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Great Seneca KinderCare

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

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!

Lani Cannon, 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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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!

  • Lani Cannon

    Lani Cannon, Center Director

    Lani fell into child care by accident. She always loved being around children and wanted to have a huge family. While transitioning out of the United States Air Force and into the Hawaii Air National Guard, Lani looked for a part-time job to get her by. She soon found herself working full-time as a preschool teacher and having children of her own.  She had three boys. After moving up in the Early Child Education field she became a Center Director on an Air Force installation in Hawaii. She then moved on to home-school her own children and run a family child car business out of her home. When her oldest son graduated and went to college she adopted her daughter.  She then entered back into the work force and was a Child Development Specialist and Early Childhood Trainer for the Hawaii. One of her jobs was leading the Exceptional Family Member Program for the military finding respite care providers and training them. She was then offered a job as a Family Outreach Specialist with a non-profit organization that specialized in education homeless parents and their children. Not long after that she was asked to become a Center Director for a child care center that was going through accreditation.  She took that position until moving to Maryland.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Lani was a preschool teacher, Training & Curriculum Specialist, Family Child Care Specialist (licensing homes on an Air Force installation), Assistant Director to an Infant/Toddler Center, Center Director for a Preschool, owner of a family child care business, Child Development Specialist, ECE Trainer, Family Outreach Specialist, Center Director for a faith-based school, and finally a Program Director for a child care facility in Silver Spring.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise

    Year Started:
    1/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • 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:
    20 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 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:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • 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:
    16 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Infant and Toddler 90 Hour Certificate, 90 Hour School Age Certificate

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

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

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

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
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