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Owings Mills KinderCare

Amanda Merrill, Center Director

9725 Middle Mill Dr. Owings Mills MD 21117
(410) 654-4882 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
New Town, Owings Mills, Timber Grove, Woodholme, Deer Park, Cedarmere, Reisterstown, Liberty Christian and Hernwood

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Owings Mills where we are NAEYC accredited and have the best curriculum of its kind! We have a panel of education experts that create our curriculum based upon research in the early childhood education field. We cater to the whole child by implementing developmental assessments which we use to customize our curriculum to meet the needs of each child. We believe that each child should be nurtured and developed to reach their full potential. Since the family is a child’s first teacher we are dedicated to communicating with all families to ensure that we have a great home and school connection. 

Amanda Merrill, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at KinderCare Owings Mills is a loving and nurturing. Each member of our team brings a special talent, however they all bring a love and passion for what they do every day.

  • Amanda Merrill

    Amanda Merrill, Center Director

    Amanda began her journey with KinderCare in 2001. She started as a Teacher's Assistant and knew right away she had found her calling. Amanda quickly became certified as a Lead Teacher where she taught children of all ages. She taught two-year-old children for a majority of her teaching career, until being promoted to Assistant Director at the Columbia KinderCare. Through her years of teaching she obtained the Infant and Toddler Certification, the School Age Certification and several other qualifications. obtained her associate degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education from Howard Community College in 2014  and was promoted as the Center Director of the Eldersburg KinderCare where she lead the center for three years. In 2016 she obtained her bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College. Ms. Amanda transferred to the Owings Mills KinderCare April of 2017. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

    Year Started:
    7/16/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education, Maryland Credential Level 5, Medication Administration, Emergency Preparedness, Developmental Screening Training, Including Americans with Disabilities Act Training
  • Brittany Spurlock

    Brittany Spurlock, Assistant Director

    Brittany began her journey in Early Childhood Education as an aide while still in high school.  After obtaining her bachelor's in biology, she took an assistant teacher position working with two-year olds.  Soon after that, Brittany furthered her education by obtaining her 90 hour Preschool Certification and becoming a MSDE level 3 credentialed provider.  After being the Prekindergarten teacher for two years with another center, Brittany began her journey with KinderCare in September 2015 as a Prekindergarten teacher in Owings Mills.  In October 2016 she was promoted to Assistant Director at the Owings Mills center.  Brittany thoroughly enjoys working with children and plans to continue her education with additional courses in the ECE field. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Dog Go! by PD Eastman

    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Preschool Certification, Maryland Credential Level 3, Medication Administration, Developmental Screening Training, Including Americans with Disabilities Act Training
  • Ms. Stacey, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Jackie, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Pam, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
  • Mr. Lamont, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Joslyn, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Robin, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Tanisha, Preschool Classroom

    Children are the world!

    Ms. Tanisha has been working with children since she was a teenager and pursued a career in Early Childhood Education. Tanisha was previously a two year old teacher and an infant teacher. She loves what she does and is glad to help children have a brighter future. She began her journey with KinderCare in March 2017.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Preschool Certification
  • Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Robin has been working with children since 1987. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. She enjoys working with children of all abilities and takes special pride in helping children with special needs.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    First Aid & CPR

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 safety and well being is always our number one priority and concern. Our center has a keypad entry system, a strict ID policy on drop off and pick up, three securely fenced in playgrounds, all staff is First Aid and CPR Certified, and several staff members are trained in medication administration. Along with our strict daily cleaning schedule nothing is left to chance. 

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