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We accept infants ages 2 months - 2 years into our infant classroom. This classroom holds 6 children with 2 teachers for a 1:3 ratio.


The toddler classroom is for children 18 months to 3 years. There are 6 toddlers in this group with 2 teachers for a 1:3 ratio.


The preschool plus classroom welcomes children 2.5 years - 6 years. There are  14 children per day with 2 teachers for a 1:7 ratio

PreK may move to 15 children to accommodate a rising toddler; in this case, a 3rd staffer will join the room.


Our Approach

Shine is a small, cozy child care center located in Mt. Airy. We are housed in a  building that was formerly a home and borders Mt. Airy Forest. Shine provides holistic, nurturing, nature-based, & child-led care. We provide 2 healthy snacks and a homemade lunch each day. We are Montessori-inspired, but not strictly Montessori. Our teachers create a nature-based, play-based curriculum based on the development and the interests of the children in their class. Shine is great primarily because the people who work at Shine are wonderful.  You can learn more about us and our story here!

What Parents Think

"We have absolutely loved our experience with Shine. Our son has learned so much and I thoroughly trust the teachers with his care. Shine is montessori based and it's been lovely to see our son blossom! They spend so much time outdoors which is great for young kids, and between that, the small size overall, and the remarkable teacher-child ratios (3:1 for toddlers), it's a great place during COVID-19! I love the personal feel of Shine and cannot say enough!"

- Claire

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