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Little Patuxent KinderCare

Angie Robinson, Center Director

10820 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia MD 21044
(410) 730-5757 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
near Patuxent Publishing & Princeton Sports

Neighborhood:
Wilde Lake

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Swansfield Elementary School, LongFellow Elementary School, and Running Brook Elementary School.

Our center is currently enrolling children in all classrooms. We invite your family to become a part of our learning environment. Schedule your personal tour today!

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Welcome

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited KinderCare on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We strive to make every family feel like they are part of our KinderCare family. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Angie Robinson, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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. 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

The teachers and staff at KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The Little Patuxent KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings and seek additional college courses or seminars in the field of education. Our team also takes pride in maintaining our NAEYC Accreditation.

  • Angie Robinson

    Angie Robinson, Center Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Angie is passionate about the importance of providing a caring and loving early childcare experience for children. She believes in creating a highly effective learning environment. One that promotes curiosity, personalizes approaches through offering a variety of techniques and provides an opportunity to practice the love of learning in a safe, friendly and professional environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Angie has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2004 starting her career at a preschool teacher and then a curriculum coordinator. She has been a Center Director for eight years professionally. Angie is also certified as a trainer for the Maryland State Department of Education and is a member of several advisory boards. She is the President of the Maryland State Child Association and is on the Office of Childcare Advisory Council.
    Year Started:
    5/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree from Virginia Western College, a Degree in English and Communications and a Degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Shanell Wilkins

    Shanell Wilkins, Assistant Director

    Shanell has been with KinderCare for over a decade and has held a variety of roles. She has had the rare opportunity to be a part of multiple sister centers and, as a result, has really gotten to see the best of KinderCare. Shanell works closely with the Center Director and the team to ensure all children are provided the best educational experience. She believes teaching through hands-on learning experiences and developmental appropriate practices fosters children to be active learners. Shanell's goal is to make sure each child in her care grows to be a genuine lover of learning. As a manager of this center, Shanell welcomes you to stop by and talk at any time.

    Previous Experience:
    Shanell has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 1996. She has worked with all age groups and various developmental levels. As a part of KinderCare, Shanell began as a Teacher's Assistant and worked her way all the way up to Center Director. She is no lending her experience to Angie as they work together to support and grow the Little Patuxent KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/11/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a focus in Child Development and Education
  • Shari F.

    Shari F., Infant Classroom

    I love babies!

    Shari is a dedicated and inspiring infant teacher who engages not only the children but the parents as well. She creates a welcoming atmosphere that encouraged parents to communicate and interact with their child. Shari is constantly communicating with the children throughout the day whether it be through song or reading a story. She shows how much she loves and respects the children in her class everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Over 17 years working at Professional State Licensed Childcare facilities
    Year Started:
    2/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Infant and Toddler Certification
  • Melissa

    Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Melissa loves working with the infants each day, and seeing them develop and grow! She enjoys planning lessons and activities that are age appropriate, and that foster development in each of the learning domains. Her favorite part about being a teacher is watching "that light go on" when a child discovers something new. 

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has previously worked with children (infants-four years of age) in the classroom, and has two years experience as an Assistant Director on a professional level.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education 90 hours Infant and Toddlers
  • Nancy

    Nancy, Support Staff

    I love teaching because of the children's enthusiasm toward learning. I love the children's smiles and energy they bring with them to school.

    The love the children bestow on Nancy inspires her to come to work, and she looks forward to welcoming you and your child into the center. Nancy has worked with all age groups and over 1,500 children over her career. Nancy has impacted generations of children and regularly has children (who are now adults in their 20's and 30's) come back to the center to see her. She has a love of teaching and is a wonderful educator.

    Previous Experience:
    32 years working with children. Certified as an Infant and Toddler teacher, a Preschool Teacher and a School-age Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/9/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 32
    Education:
    Degree in Education and Teaching
  • Regina

    Regina, School Age Classroom

    I love the children because they bring such a different perspective to life.

    Regina is a career educator who loves to teach. She thinks watching children move from stage to stage as they learn is one of the best things about teaching. Those are the moments that inspire her to come to work daily. When asked about a teaching memory that stands out, Regina tells of a child who never spoke. One day, that child was playing with a ball. That child got up suddenly, went to the alphabet chart, held up the ball and pointed to the chart and said "B". Regina says it brought her to tears.

    Year Started:
    10/27/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication.
  • Blossom

    Blossom, Toddler Classroom

    Being around the children and seeing their smiles is what I love most about being a teacher.

    Blossom is the teacher for our Toddlers. She provides care and affection to her class and is constantly encouraging them to develop and grow. Blossom believes in working with families as a team in educating children. She fully believes that positive relationships between school and home are essential for a successful education. Blossom remembers a  family who named their youngest daughter after her! "It's hard to imagine how deeply we as teachers touch the lives of families. That was a wonderful testament."

    Year Started:
    4/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Certified Infant and Toddler Teacher
  • Autumn

    Autumn, Infant Classroom

    Autumn is just beginning her career in education. She is an enthusiastic teacher who is ready to experience all of the joys of teaching. Autumn loves working with children and enjoys their energy.

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Program Completion
  • Emone

    Emone, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love being able to be the one to encourage children to learn and grow.

    Emone is and educator through and through. She loves sharing new things with the children whenever there is the opportunity. Emone is inspired to come to work each day for the hugs and smiles from the children!  Interestingly enough, Emone feels that Potty Training is a very rewarding part of her day! She loves being able to witness the “I did it!” moments that will stick with the children forever!

    Previous Experience:
    Children's instructor at Water Survival Facility
    Year Started:
    3/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Certified Preschool Teacher
  • Kajal

    Kajal, Preschool Classroom

    I like that I get a chance to help little minds grow everyday.

    Kajal enjoys observing the children in her class and working in small groups to encourage their growth where they need help!  She is continually inspired by the children’s beautiful smiles, and their smiles let her know that she is making a difference!

    Previous Experience:
    Four years as an Elementary School teacher in India. Three years as an Early Childhood Educator at a professional level.
    Year Started:
    9/23/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Teaching of Nursery and Primary School
  • Kesha

    Kesha, School Age Classroom

    The children's innocence teaches adults how to forgive, be honest and love unconditionally.

    Kesha is new to the education field. She is constantly impressed with the differing personalities of the children and that challenges her to be creative in her teaching strategies. Kesha enjoys watching  the children learn and grow. She looks forward to new and exciting days with the children in her class and she loves how each day there is something new to learn and there is always a new story to tell!

    Year Started:
    9/19/2016

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accredited

    NAEYC Accredited

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

Little Patuxent Parkway KinderCare staff takes safety very seriously. We have a keypad entry system, secured and fenced playground, as well as a health and safety coordinator on-site. Furthermore, our health and safety coordinator ensures that all of our equipment is properly working, all allergies are documented and brought to the attention of the teachers, and performs monthly fire drills.   

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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Ms. Amanda and Ms. Kajal are amazing. I really appreciate the care and time that they have dedicated to making Zoey's transition smooth. They are very responsive to my questions and her needs. Zoey is very fond of them both. It puts me at ease to know that I can go to work and not worry about childcare.

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