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Russet KinderCare

Fatima Shah, Center Director

3504 Russet Common Laurel MD 20724
(301) 497-0488 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
on Russett Commons across from Wal-Mart & the Library

Russett Community in Laurel Maryland

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Montpelier Elementary, Bethel Christian Academy, Brock Bridge Elementary, Maryland City Elementary, Monarch Academy, Laurel Woods, Oaklands, First Baptist, Vansville, Forest Ridge, Deerfield, Gorman Crossing, Deep Run

Our center is now NEAYC accredited and all staff members are 100% CPR and First Aid trained.

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Welcome to the Russett Kindercare located in Laurel, Maryland! We take pride in serving each and every family in our care! We create a home away from home for many children, infants through school age, by providing a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow. As a nationally accredited center, we value early childhood education and take delight in teaching a curriculum that has the stamp of approval by many experts in the education industry. In turn, we produce children with an edge of lifelong learning as verified by the Maryland study of school success. To develop the whole child, we collaborate with families to ensure the child reaches their full potential. Through this partnership we develop lifetime relationships that carry on as the children move through grade school, adolescents and adulthood. At the Russett KinderCare, we promise to deliver an unbeatable experience for you, your family and your child.

Fatima Shah, Center Director

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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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Learning Adventure Workshops

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Russet KinderCare welcomes you with open arms and vigor to help kids learn. We work hard every day to make sure each child has an opportunity to grow and advance. We share a wide range of educational foundations and years of classroom experience. We welcome all visitors to Russet KinderCare to tour our learning center and ask any questions pertinent to their child’s education.

  • Fatima Shah

    Fatima Shah, Center Director

    As educators, we have a job in this society to make a positive difference in the lives of the children that come through our door each and every day. My job as a Director is to lead my team and to help them gain the understanding of the impact that we have, and the difference that we can truly make in the life of a child and a family. I love being a part of the 'bigger picture.' Being a part of Early Childhood Education is a gift.

    As a Center Director, Fatima creates a warm and welcoming center where all children are eager to come every day to learn, grow and play in a nurturing environment. She ensures each family walks away every morning feeling completely satisfied knowing their child will be valued, respected, protected, nurtured, and cared for. Her vision is to develop whole children, guarantee school success and instill a lifetime edge of learning for each child. To ensure this, a partnership between our families and our KinderCare team is necessary through regular communication between the families, teachers and the management team. The Russett KinderCare is a home away from home for many young children and it is vital to work together and allow each child to reach their full potential. Fatima and her team of teachers are devoted to each child in their care and commit to creating the perfect place for children to develop their unique gifts, talents and to discover the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Fatima began working with children in 2004. During her educational career, she completed internships in Howard County’s elementary and middle schools. She earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelorate Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Maryland.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Tonya Elliott

    Tonya Elliott, Assistant Director

    Tonya has been with the Russett KinderCare since 2000. She started out as a School Age teacher and with a passion to succeed she accomplished all certifications for each age group. She is now an Assistant Director and with every milestone she reaches she is "achieving through improvement."

    Year Started:
    16 Years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Special Features

  • Publised by Maryland Excels!
  • Partnerships with many employers in the area!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

The Russett KinderCare is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

We also close for Professional Development Trainings for our teachers and staff on Columbus Day and President's Day.

Health and Safety

Russet KinderCare is secured with keypad entry which changes regularly. Over 75% of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified.

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 rank Russet KinderCare as one of the best daycare providers. I have comfort knowing that the staff chosen to care for my child is carefully selected. My child was not mistreated. The daycare staff keeps me informed at all times about my child (open communication). I always feel like my child and I are respected and valued as priority. Russet KinderCare fosters firm educational growth, social enhancements, and a fun environment. Sending my child to Russett KinderCare is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Trust me parents, as a critical and detail oriented parent, I am highly satisfied with the service, teachers, and management of Russett KinderCare.

- Mother

My son has attended Russet KinderCare since he was twelve weeks old. The teachers in the Infant room work diligently every day to help him develop new motor skills, sleep habits and manners. I am confident that my son is learning and growing every day at Russet KinderCare. I would not have been able to give him all the positive experiences he receives at KinderCare on my own.

- Mother

The fabulous ladies at KinderCare are more than we could ask for when it comes to taking care of our daughter. I love the fact that the room is large and provides more than enough room for our little one to crawl (and eventually walk). Everyday we get a full report on what she did for the day, they always take the time to write detailed feedback on the daily form. The ladies are beyond sweet and provide amazing love and dedication to the children they take care of everyday. I never have worry or concern dropping my daughter off each day, I know that she has fun and learns amazing things. The director and front office staff are always available and always great you with a smile. I truly appreciate all that KinderCare provides to my daughter

- Mother

Kindercare has been family to us since the first day we started bringing our son in. Our initial interest in Kindercare came from Miss Tonya, as she politely and promptly escorted someone off the premises that was loitering in the lobby. We knew then, that our newborn baby was going to be in good hands.
Since our son first arrived, he has grown and actually wakes up excited to get the day started at Kindercare. All of the staff have been a big reason for his excitement and has had a tremendous impact in his growth and development. His bond with his teachers has been special, as he's grown with his educators from the infant and toddler classes. He was just 3 months when he started. He is now 17 months, and is now running around and getting into everything. He is also a fast learner thanks to the dedication and hard work his teachers have put in.
 We would like to thank all the members of the Kindercare staff for a job well done. You've helped us during a special time in our life and we are truly appreciative. We will definitely miss it here and hope to find a place that will give our family the love and care that Kindercare has shown us during our time here.
Take Care,
The Taylor Family 

- Parents

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