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CURRENT OPENINGS: All ages!
Welcome to Heatherbrook Educational Child Care, our home-based child care and preschool program in Fairfax, VA! I’m the owner and main caregiver and I have 17 years of experience. I run the daycare with my 2 assistants who have 10 years of combined experience. All of us are CPR & First-aid certified, as well as MAT trained so we can administer medication to all children in our care. In addition to my child care credentials, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a Child Development Associate's Degree. I'm a passionate provider, and I embark on continuing my education, thus I'm getting my Master's degree. Before opening my own daycare, I worked at another licensed center for a year. I’m certified for School Readiness Program through Fairfax County’s School Readiness Certificate Program. I’m also fully trained to do an assessment by using the Early Learning Guidelines Chart of Domains for infant to pre-K age We are parents like you and we understand your concerns when it comes to finding a safe and loving “second home” for your little one.
Program
Our daycare and preschool is open year-round from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We offer full-time care for infants as young as 3 months, as well as toddlers up to 3 years old. We cook fresh, organic and healthy meals and serve them to all kids attending our program (breakfast, lunch, and snacks are all included in the tuition). We created a structured program and follow a specific schedule everyday, then update the parents about the activities we had throughout the day (e.g. sharing pictures with parents, so they do get a glimpse of their child’s day to day activities and play time). If weather permits, we go outside, play and introduce them to different sports such as badminton, soccer, basketball, baseball, catch & throw. We also teach them how to plant seeds, flowers, and vegetables, which they really enjoyed doing.
Curriculum
The children learn our basic rules through, love, patience, and consistency. We follow the Montessori philosophy and use a curriculum appropriate to their age in which we have a weekly theme and activities related to the theme for each day. We also follow the Play-based learning approach. We provide lots of opportunities to play dramatic/open-ended and pretend play. My staff and I are involved in these activities which give us the opportunity to learn about each child's socio-emotional development and problem-solving skills which is key to future learning abilities. Our goal is to keep every child happy first and teach them that learning is fun. In addition, we have extra-curricular activities including Water Play (Summertime), Cooking Classes, Yoga, Dance and Movement, and Subject workshops to develop their learning skills such as Math, Language, Science, Geography, Culture, Sensorial, and Practical Life. We also read one book everyday and we are part of the Fairfax county reading program (a county officer visits our facility once a month to give each child a book). We also use the Creative Curriculum and we incorporated our own activities and crafts. This curriculum focuses on developmental milestones to ensure children are at the tight level when they enter school and our creative activities encourage fine motor skills and coordination. We also use holidays to have theme-based activities and studies. For instance, for Black History month, we did an activity with children where they sit in chairs and pretend that they are getting on the bus. One child getting on the bus is told that they have to sit at the back of the bus or that they can't get on, and then reflect on our history. This is a valuable history lesson for children and we make sure that our students learn that no matter what someone looks like, everyone's heart is the same. Aside from the English language, we teach our students basic Spanish and Hindi, as well as the American Sign Language.
Location
Heatherbrook Educational Child Care is in the Heatherbrook neighborhood in Fairfax, VA. Our home is right off Stringfellow Rd (route 645), near Arrowhead Park and Stringfellow Soccer Park. Your commute to work will be fast and convenient since we have easy access to these major roads: I-66, Fairfax County Pkwy (route 286) and Lee Hwy (US-29). Please call or send us an email through CareLuLu to schedule a visit and get your registration fee waived :)

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Natraj R.
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Posted 3 days ago
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This day care has been loved by my daughter a lot. She loves to go everyday and feels very loved and safe here. I can see a lot of individual development and learning in my daughter after she joined this day care. This day care has truly become a home away from home for my daughter. The owner personally gives attention to all the children and makes sure that the child feels comfortable. SHe also takes time to talk to parents about important... more
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Nirja D.
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Posted 7 days ago
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Our 2 year old has been going to this caregiver since about he was 10 months. He absolutely loves being there and it’s great as parents seeing that he’s never reluctant to go in the morning. She and her team are wonderful caregivers, attuned to a child’s early development and giving them lots of love and attention. They do a lot of fun activities that the children love but also learn from. We’ve been surprised many times by the things that our... more
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Sumeet G.
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Posted 8 days ago
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Excellent care and always feel comfortable leaving my child in their hands. Always engaged and updated regarding progress, milestones, or issues needing addressed
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Sirija P.
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Posted 11 days ago
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Our daughter was born during the Pandemic and was home with us for the first 2.5 years. She was sheltered from typical social interactions like most of the kids born during the Pandemic so it was a challenge sending her away from home. We are very fortunate to have this caregiver as her childcare provider which is like a second home for my daughter. Finding a good daycare is one of the great challenges of life which I faced with my older kid and... more
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Keyuri J.
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Posted 11 days ago
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The only reason that I didn't give 5 stars is because my child just started at this daycare last month. So far, she has done a wonderful job getting our 6-month old son and us settled in. Daycare staff carefully track naps, diaper changes, and milk consumption making it easy for us to see how he's doing each day. Shei involves my son in circle time and plans age appropriate activities for him. I receive pictures of my son interacting with the... more
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Gang Z.
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Posted 18 days ago
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This family child care program provides a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can learn, grow and thrive. It operates out of a spacious, well-maintained home with colorful furniture, educational materials, and comfortable nap areas. A typical day includes circle time, art activities, storytime, free play. All staff members are good educators. Daily health checks for each child, including temperature checks and observation for... more
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Justine K.
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Posted 5 months ago
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We love this caregiver! Our daughter loves going and has so much fun every day. All the teachers are awesome and friendly. The way the staff understands children is amazing. We are so lucky to bring our child here.
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Theresa V.
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Posted 1 year ago
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An amazing daycare. My child is always happy when I pick him up. The provider is very caring, experienced and knowledgeable. She has a lot of passion for childhood education and knows how to make the day fun and exciting for the children.
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Sumil D.
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Posted 1 year ago
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friendly, caring, and professional staff!
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Shruti S.
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Posted 2 years ago
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The caregiver is extremely responsive to each individual child’s needs, preferences and personalities. Her care giving philosophy is tailored to each child and she doesn’t make any assumptions or presuppositions about each child's needs. Our daughter took to her within a couple of days of joining the daycare and is thriving. We couldn’t be happier!
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Joshua W.
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Posted 3 years ago
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We are so lucky to have this provider. Andrew always seems to happy at droppoff, and is excited to join his friends. The way she engages with parents is so appreciated. I cannot recommend this provider enough.
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Karisma D.
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Posted 3 years ago
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I am thrilled to write this review! This provider has a passion for children and early education, and it is evident in every single interaction I’ve had with her. My son’s beaming smile and confidence when I would pick him up spoke volumes of his day’s experience in this provider's care. During the lockdown, I, unfortunately, had to un-enrolled my son from her daycare (he missed it everyday). This provider kept in touch with my son's progress... more
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Alicia G.
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Posted 3 years ago
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I don't think I can say enough positive things about this provider and her team. During my search for child care (during Covid), this provider was the only one that wanted to know about our child (her likes, needs, skills) first. She truly embraces the child and finds ways to encourage their strengths and growth. We knew very quickly that she was going to be a perfect fit for us. She even came to our home to meet with us before our child's first... more
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Nirav S.
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Posted 3 years ago
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This family child care does a phenomenal job shaping the minds and character of young children. The provider is very caring and provides very attentive care to all the kids. She does activities that will help the children grow and learn.
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Shannon F.
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Posted 3 years ago
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As a first time Mom, finding childcare was a very stressful process but once I visited this facility, I knew immediately this is where I wanted my daughter to be. The provider and her staff are amazing and provide a clean, safe, and fun environment for all ages. My daughter is never left out despite her being the youngest child currently with this provider. This provider is very open and honest and is constantly looking for ways to help the... more
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Dipti S.
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Posted 4 years ago
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This provider and her staff are extremely caring and their facility is very clean. We love the creative ways they teach and curriculum is very detailed and kids of all ages can learn. They also take their time and effort to make sure the kid and family both are comfortable with their choice of selecting the child care.
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Chelsea R.
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Posted 4 years ago
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After a terrible experience upon enrolling our 2-year-old daughter in a well-established franchised daycare, I knew we needed to find an alternative. After many failed at-home daycare visits, I met with this provider and knew immediately that we had found our place. This provider and her assistants provide the most loving, enriching, and skill-enhancing environment for these children. It is as if I am leaving my daughter with family but better!... more
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Hira R.
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Posted 4 years ago
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Our two children attended this daycare from infancy until Pre-Kindergarten. Between both children, our family attended this daycare continuously for 6+ years (Summer 2012 through December 2018). This provider provides outstanding care within the expansive basement of a large single-family home. At the time that we were there, this provider had two assistants; there were a total of three adults for up to twelve children at any given time. ... more
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Jennifer S.
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Posted 4 years ago
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This provider lives in a beautiful, clean home and has converted the entire basement into a bright and cheerful daycare. Two other women work with her, which makes it an excellent ratio of adults-kids. They cook a fresh and healthy/balanced breakfast and lunch daily, and they also follow a schedule and educational curriculum. We love that it's a warm, home environment but more than just supervised play. They have regularly scheduled enrichment... more
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Poonam R.
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Posted 5 years ago
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We sent both of our children to this daycare and we could not have been happier. This provider and her staff are loving and nurturing and the level of care they provide is outstanding. My kids both loved the nutritious and homemade food she provided. This provider teaches each and every child in her care at a level that is appropriate to them. My children were more than prepared for Kindergarten after being in provider’s care. I can’t say enough... more
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Haritha P.
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Posted 5 years ago
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My son has been going to this daycare for about a year now. This provider is very loving and caring and so are her staff who assist her. She is very passionate about kids and the activities that she does with kids are of great value for their overall development. She always finds creative and innovative ways for learning through play. And same goes with nutrition as well where she provides nutritious and different variety of foods for kids.
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Deepa S.
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Posted 5 years ago
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I had interviewed and toured several home daycares in our area before I decided to enroll my daughter at this daycare. My daughter was enrolled when she was 9 months old and my son started when he was 14 months old. Words cannot express the thanks that my family has for this and her staff. This daycare is a mix of caring and loving environment along with nurturing and educational development for children. The mix age group for the activities... more
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Shilpa S.
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Posted 5 years ago
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I have been taking my kids to this daycare for almost 3 years now. I couldn't have asked for better daycare or care providers.The daycare environment is loving, nurturing and caters to all the needs of the kids. This provider goes above and beyond in making sure that kids are happy, healthy, safe and are flourishing in every developmental aspect. The Montessori academic curriculum is followed diligently. Music, yoga and other skills are also... more
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Radhika S.
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Posted 5 years ago
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When we looked at day care options for my daughter none of them compared to this day care. We can say that our expectations were far exceeded. She is extremely passionate about her work. The most important thing is a safe and warm environment. She also had great academic achievement and transition to kindergarten was smooth. Thank you for this provider and team!
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Shruti M.
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Posted 5 years ago
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We have been going to this daycare for over a year now and have been pleased with the overall experience. Just like anything, there are somethings I wish were better or different but she is really good. I love the fact that she followings rules and regulations and takes it very seriously. I hope she continues to be strict with her new students / parents for their safety. The other thing I love about this school is that they really take care of... more
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Thank you so much for your kind words and constructive feedback. - I completely agree that continuing education of my... more
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Patricia L.
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Posted 5 years ago
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I had both of my children go to this provider, from 6 mths till 4 and 5 years old. We love this provider! I am a kindergarten teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools and I highly recommend this provider. She provides a structured, loving environment. She focuses on social skills and academics through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The children participate in music, reading, arts & crafts (many wonderful keepsakes, that i have saved... more
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Asmita P.
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Posted 5 years ago
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