We've had children attend pre-school, and now after-school care, at LOA almost since they opened their doors. We could not be happier. Their staff is professional and capable. The leadership (Ellen - the Director) is top notch. Most importantly, our children love the place. They enjoy their friends and the staff equally. Many of LOA's staff have become extensions of our family...and know our children nearly as well as we do. We highly recommend LOA...and we are not alone considering LOA's consistently high rating in the annual "Best of Loudoun". Keep up the good work team! - Mike & Laura, LOA Parents
Please let my daughter's teachers know that we absolutely love them and Sofia had a blast her first week at Open Arms. It's unbelievable how much she has learned and the increase in her vocabulary in just a few short days! Open Arms has made the transition from at home daycare to school environment a whole lot easier for this Mama! :) - Megan, LOA Parent
I am happy with LOA. My son attended their preschool for two years then attended the summer camp program for one year. My daughter has spent 4 years in the summer camp program. There are many activities planned throughout the week, weekly field trips, swimming twice a week, as well as educational and entertaining shows that come to the center.
Both my children have food allergies, and my son has seizures and learning disabilities. I love that the staff are aware of the issues, take the time to adjust to their needs, and are trained to take care of kids with allergies.
Everyone who works there knows my kids by name. They welcome them every morning as they walk in the door and down the hall to their classroom, and say good-bye to them every night.
Prior to attending LOA, my children had limited exposure to a Christian environment. After attending LOA they have learned many things about the Bible, how to treat others in a kind way, and how to help others that are in need. The facility arranges many different activities throughout the year, like donation drives, to help those who are less fortunate.
"My two boys have been going to Open Arms since they were in the infant room. One is now in the private Kindergarten and the other in the 3 year old room. Both boys love to go to school...and quite frankly stall like crazy when it is time to leave. They always run to give me a hug but want to go back and keep playing!
They continuously seek feedback from their parents and have made positive changes based on recommendations; like improvements to the meals and snacks. Staff are friendly, open to suggestions, love the children and miss them when they are out.
We love the fun activities offered like beautiful artwork (our 'fridge is covered), chapel and great music thanks to Ms. Wendy. Lots of time to play outside and walks to the nearby park. Lots of fun seasonal activities, parties, programs and special visitors like magicians and animals. The curriculum and lesson plans for even the infants are detailed and keeps the children engaged and learning as they play.
One of my sons was sick often (the breast-fed one~ go figure!) as an infant the other was sick very little. Like any environment where there are a lot of children there is the potential for spreading germs. I think individual resistance plays a factor. I have seen staff taking appropriate health precautions at every developmental level. Having been exposed early on, the boys are rarely sick now (knock on wood).
I would definite recommend LOA to families looking for a warm, loving Christian care option." - Debra, LOA Parent
“We are very pleased with how much of a 'family' everyone is at the school. All of the teachers know my child by name and my daughter feels comfortable and safe there. I also love the communication between the school and the parents, and the weekly e-mails from the office staff as well. Her teachers are very nice.” – Courtney, LOA parent
We love Open Arms and my boys (4 and 6 1/2) have been attending for close to three years. It is truly like a second family to us. I go to work in DC knowing that my boys are extremely happy and well cared for. The teachers are wonderful and caring while teaching good values (not just academics), the meals provided are great, and rooms are bright and clean. The Director, Ms Ellen, is very thoughtful, the epitome of class and she has always been very understanding and accommodating to our needs. They also have a great playground with large field for running around, and special "music program with Miss Wendy" which my kids adore. I look forward to staying with Open Arms for after school care as well once my kids are in full-day public school. This daycare is absolutely worth a visit! - Christy, LOA parent
We have used the LOA Drop-In Service for this past year, as my job sometimes requires last minute notice and hours away from home. They have not only been able to take our 2 year old for the day at the drop of the hat, but it is evident that even though he is not a regular member of the class there, they always remember him and are so glad to see him. He often talks about going to "Monkey Class," and he names off the kids he plays with. Thank you, Open Arms, for providing as much quality care for the "occasional" child as you do the daily one! - Rebecca, LOA parent.
Our son has been at LOA since August of 2012, we have had a wonderful experience there. He has had very loving and caring teachers in each of his classrooms. The teachers are always willing to take the time to answer any of our questions when we pick him up and keep us informed of what they are learning in class. The Biblical based values he is learning along with the academic learning has been a
blessing. We couldn't be happier with the care he is receiving each day. - Tammy, LOA parent
My daughter began attending Leesburg Open Arms at 6 months old back in November of 2009, and my son began at 4 months in April 2012. We could not be happier with the level of care that they receive on a daily basis. At this point, we have experienced almost every classroom and have left our children in the care of many different staff members, and we continue to be impressed. My children love to go to "school" and I am amazed every day at the things they are learning. As any working parent knows, daycare is a very difficult decision...it's so important to feel comfortable with the provider you choose and to know your children are being cared for in the best possible way while you are not able to do it. We feel blessed that our children are cared for and loved throughout the day and that we don't have to worry about them while we are away. - Melissa, LOA parent.
We have had our children at LOA for 4 years. Our son is now finishing first grade in public school and is academically at the top of his class. Our daughter is in Pre-K and is reading and perfectly ready for starting Kindergarten in the Fall. We have been blessed with great teachers at LOA. Each of them truly cared about our kids, they were loving, patient and communicated contstantly with us about their progress. They are always willing to partner with us to make our children's experience the most successful it can be, I would highly recommend LOA for families looking for a safe, loving and academically challenging environment! - Ashley, LOA Parent