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

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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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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Music

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.

Dance

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:
    2 Years
    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate, Child Development Associate 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:
    9 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 Preschool Classroom

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

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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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