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  • A
    Kingstowne Child Care
    We absolutely adore Mamoda! Our daughter started with Mamoda when she was 3 months old (over a year now), and from the beginning, it felt like a perfect fit. Mamoda is very patient and attentive, treating each child as if they are her own. At pick up, she updates us with how our daughters day went and sends texts/pictures throughout the day. Her home is clean and in a safe neighborhood. Mamoda has been very flexible and accommodating with respect to our work schedules and pick-up/drop-off times. We are moving out state and if we could take her (and her whole family) with us we would! She is the most amazing and nurturing caregiver anyone could ask for. She has become part of our family and such an important part of our lives. We would recommend her highly to anyone looking for a caregiver!
    - Laura P.
  • A
    Fawzai's Infant & Toddler DayCare
    Both of my kids love Fawzai and have thrived in her care. As a first time Mom, I was terrified of leaving my tiny infant with a stranger, but Fawzai instantly put me at ease. She is warm, caring, and something of a child expert, having been in the business for a long time. It's clear that she treats the kids in her care as if they were her own babies. I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for childcare. She has set up her beautiful townhouse so that the full bottom floor and backyard are dedicated to the kids, complete with a rotation of age-appropriate toys, children-friendly decorations, and safe, separate spaces for sleeping and playing. As an added bonus, she sends us picture texts of our son throughout the day: wonderful when I'm at work and missing the little guy!
    - Ashley K.
  • A
    Fawzai's Infant & Toddler DayCare
    Fawzai has been taking care of my son since he was 5 months old and she is fantastic. My son is excited to see her everyday and he is a happy little man when we pick him up in the evening. She has been great working with our work schedules and flexible with pick up times.
    - Elizabeth F.
  • A
    First Baptist Church Child Ctr
    We have had our son at first Baptist since he was an infant, and have been very pleased. The teachers are very loving and attentive. They truly care about the children, and all of the different teachers know all of the kids in the center. They prioritize learning, and follow a curriculum with circle time etc. But there is also a lot of free play and an emphasis on socialization and good manners. We really like the preschool program also. The teachers are absolutely fabulous, and the ratios are so low we highly recommend it.
    - Edward M.
  • A
    ST ANTHONY'S SCHOOL
    We loved them. They were completely fantastic. We couldn’t have been happier with them. They are amazing as far as the way they care for the children, the curriculum they use to teach the children while they are there all day. My kids came of that place completely prepared for kindergarten. In fact they were over prepared for kindergarten with how much they had learnt. So we absolutely loved them. The cost was about $12,000 a year.
    - Hunter H.
  • F
    Lincolnia Academy
    Lincolnia Academy is located right next to a large church and across the
    street from McDonalds.  It is often confused with two other daycares in
    the area.  
    Pros:  Ms. Nora, Diana and Kelly are all incredibly nice; it's too bad they have such a terrible boss.
     
    Cons:  The director, Rashida Benjelloun, is an absolute nightmare.  She's the lady with the French accent.
    Let me explain a scenario:  a man came into the daycare saying he was my
    daughter's father and was there to pick her up.  He was NOT my
    daughter's father!  When I TRIED to discuss the matter with Rashida, she
    just blew it off saying it was probably a lost parent looking for a
    child with the same name as mine.   That's probably true, but keep in
    mind there are several convicted s** offenders within a 6 blocks radius
    of the daycare, so obviously we (her parents) were very concerned.  
    When my husband tried to investigate the matter further by involving the
    police, Rashida called him screaming, "this is not the fault of the
    daycare!!!"  We never said it was their fault, we just wanted to know if
    a particular s** offender was out to kidnap our daughter since he
    matched the description of a convicted rapist and s** offender that
    lived just a few blocks away.  Instead of trying to assist the police
    and us, obviously concerned parents, she went on a rampage against us as
    if we were blaming her.  
    If YOU were the director and co-owner
    of a daycare, wouldn't YOU be at all concerned that there was even a
    remote possibility that a s** offender may have walked into your
    daycare???  A caring/compassionate director would be panicked and would
    do anything to help the police and the parents.  They would urgently
    want to know if in fact a s** offender really came to pick up a child.
     But no, she didn't care, she was too concerned with her reputation.
     She called my husband several times arguing with him over the phone and
    called me at work several times....all this over her wanting us to keep
    quiet about what happened.   Why would we be quiet?  Why would ANY
    parent be quiet,  I would be concerned even if it was another child at
    another daycare.  
    Prior to this terrifying incident Rasheeda was
    unbearable.  She would snap at me, get very close when talking to me,
    getting into my personal space.  She's a VERY aggressive woman, very
    rude.  She loves confrontation and makes a dramatic argument about the smallest non issues.
    I saw her screaming at her staff at one point over something so
    irrelevant.  It made me wonder...how the heck does she treat the
    children?!  She criticized me on why I fed my daughter avocado....well
    why the heck not?  Her pediatrician has no problem with it, so why do
    you???
     
    At Lincolnia Academy you will have absolutely NO CONTROL
    over your own children,  Rasheeda owns them.  I had politely told Ms.
    Nora not to tie my daughter's hair too tight, and Rasheeda had to butt
    in and say, "you worry too much, if her hair is too tight, she'll just
    cry."  Ummm, WHAT?!?!?!  It's my job to worry, I'm her mother!  Is it
    okay to put a baby's hair soooo tight that she cries?  Will you know why
    she's crying???
    On top of having to pay the same price as most
    other expensive daycares, Lincolnia Academy does not even provide lunch!
    So every single day I had to pack a lunch for my daughter, including
    milk and of course I had to label it with her name and date!  Think
    about how exhausting that is.  Every other daycare, including small home
    daycares, provide lunch.  Providing lunch and properly labeling
    everything is the job of the daycare, not the parents.
    Rasheeda is so CHEAP.  One day my label fell off and I asked her for a piece of
    tape and she told me to go buy some from Home Depot. WHAT?!  I swear to
    God I'm not making this up!!!  
    In observing the area for the younger babies, I realized that there's almost nothing for them to do
    there.  There's a big play yard and in it are some balls and other small
    toys and that's IT.  The daycare I take my daughter to now is a tiny
    home daycare and there's so much do to with the children, there are
    books, and an endless supply of toys-both educational and fun.  Rasheeda
    will do anything to save money, it's pathetic.  
    Rasheeda once asked me when I'll have another child, I told her "later when my daughter
    is a bit older.  It's hard to work and have kids."  She tells me I'm
    giving excuses, her daughter is a doctor AND has TWO babies and she can
    handle it all.  REALLY???  So now I'm not a good enough mother? WOW,
    just wow.
    Do yourself a favor, find another daycare because Rasheeda will drive you crazy with all her nagging, arguing and yelling. 
    If you don't believe me on how crazy Rasheeda is, see all her other negative reviews on http://greatschools.org.  I wish I had seen it sooner.
    - Freshta R.
  • A
    Annandale United Methodist
    They have a preschool and early learning program. They start with 2 year olds. They have really good teachers. They have a lot of extra activity they do. They do a special science and cooking program. They are NAEYC Certified. This is my fourth child to attend there. Sometimes they are late running the kids out.
    - Kimberly B.
  • A
    Morning Star Family Child
    The daycare provider's name was Rubina Mahmood. We paid $215 per week. My kids were learning like in they were in a little school. They were not only being prepared for the school; but they were expected to learn how to behave, how to respect one another, and learn proper manners. She was not just caring for the children, but developing them. I would tell others that if they are putting their children in somebody else's care, they could not find a better place than this.
    - Dave S.
  • A
    AMERICAN DAY SCHOOL
    American Day School has been an incredible experience. We have 2 children there (an infant and a preschooler) and both children are doing really well thanks to the structured curriculum, the high quality teachers and staff and the extremely low turn over rate. The management keeps the parents informed on a daily basis and organizes special events that the parents can participate in if they'd like. The facilities are spacious for Old Town standards and there is an adjacent playground along with an indoor play area for inclement weather days. My only complaint is that they follow the Alexandria Schools schedule for school closings and last year the school was closed for 10 business days, which was excessive especially since the Alexandria schools usually close due to the busing issues which doesn't apply here. Other than that I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school and feel very fortunate that my children got a space there.
    - AMY S.
  • C
    TINY TOTS PLAYROOM
    While the teachers and staff were very loving towards the kids, the management provided little to no communication with the parents. There was significant turnover especially in the lead instructors (we had 4 different lead instructors within a 6 month period) and there was never communication from management about these changes. Rather, when we noticed that a teacher was gone, we had to ask if they were returning or not. In addition, the facilities felt cramped and the children had to walk 3-4 blocks to play outside. Finally, the majority of the teachers spoke extremely limited English, which I normally wouldn't mind as long as the head instructors were fluent. However, due to the excessive turnover many times the regular teachers were covering and I had difficulty understanding any concerns or issues they may have with my child. We removed our child at age 16 months
    - AMY S.
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