My two children joined Open Arms in 2014 after being at an in-home daycare settings that unfortunately closed. We have had nothing but a wonderful experience each day since. Everyone on site knows our children's name and my daughter can't leave the building until she has hugged her favorite teachers goodbye. My son started in the infants room and we had a wonderful experience with the group of caregivers who loved him as their own. He still gets so happy to see them each morning. The addition of religion in their every day leanings has been such a sweet experience. I am happy that they are both building this foundation so young. Ms. Ellen is very hands on and has only the parents & children's best interest in mind. LOA also does a great job providing the option of additional activities outside of the daily routine. I certainly recommend LOA as an option for your family. - Emily, LOA Parent
We love this place, it's like a second family. The amount of learning is amazing! All of the staff are great with the kids (you only need to see the children's annual art show to see how well they are nurtured). I will be very sad when my son's time there comes to an end. Ellen the director offers such great "outside" activities too... piano lessons, soccer, Lego technology, ballet..... If you haven't checked it out you should!!! - Gretchen, 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 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
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about the love and care my son receives from his teachers. The transition starting the program wasn't easy for him, as he had been home with me, but the staff and teachers were always patient and loving. It is a wonderful program packed with lots of reading, singing, crafts…and lots of laughter.” –Mike, LOA parent
My two year old has been going to LOA since last year and we absolutely love this place. I have toured many daycares in Leesburg. I also have an eleven year old and placed her in several Leesburg daycares when she was young. Leesburg Open Arms is my favorite daycare facility in Leesburg.
Here's what I like most: All of the staff are so friendly. Even the staff working in other rooms stop, say hello, and wish you a great day. Everyone knows my daughter's name. My 2-year-old teachers are awesome, always upbeat, welcoming and really care for the kids. The facility is very clean and does not smell. LOA offers extra activities for the kids. The meals offered are fresh and healthy - prepared in the kitchen. There is also a sense of a family bond among the staff that is not found at a lot of other places.
I've heard of other stories, not at LOA, where new babies start at daycares (home ones too) and get sick frequently. Unfortunately when you take a baby into an environment where they share toys with other babies, germs are passed. I'm due with twins and will have both of them at Leesburg Open Arms because I'm an confident and comfortable with the staff/care I get there. - Cara, LOA Parent