Program Features

Kids Adventures Academy at Takoma Park established in 2012, serving families in the community. The preschool program opens at 7:00AM and closes at 6:00PM, Monday through Friday. Kids Adventures Academy follows MCPS Administration Offices for snow days and emergency closures.  We accept children two years of age to five years old.

 

The program offers The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.  The curriculum is a comprehensive research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

 

In addition to our curriculum, Kids Adventures Academy also features monthly trips to the Takoma Park Library, music, Spanish, sign language, yoga, Soccer Shots, and in-house special activities.  Almost all of our specialists are included in the tuition price and are optional for children. Our four-year-old classroom takes a field trip once a month during the school year. We host special family events once a month.

 

Kids Adventures Academy understands the importance of supporting children and their families through transitions. We extend our full efforts in collaborating with Takoma Park Elementary School to offer the best transitional assistance for our students. We support our students that are transitioning into kindergarten with a visit to a kindergarten classroom. Parents of Kids Adventures Academy are given an opportunity to meet the principal of Takoma Park Elementary School at one of our parent events.


Price

Kids Adventures accepts POC (Purchase of Child Care) and WPA (Working Parents Association) vouchers through the State of Maryland Child Care Subsidy Branch.  Click here to begin the process.

Kids Adventures offers a 10% discount to siblings and all MCPS Teachers.


Hours

Kids Adventures Academy at Takoma Park is open daily, Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

 

Professional and early release days

KAATP is open on all MCPS professional and early release days.

 

HolidaY

We are open most holidays and breaks.  See our calendar for dates that we are open.

 


Snacks

We offer a light breakfast and two healthy snacks each day.  Our light breakfast varies.  We offer cereal, bagels with cream cheese, hot oatmeal, oatmeal bars, pancakes, boiled eggs, and yogurt. For morning and afternoon snack we offer a fresh fruit or vegetable along with cheese or a dry snack. Snacks change daily.

Sample Menu

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Daily Schedule

7:00-8:30              Centers

8:00-8:30              Light Breakfast

8:30-9:00              Outdoor or Gym Play

9:00-9:15              Question of the Day

9:15-9:45              Morning Circle, Calendar, Weather, Music/Movement, Graphing

9:45-10:00            Morning Snack

10:00-10:15         Story time

10:15-11:00         Small Group Activity

11:00-11:30         Outdoor Play

11:30-11:45         Sensory play, Science, Social Studies

11:45-12:00         Story Time or Music Movement

12:00-12:30         Lunch

12:30-1:00            Large Group Activity 

1:00-3:00              Rest Time

3:00-3:15              Afternoon Snack

3:15-3:30              Story Time

3:30-4:00              Centers

4:00-4:30              Arts & Crafts/Cooking Activities

4:30-5:00              Music & Movement

5:00-5:30              Outdoor or Gym Play

5:30-6:00              Games, Table Activities, Wind Down, Clean Up, Dismissal

 


Meet Our Staff

Preschool Director – Shannon Temple has been with Kids Adventures for over 8 years. She is State of Maryland Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and School-Age Director Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 4 and her center is EXCELS Level 3. Mrs. Temple moved from Michigan over 10 years ago.  She has over 20 years’ experience working with children as a caregiver, preschool teacher, substitute teacher, teacher’s assistant, college tutor, biology laboratory assistant, counselor, camp director, as well as director of both school-age and preschool. She is a mother of one. Mrs. Temple graduated from Madonna University with a bachelor of Science in general science, mathematics minor and early curriculum minor. She also holds an associate of liberal arts in English.

Assistant Director – Veronica Shumate has been with Kids Adventures for over 13 years. She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 4. She has over 22 years of experience working with children as a caregiver, camp counselor, camp director, preschool teacher, and assistant preschool director. Ms. Veronica was born and raised in Washington DC.  She has three children and ten grandchildren that keep her busy!

Preschool Teacher – Charmaine Hart has been with Kids Adventures for over a year.  She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 4. Ms. Charmaine is from the Virgin Islands.  She has two children, a daughter and a son.  She has been working in the child care field for over 20 years. She loves working with children and watching them grow. 

Preschool Teacher – Nickiesha (Nicky) Brown has been with Kids Adventures for over three years.  She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. She has over ten years of experience in child care. She completed her bachelor in English and a minor in theatre at the City College of New York.  Ms. Nicky is a math and English tutor at CMT Services.  She migrated from Jamaica in 2004. 

Preschool Teacher – Jashell Kirk has been with Kids Adventures for over two years.  She is State of Maryland Assistant Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. She graduated from Trinity Washington University with a bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Early Childhood Education. 

Assistant Teacher – Amesale (Amy) Temesgen has been with Kids Adventures for over 5 years.  She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. Ms. Amy is from Ethiopia and has lived in Maryland for over fifteen years. She is a Mom of three.

Assistant Teacher – Jessica Dryer-Greenidge has been with Kids Adventures for a year.  She is State of Maryland Assistant Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. Ms. Jessica has been working in the child care field for over seven years. She is a mother of two. She grew up in Baltimore Maryland and was adopted into a Jamaican family at the age of six. Ms. Jessica attended Washington Adventist University here in Takoma Park. Her major was in Social Work.  She attended Prince George Community College to become certified in Early Childhood Education.

Assistant Teacher – Nyasha Kawome has been with Kids Adventures for a year. She is State of Maryland Assistant Teacher Qualified. She is currently working on her MSDE Credentials. Ms. Nyasha is from Zimbabwe and grew up in Virginia.  She has a passion for working with children and has done so since she was sixteen years old. Her college major is Radiation Therapy with a minor in Child Psychology.