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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 35 Reviews
Nicole Ferris • Facebook
October 04, 2021
The Creative Kids Kent school does so many engaging family activities! I loved seeing all of the scarecrows lined up in front of the center last year during their Fall Scarecrow Festival! I can't wait for this year and to see all the creativity!
Shannon Green • Google
September 09, 2021
When our previous daycare announced they were closing we were not looking forward to making a change, but Creative Kids Kent provided us with exactly what we needed and so much more! The communication and daily updates (with pictures!) are outstanding and we are blown away by how much our son is learning each day. In our search, we learned how difficult is to find a facility that provides meals, this is yet another thing that really set them apart. The meals are nutritious, but kid friendly, and with the menu provided at the start of each week we can plan accordingly! The experience has been an extremely positive one thus far and we are thrilled to be part of the CK Family. Special shout out to the hands-on teachers and staff who got our son fully potty-trained in a week's time, we owe ya one :)
Maria Fatima Stabe • Facebook
August 02, 2021
Both my grandsons have attended CKK and I have been nothing but impressed. The entire staff is loving, caring and welcome you like family from the start. I highly recommend CKK to everyone!
Andrea Gutierrez • Google
July 15, 2021
There’s not enough good things that I can say about a Creative Kids Kent. Every faculty member there we love like a very own family member. They are sweet, caring, I leave my kids peacefully because I know they are well cared for and loved. My daughters leave there hugging the staff members because they love each and everyone of them. The education they receive is absolutely amazing. As a pre K student my daughter was more than ready to enter kindergarten. They are a safe, reliable, caring and amazing place to care for your kids.

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