Welcome to Night Watch Childcare's Therapeutic Childcare Program 

Where Every Child Thrives

At Night Watch Childcare, we're more than just a childcare service. We're a dedicated team of professionals committed to providing holistic support for families facing unique challenges. Our mission is to serve children and families beyond just childcare. We're here to offer comprehensive support to parents, especially those with children exhibiting challenging behaviors due to PTSD, developmental delays, autism, or diagnosed emotionAl disturbances.

Our Therapeutic Childcare Program: 

Community-Based Support

Our behavior coaches and technicians work directly with your child, whether in the community or at school, acting as mentors who provide personalized guidance and support.

Individualized Behavior Plans: 

Each child in our program receives a multi-faceted assessment, meticulously crafted by a team of experts, including a qualified special education teacher and LCSW, Dr. Amy Stewart. These assessments form the basis for a tailored behavior plan that addresses your child's unique needs.

Parenting Coaching: 

We believe in supporting parents as much as we support children. That's why we provide coaching from a certified parenting coach, offering weekly Q&A sessions and monthly "Lunch and Learn" training sessions to equip you with the tools you need.
You can watch the recorded videos here: YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Lower Child-to-Staff Ratio: 

Our program maintains a low child-to-staff ratio to ensure that each child receives the individualized attention and care they deserve.

For more information about our Therapeutic Childcare Program and how it can benefit your family, please click below to "Learn More." We understand that every family is unique, and we are here to tailor our support to your specific needs.




Dr. Amy Stewart is an accomplished individual with a diverse educational background, including a bachelor's degree in English education from Salisbury University, a master's degree in special education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a doctorate in special education (EDD) from Walden University. As the owner and founder of the Nightwatch Child Care Center, Maryland's exclusive overnight therapeutic child care facility, Dr. Stewart has pioneered innovative approaches to child care. Her contributions extend beyond the center, as she is a published author, sought-after speaker, and recognized with awards for her excellence in education and entrepreneurship. Thank you for learning about Dr. Amy Stewart's inspiring journey. 

shanda ward

My name is Shanda Ward, and I am a dynamic woman who thrives on staying busy. Born in Washington, DC, I pursued my B.S. degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and earned an M.S. in Community Counseling at Wilmington University. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Clinical LC Supervisor, I dedicated over 20 years to Maple Shade Youth and Family Services, holding various leadership roles, and served as a Behavioral Health Therapist at Community Behavioral Health for seven years. Last year, I joined Tidal Health Hospital as an Advanced Behavioral Clinician at the Crisis Center.

 I am a proud mother of two incredible young ladies pursuing their education at UMES and Wor Wic Community College. Married to Dr. Ricky Ward, I also serve as a caretaker for my mother, who recently relocated to the Eastern Shore from Washington, DC.

 In 2019, my family and I founded the Eastern Shore of Maryland Sickle Cell Association, now a non-profit. The association aims to identify needs and service gaps, advocate for those affected by sickle cell, and educate communities for progress toward a cure.

 During my leisure time, I actively engage with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter, contribute to various activities for ESMSCDA, and knit baby hats for the maternity ward and adult hats for the cancer center.

benjamin stewart

Benjamin Stewart is a devoted and enthusiastic educator with a diverse background in early childhood education. Over the past two years, he has excelled as the lead infant teacher and school-age teacher at Nightwatch Childcare, leaving an enduring impact through his commitment to nurturing young minds.

 In his role as the lead infant teacher, Benjamin cultivated a warm and supportive environment for the little ones in his care. His innovative and developmentally appropriate curriculum facilitated cognitive, social, and emotional growth, laying a solid foundation for the infants' future learning experiences. Transitioning seamlessly into the school-age teacher position, Benjamin showcased versatility and adaptability, tailoring his teaching methods to meet the unique needs and interests of older children.

 Recently achieving a significant milestone, Benjamin became a registered behavior technician (RBT), emphasizing his dedication to understanding and positively influencing behavior in educational settings. His expertise as an RBT not only enhances his ability to create inclusive and effective learning environments but also underscores his commitment to continuous professional growth.

 With a proven record of excellence in early childhood education and newfound expertise in behavior analysis, Benjamin Stewart is poised to continue making a profound impact on the lives of the children he serves and the field of education as a whole.

Sharonda perry

Sharonda Perry is the lead infant behavior technician at Nightwatch Child Care Center, Maryland's sole therapeutic overnight child care facility. With a background in adult care, Sharonda seamlessly transitioned into early childhood education, showcasing excellence in classroom management and fostering strong parent relations. Beyond her professional role, she is a dedicated mother of three, driven by a passion for creating incredible experiences for her children and those under her care. 

joy acaso

Joy Acaso has been in the mental health field and parent coaching industry for 17 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Florida in 2006. She conducts online classes and coaching sessions for women, parents and teens. Joy values the integrity and uniqueness of every family and individual she meets. She puts awe and curiosity at the forefront because she knows that “one- size-fits-all” can never bring healing. She has made it her mission to help families make their mental health their priority.


Joy is also a Certified Brain Health Coach, Neurocoach (Neuroscience) and Complex Trauma Professional. She has been a guest expert in numerous podcasts and conferences because of her comprehensive approach to parenting and child development. She resides in Florida with her husband and 2 children ages 15 and 10 years old. They also have a cat, Blue.