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Little Gems

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Little Gems believes in providing a caring, safe and educational environment for the children in our care. We are located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and serve students age 6 weeks – 5 years.

Basic Facts

    Available Spots: (1) spot for either an infant or toddler beginning in June

    Age Range:
    6 weeks - age 5

    Name of Care Center or Person
    LittleGems - smathakkar@comcast.net

    We believe in providing a caring,safe and educational environment for the children in our care.


    Available Hours:
    7:30 am to 6pm Monday-Friday

Contact Details

  • Address: 17, Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg
  • Zip Code: 20878
  • Phone: 3013406658

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  1. When my husband and I were exploring day care options before having our first child Little Gems was by far our favorite and top choice. Unfortunately there wasn’t space available when we needed it, but Smita kept my contact information and thankfully called me when my son was ~6 months old saying she’d have a spot opening in a couple months if I was still interested. I was tentative at first, having gotten my son settled in another home care already, but when I went back to revisit Little Gems I remembered exactly why it was my first choice and immediately said, “Yes, I’ll take the open spot!” My son is now 2.5 years old and has been in Smita’s care since he was almost 9 months and I will never regret the decision to move him to Little Gems.

    I can’t say enough positive things about Little Gems and the care my son gets from Smita and her assistant Maria. Little Gems is the best combination of home care, play, structure, and learning that I could possibly ask for. Smita is loving, yet firm enough with the kids that they learn patience, sharing, and good manners. I love the mixed age group at Little Gems too – my son has learned so much from the older kids while also getting the opportunity to be a role model and “big brother” to the younger ones. I truly feel like this is a second home for my son and in turn he absolutely loves Smita and Maria, all of his friends, and everything else about going to daycare.

    Smita and Maria do an excellent job balancing free-play (indoors and outdoors – with water-play in the summer), story time, learning time, arts and crafts and providing nutritious, healthy lunches and snacks. I’m always amazed and impressed by the amount of thought and effort that Smita puts into activities for the kids each week. Smita truly provides a caring, loving environment and has really become an extension of our family!

  2. My daughter attended Little Gems from a few months of age until she entered kindergarten. Smita and her daycare family were recommended to us and I cannot say enough about her. Emma thrived under Smita’s care; reading and writing ahead of most children her age. In addition to the wonderful structured environment, the loving atmosphere was genuine. I loved the fact that her family loved the children just as much and included them as their own. My daughter loved spending time at Little Gems. They did field trips and my favorite memory was their Holiday program full of song and dance. Smita used to tell me that Emma would be reading by the time she went to kindergarten and she did. To this day my daughter will tell me that she is advanced because of all Smita taught her! Even after she had graduated from Little Gems, Emma loved to return for visits.

  3. Both my children have been a part of Little Gems from infancy to school age. Smita has nurtured both of my boys to be confident, kind, empathetic and knowledgeable children. She incorporates play, circle time, lesson plans and fun projects all into her day.

    It is a family atmosphere where the older children help with the younger ones – this for me, important. I wanted my youngest son to feel and learn how to be the older child.

    Smita is fair and firm. Each child receives the quality care and love they deserve. I too have had my child in other places and by far I was most pleased with Little Gems. My youngest attend somewhere else first only because Smita did not have an opening at that time.

  4. My daughter attended Smita’s daycare from when she was 18 months old and continued there for several years. I feel that Smita provided amazing care — with the right mix of affection and discipline from the get go. My daughter blossomed under her care — from learning healthy habits of eating fruit to mastering her alphabet and numbers and reading to enjoying the many art projects that were provided. Smita’s holiday parties are legendary, where the kids are center stage and loving it. I can never forget the ‘Three Little Pigs’ rendition with my daughter and her two good friends; too cute for words. I look back and mentally thank Smita each time, for allowing me to go to work everyday, confident that my daughter was in the best hands possible.
    Contact me any time for a reference.

  5. Both of my children attended Little Gems before they began school. I live in Frederick, MD and am a teacher for Montgomery County Schools. I cannot say enough about the quality of care my girls received while they attended here. The balance between structure and having fun is absolutely perfect. Smita is like no other caregiver I have seen. Not only did she teach them social skills but she also taught them curriculum so that I did not have to worry about sending my girls to preschool. They stayed with Smita until they started Kindergarten and both are thriving. I strongly believe Smita directly contributed to their success! My girls are now older but we still have contact with Little Gems because Smita is still interested in how they are doing. I commuted 30 minutes out of my way so that my girls could attend Little Gems and it was worth every mile! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Little Gems!

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