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About Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville, Virginia

Once a changing point for stagecoach horses and not far from the famous battles of Bull Run, Gainesville, Virginia has a storied history, not to mention the city is just outside the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

This charming Prince William County city, however, has something equally special to brag about: an excellent school system. When local children are ready to start the journey of blossoming into fine citizens, they come to Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville where kids learn through play every day!

At Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville, we are dedicated to providing children with the foundation they need to excel in an educational environment. Our customized, interactive classrooms ensure children have a secure, stimulating setting in which to grow and thrive.

Experienced teachers guide our preschool students through our unique and exciting curriculum, helping them to build the skills, self-esteem, and confidence needed to navigate the world successfully. We prepare them not just for primary school, high school, and college, but also for a lifelong love of learning and commitment to community.

Our Preschool & Childcare Programs:

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). Our warm, nurturing staff works closely with parents to establish an optimal schedule for their little ones for peace of mind while they are at work.
  • Toddler Childcare (ages 1 to 2). In this toddler childcare program, we teach socialization, potty training, and much more as your toddler explores his or her surrounding world.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). In this early childhood learning program, we expose kids to activities that develop their communication and language skills and help them lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). Our preschool program offers exciting lessons in science, math, computers, language, and social studies.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). In this program, Pre-K students participate in plenty of lessons and activities that prepare them for elementary school success.
  • Jr. Kindergarten (ages 4.5 to 5) Our Jr. Kindergarten prepares children emotionally, socially, and academically for the big transition into kindergarten!
  • Private Kindergarten* (ages 5 to 6). Kids shine in this private kindergarten program as they learn and grow in a fun, supportive environment.
  • School Age Program (ages 5 to 12). This program offers full support for students of varying ages while parents are working.
  • Summer Camp Program (ages 5 to 12). In our summer program, kids enjoy fun-filled days socializing, exploring, learning, and engaging at our center and around the community.

*Private Kindergarten is a NAEYC accredited program for children who miss the public school cut-off of September 30th. Our Private Kindergarten students are permitted to enter 1st grade the following year.

NAEYC Accreditation

naeyc accreditedOur school is proud to have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Fewer than 10 percent of America’s preschools have earned accreditation from NAEYC. Achieving accreditation is lengthy process and a school must go through a 4-step process and meet NAEYC Accreditation standards in 10 areas:

  • Relationships
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching
  • Assessment of Child Progress
  • Health
  • Teachers
  • Families
  • Community Relationships
  • Physical Environment
  • Leadership and Management

Our Philosophy

At Winwood Children’s Center in Gainesville, Virginia we optimize learning by teaching through play in a warm, secure environment as comfortable as home. Our goals are smiles, laughter, and learning.

What Makes Us Unique

Our early childhood learning center hires only the best of the best to teach the children in our care, requiring the teachers at Winwood to have a CDA, AA, or Bachelor’s degree in Education, as well as lots of experience directly working with children. We feel that people who have chosen to make teaching their career are the ones who are the most dedicated to the children and to the educational system.

At Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville, we encourage family participation, and we support an open-door policy that allows parents to drop in anytime to visit their child, read to the class, have lunch with their child, or just come by for a quick hug.

We have created an atmosphere that is inviting and friendly, and that has allowed us to develop trusting relationships with the families whose children are in our care. We are always available to talk with parents and try our best to make sure that when you leave our building each day that the experience for you and your child is a memorable one.

More About Our Preschool & Childcare Center

Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville is located at 7830 Old Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, Virginia, 20155. We are located directly across from Regal Cinemas, on the service road behind local restaurants that runs parallel to Linton Hall Road. We are close to the Waverly Mill condos.

Kids in our Before and After School program receive free transportation to and from the following elementary schools: Glenkirk, Piney Branch, Bristow Run, Buckland Mills, Alvey, Tyler, Mt. View, Cedar Point, and T Clay Woods.

Our Team

Alivia Weaver

Alivia Weaver

Director

Alivia Weaver has been with Cadence Education since 2011 and has worked with children since 2005. She achieved her CDA in 2013 and is currently finishing up her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also completed our Leadership Training Program in 2013.

Alivia is recently married, is an animal lover, and is looking forward to starting a family of her own. She is very family and friend oriented and enjoys painting and horseback riding in her spare time.

Erika Foy

Erika Foy

Assistant Director

Erika started at Winwood in July of 2010 and has worked in Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s. She joined the management team as the Administrative Assistant in 2016 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2018. She has earned her CDA credential and is currently pursuing her associate’s degree in early childhood education. Erika just got married, and enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.

Accreditations

NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 99 Reviews
Katherine Berardelli • Google
September 01, 2021
Our daughter has been going to Winwood since 2017 when she was just 3 months old and my time on maternity leave was up. It was so hard to leave my precious baby, but the amazing staff at Winwood made it manageable. Fast forward to this year, Hattie is lucky enough to be back with one of her teachers from the infant room, which put her right at ease with a familiar face and made the start of the year a smooth one. Having peace of mind , and knowing our daughter is safe and happy while we are working means the world to us.
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John Hicks • Google
September 01, 2021
We recently moved to Bristow from South Riding where our 3-year old attended a Winwood. When we moved it was a easy decision to keep Zoey enrolled in the Winwood family. Her transition to the Gainesville location was great as the teachers and staff went out of their way to make her feel at home from Day 1. It’s tough being a kid and switching to a new school and not knowing anyone, but everyone has been so kind and courteous and welcoming that Zoey felt right at home like she did at the South Riding location. I should also note that the curriculum at Winwood is phenomenal - if you want your child to be ahead of the curve then check out the Gainesville Winwood.
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Julie Simcik • Google
August 18, 2021
After having my daughter in the middle of a pandemic, I was worried about where she would attend daycare and their COVID protocols. After visiting Winwood in Gainesville and feeling the positive atmosphere from the moment I walked in the door, I knew it was the perfect place for my 8 month old. From her very first day, the staff in her Infant I class reassured me that she would be okay and they were right. She is thriving each day and coming home with new skills since she has peer models to learn from. We are thrilled with Winwood not only because of the positive staff, cleanliness and communication, but because we now know each day that she will be in great care.
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Katie Tanner • Google
July 25, 2021
Our 1 year old son has been at Winwood for a little over a month now and my husband and I cannot say enough great things about it. Having my first baby during the pandemic, I was worried about how he would do when suddenly placed in a room for 8 hours a day with other babies, as he hadn’t had many interactions with people other than our immediate family prior to starting at Winwood, however, all of my fears and worries were instantly put to rest within the first week of having him at there. He is so excited to see his teachers and reaches for them right away with a huge smile at drop off each morning. The directors, teachers, and staff are wonderful with communication and keeping parents in the each day, week, and month. Everyone is so friendly and have been greeting him by his name right from the start, which shows the tight knit family feel at Winwood. Lastly, we LOVE receiving updates throughout the day via the KidsReport app, and are so appreciative for the teachers and their patience and persistence in introducing new foods, skills, and daily routines to our little boy. Like I said above, we cannot say enough great things about Winwood and all the staff at the Old Linton Hall location in Gainesville.
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