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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 78 Reviews Leave A Review
Kierney Coe • Google
Since my daughter Luna has started Winwood she has thrived. She loves coming to school and learning new things. She loves her teachers Ms. Kawtar, Ms Lolo, and Ms. Leah. Every morning she is so excited to come to school. I love the daily reports and super cute pictures and videos I receive of her every day. I also love that we are able to peek in on the webcams and see her throughout the day. I highly recommend Winwood Children’s Center for the care of your children, especially the preschool 2’s classroom.
Juanita Johnson • Google
We visited winwood in Reston a few weeks back to explore potential care for our soon to be newborn and immediately fell in love with the teachers in the infant room and the management team. They all made us feel like we were home. We first heard about the school from our friends who had their children go through all the programs at winwood and highly recommended us to go there too. We didn’t hesitate to get on their waitlist and can’t wait for our little one to start in the new year! As a new parent they made me feel heard and that we could trust them. Also love the fact that I can peek in and watch our baby throughout the day. Can’t wait for her to start!
Kay • Google
Grrat staff. My daughter always has positive thing to say.
Emily Novak • Google
After interviewing with several daycares to determine where we would enroll our 3 month old daughter, Winwood stood out as the clear choice for my husband and I. From the beginning, I felt a sense of peace when considering sending our daughter there. Since covid restrictions were still in place at the time, we got a virtual tour of the facility from Ms. Kesha, and after we had ended the tour my husband and I both agreed that we got a sense of how the daycare ran and what the interactions were like between staff and students. It was nice that Winwood was also able to introduce us to our daughter’s teachers and we knew even from that short virtual visit that she would be in good hands. We did a little drive by another day to see the place from the outside and aside from it being well maintained, we loved that they had a little sign out celebrating birthdays that day—we felt like it was the little things like that give you a sense of community and happiness. We also realized it was near one of the police stations, and we felt like the school was located in a very safe area. There were several things that made us choose Winwood, from the monthly newsletter they sent out which made us feel a part of the community, the excellent and clear communication, the wonderful teachers, the “curriculum” and the fact that teachers incorporated baby sign language, the daily updates about your child’s day, and the teacher to child’s ratio. My husband and I really like Winwood’s system they use to provide daily updates and photos because it makes us feel involved in our daughter’s day, even when we aren’t able to be there in person. Her teachers in the "infants classroom", Ms. Brenda, Ms. Malouk, and Ms. Kira, are the real standouts and they make us so thankful everyday that we chose to send her to Winwood. Before we had settled on a daycare, I told my husband how I hoped our daughter would have teachers that cared about her, were nice, and were good at understanding baby body language and needs. It is so comforting to know that all her teachers embody those qualities and I’ve seen little things that they do daily that show they are paying attention to the babies and actively anticipating their needs. My daughter is 5 months old now and when I drop her off, she gives her teachers a big smile and is ready to start her day of fun. My husband and I are really impressed how well she’s building up her tummy time/crawling skills, gotten better at sleeping, and is interacting, and we feel her teachers have played a big part in that. It wasn’t easy to send our daughter to daycare, but knowing she is being cared for in an excellent facility by her wonderful teachers made it just a little bit easier on that first drop off day and all the days to follow!

Winwood Children's Center

Reston, VA

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