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Child Care Overview

BEL Center

How can we truly effect change? By ensuring a better future for the next generation. To this end, UCM established the Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center in 1986 to address our community-wide issue of lack of safe, affordable childcare. The BEL Center provides safe, affordable, developmental childcare to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

The BEL Center leases space at the Bryant Alternative School. This allows UCM to partner with Fairfax County Schools in preventing school dropout among teen moms involved in Project Opportunity.

The BEL Center Offers:

*  A daily education plan with stimulating cognitive activities
*  A child-oriented environment
*  A developmentally appropriate philosophy
*  An education plan focused on learning through discovery
*  Daily communication among teachers, parents, and children
*  Developmental screening Health screening including dental, vision, and hearing
*  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks

Family Services Include:

*  Referrals to services for children with special needs
*  Emergency assistance
*  Referrals for effective parenting services
*  A lending library of educational materials Access to UCM's variety of services such as employment counseling, referrals, adult computer training courses and much more
*  Provide after-school care for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Special Activities Include:

*  Bilingual/multicultural enrichment
*  Guest Presenters and performers
*  Field trips to parks, museums, and other points of interest
*  Regular parent meetings
*  An informative monthly newsletter Parent involvement through BEL's Advisory Council
*  Fairs, workshops, multicultural holiday programs and more
*  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm


2709 Popkins Lane Alexandria VA 22306
(The BEL Center is conveniently located just off Richmond Highway/Rt.1 near Beacon Mall)

For More Information:

Torria Baker
Acting Director
(703) 765-0909
(703)765-5638 (fax)

Courtney Kraft

Child Development Specialist


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