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Just one visit will show you that Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville II is not an ordinary preschool. Formerly known as Lake Manassas Academy, our campus was designed by early childhood educators and arranged to give young children endless opportunity for positive interactions with the environment, peers, and teachers. Our preschool children explore a vast array of Learning Labs throughout the day and we take a balanced approach towards physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development that prepares young minds for success in elementary school and beyond.

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoKind Child is a beautiful program that helps us elevate the emotional well-being of every child in our care. Kind Child is one of the core subjects in our monthly curriculum and we focus on social and emotional skills every month and positive character traits like a Positive Self-Image, Responsibility, and Thankfulness every two months. Our mission is to make kindness a habit and create a preschool environment where everyone feels welcome and at home.

Kindergarten Readiness

Providing your child an exceptional education is an important part of our promise to you. The educational experiences that children take part in at Cadence Academy Preschool are much different than what you’ll find at other preschools because our curriculum takes a skill-based approach to early education.

Our proprietary Ascend Curriculum helps children reach important developmental milestones and progressively builds valuable skill sets within 9 subjects every month. These experiences start in our Infant & Toddler program and progress all the way through Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. Important skills are taught in every program and fine-tuned just before kindergarten in Kindergarten Club.

Getting to Our Preschool

Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville II is located less than a mile south of Lee Highway (US 29) in Gainesville, Virginia. Our school is next to Baltusrol Boulevard at 14930 Holly Knoll Ln, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Need Before & After School Care? We provide transportation to Pine Branch Elementary School in Bristow, Haymarket Elementary School and Mountain View Elementary School in Haymarket, and Glenkirk Elementary School and Buckland Mills Elementary School in Gainesville, VA. We are also offering expanded School-Age programs to support all-day distance learning and more.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 111 Reviews
Kelly Diaz • Google
February 03, 2021
I'm a first-time mom and was very nervous about leaving my three-month-old bebe with strangers, especially during a pandemic at a facility that I couldn't tour during operating hours (as a safety precaution). The Yelp reviews weren't overly encouraging either. But my husband and I decided to give it a try because of its location and the newer Google reviews and so far we've been loving our experience! Our son is in the infant room and even though there's no camera feature (like another reviewer mentioned), they do provide frequent photo updates through an app. They also update you throughout the day on your little one's bottles, diaper changes, and naps. It's so nice to be able to see what my little man is up to during the day, and I feel reassured when I can check in on him through the app. I think the negative reviews I read were from a time when the facility was under different management because so far we've had nothing but smooth sailing. My son can be somewhat fussy and every single time we've picked him up he's been completely calm and happy - nothing short of a miracle! We also love that the curriculum is bilingual, teaching both Spanish and English, and that they are taking COVID precautions seriously. Sure, it's inconvenient when you have to stay home b/c your bebe has a fever, but I rather they err on the side of caution than risk infecting other kids, teachers, and parents. Overall we've been really pleased with the care provided by the teachers and administrators and feel confident and happy in our decision to send our son here.
Westview Candle • Google
February 01, 2021
My 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. From sign language, to identifying new animals, to now where she can tell us colors and numbers in English and Spanish, 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!
Kyrra Nicholson • Google
January 10, 2021
We have been so grateful for the family at Winwood since day 1 and have counted ourselves lucky to be a part of such an amazing school during these trying times. Our son has grown so much since joining a few years ago and we trust the staff to continue to provide quality care. They are diligent in maintaining a clean and safe environment and offer consistent communication, keeping our minds at ease. We look forward to being a part of this family for years to come!
Bibian Li • Google
December 27, 2020
This place amazing! My daughter fell in love with the teachers immediately. Not only that I've seen her pick up drawing when no one else was able to bring that talent out of her. Thank you to all the amazing teachers and staff!

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