Skip to main content

Little Patuxent KinderCare

Patrica Johnson, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:

Show other centers nearby

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!

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

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.

Patrica Johnson, Center Director

Image Gallery

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?

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.

  • Patrica Johnson

    Patrica Johnson, Center Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Patricia Johnson has over 20 years of experience working with children in the early childhood field. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland. She started with KinderCare in 2002 as a preschool teacher and shortly after moved into the management position. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her four children.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Courtney McMullin

    Courtney McMullin, Assistant Director

    A teacher preserves the past, reveals the present, and creates the future!

    Ms. Courtney is a new team member at KinderCare. She works closely with our Director, Patricia Johnson and teachers to ensure we are providing the best educational experiences for every child who attends our center. She is always available to answer questions about any aspect of your child’s experience. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Early Childhood Education from Towson University. Courtney believes teaching through hands-on learning experiences and developmental appropriate practices fosters children to be active learners.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney gained experience in the industry as a teacher for private childcare centers in their infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms.
    Year Started:
    6/25/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Support Staff

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

    Ms. Nancy has been working at KinderCare since 1984. The love the children bestow on Ms. Nancy inspire her to come to work, and she looks forward to welcoming you and your child into her center and her class.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1984
    Tenure:
    31 Years
  • Ms. Sherie

    Ms. Sherie, Support Staff

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

    Ms. Sherie has been working for KinderCare since 2001. She enjoys seeing the children grow and learn through their everyday experiences, and she loves to be a part of them. Those are the moments that inspire her to come to work daily.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the children learn something new and feel good about themselves.

    Ms. Melissa has been working here at KinderCare since 2007. She loves teaching the infants because she gets to be a part of helping the children grow and learn. She is inspired to come to work daily because of how excited the infants in her class are to see her each day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Paulina, Infant Classroom

    I love that I am able to help make a difference in their lives by preparing them for the world as an adult.

    Paulina has been working in the child care field since 1982. She joined the KinderCare team in 2013. She loves working here with the children because she has six children of her own. I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to watch the children grow and learn because each child is a unique individual.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Tracey, Infant Classroom

    I’m excited to be a part of the team here because I love to interact daily with the children in my care. I love to show them different ways of expressing themselves.

    Ms. Tracey has been a part of our center since 2012. She enjoys coming to work each morning because of the great interactions she has with the children in her care. Ms. Tracey feels a part of a team here at KinderCare. She loves working with such a positive staff, who inspires her to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Claudette, Toddler Classroom

    The children are what inspire me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Claudette has been working with us at KinderCare since 2011. She loves to teach because she gets to see first hand their growth and development. It makes her smile to be able to come to work and make a difference in the lives of the infants in her care.

  • Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    Everyday is a new adventure and brings new phrases, expressions and sayings.

    Ms. Courtney loves to teach because she loves watching her students learn new things and pass development milestones. I love learning each child and forming special bonds with them. The thing that inspires her the most is coming to work and seeing the excitement and eagerness to learn on the faces of her students.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Shanell, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy working with new students and being a positive role model in their lives.

    Ms. Shanell has been a great asset to our team and is excited to be a part developing young children’s minds. She greatly enjoys working with the students here at KinderCare. She knows that the fun and positive environment we provide to our families everyday makes her happy to work here and be a part of our team!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The most rewarding part of teaching is getting to know each child and helping them learn, grow, and prepare for the future.

    Ms. Amanda has been one of our discovery preschool classroom teachers since 2012!  She loves seeing the children’s expressions when they see her each morning. She also enjoys their hugs, which is what inspires her to come to work each day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Jessica is inspired to come to work each day for the hugs and smiles from the children!  She loves being able to witness the “I did it!” moments that will stick with the children forever!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kajal, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Kajal has been with our center since 2012!  She 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!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Janeth, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Janeth is our preschool classroom teacher and she loves working with children!  She enjoys watching them learn and grow. She looks forward to new and exciting days with the children in her class. She loves how each day there is something new to learn and there is always a new story to tell!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years

July 2015 Events

July Hero Image
Filter Center Calendar
  1. There are no events scheduled in July 2015.

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

  • 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.

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

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.

- Mother
×

See what’s happening on the blog

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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

View More

Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.