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Saratoga KinderCare

Miss Gwynne Shingler, 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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Special Instructions:
"Off Fairfax County Pkwy on Rolling Road"

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.

Miss Gwynne Shingler, 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.

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?

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

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!

  • Miss Gwynne Shingler

    Miss Gwynne Shingler, Center Director

    Quality is not just a chart, or a standard, or a specification - it's a state of mind, a commitment, a responsibility, a spirit. It's a way of doing, being and living." -Madame C.J. Walker

    Teaching young children has always been a goal for Arneita. Her passion and love for young children has lead her to serve children and families in many capacities. She started her career as an assistant teacher and then she served as a lead teacher for many early childhood programs. Arneita has also worked with teen moms and a family based literacy program. Her current role as the center director allows her to provide quality care to children and families everyday. However, she feels the best benefit to her job is that she is working with her first love, young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Arneita has dedicated her lifes work to children for over 25 yerars.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Are you my Mother?" -P.D. Eastman
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in ECE
  • 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 Waffa

    Miss Waffa, Infant Classroom

    My goal is to support developmental milestones with each child as they learn and grow in their first 16 months.

    Ms. Waffa has been with Kindercare since 2008. She is one of the most loved teachers at our Saratoga location. Ms. Waffa’s main goal is to provide a loving, safe, nurturing environment where each child is given a happy and healthy environment while they are away from their home.  Ms. Waffa loves every minute of her time at Kindercare as she is able to watch each child in care as they grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Waffa spent 10 years teaching middle school and high school.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Education with a specialty in Special Education
  • 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)
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    All children need to hear is that you love them!

    Jessica loves knowing she has a huge part in each of her students' progress.  Preschool involves so much kindergarten readiness, and Jessica's structure, nurturing and experience is the perfect recipe for success.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica has worked with preschool-aged children for over 10 years.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Medication Administration Trained (MAT), First Aid/CPR
  • Miss Valerie, School-Age Classroom

    Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun." – Mignon McLaughlin

    Ms. Valerie has been with KinderCare Saratoga for almost two years. She has worked with KinderCare for four years prior to coming to this center. Ms. Valerie has partnered herself with KinderCare Learning Centers because of their education philosophy of allowing children to blossom by learning through play and exploring the world around them. By adding assorted classroom management techniques and allowing the children to have their say in the things that go on within the room, the classroom does not belong to her, but to the children in her care. Adding those elements have made her even more excited in regards to teaching young children. This classroom technique allows each child to showcase their individual gifts and what their interest are within the room. Ms. Valerie has learned a lot while working with KinderCare,  and is continuing to pursue  her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Valerie has worked with preschool children for eight years
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Social Science with a specialization in Education
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Economics, Bachelors in Accounting
  • Miss Ria

    Miss Ria, Floater

    Never give up!

    Ria is so passionate and dedicated to her children, that it does not become real until her children show her the application of their skills.  It is then that she truly sees their learning come to life!!  Being a mother of 3 herself, she knows the importance of each milestone and skill, and loves that she can be a part of the magic each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ria worked for many years as a nanny and in a home day care.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Currently obtaining certificate as a medical assistant

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
  • 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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