Amy Escherich, Center Director
Meet Amy Escherich, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Crown on Your Head
Meet Amy Escherich! She is the Center Director at Golden Meadow KinderCare in Ashburn, Virginia. Amy attended George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in to Developmental Psychology. She is also a licensed practical nurse. She has been with KinderCare since 2014, and before that she was a teacher and a supervisor. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her daughter. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
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)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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 daughter Heaven and I moved into a new house in July 2006 when she was 1 year old. I found the Golden Meadow Circle KinderCare shortly thereafter. Having already had Heaven in a KinderCare since she was 8 weeks old and I had to return to work, I knew they were a good group, and they moved me to an open slot and we switched up immediately. This KinderCare was specific to my needs close to home and a perfect size classroom ratio. We have been with this center now for nearly 6 years and I love it, but more importantly my daughter Heaven loves it as well. The teachers and staff are like family and they provide loving care and guidance as needed. There are a wide range of programs for learning that are fun and interesting to my child. She has been enrolled in phonics, math, cooking and one or two others that have helped her have the edge moving forward into school. The child interaction that is present is also a great help in raising a single child, to help them adjust into a school environment. The center has outstanding support for the families that are here at the center, such as parent’s night out events and a super summer camp program. They have all been great teachers, friends and role models for my daughter. I am glad I found this center and I am here to stay for as long as my daughter remains interested and involved with the programs, staff and her friends.”
George - KinderCare Parent
My experience with KinderCare Golden Meadow has been fantastic. I have two sons, five and almost three years old, and the care, love and learning that they have received since they've been at this center are phenomenal. As a former preschool teacher and current elementary teacher, I know what good care should look like, and this is it. I feel completely at ease leaving them there each day because the teachers truly love them like they are their own. The things that they learn and share at home just blow me away as well. The best part is the fact that they love coming to school, and often don't even want to leave when I come to pick them up. It feels like a family, and I wouldn't want my kids to be anywhere else.”
Blossom - KinderCare Parent
This is our second child into KinderCare (Golden Meadow center) and it was a no-brainer decision for us, as our first child joined this KinderCare with no English speaking skills. We were really amazed to see him speak so much English with an overwhelming vocabulary in just a few weeks and soon started singing rhymes taught in the center. We absolutely credit this to the fact that they have a very knowledgeable staff and a highly responsive and energetic director, who makes this facility feel like a family and a community to parents.”
Venkat - KinderCare Parent
Our child is two years old and has been enrolled for four months at Golden Meadow Circle KinderCare. Prior to daycare, she was cared for by her grandparent. As most parents, we become nervous on how our child could react to daycare after having that close one on one attention. Would she feel loved? Would she be safe? Would she learn? It didn’t take long to answer those questions, the answers are yes. One thing we particularly love about the program and staff is the focus around making the children feel welcome, after-all, it is their home-away-from-home. For example, every morning our daughter is consistently greeted by name with a sincere “Good Morning” from the Director as she enters the building. The same occurs with the teacher, who warmly invites her into the classroom. Every day during the past four months, our daughter has felt important, comfortable and happy. Some days she does not want to leave! We could not be happier with the program, teachers and management.”
Renee - KinderCare Parent
My husband and I are so happy that our daughter attends a daycare center which thrives on providing a lot of love and care to their students. Our daughter has always been very attached to us and we were nervous with how she would react when beginning daycare but the director, Amy, and the fantastic teachers and staff made us feel at ease and relaxed, tending to our daughter with a lot of love, patience, care, and understanding. Our daughter, who is now in the preschool program, absolutely loves going to KinderCare Golden Meadow and we, as parents, feel so happy to know she is content there and is learning and exploring so much that the curriculum has to offer. She has truly blossomed since enrolling and it is all thanks to the amazing directors, teachers, and staff! Any question or concern we have is always handled with care and professionalism in adequate time. We cannot wait to enroll our second daughter there in due time and highly recommend this care center to all of our friends with children!”
Seeta P. - KinderCare Parent
The very first day I came to Golden Meadow KinderCare, I felt such a warm feeling when I walked through the door. It's been over a year now since my grandson joined the program and I still get that warm feeling! The teachers and staff are fantastic and they really care about the children. We are so happy to be part of the Golden Meadow KinderCare family.”
Beth K. - 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.