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KinderCare on Smallwood Drive

Theresa Scatina, Center Director

2011 Smallwood Dr. West Waldorf MD 20603
(301) 843-8485 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Smallwood Dr. & St. Patricks. Next to Food Lion.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wade, Barnhardt, Jenifer, Diggs, Berry, Neal, Eva Turner, James Craik.

Our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for the upcoming Fall season.
We are proud to serve families of the Westlake community and Waldorf area.
Please contact us to reserve your spot today!


Welcome to NAEYC accredited Westlake KinderCare in Waldorf, Maryland, proudly serving the community since 1988. It is our mission here to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for each child we serve.

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 Westlake KinderCare, your child will be provided a safe and stimulating environment to learn in and have the best teachers who believe in education and care for the children as if they were their own. We are proud to have a team of long-term staff with an average 10-year tenure.

The Westlake KinderCare staff offer superior child care services as every staff member makes it a point to know every child and family individually. Each classroom's curriculum is research-based and designed by experts. In addition to the curriculum, we offer Learning Adventures Enrichment Programs: Phonics, Math, Cooking, and Music. The enrichment programs offer individualized, small-group lessons.

We welcome you and your family to come by and witness all the fun and learning happening here at Westlake KinderCare.

Theresa Scatina, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.


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.


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 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 team of teachers would like to welcome you to visit our learning center. We strive each day to provide the best care for your child and hope you will be a part of our KinderCare family today!

  • Theresa Scatina

    Theresa Scatina, Center Director

    I really love seeing the children grow at my center and enjoy building relationships with my families.

    Ms. Heather has been Center Director at Westlake KinderCare since 2005. She draws on her previous experience as a teacher and Assistant Director to uphold Westlake KinderCare in maintaining NAEYC accreditation. Day to day, Ms. Heather can be found helping the children, assisting teachers, and communicating with families. She genuinely values the education offered through the expertly designed curriculum. Outside of work, Ms. Heather devotes her time to her husband and two sons.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her employment with KinderCare, Heather was employed at two private child care centers where she taught Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bacchelor of Science Degree in Family Studies
  • Deanna Elsbury

    Deanna Elsbury, Assistant Director

    Deanna been working for KinderCare for 12 years. She started out as a school age teacher and was promoted to Assistant Director within the first year. Deanna is married and has two grown children - one who also works for KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her employment with KinderCare, Deanna worked at another childcare center, spent many years working for the United States Air Force youth center and Child Development Centers.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, Senior Staff Certification, Group Leader Certification

  • Ms. Shauntia, Cook & Floater (All Classes)

    I love that my job has a very warm, welcoming environment and every day is a great learning experience. I am passionate about being a part of the children's everyday learning and growing process.

    Ms. Shauntia joined the Westlake KinderCare team in 2010. She is very outgoing, loves to laugh, loves to see others smile, loves to draw, and is very creative. Ms. Shauntia is planning to further her early childhood development education. Working in childcare makes her happy because she loves that the children can take what you teach them and grow from it. A Maryland native, Ms. Shauntia comes from a large family with 3 brothers and 1 sister. In her free times, she enjoys cooking, shopping, going to the movies, writing poetry, and scrapbooking.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing children grow and learn!

    Ms. Alicia was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish. She is happily married with two wonderful daughters and two amazing grandchildren. She has over fifteen years of experience working in childcare. Although the majority of her experience in childcare has been in working with School Age children, Ms. Alicia is very comfortable working with all age groups. Herlong term goal is to one day be promoted to an Assistant Director.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children because you can learn new things everyday and the children can always make you laugh!

    Ms. Kim has been a teacher in the school age program at Westlake Kindercare for 15 years. She has primarily worked with the younger school agers (five - seven years old) but is very comfortable working with all other age groups as well.
    Ms. Kim is like a big kid herself and has a unique way of connecting with her students by educating herself on all the current trends, hobbies and other things that the children are interested in and incorporating all of that into the classroom activities.
    Ms. Kim enjoys watching and attending hockey games and baseball games. She also loves to scrapbook and make her own greeting cards.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

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

Westlake KinderCare adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. The center has a secure entry to the building with keypad access, there is daily sign in/out procedures from the parent as well as the teachers. We also have a health and safety coordiantor, Ms. Kelly who conducts monthly fire and disaster drills. She also ensures that all of our classrooms are maintaning all health and safety procedures every day.

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 Kai started at Smallwood when he turned one. My son is now three and has shown such an amazing improvement. The staff is absolutely amazing and I couldn't have my put my son in better hands.
- Mother

My daughter, Mya, has been with KinderCare from the time she was a baby. I have been with the Director of KinderCare, Heather Murphy, on Smallwood since my child was in the womb and she was the Center Director of KinderCare on Post Office Road. Heather Murphy eased my nerves and fears of being a first time mother who would have to entrust her most precious blessing in the hands of, at the time, strangers, daily. Heather has always been warm and welcoming and entertained several tours, conversations and meetings throughout my years at KinderCare.
When Heather moved over to the KinderCare on Smallwood is when I really saw her blossom as a Center Director. The whole staff at KinderCare on Smallwood works as a team. It took me a year to move my daughter over to the Smallwood center from Post Office Road, but most of the staff that was there had moved there already, knew and loved my daughter and the new staff to my family was nothing but welcoming and embracing. What most eased my transition to the new center was the consistency. My daughter and I saw the same staff daily and I was able to get to know and bond with staff.
I pride myself on being a parent who knows her child and it comforts me that the staff at this center is more than ‘caregivers’. They are educators who are interested and invested knowing the children under their care and having and watching them grow. While I, of course, feel my child was always bright and advanced, I saw a marked difference in her growth and learning when she moved over to the Smallwood Center from the age of 3.
The staff at KinderCare has set my daughter up for success in her early developmental years. When she entered Kindergarten she was already above the standard level due to the daily preparation and education of the team at Smallwood. She remains at the top of her class since starting school and she continues to grow. Outside of education, KinderCare also nurtures their children with other interests to include all the programs and trips they take during their summer camp, after school activities such as additional reading and math classes and cooking for those interested.
In my eight years of working with Heather Murphy and KinderCare I cannot imagine me and my daughter’s life without them. I know that everyone at the center genuinely cares about and loves my family and they are more than just a team of educators, but family.
Elissa (With KinderCare since 2006)

- Mother

My daughter is nine-years-old and has been attending the same KinderCare for six years. Every day when I drop her off and go to work, I am 100% confident that she is loved and well taken care of by our "family" (her wonderful teachers). The Phonics program and the teachers are amazing! She has also enjoyed their cooking club and made yummy foods.
As a parent, knowing your child is so loved and safe means more than anything. I can't imagine her being in another environment!

- Mother

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