Carol Byrne, Center Director
Meet Carol Byrne, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1996
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Engine That Could
Meet Carol Byrne! She is the Center Director at Woodbridge Station KinderCare in Edgewood, MD. Carol attended Towson University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for twenty-five years. "They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel." Outside of work, Carol enjoys reading and spending time outdoors, she particularly likes camping and going to the beach. She also love spending time with her family and going for rides with her husband on his motorcycle.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their 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. They’ll 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! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum 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.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
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.
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.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My son was at Woodridge Station Edgewood KinderCare in MD for 2 years. We had such an amazing experience there. The staff were wonderful to my son. He started going there when he was 3. We were hestate to have him start because he has autism and we weren't sure if the center would be able to meet his needs. Boy, were we wrong! Our song grew so attached to the staff there. They were so patient and kind with him and us. At some point he wasn't sleeping at night because he was napping during the day. We asked KinderCare to stop his naps so that he would sleep at night, and they made that adjustment. After speaking to friends with children in other centers, we found out that this request is not always granted. We appreciated everything the staff did fo us to accomodate our needs.
We also heard that day care centers have a lot of staff turnover, and that was a concern to us. The KinderCare that we attended had an extremely stable staff. My son loved all of them and still asks for them. The only reason we stopped going to KinderCare is because we moved. They gave us such a nice send-off. Ms. Regina made us a scrapbook of his time there. this was great becase it included pictures of him getting onto and off of the bus, which we never to to see in person. It also showed a tupical day for him at KinderCare. Ms. Alexus made us a poster with pictures of him through the years and included quotes of silly things that he would say. Ms. Zhana bought him gifts, including things that are his favorites, like apple juice. We really could not have asked for a better center. We love and miss everyone there. They all went above and beyond to ensure that my son and our family had a great experience. They should be commended for their dedication to the families which they serve.”
Stacey R. - KinderCare Parent
Every teacher my daughter has had at the center has been amazing. They are truly dedicated to my daughters well-being and care. i have always felt completely safe and comfortable leaving my daughter in their care. She has been there since she was three and she is about to turn seven. She was at the center when Maryland had an earthquake and I was totally secure in here well-being the entire time. During Prekindergarten, I worried that they were pushing her too hard on school work and development until I got her Kindergarten teacher's report that said how well she was doing due to all her work and preparation the year before. Now that she is school-age, during the summer, they have non-stop activities and field trips. We have planned our vacations to ensure she didn't miss any of the field trips. My daughter looks forward to her time there and her interaction with the teachers and the extra programs they offer. I could not be happier that she is at KinderCare and I sing the center's praises whenever I can.”
Amanda S. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter started going to KinderCare when she was two years old. Since she had a speech delay, she had a rough start. The ladies at the Edgewood KinderCare were awesome. They worked with her to get her use to the routines, and they even adjusted some of their teaching habits to help her flourish. She went through all of Kelsey's classes starting with Music, moving through Phonics and ending with Math. When she started Kindergarten this past year, she was advanced in her math and reading; and she is now a sociable toddler. She loves the director Ms. Carol and all of her teachers throughout the years (Ms. Mandy, Ms. Tawanda, Ms. Regina, Ms. Crystal, and now Ms.Alyssa and Ms. Tennille). When I pick her up, not a day goes by that her teachers don't tell me how far she has come and how much of joy she is to have in their class. KinderCare really cares about their children and treats them like their own; and because of their patience and kindness my daughter has blossomed into a WONDERFUL child who no longer has a speech delay. Thank you ladies, my husband and I appreciate all of your hard work.”
Latisha W. - KinderCare Parent
Just wanted to sent a little note about the center my daughter is currently enrolled in: Edgewood KinderCare.
This location has actually become a part of my family. My daughter has been enrolled here since she was two-years-old and she is now eight I couldn't ask for anything better! My major concerns when shopping for childcare is SAFETY, especially in this crazy world of today! I had many opportunities to seek services from other daycare centers and I totally refused because I am so please and comfortable with the Edgewood staff and facility! Now that my daughter is older, my concern was she wouldn't like the fact that she is still at KinderCare but that was incorrect because thanks to the awesome programs that Ms. Tennille and Ms. Alyssa have developed. She looks forward to spending time with them after school. Her favorites are "Kiddie Cafe" and "Kiddie Couture". I know its challenging keeping older kids entertained and interested but Ms. Tennille and Ms. Alyssa know exactly what to do to keep the kids engaged! They always involve the parents when they have programs such as the Winter Gala and talent shows! Great times are had by all! In closing, I would like to thank KinderCare for taking care of my Princess Linda. It's because of your staff that I have peace of mind when I am one hour away at work! Keep up the good work!”
Lindell S. - KinderCare Parent
This letter is to formally state the exemplary service my husband and I have received for my daughter, Johannah. She has been attending KinderCare since she was three years old beginning with Ms. Towanda, Regina (phenomenal teacher), and Ms. Crystal and now she is the capable hands of the dynamic duo of Ms. Allysa and Ms. Tennille. I cannot say enough about the level of care that the staff provides my daughter especially Ms. Allysa and Ms. Termille. The annual talent shows twice a year foster my daughter's hidden talents. One of my favorite projects was the spaghetti dinner night in which my daughter and the rest of the School Age kids were host/hostesses or waiters/waitress and served spaghetti dinner and raised $350 to go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand charity.
I was raised with an after school program and my husband I agreed that Ms. Alyssa and Ms. Tennille are teaching the core values that we believe in and are better than a Boys and Girls Club or YMCA. You are helping to develop future dancers, scientists, activists, educators and presidents.
One thing I can say is the key component to the success to your teachers at the Edgewood location, versus when my daughter was at Celebree, was consistency. She had the same teachers and could count and trust that those teachers were going to be there. All of her teachers are truly dedicated to children and love children and now that Johannah is in school I see it in her love for learning. Thank you so much!
It is the quality not the quantity that means the most to my husband and I. Thank you for keeping my daughter smiling.”
Darren and Elizabeth S. - KinderCare Parent
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.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
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.