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About Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax

Bursting with history, arts, and culture, the city of Fairfax, Virginia is a fascinating place to visit, and, according to Forbes, “one of the best places to live in the country.” An excellent school system is one of the main reasons Fairfax received this honor, and many of city’s best and brightest students get their early start at Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax.

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Our school is NECPA accredited and we have designed our preschool’s curriculum to strengthen and broaden the emerging intellects of our students. In addition to daily Language Arts, Art, Science, and Math small group projects, our early childhood education center offers a STARs program in which children enjoy weekly lessons in music, sign language, Spanish, and art, as well as a monthly exercise program.

Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax kids love our state-of-the-art computer lab, especially learning computer skills through fun, yet challenging activities on our SMARTboard. Our big kids get plenty of exercise and time with friends during ballet and soccer time.

Our preschool offers an outstanding Before and After School Care program for Greenbriar East Elementary, Greenbriar West Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, and Navy Elementary. We also provide enriching child care for teacher training days, snow days, and winter, spring, and summer break.

Our Preschool & Child Care Programs

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). In this infant daycare program, our child care staff provide stimulating, fun learning exercises to help your little one develop a strong foundation for his or her mental, emotional, and social upbringing.
  • Toddler Childcare (ages 1 to 2). Our caring teachers provide an abundance of art, joyous music, and exploratory adventures in supervised, secure environments in this childcare program.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). In this early childhood education program, teachers guide and nurture children with activities that focus on the basics of education and the development of positive life habits.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). At Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax, we make the most of this stage of development by incorporating activities that stimulate the physical as well as the socio-emotional and cognitive capabilities of students.
  • Junior Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). This kindergarten program prepares your child with lessons in independent learning, and mastering gross and fine motor skills.
  • School Age Program (ages 5 to 12). Our specialized staff is here to ensure that your child is occupied in the company of friends when you have to work.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 12). At Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax, our bright, cheerful staff lead kids on engaging educational adventures that stimulate their learning and keep their bodies in great shape throughout the summer months.

Our Philosophy

At Winwood Children’s Center, Fairfax, we believe children learn best through play, so we have developed a unique curriculum to ensure they are smiling and every discovery-filled day.

What Makes Our Preschool in Fairfax, Virginia Unique

We strive to keep you involved with your child’s day through a culture that fosters communication and community. In the classrooms for infants and toddlers, our caregivers send you regular updates about your child’s day. We send our preschool parents bi-weekly progress reports, and teachers for all classrooms send home a monthly newsletter and twice-a-year developmental assessment. In addition, our open-door policy and web camera keep parents continuously connected. We even have a Kid Report App if you prefer real-time updates!

Our preschool learning center has more than 30 amazing, dedicated teachers with over 110 years of combined experience. The majority of our teachers are CPR- and First Aid-certified and many have their CDA, Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degrees.

More About Our Preschool Learning Center

Our preschool learning center is located at 12301 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, Virginia, 22033. You can find us at the corner of Route 50 and West Ox Road, directly across the street from the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. Our early childhood education center is close to the housing communities of Penderbrook and Fair Ridge.

Our Team

Katy Thiltgen

Katy Thiltgen

School Director

Welcome, Thank you for your interest in Winwood Children’s Center. We are located at 12301 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. Our center has been part of the community since Sept. 1998. My name is Katy Thiltgen and I am the Director of the center. I am originally from Pennsylvania where I attended Kutztown University and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhoods. I started with the company in Aug. 2004 as a teacher, an Assistant Director, and since January 2009 the Director.

We have more than 30 amazing, dedicated teachers with more than 110 years of experience with Winwood! The majority of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and many have their CDA, Associates, Bachelors, or Master degrees. Our curriculum is designed to strengthen and broaden the emerging intellect of our students. In addition to our daily Language Arts, Art, Science, and Math small group projects we offer a STARs program which highlights weekly lessons in music, sign language, Spanish, and art and a monthly exercise program. The children experience our state of the art computer lab including a SMARTboard on a daily basis. Children in the Preschool III program through Kindergarten also have the opportunity to participate in ballet and soccer. We offer before and after school care for Greenbriar East, Greenbriar West, Waples Mill, and Navy. We also provide care for teacher work days, snow days, Spring Break, Winter Break, and summer camp. We strive to have great parent-teacher communication to keep you involved with your child’s day. In the infant, infant 2, toddler, and two year old classrooms you receive a daily sheet about your child’s day. You will find bi-weekly progress reports in the preschool classrooms. All of our classrooms send home a monthly newsletter and twice a year a developmental assessment of your child. In addition, our Open Door Policy and web camera keeps you connected at a moment notice. On behalf of all our wonderful teachers, I invite you to stop by and visit our school. We would enjoy meeting you and your family and introduction you to ours.

Jenn LeVay

Jenn LeVay

Assistant Director

Ms. Jenn has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2003 and loves everything about it. She has been at Winwood Fairfax since August 2020 and has been a part of the Winwood family since 2017. Ms. Jenn has her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Management as well as an Associates in the same field. Always ready with a smile and a warm greeting, she brings excitement to our school daily.

Naima Mendil

Naima Mendil

Teacher

Naima has worked with children for 25+ years, and has been with Winwood since shortly after we opened in 1998. Naima has always worked in our Infant program, and most enjoys creating artwork with the little ones and watching them smile as they learn in our care. In addition to a Bachelors degree from Algeria, Naima is MAT trained and CPR/first aid certified. She loves working closely with the families to make sure each baby is cared for in the most caring and loving way!

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 76 Reviews Leave A Review
Latisha Spaulding • Google
I had the pleasure of being hired at Winwood Fairfax 15 years ago and I am so thankful for the experience that I had and continue to have because of Winwood Fairfax. The director Katy is still always available whenever I need, and I am grateful that we are still co-workers after 15 years. Some of teachers I taught with over a decade ago, are still there! If you are looking for a wonderful preschool with long term and caring staff, you have found a home away from home at Winwood.
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Sami Vanisavath • Google
My oldest has been attending Winwood since he was 3 and my youngest has been attending since he was an infant. The staff at Winwood are so awesome and you can really feel how much they care for each child. I really don't know what I would've done without them throughout this entire time my oldest has been doing distance learning. I'm very grateful for them and all that the staff do at Winwood.
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sutatta Fitzgerald • Google
My daughter has been in Winwood Children’s Center Fairfax since she was 2 (Now she is 4)and she was happy and always wanna go to school! The staffs are GREAT, curriculums are GREAT, environment and safety are GREAT! She said “school is fun” and never wanna miss it! We are happy with this place :)
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Megan Hudson • Google
We love Winwood! My son started there in 2016 when he was 4 months old. My one year old daughter has been there for a few months and loves it. My son has really thrived in their preschool curriculum and he will be more than prepared for kindergarten next year. This year, Winwood has been taking every precaution necessary during the pandemic to ensure teachers, parents and children are staying safe and healthy. They are doing a great job!
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