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Lakeridge KinderCare

Ms. Crystal Howard, Center Director

1520 Old Bridge Rd. Woodbridge VA 22192
(703) 490-5145 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
on Old Bridge Rd next to McDonald's Just 3 minutes from I-95 Lakeridge Exit

Neighborhood:
Old Bridge road; close to I95 route 123

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Occquan, Rockledge, Old Bridge, Lake Ridge, Antietam, Springwoods,

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Welcome

Welcome to the nationally accredited Lake Ridge KinderCare located on Old Bridge Road, proudly serving the Woodbridge community for over 30 years. We are located just two miles off I-95 and are conveniently located close to many commuter lots.

We here at KinderCare Learning Center on Old Bridge Road believe in giving every child the opportunity to grow, learn and develop as individuals. Our research-based curriculum is implemented in all of our classrooms and truly provides children with a solid foundation for learning. From infants using photo cards, to preschoolers working on math for kids, or school agers completing projects in our after school program, our curriculums and classrooms prove that it's all designed for learning!

We have a very family friendly atmosphere and encourage our parents and family members to join us for special activities and daily fun. We offer an open door policy where families are welcome to call or stop in any time to witness the fun going on.

If you are shopping for child care based solely on prices, we are happy to let you know that our daycare prices are lower than the average competitor. Families can also take advantage of our convenient online payment option through KinderCare Family Connection.

We would love to show you around our center and introduce you to the staff. Call and schedule a tour today!

Ms. Crystal Howard, 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.

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.

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  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

Our teachers here at KinderCare, located on Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge, Virginia, are fun, loving, compassionate, patient, kind caregivers and educators. Our teachers have been working in the early childhood education field for many years. As an educational team, we strive to make each child and family feel that they are an important part of our wonderful KinderCare family. We work together with parents and families to provide children with more than just top quality daycare; we maximize educational growth and make school readiness a top priority.

  • Ms. Crystal Howard

    Ms. Crystal Howard, Center Director

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr Seuss

    Ms. Crystal has always known that she wanted to work with children. It has been her passion for the past 16 years to educate, train and positively impact children's lives. Mrs. Crystal's goal is to inspire children to be life-long learners.

    Mrs. Crystal is so excited to build relationships with you and your families. Her children have enjoyed attending the Lakeridge KinderCare for the past several years. Mrs.Crystal and her husband have three beautiful girls named Amaya, Niyla, and Aria. They are very proud to be a military family, and have strong ties within the community.

    Mrs. Crystal looks forward to meeting each and everyone of you!

    Previous Experience:
    I've been working with children my whole life and my whole professional career.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    12/29/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA
  • Heather Mizzell

    Heather Mizzell, Assistant Director

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi

    Mrs. Heather has been part of the Lake Ridge KinderCare team since 2013. She has been working with children for most of her adult life and loves what she does! As Assistant Director, Mrs. Heather loves to assist the teachers in giving them everything they need to provide quality in the classrooms. She is happy to support the ever-changing needs of the families we serve in this center. She loves watching the children learn and develop everyday. She enjoys seeing their joy and excitement through all of the fun activities she's planned. Mrs. Heather is currently about to complete her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and then she looks forward to continuing her education to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Leadership. Outside of work, Mrs. Heather enjoys spending time with her family and expressing her creative talents through art, furniture making, cooking, and much more!

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Heather started in the early childhood education field as a camp counselor and assistant infant teacher. She started with KinderCare as a lead teacher in a Toddler classroom. Here at Lake Ridge KinderCare, Mrs. Heather was the lead Preschool teacher before being promoted to the Assistant Director position.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chika Chika Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    3/13/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree

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

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Christmas Day
New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and the Friday After
 

Health and Safety

Our center is located on Old Bridge Road. We are set back from the street with a large parking lot to allow families to access the center safe from passing cars. The center has a keypad entrance, visitors must enter a code to have access to the building or ring the doorbell and be allowed to enter the center. We have two large playgrounds surrounded by a large fence and backed to the woods, 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.

Our family has been a proud member of the KinderCare family for 10 years! We absolutely love the center, and the learning (and fun!) opportunities the teachers provide our three boys. It is a perfect blend of education and socialization for our kids, and they are surrounded by teachers who make our children their top priority.
We have also taken advantage of the additional learning opportunities with their Phonics program, and my kids started school ahead of the curve.
I can't imagine a better environment for our boys, and a better staff to provide a caring environment where they are thriving!
- Lakeridge KinderCare Mother

Every day my child loves to come to Kindercare. She is greeted by warm-hearted, loving teachers that genuinely want to be with her. The morning routine for my infant is my favorite because she is now starting to initiate the "Good Morning Wave" with the teachers. My daughter loves these teachers and they are teaching her so much! I am so excited for the next step in her Kindercare learning process!

- Lake Ridge KinderCare Infant Mother
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