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Kensington KinderCare

Ms. Karen Bowers, Center Director

2901 Kensington Pkwy Abingdon MD 21009
(410) 515-3100 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Homestead/Wakefield, Ring Factory, Emmorton, William S. James, Abingdon and William Paca/Old Post Elementary school.


Welcome to Kensington KinderCare Learning Center in Abingdon, Maryland. We are pleased that you have chosen to look at our center for your child’s care and educational needs. Our long-term staff at KinderCare are committed to providing high-quality care to the children we serve. We believe that parental involvement is one of the reasons that children succeed in school. We believe in supporting child, family and community. Parents are always welcomed to come visit our center and share their experiences and cultures with the children. We’d like to invite you to come tour our facility and take advantage of our open door policy. To schedule an appointment or for more information about our child care program, contact us at (410) 515-3100.

Ms. Karen Bowers, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Here at Kensington KinderCare our staff is dedicated to enriching your child’s future!! Our passionate staff has dedicated themselves to providing quality child care with a combined tenure of 110 years!!! We hope you and your family will find Kensington KinderCare the place that will be the right fit for your family as our staff did.

  • Ms. Karen Bowers

    Ms. Karen Bowers, Center Director

    What I love most about early childhood education is knowing that I can make an impact and difference in each child's life.

    Karen started her career with KinderCare in the Summer of 1986. Currently, Karen is the Center Director at the Kensington KinderCare, in Abingdon, Maryland. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson State University. During her time at KinderCare, she has been an Assistant Director, Center Director and a program specialist in which she traveled to many centers to help with programing and accreditations.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amber Mayer

    Ms. Amber Mayer, Assistant Director

    What I love most about early childhood education is knowing that I play a small roll in preparing the children for their future endeavors.

    Amber started her career with KinderCare in the Summer of 2002. Currently, Amber is the Assistant Center Director at the Kensington KinderCare. She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Essex Community College. During Amber's time at KinderCare, she has been an Assistant Director, School Age Teacher, KinderCare Bus, Cook, and a Tutorial Specialist.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The pokey little puppy
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Bachelors of science degree, child development
  • Ms. Bethel

    Ms. Bethel, Infants

    Ms. Bethel started her career with kindercare during the summer of 2001. She has had many roles over the years, but her true calling is working with children 6 weeks to 12 months. Her main goal is to help children reach their developmentally appropriate milestone. Besides watching your children grow and develop, Bethel loves to travel with her family. 

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Bachelors degree
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom

    To become a teacher you not only have to teach the child, but you also have to learn from them.

    Ms. Jenn is very pleased to be a teacher here at Box Hill KinderCare. In high school, Ms. Jenn chose early childhood as her completer, where she earned her 90-hour certification. Ms. Jenn is currently working on getting her Child Development Associate's credential. She is always looking to learn new things in the child development field to help her better care for the children under her care. Ms. Jenn's philosophy as a teacher is for children to learn physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. She always to provides children with a safe, healthy, and fun environment to learn and play. Ms. Jenn is looking forward to have the chance to work with your child on growing in all areas of development. Ms. Jenn is married to a wonderful husband and they have two beautiful daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenn has experience working as and Administarative Assistant in the Health Care Field
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's credential, 90-Hours State Class Certification
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Knowing I make a difference in a child's life is why I love teaching.

    Ms. Carrie has worked at Box Hill KinderCare for the past two years as our Discovery Preschool teacher. Before working here Ms. Carrie worked at one of our sister centers as a Kindergarten and School Age teacher. Ms Carrie's gentle nature and enthusiastic attitude about teaching is witnessed in her daily actions with the children and their families. Even though she has been with us a short time, she as become a great asset to our KinderCare family. Ms. Carrie has two loves, her family which consists of her son Charles, fiance Charlie and her extended family. Her second love is her students from past to the present ones. Ms. Carrie treats every child special, and as if they were her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at the box hill KinderCare as a discovery preschool teacher, Ms. Carrie worked for the Edgewood KinderCare as a Kindergarten teacher as well as a School Age teacher.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    90 Hours State Class Certification, pursuing Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, PreK Classroom and Health and Safety Coordinator

    Working with children, seeing their smiling faces light up when they come in every morning is what I love about my job.

    Ms. Kristy has been part of the Box Hill KinderCare family for over 10 years. Ms. Kristy has held many roles from lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom, co-lead teacher in our Toddler classroom, cook, and our Health and Safety Coordinator. She with the help of her Co-lead teacher in our discovery preschool room helps provide the children with hand on experiences that helps them become confident learners. Ms. Kristy's motivation to become the best teacher she can be is from her mother who her self is a teacher, also her Nieces and nephews inspire her too.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting to work at Box Hill KinderCare Kristy worked as a school age instructor at the YMCA
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    90 Hours State Class Certification
  • Ms. Ebonii

    Ms. Ebonii, Preschool Classroom

    What inspires me to come to Box Hill KinderCare each day is the smiles I get from my students each day.

    Ms. Ebonii is a vital part to our Kensington KinderCare family. She is our Preschool Classroom Lead teacher and has been since she has started working here. In our Preschool room, she focuses on learning through daily activities from songs to projects. Ms. Ebonii also helps the children in he class work on self help skills and independence. Each day the children enjoy singing songs, art projects, reading books, and exploring the world around them.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, 90-Hour Certification
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Giving the children new hands-on experiences and learning from them is what I love most about Early Childhood Education.

    Ms. Jessica began her journey in the Early Childhood field when she started at the Edgewood KinderCare in the fall of 2004. She joined the Kensington team in the winter of 2012 as our Prekindergarten teacher. Ms. Jessica enjoys working with the children in her class on new skill as well as fine tuning the skills they have. Ms Jessica is married to a wonderful husband, and they have a beautiful daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Before transferring to Kensington KinderCare, Ms. Jessica worked at our sister center in Edgewood as a Junior. School Age Classroom.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kortney

    Ms. Kortney, School age classroom

    I love giving the children hands on experiences

    Ms. Kortney has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Kortney worked as a Special Education Aide, and in the Harford County Public School system prior to coming back KinderCare. She has worked in our School Age, PreKindergarten, and our Toddler classrooms helping children as they continue to grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's of Science in Education
  • Ms. Thelma

    Ms. Thelma, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Thelma started with our KinderCare family as a School Age teacher in the summer of 1998 at our Owings Mills location. While working at KinderCare, she's had many roles from classroom teacher, Assistant Director of the Edgewood Center location, Center Director of the Owings Mills location, Van Driver and Cook. Ms. Thelma received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in education. She has worked with children for over 15 years and her passion is teaching.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in education
  • Ms. Marquerite

    Ms. Marquerite, Learning Adventures Classroom

    To come to work and know that you make a difference in a child's life, to see the smiles on their face, and the growth from a baby to a school age child is why I love my job.

    Ms. Marquerite has been working at KinderCare for 14 years, in that time she has been a cook, group leader, and tutorial specialist. She has become our Tutorial Specialist about a year ago and has grown the programs, the children in her classes ask her everyday if they have phonics, cooking or music and me every time they see her. Ms. Marquerite loves every child who enters our building as if they were her own grandchildren. Ms. Marquerite has many loves, besides the children here at KinderCare. Her first love is her family and extended family. Ms. Marquerite has a daughter, step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her church family. Ms. Marquerite has the KinderCare children always in her heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marquerite has worked with young boys and girls(ages 10-21) at many facilities like the YWCA of Harford County, and catholic charities.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Support Staff

    The smiles on the children's faces inspire me to come to work everyday.

    Ms Shannon began her journey in the early childhood field in February of 2012, as an aide in our School Age room and Bus Driver. Her motivation for teaching and working with young children comes from her own growing family, her son and daughter.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    90-Hour Certifcation

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Filippino

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Kensington KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son has special needs, and it was very difficult finding an in-home provider or a daycare facility that could care for him and help him grow. The staff at KinderCare has been amazing! The teachers are patient, structured, and diligent. My son is receiving the best care.

- Father

My son has been in Ms. Ebony's class for a few months now and all he does is talk about how much he loves her. When he first went to KinderCare he was a MONSTER at home. Since then, I have noticed a HUGE difference in his behavior. He's polite, sweet, and more helpful. Putting him in KinderCare has been the best decision we've made for him. I thank Ms. Ebony for her time and patience she puts in there along with all the other teachers and staff. Thank you for your hard work! It really does make a difference!

- Mother

I wanted to express how lucky KinderCare is to have such wonderful people working for them and with our children. The ladies at the Kensington KinderCare and Karen Bowers, Center Director are a God send to me. They are the most caring, patient, giving people I have had the pleasure to meet in a long time. They always go the extra mile for the parent and the child. My granddaughter loves the school (looks forward to going everyday--she is 3) and all the teachers. They are such a positive force in her life. They have become like family to us. They really, really care! I would recommend this particular KinderCare to anyone who wants peace of mind when they drop their child off. There just are not enough good things to say about the administration and teachers at this school. I thank the Lord that I was lucky enough to find this school for her to attend.

- Grandmother

The purpose of this letter is to show gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful teachers at KinderCare Abingon - Kennsignton Parkway. We are proud parents, and our son has been attending the facility for over a year and a half. He will be turning three this year, and he is our miracle baby. He was born prematurely and we worried about his development. After removing him from in-home daycare, we placed him in a more academic and social environment by choosing KinderCare. Since enrolling, we have seen tremendous strides in his behavior and intellectual development. He has become more social and his vocabulary is increasing daily. Currently, his teachers are Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy, and we could not be happier with their progress and interaction with our son. Initially, we were worried about our son suffering from separation anxiety upon being enrolled in the school. our fears were quickly diminished as he runs to his teachers when we drop him off in the morning. We are also extremely pleased with how both teachers discipline him and keep him on track. Due to his prematurity, he received treatment from specialists who focused on his developmental needs. Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy were very open to the specialized teachers and were also receptive to their ideas and suggestions with regards to him. Our son is now caught up to his age physically, mentally, and emotionally. I believe the teachers at the facility, with the attention and care they give him, are directly responsible. We are also pleased with the way Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy constantly give feedback on his daily activities. They seemed very interested in his progress. Their dedication to their craft is evident as we can see each day how much they truly care for our son. Even though they have a class full of children, when they talk to the parents about their children, it seems like each child gets special attention and the teachers know the behaviors and personalities of each child. Words cannot describe how impressed we are with the teachers at this facility. The family atmosphere that the teachers create really eases our minds, knowing that our son is being well taken care of. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank all of the teachers and wish them continued success in molding the young minds of the future.

- Parents

I moved to Harford County the end of April with my 4 year old daughter. Since moving to Harford, CT, Rayne has been in two other day cares prior to KinderCare. She was asked to leave due to behavioral issues. When I came to Kindercare I advised Amber of my issues and concerns with Rayne. This was because of her behavior towards adults as well as children. Rayne can be, at times, overly aggressive and does not know how to channel her anger and disappointments.
Amber advised that, although the staff is not experienced with a child with behavioral issues, they would be able and willing to do whatever was necessary. It has not been an easy task, but the entire staff at Kindercare (Amber, Karen, Thelma, Ebony, Kristi, Jessica and I'm forgetting one but blame my mind not my heart) has been so patient, kind and willing to take any steps. They took to heart the advice given by Project ACT to assist Rayne is developing her into a more calmer, compliant child. I do not know what I would do without the assistance of Kindercare. It is hard enough moving to a new area with no support, but KinderCare made it easy.
I thank you and appreciate you every day. I know Rayne does as well, as she loves each of you dearly!

- Mother

I loved KinderCare so much when my child was young at age two to school age. I was so impressed with how good the staff took care of my daughter while I worked. I especially remember one of the teachers name being Alice. My child was well taken care of and learned so much. I especially thought a lot of how well the center business ran smoothly and organized by Ms. Karen Bowers. To my delightful surprise 30 years later my Granddaughter is enjoying the same good care. And Ms Karen Bowers is still running the center today.

- Grandmother

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