Lara Dineen, Center Director
Meet Lara Dineen, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Childhood Development Association Credential.
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever.
Meet Lara Dineen! She is the Center Director at Woodbridge KinderCare in Virginia. Lara attended Teachstone, where she earned her Childhood Development Association Credential. She has been with KinderCare for ten years now and has over fifteen years of Early Childhood Education experience. Lara's favorite quote is, "It's only after you've stepped outside of your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow and transform." Outside of work, Lara likes to go swimming, go shopping, and watch movies.
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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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.)
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!
Since starting the Phonics Learning Adventures program at KinderCare, we have seen a significant improvement in my son's letter and word recognition. Whether it's him calling out the letters in an elevator or trying to sound out words on store signs, he's always looking for letters and words. He now goes through several words that rhyme with one another. He'll hear the word rat and proceeded to try and rhyme as many words as he can. I am very pleased in the direction that my son is going in and feel he is getting the head start that he needs to succeed.”
R. Harrison - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been enrolled in Phonics since she was 3 years old. I wanted to ensure that she got a "jump start" - and she has. Through the Learning Adventures offered by KinderCare, my child has developed a love of learning. Education is a major part of a child's growth and they are most receptive to this young. I felt it important to capitalize on this behavior. I also feel that by enrolling my daughter into the Learning Adventures program, it would help to establish a love and acceptance of learning. My daughter asks daily if, "today is a Phonics day?". This makes me happy. My daughter enjoys Kelsey and forever wants to read the book using the puppet. Word recognition, handwriting homework and all the added "special programs" (eg. book guided crafts, cooking, etc.) have done what I had hoped - inspired my child's love to learn.”
N. Kenny - KinderCare Parent
One of my son's favorite activities at school is the weekly cooking adventures class. The cooking class is great because the kids get to be creative while learning skills such as measurement and counting. He absolutely loves making new recipes and is so excited to tell me about the experience each week. Miss Kimberly does an amazing job connecting with the kids and makes it fun.
My son has been enrolled in the phonics class for nearly a year and I believe that it is greatly helping his reading and writing skills. The individualized attention and structures progression help him to really grasp each lesson. The take home work reinforces the information presented at school. Recently, I was shocked to see my four year old clearly printing out his name. I think that Miss Kimberly works hards to make learning fun and engages extremely well with the kids.”
Shana Dittamo - KinderCare Parent
We appreciate Ms. Amy for going above the call of duty and dealings focal issues. She always makes time to talk to me or to have encouraging words for my daughters! I am also encouraged by her positivity! Her warm smiles makes all the difference.”
Sujata - KinderCare Parent
Words cannot express our gratitude and affection for the commitment and professionalism that Ms. Kimberly has continuously dedicated to our sons, Sebastian and Ronaldo Ramlakhan. The capability that she brings to KinderCare Learning Adventure Program is second to none and we have experienced significant benefits. After Sebastian's first week of kindergarten, his teacher and the principle said he is an amazing reader and he was placed in the 1st Grade reading class. Ms. Kimberly diligently and conscientiously makes learning fun because our children are always excited to attend her adventures. Her unwavering patience, keen sense of vision, evolving creativity, and her sensitivity to the needs of our children are vital characteristics that enable her success. Like Sebastian, we believe Ronaldo will be placed in higher learning because of the head start he is receiving from the learning adventure classes. We believe in Ms. Kimberly and all her adventures especially phonics, mathematics, and science. She has earned our respect and admiration and we are forever grateful for her exceptional service”
Proud Parents - KinderCare Parent
I want to let you know that you are an awesome teacher. The instruction and care that you provided to my son this year was above and beyond my expectations.
As you know, my son attended public kindergarten for 3 weeks - it was a nightmare!!!
My son is a typical little boy - he has lots of energy, fidgety, likes to be first at everything, and gets bored fast. He is unique in that he is extremely smart but is challenged in peer social interaction and can be quite impulsive at times. From the moment that I interviewed you, I knew that God had answered my prayers - your passion for teaching and training ALL kids was evident during our first conversation.
As you know, my son will be returning to public school this fall. There were 3 school representatives from the county that came to observe your class to see how he has progressed in the private school setting. At our meeting, they told me that they were amazed at your classroom management skills, individualized-instruction activities, unique curriculum, and the compassion along with the no-nonsense attitude you displayed with the kids. They concluded that my son's progress was directly related to your teaching and training and they therefore now understand exactly what my son needs in order to be successful in a public school.
I am so proud to say that my child attended the KinderCare Kindergarten program and I will be forever grateful for the "love" that you and all of the teachers have shown my son.
Please don't ever forget that every child is unique - all they need is someone to believe in them. Thank you for being that teacher to believe in my precious little boy.”
Andrea - KinderCare Parent
Thank you for your time and dedication creating a safe environment of enthusiasm, learning, and appreciation for growing our child!”
Michael and Ije - KinderCare Parent
Owen's teachers have been truly remarkable with him. In two weeks, he was off his pacifier, and giving them hugs and kisses goodbye. This truly speaks to the level of kindness, attention and compassion they show their little students. Owen has also started speaking Spanish! We were practicing counting one day and he started saying uno and dos. Every time I come in the class room, Hafida and Touria are engaging in some hands on activity with Owen from coloring, reading and flashcards to dance. Its amazing to see how dedicated they are to engaging and teaching the children. I continue to be very impressed with KinderCare, the staff and their passion for children!”
Dresden F. - KinderCare Parent
Thank you for taking such fantastic care of my little girls! They are so happy and loved at your center, and I know they are having a wonderful day at school learning new things, doing great activities, and having a lot of fun. Your staff is honestly the best I've seen, and I researched so many schools (even outside of the Kindercare group of schools) before I picked this one. I felt comfortable the minute I walked in the door, because it is such a warm, caring, and safe environment. The girls have loved taking phonics classes too. They have learned so much and I know they are enjoying it so much. I am so grateful to have found Woodbridge KinderCare!”
Soujanya G. - KinderCare Parent
My oldest child started attending KinderCare in 1999, and is now 20 years old. Since then, my other three children, starting as infants through their School Age program, have all attended KinderCare. I couldn't imagine having my children go anywhere else. The things they have learned and memories they have made are priceless. I now have my nephew enrolled because I want him to have the same wonderful experiences that all four of my children had.”
William C. - KinderCare Parent
We wanted to send a letter in regards to the KinderCare located in Woodbridge, Virginia on Prince William Parkway. We wanted to let someone know about the wonderful customer service we experienced in regards to our son. Our son, Cooper, recently lost his homework folder at the center and after an evening and the following morning of the staff looking for it, it was nowhere to be found. Our son was very distressed as this can mean the difference between a "green day" (good day) in Kindergarten or a "red day" (not so good day) at school for not having his homework folder. Come to find out, another parent had accidentally picked up his folder. The parent returned it the next day, unfortunately after my son had gone to school. When the folder was returned, not only did the Director call to let me know they had found the folder, she personally brought it to the school so that my son would not get in trouble for the missing folder.
We wanted to let someone know how much we appreciated the fact that the Director went above and beyond for our family. When we told her she didn't need to bring it to the school, she stated that she did not want him to get in trouble and it was no problem to bring it to him. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Director as well as the rest of management and staff for always taking such good care of our children.”
Mike S. - KinderCare Parent
My family and I moved to Woodbridge, Virginia three years ago from New Jersey. We came here knowing no one, and very little about the daycare centers in the area. My son was enrolled in a fabulous daycare in New Jersey, so it took me several months before I finally found the perfect match! Not only a perfect match for him, but for me as well. From the minute we walked in the door, it felt like home. From the directors to every staff member, we were welcomed with open arms, friendly smiles and positive, upbeat attitudes. At this point, I knew this was a PERFECT match for us.
Dylan started in the Discovery Preschool class and this week he will be graduating from Prekindergarten and moving on to Kindergarten. As parents, we never want our children to grow up especially at this incredibly fast rate they seem to be going nowadays. As much as I wish he could stay little forever, I believe the hardest part about him going to kindergarten is that he will not be with his current teacher, Ms. Stacey. She is a teacher for Prekindergarten at the Montclair, Virginia location. First, let me say that each and every person in that building is considered family to us. Each one of them has had an opportunity to be a part of my sons every day life and watch his development and all the progress he has, and continues to make.
Being there for three years, I have had the opportunity to become very close with everyone there, and they are all special to me in different ways. However, I am a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due and hands down, I will praise Ms. Stacey until I am blue in the face. I believe in her and appreciate her wholeheartedly for all she does each and every day for our children.
To physically see how much my son has changed since being in her class makes me feel completely confident in knowing that when he is in Kindergarten next year, he (as well as every other child in her class) will be one or two steps ahead of the other children in many different ways. Every day she has a different idea, a special project, or sweet and fun songs that make the children excited about coming to school! She truly is an inspiration to me and the children because she makes learning fun and that is so important to do at such an early age, since they have a long journey ahead of them. What I find to be super impressive is that each child absorbs everything she teaches them and at four to five years old; that is NOT an easy task!
I speak to Ms. Stacey every day. When I tell her what he's told me about his day and how happy he was to tell me, you can see the excitement and enthusiasm in her eyes, because she loves what she does and is good at it! Ms. Stacey does not just teach them things regarding their letters, numbers or colors. She teaches them about respecting themselves, as well as others, and right from wrong. Ms. Stacey is always updating me on his progress, what he needs help with, what he is excelling in, and what I can do to help him at home. In a perfect world, my son would stay with her until he graduates from college. That is how much I believe in her and have nothing but the utmost of faith and trust in her due to the fact she only wants to see each and everyone of them succeed and do well. In my eyes, the world needs more people like Ms. Stacey. I will miss speaking to my friend every day, but I feel completely blessed that my son was able to meet and learn such amazing qualities from a remarkable person! I know I am!
I thank all of you at corporate for having such amazing individuals represent your company and being there for our children and for going above and beyond, every single day, NO MATTER WHAT! I hope that this will some how make it back to her so she knows how much she is appreciated, but if not, at least now you all know.
Thank you for your time and the wonderful experience here at KinderCare!”
Melissa T. - KinderCare Parent
My two boys have been going to the center for several years now. During this year, they have had the most fun while at the center. Ms. Lara Dineen has been exceptional when it comes to communicating and being attentive. Since her transition into the lead role of Center Director, I feel more confident that my children are getting the best care while I am at work. She has had multiple fun activities during the summer that allow us as parent to interact with the kids and I'm extremely glad she has joined the Woodbridge Kindercare team!”
Janell W. - 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.