For thirty years, parents have watched their children grow from infants to Kindergarten-ready at Robin's Nest. We believe in a balance of learning and play, and our educational goal is to instill a lifetime love of learning. Our approach will prepare your child for Kindergarten without compromising his or her need to explore to explore the world. Our facility far exceeds the State’s requirements for outdoor space, and we integrate this advantage into our programs.

Robin’s Nest is a small center that affords parents a personal connection to our family. Every day, parents interact with the staff members caring for their children. We invest in technology for parents to connect with our daily activities. Furthermore, we recognize that children have individual or special needs, and we work closely with parents to provide developmentally appropriate care.

We are flexible and reliable. Robin’s Nest accepts full-time, part-time, and drop-in schedules for children of all ages. We also provide before- and after-school care. Robin’s Nest is open from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM year-round, including school holidays and during weather-related school closings. We are closed only on federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

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Infants

For children ages 6 weeks to 18 months, we offer personalized and stimulating early care. Infants’ schedules are based on individual developmental needs and parents’ preferences. Our infant environment allows for social play and language and gross motor development. A 3:1 ratio maximum ensures a frequent rotation of activities to keep infants stimulated and engaged. Infants are introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) for their basic communication needs. In addition to daily verbal communication about each child, Robin’s Nest employs Daily Connect which gives parents real time access to their baby’s feeding, sleeping, medicine, and activities logs.

Toddlers

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Children ages 18 to 24 months are gently introduced and prepared for our preschool program while a low 3:1 ratio maximum is maintained. Toddlers transition to participating in arts and crafts, napping on cots, using utensils and cups at mealtime, and independently exploring a safe environment. They are introduced to problem-solving and self-help skills and may begin the pre-K curriculum before 24 months if they are interested and ready. Robin’s Nest will support parents’ home potty training regimen, if desired.

Preschool

Robin’s Nest administers a preschool curriculum to promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development while teaching ASL as a second language. The curriculum incorporates age and developmentally appropriate activities for children in a mixed-age group setting and provides a variety of indoor and outdoor learning opportunities. We supplement the curriculum by reinforcing monthly themes with relevant book-readings, arts and crafts, and special activities and presentations. Older preschoolers will practice new skills and concepts on a tablet computer (Apple iPad). Our preschool program aligns with the Maryland Model of School Readiness (MMSR), NAFCC Quality Standards for Developmental Learning Activities, most Quality Rating Improvement Standards (QRIS), and the national “Let’s Move” campaign.

Children enjoy the program because it is fun; parents appreciate how it prepares kids for Kindergarten. Parents receive weekly written reports on their child’s interests and progress and a bi-monthly newsletter to support learning at home.

In addition, Robin’s Nest conducts an annual developmental assessment of each child, age 2 and older, to gauge developmental and learning needs. In this way, Robin’s Nest is able to customize the education of each child to ensure readiness for Kindergarten.

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Before- and After-School Care

For children age 5 and older, Robin’s Nest is a fun and safe environment to play and exercise in before and after school. Reconnecting with siblings is possible in our mixed-age group facility. School-age children will also find time and space to work on homework, with our support as needed. The Travilah Elementary school bus stops at Robin’s Nest, and we will be there to send or receive your child from the bus.