Fatima Shah, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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
Fatima Shah, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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
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, 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, 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:
- 17 Years
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens
What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens.
Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals
For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters.
The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.
At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!
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.
- Publised by Maryland Excels!
- Partnerships with many employers in the area!
Languages Spoken at Our Center
Meals & Menus
- AM Snack
- PM Snack
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.
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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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