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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

4.8 Rating based on 76 Reviews
Nicole Pugh • Facebook
July 12, 2021
The teachers are amazing! Ms Mimi has stolen my daughters heart. She has never been away from mommy and now that I’m working she’s finally starting daycare at 3 years old. Ms Mimi goes above and beyond for my girl and she runs to class and does not even look back. My son struggles with listening, he is almost 5. His teacher has been nothing but amazing to him. She has been working with him and now he has good days every day. Thank you so much for loving my babies! I 1000% recommend this facility!
Christie Labbe • Facebook
June 17, 2021
Growing Kids Academy is a great childcare center that cares for your child like family. The teachers are caring and compassionate and understand the importance of nurturing a child’s curiosity and independence while offering support when needed. The management is exceptional and offers compassion and understanding in any situation. I highly recommend Growing Kids Academy!
Kristin Scheible • Google
June 16, 2021
My daughter has been in GKA for 5 years. Their dedication to the families and the staff’s resilience during the chaos of 2020-2021 was outstanding. The teachers and leadership within this center are focused on the growth of each child. The center’s approach to the needs of every child is remarkable.
Danielle Smith • Facebook
May 06, 2021
We absolutely LOVE GKA!! Our son has been here for almost a year and has adored each teacher (he has moved up a class while enrolled). The teachers and staff are friendly, caring and always informative. The app updates us daily with photos and the status of what the kids are doing, when they ate/went potty/etc which has been perfect for a type A mom! I highly recommend the Fredericksburg VA location to anyone looking for a great place for their children to grow, learn and be nurtured.

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