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Willowdale KinderCare

Jenn Tucker, Center Director

110 Willowdale Dr. Frederick MD 21702
(301) 695-9088 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
At this time we service Waverly Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Yellow Springs Primary, Whittier Elementary and West Frederick Middle School !! Call for more options, willing to pick up more schools!!


Thank you for your interest in Willowdale KinderCare, where your child's safety and learning is our top priority! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. In addition, our amazing teachers have used their own early childhood education knowledge to enhance and enrich each area of the classroom to help the children discover and explore the world around them. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! Allow us to help provide your child with the knowledge that will last them a lifetime!

Jenn Tucker, Center Director

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

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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.

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 teachers and staff at Willowdale KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of fifteen years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Associate's Degree, or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Willowdale KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Jenn Tucker

    Jenn Tucker, Center Director

    As a Center Director, I carry a very large responsibility on my shoulders. This responsibility is to the children, families, and staff that walk through my center doors each day. It is my responsibility to cultivate a child care center that values each child as a unique individual and to ensure that they are nurtured, protected and respected at all times.

    Jenn has been working at this center for almost nine years and has loved every second of it! She absolutely loves singing, playing, and working with children. She has a passion for making sure that when our children grow up they will always remember what a wonderful time they had learning and growing in our center. She lives to learn all she can to make our center the best place possible. She currently has an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Child Development, and is working on her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. Her favorite thing about working in this center is the wonderful relationships she has with our children, families, and our staff; she couldn't do what she does without them!

    Previous Experience:
    Jenn started as a Toddler teacher at the Willowdale Center and about one year later was promoted to Assistant Director. She was then the Assistant Director for two years before being promoted to Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpilller
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, pursuing Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, Infant Classroom

    I love coming in everyday and watching the babies grow and develop. The smiles on their faces when they see me makes my day!

    Ms. Lisa has been employed with KinderCare for almost six years, working in the Discovery Preschool Room, Toddler Room, and both Infants A and B. She loves working with children, and truly enjoys teaching. She has earned many awards through the company including Achievement Award, Excellent Customer Service Award and the Team Player Award. Ms. Lisa hopes that she can continue to grow through the company, and one day become an Assistant Director. She genuinely enjoys what she does, and looks forward to meeting all her families in the infant classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alissa has three years experience with in-home childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, 90-hour Senior Staff Certification, 45-hour Infant/Toddler Course
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Hurst

    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Hi, I am Ms. Cara and I have worked at KinderCare for 8 years, and have loved every single day here.  I am from Frederick, MD and currently live in Monrovia, MD.  I studied at Shepherd Universtity and earned my BA in Psychology with a minor in education.  I have been married to my husband Noah for 4 years and we have a son, JP, who is 3 years old, and also attends KinderCare.  I love working with young children and help bulinding their spirit and foundation for a solid start in life.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development 1,2,and 3 in high school and college.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Psychology
  • Stacey

    Stacey, School Age

    A person's A person, no matter how small they all" By: Dr. Suess

    Hi I'm Ms.Stacey was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. I was born on July 26, 1966. I graduated from Frederick High School. I'm a happy mom with two wonderful children and a cute little grandson Brayden that is 4 years old. I am a Schoolage teacher and love working with older children (although I love the babies as well).  I currently have my 90 hr Senior Staff Certification, Medication Administration, and Bus Certification. I've been with the company for 14 years.  I love my job and I really enjoy seeing the smiles on the children's faces first thing in the morning.  My favorite part of working with children is to inspire them and see the sparkle in their eyes as they learn/experience new things!!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Variety of Dr.Suess Books
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    High Scool Diploma, 90 Hr, Medicine Administration
  • Lois

    Lois, Cook

    Hi, my name is Lois and I am 55 years young.  I was born and raised in the Frederick and will probably stay here forever.  I enjoy cooking and creating new recipes.  I have been cooking professionally for many years now.  I love making healthy foods that the children will eat and enjoy.  One of my favorite things to do at the center (besides cooking) is to work in the infant classroom.  I love playing with and holding the babies. At this time I am raising my two-year-old grandson Giovanni and I have been for over a year now.  It wasn't my plan this late in life but I wouldn't change it for the world!!

    Previous Experience:
    Lois has been cooking most of her life. She has previously worked in restaurants and at our very own Frederick Memorial Hospital.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Porshia

    Porshia, Preschool

    Hi! My name is Porshia Jackson. I am a Preschool teacher here at Willowdale KinderCare. I have been working in the field of child care for eight years now. I used to work at the YMCA before and after program. I graduated high school in 2009 from Frederick High School. While in school I took my three classes of child development 1 – 3. I LOVE working with children! I have my 90 clock hours with preschool and my 45 clock hours with school age. When I was two years old I came to this same KinderCare until I was 12 years old. Ms. Stacey, who still works here as the school age teacher, was my teacher while I attended school age here. I now have two sons that come here; their names are Kamari and Elijah. I have my CPR and First Aid Certificates. I also have my medication certification. I plan on having a great time teaching your child(ren) about a lot of exciting things. If you ever have any questions please feel free to ask. I’m here to make you and your children feel welcome and safe!

    Previous Experience:
    Porshia has been working with children for the last 8 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    She loves anything by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Willowdale KinderCare is excited to announce that we are now credited a level 3 through the EXCELS program!! 
For more information give us a call and we would love to let you know all about the program!!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Ghana

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Willowdale KinderCare we even have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Ms. Cara’s duties as Health and Safety Coordinator include conducting monthly fire drills and disaster drills, ensuring that all staff’s First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

Letter to the Center Director:
You are an incredible Center Director and have become a friend to our family.  Thank you for creating a special place for my kids to enjoy!!
Christine, Khloe, and Naomi

- Mother

A letter to Ms. Porshia:
Dear Ms. Porshia,
Thank you for being an extra special part of Joshua's time at KinderCare.  We appreciate that you show him the same love and encouragement that you show your own boys.  It's great knowing that you are there with him during the day.  Thanks for really getting to know who Joshua is!!
Thank You,
Elizabeth Rosato and Will Armstrong

- Parents

We have been bringing our four children to KinderCare for almost four years now. When we moved to the area, we visited numerous daycare centers in the area, but we immediately felt that there was something special about KinderCare. The teachers in every classroom, from the Infant Classroom all the way to the School Ager Classroom, love all of the children tremendously and you can tell they put their whole heart into what they do each day. It is just a really happy and loving environment. When we pick the children up, they are always happy, busy and nurtured in ways unique for each child. They do an endless number of special things for our children each day. We are truly thankful for the amazing teachers at KinderCare!!!

- Mother

Leaving my child of only six weeks old in someone else's care was the hardest thing I ever done. But, the staff at KinderCare recognized that hardship and have been so understanding and supportive. My child now is one year old and he never even cries when I leave him at KinderCare. The staff at are an extension of our family, and I am grateful that such wonderful people are here to help me raise my son.

- Mother

A letter to Ms. Porshia:
Miss. Porshia,
Thanks you for all that you do in the 3's classroom!!  Avery loves being in the "big kid" room now!!  She is always singing the songs that she has learned.
Thank you!
Kimberly and Michael

- Parents

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