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Newington Forest KinderCare

Jacqueline Cause, Center Director

8604 Pohick Rd. Springfield VA 22153
(703) 455-7322 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off Fairfax County Pkwy (7100) taking Hoes Rd." South exit to Pohick Road

Neighborhood:
Springfield

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Newington Forest Elementary, Silverbrook Elementary, Lorton Station Elementary, Sangster Elementary, Saratoga Elementary, Hunt Valley Elementary and Orange Hunt Elementary

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Welcome

Thank you so much for your interest in the Newington Forest KinderCare located at 8604 Pohick Rd. Finding the right place — and the right people — for your child’s education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love for you to meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and our programs.

Jacqueline Cause, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

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  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 are all NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) certified.
We have teachers in our Infant through School Age classrooms with longevity of more then ten years.

  • Jacqueline Cause

    Jacqueline Cause, Center Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

    When you meet Ms. Jackie you will feel her passion for children. She has been working with children for over 30 years, and still is as excited as the first day she started. So come into the Newington center and see for yourself.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Center Director Jacqueline worked as the lead School Age teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    10/30/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Medication Administration Training
  • Latasha Randolph

    Latasha Randolph, Assistant Director

    Never make a promise in the present you don't intend to keep in the future. It is very important for children to trust the adults in their life. The bonds that children under the age of five make will help determine how they bond with people in the future.

    Latasha has worked at this center for over five years. She started as a Discovery Preschool teacher, within a few short months she became a Program Specialist, and is now the Assistant Director. She works very closely with the teachers and parents to ensure communication is a priority in the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Director Latasha worked as the lead School Age teacher, Program Coordinator for youth sports, and a Program Coordinator for a teen center.
    Year Started:
    5/21/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Marilyn, Infant Classroom

    I love caring and helping children be the best they can be. Knowing that I was part of their lives and accomplishments gives me a sense of pride.

    Ms. Marilyn has been working at this KinderCare center for 24 years. She has a Child Development Associate's Credential and continues to stay updated on child development by reading different materials and books. Ms. Marilyn enjoys speaking Spanish to the children, and has recently learned several words in sign language that she is teaching the children. She loves to dance, sing and exercise while the Infants watch or join in.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Marilyn worked as a court house clerk, in a law firm, volunteered for a homeless and abandoned children's shelter.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mussarat

    Ms. Mussarat, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy seeing Infants grow and play.

    Ms. Mussarat enjoys her Infant room. Every day the children greet her with a smile and their coos. She loves coming to work because there will be happy faces to greet her.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Teresita, Infant Classroom

    I love to see children grow up from Infants to Toddlers. Watching an Infant learn to walk and talk makes every day a joy.

    Ms. Teresita worked as a nanny for many years before coming to KinderCare. She works in our Infant room for over seven years and enjoys watching the children grow right in front of her eyes.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley worked at an in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Abida

    Ms. Abida, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching Toddlers gives me the pleasure and satisfaction in knowing that I make a difference in each child's life.

    Ms. Abida was a government teacher for many years in Pakistan. Once she moved to the United States she decided to work with younger children. Ms. Abida really enjoys working with Toddlers because this is a time when their speech is starting and she can see how excited they are to learn. She remembers what an exciting time it was watching her own daughter grow up and learn new words and songs, so she wants to bring that same joy to all her parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Abida worked as a government teacher in her native Pakistan.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts Degree, Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children enhance their language and motor skills every day.

    Ms. Ashley has been working with Toddlers and helping them gain and grow their language skills for ten years. She likes to take early childhood classes in addition to our professional development trainings. Ms. Ashley loves to do art projects just as much as the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley worked in summer camps and in-home childcare centers.
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Keziah, Discovery Preschool & Prekindergarten Classrooms, Before & After School Program

    Carpe Diem: Seize the day.

    Ms. Keziah is currently enrolled in college and has been working for KinderCare for over four years. She loves to read to the children and ask questions about the book. The more engaged children are the more they will retain and learn.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Blanca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    There is never a bad day when you work with children. Children bring so much joy and innocence to the world.

    Ms. Blanca used to babysit before she started working for KinderCare. She decided then that she wanted to teach children. Ms. Blanca loves working with the Discovery Preschool because of their love to sing and dance. She believes they learn best through movement.

    Year Started:
    8/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Prema

    Ms. Prema, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that children need to be challenged in their learning to enhance their development.

    Ms. Prema has been working with KinderCare for about ten years. She received her Child Development Associate's Credential almost five years ago, and is still using what she learned. Ms. Prema loves helping the children learn and enhance their language, math, arts and crafts.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Anthony, Prekindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    Adults can learn from children just as much as children learn from adults.

    Mr. Anthony attended KinderCare from the time he was an Infant until he was twelve years old. He graduated from West Springfield High School and is currently attending NOVA to receive his Associate's Degree in Education. Mr. Anthony enjoys playing outside with the children and assisting them with their homework.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Anthony worked for Games 2 U and coached youth sports.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Marcia

    Ms. Marcia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Always put children first!

    Ms. Marcia worked for KinderCare for over 29 years. She has a Child Development Associate's Credential in Early Childhood Education. Her goal is for each child to feel successful as they get ready for Kindergarten. Ms. Marcia feels her classroom is unique because the children learn through fun activities.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Muzhda, Floating Teacher

    I love teaching children new things such as building blocks and legos.

    Ms. Muzhda is the newest member of the KinderCare family. As of now she is enjoying floating to all the classrooms, but her favorite room is the Preschool room.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Linda, Office Help

    The first five years are the most important in a child's development. This is why I am so dedicated to the work we do here at KinderCare. What we do every day impacts a child's future.

    Ms. Linda attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 1989. She opened this very center in June 1989 as an Assistant Director. She became the Director in 1992. Ms. Linda became a part-time administrator with this center in 2007. She happily supports the managers at the center and works closely with the financial operations and subsidy programs.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Linda worked as a summer camp teacher.
    Year Started:
    12/1/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Units

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center will be closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Also, we close on Columbus Day and President's Day for Professional Development of staff.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parentor guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

During my time at KinderCare my child has grown from the Infant room to the Discovery Preschool room. During this time my daughter's language skills developed to amazing height. Now she uses complete sentences and recognizes her colors and shapes. She has a good foundation that will help her when she transitions to the Preschool room.

- Mother

The center staff is wonderful and has very few staff turnover. As a father, the expectation I have for my child is always met. I always feel safe leaving my child and nurturing environment. I can leave my child for the day and have no fear that my child will learn and enjoy their day.

- Father
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