The Children in the Shoe provides high quality child care and early education for young children.


The key to successful learning experiences is to figure out what interests your child. We help your child develop a love of learning. Active play is at the heart of children’s learning. We encourage them to observe, explore, take things apart, build, create, draw, and see what they can find out.


Our programs are play-based, emphasizing creativity, cooperation and social development. Our emergent curriculum is inspired and driven by the imaginations of  children.


Age Groups –InfantsToddlersTwosPreschool

Locations – Bethesda, Olney, Rockville

Our centers are open year-round from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except for ten days per year for major holidays.

Contact Us


16910 Georgia Ave.
Olney, Maryland 20832
phone: 301 260-1200
fax: 301 591-1376

East West

4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
phone: 301 656-5056

Bethesda - BCC & East West

4401 East West Highway
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
BCC: 301 654-9253
East West: 301 656-5056


1375 Piccard Dr‎
Rockville, MD, 20850
phone: (301)841-7708


We love The Shoe!

"We love The Shoe! The staff has helped mold my daughter into a smart, caring and passionate child. I feel confident, everyday she's dropped off, that she is kept safe and cared for. Charleigh has been enrolled at The Shoe since she was 6 months o...

Alexandra Smith
The teachers and staff at The Children in the Shoe are amazing!

"The teachers and staff at The Children in the Shoe are amazing!  We have one child who graduated from the Shoe last year and was 100% ready for Kindergarten - largely because of all the educational and social activities she was exposed to in pre...

M. Smith
The teachers are warm and caring

"I have two daughters that attend The Children in the Shoe on a part time basis. My older daughter started in the toddler room and will soon be in the pre-school and my younger daughter started in the infant room and is now in the toddler room. We...

S. Hendrickson
I know that my children both love the environment and their teachers

"We have been with the “Shoe” for over 2 years now. We have 2 children currently enrolled, and will be enrolling our soon-to-be born 3rd child when the time comes. We have been extremely happy with the quality of the care our childr...

L. Sera
No other childcare center compared

"I am writing to compliment you on the remarkable team you have in place at The Children in the Shoe. Nowhere have I encountered such a happy, competent and synergistic group.

No other childcare center compared, hands down, when making my ...

Doug and Jennifer McIvor
Teachers genuinely care about the children!

"It's such a warm place where the teachers genuinely care about the children. The administration is responsive. I've used many daycares in the past with my older children and I can say that these positives are not everywhere."

N. Kobil-Brown
Our experience at The Shoe has been amazing!

"Our experience at The Shoe has been amazing. The true testament to the quality of care that our son receives is the fact that he wants to "stay and play" at pick up time. When his teacher jokes that he can come home with her, he says "YES!".  Wh...

Sebastian's Mom
A wonderful home away from home

"The Shoe is a wonderful home away from home for our son. We are thrilled with the care that our son is receiving in his infant class.  His teachers welcome him each morning with smiles and open arms. He is thriving and we couldn't be more please...

C. Goldberg
Exceeded all of my expectations

"The Shoe has exceeded all of my expectations of a daycare/preschool. The administration and teachers alike show a depth of caring and interest in each child that provides an utter sense of ease and calm for me as a parent. I know that my children...

S. Laycox
A loving and warm environment

Six years ago, as a first time parents, we sent our oldest child to the Shoe hoping that they would care for him in a loving and warm environment. The Shoe surpassed our expectations with the amazing care all of their staff has shown now for both...

-The Haroon Family 

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