Stephanie Savoy, Center Director
Meet Stephanie Savoy, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1996
Education: Associate Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Cat in the Hat
Meet Stephanie Savoy! Stephanie is the Center Director at Franconia KinderCare in Alexandria, VA. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2016. Stephanie has been with KinderCare since 1996 and has over thirty years of experience in the field. Her favorite quote is, "Smiling the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear, and to hide every pain." -Will Smith. Outside of work, Stephanie likes to drag race, travel, and spend time with her family.
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.
Franconia 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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
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.)
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!
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!
My family has recently joined the Franconia KinderCare location in Alexandria, VA. We have had such a wonderful experience thus far; I felt the need to share some details with you. First, my son C, had some complications at birth leading to a delay in gross motor skills, especially in walking. Previously, C was enrolled in a program where we was being treated differently and held-back due to his delay. When I discovered this news about his classroom, I immediately went on a search to find a new school for C. This is when I found Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Cassandra, and their team at Franconia KinderCare.
I first called Ms. Stefanie to ask about the program and how her teachers handle students with IFSPs. Ms. Stefanie answered all my questions and even allowed me to cry my frustrations with the previous school. I went in for a tour and immediately saw a difference in the school. Ms. Stefanie showed me the outdoor area where C could climb and use push toys to assist in walking. In addition, the classroom was clearly set-up to help C move from one place to another. The day after the tour, I called Ms. Stefanie and enrolled my 15-month-old son, C.
When C started at Franconia KinderCare, he was 15-months-old and not walking. He was placed in the infant room to begin his school year. When I met the teachers, they were aware of C delay and were ready to help him walk. In addition, I informed the staff that I would sign incident reports every day if needed; I wanted C to have the same opportunities as all the students. From day one, the teachers worked with C to walk around the classroom and outdoors and to help implement his physical therapy IFSP goals. C was given every opportunity as the rest of the students and I did happily sign many incident reports!
Finally, at the end of October, C took a few independent steps. C was ready to walk and his teachers were ready. C was then moved to the toddler room at 16-months in November where he has flourished. C is now walking everywhere and even trying to run!
The best part of my whole experience with Franconia KinderCare is the staff. The best part of my story was the Thanksgiving celebration. I arrived at C school early; I didn’t want to miss his Thanksgiving show. Since I was early, I hid in the front foyer so he would not see me and want to leave his class. So, I waited for a few minutes and then heard his class walk down the hall. C was in the middle of the pack and he was walking perfectly. Then I heard his teachers cheering him on, “Go, C!” and “You got this, C!” Next, I saw other teachers coming to their doorways to help cheer C on. Soon, numerous staff members and other students were cheering my son on. C was smiling, laughing, and walking down the hallway. I was so happy standing in that foyer that I cried. The teachers did not know I was there, they simply cheered for my son out of the kindness of their hearts and the passion for their professions.
I just wanted to shed a light on some of the great work and the great staff at Franconia KinderCare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such wonderful care of my child and my family. We will be a Franconia KinderCare family for as long as possible.”
Lindsay - KinderCare Parent
The staff at the Grovedale/Franconia Kindercare center have gone above and beyond in helping my children both transition to a new center and also to get adjusted to new life events. Mr. Mike, Ms. Kim, and Mr. Anthony have been mentioned by name repeatedly by my kindergartner for making her feel comforted during this very new and overwhelming time in her life (new to elementary school, new to the aftercare program, new schedules, etc). They’ve been excellent in communicating with me updates regarding her adjustment as well as helped her with transition support/ideas. My three-year-old’s teachers, Ms. Amber and Ms. Maalika, have been so incredibly kind and supportive to a child who definitely has a more “determined” personality. Since switching to this program, we have seen such a huge difference in his level of happiness both in and out of care. The director and assistant director, Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Cassandra, have always been open and available for questions and calls and have always made sure to offer warm words either at greetings or departures. All of the staff we have interacted with (Ms. Freddie, Ms. Lee Ann, all of the other teachers who do workshops or are floaters), have always been professional and very kind with our family and it’s been so appreciated.”
Sheldon - KinderCare Parent
"We are so pleased with KinderCare. We've done a lot of different childcare venues and this is the best experience we've had. Everyone says 'Good Morning' and is friendly even though we drop off really early. Our youngest is flourishing. It's amazing to pick him up everyday and he'll tell us something new he's learned. It's neat to see the bonds our children have formed with their teachers and classmates. We can't think of anything we'd change about the center. We're so happy we have our children at this center."”
Langer - KinderCare Parent
My 7 year old boy and my 6 year old girl have been at KinderCare since they were 2 months old til now, and this past August our new 6 month old princess Menna has joined KinderCare. I think I don't have to say anything about our center. Everybody is kind and can tell if I wasn't happy and full of trust. I would like to thank everybody at KinderCare for the hard work and the good care. Looking forward for many more years of joy.”
Halla - KinderCare Parent
"We are enjoying the center immensely. We are extremely satisfied. The hours are convenient as is the location. The staff are extremely professional but also NICE!! Our children's favorite thing about the center is the staff. They tell us all the time how much they like their teachers. Our children enjoy the center and that is all that matters."”
Lee - 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.
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 Franconia 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.
How does naptime work at Franconia 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.
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.
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.
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.