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


William is just so happy to go to school each day
N. Chien
The staff has helped mold my daughter into a smart, caring and passionate child.
Alexandra Smith
We have one child who graduated from the Shoe last year and was 100% ready for Kindergarten
M. Smith
I visited many centers before choosing this one and I knew right away that I wanted my children here.
S. Hendrickson
As an educator myself I appreciate that the curriculum is based on current best practices
No other childcare center compared, hands down, when making my choice.
Doug and Jennifer McIvor
It's such a warm place where the teachers genuinely care about the children
N. Kobil-Brown
We couldn't ask for a more caring, fun and stimulating place for our child.
Sebastian's Mom
The Shoe is a wonderful home away from home for our son.
C. Goldberg
The Shoe has exceeded all of my expectations
S. Laycox

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