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Calverton KinderCare

Stacey Barber, Center Director

11740 Beltsville Dr. Beltsville MD 20705
(301) 595-0640 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Calverton & Beltsville Dr., behind office park. Make right @ Mcdonalds & a left into the office park.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Calverton Elem, Beltsville Academy, Vansville, Fairland, Green Castle.

Welcome

Welcome to the Beltsville KinderCare in Maryland. We are very excited to meet with you and your family and hope this will be the last place you look for childcare. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development as well as making them apart of our Beltsville family. Here at Beltsville KinderCare, we believe that we must all work together for the betterment of the children in a safe, secure, caring and stimulating educational environment. The entire staff are experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Stacey Barber, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

At the Beltsville KinderCare, we have many teachers with education and experience. Throughout the building, we have a very diverse team with teachers from all cultures, religions and backgrounds. We have several teachers who speak Spanish, Indian (variation) and French. Over 70% of the staff have bachelor’s degrees in either education, science or business and over 95% of the teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. You will find our team to be highly educated, creative and talented. Their attributes, creativity and dedication show in everything they do in their classrooms. We welcome you to come and visit.

  • Stacey Barber, Center Director

    Children are like delicate flowers. The strength of their foundation lays in the hands of their creator and caregivers. You start off strong and they will never fall.

    I have been working with children since I was in Highschool. I started as a summer camp counselor and on February 14, 2011 I started working for KinderCare as a toddler teacher aid. Within my first two years I received experience with infants, two-year-olds and School Agers before I was promoted to Assistant Director in 2013. I took my final promotion in the summer of 2016 and became Beltsville's Center Director. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009 and while working for KinderCare I completed a number of certificates as listed in my education box. I always knew I would shape the lives of children but I never knew which path I would take. I am always looking for bigger and better ways to help all my children succeed in life. In the future I would like to continue to help my youth by mentoring and counseling, which I do a lot of now. 

    Previous Experience:
    Summer Camp Counselor, Toddler, Infant and School Age Teacher, Learning Adventure Specialist, and Assistant Director
    Year Started:
    2/14/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science Degree Criminal Justice, 45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate, 45-Hour Preshool Certificate, 45-Hour School Age Certificate, 45-Hour Administrative Certificate and a number of others that advanced my knowledge and experience
  • Michelle Mitchell, Assistant Director

    I have a strong passion for the children and what I do!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Always be thankful.

    Ms. Michelle has been working for KinderCare since October 2013. She has been working in childcare for over eight years. She has three wonderful children and a loving husband. Ms. Michelle has always enjoyed working with children. She loves life and everything in it.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Certificate, 90-Hour Certificate
  • Ms. Shobha, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with babies because it gives me great joy and pleasure seeing them grow and develop.

    Ms. Shobha has been working with children in a formal childcare facility since 2006. She joined the Beltsville KinderCare team in 2008. Currently she has her First Aid & CPR training, 45-hour Infant & Toddler training, 90-hour certification, a bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Political Science.

    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Master's Degree in Political Science, 45-Hour Infant Certificate, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Rekha, Toddler Classroom

    I believe the children I work with are precious.

    Ms.Rekha has won our "Teacher of the Year" award in 2014 for her hard work and daily dedication. She is a remarkable person who gives all she can daily into improving the lives of the children she cares for. Ms. Rekha is always singing and dancing with her children. She makes sure that every moment in her room is spent with an engaging activity. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rekha spent over nine years working in different child care centers with Toddlers, two and three-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Certificate, 45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate, 9-Hour Communication Certificate, Master's Degree in Psychology, Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Joanne, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joanne has been in Early Childhood Education for 36 years! She has been with KinderCare and at the Beltsville location for 24 years. Currently, she is working on her Child Development Associate's Credential. In her spare time, Ms. Joanne in the rotation in her church nursery and also teaches Infants through Prekindergarten in Sunday school. She is very active in the cub scouts troop her son attends. Ms. Joanne has been married for 26 years and has a son, Samuel, who attends the center in the School Age program.

    Years in ECE industry:
    36 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shunaira, Preschool Classroom

    You must first teach a child that he or she is loved. Only then is he or she ready to learn everything else.

    Ms. Shunaira has been at the Beltsville KinderCare since March 2013. She is currently working on an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a real passion for working with children. Ms. Shunaira loves to see the joy in their eyes when they are learning new and exciting things each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shunaira has previous experience working as an Infant and Toddler assistant teacher, HeadStart teacher and lead two-year-old teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certification, Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheila, Preschool Classroom

    Each child is unique. I have always enjoyed working with children. They give a new and young way of looking at things.Their minds are like absorbent little sponges that take in everything. I've been taking care of children my whole life, from my own siblings, to taking care of my own children and helping with my grandchildren. I worked in the childcare field since high school and love every minute of it!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Hepsi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Hepsi started working with children in India over 30 years ago, teaching in the elementary schools in every age group. In 1997 she moved to the USA, took her Maryland certifications and joined Children’s World in 1998. For the past fourteen years Ms. Hepsi has been working with KinderCare as the Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys working and teaching the children every day because she gets to see their daily accomplishments and watch them grow. Ms. Hepsi has her Elementary teacher certification, First Aid & CPR Training, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate, 45-Hour School Age Certificate and Child Development Associate's Credential. During her free time, she is very active in her church teaching the children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Teacher Certification, Child Development Associate Credential, 45-Hour Certificate, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

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

Our center has a key pad entry system. Our team is First Aid and CPR certified. Our center meets the emergency preparedness guidelines. We have several trained members on our team who meet the medication administration guidelines for the state of Maryland.

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

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

As a single parent with an only child who is used to quiet time, small environments, and limited exposure to larger groups of children based on his early experience with a licensed, in-home child care provider, I was extremely nervous about putting my son into day care. I realized, however, it was time to prepare my four-year-old for Kindergarten. I checked out a few Prekindergarten programs in the area and Kindercare in Calverton was the place that stood out the most. I was so impressed with the KinderCare's program features, classroom activities, even the schedule. They make time for creative arts, preparing food, journal writing and phonics! Kindercare in Calverton was my third day care visit over two years. The meeting with the Center Director was nothing short of a blessing. She made me feel welcomed and open to all of my questions. She put me at total ease. After our meeting, I got to say hi to the teachers and see how things worked in the classroom. Since I enrolled my son at Calverton Kindercare, every day, I'm still so impressed and excited by the atmosphere. The friendliness, patience and warmth of the Director and staff is a joy and a comfort. Most important, I'm constantly surprised by the amount my son is learning. He's writing his name, trying to spell out words, even reciting math problems like "2+2=4." And, he's even drawing and coloring new things where before he was only interested in scribbling. He has a new song almost every day, too! They allow him to be who he is and express his emotions and I have a sensitive little guy so that's much appreciated. I know how much he loves Calverton Kindercare because he always tells me how much he misses his teachers and even tells me that his teachers love him! And, right before Thanksgiving, he told me he didn't want to go on vacation because he wanted to keep learning and didn't want to miss all the fun. For me, KinderCare is like an extended family for my son.

- Mother

My children have had a wonderful time at KinderCare. My two-year-old son speaks very well compared to many kids of his age, and my daughter, who is not four yet, knows her alphabet, her numbers, she can read and write to a certain extent; and she holds constructive conversations. The environment at KinderCare is very encouraging and positive and I think being there is helping my children in many ways.

- Mother

I applaud the staff and leadership. This is going into about the third week for my grandson, and I personally have already seen improvement in his education and conversation through his interaction with all the staff and students. My grandson gives us a daily report on his engagement, and regularly completes assignments and follows rules.
I personally again thank the leaders and staff. It has been a real pleasure.

- Grandmother
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