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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 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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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.

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:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Associate in Childhood Development, Child Development Credential, Maryland Credentialing Level 5
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Office Assistant

    I love being able to say that I truly love my job and seeing the impact I make.

    Cara has been with us well over ten years. She decided to join us after graduating from FCC and has enjoyed every minute here. Recently she completed her child development associate Certification to further her ECE career. She loves working with children in her classroom and taking care of the families needs everyday. 

    Previous Experience:
    Cara has worked with children all throughout high school and college
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Associate of Arts in General Studies, Lead Teacher Certification, School-age Teacher Certification and Child Development Associate Certification
  • Ms. Porshia

    Ms. Porshia, Assistant Director

    A child's life can simply make your day great.

    Porshia has been with the company for since 2014. Porshia loves being apart of our family and providing a safe place for the children. Porshia is a mother of two boys Kamari and Elijah. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  

    Previous Experience:
    Porshia's has prior experience as a Preschool and Prekindergarten teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    the Rainbow Fish

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Lead Teacher Certification, currently pursuing degree
  • 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    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 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's in Education, Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Associate in Child Development, and certified Yoga Instructor
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    Making an impact on a child's life through the many steps of growth is extremely important to me.

    Ms. Michelle loves building relationships with children and families. She enjoys teaching the 'standards" but loves the hugs and being there to wipe their tears.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has worked with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Staci

    Ms. Staci, Preschool Classroom

    Teaching children is a passion. Not only do you teach them but, they teach you along the way. Each child touches your heart forever.

    Staci was born and raised in Frederick, MD. Staci is a loving mother to two daughters Kayden and Kamryn.  She enjoys summer weather at the beach and sports.  

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Development Associate of Art Degree

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.

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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