Kathy Cook, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Grove, Christa McAuliffe, Gibbs, Lake Seneca, Matsunaga, MCPS, Sally K. Ride, Waters Landing, Ronald McNair
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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
Our Cooking Academy program teaches kids confidence in the kitchen through hands-on activities that build important math, science, and social skills. They’ll learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and nutrition—and get to eat some delicious food made all on their own like carrot and turmeric hummus, pumpkin muffins, vegetable curry, black bean and sweet potato chili, and so much more!
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.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My twins and I absolutely adore KinderCare. From the first day, and every day since, the kids have been excited to arrive in the morning and sad to leave in the evenings. The staff, (including the teachers, administrators, cooks, etc.) make me feel as though the kids are part of their family and they rejoice in every accomplishment right along with me. I have never had one moment of worry or concern about the kids while they were at KinderCare, and I have recommended them to a number of my friends.
Kate H. - KinderCare Parent
Choosing a place to send my two month old baby was daunting because my husband passed away unexpectedly at that time and he was supposed to be the primary caregiver. In the midst of my shock and grief, I visited Kindercare and met with the director. She was very reassuring and patient with all of my questions and concerns. My baby thrived in the infant room. She formed bonds with several of the teachers. She is so happy there. She is now in the toddler room and is enjoying going to daycare every day. The staff is very accommodating and full of energy and smiles. Ms. Kathy, Ms. Farzi, and Ms. Lisa are dedicated to making the children (and parents) feel comfortable and safe. I am glad that I decided to send my baby to this kindercare. I know my husband would have been happy to see how much my baby is growing and learning too.
Debbie C. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare changed our lives… in less than a month from the time our son started daycare, we witnessed dramatic improvement in his socialization skills - he is now interacting, happily playing with other children and he is more comfortable being with other people. He is more self-sufficient eating his own meals and just being more independent overall. As full-time working parents, we are naturally concerned about our son's daily development, but we are confident that his teachers care for him not only on a superficial level but aims to better him physiologically, socially, intellectually, and beyond.
Reggie and Grace B. - KinderCare Parent
I absolutely love your school! It provides a warm and nurturing environment for the children, and the staff communication with parents is positive. As a Grandmother of two of your students and a retired teacher and school administrator, I am overwhelmed by the positive attitude of the entire staff and how each child and their family become part of the KinderCare family. I know that my Grandchildren are safe and learning in a wonderful preschool environment. Whenever I visit, the entire staff is upbeat and positive. They love their jobs- teaching our children!
Chris W. - KinderCare Parent
All three of my children have attended kinderCare over the past six years now, and every minute has been a positive experience for all of us. The center itself is very clean and inviting and the center's staff is outstanding. The Director, teachers, and support staff are all wonderful. They are always professional, engaging and loving. There is a genuine desire to make sure my children experience a safe, educational and fun day - everyday! I am not sure how they do it but the center's staff manages to provide that personal, loving and safe feel of an in-home daycare center with all the perks of a corporate center like Picture Day, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, and Learning Adventures, The staff always gives their all, whether it is experienced through the little things like "Cookie Friday's" or during big events like their Summer Kickoff Party. The quality of childcare that my family has received at KinderCare Town Center has been fantastic and I gladly recommended them to any family!
Brianna B. - KinderCare Parent
I have a great story that I just have to share with you! Last week, we took Brody for a speech evaluation. It was ran through Montgomery County Board of Ed/Child Find. Even though we were only interested in getting his speed assessed, he needed to go through the whole process (they use Dial 4), which included several different stations (motor skills, language skills, problem solving, etc) all facilitated by specialists in each field.
At the conclusion, the specialists do a panel conversation with the parents & go through the scores. Brody ranked SUPERIOR (proud mom moment)!! They each complimented his overall knowledge and estimated he was at a 6 year old level in all areas. They said he will find kindergarten a breeze. They also said a lot of nice things about his confidence and comfort with them (he went by himself to each assessment, while most of the other children needed their parents to accompany them, and how he interacted with the other children (they also observed them play).
Tom & I walked out of there so happy... not only because they said his speech was fine, but because of our decision to send him (and keep him) in your KinderCare. Seriously.... he's been there since he was 12 weeks old! He's been in every single classroom around the building! He's been well cared for, safe, loved... which are the most important things when they're that little, but overall his education has been great. Each of his teachers have been awesome, we could not be more pleased. We especially love the fact that he gets to take advantage of all the "extras" like phonics, handwriting, music, cooking... no other daycare offers anything close to it.
You & your staff have become like a second family to us. Last week at Trunk or Treat, Tom and I were so sad because we realized it was our last one.
I know this was long winded.. but a HUGE THANK YOU!! Please pass the gratitude along to your team.
Lisa G. - KinderCare Parent
To Ms. Kathy and her staff, especially Ms. Sheeba,
As you have known me for the last several years, I am not one of those parents who often write a warm and fuzzy thank you emails. However, I have to express our appreciation to all of you who have helped us raise Kimiko up till today.
I had Kimiko's very first conference with her Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. LaRocca. She has been a Kindergarten teacher at Laytonsville Elementary School for at least twenty years. Prior to that, she was teaching at Lake Seneca Elementary School in Germantown. One of her sons is a PE teacher at Waterslanding Elementary School in Germantown. With all that being said, she asked me where Kimiko received her pre-K education. She was honest to tell me that there are two other children who can read better than she can in her class, and they are montessori school graduates. She also confirmed that her peers and she expect good academic performance from those children who graduated from montessori school usually. However, she further explained how important it is to teach our children other things, such as respect and caring manners. She was impressed how well-rounded Kimiko is and wanted to know where she had been cared previously. When I told her where Kimiko belonged for the last four years, she informed me that her son also noticed great behaviors from those children who came from our center. This is amazing!!!
My husband and I are aware that we have much more work to do. However, we are forever more thankful for all you have done. We strive to carry on your hard work. Thank you.
Masra and shiho - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.