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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 70 Reviews
Nicole S. • Yelp
March 15, 2021
Since 2016 I have been with GKA for my oldest. We have seen GKA through a few different Director's and this child care center still remains my go-to, more so now than ever. I recently switched my oldest to a private school that also has a child care center. So of course, for convenience, I enrolled the 2 y/o. From day 1, my gut told me to move her back but being a social worker, I told myself, "just give it a chance." Was it terrible two's, was it the change in general, was it the center...? I continued to question the move, until it slapped us in the face!! I won't go into details but, my little one is back at GKA and it was...again, the best decision!!! She is so much happier. I get photo updates in real time on their app, potty training has continued, & she is excited to go back each day! I can go on! I highly recommend Growing Kids Academy!! And I just love Ms. Brittany and her staff! They always welcome my girls back with open arms.
Robert Mallory • Facebook
March 13, 2021
Our son has been going here since he was 4 and now is in the private kindergarten. He has enjoyed his time here and like his teachers.
Erik Inbody • Facebook
March 13, 2021
My daughter enjoyed the Jr Preschool class.
Cassidy Ramey • Google
February 16, 2021

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