Top Daycares

Report Card

With so many households having both adults working and placing their bundles of joy in the hands of daycare providers, we here at Northern Virginia Magazine want to help parents make informed choices. We sent over 650 surveys to state licensed daycare centers in the Northern Virginia area asking for information about their staff, curriculum and facilities. The centers on the Top Daycare listing are centers whose staff and facilities go above and beyond both the state’s licensing requirements and the average center in Northern Virginia.

Grading
From the responses we received, we graded each center in five areas, using both the new Virginia Star Quality Program and NAEYC standards as a basis for our own grading scale. Each category could earn a maximum of 20 points, totaling 100 points.

Teacher certifications
Each center was ranked based on the certifications of the directors, lead teachers and assistant teachers held, from master’s in early childhood education down to high school diploma. The higher the certification ratios, the better.

Teacher-to-Student Ratios
Centers were asked to supply the teacher-student ratios for each age group (in year increments) as well as maximum class size. Those with the smaller ratios and class size were awarded higher grades.

Parent and Teacher Communication
We asked each center how often they perform the following: conferences, activity logs/schedules and assessments; as well as what tools they offer parents: translators, unannounced parent visits, video taping of classrooms and parent volunteer opportunities.

Curriculum
Centers were given a checklist of 10 curriculum standards: formatted daily schedule, individualized learning practices, rest/nap time, art time, literacy time, language, math, science, computer and free play, and were given points for each addressed in the center’s program.

Facilities
Centers were given a checklist of 10 items: individualized space for children’s things, dramatic play/dress up area, sensory materials, playground equipment, bike area, ball area, open space, swings, book area and TV area.

GRADE KEY
87-100 A+
84-86 A
80-83 A-
77-79 B+
74-76 B
70-73 B-
67-69 C+

Daycare Company and Contact Information Ages Hours Year
round
Price Range Certification Ratios Communication Curriculum Facilities Grade
ALEXANDRIA
Child & Family Network Centers – Birchmere
3701-A Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria
703-836-0214
4 and up 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; F no Free 12 15 16 20 16 B+
79
Children’s International – Alexandria
25 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria
703-751-7266
12 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $200 – $225, weekly 10 8 12.5 20 18 C+
68.5
Fairlington Preschool
3900 King St., Alexandria
703-671-3939
24 mths and up 9 a.m. – noon; P yes $226 – $446, monthly 15.4 17.5 10 18 20 A-
80.9
Grace Episcopal School
(application process required)
3601 Russell Road, Alexandria
703-549-5067
3 and up 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P no $767 – $1534, monthly 14.5 10 12 14 18 C+
68.5
Happy Home Child Learning Center
5001 Seminary Road, Suite 109, Alexandria
703-931-1051
12 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F no $195 – $240, weekly 14.3 12 18 20 19 A-
83.3
Happy Home Child Learning Center II
1400 Duke St., Alexandria
703-838-2617
infants and up 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $200 – $240, weekly 15 10.5 18 20 17 A-
80.5
Helen Day Preschool Academy
Hopkins House Association of Alexandria
1224 Princess St., Alexandria
703-549-4232
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $235 – $270, weekly 14.5 15.5 16 20 20 A
86
Resurrection Children’s Center
2280 Beauregard St., Alexandria
703-578-1314
24 mths and up 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; P no $343 – $421, monthly 13.9 20 14 18 20 A
85.9
ARLINGTON
Arlington Unitarian Cooperative PS
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington
703-892-3878
infants and up 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; P no $99 – $280, monthly 13 17.5 13 16 15 B
74.5
Busy Bee Child Care & Educational Ctr.
913 S. 23rd St., Arlington
703-920-8633
infants and up 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $285 – $310, weekly 10.25 12.5 9.5 18 20 B-
70.25
Clarendon Child Care Center
1305 N. Jackson St., Arlington
703-528-1361
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $249 – $270, weekly 17.3 9.2 12 18 18 B
74.5
Crystal City Children’s Center
1900 S. Eads St., Arlington
703-979-2770
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $249 – $341, weekly 13.8 16.5 12 18 14 B
74.3
KinderCare Learning Center at Clarendon
1227 N. Ivy St., Arlington
703-527-2288
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $290 – $344, weekly 13.3 10 13 20 18 B-
74.3
Little Beginnings Child Development Center
606 N. Irving St., Arlington
703-527-9270
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $280 – $360, weekly 13.5 15 14 18 18 B+
78.5
National Science Foundation Child Development Center
4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
703-292-4794
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $1,160 – $1,634, monthly 15.6 14.5 13 20 20 A-
83.1
Rockspring Cooperative Preschool
5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington
703-237-4991
12 mths and up 9:15 a.m. – noon; P no $194 – $328 (extended day $7 per day), monthly 12.3 20 10.5 8 18 C+
68.8
FAIRFAX CITY
Appletree School
9655 Blake Lane, Fairfax
703-281-7747
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $212 – $335, weekly 14.5 12.5 14 20 18 B+
79
Childtime Learning Center – Ox Trail
12550 Ox Trail, Fairfax
703-620-1800
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes call for prices 10.7 5 13.5 20 18 C+
67.2
Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool
10723 Main St., Fairfax
703-273-4333
24 mths and up 9:10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; P no $149 – $287, monthly 14 17.5 12 14 20 B+
77.5
Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool
10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax
703-591-3177
3 and up 9:15 a.m. – noon; P no $150 – $290, monthly 13.8 20 14 16 18 A-
81.8
Main Street Child Development Center
4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax
703-273-1192
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $196 – $240, weekly 13.3 12.5 17 20 20 A-
82.8
Providence Nursery School
9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
703-250-6101
12 mths and up 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; P yes $94 – $297, monthly 13 14.4 10 12 18 C+
67.4
FAIRFAX COUNTY
Accotink Academy Preschool
6215 Rolling Road, Springfield
703-451-5797
3 and up 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; F- and P no $184 – $799, monthly 16 20 15 18 16 A
85
Al Fatih Academy
21606 Stonetree Ct. #100, Sterling
703-437-9382
3 and up 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; F- and P no $395 – $765, monthly 15.5 15 12.5 20 14 B+
77
Annandale Cooperative Preschool
8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
703-978-6127
24 mths and up 9 a.m. – noon; P no $100 – $325, monthly 15.8 20 11.5 18 20 A
85.3
Bright Horizons at Booz-Allen-Hamilton
8283-C Greensboro Dr., McLean
703-377-0290
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $1032 – $1533, monthly 17.3 10.5 12 20 18 B+
77.8
CA Montessori Children’s Center
2291 Wood Oak Drive, Herndon
703-708-3699
infants and up 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $240 – $273, weekly 16.3 13.5 12.5 18 20 A-
80.3
Centreville Preschool, Inc.
13916 Braddock Road, Centreville
703-830-5656
24 mths and up 8:50 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; P no $90 – $230, monthly 12.9 16.7 12 16 17 B+
74.6
Children’s Place
860 Dranesville Road, Herndon
703-437-8884
infants and up 7  a.m. – 6:30  p.m.; F- and P yes $180 – $275, weekly 8.3 11 16 20 13 C+
68.3
Bright Horizons Back-up Care
Tysons’s Corner Pinnacle

1751 Pinnacle Drive, Lobby Level, McLean
703-506-0566
infants and ups 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes client based benefit with co – pay, $10 – $35, daily 13.5 17 14.5 18 14 B+
77
Common Ground Child Care Center
1700 Wainwright Drive., Reston
703-437-8226
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $1089 – $1429, monthly 14.7 13 14 20 20 A-
81.7
Congressional Schools of Virginia
3229 Sleepy Hollow Road., Falls Church
703-533-9711
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F full year for ages
3 and up; academic year for under 3
$320 – $586, weekly 14.7 11.5 13.5 20 20 B+
79.7
Country School House
13316 Braddock Road, Clifton
703-266-0747
infants and up 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $95 – $205, weekly 11.5 12.5 15 18 19 B
76
Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool
2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna
703-938-6187
12 mths and up 9 a.m. – noon; P no $160 – $400, monthly 12.3 20 12 16 18 B+
78.3
Fairfax Christian School
1624 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna
703-759-5100
3 and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $10,000 – $15,000, monthly 15 18.8 14.5 18 13 B+
79.3
First Steps Childcare Center
7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A040, McLean
703-821-6663
infants and up 6:45  a.m. to 6:15  p.m.; F yes $1,161 – $1,480, monthly 9.5 8.5 13 20 18 C+
69
George Mason University
Child Development Center

4400 Patriot Circle, Fairfax
703-993-9750
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $485 – $940, monthly 14.2 6 12 20 15 C+
67.2
Goddard School – Chantilly
5001 Westone Plaza, Chantilly
703-378-4088
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $1,150 – $1,595, monthly 10.1 9.5 13.5 20 16 C+
69.1
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon
703-787-7300
3 and up 9  a.m. – noon; P yes $950 – $1446, monthly 13.3 12.5 8.5 18 17 C+
69.3
INOVA Fairfax Hospital Child Care Center
3310 Gallows Road, Falls Church
703-207-2010
infants and up 5:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $242 – $299, weekly 7.3 16 16.5 20 20 B+
79.8
James L. and Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy
8543 Forest Place, Alexandria
571-480-4260
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $235 – $265, weekly 11.5 7 14 20 16 C+
68.3
Kiddie Country Developmental Learning Center II
9601 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke
703-644-0066
24 mths and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $103 – $338, weekly 12.2 16.7 15 20 19 A-
82.9
King of Kings Lutheran Preschool
4025 Kings Way, Fairfax
703-378-7419
24 mths and up 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; P no $175 – $390, monthly 17 16.7 16 16 17 A-
82.7
Little Acorn Patch at Kingstowne
5801 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria
703-822-0803
12 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.; F- and P yes $140 – $272, weekly 10.8 7.5 13 20 19 B-
70.3
Living Savior Preschool & Kindergarten
5500 Ox Road, Fairfax Station
703-352-4208
24 mths and up 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; – 3:15  p.m.; P no $180 – $275, weekly 13.75 16.8 14 18 20 A-
82.55
Mulford Private School
15105 Lee Highway, Centreville
703-266-3633
3 and up 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; F- and P no varies 19 13.3 14 20 20 A
86.3
Rainbow Child Development Center
14331 Braddock Road, Centreville
703-222-9550
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F yes $240, weekly 12.4 19 8 20 16 B
75.4
Reston Children’s Center
11825 Olde Crafts Drive, Reston
703-476-8150
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $215 – $1,600, monthly 11.4 9 13 20 18 B-
71.4
Reston Montessori School
1928 Issac Newton Square West, Reston
703-481-2922
infants and up 7  a.m. – 6:30  p.m.; F- and P yes $9,400 – $17,000, monthly 12.9 9 10 18 20 C+
69.9
Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool
10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke
703-239-1213
24 mths and up 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; P no $170 – $285, monthly 12.5 20 10 16 16 B
74.5
St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool
3439 Payne St., Falls Church
703-820-1134
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $450 – $890, monthly 7 11.7 15 20 18 B-
71.7
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church
703-532-2227
24 mths and up 9:10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; P no $3,300 – $10,860, yearly 17.3 16.7 13 14 18 B+
79
Willocreek Academy
6100 Redwood Square Center, Centreville
703-815-3000
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $230 – $300, weekly 11.7 6 15.5 20 20 B-
73.2
Winwood Children’s Center III
1841 Explorer St., Reston
703-787-0533
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F yes $110 – $369, weekly 9.5 5 15.5 20 20 B-
70
Woodlawn Gardens School
8425 Frye Road, Alexandria
703-780-0032
24 mths and up 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F yes $215, weekly 10.7 6.7 14 20 18 C+
69.4
FALLS CHURCH
Dulin UM Cooperative Preschool
513 E. Broad St., Falls Church
703-532-3790
24 mths and up 9:30 a.m. – noon; P no $99 – $188, weekly 14.7 20 12 8 16 B-
70.7
FREDERICKSBURG
Sunshine Child Care Center
902 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg
540-371-0831
3 and up 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.; F yes $75 – $95, weekly 9.3 20 14 18 13 B
74.3
LOUDOUN COUNTY
Children of America – Sterling
46586 S. Cottage Road, Sterling
571-926-9324
infants and up 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $99 – $280, weekly 14.5 10.5 15 20 16 B
76
Classroom of Discovery
201 East Frederick Drive, Sterling
703-927-3333
24 mths and up 9 a.m. – noon; P no $270 – $370, monthly 18.3 17.5 12 16 20 A-
83.8
Crème de la Crème
21290 Springlake Court, Sterling
703-444-4217
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes varies 9.7 7 14 20 19 C+
69.7
Goddard School – Ashburn
45091 Research Place, Ashburn
703-724-0601
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes varies 15.4 13.5 16 20 16 A-
80.9
Kiddie Academy of Lansdowne
19455 Deerfield Avenue #101, Leesburg
703-723-9717
infants and up 6:30  a.m. – 6:30  p.m.; F- and P yes $134 – $295, weekly 9.6 9 17 20 18 B-
73.6
KinderCare Learning Center #301562
21019 Forum Terrace, Sterling
703-430-2555
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes varies 9 7 15.5 20 16 C+
67.5
KinderCare Learning Center at Cascades
20655 Fernbank Court, Sterling
703-404-4060
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes varies 9.8 7 13 20 18 C+
67.8
Leesburg Open Arms
818 S. King St., Leesburg
571-223-6736
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $100 – $285, weekly 9.6 7 18 20 20 B
74.6
Little Learners Academy
45135 Waterpointe Terrace #100, Ashburn
703-729-2224
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $70 – $275, weekly 9.4 9.5 14 20 17 C+
69.9
Loudoun P&R – Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 W. School St., Purcellville
540-338-4122
infants and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $185, weekly 9.4 9 12 18 19 C+
67.4
Loudoun P&R – Lovettsville Community Ctr.
57 E. Broad Way St., Lovettsville
540-822-5284
3 and up 7 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.; F yes $185, weekly 9.3 7.5 15 20 19 B-
70.8
Village Green Day School at Lowes Island
47722 Saulty Drive, Potomac
703-404-4200;
24 mths and up 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; F- and P yes $366 – $1,400, monthly 14.3 12.5 12 20 20 B+
78.8
Winwood Children’s Center
301 Virginia Wildflower Terrace, Leesburg
703-777-0052
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F yes $142 – $343, weekly 10 7.5 13.5 19 18 C+
68
MANASSAS
Alpha-Bet Preschool
10047 Nokesville Road, Manassas
703-361-8689
3 and up 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; P no $140 – $225, monthly 14.5 20 12 16 16 B+
78.5
La Petite Academy
10023 Dumfries Road, Manassas
703-361-6356
infants and up 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $100 – $240, weekly 6.7 9.5 12.5 20 20 C+
68.7
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
Chesterbrook Academy
10951 Samuel Trexler Drive, Manassas
703-365-8200
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F yes $36 – $269, weekly 7.3 6.5 16 20 20 C+
69.8
Children of America
16723 River Ridge Blvd., Woodbridge
703-445-1779
infants and up 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.; F yes $208 – $256, weekly 7.3 5 16 20 20 C+
68.3
Lake Manassas Academy
14930 Holly Knoll Lane, Gainesville
571-248-6571
infants and up 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $65 – $280, weekly 10.1 7 18 20 18 B-
73.1
Minnieland Early Learning Center at The Glen
4290 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge
703-680-3600
infants and up 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.; F- and P yes $86 – $255, weekly 6.1 6 15 20 20 C+
67.1
Minnieland Private Day School
13923 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge
703-670-9444
3 and up 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $185, weekly 4.4 10 15 20 20 C+
69.4
Wonderland Child Care Center
14421 Newbern Loop, Gainesville
703-754-9155
infants and up 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $65 – $240, weekly 7.2 13 16 20 19 B
75.2
STAFFORD
Red Apple School – Countrywood
107 Autumn Drive, Stafford
540-286-2222
24 mths and up 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; F- and P no $170 – $405, monthly 13.8 15 15 20 16 B+
79.8
Red Apple School, Inc-Summit Church
256 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford
540-659-9565
24 mths and up 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; F- and P no $170 – $405, monthly 11.5 15 15 20 16 B+
77.5
St. William of York Catholic Preschool & Extended Day
3130 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford
540-659-5207
3 and up 8:20 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.; P no $150 – $185, monthly 4 15 14 18 18 C+
69
The Merit School of Stafford
664 Garrisonville Road, Stafford
540-659-5290
3 and up 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; F- and P yes $150 – $380, monthly 10.9 10 13 20 19 B-
72.9
Trinity Christian Preschool, LLC
434 Ferry Road, Fredericksburg
540-371-1482
infants and up 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; F- and P yes $550 – $650, monthly 4.7 20 12 20 17 B-
73.7
Westminster Weekday Preschool
2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria
703-549-5267
24 mths and up 9 a.m. – noon; P no $240 – $451, monthly 15.1 17.5 11 12 20 B
75.6

(published in January 2010)