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Hanover KinderCare

Christine Lesinski, Center Director

8050 Rockenbach Rd. Hanover MD 21076
(410) 551-6611 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Van Bokkelen, Severn, Jessup, Pershing Hill, West Meade, Quarterfield (before care only), Meade Heights (the bus picks up & drops off for Meade Heights at the center. Parents need to contact the school to make arrangements)


KinderCare in Hanover stands out from others due to the great relationships that we have with our families, community and with each other. The staff work hard to create a welcoming environment for our families, and with that we build life-long relationships. We have families who have been with us for many years and who have multiple children in the center. Our dedication to our extended families and the overall development of the children are what make us stand out.

Christine Lesinski, 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.

Craft Adventures

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Hanover KinderCare are a group of passionate educators. Whether it be a first step, first word, first letter written or first sentence read, the teachers are there to help the children achieve these milestones and more!

  • Christine Lesinski

    Christine Lesinski, Center Director

    I moved to Maryland from Pennsylvania in May 2008. I was excited to be living close to family, especially when my niece was born in February 2009 and then my nephew in November 2011. When I first got to Maryland, I started off substituting in Howard County Public Schools until I landed a job with KinderCare! I love to watch the children start off in the infant room and grow into the school age classroom. When I'm not at KinderCare, I enjoy spending time with my family, making everything and anything (I'm very crafty) and seeing my friends, most of which I met when I first started working for KinderCare! I love being a Center Director and I strive to achieve that family feel when you walk into my building!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christine started with KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She has also worked with infants, preschool and school age children. In August 2012, Ms. Christine moved up to the Assistant Director position. In September 2014, she became a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Nicole Schultheis

    Nicole Schultheis, Assistant Director

    Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.

    Nicole has worked in childcare for about 13 years. She started working with two years olds and loved every minute of it! She believes at this age they begin to come into their own person. Nicole loves to see the sparkle in their eyes. Although she didn't want to leave her babies, she knew that she needed to grow in my career and wanted to become an Assistant Director. She also has two children of her own and a wonderful man in her life. The thing she loves the most is spending time with family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole started off with KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She has worn most hats, from cook to bus driver and School Age teacher. In November 2014, she took the position as Assistant Director, excited to impact children and teachers from a management role.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Assosiate Degree, 90 Hour Preschool Certificate, 45 Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate
  • Miss Lisa

    Miss Lisa, Infant Classroom

    I love that coming to work every day has an important impact on the children and that I am able to create a strong foundation for their lives.

    I have been with KinderCare for ten years. I have worked in all classrooms, but has found my home with my infants. I love watching the children as they develop their skills; from fine and gross motor to language skills, each one is a huge accomplishment. Everything that I have learned has helped me, not only in the classroom, but with raising my own son, Jayce.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Miss Christina

    Miss Christina, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I am making a difference in the children's lives; the satisfaction of seeing the children grow and helping each child achieve milestones.

    I came to KinderCare with many years of childcare experience. I love working with and taking care of the infants, seeing them grow, achieving milestones, and moving from classroom to classroom as they do so.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    CDA, 90 Hour Preschool Certification, 45 Hour Infant/Toddler Certification
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Infant Classroom

    I love interacting with the children, playing games and watching the children grow. I love hearing "Ms. Trish" when I walk into the classroom, like the children were waiting for me to arrive.

    Ms. Trish started out in the preschool room and then became a Toddler teacher. She loves doing artwork with the children and seeing their reaction to that sensory experience.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Mrs. Jen

    Mrs. Jen, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of the children and their families by giving them the best start that I can.

    I came to this KinderCare from a KinderCare in Massachusetts. I love working with the infants and watching them grow and develop their own unique personalities.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Masters in Public Administration, B.S. Education
  • Mrs. Trinity

    Mrs. Trinity, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children perform tasks that I know I had a hand in teaching them. Children need a routine schedule and I know that I am a part of what makes their day run smoothly.

    I have been a part of the KinderCare family for over a decade. I started out as a floater, was an infant teacher and then became the toddler teacher. I am passionate about teaching the toddlers and show great care and patience as I help them learn and grow. I love to read stories to the children and they love to sit and listen.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Association Credential (CDA), 90-hour Certification
  • Ms. Tifney, Preschool Classroom

    You might be the first smile they see each morning, or their first hug they've had since Friday. We have the most important job of all.

    Ms. Tifney loves showing children new things, simple things, and amaze them. It truly makes her heart smile!

    Previous Experience:
    Four years in child development (earning her 90 clock hours) and one year internship.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    90 hour Certificate
  • Ms. Suzane, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's of Science Elementary Education
  • Ms. Shanel

    Ms. Shanel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Never lose sight of what it means to be a kid!

    Previous Experience:
    Five years at Head Start in Howard County.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential and 90-hour Certificate
  • Miss Autumn

    Miss Autumn, School Age

  • Ms. Angel

    Ms. Angel, Substitute

    I take pride in supporting our future and I take steps to ensure that the foundation I set provides growth and development along their journey through life. Seeing them progress shows me that they are capable of being the stars that they truly are!

    Angel joined the KinderCare family because she was inspired by the mission and believed that she could contribute in a positive way. She is constantly bringing new and creative ways of challenging the little minds in my classroom. She love arts and crafts, doing lessons to help the children achieve their milestones and showing the children that you can learn through fun and imagination.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    90 Hour Preschool Certification

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We have a key-code secured entry. A code is given to parents when they enroll so they may have access to the classroom to pick up their child. Management is always present in the building and the staff are not authorized to allow anyone access to the classrooms without management's permission. We also do a name-to-face check every thirty (30) minutes and have enclosed playgrounds.

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.

My son attended KinderCare for two years before heading off to Kindergarten. While he was here, my son was loved and cared for by the teachers in the center. The staff was patient with him and he developed close relationships with them and he enjoyed playing with his friends. He would even get upset when it was time for me to pick him up, which let me know that he was happy at KinderCare.

- Mother

My son has been at KinderCare since he was two years old. He loves his "KinderCare school," as he calls it. He will be going to Kindergarten this upcoming school year and he is more then ready thanks to the teachers at KinderCare. He is very happy that he will be attending the after school program at KinderCare. I just want to thank the teachers at KinderCare for leading him in the right direction and for getting him ready for big boy school.

- Mother

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