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Learn 'n Play Preschool and Children's Center is a state licensed child care center with the Virginia Department of Social Services. We have been providing care to children in the Fredericksburg area since 1989. We offers both full time and part time programs for ages six weeks to 14 years old. In each classroom, we partner with many different local and national organizations to promote enriching activities, helping your child develop physical growth, positive self-esteem, practical living skills and appropriate academics, all balanced with fun and excitement!
Sharon Crabtree: Owner
Our center is owned and operated by Mrs. Sharon Crabtree, who has been a leader in the child care industry for over 30 years. Mrs. Crabtree holds two degrees from Old Dominion University– a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Education and Counseling. She has been involved in many national and local organizations, some of which she founded, led as President, or served on the board. (For more information on organizations with which
Mrs. Crabtree's passion and dedication towards improving the lives of children and their families are reflected in our services. From extended hours to being open on Saturdays, Learn 'n Play is here to make your life easier. We guarantee personalized care for every Learn 'n Play family directly from our owner and dedicated staff. Come see for yourself! >>
Sheila Gordon: Director
Mrs. Sheila Gordon has many years of experience under her belt, both in and out of the classroom. With six years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, nine years as a director, and over 15 years of experience in early childhood education. Mrs. Gordon is very enthusiastic about working with all ages, infants to school age. Mrs. Gordon has completed her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and holds a Master's Degree in Education. She uses both her educational background and her many years of experience to lead and better the center.
Sylvia James: Assistant Director
After many years of service to the Army, Mrs. Sylvia James moved into her passion of working with children, alongside Mrs. Crabtree. Mrs. James has spent more than 20 years as a childcare provider, 18 of which has been working with Mrs. Crabtree, 12 of which have been working with Mrs. Gordon, and four of which have been with Ms. Lindsey. As the Assistant Director and an administrator at the center, Mrs. James handles the day to day operations of the facility.
Connie Lindsey: Supervisor
Ms. Connie Lindsey has been a dedicated childcare professional for over 25 years, as a supervisor, a teacher, a nanny, an education director, an academy director, an administrator, and a life skills mentor. With an education as diverse as Ms. Lindsey's background, she has earned a Bachelor's Degree from Straussford University while in London, England. Ms. Lindsey has used her experience to interact with a variety of children in cultures in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also holds experience developing classroom products, working for both families and corporations, and for private, public, and non-profit organizations.
All employees and volunteers of Learn 'n Play are required to pass health and criminal background screenings. Each employee is also CPR & First Aid Certified. In addition to child safety courses, our child care professionals undergo hours of specialized training each year to ensure we provide the best care possible to the children of our center.