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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
Between ages 4 and 5, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Dr. and Mrs. Nilay and Namita Shah, Founding Partners
Welcome to Kiddie Academy! We are fortunate to have this immense opportunity to serve the families of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Montgomery County,... Read More
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!
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
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. Rick, Regional Director of Facilities - Remote
Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director Facilities for Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg and Urbana. I received a... Read More
Hi! My name is Rick, and I am the Regional Director 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. Karla, Assistant Director
My name is Karla, I am the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I am currently pursuing my associate degree in... Read More
My name is Karla, I am the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I am currently pursuing my associate degree in Special Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the past 8 years. I have worked with different ages and I have thoroughly enjoyed each moment. Teaching and inspiring kids is definitely a passion of mine. 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. Sarah, Curriculum Coordinator
My name is Sarah and I am the Curriculum Specialist at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I have my bachelor’s degree in Middle... Read More
My name is Sarah and I am the Curriculum Specialist at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg. I have my bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education: Mathematics and Sciences and have completed my 90 clock hour certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the past 9 years ranging in all ages from infants to eighth graders and spent 6 of those years working in Early Childhood. I have always been passionate about helping children learn and grow into unique individuals. I am grateful that my role allows me to support the children’s development over their years at our center through collaboration with all of our wonderful teachers. I have worked at Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg since 2019 and I’m excited to continue my journey of assisting the children, families and staff and fostering a strong sense of community.
Ms. Riley, Lead Teacher, NAEYC Coordinator
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
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. 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
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!
“Wonderful staff/teachers. My daughter truly enjoys her time there. ”
Ishan B., Gaithersburg
“Teachers are great and the boys love coming every day ”
Doug K., Gaithersburg
“Camera access and Ms. Angela's attention to details. ”
Rahul S., Gaithersburg
“The love and care from His teacher to him ”
Luz U., Gaithersburg
“EVERYTHING! From the dedicated teachers and staff to the curriculum and facilities, the entire KAG experience has been stellar. Ms. Angela made my decision process and enrollment a breeze, which was so vital for a single new(ish) mother with the added headache of navigating state assistance. The owners and management seem to truly value the… ”
Rachel P., Gaithersburg
“The table matters my son now eats all his veggies and helps set the table! ”
Nyia A., Gaithersburg
“The center is responsive to parents' input and addressing their concern in a timely manner. Teachers are tentative to the students. ”
Chunwei L., Gaithersburg
“The teachers are very kind and friendly and they update you with your child’s progress and I love that your daycare has camera that I can check on my child and see her while I’m working . ”
Fatima M., Gaithersburg
“Wonderful teachers, nice facility, great curriculum. ”
Martha Lisa S., Gaithersburg
“Attentive and caring teachers, great curriculum and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. ”
Nidhi B., Gaithersburg
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