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About Growing Kids Academy

We’re very excited that you want to learn about our preschool! We believe that one visit to Growing Kids Academy will show you that we’re not an ordinary daycare center. With beautiful natural light, lots of visual stimulation, and hands-on Learning Labs, our preschool academy feels more like an interactive children’s museum, and that’s our goal.

Growing Kids Academy is arranged so our students have endless opportunities to interact with the environment, peers, and teachers. Preschool children ages 3 to 5 are rotated to different Learning Labs throughout the day, which are designed to progressively encourage the development of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skill. Our teachers individualize activities within our Ascend Curriculum to the interests and current skill level of each student so that these early educational experiences are engaging and fun!

Our Preschool’s Programs

Kind Child Program

Kind Child LogoKindness is the foundation of our preschool’s culture and Kind Child is a proprietary program that helps us focus on the emotional well-being of each child in our care. We want every child that walks through our doors to feel welcome and at home and we have made Kind Child programming a standard part of our monthly curriculum. We work towards the development of social and emotional skills each month and focus on a character trait such as a Positive Self-Image, Empathy, Politeness, and Thankfulness every two months.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Club logoAn exceptional, fun-filled education is part of our preschool’s promise to you. Our skill-based Ascend Curriculum and dedicated teachers work hand-in-hand to create early educational experiences that will serve your child in elementary school and beyond. Skills within 9 different subject areas are progressively introduced starting in our Infant and Toddler programs and are further developed in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. We work towards important developmental milestones at every age level and polish these skills just before kindergarten in Kindergarten Club.

Our Location

Growing Kids Academy is nestled between I-95 and U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and is also just south of U.S. 17 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The best way to get to our preschool is via Spotsylvania Parkway, which borders us to the south. If you have a school age student, we provide transportation to and from Lee Hill Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Cedar Forest Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Courtland Elementary, and Courthouse Road Elementary in Spotsylvania.

Our Team

Melissa Clevenger

Melissa Clevenger

Assistant Director

Melissa joined Cadence Education in April 2008 at our sister school, Winwood Children’s Center, where she taught in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Melissa has over a decade of experience in early childhood education and has also worked with infants, toddlers and twos. She currently serves as the Assistant Director here at Growing Kids Academy.

Melissa completed Cadence Education’s Leadership Program in 2012 and earned her CDA (Child Development Associate) credential in 2013. She is planning on completing an Associate Degree in Education. She is a mother of 2 school aged children and in her free time, Melissa enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

Brittany Lewis


Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 74 Reviews
Quanetta Minor • Facebook
May 05, 2021
We just recently started going to Growing Kids and we love it! Everyone is so kind and friendly! Ms. Brittany and Ms. Melissa are such pleasures!
Jessica • Facebook
April 26, 2021
Wr love GKA and the staff, best preschool decision as a family. We love Ms. Victoria and how acclaimated our son got to the school and making friends. Thank you Ms. Brittany, Ms. Melissa, and GKA staff for a wonderful experience :)
Laura Orrock • Facebook
April 26, 2021
We've been at GKA since my son was 7 months old. All the teachers are amazing and really take the time to get to know the children. He is currently in the Jr Preschool class with Ms. Mimi and she is fantastic!! She keeps us updated on what he is learning and what he needs helps with. He has so much fun and constantly talks about Ms. Mimi at home❤
Erin Brooks • Facebook
April 23, 2021
We love GKA! The staff is always so friendly and I love that they greet my son each morning because it shows they take time to know each child. My son is in their Jr. Preschool class and Ms. Mimi is amazing. They got him potty trained and I can really tell he has grown this school year socially and academically. He loves school!

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