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Lake Arbor KinderCare

Nicole Harris, Center Director

10280 Lake Arbor Way Mitchellville MD 20721
(301) 336-0262 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEARS to 12 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Route 202 Central Ave. Lake Arbor

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lake Arbor Elementary, Kingsford Elementary, Kettering Elementary, Ernest Everett Just Middle School ( Only children under the age of 12)

At Lake Arbor KinderCare, we strive to give children the opportunity to flourish while building their educational foundation. Our goal is to give teachers and staff members the tools they need to help each child be successful learners. Additionally, we are working towards obtaining NAEYC accreditation.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare in Lake Arbor. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at KinderCare in Lake Arbor, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Nicole Harris, 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.

Our Programs

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff members are dedicated professionals who are trained to provide a loving and nurturing environment to all the children in our care. We pride ourselves on creating an enriched environment and look forward to sharing this experience with you.

  • Nicole Harris

    Nicole Harris, Center Director

    Mr. Barry is the Center Director for Lake Arbor KinderCare. He has been working with children for over 10 years. He has experience as a teacher, assistant director and Learning Adventures. Mr. Barry also teaches Vacation Bible School at his church in the Infant-Pre-K Class. He loves and enjoys working with children and finds it very rewarding!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Yurtle the Turtle"
    Year Started:
    8/24/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Kristen Hartsough

    Kristen Hartsough, Assistant Director

    I believe that we, as educators, can always grow and excel in whatever we do; if we help each other and work together, we can always achieve and improve our environment around us with hard work and dedication.

    Kristen has spent most of her college years at the College of Southern Maryland in the Registered Nursing program and received her Certified Nursing Assistant and CPR certifications. She is looking forward on continuing her education while working for KinderCare. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with Barry and all the teachers and staff at the KinderCare in Mitchellville, Maryland. One of Kristen's goals while working for KinderCare is to be the best she can be for the facility, children, co-workers and herself. She strives to make the children and families feel safe, loved and important during their time at KinderCare and to see every child grow and learn through our curriculum and enrichment programs. Kristen is the mother of a eight-year-old daughter and, in 2009, worked at KinderCare in Waldorf, Maryland. She babysat children since she was a young teen and has always enjoyed working with children. She also teaches the six to eight-year-old class at Vacation Bible School.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Corduroy"
    Year Started:
    9/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    CNA/ First aid and CPR
  • Ms. Liselle

    Ms. Liselle, Discovery Pre-school Classroom

    I love the children and thoroughly enjoy what I do.

    Ms. Liselle has been working for KinderCare for seven years. She is from the beautiful island of Haiti. Ms. Liselle is a loving, caring, and sincere person. She loves children and adores what she does. Ms. Liselle teaches and reinforces basic skills and creates a safe learning environment for every student. She gives the children her full attention and consistently repeats to ensure understanding. She opens the center everyday at 6:30 am.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"
    Year Started:
    1/24/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nicole was born and raised in Maryland and has eight brothers and four sisters. In addition to her large family of siblings she is also a mother of two wonderful children, Amiyah (7), and Antoine Jr. (11 months). She graduated from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland in the top twenty percent of her class. She went on to further her educational experience at Prince Georges Community College. Ms. Nicole has such a passion for working with children that she decided that she wanted to be an educator and began taking elementary education courses. After successful completion of all courses she received her Associate's of Arts in Teaching Degree and graduated from the college with a 3.8 GPA. After graduation, Ms. Nicole began looking for advances in the education field by applying to numerous Prince Georges County Board of Education positions, ranging from substitute work to ten-month teaching positions. Now she is a Preschool teacher at KinderCare, where she can share her knowledge and inspiration to heighten academic advancement in young children. Even though Ms. Nicole is already in the teaching field, she looks forward to advancing in her career and receiving her Bachelor’s Degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Teaching
  • Ms. Donnetta

    Ms. Donnetta, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child needs to be loved.

    Ms.Donnetta started working in child care when she was in high school.She loves helping the children trace names, letter, and write stories about each theme in the curriculum. She has a one year old son and five year old daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donnetta worked at KinderCare In Laurel, Maryland working with infants and toddlers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Bubbles, Bubbles" by Sesame Street
    Year Started:
    11/16/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    University Coursework

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

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.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is our top priority. All of our outside doors are locked and the front door has a keypad entry system. Our playgrounds are also secured and locked at all times. Furthermore, all of our staff members are 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.

On October 2, 2016 I was awarded custody/Guardianship of my nephew and I was looking for a daycare to send him to. I remembered he was in KinderCare where he lived when he was in foster care, so I went on the internet and looked up KinderCare and I saw the one from Lake Arbor. Let me tell you ever since he has been going there, he loves it and the Directors, Ms.Rhonda and Ms.Nicole are amazing; they are so kind and very welcoming. Before he even started going there, just throughout the enrollment process, they were amazing I would definitely recommend everyone to take there kids there. The environment is so nice and they treat your babies as if they were their own babie. It's such a loving place to send your kids! My nephew's teacher, Ms.Raven is a very wonderful person and keeps you informed on everything about your child. I could go on and on! Keep up the great work KindaCare LakeArbor!

- Aunt

All parents understand how difficult it is to entrust their care to someone else. When I first discovered KinderCare Learning Center, Lake Arbor, I was hesitant because the school was located in a shopping center and slightly larger than my daughter’s previous daycare facility. During the tour I was impressed by the cleanliness, the warm smiles from the children and teachers, the detailed curriculum and the educational but fun environment. Immediately it felt like an extended family was focused to assist in heightening my daughter’s academic advancement. It has been nearly three years since my daughter started KinderCare Learning Center, Lake Arbor. Every day, she comes home with a new song, artwork and/or academic lesson. She is starting Kindergarten in a few weeks and she has learned to actively socialize with students and teachers, sign language, numbers, letters, days of the week, months of the year, and best of all, she can read. I can honestly say she is more than ready for Kindergarten. I’m so thankful that I found KinderCare Learning Center, Lake Arbor.

- Mother

Aaron and Alexis have been with KinderCare since the Summer of 2010. It has been a truly wonderful experience for both my children and me. Aaron and Alexis enjoy being with the teachers each day during summer camp as well as before and after going to school. We are happy in knowing that our children are in a safe and secure environment and in knowing that they are well taken care of. We appreciate KinderCare and the service it provides for our family.

- Mother
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