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Columbia KinderCare

April Scott, Center Director

7195 Columbia Gateway Dr. Columbia MD 21046
(410) 290-0928 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Rte 175 and Snowden River Parkway.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bellows Spring, Deep Run, Guilford, Phelps Luck, Waterloo, Jeffers Hill

The Columbia Gateway Center is Nationally Accredited.We are currently accepting enrollments and would be honored to be your childcare provider. Call today for more information.

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Welcome to KinderCare Columbia Gateway! We are so happy and eagerly waiting to meet you and your family. We house a team qualified and nurturing staff who are well aware of the child development ages and stages. With our philosophy being development of the "whole child", you can rest assured you, and your child are in good hands.

April Scott, Center Director

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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.


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers have a multitude of experience and really enjoy what they do. Being dedicated professionals that want to provide the best quality care possible is essential to each staff member. They focus on the needs of all of our children and parents. We invite you to come meet everyone personally, so come visit our center!

  • April Scott, Center Director

  • Shanell Wilkins, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    I have had the opportunity to work with children at KinderCare in a variety of roles over the years. I have been an Assistant Teacher, and Lead Teacher, a Programming Specialist and Director
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology
  • Ms. Artha Lee, Infant Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to teach the children. I am a nurturing, caring, and professional individual who will always put my students well- being first and foremost.

    Ms. Artha Lee has been in the business of taking care of children for a very long time, over 20 years of experience is under her belt. She prides herself in never half doing the job. She holds the utmost respect for the children in her care and the parents for whom she serves. Rarely missing a day, she is known as the classroom greeter, always wearing a smile and a warm welcome.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Artha Lee previously worked as an infant teacher at another childcare facility.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Cory, Infant Classroom

    We all work together - each one, teach one.

    Ms. Cory enjoys working with children of all ages, however she is most passionate with the little ones. She enjoys watching them grow and accomplish new milestones. She states that everyday is a new beginning for her little ones and she is glad she is a part of their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as an Infant teacher for a previous center prior to joining us at our center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheri

    Ms. Sheri, Infant Classroom

    Childcare is a unique opportunity to help shape the future.

    Sheri started her KinderCare career right after college. She was initially hired as a toddler teacher, then worked her way up to management. She has dedicated herself to being a positive influence for the children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves to learn new things. Sheri knows that everyday is different, which is what keeps her motivated!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as an Assistant Director at another KinderCare location.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Infant Classroom

    Children are our future. We need to teach and show them early in life that they are special and we do care!

    Ms. Shirley has been working with young children for a very long time. She started as a Program Director in the military. She then went on later to work as a teacher with Preschoolers and School Ager's. She has stated that she has always enjoyed working with children, watching them grow as they learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shirley previously worked as an infant teacher and Assistant Director at another childcare facility.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy having the opportunity to use the knowledge i have acquired with the children in my care.

    Ms. Monica has worked in the Early Childhood Field for over 20 years. She obtained her degree in 2004 and continues to further her education at every opportunity she gets. Ms. Monica currently enjoys working in the Toddler classroom and has stated that her children really enjoy listening to music and dance tunes from other countries and cultures. She plans to continue her education to obtain her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Towson University in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica previously worked as an Assistant Director at a different KinderCare center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Art
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It is almost magical to see how quickly the children grow and develop. I love being a teacher and working with the children, i learn just as much from them as they do from me.

    Ms. Danielle is a firm believer of a nurturing environment for our little ones. She is strong teacher who loves to interact build on positive relationships. She finds great joy in helping each and every child reach their goals whether it is potty training or putting a coat or jacket on the right way.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle previously worked as an infant teacher at another childcare facility.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

  • American Sign Language
  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth  of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We have a keypad for entry into our center, as well as a parent computer to monitor your child's attendance as well.

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.

KinderCare has provided both of our sons a comfortable and nourishing environment that enables them to learn and explore at their own pace. We are grateful to the staff for the incredible job they do day in and out. We highly recommend KinderCare to any family. We are pleased with the results we have seen thus far and couldn't be more happy.

- Parents

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