Potomac Childcare Center Creates Family-Like Environment
Step into the basement of Leila Nassaj’s spacious Potomac home, and it’s like walking straight back into childhood; a myriad of shapes, colors and sounds awaits. With endless opportunities to learn and play, it’s an oasis for kids that has earned its name—A to Z Fun Care.
Children who attend A to Z become like family to Leila, who officially opened her home to local kids on Sept. 4, 2012. After working as a clothing designer, she realized her lifelong dream was to help children, working as both a teacher and a provider. She got her license in 2010 and also went back to school for psychology; she is currently working toward her doctorate. She started her home daycare with her mother as a way to ensure it was the right career path for her.
“I’ve always loved children, and I wanted to make sure that this is me,” Leila says. “If I can work with children in action, it helps me get closer to my goals.”
From day one of A to Z, Leila worked hard to establish a curriculum for her kids. While simultaneously spending time as a student herself, she made sure to offer a genuine learning environment in addition to fun activities like crafts, music, puzzles, blocks and outdoor playtime.
“When I started this job, it took over all my life. I try my best to be the best,” she explains. “My relationship with my parents here, we’re like family. We respect each other. They trust me with their children—that is worth a lot to me.”
After just one year, Leila had to expand to accommodate more children. She was fielding phone calls from eager parents hoping to claim a spot in the coveted care of her team. By word of mouth of happy clients, her business has continued to grow; she opened her second location on March 21, 2017, and is hoping to open a third this fall in Potomac Village.
The A to Z team consists of eight fun-loving educators: Two pre-kindergarten teachers; two for infants; two for toddlers; one substitute; and Leila, who keeps the ship running smoothly as owner and director of operations.
“We’re like sisters,” Leila says of her staff.
Leila accepts children from newborns to kindergarten age and, in some cases, has had children grow up with her.
“I’ve seen 10-week-old babies stay here until they’re 5 years old,” she says. “I have so many good memories. Sometimes when they leave, I become sick for weeks and stay in my office.”
The appreciation and positive feedback from her clients are what keep her going and motivate her to continue to improve A to Z any way she can.
“I believe whoever works with children never gets old. You get so much happiness and positive energy from them,” she explains. “When my kids get here in the morning and hug me and say, ‘Leila, I love you,’ that’s the best thing I can hear.”
For more information, call 301.943.7775 or visit AToZFunCare.com.
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“Our daughter, Aida, is 2 1/2 years old and has been attending A to Z Fun Care since she was 1. Every morning, she looks forward to going to ‘school’ to play with her friends and sing the morning song. Leila and her team have degrees in education and a love for children which really shines through. I am always impressed with their fun learning curriculum. Aida especially loves the art activities, the science lessons and bringing in toys for ‘Show and Share’ on Fridays. Aida came home one day recently and was excited to show us that she can spell the words ‘seven’ and ‘eight.’ We couldn’t be happier with A to Z Fun Care!” —Alexis and Jay Truitt