Elaina Maness, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Our center is located at the intersection of Quince Orchard Blvd. and Great Seneca Hwy.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Currently Diamond is our home school, which means the MCPS provides transportation directly to our center. We also provide bus service to and from: Brown Station, Rachel Carlson, and Lakeland Middle School.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Elaina Maness, Our Center Director
Elaina has been with KinderCare for over 20 years. She became interested in childcare while working at a nursery school as a teenager. Elaina studied education and has served as a kindergarten teacher and assistant director prior to her role as center director at KinderCare on Sioux Lane. Her biggest goal is to have students leave her school well-educated and filled with happy memories. Elaina thinks her next 20 years at KinderCare will be even better!
At KinderCare Since:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
Favorite Children's Book:
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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 for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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!
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.”
Andrea A. - KinderCare Parent
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.”
Elizabeth W. - KinderCare Parent
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!
Katie S. - KinderCare Parent
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.”
Terrence H. - 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.