka University
    Year Started:
    2/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Masters in Home Economics and Child Development
  • Ms. Latoyna

    Ms. Latoyna, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Everyday there are new challenges but, it is my responsibility as a teacher to provide the love, knowledge and proper guidance to the most precious gift in life, the children.

    Ms. Latoyna is originally from New Jersey and relocated to Virginia after graduating from college in 2007.  She has held many different positions in the corporate world however; teaching has always been a passion of hers.  Ms. Latoyna joined the Kingstowne KinderCare team in 2013 and  has really enjoyed every experience in all the classrooms.  The toddler classroom has since become her home.  You can see the compassion and nurturing personality Ms. Latoyna exhibits in every interaction. Ms. Latoyna sees children are our future leaders and works hard everyday to make a great, lasting impression upon them.

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-k teacher in New Jersey
    Year Started:
    9/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Maribel

    Ms. Maribel, Toddlers

    I love my job because it is a new learning experience everyday with each child.

    Ms. Maribel is originally from Bolivia and moved to the United States in 1995.  She worked as a teacher's assistant in an elementary school for 3 years.  In 2004, soon after moving to Virginia, she came across KinderCare and has been here ever since.  Ms. Maribel loves working with children of all ages however, she has found that her love for toddlers is more evident than any other age group.  She loves ensuring that the children have a supply of different activities to enhance their learning abilities.  Something unique about Ms. Maribel is her artistic ability.  Ms. Maribel loves to enrich her classroom with all kinds of art.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary teacher, Preschool teacher
    Year Started:
    11/23/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Private Kindergarten

    All children have the ability to learn.

    Ms. Angela loves working with children, they are her passion. Whatever is placed before me, I work very hard to complete the task.  Ms. Angela's joy comes from serving others. While living in New York, she put together school programs for the holidays. She says, "It was always awesome to see the children practice and then watch the finished results." She has also done volunteer work with her church back and at VBS Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. Ms. Angela loves listening to and singing music and carries this into her kindergarten activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher grades Pre-k through 4th, private tutoring K-2, Assistant Teacher toddler - school age
    Year Started:
    10/20/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vabha

    Ms. Vabha, Discovery Preschool

    Be honest, be happy, and be true.

    Ms. Vabha joined the Kingstowne KinderCare team in 2008 as a Discovery Preschool classroom teacher. She loves being a part of childrens' lives everyday to see them grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    High School teacher in Nepal; Owned and opertaed her own child care facility
    Year Started:
    5/22/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree and Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Tamika

    Ms. Tamika, Pre-k

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Tamika joined the Kingstowne KinderCare team in 2012 and has taught in each age group before finding her home in the Pre-k classroom.  She enjoys doing small group pre-k curriculum activities to ensure kindergarten readiness.  She is proud of parent involvement in her classroom and encourage even more through the KinderCare family connection.

    Previous Experience:
    Para-Professional-Falmouth Elementary Head Start Teacher- Wilderness Elementary Lead Teacher & Assistant Teacher
    Year Started:
    3/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Vera M.

    Ms. Vera M., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really like working with children because I love to see them learn and grow.

    Ms. Vera really enjoys dancing and singing with the children! She believes the best part of teaching is watching children grow and learn. Her pre-kindergarten curriculum and activities keep the children happy and engaged every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous Preschool Teacher experience
    Year Started:
    9/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Zannetta, School Age

    Children are the fabric of our future. We mold our children in our classroom to be flexible, courageous, adventurous and to always have an open mind at anything they do in life. We are building our future leaders.

    Ms. Z came to Kingstowne KinderCare from a sister center and has adapted her teaching method to best fit the classroom and children she is working with.  She enhances the after school program with activities that increase students interest in learning. Ms. Z has participated in many early childhood education trainings and applies what she learns to help motivate children in a positive manner.

    Previous Experience:
    Owner and operator of a childcare center
    Year Started:
    6/6/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Jorge

    Mr. Jorge, School age

    I like to share and help children in all areas.

    Mr. Jorge encourages children to explore and engage in a variety of experiments.  He allows time for children to be part of the process by making observations.  He carefully chooses theme related items and other materials that can enhance the learning center's environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Los Angeles Unified School District Fairfax County Public Schools
    Year Started:
    9/14/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Child Development & Art and Design
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Infant Classroom

    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but, in having new eyes. -Marcel Post

    Ms. Crystal started off working with the infants and now teaches the school age program. She's enjoyed being able to see how the children grow as some of the infants she began working with, are now in her after school program. She believes children bring out the best in her and she loves watching them grow, learn and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant, Toddler and Preschool teacher experience
    Year Started:
    3/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    CDA Equivalent
  • Ms. Tedra

    Ms. Tedra, Floater

    I enjoy working with children and helping them grow.

    Ms. Tedra is a full time student at Devry University, working on her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Technical Management.  She works full time at KinderCare as a floater (wherever needed).  Ms. Tedra keeps abreast of the curriculum in each classroom and is always willing to help in any task given.  She is a true team player.

    Previous Experience:
    Receptionist
    Year Started:
    3/26/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Helen, Cook/Bus Driver

    I love working at KinderCare because it is a distinguished career that allows me to assist in the development of all children in our care.

    Ms. Helen has 30 years of experience in the early childhood education field.  She has experience in cooking, customer service, taking care of children.  She loves to cook nutritious meals for all the children and staff at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Cook and Customer Service
    Year Started:
    9/6/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Some college work

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
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

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

Our safe and secure learning center is located in a family-friendly Alexandria neighborhood. We have three playgrounds surrounded with six-foot privacy fencing. Our center also features door code entry access, which is only available to enrolled families and employees.

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.

My child has been at this center for four years and I couldn't be happier with the staff and teachers. Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Vabha, Ms. Destinee and Ms. Tamika are the absolute best teachers I've ever seen. The preschool curriculum has prepared my child for Kindergarten, above all of my expectations. Ms. Tamika prepares individual homework assignments for each child, based on their current skills and focus areas...amazing! Above all, the teachers truly care about each child's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development.

- Kingstowne KinderCare Pre Kindergarten Mother
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