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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 39 Reviews Leave A Review
Jessica Mikel • Google
Dropping my 4 month old baby girl off to daycare gave this first time mother a lot of anxiety but it was washed away after the first day. The teachers and staff are very communicative and took the time to get to know my child’s needs. They send diaper, bottle, nap and play updates which keeps me at ease that she is in good hands. They also send pictures throughout the day and she is always smiling bright which reassures me that Creative Kids is the best child care choice for my girl.
Heather Pepper Lane • Google
All the staff of Creative Kids Kent are AMAZING! I don’t know what we would do without them. Ashley, Kathleen and all the staff care so much for all the children at CKK. We cannot say enough good things about them. From “diapers to distance learning,” they have it all figured out! They treat each child like one of their own, providing love and affection and/or discipline as necessary. They do it all with a smile, even if they’re screaming inside! They have distance learning down to a science. Despite daily breakdowns, my son gets more work done at CKK than he would ever get done with mommy or daddy trying to work with him. My son has been with CKK since 2014 and we have no regrets. CKK is our second family and we wouldn’t change it for a second! The hours are great, they are so flexible and the prices are very reasonable. (They deserve to make millions!!!) Ashley, Kathleen and all the CKK staff, we can’t thank you enough for all you do!
Vittorio Marsicano • Google
The staff is great and welcoming. They truly have the kids best interest in mind. The app works fantastic, puts a first time parents nerves at ease
Tarra Giordano • Google
The director and teachers at Creative Kids have always been welcoming to our children. Our kids enjoy going there and always feel safe. With the new learning models Creative Kids has worked with us to ensure that our kids have a place to learn remotely that is still fun. The facility is always clean and everyone is always smiling!

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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.