Best Accredited Daycares in DHS VA

Accredited Daycares in DHS VA

Alexandria Country Day School
Mission and Philosophy Alexandria Country Day School is a dynamic, K-8 independent school community that values academic excellence, character, independent thinking, citizenship, and respect for others. We inspire in our students creativity, enthusiasm for learning, and confidence through a stimulating academic program, athletics, the arts, and community service. Thirty-one years ago, a group of parents and educators set out to start a Kindergarten through eighth grade school that would offer a forward thinking, creative program designed to nurture intellectual engagement, joyful play, and commitment to community. From its humble beginnings in the basement of the Del Ray Baptist church to the stately and well-equipped building we now occupy, one thing has driven all that we do: an enduring commitment to the intellectual and moral growth of our children. ACDS has grown and matured over the years, adding facilities, faculty, and technology, but the spirit of our mission has remained unchanged. Alexandria Country Day School provides its students with an educational program that inspires curiosity and intellectual engagement, prepares them to succeed in the most challenging high schools, and allows them to discover who they are in a safe and caring environment. The development of strong communication skills, with particular emphasis on public speaking, is a hallmark of the School’s academic program. Small class size allows for frequent individual attention. Technology is integrated into all classrooms, and every student in third through eighth grade is issued his or her own iPad. Among Alexandria Country Day’s greatest assets is its Kindergarten through eighth grade structure. From the teachers we hire to the facility we occupy and the curriculum we teach, this configuration allows us to focus on the unique needs of children ages 5 to 14 without the distractions and very different social and academic dynamics a high school brings. After School Activities After classes have finished for the day, students may choose to remain at school and participate in an organized activity. With offerings as varied as Hip Hop and Harry Potter Club, after school activities are taught by either ACDS faculty or outside instructors once-a-week for an entire trimester. These activities give students a chance to have a new experience or further explore an interest. Other recent after school offerings have included: Tiny Chefs, Fencing, Jewelry Making, Engineering with Lego, and much more! Students interested in learning a musical instrument may also take advantage of lessons taught on campus by professional musicians. We currently offer instruction in violin, drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, base guitar, voice and piano. AM/PM Care ACDS provides extended day care on an hourly basis or by the trimester. The program is available to any student enrolled at ACDS and it runs from 7:00-8:00 am and from 3:00-6:00 pm. If parents choose to enroll their children by the trimester in the PM Care Program, they may participate for one, two, or three hours. The AM/PM Care Program is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, and staffed by teachers and employees of ACDS. The philosophy and objectives of the program reflect the mission of ACDS while providing a valuable service to those parents whose work schedules prevent them from dropping off or picking up their children at the regular school hours. The AM/PM Care Program provides a safe environment for play, and an opportunity for students to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere or to do homework. At PM Care, a nutritious snack of fresh fruit and milk is provided by the school each day. The AM/PM Care staff provides games, activities, movies, and socialization opportunities for the students. Aside from taking care of the daily needs of children who are present, the staff encourages mixed grade level interaction among students and many strong friendships are formed between students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in informal activities with a wide range of schoolmates.
Franconia Road KinderCare
OverviewWelcome to KinderCare Gum Street, conveniently located on Franconia Road, in Alexandria, Virginia. We are ecstatic that you are interested in KinderCare and want to applaud you for seeking the invaluable gift of early education for your child. Research shows that birth to age three is crucial in our development, and placing your child in an early environment such as we have here at KinderCare is sure to get them the early advantage needed for a lifetime of success! Please read on to find more about our center features, programs, and staff; immediately after, feel free to give us a call so that we may turn your online glimpse into reality! Thanks again for your interest! We can't wait to meet you and your early learner! Teachers & StaffMeet our KinderCare team of child care professionals! Our team is composed of a group of individuals that love children and furthering their development. Each staff member is unique and has come to us with varying educational and professional experiences, yet we share one common interest: Kids are our business. We ascribe to the spirit of service and hold strong to our commitment of creating a world of learners! Health & SafetyHealth and Safety is of utmost importance to us and our first priority. You will enjoy key safety features such as: Professionally maintained and cleaned buildings; all staff members are First Aid and CPR certified; locked entry system (password accessible only) at front entrance and at classroom entrances; trained staff on emergency evacuation procedures; all staff well versed and practicing universal precautions throughout daily tasks; 100\% identification check and parent sign off for all visiting pick-up personnel (i.e. If Grandma is in town and picking up the children, then Grandma must show ID, and we must hear from you that this arrangement has been made); building and play facilities are completely fenced and locked at all times; and child identification services offered each year.

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Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool

Tauxemont has been teaching children (ages 2 1/2 through... kindergarten) a love of learning since 1942. The Tauxemont learning experience encourages parents to participate with their children during this major step away from home. At Tauxemont, we enjoy being involved with our children both during school and at our special events. Your family involvement is what makes your child's experience at Tauxemont unique. Tauxemont lights the spark of learning that will continue for a lifetime. Newcomers and long-time area residents alike find "our little school in the woods" a center for lifelong friendships. Tauxemont Preschool believes that formal education is best begun in the first grade and that our primary purpose is to provide an environment for a child to grow emotionally, developmentally, physically, socially, and intellectually. In order to provide experiences of this nature, our preschool: provides a wide variety of activities geared to the proper age and skill level of the children; emphasizes personal standards and pride of achievement rather than simple conformity to group standards and encourages the child to recognize that the process is as important as the product; encourages creative arts in addition to crafts, and dramatic and creative play in addition to organized games and activities; considers individual needs and different rates of development in children along with the aims of group activity and socialization recognizes that the most desirable discipline is self-discipline, and that encouragement and consistent standards are more effective than punishment in the development of self-discipline offers a developmentally appropriate program with out the use of formal devices, drills, competitive learning, or rigid routines.

Franconia KinderCare

OverviewWelcome to NAEYC accredited KinderCare Learning Center on... Grovedale Drive in Alexandria, VA. The teachers and I would like to invite you in for a tour of our learning center. We want you to see first hand, all the wonderful things that are happening at KinderCare on Grovedale Drive. Each classroom is filled with children who are eager to learn and whose growth and development is supported by our professional teachers. Your child’s needs will be met to the fullest and we will provide the best child care possible to make your family feel at ease while you are away. Your child’s safety and well being is in the best interest of all our teachers and staff. We take pride in offering top quality education in our learning center through our curriculums in each class. We are always available to answer any questions and to support your family in any way possible. New ideas and opportunities are discovered each day here at KinderCare on Grovedale Drive. Come on in for a tour and take a look around. We look forward to meeting you and your child. Teachers & StaffOur teachers and staff at KinderCare on Grovedale Drive are dedicated, compassionate, loving caregivers and educators. Our teachers have an average tenure of 4 1/2 years at KinderCare and an average of 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Our teachers are consistently looking for ways to better themselves as educators. They are adamant about keeping up to date on all new policies, regulations and changes in the field. 75\% of our teachers have their Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) or higher degree, while the remaining 25\% are continuing their education in pursuit of their Early Childhood Education degree. Health & SafetyAt Franconia Road KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain rigorous standards for safety. Our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance. Ms. Lee Ann Gray has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1989. When it came time to choose a Health and Safety Coordinator Ms. Lee Ann was the number one choice for her excellent organization and her knowledge of this center. She has been our Health and Safety Coordinator since November 2011 and she keeps us on our toes everyday. She is in charge of keeping track of our daily cleaning sheets, playground checklists, and administration of medication, only to name a few items. She complies a report every month to make sure that the center is as safe as possible and welcoming to all the friends who enter the door the everyday.

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