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Severna Park KinderCare

Colette Barnes, Center Director

488 Jumpers Hole Rd. Severna Park MD 21146
(410) 647-7424 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Jumpers Hole & Benfield near the blue water tower

Neighborhood:
Jumpers Hole Road next to the big blue water tower

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oak Hill, Benfield, St. Martin's in the Field, and Folger McKinnsey

Our center has an experienced staff. Our core teachers have been a part of our KinderCare family from four to 21 years. They want you to feel confident that your child will be comforted and taken care of when you are not available.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Severna Park KinderCare! Come in for a tour and meet our experienced and nurturing staff! Our teachers have over 100 years of combined childcare experience. We invite you to come in and see all the wonderful activities your child could be part of.  Our teachers look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Colette Barnes, 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.

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

The staff here at the Severna Park KinderCare looks forward to meeting you and your child! We have a talented staff with many years of childcare experience. Our staff provides a wide variety of fun-filled learning experiences for children. Age-appropriate programs and a staff of dedicated teachers ensure your child gets the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident.

  • Colette Barnes

    Colette Barnes, Center Director

    Every day is a new experience! No two days are exactly the same. I enjoy seeing the children having fun in their classrooms, listening to their comments as they interact with each other, and seeing their excitement when they discover something new.

    Colette first began working at KinderCare as a classroom teacher. She had the opportunity to work with different age groups at centers in several states; Illinois, Pennsylvania, and finally in Maryland. In Maryland, Colette began management training to become a Center Director and has been in that position for 25 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Colette has several years of experience in the classroom with Infants through School Age children in several childcare centers after graduating college. She enjoyed teaching various age groups at KinderCare centers in several other states before coming to Maryland.
    Year Started:
    6/28/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kathy Alesandrini

    Kathy Alesandrini, Assistant Director

    Kathy has been an Assistant Director with KinderCare since 1997. She feels very lucky to have been able to come to work and bring her children with her to the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Kathy has extensive experience with School Age children. While living in California, she was the Director as well as the teacher for their School Age program.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Life
  • Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow and learn new things.

    Ms. Ashley worked at another center for two years before coming to KinderCare. She loves working with all age groups. Watching children grow and learn is a great feeling, especially knowing that she is a part of that.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley worked at Quala Care for two years with two-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    10/5/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Infant & Toddler Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cheri, Infant Classroom

    I like to watch the personal development of each of the children and seeing them learn a new task.

    Ms. Cheri's goal is for her parents to feel at ease while their child is in her care. She emphasizes open communication with families. Ms. Cheri likes working with the children one on one, and also in groups. She chooses activities that are developmentally appropriate and are lots of fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Cheri worked for six years at Tiny Tots with two and three-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    2/21/1992
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Infant & Toddler Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jean, Infant Classroom

    I have always loved working with children. I am passionate about watching them grow and develop into unique little people. I love to teach them new things.

    Ms. Jean likes to let the babies explore their surroundings. They play with and explore items such as paper, pumpkins, water and snow. Painting with their fingers and hands is a favorite activity. Ms. Jean likes to give each of her babies lots of T.L.C.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jean worked at two other childcare centers for a total of 20 years. She also raised two of her own children.
    Year Started:
    11/20/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate for Infant & School Age, Infant & Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom, Floating Teacher

    I love that I'm making an impact on a child's day. I love coming to work because I'm making a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Jennifer worked at AACC Childcare Center for several years. She enjoys reading, doing art projects and cooking with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jennifer worked at the AACC College Childcare Center with Preschool children.
    Year Started:
    5/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Lauren, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children do new things. Each accomplishment is exciting!

    Ms. Lauren loves being with the children and playing with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lauren worked in retail at JC Penny's.
    Year Started:
    5/11/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Infant & Toddler Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential, Group Leader Certificate
  • Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom, Floating Teacher

    Each and every child is unique. When teaching, always remember that children all learn at their own pace.

    Ms. Melissa has been working in the childcare field for thirteen years. She has worked with a wide range of ages of children. She enjoys music and art with the children the most, and loves to do a lot of hands on learning activities. Ms. Melissa has a six-year-old daughter named Harleigh, and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Melissa spent thirteen years working at three other childcare centers will all age groups.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Group Leader Certificate
  • Ms. McKayla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed, if in terms of 10 years, plant a tree, if in terms of 100 years, teach people." - Confucius

    Ms. McKayla has been studying child development and is currently in college to receive a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Secondary Science at UMBC. In the classroom, she uses her energetic activities to keep the children moving, learning and having fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. McKayla worked in several restaurants and also did some office work.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate, Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jamie, Discovery Preschool Classroom (Part Time)

    Children are like little sponges that soak up all they learn every day. They are always excited and ready to learn. Each and every day is different and exciting! I love this field and the children I teach. If I can make a lasting impression or difference in their lives, then I am happy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie worked here with our Discovery Preschool classroom right out of high school. She has returned to the center as she is finishing her Bachelor's Degree. She substituted in AA county schools and also worked as a teacher's aide.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Montieray, Discovery Preschool Classroom, Floating Teacher

    The children always put a smile on my face.

    Ms. Montieray likes to do creative, hands-on activities with the children. She does a variety of activities that include small and large groups, lots of singing and repetition, painting and large muscle activities. It is very important to Ms. Montieray to have daily parent communication to discuss the children's day and receive feedback from parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Montieray spent four years at Tiny Tots Daycare with Infant to Prekindergarten age children.
    Year Started:
    11/6/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate
  • Mr. Chris, Preschool Classroom

    I love to watch young children accumulate skills and knowledge.

    Mr. Chris is the teacher for one of our enrichment programs. He teaches Science Adventures. He has been working for KinderCare for almost five years. He has been teaching Preschool B for three years. Mr. Chris likes to bring unique sensory experiences to his classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Chris spent four years with Howard County Parks and Recreation Department with the School Age program.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Sherrie, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of teaching is knowing the children are learning and improving on their skills each day.

    Ms. Sherrie is the teacher for one of our enrichment programs. She teaches ABC Music and Me. She has been with KinderCare for eight-and-a-half years. Ms. Sherrie started as an assistant in the Toddler room, working her way up to School Age teacher. She is now the Preschool A teacher and loves every moment of it! Ms. Sherrie likes her class to explore different ways to create art using various types of materials.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sherrie spent several years working at various offices and a year teaching gymnastics.
    Year Started:
    5/14/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Certificate in Preschool and School Age, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mary, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love her job because I enjoy helping children grow. I am very passionate about the children and families I serve.

    Ms. Mary teaches some of our Enrichment Programs, such as Phonics, Math, Reading and Cooking. In her classroom, her focus is bringing the type of learning activities that will prepare her class for their Kindergarten experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare eight years ago, Ms. Mary has worked in public and private schools. She has worked with children from four to eleven years old. She has also had experience working with children with special needs.
    Year Started:
    9/15/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    90 Hour Preschool Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential

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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

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

At Severna Park KinderCare safety is our number one priority. We have a fenced playground and a keypad entry to the inside of the center. Teachers are trained thoroughly in our Safety Standards. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Cheri Kistner, has 23 years experience as our coordinator and Infant teacher.

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