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The Children's Learning Laboratory at HHMI is located off Route 7 in Ashburn, Virginia, which is in Loudoun County several miles east of Leesburg, Virginia and 8 miles from Dulles Airport. If you are traveling from Route 7 East, travel approximately 4 miles from Leesburg, VA and make a left onto Janelia Farm Blvd (across from Ashburn Village). Turn right at next stop sign (Helix Drive). Check in at Security Gate. If you are traveling from Dulles Toll Road West, take I - 66 or I -495 to the Dulles Toll Road West to Rt. 28 North, then Rt. 7 West. Proceed on Rt 7 for about 2 miles. Make a right onto Janelia Farm Blvd (across from Ashburn Village). Turn right at next stop sign (Helix Drive). Check in at Security Gate.

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Our School-Age Program

Guiding children to experience their world and pursue their interests

Our school-age programs include before- and after-school care, back-up care for school holidays and school closing days, and summer day camp. We provide school-age children with the opportunity to live, learn and socialize in a relaxed setting outside of school.

We offer a wealth of enrichment activities that engage the interests of school-age children. You may find school-age children creating a magazine or a video, playing chess or shooting hoops, tutoring each other or forming a club. Teachers are there alongside, facilitating, guiding and understanding that learning does not have to take on the tone and texture of a school day but rather be filled with fun.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"You impressed me on my first visit and I continue to appreciate your wisdom supporting so many young lives at the center. You know your employees and the children well enough to form solutions that support each family. Thank you."

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Tackling homework assignments, reading chapter books, engaging in long conversations with teachers and peers.
  • Math Counts Measuring weight, length, and volume, using math to solve problems.
  • Science Rocks Investigating forces of nature, developing hypotheses and conclusions, using computers, magazines, and books to explore the world.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, individual exploration of performance arts including dance, singing, musical instruments, and drama.
  • Our World Exploring diverse cultures, showing interest in finding solutions to issues of discrimination and injustice, becoming involved in service projects.
  • Well Aware Taking responsibility for a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy eating, participating in extracurricular activities including team sports and dance.

Learning at Home

Letter Hunt

You Will Need:

Square pieces of paper with each letter of the alphabet on them, tape

Directions:

Tape the letters to the wall in different places in the house. Sit in one room and have your child find and retrieve the letter that you call out. (If you have more than one child, let them take turns).

Tip:

To add more challenge, don't let the child see you where you hide the letters.


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