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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 so much for all that you do for the children, families and staff. Bright Horizons has been a second home for our three daughters, and our family, for nearly 10 years now! The teachers have contributed tremendously to our daughters' growth and development, and the feeling of leaving your children with people they adore is incredibly comforting."

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

Cotton Ball Pickup

You Will Need:

Cotton balls, tongs, chop sticks (for older children) or toast tweezers, an egg carton or ice cube tray, bowl

Directions:

Place cotton balls in the bowl and have your child fill the egg carton with cotton balls, using the chop sticks or tongs to pick them up.

Tip:

This is a fun activity that your child can do in the kitchen while you prepare dinner. Questions you might ask him during the activity include, “How many cotton balls can you put in each hole?”; “Are they heavy?”; “Is the cotton scratchy?”; “How does it feel?”; “How many balls will it take to fill up the egg carton?”


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