Christina Bakonyi, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
West Springfield, Daventry, Saratoga
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Saratoga, West Springfield & Rolling Valley (Possibly others - Call to find out)
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Christina Bakonyi, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Child Development Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Meet Chris Bakonyi! She is the Center Director at Springfield KinderCare in Virginia. Chris attended Northwest Florida State College, where she earned a Child Development Associate credential, and she also has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2012 and was a teacher and an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with her family going to museums and doing anything outdoors in the mountains. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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!
As a parent searching for a daycare center is huge.. My daughter started in the toddler room and is almost in the discovery preschool room. I have watched her grow so much and learn new things every day. The staff here are great. As a child I attended the same Kindercare so it's great to see such a wonderful staff team and all the smiling faces you see as you walk in. I would recommend this center to anyone who was looking for one near by!”
Kim M. - KinderCare Parent
My two sons, now in the discovery preschool classroom and prekindergarten classroom, have attended this KinderCare since they were each infants. The teachers quickly became like family to our children. Many of the students in my son's infant class are in his current class, which speaks volumes for this center.<br /> <br /> More specifically, the care they show is great. My two-year-old who is very active and daring has many food allergies and skin conditions, so the care and trust I have with them caring for his allergies and conditions are unmatched. As an elementary school teacher, I want to ensure that my four- year-old is as ready as he can be for kindergarten next year. He is loving the preschool program and learning how to write his letters and numbers while becoming more curious and engaged than ever!<br /> <br /> We are lucky to have been blessed with such amazing teachers and staff at this center!”
Hoda - KinderCare Parent
We are so pleased with the patience, warmth and experience of the teachers. My children love coming each day and have learned so much both in the classroom and in the enrichment program. Management is always available and receptive to concerns and questions. We highly recommend this center.”
Michael J. - KinderCare Parent
After relocating to this area from the south, we looked at several day care centers for our then two-year-old son. We were welcomed with smiles and open arms and our son felt very safe in a very new environment. From age two until now at age five, our son has grown into a very kind, smart, respectful boy and much of his personality and character is due to the teachers and directors at this center.<br /> Communication is key in our family and we are very fortunate that this center has strong communication. Whether your child has special dietary needs or any other "special needs", all of the teachers we have come across at this center truly care about the development of not only our son, but all children, and take the time to learn about each child.<br /> We are thankful to have found this center as we know our son is being enriched by all staff members.”
Dori L. - KinderCare Parent
Finding a good child care situation is one of the biggest challenges for parents, and we feel so lucky to have found this KinderCare. Our daughter started at three months, and is still here now as a three-year-old. When we had our son a year ago, we didn't hesitate to bring him here as well. The teachers in every room are fantastic, and the managers are top-notch as well. Our kids are very well taken care of, and the staff members always take the time to speak with us, tell us how the kids are doing, and answer our questions. The best part of my day is when I pick up the kids, because they are always so happy with smiles on their faces. I’d recommend this KinderCare to anyone!”
Kate C. - KinderCare Parent
Leaving one’s baby with a stranger is no small emotional feat. To me, it is really the largest greatest amount of trust one can place in another person. But from the day I have met the ladies of KinderCare, I have nothing but the utmost respect for the professionalism and compassion that they bring to their positions. They are a credit to the field of baby care and I am lucky to have found such an amazing group of loving, knowledgeable, capable women to care for my most precious babies.”
Carolyn L. - 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.