Maalika Bailey, Center Director
Meet Maalika Bailey, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Fancy Nancy Series
Meet Maalika Bailey! She is the Center Director at Alexandria KinderCare in Virginia. Maalika attended Howard University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree. She has been with KinderCare since 2014 and was an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Maalika enjoys spending time with her family. Together they like to take swim and dance classes. "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
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Alexandria KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Alexandria KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
How does naptime work at Alexandria KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Is tuition support offered for Virginia families at Alexandria KinderCare?
Child care is one of the biggest priorities-and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. We partner with state and local agencies in Virginia to provide tuition subsidies where we can, including the agency below:
There may be other available funding sources for families living in Alexandria, Virginia and we have subsidy coordinators standing by that can discuss potential solutions for your family. Even if you are not subsidy eligible there may be other options to help with tuition.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I love the staff at the Minor Lane KinderCare, they are all very nice. My daughter is always very happy at the center. She loves all the teachers, they give her hugs and lots of love. She has learned a lot and can read story books now, not only that she writes as well. I sure will recommend this center to other people.”
V. Anderson - KinderCare Parent
I think making the decision about who would care for my children while I worked is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as a parent. I am very thankful that I found KinderCare. My kids aren't just being watched, they're truly being cared for and taught. I love that both my children (four years and 22 months old) come home and tell me the new things they learned each day. I also really appreciate how well the teachers really know my kids as individuals. Almost every day one of the teachers tells me a funny or interesting thing one of my children did that day. For a working mom who misses a lot of the day with her kids, it's really helpful and touching to get those insights into their day.”
Nancy D. - KinderCare Parent
The KinderCare in Alexandria is the third child care provider we have used. In my opinion, this particular center is different because of the teachers. They actually care about the well-being of my 2 children. When I come into the center, the teachers provide me with updates and comments on their growth. I was surprised that all of the teachers know my kids by name (this was not the case at prior centers). The best thing is that my kids love the teachers as well. They look forward to seeing them and talk about them at home. It makes me feel comfortable knowing that they are happy while they are learning and exploring.”
Tracey P. - KinderCare Parent
My son stayed at home with me for the first two years of his life. It was very hard for me to relinquish total care to anyone, especially strangers, but being as how I had worked at a KinderCare prior to having my child, I know that they only hire capable people. The first few weeks were very rocky (for me more than him) but his teachers made the transition from home to school so easy. Now he is a thriving, lively and active little boy who positively loves his teachers and affectionately calls them his "mommy #2". He knows so much that I can only attribute to the great teachers that he has had. He will stay at the Minor Lane KinderCare as long as he is of age, I couldn't imagine moving him anywhere else!”
Jessica P. - KinderCare Parent
Our happy toddler has been enrolled at the Minor Lane Kindercare for almost a year now and minus a several months hiatus due to the pandemic. We were so thrilled that she was able to return to her Kindercare center in July 2020 and since we know that she is very well taken care of there and the center staff feels like family. Everyday our daughter cannot wait to go to daycare and I love getting updates of the different activities, like outdoor play, song and dance and arts and craft time, that she is involved in throughout the day via the Kindercare App. I would definitely recommend this center to other parents of young children!”
Manuela M. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.