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Gambrills KinderCare

Amanda Mata, Center Director

1069 State Route 3 N Gambrills MD 21054
(410) 721-0690 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crofton Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Meadows Elementary, Nantucket, Four Seasons Elementary, and Waugh Chapel Elementary

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. 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.)


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?

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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

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!

  • Daniel’s Entry into daycare-
    When looking for a center we interviewed Beaver Creek, La Petite, Children’s Center and KinderCare; while there where others on the list we felt there was no need to go any further. From the initial phone call with a friendly yet professional Ellen, to the moment we walked in the door greeted with child focused quotations on the walls and smiling faces at the front desk, we felt comfortable! What truly won us over was the tour of Ms. Tara’s classroom; she was on the floor rolling a ball back and forth to the kids. She spoke to us and answered questions, but never took the focus off the kids in her class. The children came first and we knew our little guy would be in good hands!
    Moving up to “the twos”-
    I was worried, who are these new people that are going to be working with my little monster. Are they going to be able to handle the hitting and biting and pushing and crazy that my sweet boy has somehow transformed into? All I can say is thank you … thank you to Ms. Ellen for the extra coaching and to Ms. Tesa, Ms. Bonnie and Ms. Maggie for working with him and loving him! The staff really helped us help him. They laughed with us and sometimes disciplined us (No UFC & no WWF at home), but mostly they encouraged us and let us know we were not alone and it would get better. Daniel loves you guys - At home we have Lego Maggie and Lego Tesa and they live with Lego Daniel in a red, white and blue house with a horse in the front yard that eats Lego carrots … you guys just had stairs installed, it was very exciting. Now if you can just get the potty training thing under control, at home we are obviously inept!
    Oh no, there is another one?
    You mean I drop off my baby and one teacher is going to deal with three infants? Schedule, we don’t have a schedule! Why do I have to take off my shoes? They are heating up the formula; we don’t do that at home! What do you mean no blankets? … The baby room is crazy!
    Day One - Ok maybe I was the crazy one, on the first day I dropped Bailey off I may have found myself back 30 minutes later sitting on the floor with Ms. Lucia talking with her about why my baby is special and what she needs. After 45 minutes of interviewing Lucia and being reassured that she knew what she was doing I went to work and cried.
    Half way through the day I called to see how my Bailey was doing and was reassured that she was sleeping comfortably and cozy…and I relaxed.
    Thank you!
    We bring the snot and the throw up and the screaming and you guys still deliver smiles and hugs and love! You may never make a ton of money working in daycare, but you make such a difference in so many little lives! THANK YOU!

    Parent - KinderCare Parent
  • We don't have a choice in having a parent stay home, and its always been a comfort going in to work knowing we didn't have to worry about the care Liliana receives. We appreciate all the pictures that come home that allow us to share in Liliana's day, and we love the smiles that greet us when we walk in the door.

    Courtney and Ian M. - KinderCare Parent
  • My husband and I enrolled our daughter Nora at KinderCare in January and have continued to be impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the level of care our daughter receives. The time I have spent in the building gives me the impression that the staff members genuinely like one another and enjoy their jobs, and this creates a cheerful atmosphere that Nora and I both appreciate.

    Elizabeth D. - KinderCare Parent
  • I feel like there aren't enough males in the field already and they are just as valuable. So, it is noticeable. I have to apologize for thinking that there was a security threat at one time because I saw a male teacher trying to get into the back gate (I didn't know he was a teacher at that time. Also, thank you for hiring competent individuals from more than one culture. I feel very strongly that our children should grow and be around several cultures so they can learn to appreciate everyone from the beginning. We live in a world where so many are at war over race, religion and power struggles between the classes and I bet if they had grown up around and learned to appreciate those from all walks of life, that we'd live in a much better world. I hope that there are opportunities for staff from different cultures share their own cultures with our children. I for one, would love Brooklynn to be exposed to everyone of your staff member's culture, whether it be through the food/desserts, language, clothing and/or holiday traditions.

    Denise A. - KinderCare Parent
  • When my daughter was born I originally put her in a different daycare. Due to some serious health concerns I pulled her out and put her in a different one. This one didn't last long either as they told me my daughter is above average when it comes to learning and the other kids cannot keep up with her. Unfortunately, KinderCare did not come into my life until my daughter was 3 years old. I wish I had found them sooner. My daughter is excited to go to school every day and tell me about her day when she comes home.  The reading phonics program has been amazing and my daughter (now 5) is excited to be reading books all by herself.

    I also cannot say enough about Miss Mandy the director. My daughter and her daughter seem to be the best of friends and Miss Mandy takes all my concerns very seriously.   All the teachers there have been amazing and very easy to talk to. I love KinderCare and would recommend them to anyone who asks!

    Erin C. - 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.

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.

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