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Lanham KinderCare

DeEtte Mitchell, Center Director

4880 Forbes Blvd. Lanham MD 20706
(301) 577-3790 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1/4 mile from Martin Luther King Blvd Behind large white and green building

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Judge Sylvania Woods, Glendale, Glenarden Woods, Seabrook, James McHenry & Ardmore and Center may be able to add a school.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Lanham KinderCare. Here at KinderCare, we realize that one of the most important decisions you'll ever make is where to start your child's education. Our safe, stimulating and home-like environment is the perfect place for children to discover their unique gifts and talents, as well as the world around them. Our exceptional research based educational programs have been developed by early-childhood education experts. Our dedicated and experienced teachers make learning fun for your child while challenging them to reach new goals. You'll always know what your child is doing and how they are performing in our care. KinderCare in Lanham has been providing children ages six weeks through 12 years with quality care since 1991. We have consistently maintained innovative educational programs that prepare children for school and inspire a lifetime love of learning.

DeEtte Mitchell, 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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At the KinderCare in Lanham our teachers work hard to provide a safe and nurturing environment that cultivates self-confidence. Our teachers are passionate about your child's education and happiness and are dedicated to developing your child's learning potential. At the KinderCare in Lanham, we have high educational and training standards and our teachers are some of the most experienced in the business.

  • DeEtte Mitchell

    DeEtte Mitchell, Center Director

    I love having the ability to make a difference in the life of a child by laying a strong academic foundation for each child to build their life learning skills upon. In addition, I am thrilled to partner with families in order for my center to become their home away from home.

    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree
  • Ms. Margaret

    Ms. Margaret, Infant Classroom

    The very thing I love about working with children is being able to help a child to trust and reach each milestone as they develop.

    Ms. Margaret remembers growing up and always wanting to give back the love and care that was given to her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Martina

    Ms. Martina, Infant Classroom

    I feel motivated seeing the children grow and develop every day.

    Ms. Martina likes to communicate with children and to see that they and their families are happy every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Discovery Pre-School

    Year Started:
    2/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

At the KinderCare in Lanham, Health and Safety is a top priority. We are located at the end of a single access street in a quiet business park. We do not have the hustle and bustle of homes and other businesses around us. Our entryway is coded and the code is changed periodically throughout the year. Our outside play areas are separated by age and are fenced in to provide ultimate security. Each of our team members is certified in both First Aide and CPR so that there will be immediate response in an emergency situation. We are trained in Emergency Preparedness and have Fire and Disaster drills regularly. We do all that we can to keep your child safe and give you peace of mind.

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 about to turn three-year-old daughter has been coming to KinderCare for the past five months now and what a dramatic change in her vocabulary and social skills I have seen already. I'm amazed practically each week what she is learning. I think you pay for what you get and with KinderCare ...... the money is well worth the return in your child's education and overall well being. The staff is amazing: they are personable, expedient in responding to any concerns or questions you may have and devoted to the children. I'm so happy with my decision to bring my daughter here.

- Mother

Our daughter has the most delightful good manners. I know a large part of this is due to the wonderful and consistent example and reinforcement she receives at KinderCare. She also has great self-esteem which reflects how KinderCare uses positive methods of learning and behavior modification. Best of all, my daughter loves to go to school at KinderCare! She loves her teachers and truly feels they love her. We have no reservation about bringing her to KinderCare because we know that she is loved and cared for as if she were the daughter of each of the staff. She has been at KinderCare since she was a year old and each of her teachers has been exceptional as she has progressed from class to class. The management staff is personal and involved, staying in close contact with us about the center and my daughter. We love our KinderCare !

- Mother

The teachers at KinderCare have helped my child to be independent, to start speaking, to be exposed to new things, to develop fast and to enjoy himself. Thanks KinderCare.

- Father
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