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Van Dorn Kids Place, Alexandria

Based on 10 reviews

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CURRENT OPENINGS: All ages!
Hi parents, welcome to Van Dorn Kids Place, my small home daycare in Alexandria, VA. I’m the owner and caregiver, and I have 10 years of child care experience. I’m a mother of 3 children myself, and I am CPR and first-aid certified. I run a small child care program (4 children maximum), so you can be sure that your little one will receive plenty of individual attention! I provide child care and play-based early education for infants as young as 6 weeks, toddlers and preschoolers up to 5 years old. In addition to English, I also speak Arabic and can expose your child to a foreign language if you’d like (I can also provide a bilingual child care environment). My daycare hours are from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. I offer full-time care, snacks are included in the tuition for the children in my care, and children bring lunch from home. I also offer before school care for school-age children up to 12 years old: my home is less than a mile away from the Franconia Elementary School, and there are bus stops right next to my house for Bush Hill Elementary School and Mark Twain Middle School. Van Dorn Kids Place is conveniently located a few minutes away from the I-95, off Franconia Rd and S Van Dorn Street in Franconia, Alexandria. Please contact us through CareLuLu to schedule a visit. Thank you!

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Brittany A.
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Posted 3 months ago
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My daughter has been with this daycare provider since she was 6 months old. Words can not express how happy we are with the care our daughter receives here. This daycare provider is very loving and kind our daughter is always happy to come here. I like that she sends home updates on how our daughters day was. I would recommend this daycare to anyone looking for child care.
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Ashleigh H.
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Posted 9 months ago
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This provider has been a dream for our family. We have been with her since our little one was 3 months old and have been overjoyed at the attention and care that has been provided over the past 2 years. As our child has grown, the provider has been attentive to her needs as a toddler and fostered her love of reading and coloring. The provider plays educational songs and dances which we practice at home. I've loved everything about our time with this provider and cannot recommend her and her abilities enough for infants and toddlers alike.
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Stephanie S.
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Posted 1 year ago
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Our son has been with this provider for 7 months (since he was 3 months old) and we have been very pleased with the care he receives here. We know that he is safe, happy, and well cared for when we leave him for the day. The space where the kids are is bright, clean, and happy which was something that was important to us. When we drop him off, he is always overjoyed to see this provider and he adores her. It's clear that he gets a lot of attention and play time. The provider is flexible in helping us introduce new things and is attentive to his needs for his age. We really enjoy being with this provider and highly recommend her!
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Vania R.
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Posted 1 year ago
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I was recommended by a coworker of this provider of how wonderful she was to their daughter and I gave her a try, she is a wonderful person and cares for my daughter as her own. She has been taking care of my daughter since she was 3 months old and it’s been almost a year and my daughter loves going to her home. Her home is very clean and she has a wonderful family, my daughter feels at home while at daycare. When I’m at Work I know my daughter is in good hands.
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Ashleigh H.
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Posted 2 years ago
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I cannot say enough great things about this provider and her care of our child. From day one, we knew we chose the best option for our family. She is able to accommodate our work hours and provides generous feedback on how the baby does throughout the day. I can't rate curriculum as she is caring for an infant, but she does limit screen time and pushes the kids to play together. I would highly recommend her.
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Kristina W.
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Posted 2 years ago
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This provider has cared for our newborn son since he was two months old. It is apparent every day when we leave our son with the provider how careful she is with the children in her charge. She is warm and caring, and our son greets her every day with a huge smile. My husband and I feel very thankful to have her looking after our son- she is like his grandmother. From our first meeting with the provider, before our son was born, she came across as confident and competent. She answered knowledgably the myriad of questions we brought. We previously had met with several potential childcare providers, and she was far and away the most prepared to allay the fears and anxieties we, as first time parents, were feeling. The provider has been scrupulous in her adherence to the regulations governing her licensure as a home childcare provider. She understands the rules fully and informs us politely, but firmly, when we have requested something that exceeds the bounds of her authority to provide. She has institutionalized processes, such as a daily report card, that provide feedback to parents about their children’s feeding and sleeping patterns, which allow us parents to plan our activities through the evenings. In summation, we are very pleased with all aspects of the childcare service she provides. Since returning to work after parental leave, other new parents have asked my husband and I how we handle the anxiety of leaving our young child in the care of another person; we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to answer that, because of the confidence we have in our provider, we do not suffer anxiety when leaving our son in her capable care.
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Dawn C.
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Posted 3 years ago
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This provider took care of my daughters for 6 years before and afterschool. I was able to go to work knowing that my children would be safe and well-cared for. Our families became extensions of one another. This provider considers my daughters to be her children to this day, and they consider her to be their second mom. My children were school age so I can't speak to any curriculum or teaching, but my kids always got their homework done, and learned a lot about different cultures from being with this provider and her family. This provider encouraged academic pursuits and play (exercise and fresh air) over watching mindless television. She was very careful about what media the children were exposed to. This provider puts her heart into caring for children and their families and I can confidently recommend her to care for children of any age with skill, caring and diligence.
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Lina O.
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Posted 3 years ago
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One of the best home day care I have been to, very caring, reliable, comfortable, responsible and most importantly flexible. My child will attend for the summer she love this provider dearly
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Fadwa N.
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Posted 3 years ago
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She was very conscientious and caring with my son. Always attentive to his needs and his well being. She kept her house immaculately clean, kept his day very well structured with proper meal times, nap times as well as fun. She took all necessary precautions for the safety of my son and treated him as her own son. I highly recommend her for her excellent work ethics.
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Emily P.
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Posted 3 years ago
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The most important thing in our life is our daughter. So, naturally, we want the best for her. In searching for a daycare provider, we looked at several in-home providers and centers. The moment we met Ms. A, we felt at ease. She was so welcoming and patient with our many questions and concerns as new parents. Ms. A and her family have become family to us. We go to them for advice and support and our daughter absolutely adores her. We tell people all of the time how much we love and appreciate her. We couldn’t be happier!
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Meet The Staff
Owner
10 years of experience, mom of 3
Home-based
Hours
7:00am - 6:00pm
Ages
6 weeks - 12 years
Kindergarten
No
Before School Care
Yes
After School Care
Yes
Accreditation
No
Meals Provided
No
Transportation
No
Facilities
  Fenced Facilities
  Playground
  Computers
  Library