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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

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.

Sylvia Harris

Sylvia Harris


Sylvia joined the Winwood team in October of 2004, prior to us opening our doors in November of 2004. Sylvia came to Winwood with over 10 years of experience in child care, mostly preschool age children, and with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Sylvia has a vast knowledge of Early Childhood Education and is one of the strongest and most requested teachers in the center. She treats every child equally and sets the bar high for them academically, socially and emotionally. She is very good at talking with the children and at allowing them to be heard as well; she encourages conversation with her Pre-kindergarten class to resolve conflicts. Sylvia completed the Leadership Training Program with Winwood and assists the Director and Assistant Director with duties from time to time. Sylvia is married with 3 children, is active in her church and stays fit by exercising every day.

Alivia Weaver

Alivia Weaver


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.


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 96 Reviews
Jacquelyn Leif • Google
July 20, 2021
The staff are amazing! They have such excellent communication and they even treat the parents occasionally. I feel like they really understand how hard it is to juggle everything as a parent. So happy to have my little one there!
Chris LeCompte • Google
June 11, 2021
Our son has been enrolled at Winwood for a little over 3 months now and we're thrilled with the progress he's made! The staff is friendly and professional--and our son loves his teachers. We are very happy with this school.
AshLeigh M. • Yelp
May 12, 2021
We LOVE Winwood!!!We have a son in the Junior Kindergarten class and the PS2 class.  Our youngest son has been attending Winwood part time for three months. He had never attended daycare prior to Winwood, and in the beginning had separation anxiety when he was dropped off in the mornings. The amazing front staff knew exactly how to calm him down and get him to smile . As a parent, it's very comforting knowing that I don't have to worry about how he's doing because I know he's being taken care of. Our older son has been attending Winwood for almost a year now and loves it. We absolutely LOVE the Kindergarten Club that Winwood offers! He is reading and writing on his own more and more each day because of the Kindergarten Club and his amazing teacher. We are so happy to be apart of the Winwood family, you guys are the best!
Elizabeth Durham • Google
April 20, 2021
Our son started attending Winwood for their Pre-K program and we are beyond thrilled with the education and care he was receiving. We originally had him at a different day care center/school in the area for 4 years prior. Once we made the move to Winwood we immediately saw an improvement. Winwood has an outstanding approach to learning and our son loved his new school. We saw improvements in his behavior and comprehension. Since the public school became virtual due to COVID, we decided to continue his time at Winwood, this time through their Private-K program. We had confidence in their health screenings and protocols and it was a great decision to continue his Kindergarten experience at Winwood. We have been impressed by his gained knowledge and the teachers have been wonderful. The teacher-student ratio and in-person teaching was exactly what our son needed for his Kindergarten year and we are so appreciative that Winwood never skipped a beat during COVID times. We looked into Winwood numerous times before joining the family and were hesitant due to the tuition costs. We finally made the switch a couple years ago for Pre-K, but wish we joined when he started in the daycare setting. Winwood has been leaps and bounds better than our previous provider. We also love the ability to check-in on him via the streaming video link. It puts a smile on our face seeing how much fun he is having and how he interacts throughout the day.

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