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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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Special Instructions:
Off Frederick Rd. 355. next to Popeyes and CVS

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

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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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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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
  • Angel Bias

    Angel Bias, Assistant Director

    'If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn

    Mrs. Angel started working for KinderCare on March 1, 2006. She has worked with many age groups, but her passion is Prekindergarten. She loves to lead a team of educators with pride in preparing children for Kindergarten and beyond. She loves to help support teachers in implementing curriculum in their classrooms to sustain a high quality and enriched classroom environment. Her passion as a teacher was to help guide each child to exceed parent's academic and social expectations by motivating each child to do their best and frequently tracking their progress. With now taking on a leadership role in the center, Angel enjoys monitoring children's progress in each classroom, and loves to help teachers develop new approaches, ideas and activities to help support each individual child's learning experience in their classrooms. Angel believes that family involvement is very important, therefore she loves to give families many opportunities to help anyway they can in classrooms during special circle times that are set aside for families to come in to read books, talk about their careers or something special they do as a family. She loves to involve families in other activities for the center, such as planning field trips or center and classroom events, planning and participating in various workshops for classrooms or volunteering their time in their child's classroom. Angel is married and has 3 amazing children. Game night and movie night are family activities she enjoys on weekends with her husband and children. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and training in dance technique in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Angel has worked with many age groups as a Lead Teacher in School Age, Infant and Toddlers and Prekindergarten. She was most recently a successful Prekindergarten teacher prior to taking on an Assistant Director role.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Associate Degree in Child Development, 90 Hours Infant and Toddlers Certificate, 90 Hours School Age Certificate and 9 hour Communication Certificate
  • Ms. Naserena

    Ms. Naserena, Health & Safety Coordinator / Prekindergarten Classroom

    A journey of a thousand mile begins with just one step.

    Nasreena is married with two children.  She has a bachelors in education and a masters in accounting.  She has been teaching/tutoring for more than 22 years.  She loves to make everyday a new day and learning exprience for each child she comes across.

    Previous Experience:
    MSCP Para Educator for Special Education
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Heidi by Joanna Spyri
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Preschool, Infant & Toddler Certified, Associates Degree in Business
  • Ms. Markiah

    Ms. Markiah, Infants

    Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.

    Markiah as been working for Kindercare for about 5 months.  She 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
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Shanna

    Ms. Shanna, Toddlers

    Everything happens for a reason

    Shanna is 31 years old.  She has been married for 5 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Torn by Keisha Ervin
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infants Classroom

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

    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant & Toddler Certified
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infants Classroom

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away

    Sandy is 24 years old.  She has a 3 brothers and one twin sister.  She has been working with children for the last 13 years between babysitting and Kindercare.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She loves to spoil her nephew and nieces rotten.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Warner
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jovon

    Ms. Jovon, Prekindergarten & School Age Classroom

    Live everyday as if it were your last

    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:
    Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    School Age Teacher 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. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Toddler Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world

    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. 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:
    5 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

    A person's a person, no matter how small"- Dr. Suess

    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. Annette

    Ms. Annette, Prekindergarten

    Educate to Graduate

    Annette is 1 of 5 children.  She graduated from Baldwin High School in Georgia.  She earned her masters degree in psychology in Georgia as well.  She is mother of 4 great children, two boys and two girls.  She has a deep love for children and loves to watch them grow and learn new things each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Montgomery County Public Schools
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Raggedy Ann and Andy
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, School Age

    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

    Vanessa has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Science from teh University of Maryland and was accepted into the Master of Arts program in Elementary Education at Howard University.  During the school year she work for MCPS as para educator and this August she began student teaching.  She is married and has 3 young children.  She loves summers at Kindercare because  the children do so many activities and have a great time.

    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

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