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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, proven preschool programs, and before & after school care and summer camp for school age children. 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.

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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”

Teacher

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

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Kirsten Neuhaus • Google
We absolutely love Winwood. They are so great about communicating, Ms Amanda sends us lovely, thoughtful updates every day at midday and a full report at the end of the day. My son clearly enjoys her class very much and comes home with lots of new things he's learned.
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K Keat • Google
I can’t say enough good things about Winwood. The staff is amazing and has taken amazing care of our daughter- especially the teachers in the infant room. The progress she has made hitting her developmental milestones has been awesome to see- and she comes home happy and smiling every day. She is always showing us the new baby signs or songs she learns when she comes home. The school and teachers have amazing communication and transparency. I am able to log in at any time to see what my daughter is doing through their camera system- but feel as if we don’t need it given how proactive her teachers are with sending us photos and updates throughout the day. The school is extremely clean and we really value the protocols put in place - especially given our daughter is an infant. We really value the care our daughter has received while at Winwood and recommend to anyone looking for a safe, nurturing, and family like setting for their children.
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Rosie Santiago • Google
We are so happy with Reston's Winwood community. They are all caring, professional, and always smiling. I love how they welcome the kids in the morning. My daughter loves Winwood! She is excited to go to school everyday. The daily reports are great! It makes it easy to get her talking about her day, like her favorite activity, read aloud, or a new song.
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