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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.


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.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 89 Reviews
Jordyn Surratt • Google
March 02, 2021
Our son has only been attending Winwood Gainesville for 2 months but we already feel like family! The peace of mind that we have when we drop him off is very comforting. His Teachers and the Directors are extremely reliable, communicative and very caring! Our son absolutely loves going to Winwood everyday! We are so thankful to have found such an amazing daycare for our son!
Sonja Harris • Google
March 02, 2021
My daughter, who is now in Pre-K, has been at Winwood since she was 18 months old and she absolutely loves school. She started off shy and timid in the Toddler room, but has blossomed so much, both socially and academically, as she has moved through each classroom over the years. She loves to learn and is always so excited to come home and tell us what she is learning about in class each week. When we ask her what she likes best about school, she always says, "My teachers. They are nice to me and teach me fun things and keep me safe. I just love all my teachers!" And as her parents, we are so grateful to Winwood for providing an environment in which she feels safe, cared for, and loved, with teachers who will support her as she continues to learn and grow. Thank you, Winwood teachers and staff, for all you do!
Fallin Hebb • Google
February 01, 2021
Our daughter has attended Winwood since she was 7 weeks old! During her time in the Infant I classroom, I LOVED the camera feature. The separation anxiety was real, so being able to see her at any point throughout the day was so wonderful. The teachers were always so patient and understanding with our many questions in those first few months. Then as she progressed through the infant and toddler classrooms, we watched her flourish with the new things she would learn every week and surprise us with at home. We're continuously impressed by the curriculum at Winwood. Also, our daughter has often referred to Winwood as ‘home’, with some mornings pulling up to the building she will proclaim, We’re home! The same as she does when we get to our house. It makes our hearts so happy to know that she thinks of it as a second home where she gets the attention and care from the staff that any parent would wish for. Thank you Winwood teachers and staff! You make a difference in so many lives!
Anna Bianco • Facebook
January 18, 2021
We moved to Gainesville a couple months ago and shortly after transitioned our kids to Winwood. My kids love going each day and are always so happy to see their teachers. The updates I get through their app each day always make me smile. The staff and teachers are all so kind and caring, and they do so many fun things with the kids. It is the most reassuring thing to have my kids in this center where I know they are well cared for, learning a lot and having fun. We’re so glad we found Winwood!

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