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!

 

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 4

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 4

 

Robin Rice Ackad

Robin founded Robin's Nest Child Care in 1983 to meet the child care needs of her own four childrenincluding 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 and Colette, both of whom attend Robin's Nest.

 

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 2

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 2

 

Renee Shuman-Powell

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.

Director, MCCCP Level 3

Director, MCCCP Level 3

 

Don Ackad

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.

 
Aide

Aide

Hela G. 

 

Teacher

Teacher

 

Jessica W. 

Jessica started at Robin's Nest in 2011. She is teacher-qualified for infants/toddlers and preschool children. Jessica focused her pre-collegiate studies on early childhood education and is now pursuing an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is fluent in Cantonese.

Aide

Aide

 

Allison J. 

Allison joined Robin's Nest in 2012 as an aide.  She studies special education at Montgomery College. Her professional goal is to become a special education paraeducator in an elementary school.

Aide, MCCCP Level 1

Aide, MCCCP Level 1

 

Menneh M. 

Menneh came to Robin's Nest in 2012 from another child care provider where she worked since 2007. She is an aide 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.

Aide, MCCCP Level 1

Aide, MCCCP Level 1

 

Sanjee E. 

Sanjee came to Robin's Nest in 2013 from another child care provider where she worked since 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka). She is now studying at Montgomery College. Sanjee is an aide and a Level 1 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. She is fluent in Sinhala, and her son attends Robin's Nest preschool program.

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Lulu B. 

Bio coming soon!