Meet Kristie Woodward, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Poky Little Puppy
Meet Kristie Woodward! She is the Center Director at Breezewood KinderCare in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Kristie attended Germanna College, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2008. Outside of work, Kristie enjoys aviation, motorcycle rides, and spending time at the lake. "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." - Zig Ziglar
Breezewood 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!
“ I've had my children in other daycares and they never had more caring teachers than they do now. I have 3 special needs children and they fully accommodate my children in any way! I love it here and I'll never change. The staff is wonderful!Show more
“ When my daughter was six months old we enrolled her in an in-home daycare and were very disappointed at the care received. My daughter had colic and needed to be held or sit upright most of the day; this in-home daycare was unable to take care of her and left us without care at the last minute. The Breezewood KinderCare was recommended to us. They took us in and treated my daughter as though she were one of their own. I felt comfortable from the start that she would be well taken care of. I cannot say enough about how much we love everyone here!Show more
“ Previously, my son attended another daycare company. Due to an unpleasant experience, we decided to find another alternative. We then found ourselves needing care because I found out I was having another baby. I had to find a place that felt comfortable to my heart where I could bring both new baby and our son, which scared me due to the previous issues we had with the other company. Upon meeting the people at the Breezewood KinderCare, I can say I have nothing but positive words to say. Ms. Kristie, the Director, and Ms. Wendy, the Assistant Director, have an open-door policy that they stick to maintaining with parents. I can also say that I feel comfortable talking to any of the teachers and office staff at this center. All of the employees are kind and caring, so I never have to wonder if my children are being well cared for, which is one of the things, as a mom, I used to worry about. People also worry about cost, but they have kept their cost affordable compared to other centers. In regards to their programs, my infant daughter loves it here. We have been there almost a year and my daughter is excelling in everything. They have a more hands-on infant program, which is wonderful for us and her development. Instead of putting your child in a jumper or play yard, they read, sing and work with them on their motor skills. They also keep me well informed on my baby’s progress so I can continue working with her at home. Additionally, my son now goes there for their summer camp and has a blast. His program features field trips, swimming days, and a lot of activities planned for the school age kids. Overall, I would like to thank the people at Breezewood KinderCare for making such a difference in my life!Show more
“ After three years of family care my husband and I found ourselves in need of a daycare facility. My daughter is three and was going to attend a private preschool in the fall when our situation changed and we needed a full time daycare facility for her and our son, who is soon to be two. After meeting with a few daycare centers, I was becoming more and more reluctant. I decided to give it one last chance and contacted KinderCare. I must have called Ms. Kristen a dozen times with questions before I enrolled my children and she kindly answered each and every one of them. I visited the facility a few times before I enrolled my children. I had so many fears and anxiety when the first day came. The staff did so much to help me calm those fears, beginning with drop off, where Ms. Sharon made me and my daughter feel comfortable when we arrived. I didn’t want to leave my daughter standing there crying, my heart was breaking for her. Ms. Sharon took us to Ms. Tanya for drop off and, unfortunately ,the time had come for me to say goodbye. When I turned back around before the door closed, I saw Ms. Tanya bend down and looked to be hugging my daughter and immediately I was left with only the anxiety, not the fears. She wasn’t doing that for my benefit, she could no longer see me. She was doing that for my daughters benefit, even with other kids all trying to get her attention. Ms. Sharon in the meantime was ensuring me that how I felt was normal and I would feel that way for days to come. Due to my hours, I do not get a lot of interaction with her teachers, but she is always eager to tell me about her day. She says every day “I was crying but now I am smiling.” She told me that her teacher says that to her. She tells me that her teacher is always smiling. It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that they are taking the time to make my daughter comfortable. My son enrolled a week later and that was a whole other adjustment. My son is sensitive and can be, at times, very difficult. I wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable that the staff was going to give him the time and attention he needed. He is a terrible sleeper and wakes up very cranky from him naps. All of these things made me fearful to leave him at daycare. I was certain that strangers would not be able to calm him down and they would be calling me to come get him. That was before I met Ms. Deborah. My son took to Ms. Deborah immediately, but more importantly, Ms. Deborah took to him. Ms. Deborah is there when I drop him off in the mornings and in two short weeks I already feel comfortable leaving him with her, even if he is still crying when I leave. Often he is still crying when I leave but when he sees Ms. Deborah he will reach for her. He might not stop crying but clearly Ms. Deborah is treating him wonderful if he wants to go with her. Ms. Deborah will tell him she needs to finish something up. It makes me happy knowing that she is willing to engage with him. She will make sure everything is in order and everyone cared for and content and she will then take him from me. I often leave with her holding my son, rocking him. I have not had a lot of face to face interaction with Ms. Lindsay but every time I call she is always willing to speak with me and tell me how my son's day is going, and never acts annoyed that I have called. Ms. Kaycee has been fantastic in relaying information from Ms. Lindsay to me. My son always seems calm and happy when he is in Ms. Kaycee’s care. She always takes the time I need to feel comfortable knowing about his day when I pick him up. She never rushes me out the door or makes me feel like a nuisance for asking too many questions. On a good day she will say our son "did so wonderful today”. It makes me happy that she is personalizing with him and makes me feel like he is cared for a child not a paycheck. She is very genuine when she tells me about his day, and it makes me feel very comfortable. Beside the obvious of wanting to feel comfortable with the staff, the most important thing I was looking for was education. I wanted to make sure that my children would be learning, as well as having fun. Every day my daughter tells me something new that Ms. Yudis has taught her that day. My son has already started to use his words better, and in a very short time has become a better communicator. He not only uses his words better but he has begun to incorporate sign language. All clear signs that my children are being taught, as well as they are being cared for at KinderCare. While I am nowhere near the comfortable phase as a whole, I am already well ahead on my comfort level than I ever thought. I want to thank everyone at KinderCare that has made that happen. Ms. Kristen and Ms. Wendy have both been so helpful and are truly available any time you need them.Show more
“ As a musical performer for children, I play music for kids in literally hundreds of centers each year. And every once in a while I come across a center worker deserving of a shout-out. I'd like to recognize the amazing summer programs coordinator at Breezewood KinderCare, Ms. Susan Rolka. The day I performed at her center this past summer, I had lots of time to watch her interacting with her school-age children. Ms. Rolka truly has a gift with kids. She keeps them constantly engaged with creative interaction, and turns every little activity into a fun learning experience. And it was clear that she has won the hearts and the respect of her kids. She's an extraordinary teacher, and a credit to her center.Show more
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 Breezewood 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 Breezewood 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.