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Gambrills KinderCare

Mandy Mata, Center Director

1069 Md Rt 3, North LA Gambrills MD 21054
(410) 721-0690 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crofton Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Meadows Elementary, Nantucket, Four Seasons Elementary, and Waugh Chapel Elementary


Welcome to Gambrills KinderCare. I am so happy you have decided to consider our center for your family's needs. I cannot wait to show you our school in person.  In the meantime, there are some pictures in our gallery so you can begin to visualize your child's next school.

We have been open for five years. We care for children from six weeks to twelve years in age. We received our Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2012. Our school's mission is to meet each child where they are developmentally and help guide them along their path to learning. We offer fun hands on daily activities for every age group. Your children will grow and learn in ways you never imagined with us. I hope you can find time to visit our school soon! I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Mandy Mata, 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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our Gambrills KinderCare team is full of awesome members that want to do what is best for your child. We have charter teachers that have been here since our center opened and newer members that have joined our team recently. Furthermore, we work together to make all of our families feel comfortable leaving their children in our care when they are not available.

  • Mandy Mata, Center Director

    I love spending time with the children and their families each day. I enjoy watching the kids change and grow throughout their time with us at KinderCare.

    Mandy started at KinderCare as a teacher in the Prekindergarten classroom. She loved teaching the children and preparing them for Kindergarten and watching them learn new things each day. In prior experiences, Mandy worked with all age groups, from infants to school age.
    When asked to move up to an administrative position it was a tough choice knowing how much she would miss the classroom.  However, Mandy was excited to mesh her experiences as an administrator and teacher.
    Mandy lives in Crofton, Maryland with her husband and two daughters who are also loving their time at KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Masters Degree in Human Services and Early Childhood
  • Shafeqah

    Shafeqah, Hedgehogs

    It makes my heart smile when the infants reach for us & the parents walk away smiling. Also seeing them reach different milestones day by day makes it that much more fulfilling!

    Shafeqah is known by all here as Ms. Shy.  She's a mother of three, ages 12, 9 & 7, and is married to her college sweetheart.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Central University in December 2001.  She have been working with children since 2010 and hopes to some day soon earn another degree in Education.

    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Seals

    I have such a caring heart and love for each individual child in my care.

    Ms. Maria is a mother of four and enjoys working with every age group.  She has attended college courses in the state of Florida and has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages.  Her favorite thing about working with children is the bond that is created on a daily basis.  Her goal as a toddler room teacher is to help toddler progress toward matering all six of the developmental domain in our program.

    Years in ECE industry:
    over 20 years
    Infant and Toddler Certificate and continues to take classes in ECE
  • Ms. Shavon

    Ms. Shavon, Koalas

    I love knowing we make a big impact on kids lives through teaching.

    Ms. Shavon has been working in early childhood education since 2011. She started out working with four year olds and moved to the two's class once she joined KinderCare. Ms. Shavon found her niche and loves working with the two year olds. Ms. Shavon loves to see each of the children smile every day.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Dawn-Nay, Pandas

    I love seeing the joy on the children's faces after they have accomplished their work.

    Ms. Dawn-Nay started at KinderCare as a floater. She has had experience in every classroom and age group. Ms. Dawn-Nay was excited to move into the Discovery Preschool room as a lead teacher. Ms. Dawn-Nay loves the children and enjoys seeing their faces light up each day.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Chelsey, Lions

    Ms. Chelsey joined KinderCare in 2015. She has been with the three year olds since she began here with us.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Maureen has been working for KinderCare since 2004. She is a mother of three children and a grandmother to two wonderful boys who all live in Virginia. She has been working in childcare now for more than thirty years. She can truly say that she has loved every minute of her time working with children. She has a degree in Transfer Studies with a heavy emphasis on early childhood education. She had the great privilege to work in The Anne Arundel school system while doing her internship for continuing studies in elementary education. She is currently our Prekindergarten Classroom Teacher and loves getting the children ready for kindergarten with our exiting and fun learning curriculum. She looks forward to meeting you and your children.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+ Years
    Degree in Transfer Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Bonnie, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because children are my passion. Watching them learn new things every day always makes me smile. The children trust and love me unconditionally as I do them.

    Ms. Bonnie has been employed with KinderCare since 2011. She has attended AACC to earn her 90 Hour Early Childhood Education Units, 9 hour Communication and 45 Hour Infant & Toddler Units Certificates and her 45 hour School Age certificate.  Ms. Bonnie is always thinking of new activities to do with the children. She will try anything once and many times if the children like it. She teaches with great enthusiasm and always with her heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bonnie worked at a private center for four years before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    90 Hour Early Childhood Education Units, 45 Hour Infant & Toddler Units
  • Mr. Billy, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing and hearing the children get excited when I walk in the door. I love when the children tell me how they enjoy learning what we are working on.

    Mr. Billy has been working for KinderCare since 2009 and has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over twelve years. He is currently attending school to get his Early Childhood Education Degree. Mr. Billy enjoys sitting and playing with the children any chance that he can get.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Billy worked for another child care center for eight years.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    90 Units of Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Learning Adventures

    I am inspired by seeing each child grow and learn everyday!

    Ms. Shannon began working at KinderCare in 2013. She started out working in the toddler room where she loved watching the children grow and change each day. Ms. Shannon moved into the two year old room where she could implement more structure and curriculum. When Ms. Shannon was offered the Learning Adventures Specialist position, she was excited to be able to work with small groups on phonics and math. Ms. Shannon loves being able to enrich children's lives every day at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    3 Years

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

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

We offer a state of the art facility that has a privacy fence with emergency release gates. We also have a key pad entry system. Our team is First Aid and CPR trained and we meet the emergency preparedness guidelines and medication administration guidelines for the state of Maryland.

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.

Daniel’s Entry into daycare-
When looking for a center we interviewed Beaver Creek, La Petite, Children’s Center and KinderCare; while there where others on the list we felt there was no need to go any further. From the initial phone call with a friendly yet professional Ellen, to the moment we walked in the door greeted with child focused quotations on the walls and smiling faces at the front desk, we felt comfortable! What truly won us over was the tour of Ms. Tara’s classroom; she was on the floor rolling a ball back and forth to the kids. She spoke to us and answered questions, but never took the focus off the kids in her class. The children came first and we knew our little guy would be in good hands!
Moving up to “the twos”-
I was worried, who are these new people that are going to be working with my little monster. Are they going to be able to handle the hitting and biting and pushing and crazy that my sweet boy has somehow transformed into? All I can say is thank you … thank you to Ms. Ellen for the extra coaching and to Ms. Tesa, Ms. Bonnie and Ms. Maggie for working with him and loving him! The staff really helped us help him. They laughed with us and sometimes disciplined us (No UFC & no WWF at home), but mostly they encouraged us and let us know we were not alone and it would get better. Daniel loves you guys - At home we have Lego Maggie and Lego Tesa and they live with Lego Daniel in a red, white and blue house with a horse in the front yard that eats Lego carrots … you guys just had stairs installed, it was very exciting. Now if you can just get the potty training thing under control, at home we are obviously inept!
Oh no, there is another one?
You mean I drop off my baby and one teacher is going to deal with three infants? Schedule, we don’t have a schedule! Why do I have to take off my shoes? They are heating up the formula; we don’t do that at home! What do you mean no blankets? … The baby room is crazy!
Day One - Ok maybe I was the crazy one, on the first day I dropped Bailey off I may have found myself back 30 minutes later sitting on the floor with Ms. Lucia talking with her about why my baby is special and what she needs. After 45 minutes of interviewing Lucia and being reassured that she knew what she was doing I went to work and cried.
Half way through the day I called to see how my Bailey was doing and was reassured that she was sleeping comfortably and cozy…and I relaxed.
Thank you!
We bring the snot and the throw up and the screaming and you guys still deliver smiles and hugs and love! You may never make a ton of money working in daycare, but you make such a difference in so many little lives! THANK YOU!

- Parent

We don't have a choice in having a parent stay home, and its always been a comfort going in to work knowing we didn't have to worry about the care Liliana receives. We appreciate all the pictures that come home that allow us to share in Liliana's day, and we love the smiles that greet us when we walk in the door.

- Parents

My husband and I enrolled our daughter Nora at KinderCare in January and have continued to be impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the level of care our daughter receives. The time I have spent in the building gives me the impression that the staff members genuinely like one another and enjoy their jobs, and this creates a cheerful atmosphere that Nora and I both appreciate.

- Mother

I feel like there aren't enough males in the field already and they are just as valuable. So, it is noticeable. I have to apologize for thinking that there was a security threat at one time because I saw a male teacher trying to get into the back gate (I didn't know he was a teacher at that time. Also, thank you for hiring competent individuals from more than one culture. I feel very strongly that our children should grow and be around several cultures so they can learn to appreciate everyone from the beginning. We live in a world where so many are at war over race, religion and power struggles between the classes and I bet if they had grown up around and learned to appreciate those from all walks of life, that we'd live in a much better world. I hope that there are opportunities for staff from different cultures share their own cultures with our children. I for one, would love Brooklynn to be exposed to everyone of your staff member's culture, whether it be through the food/desserts, language, clothing and/or holiday traditions.

- Mother

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