KinderCare on Sioux Lane
Meet Elaina Maness, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1992
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Will I have a Friend?
Meet Elaina Maness! She is the Center Director at KinderCare on Sioux Lane in Gathersburg, Maryland. Elaina attended University of Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 1992. Every day, Elaina enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in nature and going to the beach with her family.
KinderCare on Sioux Lane Programs
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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!
“ Our son has been at this KinderCare since he started at ten weeks; he is now eighteen months old. We have been consistently pleased with the care and attention he's received at this Center. Melissa has always been communicative, attentive, and proactive-and the staff we have interacted with has been great, too. This winter has proven to be crazy weather-wise and we've heard so many stories from friends and coworkers in the area about daycare centers closed with little or no notice. We feel so lucky to have chosen this KinderCare - not only because it hasn't closed for weather, but because Melissa has been proactive about communicating with us about what to expect. The DC region was hit hard last year by a government shutdown-many people in this area had their paychecks delayed or halted. While my family was lucky not to be affected, I know there were many parents at the Center who dealt with this financial uncertainty. Melissa spoke to these families individually to figure out how they could be supported during the shutdown, making financial arrangements to accommodate whenever she could. This approach really added to the sense of community at the Center and improved even further the positive feelings we have about sending our son to the KinderCare in Gaithersburg on Sioux Lane.Show more
“ Thank you so much to KinderCare. My daughter is two years old and developed so much. We were worried about her speech when she started. After just several months in Lorenna's and Shalini's class we saw huge progress. She now speaks so much better. Her words are more clear. She sings songs which she could not do at all before. I love seeing how the teachers are so passionate and always play with the kids. They truly treat the kids as if they were their own.Show more
“ Dear Elaina and Davina, I wanted to let you know how thrilled we’ve been with the teachers in the Kindercare infant room. Our nine-month-old son Liam has been at Kindercare for nearly six months now, and he has been very happy. Miss Pearl is wonderful: very loving and fun, and he clearly adores her. When we drop him off, he immediately throws his arms out to get her to hold him, and he gives her a big smile. Even when he went through a brief spurt of separation anxiety when Mom and Dad would leave, she was always there with a big hug and a fun activity to engage him. I’ve seen her in action juggling the needs of the multiple kids in the room and am impressed with her organization, management, compassion, sense of humor, and positive attitude. She has a great understanding of how to relate to infants. We have also been very impressed with Miss Cynthia and Miss Savitri. Cynthia provides great support to Miss Pearl, and she does a great job interacting with Liam and playing with him. When we arrive and Miss Pearl’s hands are full with the other children, Liam is delighted to interact with Miss Cynthia. Miss Savitri takes care of the children who are there are the end of the day, and when we come in she is always holding Liam or sitting on the floor and engaging him in a play activity, keeping him entertained and happy. We will also be providing the three teachers with thank you cards, but please feel free to pass on our positive comments to them and to the central Kindercare administration so that they can feel confident that they have a great team in the infant room at your facility! Sincerely, Katie SShow more
“ I wanted to take a moment to thank the entire school for the growth of my daughter. She started when she was a baby. She is now in the school age room. What has impressed me so much is how each room had such dedicated teachers. We were so pleased with age group. I always remember all the milestones from when she went potty to when she learned her first number and when she read her first book. Thank you so much for being a partner in raising my daughter.Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at KinderCare on Sioux Lane?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at KinderCare on Sioux Lane?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.