Mrs. Donna Brown, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center on Soapstone Drive in Reston. Everything in our center is designed for learning. We focus on enrichment through social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our staff of dedicated teachers are committed to being an integral part of your child’s life and an extended part of your family. We would love to have you visit us and see the happy, engaged children in our classrooms and to meet you and the special child in your life.
Mrs. Donna Brown, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at KinderCare Soapstone take pride in nurturing and educating our children. The vast majority of our teaching staff have their Child Development Associates Credential, Associate's Degrees, and/or Bachelor's Degrees. Many of these higher education degrees are in the Early Childhood Education field. Our goal is to have everyone obtain one of these degrees by the end of 2016.
We want to ensure that every child in our care leaves happy and excited about the day that they have had. We want every child to be excited to return tomorrow!
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Mrs. Donna is originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, and recently moved to Winchester, Virginia with her family from Virginia Beach, VA. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She has been with KinderCare since 1997 and feels that every family, teacher, and child she connects with makes her job even more enjoyable.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Martin Luther King Jr
Donna is originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, and recently moved to Winchester, Virginia with her family from Virginia Beach, VA. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She has been with KinderCare since 1997 and feels that every family, teacher, and child she connects with makes her job even more enjoyable.
You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
The best way to describe Mr. Josh is that he loves to go to church, that he is a strong believer that there is a God. He loves to have fun and make people laugh. He is a person who cares about everyone and he is also someone that people look up to. His motto is to make a difference in the lives of others and to make an impact. He was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. He currently reside in the Northern Virginia area. He is a Certified Nursing Assistant and Lead Teacher. He has his Child Development Associate (CDA) in Early Childhood Education. He is currently pursuing his degree at South University for his Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management. He believes in helping develop another beautiful child everyday as he works with the students and their families.
Ms. Fatima has always loved working with children. She is full of passion and enthusiasm for growth and developoment of our children. She loves working with our Toddlers. As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, Ms. Fatima helps them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. She believes each day should be filled with fun and learning! She loves watching the children develop their first friendships. In her free time, Ms. Fatima loves spending time with her family and traveling.
Ms. Reena absolutely loves working with children. She loves seeing the bright and smiling faces of your babies! Ms. Reena likes to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where infants can explore and make new discoveries. She is a compassionate and thoughtful teacher that understands the unique needs of each child. She is extremely enthusiastic about educating the infants as she supports them in reaching their developmental milestones. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate so she can better educate your children.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Ms. Kaylee is originally from Texas and is new to the Northern Virginia area. She has been a lead teacher in several different preschool classrooms before. She loves teaching teaching her students new skills. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate so she can further develop her students' minds. Her favorite part of the day is Story Time because she loves watching the kids listen eagerly. Ms. Kaylee loves greeting each of her students with a smile and a hug. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has a three-year-old son named Zayn.
Ms. Marlene has been working in our Discovery Preschool class for 12 years. She greets each child with a hug when she walks through the door in the morning. She knows each child and his or her parents well, and makes a genuine effort to understand each child's needs. She encourages learning through educational projects, fun Circle Time activities and outside adventures. Ms. Marlene loves education and family. She has a daughter of her own, who is in Elementary School. Ms. Marlene loves working with two-year-olds because they are learning to respond to the world around them and are developing a sense of independence.
Ms. Sarita has worked with every age group. She started in Preschool but found a home in School Age. Although she loves working in all the other classes, she particularly enjoys working in the School Age Classroom. The School Age Classroom engages students in fun projects that expand learning in art, drama, literacy, math, music, science, and movement. Helping students with projects in these learning domains has proved to be a lot of fun. Hands on experiences really do make for the best learning opportunities!
There is no better joy, than the joy of teaching.
Ms. Nicole is currently pursuing a Child Development Associate credential and Healthcare Administration. She has been working in the educational field for over 17 years. She started at Kindercare in June 2005. Ms. Nicole is a proud aunt of seven nieces an nephews! She loves watching our infants grow through their developmental stages. She encourages self-awareness, curiosity and growth! When she is not in our Infant Classroom caring for our babies she enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with her three brothers!
All children need is a little love and a big hug from time to time.
Ms. Lavern is a life time Reston resident! She has three wonderful daughters and nine grandchildren. Ms. Lavern has been working for Soapstone KinderCare for a total of 21 years. Prior to her start with KinderCare Ms. Lavern owned and operated her own educational childcare facility in her home. Every child at our Learning Center knows and loves Ms. Lavern! She brightens up any room she walks into. She enjoys getting to know each and every child as she prepares delicious and nutritious meals!
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.
Welcome to KinderCare-Soapstone! As we move forward in preparing for our NAEYC accreditation, many great things are happening! With our low teacher-to-child ratio, our teachers are able provide the best quality care possible. Not only are our teachers providing love and nurturing, but also fostering the whole child through their extensive background in Early Childhood Education.
**Our team has over 150 years of experience in the early education, preschool, and childcare field!
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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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