Meet Amanda Mata, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Applied Sociology, Master of Art Degree in Human Sciences
Favorite Children's Book: Rain Makes Applesauce
Meet Mandy Mata! She is the Center Director at Gambrills KinderCare in Maryland. Mandy attended East Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Applied Sociology; and Liberty University, where she earned a Master of Art Degree in Human Sciences. She has been with KinderCare since 2014, and before that she held various roles as a volunteer, teacher, and an administrator. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." – Aristotle. Outside of work, Mandy enjoys camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
Gambrills KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
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.
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.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
“ 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!Show more
“ 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.Show more
“ 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.Show more
“ 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.Show more
“ 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!Show more
“ My son has been going to KinderCare since he was 8 months old. Mandy and Nichole have been great Directors! My son seems to love his teachers and making new friends.Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Gambrills KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Gambrills KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.