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Eldersburg KinderCare

Amanda Merrill, Center Director

1641 Liberty Rd. Eldersburg MD 21784
(410) 781-4709 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
next to Eldersburg Medical Center near Hemlock St

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eldersburg, Piney Ridge, Carrolltowne, Winfield, Mechanicsville, and Linton Springs

Our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for all ages. We are proud to serve families of the Eldersburg community and the surrounding areas. Please contact us today to reserve your space!

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We welcome you to the Eldersburg KinderCare Learning Center. We are committed to providing all of our families with the best experience in Early Childhood Education. We have been serving children and families for over 25 years.
We are NAEYC accredited and pride ourselves in following the criteria guidelines set forth by both NAEYC and KinderCare Learning Centers. We believe in fostering the "Whole Child" by providing enrichment and activities that ensure each child excels socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our family oriented center provides a warm, nurturing atmosphere for all children.
We also make the safety of our entire "KinderCare Family" a priority. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Ashleigh who has been with us for two years. She ensures all safety guidelines are followed on a daily basis.
We feel confident that our many years of experience, as well as our deep commitment and dedication, will provide your family with ease and assurance in your decision making process when choosing a Learning Center for your child.
We look forward to serving your family in the future!

Amanda Merrill, 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

Here at KinderCare our staff is dedicated to enriching your child's future! Several of the staff members have been dedicated to KinderCare for many years and offer a warm, loving, enriched classroom for children of all ages to thrive in. We hope that you and your family become a part of our KinderCare Family!

  • Amanda Merrill

    Amanda Merrill, Center Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning. - Robert John Meehan

    Amanda began her journey with KinderCare in 2001. She started as a Teacher's Assistant and knew right away she had found her calling. Amanda quickly became certified as a Lead Teacher where she taught children of all ages. She taught two-year-old children for a majority of her teaching career, until being promoted to Assistant Director, where she helped manage for over seven years. Over the years she also obtained the Infant and Toddler Certification, the School Age Certification and her Child Development Associate's Credential. Other certificates include Medication Authorization and Emergency Preparedness. Amanda obtained her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education from Howard Community College in 2014. She was then promoted to Center Director at the Eldersburg KinderCare. Amanda takes pride in the relationships she builds with each and every family.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Persuing Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management
  • Melissa Pickett

    Melissa Pickett, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. - Benjamin Franklin

    Melissa began her journey with KinderCare in 1997 where she started as an assistant in the School Age classroom. Realizing how much she enjoyed working with children she became School Age certified, Infant and Toddler certified and received her 90 hour Early Childhood Certification. After receiving her certifications she became the lead teacher in the Infant room, where she loved and nurtured many babies for the next five years. She then became the Prekindergarten teacher for the next 2 years. In 2006 Melissa decided to stay at home with her son, but knew she would someday return to the Early Childhood Education field. In 2011 she returned to KinderCare and worked in all classrooms, helping and assisting the teachers until she obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education/ Special Education. She then took on the position of the Assistant Director and enjoys helping and working with all the families at the Eldersburg KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Persuing Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management
  • Ms. Joelle

    Ms. Joelle, Infant Classroom

    I have the most important job: teaching the future of the world!

    Before joining our KinderCare family seven years ago, Ms. Joelle ran her own in-home daycare for four years. As a lead infant teacher, Ms. Joelle cares for the youngest of our children. She ensures that there is always open communication with her families and cares for her babies with lots of love. She is very detail oriented and takes pride in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joelle previously owned an in-home daycare center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Infant/Toddler and Preschool Certificates
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Infant Classroom

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.- Albert Einstein

    Ms. Rachel started her childcare journey in 2010 as a family childcare provider for Army families in Augusta, GA until 2012 when military orders moved her to family to Maryland. Once in this area Ms. Rachel went to work for another childcare working with two year old children. In March of 2015, deciding to be closer to her family, Ms. Rachel joined the KinderCare family as the lead toddler teacher. Ms. Rachel is currently the lead Infant teacher for our older Infant class. Gaining experience working with children of all ages Ms. Rachel is excited to have the daily opportunity to watch the children learn and grow at KinderCare and to be a part of their learning experiences.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Early Childhood Education Credential (Preschool Certification and Infant/ Toddler Certification)
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Toddler Classroom

    What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future. -Steve Maraboli

    Ms. Angela has been with KinderCare since the Fall of 2013. She has enjoyed teaching young children since 2002. Throughout her career she has gained experience with children of all ages. Although certified to teach with every age in Early Childhood Education, she continues to gain knowledge through additional education courses as she pursues her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Angela is a loving and devoted teacher who looks forward to working alongside each family she meets to assist in the growth and development of each individual child in her care.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Early Childhood Education Credential (Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age Certificate), Health and Safety Credential (Emergency Preparedness, Medication Administration Certificate)
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. -Solomon Ortiz

    Ms. Emily started working for KinderCare in 1996 until 1998 when she moved out of state and began working for another childcare center working with exceptional children. Ms. Emily then decided to pursue a different career path for many years before returning to KinderCare in November of 2012. She is currently working toward a degree in Behavioral Sciences with a certificate in Child Advocacy Studies.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    You will always stand taller when you kneel to help a child. -Author Unknown

    As a parent and an early childhood educator, Ms. Casey's goal is to create a learning environment in which the children feel nurtured, safe and happy. She began as a Teacher's Assistant in 2010 and received her Preschool Certification in 2013 so that she could become a Lead Teacher. She believes that each day should be a positive learning experience and plans to further her education so that she can better herself for the children in her care.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credential (Preschool Certificate)
  • Ms. Terry

    Ms. Terry, Pre-K Classroom

    A good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others. -Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

    Ms. Terry began her teaching career at another childcare center in 1995. In 2002 she then relocated as a Center Director until August of 2013 when she joined our KinderCare family. At that point she realized that her heart belonged in the classroom where she can directly influence the education of young children. Ms. Terry is a fun, interactive teacher who enjoys  teaching the children new things in a fun way to get them excited to learn!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, Toddler Classroom

    Yesterday is in the past. Tomorrow is not here yet. Be happy and enjoy today!

    Ms. Wanda started working for the Eldersburg KinderCare in 1987 when it was built. As she watched the building go up she knew she was destined to be a part of it. Ms. Wanda has led various age groups over the years and takes pride in knowing that she has helped so many children grow in to independent little people.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    90-Hour Early Childhood Education Credential (Preschool Certificate)
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Tutorial Specialist & School Age Teacher

    A child's smile lights up the world. Let's see how bright we can make it today!

    As the tutorial specialist at the Eldersburg KinderCare, Ms. Diane works hard to improve reading comprehension and mathematic skills with her students. She has taught many children how to read and write over the years.  Ms Diane uses songs, crafts, games and lots of hands on activities to make learning fun and exciting. She truly enjoys working with children and building a strong educational foundation in each child she encounters. Ms. Diane specializes in teaching young children in a small group setting in order to give them extra one on one time so that they can excel. The tutorial programs that Ms. Diane currently teaches are Phonics, Reading, Math, Music and Cooking.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education Credential (Preschool and School Age)

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegan

Center Menu

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

We offer a secure keypad entry, sign in/out system, high fenced-in playground area and all staff are First Aid and CPR trained and certified.

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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As hard as it is to be separated from your children, it’s comforting to know that they are in wonderful caring hands at KinderCare.  My kids and I absolutely love their teachers, and know that they are receiving top notch care, as well as a great jump-start on their education!

- Mother

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