Our staff is carefully vetted and well-qualified to care for children. All new hires undergo a criminal background check, a child abuse/neglect check, and obtain medical authorization from a licensed physician. Most staff members are trained in emergency preparedness. There is always at least one person certified in first aid and CPR on premises (our goal is to certify 100% of our staff). Most staff members are trained to properly administer medication. Child care aides must earn at least six hours of continuing education annually; teachers and directors must earn at least twelve hours. Moreover, Robin's Nest goes beyond the State of Maryland's requirements and participates in the voluntary Maryland Child Care Credential program; many of us are credentialed child care providers.
Robin's Nest has enjoyed excellent staff retention over our thirty year history. We are simply thrilled to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our family!
Robin Rice Ackad
Robin founded Robin's Nest Child Care in 1983 to meet the child care needs of her own four children—including Renee. Over the next thirty years, she tirelessly grew the business into a thriving family-oriented center with a capacity for thirty children. Robin is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. She is a Level 4 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Northeastern University. Robin is the grandmother of Aveline, Colette, and Haley all of whom attend Robin's Nest.
Watch us grow into our best is not just a slogan. Renee spent her childhood in Robin's Nest and now is a co-owner/operator. She is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. She is a Level 2 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the mother of Aveline and Colette, both of whom attend Robin's Nest.
Don retired from a career in the United States Secret Service where he served as the Safety and Health Manager. He also served as a volunteer fireman for twenty-five years. Don is a licensed Maryland contractor and holds a Master's degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Illinois State University. He is a Level 3 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider and is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. He is the grandfather of Aveline and Colette, both of whom attend Robin's Nest.
Hela is an Infant/Toddler Teacher who began as our assistant Director in 2015. She is from Tunisia, speaks French, Arabic and some Italian. The mother of two teenagers she loves spending time with the little ones again and cuddling with the babies.
Jessica started at Robin's Nest in 2012. She is teacher-qualified for infants/toddlers and preschool children. Jessica focused her pre-collegiate studies on early childhood education and has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She is fluent in Cantonese.
Menneh came to Robin's Nest in 2012 from another child care provider where she worked since 2007. She is a lead infant and toddler teacher and a Level 1 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. Menneh hails from a big family (6 brothers, 5 sisters!) and is studying Early Childhood Education at Montgomery College.
Bio coming soon!