Meet Danielle Gaskins, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2022
Education: Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Meet Danielle Gaskins! She is the Center Director at Soapstone KinderCare in Reston, Virginia. Danielle attended North Virginia Community College, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before joining KinderCare, she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "Change the world one child at a time."
Soapstone 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.
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!
“ Like many parents, dropping my baby off at daycare for the first time was a difficult, emotional experience. The teachers were very patient and gave me hugs and encouraging words when I left him for the first time. Soon after leaving I recieved an email from the center director, Ms. Kelsey with the words, "He is doing great!" and several pictures of my son having an amazing time playing with the other kids. As the months have gone on, my son has learned to crawl, walk, use a spoon, and even nap at KinderCare! The staff frequently send us emails with picture updates throughout the day to celebrate his accomplishments with us. Every morning, he is so excited to see his favorite teacher, Miss. Nicole, that he leaps into her arms like he's seeing a long-lost friend! He spends time with kids him own age and enjoys making crafts. We are so happy to have found a place where the staff treats our son like family.Show more
“ As first time parents, looking for childcare was overwhelming and quite frighting. We toured countless options all offering different things. Finally after almost having our decision my husband passed by KinderCare. We loved the location and quickly gave the center a call. Ms. Kelsey met with us with such a big smile. Our tour was not just a tour but a conversation. When our first day approached I was dreading the drop off time however, the teachers quickly welcomed us with warm smiles, helped put our belongings away, and answered any questions we had. To my surprise a few hours into my first day back at work we received an email of our child smiling and laughing in his teachers arms. Since our first day drop off and picks ups are always the same.... A joy! We look forward to being here for many years to come!Show more
“ Our experience with KinderCare has been wonderful from the very beginning. Ms. Barb was so friendly and accommodating. She answered all of our questions without hesitation. Nehemiah has adjusted so well thanks to the wonderful teachers at his “school” and they love him like he is one of their own. He loves to come learn and play with his friends. I am amazed every day at the new things he has learned and how his social/people skills are growing. The support, encouragement, patience and care are more than we could ask for. I couldn’t imagine having him anywhere else.Show more
“ Healthy environment, loving atmosphere, and family centered!I always felt my baby was happy, healthy, safe, and loved. They took amazing care of my daughter. Her teachers Mrs. Laverne, Ms. Jazz, and others were incredibly helpful, kind and amazing. I would highly recommend this daycare for every new parent.Show more
“ I just wanted to share my experience that I have been having with Soapstone KinderCare. My children have been attending there for 2 1/2 years now and we have developed a great relationship with some of the staff members, especially Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Danielle. They treat my children as their extended family and they made it a comfortable change and decision to choose this location. Thank you for all you guys do. Also a special thanks for Ms. Jennifer for loving and caring and being patient with my children especially my son with his condition and act outs.Show more
“ Ms. Jennifer is the best teacher/bus driver/cook. She is a person who can do it all and the most valuable asset at this KinderCare. She goes above and beyond to take care of the children. She makes sure the children have all their belongings when entering and exiting the bus. She demonstrates effective communication with the children school to ensure ever child is transported to and from the daycare and their school. She has a pleasant demeanor when engaging with the children. The children are provided a nurturing environment with Ms. Jennifer. She puts love in to every meal she makes. She displays a true passion in taking care of the children.Show more
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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.