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Ballenger Creek KinderCare

Crystal Bowens, Center Director

313 Ballenger Center Dr. Frederick MD 21703
(301) 631-1174 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Orchard Grove, Ballenger Creek, Tuscarora, Carroll Manor; Also, Visitation, New Life and St. John's which are private schools

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

Welcome

Welcome to our nationally accredited KinderCare on Ballenger Center Drive. 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. In our school you will find that teachers all work together as a team and enjoy establishing new relationships with the children and families. We strive to make our families feel as if KinderCare is part of their extended family.

Crystal Bowens, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Ballenger KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our team strives for excellence through the continuing education we receive from our company that consists of two full-day 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.

  • Crystal Bowens

    Crystal Bowens, Center Director

    Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.

     To Crystal there is no job more rewarding than teaching children. Each day is different, and children are a constant source of amazement. They are fun to work with, and watching them learn and grow is extremely rewarding. In addition to working with the children, Crystal enjoys working with their parents as well. As partners in your child's education, we can join forces to help your child succeed!

    Previous Experience:
    Crystal has worked previously as an Assistant Director, Center Trainer, van driver and a Prekindergarten teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever -Robert N. Munsch
    Year Started:
    11/23/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate in Childhood Development, Child Development Credential, Maryland Credentialing Level 5
  • Ms. Teri

    Ms. Teri, Discovery Preschool

    Teaching is an art and I enjoy teaching simple things to all my little learners

    Teri is a very caring teacher, she loves to respond to the unique needs and interest of every child.  Teri is a team player and she likes creating a warm environment for children and their families!

    Previous Experience:
    Middle School Music Teacher in Bolivia for 2 years and 6 years at another childcare center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    9/4/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Lead Teacher Certification
  • Anita Vashishat

    Anita Vashishat, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because working with children is so fun, positive and motivating. I love the opportunity to provide great customer care to our families.

    Anita is very passionate about spending time in the classroom. She is always a team player and is a positive role model to the children and families in our center. Anita and her co-teachers work together making enrichments for the classroom and creating a fun learning and successful learning environment. Anita looks forward to seeing the children everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    any Dr. Seuss book

    Year Started:
    12/13/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Master's in Social Work, Lead Teacher Certification and Infant & Toddler Certification
  • Debra Perkins

    Debra Perkins, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching should be about fun and learning embraced with love!

    Debbie has been teaching Kindergarten at KinderCare for since 2006. She is well respected by staff and families. Debbie prepares her class for Kindergarten with a balance of play and structure. She helps the children focus on following directions, making good choices, being respectful and doing their best. Debbie's classroom has won the Best Classroom Award and she has won Employee of the Quarter, twice.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching phonies for Spellread, Substitute Teacher in Frederick and Montgomery County, home daycare, dance teacher and Substitute Teacher in Florida.
    Year Started:
    8/31/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35+
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Jennifer Bisignano

    Jennifer Bisignano, Learning Adventures

    Teaching is my life!

    Jen thinks it's important for every child to have an amazing childhood and they are seeds to be planted.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Jen is a children's book author

    Year Started:
    11/26/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Master's in Education, Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Associate in Child Development, and certified Yoga Instructor

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Special Features

  • Maryland Excels Level 3

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Gujarati and Portuguese

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

Your child's health and safety is very important to us. Ms. Michele, our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator, performs monthly disaster and fire drills, dispenses medicine, and performs routine safety checks to ensure the safety of our children. We have a keypad entry to enter the center and the code is changed quarterly. To protect your child's privacy on the playground, we have a privacy fence. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

It was a very difficult decision for us to remove our three-year-old daughter from her prior learning center, but she was not getting the care and education we knew she deserved. Once we met with the folks at KinderCare, we felt extremely comfortable with the change and knew it was the right move. From the beginning, they have embraced our daughter, she has blossomed in terms of personality and intelligence, and we knew that we had something good going when she told us after the first day: “I want to go back to my new school.” KinderCare is more like a great big family than it is a daycare.

- Mother

Our three-year-old daughter has been coming to KinderCare since she was six months old. The staff at KinderCare are very caring and easy to talk to. Our daughter loves her teacher and has learned a lot!

- Parents

My family and I have been at KinderCare for five years and we have watched our son become a well rounded child and the experiences that he has had at Kindercare-Ballanger Center will always be remembered( i.e. summer camp, fields trips and all the friends he has met over the years.) The teachers are very caring and promote a good learning environment to the children there.

- Parents

We have been with KinderCare for seven years. The staff have watched our daughter since she was three months old. They have seen our family grow with the birth of our son. I've cried tears of joy when our children “graduate” from room to room at KinderCare. I love all the artwork and handprints the children bring home. Many pieces of the artwork are proudly hung in our house! KinderCare has been a part of our lives through many happy moments and have been a shoulder to cry on during some sad ones. Our children have grown to love the staff at the center, truly as part of our extended family! The care and concern of each and every staff member is wonderful. We are true believers that “you get what you pay for” when it comes to daycare. The Ballenger Creek KinderCare staff is the best! We love you!

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