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About Winwood Children’s Center

Winwood Children’s Center, Reston is proud to offer families in Herndon and Reston nurturing daycare services for infants and toddlers and proven preschool programs. We only provide before school care for students at Lake Anne Elementary School, but our after school program extends care to students at Aldrin Elementary School, Armstrong Elementary School, and Dogwood Elementary School.

Many of our staff have children of our own, and we know how difficult it is to choose a child care provider. We would love to show you around our preschool so you can see the quality of care we provide at Winwood for yourself!

Preschool Programs

AdvancED Accreditation

Winwood Children’s Center, Reston earned AdvancED Accreditation in June 2018. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world and is deeply committed to the care and education of all young children. AdvancED holds daycare centers and preschools accountable to educational and childcare standards and supports the learning, growth, and development of young children by promoting a culture of continuous improvement. AdvancED Accreditation recognizes institutions that sustain a commitment to continuous improvement and educational outcomes.

Our Educational Philosophy

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur approach to early childhood education recognizes that young children must develop much more than cognitive skills during their early years. They need to develop socially, emotionally, creatively, and physically too. Our Ascend Curriculum provides us a balanced framework for instruction and our teachers introduce new skills in the following subject areas each month: Literacy, Mathematics, Spanish/Baby Signs, Science & Sensory, Technology, Physical Fitness, Creative Expression, Kind Child, and Cultural Understanding.

Partnering with Parents

We have found that our preschool students thrive when there is a strong partnership between school and home. We offer a variety of communication pieces to keep parents informed about their child’s day and their progress towards developmental milestones. We also maintain an open door policy at our preschool and encourage the families of enrolled students to stop by anytime.

We are all about community at Winwood Children’s Center. We host events throughout the year such as our annual Halloween parade, holiday parties, the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon, Honoring Community Heroes, Science Fair, and more. These celebrations give parents the opportunity to get to know one another better and build stronger relationships between parents and staff.

VA 5 Star Rating

Virginia Quality is leading the way for quality early care & education for Virginia’s children and families. Winwood Children’s Center, Reston is excited to announce that we have achieved a Level 5 in Virginia Quality. Level 5 represents the highest level of quality!

Our Team

Stephanie Austin

Stephanie Austin

School Director

I grew up right around the corner in Herndon and happily moved back after attending Shepherd College. While at Shepherd, I majored in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Development. I have been working with children for over 18 years and have enjoyed 15 of them here at Winwood in Reston. I currently live in Herndon with my husband, son, and 2 daughters, all of whom have attended our amazing center!

This center has over 30 dedicated teachers. Our teachers have their CDA credential and/or their Associates or Bachelors degrees. This loyalty helps to create the family atmosphere that we enjoy sharing with our families. The staff member are committed to providing the children with the best possible start to learning. Our children confidently enter Kindergarten already knowing the standards that are being taught!

Having 3 children of my own, I know how hard it is to leave your child in the care of people that you do not know. That’s why I believe so strongly in our “Open Door Policy” as well as the many other various forms of communication we offer. Our daily sheets, bi-monthly progress reports and developmental checklists, as well as the newsletters ensure that we are working together concerning every aspect of your child’s development. We encourage attendance at monthly family events including our annual Halloween parade, holiday parties, the winter Book Fair and other parent celebrations which allows parents the opportunity to get to know one another better and to build a relationship with the children and teachers.

Welcome to Winwood Children’s Center of Reston!

Kesha Menefee

Kesha Menefee

Assistant Director

I have over 13 years of classroom experience with ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. I had been working at our Ashburn location for over 7 years before transferring here. After completing my first year of college, I decided that I had a passion for Early Childhood Education. I worked at a preschool as my grandmother’s assistant while attending a local community college to complete my A.S. in Early Childhood Education. After completing my A.S., I transferred to Strayer University, where I obtained my B.A. in Human Resource Management. I am currently attending Liberty University working towards my M.A. in Human Service Counseling.

After working full-time at Winwood in Ashburn as a Co-Lead Pre-K teacher I decided to pursue my second passion in management. In 2009 I became a member of the Leadership Training Program with Winwood. While in the program I assisted both my directors and assistant directors with the daily operation of the center, conducted parent visits, trained new staff, planned summer camps, curriculum and more.

I am happily married and reside in Herndon, VA. I do not have children on my own yet, however I do foresee them in my future. Family is everything to me, and that is one of the many reason why I have continued to work here at Winwood since 2007. Winwood is like my 2nd family. I look forward to many more years to come.

Ashraf Nowkarizi

Ashraf Nowkarizi


I was born in Iran and moved to Russia with my husband and daughters in 1994. On November 2005, we moved to United States. Living in Russia and America gave me a completely new perspective to life. I have learned a lot from living in both place; learned two languages, learned to communicate with people from different culture and background, and adapted myself culturally into the various cultures present. I have a degree in economics and I hold a Child Development Associate (CDA). In Russia, I taught Farsi at an International University. I also volunteered at an orphanage. I’ve always loved teaching and working with children. I consider myself very competitive and proficient with an innovative and leadership attitude. I am working at Winwood Children Center since 2007. I’ve always loved children and teaching them. Teaching and taking care of children has changed my life forever.

Cai Siewick

Cai Siewick


I was born and grew up in Beijing, China. I have many wonderful memories of growing up in Beijing. I graduated from Beijing and then got a job working for the Xin Hua news agency as an editor for 15 years before coming to America in 1996. Here I worked many jobs not available to me in China to make a new life for myself and gain experience in the American work field. I came with very little money and am very proud of the how I worked hard to pay my way through school and receive my MBA. I married my husband Robert and we have a wonderful daughter, Natalie. I discovered my love for teaching children and started working at the Winwood in Lansdowne before transferring to the center here in Reston. I enjoy being here and with the children so much I have stayed for 9 years this December!

Deloris Carter aka “Lolo”

Deloris Carter aka “Lolo”


I am a loving and caring person and believe that I was put on this earth to take care of children. I have my CDA (Child Development Associate credential) and over 17 years of experience. Working with children has brought much joy to my life. I have three children of my own and four grandchildren; they call me Memaw because I’m not old enough to be a grandma! I enjoy going to the beach, bowling, laughing and watching my Minnesota Vikings! If you visit my room there is sure to be something fun going on…it might be dough creations, but more likely a dance party!

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 84 Reviews Leave A Review
Laura Rousseau • Google
I am a first time mom with a demanding job, so finding a place where I felt, not just comfortable, but genuinely happy to bring our baby girl, was a must. Thankfully, my fantastic experience with Winwood in Reston started the moment my virtual tour began. No where else I toured did the staff look and sound so happy to be there and interact with the kids. And the kids, they looked up at Ms. Kesha and smiled and laughed and showed her what they were working on or playing with... I know it could have been timing, but they seemed genuinely happy to be there and happy to see her. I toured a half dozen other places and did not get the same feeling. Unfortunately, I was told they might not have an opening for a year. We toured another great school (maybe considered fancier, better teacher/kid ratio, pricier for sure) and got her a spot and committed to going there a few months out. Shortly after, however, Winwood Reston had a spot! We started there and on the very first day she was comfortable and I was able to leave without her even noticing (I cried of course). It's only gotten better. The infant teachers, particularly Ms. Brenda, take amazing care of our baby girl and she adores them. It doesn't even bother me that she reaches out to Ms. Brenda and gives her cuddles and smiles. I cannot say enough great things about this place and what a relief it is to know she's happy, growing, and learning in a safe and loving atmosphere. And the other school we got her a spot in? Cancelled. We are staying with Winwood Reston.
Amy Ruk • Facebook
Stephanie and Kesha hire the BEST teachers! My boys have been spoiled with the most patient and loving teachers! We LOVE Winwood!
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Amy Ruk • Google
I’m an elementary school teacher, and so I believe it’s necessary to have high expectations. I want meaningful curriculum. I want professional directors. I want experienced teachers. I want it all. Let me tell you, Winwood delivered!! Now, as a mom… I want my kids to feel LOVED. I want my kids to feel valued. I want my kids to have a growth mindset. I want to send my kids to school knowing they would be safe! Winwood has exceeded my expectations! If you are looking for the best, Winwood is your center! Kesha and Stephanie are incredible directors who communicate so well, they are the perfect duo. There is a reason this center doesn’t have teacher turnover! They truly value their teachers, and it shows! Speaking of the teachers!!! Wow! I can’t express how INCREDIBLE these teachers are. My youngest son started in Ms. Lolo, Ms. Leah, and Ms. K’s classroom. These three are a dream team! He’s now with Ms. Ashley, Ms. Samira, and Ms. Chrissy. They have helped him grow so much academically and socially. My oldest son started with Ms. Ashi, Ms. Saima, and Ms. Pushpa in the preschool classroom. These ladies are the reason my son loves school, I mean it. He’s currently in the Junior Kindergarten program with Ms. Violette, Ms. Saima, and Ms. Haseebah. I truly feel like he will be prepared to start kindergarten in the fall thanks to his current teachers. They have so much patience and experience! It’s not everyday I write lengthy reviews, trust me. However, I hope this review helps other families with their decision.

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Reston, VA

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