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Shadygrove Road KinderCare

Mary Branch, Center Director

16723 Crabbs Branch Way Rockville MD 20855
(301) 990-7703 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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In the Grove Shopping center, at intersection of Shady Grove Way & Crabbs Branch Way. One block west of the 370 interchange & Shady Grove Metro entrance.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Candlewood, College Garden, Falls Meade, Flower Hill, Gaithersburg, Goshen, Maryvale, Mill Creek, Resnick, Richie Park, Rosemont, St. Mary's, St. Martins,Stedwick, Strawberry Knoll, Whetstone, Washington Grove, St. Martins.

Our center is conveniently located near I370, the Intercounty Connector and the Shady Grove Metro station.
Our dedicated team of teaching  professionals boasts an average tenure with us of eight years and our management team has a long tenure with KinderCare as well.


Thank you for your interest in our center! It is clear to us that you are interested in obtaining the best possible care for your child and choosing KinderCare is the first step. The Shady Grove KinderCare is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education Early Childhood Division. At Shady Grove KinderCare, your child will have a safe environment in which to grow and learn. Our curriculum is exclusive to KinderCare and supports the children’s growth socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. We also provide well-balanced meals to all children enrolled in our center.

Mary Branch, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

The staff at our center represents the diversity of the world in which we live, and each team member receives continuous training in professional development. Our staff retention is excellent with an average length of five and a half years. We have 40 staff members on our team and many speak other languages such as Spanish, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Russian and some African dialects. Many of our staff members have degrees ranging from Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education to Child Development Associate credentials and state certifications for child care.

  • Mary Branch

    Mary Branch, Center Director

    Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said

    Mary began her career with KinderCare Learning Center's in 1987 as the school age teacher.The next year she became the assistant director. In 1989 she became the center director of the Olney KinderCare and moved to open the Sioux Lane KinderCare in Gaithersburg in 1992. In 1996,  Mary was asked to open the Shady Grove Road KinderCare where she is the current director. Mary is married with four children and 8 grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    School age teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director since 1987
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Degree in Elementary Education
  • Gerlinda Cook-Brown

    Gerlinda Cook-Brown, Assistant Director

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt

    Gerlinda began her career with KinderCare at the Shady Grove Road KinderCare as the pre-k teacher in 1996 whern the center opened. .She became the assistant director in 1998 and currently holds that position.
    Gerlinda is married and has two children in college.

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-K teacher for KinderCare Learning Center
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Bachelor Degree in Home Economics
  • Ms. Latricia

    Ms. Latricia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Whatever floats your boat." "When dealing with children you have to expect the unexpected and keep the fun going!

    Ms. Latricia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Studies. She loves learning new ways to improve communication. In her classroom Ms. Latricia plays a major role in teaching her three and four-year-old students Spanish, all while having fun. She recently got married and is new to the Maryland area. When asked why she left Minnesota, Ms. Latricia replied "Snow in May!".

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Latricia volunteered at a local Preschool with children ages three and four.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Associate's of Liberal Arts Degree, Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Studies, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lilit

    Ms. Lilit, Pre-Kindergarten

    The best thing about teaching is that moment when the penny drops and a child gets something. Vygotski said if you understand where a child is, what they know, then you can scaffold them to move on to the next level.

    Lilit was born in Armenia. She graduated from Moscow Pedagogic University and has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.  She is married and has two daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Children in the Shoe
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nadine

    Ms. Nadine, Pre-Kindergarten

    A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. ~Robert Brault

    Nadine has been one of the pre kindergarten teachers for 7 years. She is currently working on completing her bachelor degree in Elementary and Special Education. Nadine comes from a large family.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate and Associate Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Naznin

    Ms. Naznin, Pre Kindergarten

    Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child. ~Joan Almon

    Naznin has worked with our preschool and pre kindergarten classes since she began her career with KinderCare Learning Center. Naznin is married and has 2 children and 1 grandchild.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Sandy Healy

    Ms. Sandy Healy, Infant A

    I think my job is awesome and I love working with the children to help them learn and grow is great fun for me.

    Sandy has worked with our infant program since coming to work for KinderCare. She enjoys using her creativity to enrich her classroom for the children.  Sandy is married and the mother of twins.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ani Alagyozyan

    Ms. Ani Alagyozyan, Infant A

    I love working with the children and watching them grow and blossom into little people.

     Ani is a native of Armenia. She has been working with the infant program since she joined KinderCare. She is very artistic and enjoys painting. Ani is married and the mother of a son.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Infant B

    I believe children are the future of our society

    Mindy has experience as a nursing assistant and holds a certificate as a  home health aide. She enjoys working in the infant class and brings her knowledge of health care to her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher in child care Lowell, MA
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree Science and Health
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant

    I enjoy assisting in the development of the children in my class. It is so rewarding to watch them grow!

    Mary has been with KinderCare for 4 years. She pays close attention to the needs of the children in her care. Mary loves to read with the children throughout the day. She has raised two children of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Bank Manager
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School and some college
  • Ms. Angelina

    Ms. Angelina, Toddler

    Caring for children is full of challenges, rewards and surprises! I have learned that each child is unique, needs respecr, love and honesty.

    Angelina has worled in the elementary school in her native country, The Philipines. This is also where she was a elementary school principal. She is the mother of 5 and grandmother to 12

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Teacher and School Principal
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master Degree in Elementary Education, State certified in infant and toddler care

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Holiday Closings for KinderCare 2015
  • 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 3, 2015)
  • Labor Day (Closed on Monday, September 7, 2015)
  • *Columbus Day* (Closed on Monday, October 12, 2015)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015)
  • Friday after Thanksgiving (Closed on Friday, November 27, 2015)
  • Christmas Eve (Closed at 3 pm Thursday, December 24, 2015)
  • Christmas Day (Closed Friday, December 25, 2015)
If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday.  Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October.

Health and Safety

Our center includes a keypad entry at the interior lobby door and our playground is surrounded by a six foot fence with privacy slats. The center parking lot is patrolled by a private security company as well.The majority of our staff members have been ceritified in CPR and First Aid.

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.

I wanted to thank KinderCare for the outstanding support during the October 2013 government shutdown. Our KinderCare Director (Crabbs Branch Way, Shady Grove, Maryland) quickly sent an email offering assistance if parents were affected. I am one of those parents affected by the furlough and truly appreciate the generosity and support of KinderCare! Thank you!

- Parent

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