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Saratoga KinderCare

Mrs. Michelle Custer, Center Director

8119 Rolling Rd. Springfield VA 22153
(703) 866-3135 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Saratoga

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Saratoga Elementary School Lorton Station Elementary School

We offer early childhood experiences that encourage language development, build brain power and nurture creativity. There are many hands-on experiences that are designed to boost problem solving and develop lasting life skills.

Welcome

We look forward to meeting new families in our local community. From ages six weeks through School Age, our educational programs are interactive, literacy based and brighten the day of each child.

Mrs. Michelle Custer, Center Director

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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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.

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.

Spanish

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 Saratoga KinderCare, our teachers educate, learn and grow together! Many of our teachers have been working in the education field for five or more years and bring their wonderful experience, passion and knowledge with them. Come and meet the wonderful team that will share and celebrate all of your child's milestones!

  • Mrs. Michelle Custer

    Mrs. Michelle Custer, Center Director

    Teaching young children has always been a passion of Michelle's. Following the birth of her first child, Michelle dedicated her extra time in involving herself with learning new ideas and concepts in the field of education. This led to her landing her dream job working with children along with the completion of her Master's program in Early Childhood Education. KinderCare has been a major stepping stone in my learning process. I cannot wait to meet and engage with all the new families and demonstrate my love for education to all.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has dedicated her lives work to children for over ten years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are you my Mother? P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's in Early Childhood Education
  • Dawn Rinonos

    Dawn Rinonos, Assistant Director

    Today you are you! Truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss

    Dawn believes that each child is special, and enjoys discovering the uniqueness in each child. She is so excited that she is able to bring her amazing skills as a teacher to support this center as part of the management team!!

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn was a bookkeeper and a nanny for many years. She was also a very highly effective teacher here in the classroom at the Saratoga KinderCare. All of this experience and success led to her recent promotion as Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Put me in the Zoo" - Robert Lopshire
    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate (CDA), Medical Assistant Certificate, First Aid/CPR, Medication Administration Training (MAT)
  • Miss Alma

    Miss Alma, Infant Classroom

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds!!

    Alma loves being around babies and watching them grow. It is so exciting to watch them meet their milestones each day. She looks forward to continuing her education in education through the Childhood Development Credential program.

    Previous Experience:
    Alma provided care for children in her church's child care program. She also worked as a teacher's assistant in a toddler and two-year-old program.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Classes, CPR/First Aid
  • Miss Shante'

    Miss Shante', Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are the sun to my shine.

    Shante teaches because of the sunshine children bring to her life.  She cannot imagine being in another job where she cannot watch children develop socially, academically and emotionally each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Shante' has worked with all ages during her time as an early childhood educator.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate (CDA)
  • Miss Sheba, Cook

    Warm cookies and milk are good for you!!

    Although most of Sheba's experience lies in business, she has found her true passion in child care.  Our students are so lucky to have such a dedicated cook and assistant teacher to support them every day!!

    Previous Experience:
    Sheba worked for years in a home day care
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Economics, Bachelors in Accounting

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas for our teachers to spend time with their families.  Additionally, we are closed to families on Columbus Day and Presidents Day for Professional Development for our teachers.

Health and Safety

To maintain the safety of all of our staff and children, our classroom doors remained 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 is First Aid and CPR trained throughout the center. We maintain the health and safety of all of our families each and everyday. 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.

I came to KinderCare when I was 26 years old, my son was two months old. I love the staff that works here in Saratoga. Anything I need or request, they are there and ready to help. The directors are always telling me funny stories that my son does throughout the day, and being a single mom, I don't want to miss an ounce of his day. The KinderCare staff, always keeps me updated about his adventures. I know them, and they know me and my son. I love that!

- Mother

When my husband's shift changed at work, we needed to find a place to take our daughter that opened up early enough and met all our needs. We choose KinderCare because of the staff, facilities and flexibility. And we couldn't be more happy with our choice. Our daughter is learning, growing, and changing every day with the support of her teachers and the other kids. I feel very safe and secure when I drop her off every day and can go to work knowing she is in the right place and learning.

- Mother
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