At Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning, we believe each child is capable of learning. Preschoolers learn though play and meaningful hands-on experiences in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment. Our well-trained and experienced teachers provide such an environment by encouraging and modeling kindness, open-minds, and embracing diversity. In addition, teachers differentiate instruction so that the individual needs of each child are met. KA Academy focuses on the whole child and emphasizes self-worth and respect. We teach our students to treat all living things with equal value and to respect each other unconditionally.
It is our aim to develop a strong partnership with our parents, families, teachers, and directors. We are always open to suggestions and ideas from our parents, and encourage parents to become involved in our program in many ways. We also believe it is important to develop a partnership between staff development and kindergarten teachers to better prepare our pre-kindergartners for the following year.
A well-rounded preschool program includes literacy & language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical movement through deliberate and engaging activities. Children who are given the opportunity to play develop creative imaginations. They learn to share, problem-solve, negotiate and work together. Over time, they develop a concept for the rules of society and eventually become in charge of their own world. Each child will develop a strong sense of self, acquire positive self-esteem, and independence. A preschooler’s development is critical. They are forming beliefs and perspectives about their world, the environment, the people around them and most importantly, themselves. Kids Adventures Academy strives to help each child develop emotionally, physically, cognitively, creatively, socially, and intellectually to their very fullest potential.
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.
Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning at
Takoma Park Elementary School
7511 Holly Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
A Maryland EXCELS Program, Level 3
Hours of Operation
7:00am – 6:00pm
Monday – Friday
Plus: early release days, snow days, and holidays
Age of Children Served: 2-5 year olds
Licensed Capacity: 44
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 — Rhonda Gilbert has been with Kids Adventures for over a year. She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. She has over 10 years of experience in child care. Ms. Rhonda is originally from Washington DC and grew up in Maryland. She is a mother of two.
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 — Christine Campbell has been with Kids Adventures for over two years. She is State of Maryland Preschool Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 3. She has over ten years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Christine has a CDA. She is a mother of three.
Assistant 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 — 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.
Assistant Teacher — Tiffany Fowler has been with Kids Adventures for over a year. She is State of Maryland Assistant Teacher Qualified. MSDE Credential Level 1. Ms. Tiffany grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She has over five years of experience in child care. She is a mother of one who attends Piney Branch Elementary School. She loves the excitement and eagerness children have towards learning.
Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning is a leader in early childhood education, inspiring limitless potential in every child. It is an environment centered on developing kindness, self-worth, diversity, respect for others, and a dynamic learning experience. Our focus is to provide a stimulating and engaging atmosphere with caring, competent, and well trained educators. Our program serves children and families from diverse backgrounds and abilities, and provides them with a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate preschool experience.
At Kids Adventures Academy, we extend a special, yearlong invitation to our parents to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want, need and value the involvement and support of our parents in their child’s education. We believe a warm, collaborative relationship with families leads to fostering development in all settings.
We believe parent-teacher communication a vital priority to success of every child. We encourage parents to stay involved by volunteering to read to your child`s class, chaperone a field trip, checking their email and KA Academy`s photo site, attending parent-teacher conferences, reading our monthly newsletters and attending our monthly newsletters and attending our monthly Family Fun Days. Parents can reach us by the center phone and by email.
Kindergarten Readiness and Our Pre-K Program
The Kids Adventures Pre-Kindergarten Program is dedicated to providing each child with a safe, active, and comfortable environment where he or she can excel as an individual. We consider that each child has different needs and we strive to create an environment where your child can acquire a variety of skills and interests. Our program is a balance of child exploration and teacher instruction, covering social-emotional, physical, self-care, mathematics, science, fine arts, and literacy, language, & writing development. Learning is enhanced through exploration of centers focused on the different content areas: home living, math/science, writing, manipulatives, reading nook, art, music, and listening. Physical development is cultivated through outdoor playtime which is included in the daily schedule.
Our pre-kindergarten program also focuses on kindergarten readiness through direct communication with MCPS kindergarten teachers and integration of literacy and math objectives based on the state curriculum. There are two themes per month (running every two weeks) and all activities and books tie into these themes.
Each week a different letter is introduced lessons include letter recognition, differentiation between upper and lower case, phonemic awareness, and identifying words in various texts and environmental print which begin with the letter. Later in the year, sight words will be introduced. Math lessons include graphing, sorting, counting, and number recognition.
Our three-year-old program
Our three-year-olds will learn to make personal choices to find success every day. They will strengthen the foundation for success in learning everyday life skills. Continuing to master social-emotional development, self-care, literacy, language/vocabulary development, and cultivation of mathematical and scientific reasoning will be our goal. We strive to ensure each child develops a love of learning that will carry them through their pre-k experience and the rest of their school days.
Our two-year-old program
At two years old your child is observing, imitating, absorbing, and gaining knowledge with each experience. Their drive to make personal decisions and become self-sufficient is very strong. To a two year old everything in life is a challenge. Kids Adventures provides a strong foundation for success in learning everyday life skills. We offer a variety of enriching themes and activities that are developmentally appropriate with a curriculum that focuses on social-emotional development, self-care, literacy, language/vocabulary development, and cultivation of mathematical and scientific reasoning
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.
Kids Adventures Academy offers a light breakfast from 7:15am to 8:30am for our early arrivers each morning. We also provide wholesome menu choices for daily morning snack (around 10:00am) and an afternoon snack (around 3:15pm). During meals and snacks, children have the choice of drinking water, milk and occasionally juice.
KA Academy food is prepared, served, and stored in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines.
Parents and families of KA Academy have the option of providing a wholesome packed lunch or providing money for Takoma Park cafeteria lunch menu options. Families in need of assistance may qualify for free or reduce priced meals through the National School Lunch Program
Kids Adventures uses a nationally recognized, research-based curriculum in all of its classrooms:
Our Pre-K program uses The Houghton Mifflin Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum. It is an engaging, research-based curriculum that reflects what has been learned from early childhood studies and from informed practice.
The program incorporates the following ten principles:
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Balance of Exploration and Instruction
Oral Language Development
Focus on Literacy
Focus on Math
Social & Emotional Development
Our early preschool program uses The Creative Curriculum. It is a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum. It allows our preschool teachers to be the most effective, while still honoring their creativity and respecting their critical role in making learning exciting and relevant for every child.
“Our preschool program is designed to meet the needs of each and every child. No question goes unanswered and no teachable moment is missed. We work hand-in-hand with MCPS teachers to ensure Kindergarten readiness; while continuing to enrich the playful and imaginative minds of the children in our care.”