3850 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA22203   Ballston Children’s Center   (703)-527-7200 www.vachild.com

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Our philosophy is to provide a quality day care program in a learning and loving environment.


The most important goal of our Center is to love and care for each child.   Your child will develop a sense of security, belonging, and support.

Our teachers bring unconditional love and emotional security, a sense of routine, and provide an opportunity for children to be creative and resourceful. We promote curiosity and exploration in an environment of learning and fun. All activities are age and stage appropriate and promote the individual child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being and growth. 

Parents are welcome to visit and observe their children at any time.

 

The Center provides:
 

 

     Opportunities for individual self-expression

      Recognition that each child is an individual

      Respect for personal privacy

      Respect for each child’s cultural, ethnic, and family background, as well as the child’s primary language

The teachers promote social development by: 

      Helping the children develop ways of getting along with each other
 
      Emphasizing and fostering mutual respect between adults and children

      Demonstrating respect for all individuals and appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity

      Encouraging the children to work independently and help with daily routines
 
      Offering a lot of comfort and love

Our Educational Programs develop skills and concepts that prepare children for kindergarten.  We have a well-balanced curriculum of activities which introduce early math, language arts, fine and gross motor skills, and social skills. In addition, our programs allow children to explore reading, writing, and comprehension skills. The children learn through playing and working on a variety of projects. Our innovative program of forty “weekly themes” such as Heritage Week, Shopping Week, Ocean/Sea Life Week, and Safety Week gives the children a well-rounded knowledge of the world around them.

Two year olds

The “Just for Twos” program develops the child’s language, gross motor and small motor skills, Self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, and independence are fostered through indoor and outdoor play activities, exploration of manipulative toys, and books.  Art and music are an integral part of the program.

Three year olds

The three year olds’ program is designed to help the child develop concepts and language skills necessary for future learning through listening to stories, retelling events, and dramatic play with puppets, music, and movement.  A variety of play and art materials give the children a chance to explore. Building with blocks, painting, collage, murals, and constructing with different materials develop the child’s small motor and problem solving skills, and enhance their sense of creativity and self-expression.  Daily writing exercises introduce the three’s to creating letters.

Four year olds

The four year old child is ready to explore concepts in reading, math readiness, science and social studies as well as the continued growth of language and physical development skills. Our creative program gives the child a thematic hands-on approach to learning new skills and developing new awareness and abilities.  Beginning phonics instruction is introduced when the child is ready for this skill. The four year olds curiosity, independence, and self-confidence is fostered through play activities.  Manipulative toys, art, music, and field trips enhance the child’s understanding and enjoyment of all that they are learning.

Five year olds

The five year old child is ready to develop reading, math, and handwriting skills that will prepare them for the more formal learning environment of elementary school.  Our program presents science, social studies, music, language, and physical development activities in a weekly thematic format.  The reading readiness program focuses on phonic skills, followed by listening comprehension for the child who demonstrates readiness for this skill.  Manipulatives are used to learn math concepts. Beginning handwriting skills are taught through a specially designed handwriting program.  Creativity, curiosity, and confidence are developed through play activities.  Art experiences, manipulative materials, dramatic play, books and games, enhance the child’s concept development.  Field trips add to their learning experience.

 


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Creative Activities

Daily activities are designed for children to learn art, music, crafts, language arts, math, reading, writing, science, socials skills, and fine and gross motor skills.  We provide an environment that helps children to be creative in solving problems, redefining situations, demonstrating flexibility and being adventurous.
 

 

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Fun Projects



We encourage the children to explore and create educational projects using a variety of art media, teaching individual creativity.

 

Computers

We use computers as an extension of our curriculum.  Special age-appropriate educational programs are designed for your child to play and learn math, reading, writing, designing, and problem solving.

 

 

Outdoor Activities

 

Weather permitting, the children play in our playground each morning and afternoon.  

 

Summer Camp

Summer is fun. Our marvelous summer camp program includes daily themes such as: Treasure Hunt Day, Sunglasses Day, and Circus Day. Activities include jewelry making, kite flying, cooking, dance & music day, face painting, etc.  Water play, field trips, wall climbing and fitness activities allow the children to take advantage of the chance to be outdoors in the great summer weather.

 

     
Field Trips    
 

The older children will visit the National Gallery of Art, Discovery Theaters, The Children’s Museum, and tour Washington, D.C.

 

 

What We Did This Week


Is posted on the Parent’s Bulletin Board every Friday and keeps you informed of your child’s activities and progress on a weekly basis.
 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS:

French and Spanish Classes    Children learn through songs, music, games, stories, and projects

Ballet/Dance/Gymnastics Classes   Children achieve numerous benefits from dance, poise, grace, balance, flexibility, strength, coordination, confidence, and awareness of rhythm and music

Performing Arts Classes  Children are introduced to theater with creative games, pantomime, storytelling, puppetry, and acting

Yogakids  Traditional techniques are recreate in playful, simple, and relaxing ways. Our Yoga time is filled with poses, games, breathing, singing and counting

 

 

 

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Ballston Children's Center
3850 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22203
Phone (703)-527-7200

Revised: June 12, 2017

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