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Owings Mills KinderCare

Kylista Darden, 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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Special Instructions:
at Middle Mill & Groffs Mill Rd behind the Giant Shopping Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
New Town, Owings Mills, Timber Grove, Woodholm, Church Lane, Deer Park, Franklin, Reister Town, and Glyndon

Congratulations to the Wright family, who won our Back to School Tuition sweepstakes. Their daughter will be joining the Ownings Mills KinderCare family and we’re thrilled to have her with us. We hope that the year of free tuition – along with the world class care and education your children will receive – makes a huge impact in your lives.

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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. 

Kylista Darden, Center Director

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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

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

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.

  • Kylista Darden

    Kylista Darden, Center Director

    Children inspire me to be a person that they can aspire to be!

    Kylista is excited to be a member of the KinderCare team! She has a total of seven years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education with children ranging in ages from six weeks to twelve years. Kylista has obtained her Master's of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to providing the best possible education experience for children and families in a safe and nurturing environment!

    Previous Experience:
    Kylista has experience in several different Early Childhood Education arenas, including non-profit and for profit centers, as well as HeadStart. She started as an assistant teacher in an Infant program and has worked her way up to Center Director. She is also a proud parent!
    Year Started:
    7/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Aneysa Pointer Jones, Assistant Director

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

    Aneysa is originally from Newark, New Jersey. She started volunteering at a local childcare center at the age of twelve and she grew to enjoy working with children. She then continued to volunteer until graduating high school. Later, Aneysa went to college to obtain her Bachelor's of Science degree in Child Development. She has experience working with various age groups from Infants through School Age. Before her promotion to Assistant Director, she was a pre-toddler teacher. Aneysa has a strong passion for working with children and families, and providing a safe yet comfortable environment for learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming a member of the KinderCare family, Aneysa has had experience working in other various Early Childhood Education settings.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology with a concentration in Child Development
  • Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Salma, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Stacey, Infant Classroom

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

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

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Shevan, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Emone, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tiesha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Mickael, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Bushra, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Rita, Preschool Classroom

  • Mr. Lamont, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Janita, Prekindergarten Teacher

  • Ms. Joslyn, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shalonda, Floating Teacher

  • Ms. Shara, Floating Teacher

  • Ms. Dana, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Dyanna, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Keyanna, Floating Teacher

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

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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. 

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.

My son is a student at the Owings Mills Kindercare, in their Infant Classroom. I wanted to let you know how much we enjoy his teacher Ms.Salma. She came recommended to us by another fellow parent and we are very happy she did. She is very good with our son Benjamin. She has worked with us every step of the way as I transition make to her from maternity leave and it has made the change that much easier for both of us. Please recognize her as an amazing teacher, she deserves it!

- Mother

When we think of Ms. Quan, two things come to mind - her smile and her cheery, almost singing voice. It is evident that this what Infants like as they all seem to gravitate to her. She is one of our son's favorite teachers. It is easy for us to tell as he is always happy and grinning when we pick him up in the evenings. We are grateful to Ms. Quan. She listens to our parenting concerns and offers comforting guidance. We are ease knowing that our son is in her tender care.

- Parent

Thank you for an amazing summer of learning. My daughter developed a love of letter recognition, letter sounds and handwriting. Prior to your program, I could not coax her into holding a pencil. We now discover letters everywhere we go! The homework was perfect reinforcement to move her to the next level as she begins Kindergarten.

- Parent
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