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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.
  • Ashburn Child Care Center Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
  • Phone: 571-209-4025
  • Hours of Operation: M-F: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep,

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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 all for what you do with my child. I am amazed at how much he has developed and learned. Being a working mom is such a hard thing sometimes but it makes it so much easier when you know your child is being loved and nurtured by truly caring individuals. Thanks for being his mom away from mom."

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

Homemade Butter

You Will Need:

Whipping cream, Small jar (baby food size works best)

Directions:

Pour a small amount of cream into a jar. Seal tightly. Have child shake the jar while you supervise. After several minutes of serious shaking a clump of butter should form. Pour off the liquid (whey) and chill the butter.

Tip:

The more cream you add the longer and harder you need to shake. You may need to help young children by starting the shaking. Older children may want to mold the butter into shapes for special occasions. This can be done spreading the butter on wax paper then freezing or getting it very cold. Cut with a cookie cutter. Fancy restaurants sometimes press a decoration into the cold butter.

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