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Sterling Park KinderCare

Kiana Banks, Center Director

106 Free Ct. Sterling VA 20164
(703) 430-7373 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Between cross streets of Sterling Blvd. and Commerce Street

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gilford Elementary, Forrest Grove Elementary, Sulley Elementary, Rolling Ridge Elementary, Sterling Elementary, Potomac Elementary, Sugarland Elementary, and Meadowland Elementary.

Welcome

Here at the Sterling Park KinderCare, we pride ourselves in being a community based center with several staff member who have been here for close to 10 years. Research shows that birth to age three is crucial in our development, and placing your child in an early environment such as we have here at KinderCare is sure to get them the early advantage needed for a lifetime of success! Our staff of dedicated teachers are committed to being an integral part of your child's life. From hands-on learning experiences to  hugs and high fives, they will become a trusted and consistent extended part of your family. We look forward to meeting you and your early learner!

Kiana Banks, 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.

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.

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

The staff here at Sterling KinderCare are committed to providing your child with an atmosphere that is not only safe and loving but is also a meaningful learning experience. The longevity and experience of our staff makes this a place that is welcoming and comforting.

  • Kiana Banks

    Kiana Banks, Center Director

    When one teaches, two learn" - Robert Heinlein "Why fit it when you were born to STANDOUT" - Dr. Seuss "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't" - Bill Nye

    Previous Experience:
    Starting as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Woodbridge Va for 3 years I blossomed in teaching and grew to love having the opportunity to participate in watch children inhale new information. Following that I then went on to work with the Preschool as well as the School Age classroom. Over my years with KinderCare I have been able to experience teaching in all classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love books that I can really jump into and emphasize the characters in it. I hope these books are as inspirational to you as they are for me. "You Will Be My Friend" by Peter Brown "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst "Junie B. Jones Series" by Barbara Park
    Year Started:
    6/17/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA
  • Laribel Rodriguez

    Laribel Rodriguez, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Toprice

    Ms. Toprice, Program Specialist, School Age Classroom

    Toprice has worked with KinderCare since 2006 and currently serves as the Program Specialist and as the School Age teacher. She is originally from Sterling, Virginia. She is in the middle of receiving her Child Development Associate's Credential. Toprice loves interacting with children and conversing with them on a daily basis.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shereece

    Ms. Shereece, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Shereece was born in Fairfax, Virginia. She has worked with KinderCare for three years and currently provides care in the Infant classroom. She enjoys helping children learn and takes pride in keeping students engaged through song and dance.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Yaneth

    Ms. Yaneth, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Yaneth is originally from Bolivia. She loves to support and promote child development and is dedicated in her profession.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Gehan

    Ms. Gehan, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Gehan is the Toddler Classroom teacher. She is originally from Egypt, where she attended college and received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Ms. Gehan has been with the KinderCare family since 2011. She enjoys spending time with the children, watching them grow, and being a part of their lives daily.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Ms. Zohra

    Ms. Zohra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Providing education and inspiration every day makes a vital and positive impact.

    Ms. Zohra is originally from Algeria. She has been working with KinderCare for five years. Ms. Zohra is the lead Discovery Preschool teacher. She loves to provide each and every child in her classroom the tools to become life long learners.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Bobbie

    Ms. Bobbie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Bobbie was born and raised in the State of Virginia. She has been with KinderCare for almost three years. Ms. Bobbie is attending school for nursing. She learned of a position here at KinderCare while working in the public school system. Ms. Bobbie is also enrolled in school for Early Childhood Development. She believes that she has found her calling with children.

  • Ms. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Katherine is originally from Ecuador. She is currently in school to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with KinderCare for three months.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We provide a keypad entry, fenced playground, and every teacher is CPR/First Aid certified. We also have an updated allergy list stored in every classroom.

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 am writing this letter to inform you that my children last day at your Center will be Friday. We are moving back to Georgia to be closer to family next month. I just want to say that you have an awesome staff and both of my children have grown and thrived under your care. They will really miss their teachers and all the staff here. We have truly enjoyed the care your Center has provided our children and can only hope to find another Center as wonderful as yours.

- Mother
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