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Olney KinderCare

Heather Elhawa, Center Director

3805 Gelding Lane Olney MD 20832
(301) 774-0001 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Neighborhood:
Gelding and Route 108, just two minutes off the ICC (Rt. 200)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Olney, Belmont, Greenwood, Brookgrove, Sherwood, Cashell and Washington Christian Academy.

We are now enrolling for Summer Camp. We have a wonderful summer program for all ages!

Welcome

Welcome to the Olney KinderCare. Thank you for your interest in our center! At the Olney KinderCare, each day provides a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as he develops socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. We provide a balance between choice and structured activities, between group and individual pursuits, and between teacher and child-directed experiences. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Heather Elhawa, 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.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

Spanish

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?

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

  • Heather Elhawa

    Heather Elhawa, Center Director

    I truly enjoy being the Center Director of the Olney KinderCare. I love getting to know each child and their family. It is so rewarding knowing that we are making a difference in each child's life. Children are the key to our future.

    Heather has been with KinderCare for over 7 years. She started as a School Age teacher while going to school part-time. In high school she took a Child Development Class and while in college she amassed 90 clock hours in Preschool and 45 clock hours in Infant and Toddler and School Age classrooms. Since joining KinderCare she has worked with every age group and taught the enrichment programs at our Center. She was an Assistant Director for a year and a half before becoming the Center Director. Working with children has always been her passion.

    Year Started:
    8/26/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Cynthia Suarez

    Cynthia Suarez, Assistant Director

    Cynthia has been working for KinderCare for over six years and started off as an assistant teacher at the Shady Grove location and has worked her way up to become Assistant Director. Cynthia went to school full-time as well as working full time at KinderCare. She received her bachelor's from UMBC in Social Work with a minor in Psychology as well as an associate in Criminal Justice. KinderCare has seen Cynthia blossom and Cynthia enjoy seeing the children grow and it is very rewarding to know that she has in one way or another helped the children become a great individual. She enjoys working as a team with her staff, families and children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development, Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amelia Bedelia Series

    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Social Work, Minor in Psychology, Associates in Criminal Justice, 90 hours in Preschool, 45 hours in Infants and Toddlers and Medication Administration
  • Ms. Vicki, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the babies grow and learn everyday! I love being a part of their growing process.

    Ms. Vicki has been with KinderCare for 25 years. She was first a Preschool teacher for 21 years and loved being with the three year old children. When a position in our Infant room opened, Ms. Vicki became the Lead Infant teacher, She's been in the Infant classroom for the last 4 years. She is very nurturing and loving with the babies. Ms. Vicki loves to watch the babies grow and learn new things!

    Year Started:
    1/1/1987
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, 40 hours in Infants and Toddlers, and 90 hours in Preschool
  • Ms. Yolanda, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I have an opportunity to work with children. I have a chance to witness their emotional and educational growth.

    Ms. Yolanda has been with KinderCare for 5 years. She was a Discovery Preschool teacher for 2 years. She then became a Floating teacher working part time. When the assistant infant teacher became available Ms. Yolanda took it right away. Ms. Yolanda's passion is teaching and she loves what she does! She is dedicated to the education and well being of the babies and is a positive role model to the children and staff. She truly enriches the lives of people with gentle guidance, love and patience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Yolanda worked at the Little Learners Academy in New Jersey.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. April Edwards

    Ms. April Edwards, Toddler Classroom

    After enrolling her daughter at KinderCare and seeing how much she flourished, April joined the KinderCare team. April has taken Child Development in high school and wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. April started as an assistant teacher in the three's classroom and quickly became a lead teacher. She has worked with each age group and recently got her 45 hours in Infant and Toddler classroom. April is currently the lead teacher in the Toddler room. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Critter Series

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    45 hours in Infant and Toddler
  • Mrs. Zohreh Sanaie

    Mrs. Zohreh Sanaie, Infant Classroom

    Don't try to be successful, be valuable.

    Zohreh started working with KinderCare in 1994. She has worked with all ages but has found her passion in Infants and Toddlers. She loves children and enjoys each moment she gets to spend with the babies. In her spare time, Zohreh enjoys spending time with her two children and husband.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    What is a Friend?

    Year Started:
    4/1/1994
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    90 hours in Preschool
  • Ms. Breanna Terry

    Ms. Breanna Terry, Toddler Classroom

    Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.

    Breanna started in Early Childhood Education during high school and quickly realized it was something she really enjoyed. Breanna worked at our sister company CCLC for about 4 years before joining the KinderCare Olney team. Once out of High School she began at Howard Community College pursuing her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She will be graduating in 2018. When not at work or school Breanna enjoys spending her time with her two children who keep her busy. She also enjoys going to the beach in the summer with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    CCLC
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Working towards Associate, 90 hours in Preschool, 45 hours in Infants and Toddlers and School Age
  • Ms. Fern Balinas

    Ms. Fern Balinas, Preschool Classroom

    Fern developed a love for working with children after taking Child Development in high school for three and a half years. After graduating with her bachelor's in Psychology, Fern went on to become the Assistant Preschool Teacher for the three's classroom. Fern loves to watch the kids discover new things about themselves and learn. She is currently back in school to obtain her master's in Applied Behavior Analysis so she can become a child behavior analyst. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web

    Year Started:
    1/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology

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

Thank you for your interest in the Olney KinderCare. We are located in Olney just off of Route 108, about 3 blocks from the Post Office. At the Olney KinderCare, we provide a balance between choice and structured activities, between group and individual pursuits, and between teacher and child-directed experiences. We look forward to meeting you and you child!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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 the Olney KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

The Olney Kinder Care is like a home away from home for my boys. I know that when I drop my children off in the morning they are in great hands until I pick them up in the evening. As a single mother, additional help goes a long way and I can say that this staff is wonderful and has grown to be an extension of our family!!!!

- Mother

My wife and I are so very happy to have found Kindercare Olney for our son. The facilities are warm and have a homey feel, the staff is universally wonderful and attentive to the children, and both you and Miss Heather are so responsive to the parents' needs. It really is a wonderful environment and we are proud to endorse it! Regards, Anthony and Hanadi H.

- Father and Mother

As a new mom, I was very anxious about having my infant in daycare when I went back to work, especially considering my daughter had special needs. Not only were the infant teachers and the center directors more than willing to accommodate my daughter's special schedule, they were invested in helping my daughter thrive both emotionally and physically! With the extra attention and care the teachers provided her on a daily basis, my daughter has achieved most of her developmental milestones! It is obvious that the teachers love their job and my daughter. I would recommend this daycare to anyone who is looking for a loving and nurturing environment for their child.

- Mother

I just want to say how much I adore the Olney Maryland KinderCare. My granddaughter just loves the directors and staff which all helped her through some very difficult adjustments. We know she is safe there and well cared for. It is great to hear about her day at school when she comes home. Thanks for all your wonderful work! It means so much to the children, parents and community.

- Grandmother
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