Welcome to Winwood Children’s Center in Leesburg, Virginia! Our beautiful two-story facility is conveniently located in the Oaklawn community, just seconds away from the Dulles Greenway. We welcome children 6 weeks of age through 12 years old. For your convenience, we offer bus service to and from four local elementary schools: Cool Spring, Evergreen Mills, Sycolin Creek and Leesburg Elementary.
My name is Missy Downing, and I am proud to be the Director at this center. I joined the Winwood family in October of 2008 as a teacher in our Preschool III classroom. I was soon promoted to Assistant Director, and then in July of 2009, I accepted my position as Director. Since receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology, I have been working in the field of early childhood development. Before joining the Winwood family, I served as Director of a preschool in Oakton, Va. I believe that it is important for parents to feel that they have a strong connection to their child’s school and teacher to ensure a powerful home/school relationship.
While at Winwood, you will find peace of mind knowing that your child is receiving quality care while learning as much as their little mind can absorb. We offer lower teacher-to-child ratios, rotating curriculum themes, specific learning centers within the classroom, WinCam access, homemade meals, and a variety of enrichments including Spanish instruction, Sign Language instruction, Music instruction and Fitness instruction. Our bright classrooms, separate playgrounds, state of the art computer lab and SMART Board truly set us apart from other centers.
Because we believe in creating a bond between school and home in order to create a positive environment for your child to learn and grow, we offer family events each month. These events range from a Chili Cook-Off to Family Movie Nights to monthly Parent’s Night Out (a very popular event!).
Feelings of self-confidence and worth are shaped at this young age and I am passionate about guiding children in positive ways through their very important early years as they prepare for elementary school. The majority of our staff hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field as well as many, many years of experience. We truly strive to hire the best of the best to care for your little ones.
I believe that the kind of positive emotional support your child will receive while at our facility builds self-esteem and helps assure success, which is vital to your child’s development. Some of the most significant learning that takes place here is what children discover about themselves.
On behalf of our wonderful team here at Winwood, I invite you to visit our center and explore our beautiful facility. We would enjoy meeting your family and introducing you to ours.
Missy Downing School Director