Our Story


About The Right Start Staffing Agency

The Right Start is a childcare staffing and full-time nanny placement agency in Alexandria, providing passionate, qualified childcare providers in DC, Maryland, Virginia, NYC, and South Florida.

Our Mission

Our mission is for every child to have their best opportunities in life, including the best quality childcare and education.

Our Values

We value experience, qualification, and passion in our employees. All our staff are professionally certified according to their positions, and share a love of improving the lives of children. We place safety and the value of your child’s development at the top of our list!

Our Principles

We stick to our motto of start right, stay right, finish right!Ž We know that your child’s life starts with the adults that fill it, and we commit to this by connecting your family or your agency with the highest quality professionals to assist in care.


The Best of Our Professionals

Tarnesha McCrary

My name is Tarnesha McCrary and I have had the privilege to work in Early Childhood Education for over 22 years. I adore children and I have a passion to see every child thrive into the best possible version of themselves and I believe this starts in Early Childhood Education.

I started in this career as a nanny, classroom teacher, and in-home childcare provider. Later in my career, I was promoted to Education Coordinator, Assistant Director, Director In Training, Center Director, and Director of Operations.

I currently have my Associates in Early Childhood Education from NOVA, and I’m currently obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Regent University. I am Director Qualified in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. I’m also a mom to three boys and married to the love of my Life, and enjoy serving in my community.

It’s my pleasure to partner with you!

Commodore McCrary
Operational Manager-Director
of Finance

Commodore is passionate about children as he has the privilege to
coach Youth Flag Football.

Commodore has had the honor to serve his country for over 20 years as he is a retired military and a Disabled Veteran. In fact, Commodore is the Founder and CEO of Home front VETS. Throughout Commodore’s naval career, Commodore has gained experience as a Figher Jet and Helicopter mechanic then later in his career he became a Mechanic Supervisor and a Procurement Specialist.

Commodore brings attention to detail, laughter and tenacity to the team. Commodore is the husband to Tarnesha McCrary (our founder/CEO) and they have three handsome boys together.

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