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Germantown KinderCare

Melanie Wood, Center Director

19921 Frederick Rd. Germantown MD 20876
(301) 916-9190 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Daly, Fox Chapel, Little Bennett, Clarksburg, Sally K. Ride, Cedar Grove, Wimms


Welcome to our nationally accredited KinderCare on Frederick Road in Germantown. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. In our school you will find that teachers all work together as a team and enjoy establishing new relationships with the children and families. We strive to make our families feel as if KinderCare is part of their extended family.

Melanie Wood, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Here at KinderCare our staff are dedicated to enriching your child's future! We have many staff who have been dedicated to KinderCare for many years and offer a warm, loving, enriched classroom for children of all ages to thrive in. We hope that you and your family become a part of our KinderCare Family!

  • Melanie Wood

    Melanie Wood, Center Director

    To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

    Melanie has been with KinderCare since October of 2009. She began her career with KinderCare in North Carolina, as a teacher and then became an Assistant Director. In May of 2013 she transferred within the company, moved to Maryland and then became the Assistant Director at Germantown KinderCare. In July of 2014 Melanie became the Center Direcor at Germantown KinderCare. Melanie has been working with children for sixteen years now. She absolutely loves what she does. She really enjoys building strong relationships with the children and families she serves. Most importantly she loves knowing that she has been able to make a positive impact on the lives of many children.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh, The Places You Will Go!" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Melanie Guyton

    Melanie Guyton, Assistant Director

    Melanie has been with KinderCare since October of 2009. She began her career with KinderCare in North Carolina as a teacher and then became an Assistant Director. In May of 2013 she transferred within the company, moved to Maryland and then became the Assistant Director at Germantown KinderCare. Melanie has been working with children for sixteen years now. She absolutely loves what she does. She really enjoys building strong relationships with the children and families she serves. Most importantly, she loves knowing that she has been able to make a positive impact on the lives of many children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You Will Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Markiah

    Ms. Markiah, Infant Classroom

    Markiah loves to cook, listen to music, and spend any free time with her 2-year-old son.  She enjoys being greeted with smiles and hugs when she brings the children their food each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    I love watching these babies grow. These babies are my life!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant and Toddler Certified
  • Ms. Shanna

    Ms. Shanna, Toddler Classroom

    Shanna is 31 years old.  She has been married for five years and has no children.  Shanna has worked with children for 14 years.  She loves working with children and getting to see how they develop.  She also enjoys entertaining them and watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Toddler Classroom

    Naomi started woking for Kindercare in November 2006.  She loves working with children.  She loves to watch them grow physically, socially, and intellectually.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
    Preschool, Infant & Toddler Certified
  • Ms. Gulnara

    Ms. Gulnara, Toddler Classroom

    Never let go of your dreams

    Gulnara is from Uzbekistan.  She is married to her wonderful husband.  She has three children, all whom have graduated from college.  Gulnara has 24 years of experience working with children and teaching.  She loves to watch all the children learn and grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kite Runner
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Ibeth

    Ms. Ibeth, Toddler Classroom

    Good is my Direction

    Ibeth is married with two children.  She studied physicology in her country before moving to America.  She then decided she wanted to work with children.  The children inspire her to grow more in knowledge and to love her job even more.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Gorilla
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Mona

    Ms. Mona, Toddler Classroom

    Do what makes you happy

    Mona has 3 wonderful children.   She enjoys spending time with her family.  Mona enjoys watching all the children grow and learn new things each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Preschool, Infant & Toddler Certified
  • Ms. Vicky

    Ms. Vicky, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    All is Good

    Vicky graduated from Wood High school in 1980.  She has 4 wonderful daughters and a handsome son.  She has been teaching for more than 20 years.  Teaching is her passion.  She loves the children's smiles, their laughs, and their happiness.  Most of all she loves building strong relationships with the children and their fmailies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bearenstain Bears Picnic
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Cynthia has been working with children for over 13 years.  She loves knowing that she makes a difference in the childrens lives.  She loves teaching and helping children reach their full potential.  She is a very nurturing person and loves to help others.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Dog Go
    Preschool, Infant & Toddler Certified
  • Ms. Naserena

    Ms. Naserena, Health & Safety Coordinator and Prekindergarten Classroom

    Nasreena is married with two children.  She has a Bachelor in Education and a Masters in Accounting.  She has been teaching and tutoring for more than 22 years.  She loves to make everyday a new day and learning experience for each child she comes across.

    Previous Experience:
    Paraeducator for Special Education
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Heidi by Johanna Spyri

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Preschool, Infant, and Toddler Certified, Associate in Business
  • Ms. Jovon

    Ms. Jovon, Prekindergarten and School Age Classroom

    Jovon is 31 years old.  She has two boys. They are her world.  In her free time, she enjoys being with her friends and family.  She also loves listening to music.  She loves to watch the children grow and help them meet their milestones.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

    Years in ECE industry:
    School Age Teacher Certified

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • Maryland EXCELS Level 2

    Maryland EXCELS Level 2

Special Features

  • Toddler Summer Program
  • Discovery Preschool Summer Program
  • Preschool Summer Program
  • Prekindergarten Summer Program
  • School Age Summer Program

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili, Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed in recognition of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

We are also closed on President's Day and Columbus Day for staff professional development.

Health and Safety

We focus on safety and security everyday.  We have a keypad entrance, as well as a high fenced in playground area for all the children.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I'm a parent of a toddler at KinderCare, I will tell you that it's the best and healthiest decision that I've made towards my daughter Meredith. Melanie Wood is the director at Germantown on Frederick Rd., she runs this center and she's the BEST!...Her staff are always polite and soon to address any questions or concerns. I will not lie to tell you ahead of time that it's a pretty expensive penny, but I see it's an expensive penny well spent. My daughter is thriving, happy,and if course in safe environment. My KinderCare is Germantown KinderCare.

- mother

Our experience at KinderCare Learning Center has been very positive and rewarding. The entire staff, headed by Ms. Kelly Van Den Engel, has always been courteous and professional. At this center, it is apparent that the children’s safety, academic, and social development is a priority, and as parents we are grateful for the tireless effort and commitment of the entire staff.

- Parents

Kindercare is a great place where my daughter has learned how to interact with other children, enjoy early education, and become more independent in a caring and safe environment. The teachers are cheerful and kind and the staff very supportive!

- Mother

I literally enjoy bringing my daughter here because I not only work in the same building as her but I get to enjoy working with my own kids in my classroom!!! I love the infant teachers and the directors who I work for and they take care of my baby every single day!!! I recommend this daycare because they love their jobs and know how to take care of kids 

- Mother

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