Amanda Ellington, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hybla Valley, Grovetown Elementary, Hollin Meadows Elemantery, Stratford Landing Elementary, Fort Hunt Elementary, Belle View Elementary, Wayne Wood Elm and Woodlawn Elementary (afternoon only)
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Amanda Ellington, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Child Development Associate credential, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Napping House
Meet Amanda Ellington! She is the Center Director at Fordson Road KinderCare in Alexandria, Virginia. Amanda has earned a Child Development Associate credential as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she worked in child and youth school services. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys camping, four-wheeling, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "We need to always deal with the child in front of us, not the child of our fantasies." - Madeline Levine
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.
Fordson Road 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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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!
Dear Cristina, I would like to thank you and the staff for providing "Tender Loving Care" to my child. I have noticed that my daughter is showing improvement in almost all areas that were initially a concern to us. She has learned new concepts, and she now talks in complete sentences! She knows more colors, numbers, and rhymes than before. Since she started KinderCare she eats the food groups that she didn't request before which is quite a treat for us, and her potty training is now on next level :) Mahrosh likes her teachers and friends at KinderCare. This is simply great because as a kid she knows the teachers are loving, accommodating and patient with her. I would recommend this KinderCare to my friends and neighbors as the environment is age appropriate and well run. Thanks.”
Mahvash S. - KinderCare Parent
My children, Edwin and Alyssa have been going to this daycare for about 4 years and it is great now but before it was not . After Ms. Christina came on board, she has made a huge difference and is on top of things. There are other employees like Ms. Stacy, she has taught my daughter so much and so has Ms. Te‘Asha and I’m thankful for that. Also Mr. Deonte and Ms. Belinda (who is my son's so called grandmother at KinderCare), they had a huge impact in Edwin’s life. He has changed a lot . Ms. Hibste is awesome in the baby room. I remember when my daughter was in the baby room and I'd cry when I leave for work. Ms. Hibste would always tell me she will be Ok and I can call and check in on her. Last but not least, Ms. Kim always is in the front greeting us and answering all of my thousands of questions.”
Yasmin C. - KinderCare Parent
I would like to thank you and your staff at Fordson Road KinderCare. You have made a great environment in which my preschool son both learns and has fun. While at KinderCare, my son is introduced to a social environment larger than our house, and he has started to understand the world around him. He continues to develop a variety of social skills and self-confidence and is developing the skills to think through situations both critically and creatively. He will be starting Kindergarten this school year, and I feel he will be well prepared with the lessons he learned during his time at KinderCare. Keep up the good work.”
Scott B. - KinderCare Parent
As a military family, my children have been in childcare programs around the world, and the Fordson Road KinderCare has made its way steadily to the top of the list. I will echo other parents comments and agree, that while we liked the program before, since the new director has been on board, we have seen the program continually improve. My children enjoy "school" and I enjoy that they are learning and growing in a loving and diverse environment.
Thank you for all of your support and the great job that you do for my children and our family.”
Jessica C. - KinderCare Parent
Our two children have been students at KinderCare since they were six weeks old. We have switched our childcare set up a few times as our needs changed and have subsequently returned to KC (as full-time students or for drop-in care). We continue to be impressed by the facility, the staff, the director and the unparalleled care that our children receive. The staff and teachers are incredibly loving and nurturing and fully engaged in the learning environment. I felt so comfortable leaving my six week old babies in the loving arms of the infant room teachers. The infant room was small and manageable unlike others we visited in the area. As toddlers, they are challenged in the way they think about the world and engaged in creative and fun activities. Our children have developed beautifully and thrive in social environments. The Fordson Rd KC is a wonderful school that I highly recommend.”
Emily V. - 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 Fordson Road 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 Fordson Road 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.