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About Creative Kids

Creative Kids Childcare Centers are safe and nurturing learning environments for young children. We offer daycare for infants and toddlers, preschool, and an excellent before & after school program for local elementary students. We are open year-round and provide flexible and extended hours.

Our Kind Child program allows us to help young children develop confidence, social skills, and a positive self-image. Our flexible curriculum and dedicated teachers work hand-in-hand to create individualized learning experiences for each child in our care. We also host special community events throughout the year because we believe community service instills positive values and builds character.

Our Preschool’s Programs

Our Curriculum

Creative Kids teaches from The Creative Curriculum®. The Creative Curriculum® is grounded in 38 research-based objectives that support active learning in all developmental areas. This curriculum is inclusive of all children and provides specific strategies and resources for every type of learner, including dual-language learners and those with special needs.

Before & After School

Looking for before or after school care for your elementary student? Creative Kids Kent is a stop on the bus route for several schools that are a part of the Carmel Central School District:

  • Kent Elementary School – 1091 NY-52, Carmel, NY 10512
  • Kent Primary School – 1065 NY-52, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512
  • Matthew Paterson Elementary School – 100 South St, Patterson, NY 12563
  • George Fisher Middle School – 281 Fair St, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512

Our Team

Ashley Martin

Ashley Martin


I have been a part of Creative Kids since 2006. I started working at our Brewster school as a teacher, then got promoted to Assistant Director and moved to our location in Mahopac in 2013. In 2014, I opened the doors to our Kent location as the Center Director. I graduated from Ashford University in March 2017 with my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. I have always loved working with children ever since I was a little girl and I truly enjoy my job.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my sons, Mason and Declan, my husband, John, and my family and friends.

Kathleen Macdonald

Kathleen Macdonald

Assistant Director

I have been with Creative Kids since January of 2009. I started as a Teaching Assistant in the Infant Room. I received my Child Development Associate Credential in 2011 and then became the Lead Teacher, where I remained for several years. In July 2019, I was promoted to Assistant Director and moved to our Kent school.

Having 3 daughters of my own inspired me work with children. When they started going to school full-time, I began my career in childcare. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our 3 daughters: Kaitlyn, Lauren and Megan. I enjoy camping, softbalI, and I spend a lot of my time volunteering in my town.

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 36 Reviews Leave A Review
Katie foley • Google
Creative Kids has played a major role in our lives. We have sent both of our boys there since they were 4 months old and they continue to attend for before care while being a school age child. We will be sending our newest addition there as well to start in the baby room when we head back to work. I trust the staff at creative kids with no question to take the best care of our 3 children. They have taught my boys the building blocks to successfully start kindergarten, have shown them love and kept them safe. They always came home happy, clean and excited to share the events of the day. We are very fortunate to have found creative kids to help us take care of our children and give us peace of mind while at work.
Emily Sala • Google
My son loves going to “school.” I feel so comfortable sending him here! He had been here since he was 5 months and I think he will stay until he is 5. Great communicative staff who really care.
Samantha Pries • Google
Creative Kids in Holmes has been such a wonderful experience for my daughter. Being born at the start of the pandemic I was concerned about her socializing skills and how she would handle being away from me. She took to the staff and her new friends so quickly, it was such a beautiful site to see. The staff is so caring and friendly, you can tell right away that the kids are in great hands. The daily updates and the whole organization really puts my mind at ease and has me excited for the fun memories my daughter is making. I would highly recommend!
Beth Hooke • Facebook
We have really enjoyed our experience with Creative Kids Kent. The staff is kind and the education excellent. Our daughter is well prepared to head to Kindergarten next year not only academically but with strong social/emotional skills as well. The school is clean, welcoming and an all around great place!

Creative Kids Childcare Center

Holmes, NY

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Preparing Your Child to THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.