WELCOME TO HERNDON CHILDREN'S CENTER
ABOUT HERNDON CHILDREN'S CENTER
Welcome to Herndon Children’s Center! We are a non-profit organization that offers a positive, nurturing environment for children to learn, play, and grow. In operation for more than 25 years, we are proudly accredited by the NAEYC (National Association
for the Education of Young Children) and widely recognized as a top daycare center. We were named a top childcare and preschool program by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2019 and 2020.
We offer year-round care for ages 3 months to Kindergarten with a highly trained, caring staff. Our program is based on a developmentally appropriate, child-centered approach that values individuality, social interaction, and experiential learning.
If you are interested in learning more about Herndon Children’s Center and our programs, please contact us to schedule a visit!
TAKE OUR VIRTUAL TOUR!
Due to the COVID-19 precautions in place, Herndon Children's Center is unable to offer in person tours at this time. We welcome you to take our new virtual tour to learn more about our facility.
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HERNDON CHILDREN'S CENTER'S COVID-19 RESPONSE
The health and well-being of the children and staff at HCC is our utmost priority. While we had stringent cleaning protocols in place prior to the pandemic, we are complying with CDC guidelines and have implemented several new protocols since reopening in June. A list of some of the protocols are included below and more information can be found in our video message from HCC Director, Ruby Hildreth.
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Daily health checks are conducted in the front/health screening area during drop-off. If a child has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, the child must self-quarantine at home and be symptom-free for 72 hours before returning.
Children are escorted by a staff member to their classroom after drop-off and escorted to the reception area during pick-up.
Children and staff members are required to have a pair of shoes for indoor use and a pair of shoes to be worn outdoors. This is to prevent the possible spread of germs inside the school.
Children from different classes do not mingle at any point in order to keep classes socially distant.
Children wash their hands with adult supervision multiple times each day.
High-touch areas are cleaned throughout the day. The playgrounds are cleaned/sanitized between individual class uses.
Learning Through Play
Ages 3-12 Months. All babies are on their own schedule in a warm, nurturing environment. Our caring staff provides age appropriate activities such as tummy time, music, stories, and play time. Sign language and language development are strongly encouraged. Milestones are recognized and celebrated!
Ages 12-24 Months. Language development and self-help skills abound in our classrooms. We provide plenty of activities to support fine and gross motor development. Children work to develop their social skills and form friendships. Buggy rides and the playground are favorite experiences, along with tactile activities and art. Music and dancing are a part of each day!
Ages 24-36 Months. Our 2-year-olds focus on developing socialization skills such as sharing and turn taking. Self-help skills are stressed as they learn to dress, zip, and pour. A little Spanish is introduced, as well as colors, shapes, counting, and learning about the world around us through interesting topics. Music and both fine and gross motor activities are daily events. Potty Parties celebrating the end of diapers are major celebrations!
Ages 3-5. Preschool and Pre-K classes focus on both social and academic skills. Children learn phonics and letter recognition, counting, number recognition, science, social studies, music, writing, and art. Skills are refined in an atmosphere of combined center activities and teacher-directed activities. Games in the Movement Room combine with playground time to strengthen large motor skills. Getting kids prepared for Kindergarten is our goal!
NEW! PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN
Ages 5-6. HCC has established a new private Kindergarten program for parents who would prefer an alternative to virtual/distance learning for rising Kindergartners. Our program will follow Virginia state standards with an additional eye to prepare students for public school post-pandemic.
Ages 5-8. HCC has established a School-Age Support (SAS) program for rising Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students. SAS provides childcare during HCC's operating hours. Students extend their learning in math (real-world addition/subtraction, measurements, and telling time), science (using a microscope to observe the world), technology (kid-friendly coding), language arts (sight word reinforcement, handwriting practice), critical and creative thinking, and social and emotional learning.
Providing a community of care and learning for infants, toddlers, and growing children.
Herndon Children’s Center, Inc, a non-profit organization, follows NAEYC standards to provide early education and childcare for children ages 3 months through 8 years. HCC offers a loving and caring environment where children develop social and academic skills through a combination of structured and experiential learning.
“We have been very fortunate to have been able to keep our kindergartner enrolled in the School-Age Support program at HCC this fall. She attends her “synchronous” lessons in the morning, and then comes to HCC for the rest of the day. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Her teachers at HCC have been wonderful, caring, patient, and kind, creating an environment which focuses on hands-on learning—everything she is NOT getting from her online-only, laptop-based kindergarten program. She has been getting a chance to learn cooking skills, even helping to make Chinese dumplings which she was able to bring home for us to sample—very tasty! Her days have been filled with art projects as well as supplementary math lessons. Yesterday she measured the circumference of various kinds of apples with a string—today those apples were cut in half to make stamps. It is this kind of tactile learning environment which has made such a difference in her happiness and well-being. She can’t wait to go to HCC every morning, and always wants to stay late in the afternoon.
HCC has been very forward-leaning in adhering to all safety protocols, and is doing everything they can to provide the safest environment possible. The class sizes are small, and the teachers strictly follow CDC guidance and best practices. I have been very happy to see how my daughter has been cared for during this very stressful time, and I am extremely grateful to the teachers and staff at HCC for all of their hard work to make this possible."
HELENA J., OCTOBER 2020
"When FCPS moved to an all-virtual start, we knew we would need to get creative. With two working parents—and only one who can work from home—flexibility was key as we figured out childcare for our first grader. HCC has come through for us again and we found a solution that’s working for our family.
On Mondays, our son logs on for morning meeting with his first grade class from home. He then spends a full day at HCC, enjoying lots of enrichment activities and outdoor play time. Tuesdays through Fridays, he spends the first half of his day at home doing virtual school, and afternoons are back at HCC. We were very upfront with our son's FCPS teacher about our childcare situation. And she’s been very accommodating—making sure that he's in the earliest time slots for any small group sessions and providing us the following week’s independent assignments on Fridays so he can complete them ahead of time over the weekend.
We feel like we’ve made the best of our situation—first grade instruction with his FCPS classmates and enrichment with his HCC friends. And when in-person learning eventually resumes, we can easily adjust our son's HCC schedule to full-day care on the days he’s not at school. There’s so much uncertainty in our lives right now that it’s comforting to have HCC be our constant."
CHRISTINE and JASON G., OCTOBER 2020
530 Huntmar Park Drive, Suite 800-B, Herndon, VA 20170
6:30 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday
Tours are offered by appointment.