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Marshalee Drive KinderCare

Dayna Herbert, Center Director

6080 Marshalee Dr. Elkridge MD 21075
(410) 796-0666 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bellows Springs Elementary School, Waterloo Elementary School, OLPH Catholic School, Rockburn Elementary School, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge Elementary School, Ilchester Elementary School


Welcome to the Elkridge KinderCare. We are thrilled to meet with you and be able to show you all the wonderful things that we have to offer you and your family. We are committed to providing your child with the best care possible. We do this by making sure that we develop the whole child, working on their social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Our expert designed classrooms help to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We would love for you to join our family!

Dayna Herbert, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at KinderCare Elkridge is a loving and nurturing staff. Each member of our team brings a special talent, however they all bring a love and passion for what they do everyday.

  • Dayna Herbert

    Dayna Herbert, Center Director

    Real success is finding your happiness in the work you love.

    Dayna became the director of the Laurel KinderCare in April 2012. She has been working with children of all ages since high school. Dayna was previously a Director in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was also an elementary school teacher for seven years. Working with children and helping them to learn and grow has always been Dayna's passion. Dayna is committed to upholding the NAEYC standards to ensure the children receive the edge that will last a lifetime.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Dayna was an elementary school teacher for seven years and Center Director of a preschool in Pittsburgh for two years.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Professional Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Victoria, Assistant Director

    Ms. Victoria has worked with KinderCare Elkridge for four years. She was our School Age and Learning Adventures teacher. She is now the Assistant Director. Getting to work with children, watching and helping them to grow is her passion.

    Previous Experience:
    Victoria has worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education, 90 and 45 Hours Certifications
  • Ms. Alice, Infant Classroom

    Treat other people's children, the way you would want yours to be treated.

    Ms. Alice became a caregiver because of her love for children and a desire to have many of her own. She is very active in her church and community, working with children of all ages and ethnicity. Starting as an aid in 1998, she was encouraged to get her certifications and become a lead teacher. She tries very hard and is diligent in adding teacher-made enrichment to enhance the children's learning. Ms. Alice truly finds it a joy to keep her classroom vibrant and stimulating for her children!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Alice worked as a Youth Director and Back-Up Foster Caretaker.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    90 Hour Certificate, Infant & Toddler Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    There's nothing better than walking into a room and seeing the children's faces light up when they see you.

    Ms. Heather has been working in the Infant room at KinderCare since December of 2011. She is a graduate of Lansdowne High school. She likes to make learning fun for the children by using her creativity to make enrichment programs for the classroom. Watching the children learn and grow is what she likes most about her job.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Heather worked at a Private Daycare center and as a babysitter since 2000.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Nakia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love guiding and teaching children through learning to make a better tomorrow.

    Ms. Nakia has been with KinderCare since March of 2006. She started out as a Toddler teacher, but after obtaining her 90-hours credential she became a Preschool teacher. In 2008, Ms. Nakia received her Child Development Associate's Credential in Preschool. In 2009, she decided to challenge herself and become an Infant teacher. She taught in the Infant room for almost four years. She is now a Infant & Toddler teacher and she since revived her Child Development Associate's Credential in Infants & Toddlers. Ms. Nakia loves working with her young children because she plays a major role in their growth and development. She also believes that many milestones of learning begin in her classroom and to be a part of that is amazing!

    Previous Experience:
    Growing up with a large family, helping and caring for children has always been second nature for Ms. Nakia.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    90-Hour Early Childhood Education Credential, Child Development Associate Credential (Infant & Toddler and Preschool)
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Marina's passion is teaching and working with children. She has two boys of her own. It gives her great joy to come in the room and see the big smiles on their faces looking at her. That shows her that she is doing her job teaching and making children happy. The appreciation you get from the parents makes her happier to know they trust her with their children.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    90 Hours Certification, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Christina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love that I am able to help our future generation start a foundation in learning.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    90 Hours Preschool Certificate, 45 Infant & Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Laurie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to experience the freshness and curiosity of the children and provide them with a safe and nurturing environment where they can flourish.

    Ms. Laurie has been a teacher at KinderCare since 2008. She brings with her seventeen years of child care experience having owned her own Family Day Care in Massachusetts. Ms. Laurie's Bachelor's Degree is in English. She also obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential and numerous continuing Education credits specifically in Child Development. Ms. Laurie's class is always dynamic and fresh, keeping the interest of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Laurie owned her own Family Day Care for seventeen years.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sharee, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that I am preparing young minds for future education while instilling confidence and independence as they explore an educational and nurturing environment.

    Ms. Sharee is a Maryland native and is currently attending Howard Community College to pursue a degree in Nursing. She began her journey with KinderCare in 1998 as a Discovery Preschool teacher and has since taught Preschool, Prekindergarten and has been Health and Safety Coordinator, before being promoted to an Assistant Director. She maintained this role for five years before deciding her love was for teaching and went to continue as a Prekindergarten teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sharee has previous experience teaching younger children and working as an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    90-Hour Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Lora, School Age Classroom

    I love to see the smiles on the children's faces and see how they enjoy coming to the center.

    I have been at this center for 2 years. I have been in the field for 15 years. The unique things that happen in my room keep the children laughing and having fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Lora previously working in the military side of daycare.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Associates in Early Childhood

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Your child's safety and well being is always our number one priority and concern. Our center has a keypad entry system; a strict ID policy on drop off and pick up; three securely locked and fenced-in playgrounds; all staff is First Aid and CPR Certified; and several staff members are trained in medication administration. Along with our strict daily cleaning schedule, nothing is left to chance.

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.

We have been a part of the Elkridge KinderCare location since 2007. The wonderful teachers and management team have helped us raise smart, caring and well mannered children who love to learn! We work together as a team when our children are having both great and not so great days! The Elkridge KinderCare Team is awesome!!

- Parent

We are so grateful that we found KinderCare for our son who is just under two-years-old. My son initially had a negative experience at a different center. Once we moved our son to KinderCare, we could tell that he was having a much better experience. The staff members at KinderCare were very patient with him and helped him adjust to his new classroom. After a few short days it was very clear to us that he was comfortable in his classroom, enjoyed playing with new friends, was developing trusting relationships with the staff, and was learning new skills. We haven't had any problems since he's been going to KinderCare. The peace of mind having him there while I am at work has been priceless.

- Mother

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