Lauren McAleer, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Russett Community in Laurel Maryland
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brock Bridge Elementary, Maryland City Elementary, Monarch Academy, Forest Ridge, Gorman Crossing
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Lauren McAleer, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Associate Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Meet Lauren McAleer! She is the Center Director at Russet KinderCare in Laurel, Maryland. Lauren attended the University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science, as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She has been with KinderCare since 2011, and before that she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family. Together they love going for long walks outside and going to the beach.
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.
Russet 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.
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.)
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!
Learning Adventure Workshops
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!
I rank Russet KinderCare as one of the best daycare providers. I have comfort knowing that the staff chosen to care for my child is carefully selected. My child was not mistreated. The daycare staff keeps me informed at all times about my child (open communication). I always feel like my child and I are respected and valued as priority. Russet KinderCare fosters firm educational growth, social enhancements, and a fun environment. Sending my child to Russett KinderCare is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Trust me parents, as a critical and detail oriented parent, I am highly satisfied with the service, teachers, and management of Russett KinderCare.”
Tyesha B. - KinderCare Parent
My son has attended Russet KinderCare since he was twelve weeks old. The teachers in the Infant room work diligently every day to help him develop new motor skills, sleep habits and manners. I am confident that my son is learning and growing every day at Russet KinderCare. I would not have been able to give him all the positive experiences he receives at KinderCare on my own.”
Tracy M. - KinderCare Parent
The fabulous ladies at KinderCare are more than we could ask for when it comes to taking care of our daughter. I love the fact that the room is large and provides more than enough room for our little one to crawl (and eventually walk). Everyday we get a full report on what she did for the day, they always take the time to write detailed feedback on the daily form. The ladies are beyond sweet and provide amazing love and dedication to the children they take care of everyday. I never have worry or concern dropping my daughter off each day, I know that she has fun and learns amazing things. The director and front office staff are always available and always great you with a smile. I truly appreciate all that KinderCare provides to my daughter
Christina M. - KinderCare Parent
Kindercare has been family to us since the first day we started bringing our son in. Our initial interest in Kindercare came from Miss Tonya, as she politely and promptly escorted someone off the premises that was loitering in the lobby. We knew then, that our newborn baby was going to be in good hands.
Since our son first arrived, he has grown and actually wakes up excited to get the day started at Kindercare. All of the staff have been a big reason for his excitement and has had a tremendous impact in his growth and development. His bond with his teachers has been special, as he's grown with his educators from the infant and toddler classes. He was just 3 months when he started. He is now 17 months, and is now running around and getting into everything. He is also a fast learner thanks to the dedication and hard work his teachers have put in.
We would like to thank all the members of the Kindercare staff for a job well done. You've helped us during a special time in our life and we are truly appreciative. We will definitely miss it here and hope to find a place that will give our family the love and care that Kindercare has shown us during our time here.
The Taylor Family”
Taylor Family - KinderCare Parent
We have a 3 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. During the past three years we have been through 5 different daycare facilities with me leaving pretty upset with the way they were run, in terms of the treatment of children and numerous problems that revolved around safety, cleanliness, engagement and administrative practices. When I walked into KinderCare Russet it was on a whim. I thought I would hate it, but decided to check it out. I visited the toddler room and was very impressed with the way the teachers were engaged with the kids and how loving the environment was. The teachers were enthusiastically singing and dancing in one room, while another teacher had her group sitting down listening to stories in another group. My husband and I ended up choosing KinderCare Russet over a brand new, highly respected daycare because of how engaging the teachers were.
Fatima and Tonya have done such an excellent job running the center. They are always warm and friendly. The first time I met Fatima, I thought she was a teacher because she was in the classroom actively involved. Tonya knows every parent by first name and considers everyone to be family. They stay on top of what needs to be done from cleaning the facility, ensuring administrative processes are up to date and make a noticeable effort to only hire the best teachers who are dedicated to actually helping children learn and develop. This has been a refreshing change from my past experiences. Every other center I have been in doesn't compare. I have never worried about my son after drop off. The communication I get from the teachers is outstanding as well. When my son has been home sick, or when I hadn't been to the center in a while, one of my son's teachers, Ms. Vicki would even call to see how he was and give me updates on his progress.
While this isn't the prettiest place aesthetically, it’s a beautiful environment that I wish we had found earlier. I am very thankful to the administration and teachers of KinderCare Russet.”
Rhonda S. - KinderCare Parent
Our son started at KinderCare Russet Laurel when he was four months old. From the second we walked in to do a tour, we were welcomed with open arms. I knew we found the perfect daycare. Our eight-year-old twins also stayed there from time to time when school was out and they loved it! They always ask when they are going back! It is always scary to leave your baby with strangers but the staff was always comforting, informative and accommodating to my needs and concerns as well as our sons development and needs. Miss Razia, Juliet, Melissa and Rachel have been the staple teachers in his care since his first day. All of them have their unique way of caring for him and it warms our hearts how much they treat him like their own.
The exceptional staff didn’t end with them, every single staff member I have encountered either in passing or who cared for our children has always been so friendly. Fatima (Center Director) and Miss Tonya (Assistant Director) have done an EXCELLENT job in making Russet Laurel a center to be proud of, where families feel comfortable and safe leaving their children. Our baby, now toddler, goes to daycare everyday with a smile on his face, excited to be there and comes home with the same happy face! He is now 14 months and has grown and learned so much under their care. Unfortunately, we are moving out of the state and have to leave. We are saddened but forever grateful to have found this beautiful daycare center and the amazing staff in it!”
Daya W. - 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.
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 Russet KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Russet 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.