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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.

"Thank you for everything you do for our son and our family! The ongoing communication you provide to us about our son's daily activities, interactions with other children, and growth experiences help us to feel better equipped as parents."

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

Family Culture Collages

You Will Need:

Construction paper, glue, scissors, markers, stickers, photographs, small items: golf tees, barrettes, ruler, etc.

Directions:

With your child, create a collage that reflects the cultures and interests of your family. Talk with your child about what should be on the collage and help your child find the items or photographs to glue on.

Tip:

Have children help select the photographs and items. Ask them why that particular photo/item was chosen. Write what your child says. Keep small pieces away from younger siblings. If your child selects heavy objects to attach, you may need to provide heavier paper or cardboard for the base or have your child turn it into a 3-dimensional sculpture.


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