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Laurel KinderCare

Dayna Herbert, Center Director

14225 Park Center Dr. Laurel MD 20707
(301) 470-3080 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
across from the Laurel Regional Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bond Mill, Deerfield, Fairland, Forest Ridge, Greencastle, Laurel, Laurel Woods, Montpelier, Oaklands, Scotch Town Hills, Vansville, Excel Charter Academy and James Harrison. Transportation avaliable for half day Pre-K to local schools.

We now have openings for our Preschool and School Age Classrooms!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Laurel KinderCare website. We can't wait to show you in person all we have to offer your family! Contact us now to set up your first step towards a lifetime of learning.

Dayna Herbert, 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.

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.

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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

Our passionate staff has dedicated themselves to providing quality childcare with a combined tenure of 82 years! We have achieved NAEYC accreditation, which focuses on whole child, multicultural development.

  • Dayna Herbert

    Dayna Herbert, Center Director

    Real success is finding your happiness in the work you love.

    Dayna became the director of the Laurel KinderCare in April 2012. She has been working with children of all ages since high school. Dayna was previously a Director in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was also an elementary school teacher for seven years. Working with children and helping them to learn and grow has always been Dayna's passion. Dayna is committed to upholding the NAEYC standards to ensure the children receive the edge that will last a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Dayna was an elementary school teacher for seven years and Center Director of a preschool in Pittsburgh for two year.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Professional Degree in Elementary Education
  • DeAndre' Speller

    DeAndre' Speller, Assistant Director

    I love knowing that my families feel loved and secure when they drop their children off at my center.

    DeAndre' is known by our staff and KinderCare families as Ms. Dee. She just recently joined us at the Laurel KinderCare but has been with KinderCare since 2009. With hard work and dedication she quickly advanced to the Assistant Director position in 2010. She absolutely loves her job, assisting Dayna in the office, but loves working with children just as much! Her enthusiasm and passion for children and our KinderCare families is evident, just peek in on her on any given day! Ms. Dee is also in pursuit of her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Norfolk State University to advance her career.

    Year Started:
    11/30/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Agnes

    Ms. Agnes, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Agnes has been with KinderCare Education since 2007. She holds a Child Development Associate's credential and is CPR and First Aid certified. Ms. Agnes loves seeing the Infants grow and learn and is happy to share her knowledge with the rest of the Infant Team.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Toddler Classroom

    I am inspired by each child's eager mind and his or her expectations of me.

    Ms. Pat has been with us since 1996. She loves working with the toddlers creating a solid foundation for them to grow physically, mentally, and socially. Ms. Pat is a great role model for the rest of the staff. She mentors them and shares her many creative ideas with them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Kindra

    Ms. Kindra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Trust in the Lord and he will guide your footsteps.

    Ms. Kindra started with us in February of 2000. She enjoys her students and watching them understand the lesson plan she is teaching them. Ms. Kindra has worked in the education field for the last 30 years and takes pride in being a core member of our team. She looks forward to teaching children for many years to come.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Kindra worked with Easter Seal Society and Children's Early Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certification
  • Ms. Indu

    Ms. Indu, Preschool Classroom

    The children are my heroes, and I love coming to work for their hugs.

    Ms. Indu has worked in the Early Childhood field for the past 33 years. She was a Lead Teacher at a Preschool in India for 21 years. She relocated to Maryland in 2003 and has been Preschool teacher here since. Ms. Indu loves to introduce each new theme to her class and see how excited the children get. She looks forward to meeting new families and enriching young minds.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Indu was a Prekindergarten in India from 1980 to 2001.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education, Montessori Nursery Teacher's Certificate
  • Mr. Osaze

    Mr. Osaze, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Osa is a great part of our team. He brings the excitement out of his class with his great personilaty. Mr. Osa has worked at Laurel KinderCare for 1 year prior to join our team his home center was in New Jeresy. Mr. Osa has a B.A. in Philosophy and he also gained his 90 hr preschool certification with the State of Maryland.  Mr. Osa loves the challenge of getting his class well prepared for Kindergarten. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Philosophy
  • Ms. Paisley

    Ms. Paisley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If your actions in the classroom inspire children to achieve more, question more, and dream more, you are indeed worthy of the title 'Teacher.' - Robert John Meehan

    Ms. Paisley has been working with KinderCare for only a few months, but has spent almost seven years in Early Childhood Education. She has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her 90-hour Preschool Certification from the state of Maryland. She is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She currently works with the pre-k students getting them prepared for Kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    11/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education; 90 hour Preschool Certification
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, School Age Classroom

    If your actions in the classroom inspire children to achieve more, question more, and dream more, you are indeed worthy of the title 'Teacher.' - Robert John Meehan

    Ms. Amanda has been working with KinderCare for over six years. Ms. Amanda is amazing in and out of the classroom. Ms. Amanda makes learning in the School Age classroom fun and exciting. When School Age children enter her classroom they don't want to leave.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    90-Hour Preschool Certificate

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

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

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

Your child's health and safety is very important to us. Therefore, we have a keypad entry to gain entrance to the center, a fenced-in playground, and the majority of our Staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Ms. Kindra Jamison is our appointed Health and Safety Coordinator and she follows a monthly checklist to make sure our staff is following KinderCare Education and OSHA guidelines including fire drills, medication administration, and equipment safety checks.

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 child has been enrolled at this KinderCare for over six months, before he started he was not very social. Thanks to his teachers and staff at KinderCare he has became more social and loves school. I'm so happy  to bring him here everyday with no worries. I would recommend Laurel KinderCare to anyone!!!!

- Parent

I am Joshua's Dad.  When Joshua was 14 months old, he could not speak, and this makes me a little worried. The pediatrician made a referral to a local program called the "Infant and Toddler". The program sent a teacher to our house two days a week with a speech therapy to teach Joshua how to use and create words and subsequently evaluate his progress. After three months Joshua was requested to do hearing test. The justification for the test was a little sketchy for me as a healthcare provider myself. So, after the test, I have to discontinue the program effective immediately against their strong objection. Really, I don't see what they are doing to help Joshua. So,  I enrolled Josh at Kinder care and kind of gave them 3 months to see what happens. Guess what!  Joshua was choreographically molded in 24 days into a talking parrot. He was able to use his words articulately.  Now he can hold a simple conversation without missing words. Thank you guys for a terrific job.

- Parent
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