Stephanie Witherspoon, Center Director
Meet Stephanie Witherspoon, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Stephanie Witherspoon! She is the Center Director at Shadygrove Road KinderCare in Rockville, Maryland. Stephanie attended University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. Every day, Stephanie enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys baking and designing apparel.
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.
Transitional Kindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
If your child finished pre-K but missed the kindergarten cutoff date, transitional kindergarten is a great stepping stone to big-kid school. Our project-based learning model emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Kids take lead roles on projects and complete them in small groups.
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.
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.)
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!
As a newly enrolled widowed mother of one-year-old twin boys, I relocated to the area for a job transition. From the first phone call, KidStop assisted with my children's transition, as well as my own. We found the teachers to be very nurturing and to take a personal interest in our little family, beyond what was expected. The teachers helped me bravely face parenting twins as a single mom and they helped me address challenges in the midst of my grief. In one of our first experiences with the center, the teachers helped me to feel confident and resourceful in teaching the boys to feed themselves. I remember fondly the day I left the center with tears of joy after I watched them accomplish new skills. Both of my boys have thrived at the center and they are happy, playful, and engaging. The staff is a very good about informing me of concerns or developing interest, while providing many opportunities for me-as a working parent-to feel engaged and participatory in my children's care. I am quite thankful that we found KidStop and we are a stronger family now because of their presence in our lives.”
Darla L - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter has been attending KidStop from the time she was nine months old and now she’s almost three. Stephanie is the best fit for the center. From the first day she started, she has been wonderful at communicating upcoming events, news and general information about what’s happening within the center. If we ever have questions or need anything, she is very prompt with answers through email, phone or in person. When we pick up our daughter in the evening, she always has to stop in the office and give Stephanie a hug goodbye, which shows that she pays extra attention to the children in the center and she is well liked by all. She has done an outstanding job and continues to do so every day.<br /> As far as the center itself goes, we have been beyond pleased with our experience. All of the teachers and staff that our daughter has had have been great. Our daughter continues to amaze us with what she learns while being at KidStop. Aside from the exceptional classroom activities, KidStop offers additional activities that are convenient and fun for the children. The center is patient and understanding when transitioning her to a new classroom when they feel she is ready. They make sure to continually provide educational and fun activities for all of the children. On many days we have trouble getting our daughter to come home and we think that says a lot about the time she spends there!<br /> Overall, we are very pleased with the care our daughter has received while at KidStop. We would definitely recommend KidStop to anyone looking for care in the area.”
Michelle and Travis H. - KinderCare Parent
KidStop has been an amazing and enriching experience for my daughter. The staff cares for the whole child, taking into account the emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of my daughter. There are so many things I love about KidStop. First, the hours of operation at KidStop fit our family's needs. We have an early schedule and arrive to the center when it opens. The staff is always welcoming and in tune to my child's needs early in the morning. The teachers and staff plan engaging activities for the children and welcome parents to visit the classroom. The curriculum, projects and units the teachers plan and implement are fun and offer an opportunity for the children to gain skills. The personal attention my daughter and all the children receive makes me feel like my daughter has a comfortable and positive place to learn and grow. Not only is the environment positive, but the teachers are always friendly and helpful; they consistently answer questions about my child's daily routine and provides personal details and stories about her day. I love to see the projects my daughter makes which are often accompanied by a photo of her actually working on the activity. The classroom structure has encouraged my daughter's independence and has provided wonderful opportunities for her to play and learn with other children her age. Finally, the leadership and directors at KidStop help support this environment by communicating clearly and frequently with parents; the directors are always willing to listen to your concerns and are greatly involved in the classroom curriculum and center activities. I love that the center directors always welcome my family and truly care about my child.”
Laura H. - KinderCare Parent
My family has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2008. When we found out we were expecting our third child we had no reservations of where our baby was going for the best quality of care. We have been at two different KinderCare locations due to relocation and KidStop is our favorite location. The director, assistant director and staff are so personable, diligent and dedicated. I love the fact that Stephanie, the director, greets us every morning with biggest smile and happiest hellos. Also, it makes me feel safe and reassured that Sophia, the assistant director, knows all the families' names and takes time to say goodbye to all the children. Another thing that personalizes KidStop is that I can always reach Stephanie and Sophie. KinderCare is the best choice for quality care, great teachers and peace of mind!”
LaTisha F. - 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.