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Kensington KinderCare

Karen Colvard Bowers, Center Director

2901 Kensington Parkway PO BOX 425 Abingdon MD 21009
(410) 515-3100 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Homestead/Wakefield, Ring Factory, Emmorton, William S. James, Abingdon and William Paca/Old Post Elementary school.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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.

Elementary School Distance Learning

Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)

In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.

Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)

Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!


An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • My son has special needs, and it was very difficult finding an in-home provider or a daycare facility that could care for him and help him grow. The staff at KinderCare has been amazing! The teachers are patient, structured, and diligent. My son is receiving the best care.

    Brian R. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son has been in Ms. Ebony's class for a few months now and all he does is talk about how much he loves her. When he first went to KinderCare he was a MONSTER at home. Since then, I have noticed a HUGE difference in his behavior. He's polite, sweet, and more helpful. Putting him in KinderCare has been the best decision we've made for him. I thank Ms. Ebony for her time and patience she puts in there along with all the other teachers and staff. Thank you for your hard work! It really does make a difference!

    Tori W. - KinderCare Parent
  • I wanted to express how lucky KinderCare is to have such wonderful people working for them and with our children. The ladies at the Kensington KinderCare and Karen Bowers, Center Director are a God send to me. They are the most caring, patient, giving people I have had the pleasure to meet in a long time. They always go the extra mile for the parent and the child. My granddaughter loves the school (looks forward to going everyday--she is 3) and all the teachers. They are such a positive force in her life. They have become like family to us. They really, really care! I would recommend this particular KinderCare to anyone who wants peace of mind when they drop their child off. There just are not enough good things to say about the administration and teachers at this school. I thank the Lord that I was lucky enough to find this school for her to attend.

    GiGi L. - KinderCare Parent
  • The purpose of this letter is to show gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful teachers at KinderCare Abingon - Kennsignton Parkway. We are proud parents, and our son has been attending the facility for over a year and a half. He will be turning three this year, and he is our miracle baby. He was born prematurely and we worried about his development. After removing him from in-home daycare, we placed him in a more academic and social environment by choosing KinderCare. Since enrolling, we have seen tremendous strides in his behavior and intellectual development. He has become more social and his vocabulary is increasing daily. Currently, his teachers are Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy, and we could not be happier with their progress and interaction with our son. Initially, we were worried about our son suffering from separation anxiety upon being enrolled in the school. our fears were quickly diminished as he runs to his teachers when we drop him off in the morning. We are also extremely pleased with how both teachers discipline him and keep him on track. Due to his prematurity, he received treatment from specialists who focused on his developmental needs. Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy were very open to the specialized teachers and were also receptive to their ideas and suggestions with regards to him. Our son is now caught up to his age physically, mentally, and emotionally. I believe the teachers at the facility, with the attention and care they give him, are directly responsible. We are also pleased with the way Ms. Carrie and Ms. Kristy constantly give feedback on his daily activities. They seemed very interested in his progress. Their dedication to their craft is evident as we can see each day how much they truly care for our son. Even though they have a class full of children, when they talk to the parents about their children, it seems like each child gets special attention and the teachers know the behaviors and personalities of each child. Words cannot describe how impressed we are with the teachers at this facility. The family atmosphere that the teachers create really eases our minds, knowing that our son is being well taken care of. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank all of the teachers and wish them continued success in molding the young minds of the future.

    Shaun and Haley T. - KinderCare Parent
  • I moved to Harford County the end of April with my 4 year old daughter. Since moving to Harford, CT, Rayne has been in two other day cares prior to KinderCare. She was asked to leave due to behavioral issues. When I came to Kindercare I advised Amber of my issues and concerns with Rayne. This was because of her behavior towards adults as well as children. Rayne can be, at times, overly aggressive and does not know how to channel her anger and disappointments.
    Amber advised that, although the staff is not experienced with a child with behavioral issues, they would be able and willing to do whatever was necessary. It has not been an easy task, but the entire staff at Kindercare (Amber, Karen, Thelma, Ebony, Kristi, Jessica and I'm forgetting one but blame my mind not my heart) has been so patient, kind and willing to take any steps. They took to heart the advice given by Project ACT to assist Rayne is developing her into a more calmer, compliant child. I do not know what I would do without the assistance of Kindercare. It is hard enough moving to a new area with no support, but KinderCare made it easy.
    I thank you and appreciate you every day. I know Rayne does as well, as she loves each of you dearly!

    Shonnel - KinderCare Parent
  • I loved KinderCare so much when my child was young at age two to school age. I was so impressed with how good the staff took care of my daughter while I worked. I especially remember one of the teachers name being Alice. My child was well taken care of and learned so much. I especially thought a lot of how well the center business ran smoothly and organized by Ms. Karen Bowers. To my delightful surprise 30 years later my Granddaughter is enjoying the same good care. And Ms Karen Bowers is still running the center today.

    Barbara V. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

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Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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