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Calverton KinderCare

Jill Alford, 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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Special Instructions:
Off Beltsville Dr. in Calverton Office Park.

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 to KinderCare Beltsville! We are very proud to be a NAEYC Accredited Center!

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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.

Jill Alford, Center Director

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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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

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.

  • Jill Alford, Center Director

    In the first five years of life, your child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in his life. The early experiences your child has – the things he sees, hears, touches, smells and tastes – stimulate his brain, creating millions of connections. This is when foundations for learning, health and behavior throughout life are laid down.

    Jill enjoys working with all ages of children and shaping an environment that creates meaningful moments for every family. Her goal is to foster every child's growth and development through their first stages of life. As Center Director she enjoys building a foundation for every child's success. Jill has been working with young children for years inside and outside the classroom. Previous to becoming Center Director she was an Assistant at the KinderCare in Pasadena, a teacher at the Bowie KinderCare, and a gymnastics instructor for Anne Arundel County. She looks forward to meeting new families and setting every child up on the path to their own individual success, with the tools and foundation they are given at her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, Gymnastics Instructor, Private Swim Lessons Instructor, and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education, Infant and Toddler Certification, 90 hour Preschool Certification
  • Stacey Barber, Assistant Director

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

    Stacey has been working with children for the last five years and has been working for KinderCare for three years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, First Aid & CPR certified, and obtained her 90-Hour Preschool Certificate, 45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate and hah various trainings from Professional Development Day. She looks forward to taking additional courses in the future to further her education. Stacey started out at our center floating between the Infant and Toddler rooms for her first two years. She then moved to the School Age room for summer camp. Stacey was promoted to the Assistant Director position in October 2013.

    Year Started:
    2/14/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice 45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Michelle, Infant A 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Certificate, 90-Hour Certificate
  • Ms. Monika, Infant A Classroom

    I love working with children. I have been in the child development field for two years. I plan to grow and develop in this field because it is my passion.

    Ms. Monika provides high quality care for all of our Infants everyday. Parents have created meaningful bonds with her and compliment her commitment to each of her students. Monika's passion is developing more and more each year which is why she has decided to return to school while working at KinderCare to gain more Infant care credentials. You will always see Monika with a smile on her face and a baby in her arms smiling back.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Infant/ Toddle 45 hour
  • Ms. Naquia, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Naquia is not new to the early education field. After caring for two children of her own she was a teacher at a different preschool before coming to KinderCare in 2014. Naquia helps infants develop and explore everyday. She creates lasting bonds with each of her infants and aides them in accomplishing every milestone. Her love of infants and the care she provides them has made her a valuable part of the Beltsville team.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tikisha, Infant B Classroom

    Every child is a gift from god!

    Before joining the KinderCare in Beltsville Ms.Tikisha owned her own daycare for many years. She has worked in various classrooms at a previous KinderCare. Her passion lies in helping  her "children" develop in the best way possible everyday. You will always find Tikisha at our center early in the morning and smiling while holding a childs hand.

    Year Started:
    10/20/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Early Education. 90 clock hour, 45 hour Infnat/ Toddler Certification
  • 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. Alba, Learning Adventures Specialist

    Ms. Alba has worked for KinderCare since September of 2012. She loves teaching children and takes pride in seeing their personal growth. She's worked in childcare for over four years now  and has found her true passion in leading our tutorial groups. Alba teaches Music, cooking, phonics, spanish, and math! It is her passion and goal to make sure every child is given the best resources to succeed in life. She understands that every child grows at a different pace and by offering these tutorial courses she is able to help each child at thier own rate and educational level.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Alba worked as a Modification House Specialist.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Lauren, Toddler Classroom

    What I enjoy the most is seeing the children repeat and learn new things I have taught them as well as running to greet me with their smiling faces every day.

    Ms. Lauren has been in the Early Childhood Education field for three years and has been working for KinderCare since 2012. Even though it has only been a few years that she has been teaching, it has been one of the most enjoyable parts of her life. Ms. Lauren feels a great accomplishment being a teacher! She has worked hard to ensure the children have a great learning environment and they feel loved.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • 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:
    3 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's 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's 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's 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certification, Pursuing Associate's 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:
    2 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Teacher Certification, Child Development Associate's Credential, 45-Hour Certificate, 90-Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Elizabeth, School Age & Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I enjoy working with young children because I believe they are the gateway to a better future.

    Ms. Elizabeth is the Learning Adventures specialist and School Age teacher. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for almost two years, the whole time at Beltsville KinderCare. Currently Ms. Elizabeth has a Bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English and History.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Minors in English and History

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese Brazilian

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.

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

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
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