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Great Seneca KinderCare

Jennifer Fairfield, Center Director

13230 Cloppers Mill Dr. Germantown MD 20874
(301) 515-0888 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Great Seneca Hwy & Clopper Mill Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Great Seneca Creek, Clopper Mill, Germantown, Christa McAuliffe, McNair and Matsunaga

We are happy to be a part of the Germantown community.
We are accepting applications for the fall 2014 season at this time.

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Welcome

We are so glad you have inquired about our school! At our Germantown KinderCare quality is very important to us. We take great pleasure in serving our community and families. 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. 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!

Jennifer Fairfield, Center Director

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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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Math

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers would like to welcome you to visit our school. We strive to provide the best of care for your child! We hope to have you join our KinderCare family shortly!

  • Jennifer Fairfield

    Jennifer Fairfield, Center Director

    I love this job because of the opportunity to serve parents, children and teachers. Because of my focus on serving I am truly needed and nothing is better than that feeling! My biggest goal is to have very educated students leave my school filled with happy memories.

    Elaina got hooked on childcare as a high school student when she started working in a nursery school in the afternoon. It was the development of their speech that particularly enticed her. She loved it when they said things like "me turn" or "her did it." Due to her positive experience she studied Education at the University of Maryland. Elaina says the 20 years at KinderCare has flown by. Elaina thinks the next 20 years will be even better! Eight of Elaina's 20 years have been at this center. She believes she builds children's self-esteem by displaying lots of their classwork along with pictures of the children. Parents also are proud of the children's accomplishments. Elaina adds different books to the calendar each month to enhance learning as well. The best part of her experience is when current or former parents tell us how we made their day! She loves hearing of the academic success from children who have gone on the elementary school!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Elaina was a teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    6/20/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Daisy Broca

    Daisy Broca, Assistant Director

    I love the creative side of childcare. I especially enjoy helping the teachers design learning games and enrichments to help students with their learning. I truly believe we are blessed to work in the childcare field where we can mold young minds .

    Daisy first came to KinderCare as a Preschool teacher. The learning program with hands on activities were so stimulating and fun for the preschoolers. She knew right away that this was the educational environment she hoped to be at for a long time! KinderCare was more than a job it was a calling! Daisy's vast experience in childcare led her to be promoted to an Assistant Director so that she could share her knowledge with others. Daisy loves greeting the children each morning and is very welcoming to all our families with her warm smile..

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Daisy was a Preschool teacher in India, Zimbabwe and Canada.
    Year Started:
    1/6/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English, Associate's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infant Classroom

    I know I am blessed to work with infants. They are our special angels.

    Ms. Maria loves working with the mobile infants. She loves to dance with them and play music. Ms. Maria loves having the infants do creative art. She believes that they can express themselves even at a young age!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria worked at another KinderCare Center before joining the Clopper Mill Center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Maryam

    Ms. Maryam, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about finding stimulating activities to help the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Maryam is our Infant teacher. She started here at KinderCare 18 years ago when our center had opened. Ms. Maryam has completed her Infant Child Development Associate Credential. She prides herself in keeping a very clean room and loves to stimulate the infants with new activities to help them grow. Her favorite time of the year is when we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! She loves reading Dr. Seuss books and taking pictures of the children in Dr. Seuss hats. Ms. Maryam serves as a mentor to first time parents and gives suggestions to make their first year of life wonderful!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maryam has worked at another child care center prior to working at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about making sure every detail of the child's day is perfect and sharing that information with parents.

    Ms. Rhonda has spoiled hundreds of infants over the last 17 years. She loves singing and reading books with infants. Ms. Rhonda loves watching the infants acquire new skills while they are in her class. She loves to see them reach new developmental milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rhonda worked at a different child care center before joining to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant Classroom

    I believe that lots of gentle love and interactions will build the self esteem of the toddlers.

    Ms. Sara has been nurturing Toddlers for five years. She has taught the Infant and Toddler classes. Her mission is to make sure the toddlers are taken care of. She loves singing with the toddlers and sometimes brings in her guitar. She loves each child like they were her own and cherishes her time taking care of them. Sara specializes in creating teacher made books for her students.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    90 hours of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Angel

    Ms. Angel, Pre Kindergarten B / Pre Kindergarten Program Leader

    "I value each individual child that walks through my door - we're all unique! Every family has different needs and I like to adjust my classroom program to fit the needs of each child. Just being able to watch each child grow academically and socially, being a part of their journey while sharing their progress with their families and helping to impact their future are just a few reasons why I love my job! I'm here to take their hand to help guide and build self confidence, open their minds to a lifetime love of learning, and touch their hearts to show them just how special they are and that their accomplishments matter! I love what I do, and I love seeing how I make a difference in a child's life."

    Mrs. Angel has worked with KinderCare for 9 years. She has her Preschool Child Development Associate, 90 hour School age Certificate, 90 hour infant and toddler Certificate and 9 hours Communication certificate. She is working towards her Early Childhood Education Degree. Mrs. Angel takes pride in preparing her prekindergarteners for Kindergarten and beyond. She helps each child master different skills by putting emphasis on one-on-one, small and whole group learning through out the day. She helps guide each child to exceed parent's academic expectations by motivating each child to do their best and tracking their progress. She provides children with many innovative thinking opportunites through a variety of learning experiences through out the classroom. She monitors and adjusts learning activities to the children's needs to provide a stimulating and safe learning environment for the class. She stresses the importance of family involvement by helping parents stay connected to their child's learning environment through home connection projects, sending weekly and daily emails, as needed, about classroom activities and calendar events and volunteer sign ups. Parent involvement is important to her, therefore families are given many opportunities to help anyway they can in the classroom through special circle times that are set aside for families to come in to read books, talk about their careers or something special they do as a family. She loves to involve families in other activities related to the classroom such as planning field trips, doing various theme related workshops and picking out books for the classroom from the library. Mrs. Angel shows appreciation of the community by having a variety of community helpers come to the classroom to talk about their jobs such as librarians, bus drivers, crossing guards. She enjoys incorporating various hands on activities to help her Prekindergartens learn through play and from their environment.  

    Previous Experience:
    Angel has worked at a Montessori School with Pre-K and School Age children at their after school and summer program. She also taught two and three year olds at a Child Development school in Clarksburg, and later took on a lead Teacher position with Pre-K children at the same school.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development, 90 hour Infant and Toddler Certificate, 90 hour School Age Certificate, and 9 hour Communication Certificate
  • Ms. Yan

    Ms. Yan, Preschool

    I love to greet the kids and guide them through different learning experiences.  I love to see the kids learn, play and grow.  They make my day feel special.

    Ms. Yan has been with KinderCare for 14 years and enjoys teaching the children their numbers and letters in the Preschool classroom.  She has her Preschool Child Development Associate's degree as well as her 90 hour school age certification. Ms. Yan is always smiling in the morning and welcoming each child. She engages children in circle time by teaching songs and ecouraging children to bring in books. To help extend learning through Science exploration in her program, she asks the children to find acorns and leaves in fall on the playground, and also play with snow in her sensory table in the Winter.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Preschool Child Development Associate, 90 hour School Age Certification
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Learning Adventures Program

    I love getting to know each and every child. I am a hands on teacher who is very passionate about teaching children to explore literacy and math. I love all children from infancy to school age, that’s why you will see me happily singing in the infants or even driving the school agers to their schools! I love seeing the children grow in the phonics and math program, and working with them in small groups!

    Ms. Diane is our learning adventures coordinator. She has been with KinderCare for 12 years. She teaches the Phonics and Math programs to prepare children for Kindergarten. Her Kindergarten and Prekindergarten background has helped with her learn the skills that children need to be successful in the math and language areas.  She has a collection of children’s literature that she shares with the school. She has lots of hands on games that she enjoys sharing with the kids in her phonics and math program. She has completed her 90 hours Infant and Toddler and School Age course. She holds a Child Development Associate's credential in Preschool.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane was the Literary Coordinator at a previous center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Infant and Toddler 90 Hour Certificate, 90 Hour School Age Certificate

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Chinese, Persian (Farsi)

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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all 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.

I am writing you to sing the praise of Ms. Geeta and Ms. Zeeynup (Prekindergarten teachers). We have seen our child's reading and writing skills grow exponentially since she began the school year. Our child loves playing with her classmates, drawing, and painting; but most of all, she loves her two teachers. They are attentive, caring, and loving to Isabella as well as the other students. Ms. Geeta and Ms. Zeynup are doing a wonderful job of preparing our child for success.
I wanted to thank you and your program for helping us prepare our child for academic as well as social success. We will be forever grateful to Ms. Geeta and Ms. Zeeynup.

- Parents

I wish to thank you and commend your entire staff for the fabulous job that they do everyday taking care of the babies, teaching them and nurturing them. It has been only a month since Aaron started coming to KinderCare and I see how much he has changed; he comes home and sings the songs that was taught during the day and says his ABCs or the physical exercise his teacher taught him. I love the fact that you capture pictures of what Aaron does during the day--I simply love that idea! Sometime last week I asked Aaron who his favorite teacher is and he said Ms. Carla. I know Ms. Yan and Ms. Nakia do a great job as well and he loves them. I also know that he is a big fan of Ms. Nakia! Once again thank you SO much for all the efforts and dedication. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone I know who is looking for a reliable daycare.

- Mother

We wanted to express our appreciation to our children's teachers. Ms. Mary, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Geeta, Ms. Prachi and Ms. Nadine are all doing a great job. We are delighted to have them as the educators of our kids. We are looking forward to another great year in your center.

- Mother

We are grateful for the great care of our daughter since she has been a toddler. Her teachers Ms. Sara, Ms. Sadri, Ms. Mary, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Yan, Ms. Carla, Ms. Nakia and Ms. Nicole were wonderful. We also have to thank Ms. Elaina and Ms. Daisy for accommodating all of the needs for our daughter at your center. Thanks also to Ms. Diane for the math and phonics classes these are to be remembered.

- Father

It is hard to believe that our daughter has been part of the KinderCare family for five wonderful years. It has been five wonderful years of caring, laughing, sharing, learning, and nurturing. Our daughter calls Ms. Maryam, Ms. Diane and Ms. Mary her KinderCare moms which is a testament that she adores you all. It has been a pleasure to have such dedicated professionals helping to ensure my daughter is ready for all of life's essential fundamentals.

- Mother
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