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Lake Ridge KinderCare

Valinda Wynn, Center Director

12781 Harbor Dr. Woodbridge VA 22192
(703) 491-1100 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Between Wells Fargo& Patriot Bank" Across from Tacketts Mill

Neighborhood:
Between Old Bridge road, Minnieville Rd in the Tackett's Mill shopping center.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Antietam, Rockledge, Old Bridge, Westridge

Our center works directly with the Army as well as other branches of the military to provide an enriched learning environment. Their assistance enables us to provide additional training for our teachers and new materials for the children. We appreciate what the military does for our community, as well as for KinderCare!

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Welcome

We here at the KinderCare in Tackett’s Mill enjoy a family oriented center with teachers who are dedicated to being a consistent part of your families’ life. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our team. We welcome families to come and experience how special our center is. The environment for learning is rich with hands on experiences. We have an open door policy for our families who can join us for activities and daily fun.

Valinda Wynn, 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.

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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers here at the Tackett's Mill KinderCare have a combination of over 110 years with the company! We all believe consistently being here for the children is an essential part of their learning. The teachers are dedicated to the classroom curriculum and teaching the children who are in their care.

  • Valinda Wynn

    Valinda Wynn, Center Director

    A creative mess is better than tidy idleness". - Michael J. Fox

    "The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling". - Fabienne Fredrickson
     

    Ms. Nev has been in childcare for 12+ years and has a Child Development Associate in the infant and toddler specialty. She has three children of her own that have been able to experience KinderCare's nurturing environment all the way from infant to school age. She invites families to be a part of the KinderCare experience for their children and themselves. In her spare time, Ms. Nev enjoys spending time with her family and reading books.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - By Judi Barrett But No Elephants - By Jerry Smath
    Year Started:
    8/16/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate and Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Kellee Cantey, Assistant Director

    If I can sit down for freedom you can stand up for children." - Rosa Parks
    "Live your life in the manner you would like your kids to live theirs. Chlidren learn more from what you are than what you teach." - Unknown
    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
    "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a cather's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." - Maya Angelou

    Ms. Kellee has been a part of KinderCare since 2008. She joined us after working at a Child Development Center in North Dakota and has two beautiful daughters of her own. Ms. Kellee has previously been a School Age teacher and also drives the KinderCare bus. Ms. Kellee also is our cook and enjoys making healthy meals and snacks for all of our children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Storm is Coming - By Heather Tekabec
    Year Started:
    1/7/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate and Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Devi

    Ms. Devi, Creepers Classroom

    Ms. Devi is originally from India. She is married and has one son. Ms. Devi has been working with children for over 14 years. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and watching cooking shows.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Misses Mama - By Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    2/13/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Commerce
  • Ms. Tierra

    Ms. Tierra, Creepers Classroom

    The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive." - Coco Chanel

    "One doesn't become a soldier in a week - it takes training, study and discipline. there is no question that the finest army in the world is found in the United States." - Daniel Inouye

    Ms. Tierra is married with 3 children. She has lived in Virginia all her life and currently serves in the US Army Reserve. In her spare time, Ms. Tierra loves to go shopping.

    Previous Experience:
    US Army Reserve
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Mad at Mama - By Anna Dewdney Llama Llama Red Pajama - By Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    9/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Business Management
  • Ms. Provati

    Ms. Provati, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Provati is married with two grown children and one grandson. She is originally from Bangladesh and moved to America in 1996. Ms. Provati loves working with children and says that seeing them is the best part of her day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Grumpy Morning - By Pamela Duncan Edwards
    Year Started:
    8/7/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Vanya

    Ms. Vanya, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Vanya is originally from Bulgaria and moved to the United States in 2000. She is married with one son and one daughter. Ms. Vanya loves working with children and enjoys singing and dancing with them. In her spare time, she enjoys taking walks and going shopping.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - By Tina Freeman
    Year Started:
    4/25/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certificate
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Phonics Classroom

    Today's readers are tomorrow's leaders." - Margaret Fuller

    Ms. Michelle grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is married to her college sweetheart and has two grown children. Ms. Michelle's son is in the military and her daughter is in law school. Ms. Michelle loves working with children at KinderCare and each child is very special to her. Her philosophy is that there is always something new each day to look forward to.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutor at Sylvan Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Barney Beagle - By Jean Bethell Barney Beagle Plays Baseball - By Jean Bethell
    Year Started:
    6/5/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Toni

    Ms. Toni, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    The way you speak to children becomes their inner voice." - Peggy O'Mara
     

    Ms. Toni is a mother to 4 sons. She absolutely loves working with children and has the philosophy that life and teaching is made more interesting by adding fun into all that you do. In her spare time, Ms. Toni mentors teenage girls through an organization that she founded called "Girls to Women". Ms. Toni likes to remind families that if you can't make yourself smile then you can't make others smile!

    Previous Experience:
    Previous childcare experience and 8 years in children's photography
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - By Bill Martin, Jr.
    Year Started:
    10/7/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Development Certificate
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Preschool

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

    Ms. Patricia is originally from El Salvador and has 4 sisters. She married her high school sweetheart. In her spare time, Ms. Patricia enjoys teaching at her church, traveling and cooking. Ms. Patricia absolutely loves working with children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes - By Eric Litwin Love You Forever - By Robert Munsch The Very Hungry Caterpillar - By Eric Carle
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 yearas
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Certificate
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Toddler Classroom

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder." -Unknown

    Ms. Brandy is originally from Kentucky but has lived in Oklahoma and New Mexico where she had the opportunity to live on a Native American Reservation. She has three children of her own and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Ms. Brandy enjoys working with children and their families and loves teaching. In her spare time, she teaches at her church and plays the violin.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with children and families as a case manager and theraputic child worker.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Jungle Pop-up Book - By Matthew Reinhart
    Year Started:
    10/22/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Community Health Education
  • Ms. Karima

    Ms. Karima, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Karima is originally from Morocco and moved to the United States in 2006. She is married with one son. She enjoys spending time with the children in her classroom every day. In her spare time, Ms. Karima enjoys reading magazines and listening to music.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Let's Imagine on the Farm - By Fisher Price
    Year Started:
    6/18/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in law
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ana has been a part of KinderCare since 2006. Ms. Ana has 3 daughters of her own and 1 grandson. Ms. Ana enjoys singing, reading to, and playing with all the children in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    2/22/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Indrani

    Ms. Indrani, Creepers/Toddlers Classroom

    Ms. Indrani is originially from India where she studied philosophy, economics and political science. She is married with one son. Ms. Indrani loves working with children and has been in the childcare field for the past 14 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutored students in India.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Snowmen at Night - By Caralyn Buehner No, David! - By David Shannon
    Year Started:
    11/16/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC accredited

    NAEYC accredited

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Bengali, Bulgarian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The Tackett's Mill KinderCare is located across the street from the quiet Tackett's Mill shopping center. Our center is set back from the street with a large parking lot for the families to access the center safe from passing cars. The center has a keypad entrance, visitors must ring the bell and be allowed to enter the building. Our playground is backed to tree reserve with two over-sized playgrounds, giving the children a safe place to play.

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.

My family has been a part of KinderCare for over nine years. Because of KinderCare, my two school aged children entered into public elementary school prepared and confident. My youngest son is currently in the Prekindergarten program and he has learned so much. I was surprised and thrilled the other day when he actually read me a book! I have the Prekindergarten teachers and the Phonics teacher to thank for this. The teachers are wonderful and they show such love and care for my children. It is comforting to know my children are safe, secure and happy while I am at work everyday.

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