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KinderCare at Town Center

Kathy Cook, Center Director

19780 Crystal Rock Dr. Germantown MD 20874
(301) 515-2700 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Grove, Christa McAuliffe, Gibbs, Lake Seneca, Matsunaga, MCPS, Sally K. Ride, Waters Landing, Ronald McNair


Thank you for your interest in Kindercare! Our Nationally Accredited Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for the school year. We are proud to serve families of the Germantown community and the surrounding areas. Please contact us today to reserve your space! We would like to personally invite you to visit with us and let us introduce you to our teachers and friends. We also suggest giving us a call with any questions regarding our offered programs. Deciding where and when to enroll your child in a learning program can be one of the most important decisions in a child's life, and we want to help you determine if KinderCare meets all of your expectations and concerns regarding a nurturing, educational and fun center!

Kathy Cook, 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.

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Monthly Activities

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. 

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.

Handwriting Adventures

Teachers & Staff

The staff at our center are dedicated individuals who want to change the world a little at a time by helping students learn and grow into their own unique persons. All of our staff have a rich background in child development and are committed to teaching children in a respectful an engaging manner. As a parent you will find "Staff Bios" at the entrance to every classroom, highlighting each teachers experience, time at KinderCare and a little bit about why they love teaching.

  • Kathy Cook

    Kathy Cook, Center Director

    I truly enjoy all facets of helping children and families. Whether I can give advice, lend an ear to a parent, or help a child overcome a struggle the reward of teaching is an amazing experience and I cherish being able to make a difference everyday.

    Ms. Kathy has been in the KinderCare family for over 17 years. She has completed multiple degrees in Early Childhood.  Ms. Kathy feels the most important component of her position is to continually train her staff on all current aspects of early childhood education.  She is proud of the team of educators at her center who focus on the unique abilities and interests of their students, while implementing fun and educationally age-appropriate activities.  Ms. Kathy and her teachers ultimate goal and priority for their students is Kindergarten readiness. With this dedication, Ms. Kathy is proud to say her students graduate the Prekindergarten classroom with the skills and knowledge to be successful as they enter their next chapter in education, usually at or above grade levels.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Kathy worked as a kindergarten teacher in Long Island, NY.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sylvestor and the Magic Pebble.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Lisa Rivera

    Lisa Rivera, Assistant Director

    I enjoy implementing the curriculum throughout the classrooms and training staff on different ways to utilize their teaching skills to make their classrooms enriched and engaging.

    Ms. Lisa has been involved in early childhood education since 2005.  As a mother of two children she understands the importance of finding the right place for your child's education. Ms. Lisa enjoys working with children and enhancing an already interactive curriculum to make classrooms and teachers the best that they can be.  She understands it is important to have a safe and nurturing environment for students to flourish, learn and grow in each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has been working in the childcare industry since 2005, after her second child entered public school. She has worked both as an educator in Preschool, Infants and Toddlers classrooms and in management as the Program Specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    90 Hour Preschool Certification, Infants and Toddlers Certification and Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Farzi

    Ms. Farzi, Infant and Toddler Classroom Supervisor

    I love my job. I enjoy coming into "work" everyday and watching the children grow. I believe that safety and cleanliness are essential to the health and education of young children, and strive to keep my classrooms inviting, enriching, and current with the latest safety precautions.

    Ms. Farzi truly enjoys being around and working with children. She has many years of experience teaching students of all ages.  Ms. Farzi prides herself in teaching fun lessons in our Music and Cooking Adventures programs.  But her favorite classrooms to teach are occupied by our youngest students, the Infants and Toddler classrooms.  As a mother of two grown-up sons, her life experiences and knowledge are great resources available to our center's parents.  Ms. Farzi loves communicating with our student's families and making them feel as if they are bringing their child to a relative to be loved and taken care of.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Infant and Toddler Certification, 90 Hour Childcare Certification and Child Development Associate's Certificate
  • Ms. Efat

    Ms. Efat, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children get so excited at the idea of learning new things each day. I believe children are our future and I enjoy teaching them the knowledge they need to be successful.

    Ms. Efat loves to incorporate songs and finger-plays into the daily routine to keep younger children interested and happy. She keeps her room enriched and colorful, and views herself as a very important caregiver in each child's life.  She conducts an engaging community circle time everyday where each student has an opportunity to participate in anything from taste testing fruits and vegetables for our "Foods" theme, or trying on fun fireman clothing for our "My Community" theme.  As one of our valued veteran teachers, she is a beloved member our KinderCare family and her positive energy is contagious among staff, children and their families.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I am passionate about helping children develop, enhance, and perfect the necessary skills they will need throughout life--such as teaching younger children the beginning stages of reading and writing, and helping older children enhance skills such as handwriting and math concepts.

    Ms. Annie teaches a variety of additional tutorial programs designed to enhance students skills in reading, spelling, math, and handwriting. She enjoys teaching children and feels its one of the most rewarding experiences to have a child understand a concept and feel confident about themselves.  In addition to being our center's wonderful phonics & math educator she is our "Health and Safety Coordinator".  She knows the importance of having clean classrooms, updated allergy and health information for each of our students and conducting proper emergency procedures regularly to ensure the safety of everyone at our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously Ms. Annie worked as a Middle School teacher.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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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. 

Monday January 02, 2017
Center Closed in Observance of New Year's Day


Monday January 16, 2017
Join our Open House the week of January 16–20!

Your whole family is welcome to join us for an Open House the week of January 16–20.

During wintertime we get a chance to get cozy and focus on fun activities that bring learning to life for children. This is the perfect time to see firsthand the learning and joy that happens in our classrooms every day. The center director and teachers will be on hand to meet you and talk about what makes our center so special. See you there!

About Our Center

Welcome to Town Center KinderCare located in Germantown, Maryland. Here at KinderCare we promise to honor your role as a parent, and to partner with you in the care and development of your child. We promise you will know we value your child as a unique individual to be nurtured, protected, and respected at all times. We also promise you will know committed, dedicated educators are caring for your child, and that by joining our center family you will watch your child develop a love of learning and a rich imagination. Our center is located conveniently close to Interstate 270 and the Germantown Metro station. Our center operates from 6:30a.m-6:30p.m Monday-Friday and we are closed about eight days during the year for holidays and staff trainings (a list of which days specifically can be provided).

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Farsi, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Holiday Closings for KinderCare 2014-2015 

♦ Labor Day (Closed on Monday, September 1 , 2014)
♦ *Columbus Day* (Closed on Monday, October 13 , 2014)
♦ Thanksgiving Day (Closed on Thursday, November 27 , 2014)
♦ Friday after Thanksgiving  (Closed on Friday, November 28 , 2014)
♦ Christmas Day (Closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014)
♦ New Year’s Day (Closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015)
♦ *President’s Day * (Closed on Monday, February 16, 2015)
♦ Memorial Day (Closed on Monday, May 25, 2015)
♦ Independence Day (Closed on Friday, July 4, 2015)

Health and Safety

Safety throughout our center is of the utmost importance. Our building is equipped with many safety devices such as our pin pad entrance- accessible to only our staff and families. Our playground runs around the outside of the building and is fenced in on all sides. We also complete yearly trainings for all of our staff members highlighting emergency preparedness, disaster training and CPR and First Aid certifications. We also have an educator specifically dedicated to health and safety procedures and making sure we are exceeding the latest standards in the industry.

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

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

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.

- Mother

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.

- Mother

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.

- Parents

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!

- Grandmother

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!

- Mother

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.

- Mother

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.

- Parents

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