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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 27 Reviews
March 25, 2021
My kids have been going to Creative Kids Kent for two years. Especially going through a pandemic and adjusting to remote learning k am so thankful to have them. Not only was my kindergartner more than prepared for school with everything she learned in Pre K for but she was able to adapt to the remote learning because of the amazing teachers there. My youngest is currently in the pre-K 3 class and comes home daily with new things she is learning. Everyone there is like family to us and they treat us like family. We love everyone there and are extremely thankful to have found them
March 15, 2021
My son has been going to Creative Kids since infancy, I cant complement them enough! Everyone is always helpful, warm and welcoming, my son is excited to go to school everyday and has learned so much! We would be lost without them.
Jessica Mikel • Google
February 11, 2021
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.
Lisa Kaurich • Facebook
January 18, 2021
I cannot imagine sending my kids anywhere besides Creative Kids Kent. Both of my children started out there at just a few months old and it was one of the best decisions I made as a parent. I remember how nervous I was as a first time mom leaving my daughter for the first time at just shy of 4 months. The staff was so warm and welcoming, they really eased my worries. And by the time I was dropping off my second (my son) at just 12 weeks, I knew he would be in excellent hands. The team really goes above and beyond to take care of your child. And, it is so obvious of the incredible impact CKK has made on their social, verbal, and motor skills. And Ashley is always incredibly helpful no matter what!

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