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Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Parent communications portal
  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility
  • Bright, spacious, enriched and organized classrooms and outdoor play spaces
  • Nutritious and delicious meals prepared fresh daily: homemade with love!
  • Warm, nurturing and passionate staff who love what they do!
  • Webcams with live feeds in your child's classroom
  • Weekly Spanish, Music and Yoga sessions

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  • Dr. and Mrs. Nilay and Namita Shah, Academy Owners

    Welcome to Kiddie Academy! We are fortunate to have this immense opportunity to serve the families of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Montgomery County,...   Read More

    Dr. and Mrs. Nilay and Namita Shah, Academy Owners

    Welcome to Kiddie Academy! We are fortunate to have this immense opportunity to serve the families of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Montgomery County, MD. Our family is the reason we chose to work with Kiddie Academy. As parents of two young girls, we understand the importance of early childhood education in a child’s life. As proud operators of this beautiful academy since 2015, we continue to enjoy working alongside our hand-selected team of passionate, professional and experienced educators and staff. We are strong believers in the benefits of play-based learning and strive daily to implement age-appropriate, best practices through our program offerings. Our greatest strength here at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg is that we always put the best interests of every student in our care at the forefront of every decision we make as a team. We are committed to providing a professional working environment for our staff and educators, by extending training and continuing education. It is our honor and privilege to care for the children at our school. We invite you to visit our academy and experience firsthand what makes Kiddie Academy a great place to be!

  • Mr. Rick, Regional Director of Operations and Facilities

    Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director of Operations and Facilities for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg and Urbana....   Read More

    Mr. Rick, Regional Director of Operations and Facilities

    Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director of Operations and Facilities for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg and Urbana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Florida in 2003 and have continued my education with courses in Early Childhood Development. My parents have owned childcare centers in Florida since 1976 and I ran our family business with them and my sister for over a decade before relocating to Maryland. I have been with Kiddie Academy since 2016. I wear many different hats at Kiddie Academy! I believe in meeting children where they are and that a strong early education experience is essential for individuals to reach their highest potential. Kiddie Academy is a great fit for me because I feel children learn best in a play-based, language-rich, and structured environment that recognizes real-life teachable moments in addition to traditional educational lessons. I also believe in the importance of building trust and strong bonds with children and their parents to establish a nurturing and consistent support system for growth and development.

  • Ms. Angela, Academy Director

    My name is Angela and I am the Director at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. Aside from managing the day to day operations of...   Read More

    Ms. Angela, Academy Director

    My name is Angela and I am the Director at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. Aside from managing the day to day operations of the center, enrollment and parent communication, I also ensure that our Life Essentials curriculum is implemented to its fullest potential. I ensure that each teacher has the tools that they need to implement the curriculum in a meaningful, hands-on approach to inspire lifetime learners. I have spent that last 20 years working with children from infancy to school age. After obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Education from Hood College, I focused specifically on teaching Math and Phonics in the classroom as a precursor to Kindergarten readiness. The experience that I have had in the classroom enables me to support teachers in their day to day responsibilities, whether I am organizing supplies for amazing art projects or science experiments, coordinating content for Back-to-School Night, or supporting teachers with assessments or parent conferences.

  • Mr. Kyle, Assistant Director

    My name is Kyle Van Pelt, I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I was born and...   Read More

    Mr. Kyle, Assistant Director

    My name is Kyle Van Pelt, I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, I graduated college at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During my spare time, I enjoy exercising, running, disc golf, bowling, music, and spending time with family and friends. As a childcare provider, my mission is to make strong first impressions with the families and children that attend our program each day. My mission to help show and guide children on how to make the best choices in life as they grow and develop in their classrooms. The most rewarding part for me as a childcare provider is when families share with me how much a positive impact, I bring to their children each day. I learned with Kiddie Academy that the theme is the go forward each day, and when I fulfill my goals and missions, it helps me continue to motivate myself to continue to learn, to grow and to move forward.

  • Ms. Karla, Curriculum Specialist

    My name is Karla Barboza, I am the Curriculum Specialist at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I am currently pursuing my associate degree...   Read More

    Ms. Karla, Curriculum Specialist

    My name is Karla Barboza, I am the Curriculum Specialist at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I am currently pursuing my associate degree in Special Elementary Education. I have been working with children for the past 7 years. I have worked with different ages and I have thoroughly enjoyed each. Teaching and inspiring kids is definitely a passion of mine, but I am grateful for the wonderful teachers I get to work alongside with, while taking on the Curriculum Specialist role. A fun fact about me is that I am super adventurous. Another passion of mine is traveling and getting to know new places with my son Matteo. I am excited to be a part of the Kiddie Academy Community!

  • Ms. Maria Carmen, Spanish Teacher

    My educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Economics (U. Anahuac), Diplome International Commerce (ITAM), Diplome Teacher of a second language...   Read More

    Ms. Maria Carmen, Spanish Teacher

    My educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Economics (U. Anahuac), Diplome International Commerce (ITAM), Diplome Teacher of a second language (Anglo) and coursework in Responsive classrooms, TPR BIT (initial teachers training course) Teaching Spanish across curriculum. I also bring to the team 15 years of experience teaching children in public and private schools. I chose to work in Early Childhood Education because it is very challenging and because the children and parents are very grateful. The children are always so interested in trying new things and challenge your teaching methods. I love Kiddie Academy because of the students and the people that form this community. I am so happy to see how the kids progress from one grade to the other, how independent they are and what they are capable to accomplish.

  • Ms. Sonia, Food Service Manager

    I take pride in my role at Kiddie Academy. For the past decade, I have maintained certification as a professional food service...   Read More

    Ms. Sonia, Food Service Manager

    I take pride in my role at Kiddie Academy. For the past decade, I have maintained certification as a professional food service manager and have 9 years of experience working in a commercial kitchen at the neighborhood golf club. Here at the center, I love sharing my love for food through cooking, especially for little children! When I see their smiling faces at snack and lunch time, I can tell that my cooking makes them happy. At home, I enjoy playing board games with my son and husband and I have a passion for singing!

  • Ms. Riley, Teacher, Sign Language Coach

    I come to Kiddie Academy with over 4 1/2 years of work experience. I obtained my 90 hour and 9 clock hour...   Read More

    Ms. Riley, Teacher, Sign Language Coach

    I come to Kiddie Academy with over 4 1/2 years of work experience. I obtained my 90 hour and 9 clock hour certification for Early Childhood Development in high school so that I could enter the field immediately. I love supporting parents in creating a foundation for their children to thrive. I work specifically with infants and toddlers so I can help create or promote a desire to learn, to grow, to never give up. No matter the age, I love to see children learn, whether it be sign language, math or basic fundamentals like empathy, respect and manners. What I love most about being here is having the opportunity to thrive and grow and help my class grow as well. Kiddie Academy has given me the freedom with guidance to support the families and their children in a way that benefits all! I truly love my job.

  • Ms. Rebecca, Teacher

    My name is Rebecca and I am the two's lead teacher at Kiddie Academy! I received my Bachelor degree in English at...   Read More

    Ms. Rebecca, Teacher

    My name is Rebecca and I am the two's lead teacher at Kiddie Academy! I received my Bachelor degree in English at University of Maryland and my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. This is my ninth year working with children. I have always had a passion for teaching. Watching children grow and have fun is always such an award. I am very excited to be a part of the Kiddie Academy team!

  • Ms. Azra, Teacher

    I have had twenty years of experience working with students of various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. I greatly enjoy working with...   Read More

    Ms. Azra, Teacher

    I have had twenty years of experience working with students of various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. I greatly enjoy working with a diverse population of students. Over the years, I have participated in various workshops that train teachers to effectively introduce new concepts to the classroom. My experience and training as a teacher will enable me to positively contribute to the success of a Kiddie Academy classroom. I greatly enjoy working with children because it is truly a rewarding experience. I believe that striving to make a positive impact in each child's life is so important. It is my passion to help children reach their full potential. Working with them has made me a more optimistic human being. Indeed, children are our future!

  • Mr. Jayquan, Teacher

    My name is Jayquan, I am the lead Pre-K teacher at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I was born in Jersey City, NJ...   Read More

    Mr. Jayquan, Teacher

    My name is Jayquan, I am the lead Pre-K teacher at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I was born in Jersey City, NJ but moved to Alexandria, VA when I was very young and grew up there. I come from a big family, 4 brothers, 4 sisters and my mom whom I love to visit as much as possible. I love working here at Kiddie Academy and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. It has been over 15 years since I have been teaching in total. As you might be able to tell, teaching is my passion and I enjoy working with this age the most due to the exploring, learning and fun we get to have in the classroom. I have a currently valid CDA which is the equivalent to an associate’s degree in early childhood and I am currently taking online classes to receive my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

  • Ms. Ratchel, Teacher

    Despite my short experience in the field, I involve and dedicate myself in the well being of the children, their good development,...   Read More

    Ms. Ratchel, Teacher

    Despite my short experience in the field, I involve and dedicate myself in the well being of the children, their good development, their happiness and also work for a cheerful and sincere relationship with my co-teachers. I would simply say that kids are a wonder and marvelous. They deserve to be loved. They have the best way to enjoy life, through innocence, simplicity, joy and love. My educational background includes a Bachelor degree in African Civilization, a certificate in Human Resource Management. I enjoy reading, walking, bead work, watching television and cooking.

Hear from our parents

The learning, the food, the caring teachers and attentive staff
Wendy W., Gaithersburg

Teachers, administrators and the owner really care about the kids and get to know them. Take their responsibility seriously for the kids’ safety and health. They’ve done great during COVID, for instance, which is a huge weight off your mind as a parent.
Ashley M., Gaithersburg

This daycare is amazing and the staff are caring!
Abrham E., Gaithersburg

It is great and the location is perfectly fine for us . All the staff are very nice friendly and always willing to help a parent who has a question . Thank you Kiddie Academy .
Diana M., Gaithersburg

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Malik A., Gaithersburg

Allergy managed; Great staff and teachers
Rahul S., Gaithersburg

It is a fun, supportive, educational, and healthy environment for my two young kids. Our oldest has attended three childcare centers since he was an infant, and Kiddie Academy Gaithersburg is by far the best for many reasons, including engagement of teachers and leadership with children and parents, cleanliness of the school, and a curriculum…
Laura D., Gaithersburg

Highly recommend Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. They have a caring staff and dedicated teachers. We love them!
Nasim R., Gaithersburg

We love the teachers and the environment. We also love Ms. Angela. Our daughter is learning, thriving and is very happy there.
Vanessa Z., Gaithersburg

Caring, personal, loving, nurturing and educational staff and program. The staff is the number one asset and MVP. Our family feels loves and cared for even in the most difficult times. We truly love Kiddie of Gaithersburg
Ana A., Gaithersburg

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