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Springfield KinderCare

Brent Hawkins, Center Director

7901 Rolling Rd. Springfield VA 22153
(703) 866-9228 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
West Springfield, Daventry, Saratoga

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Saratoga, West Springfield & Rolling Valley (Possibly others - Call to find out)

Our center is very family-oriented. We celebrate our families and their diversity by inviting parents to visit openly and share hobbies and talents and send in representations of their cultures and traditions to help decorate the classrooms. We also meet together regularly for Family Dinners and host other special events each month.

Welcome

Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson executed within — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers, such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and self-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, such as written charts and labels, as well as children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Brent Hawkins, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

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.

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.

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

We strive for the best when it comes to educating your child socially, academically, and emotionally. We have an enthusiatic, flexible and patient staff ready to help guide your child's learning. With most of our staff members being long-term, we offer lots of experience and knowledge. We also offer teachers with teaching degrees and Child Development Associate's Credentials, as well as CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration Training.

  • Brent Hawkins

    Brent Hawkins, Center Director

    Brent has been in education for the past decade and has a particular fondness for storytelling. He received his degree in psychology and has an associate's degree in American Sign Language and deaf studies. He spends his free time playing outside with his three-year-old daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming a Center Director, Brent worked as an Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, Lead Preschool teacher, Head Start aide, and Autism classroom aide.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Story a Story - The tale of Anansi, the spider man, and how he uses his wits to captures Osebo, Mmboro, and Mmotia and presents them to Nyame, the Sky God, in exchange for his golden box of stories.

    "This is my story which I have related. If it be sweet, or if it be not sweet, take some elsewhere and let some come back to me."

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology, Associates Degree in American Sign Language/ Deaf Studies
  • Michelle Mitchell

    Michelle Mitchell, Assistant Director

    Michelle began her KinderCare career in October 1999 as a Prekindergarten teacher and moved to management soon after. She has been at the Springfield KinderCare ever since and truly thinks of it as a second home and family.

    Previous Experience:
    In addition to being a classroom teacher for KinderCare for three years and an assistant director for over 12 years, Michelle also worked in childcare for 10 years on an Army base.
    Year Started:
    10/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the bright smiling faces that greet me every morning. The babies have a great way of finding humor in the basic daily activities. They are constantly growing and learning and I love being a part of that!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy ran her own in-home center for 15 years
    Year Started:
    11/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Medication Administration Trained (MAT), First Aid, CPR
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to work with different families who come to our center. I also love seeing the kids smiling faces each day I walk into the classroom.

    Angela has been working at this KinderCare for over nine years. She is an infant room teacher who loves her job. She loves coming in each day and seeing the babies light up. She has enjoyed watching her favorite students grow from diapers to school-age. It warms her heart and makes her feel good when she comes to work and see her babies meet their milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Angela ran an in-home day care for many years.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Asia

    Miss Asia, Infant Classroom

    I love all children.  They are the future.  They need all the love they can get and I have plenty of love to give.

    Previous Experience:
    Asia worked at another child care center as a teacher and as a prep cook at a local restaurant.
    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Miss Kendra

    Miss Kendra, Toddler Classroom

    I love walking into my toddler classroom to see everyone greeting me with smiles and hugs!

    It has always been Ms. Kendra's dream to work with children.  She definitely has incredible patience and ambition, and brings that passion to her classroom every day!!

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Ishwori (Ish), Preschool Classroom

    Miss Ishwori brings a wealth of experience to our Discovery Preschool and Toddler rooms. She is patient, loving, tri-lingual, and a mother of 2 young boys. She loves being with our younger friends because she loves watching them learn something new each day!!

    Previous Experience:
    Ishwori worked in child care for several years in her home country of Nepal. She also joined us after 2 years at a local child care center.
    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Several college classes in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samjhana

    Ms. Samjhana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the children's innocence and curiosity. I love watching them learn new things every day!

    Miss Samjhana (Jana) is the true heart of the Discovery Preschool room.  After over seven years in this room, she has successfully potty-trained and prepared more students for preschool than we can count.  The parents in her room call her Mary Poppins because of her amazing ability to keep high expectations, maintain structure, and provide love.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Samjhana spent five years as a teacher of five to twelve-year-old children in Nepal.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration Trained (MAT)
  • Ms. Kyara

    Ms. Kyara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Everyday is a new experience because there is always new opportunities for learning!

    Ms. Kyara began her journey with KinderCare in January 2013. She is a native of the area, attending Alexandria City Public Schools and graduating from T.C. Williams High School. Every day she works at KinderCare is a great adventure. Ms. Kyara brings creativity, enthusiasm, patience and passion to her classroom. She enters the room each day with a bright smile and burst of energy and is able to maintain both until the children leave. Her students love and adore her, just as she loves and adores them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kyara worked at Minnieland Academy and Nest Academy.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    First Aid/CPR Certified, Medication Administration Trained (MAT)
  • Miss Miriam

    Miss Miriam, Cook/ Floater

    Miriam enjoys spending time in the classroom and serving students healthy meals. She enjoys watching the students grow each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Miriam worked as a babysitter before joining kindercare.
    Year Started:
    5/14/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    ServSafe
  • Mrs. Laurie Abbott

    Mrs. Laurie Abbott, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Laurie has a long history of working with children and is truly passionate about what she does. She is very proud of her own five children and works hard every day to make a difference in the lives of people around her. She has a great deal of experience working with older children, but enjoys being able to play with infants and toddlers and help them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Camp Director, nursery worker, teacher, counselor
    Year Started:
    3/6/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Associate of Science in Pre-Nursing

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

Newly accredited, we are excited to share all we have learned through the long and rigorous process.

After 2 years of examining our own safety, curriculum, and teacher-student interactions, we are happy to say that the National Accreditation Commission agrees that we are among the 10% of center who meet this top honor.  Stop in soon to see why!!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. We are open for Teachers only on Columbus Day and Presidents Day for Professional Development.

Health and Safety

Once you enter our building, you will immediately see our new Health and Safety board. It includes helpful reminders of how to keep your child healthy and safe at home, and how to help us to maintain it here. Once you enter our buildings through keypad entries, you will see how seriously we take safety in each of our classrooms. More than half of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified, and we have one or more teachers in each room that have additional training in how to administer your child's medication.

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.

As a parent searching for a daycare center is huge.. My daughter started in the toddler room and is almost in the discovery preschool room. I have watched her grow so much and learn new things every day. The staff here are great. As a child I attended the same Kindercare so it's great to see such a wonderful staff team and all the smiling faces you see as you walk in. I would recommend this center to anyone who was looking for one near by! 

- Mother

We came to here for before and after school care after having to move our daughter from the school she went to for three years. We were extremely nervous about the change, but the wonderful Director, Hallie, put both our daughter and us at ease. Every single person who works there exudes warmth, care, and fun. My daughter runs in the door every morning and sometimes needs to be dragged out in the afternoon. We are thrilled with our experience, and feel lucky that we ended up at this center with the wonderful teachers and management staff.

- Mother

My two sons, now in the discovery preschool classroom and prekindergarten classroom, have attended this KinderCare since they were each infants. The teachers quickly became like family to our children. Many of the students in my son's infant class are in his current class, which speaks volumes for this center.<br /> <br /> More specifically, the care they show is great. My two-year-old who is very active and daring has many food allergies and skin conditions, so the care and trust I have with them caring for his allergies and conditions are unmatched.&nbsp;As an elementary school teacher, I want to ensure that my four- year-old is as ready as he can be for kindergarten next year. He is loving the preschool program and learning how to write his letters and numbers while becoming more curious and engaged than ever!<br /> <br /> We are lucky to have been blessed with such amazing teachers and staff at this center!

- Mother

We are so pleased with the patience, warmth and experience of the teachers. My children love coming each day and have learned so much both in the classroom and in the enrichment program. Management is always available and receptive to concerns and questions. We highly recommend this center.

- Father

After relocating to this area from the south, we looked at several day care centers for our then two-year-old son. We were welcomed with smiles and open arms and our son felt very safe in a very new environment. From age two until now at age five, our son has grown into a very kind, smart, respectful boy and much of his personality and character is due to the teachers and directors at this center.<br /> Communication is key in our family and we are very fortunate that this center has strong communication. Whether your child has special dietary needs or any other "special needs", all of the teachers we have come across at this center truly care about the development of not only our son, but all children, and take the time to learn about each child.<br /> We are thankful to have found this center as we know our son is being enriched by all staff members.

- Mother

Finding a good child care situation is one of the biggest challenges for parents, and we feel so lucky to have found this KinderCare. Our daughter started at three months, and is still here now as a three-year-old. When we had our son a year ago, we didn't hesitate to bring him here as well. The teachers in every room are fantastic, and the managers are top-notch as well. Our kids are very well taken care of, and the staff members always take the time to speak with us, tell us how the kids are doing, and answer our questions. The best part of my day is when I pick up the kids, because they are always so happy with smiles on their faces. I’d recommend this KinderCare to anyone!

- Parent

Leaving one’s baby with a stranger is no small emotional feat. To me, it is really the largest greatest amount of trust one can place in another person. But from the day I have met the ladies of KinderCare, I have nothing but the utmost respect for the professionalism and compassion that they bring to their positions. They are a credit to the field of baby care and I am lucky to have found such an amazing group of loving, knowledgeable, capable women to care for my most precious babies.

- Mother
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