Celebrating 30 Years of Educating and Caring for Young Children in White Marsh, Maryland.

Plan Your Child’s Summer Activities

summer activitiesIt may only be January, but before we know it, the warm weather will be here. Most parents need to find summer activities for their children to participate once school is out, and waiting too long could mean that all of the best options are already filled up. Learn about what The Young School offers and how you can enroll your child.

Our Summer Fun Program is comprised of a variety of themes and activities designed for children of varying ages, with zoned activities designed specifically for 2-5 year olds. Each child has the opportunity to choose where he or she plays, allowing them to have a summer that they create themselves.

Each week the Summer Fun Program has its own theme – These themes drive the types of activities in the zones available to children each day. Past themes have included: Artist’s Studio, Center Stage, Mad Scientist, Sun and Splash and Future Architect. 

Contact us today and let your child join The Young School summer family.

Give Us a Call:

King’s Contrivance, Columbia 410.381.6098

Kendall Ridge, Columbia 410.740.7476

Waugh Chapel, Gambrills 410.451.7170

White Marsh 410.248.1120

Westminster 410.848.5248

Make New Year’s resolutions with your kids

Ecstatic little girl catching falling confetti

While New Year’s resolutions are generally made by adults, parents can also help children make their own. Be sure to set goals as a family and make sure they are attainable and include everyone. Try to narrow down your options and focus on a couple for the year. Here are a few ideas:

    • I will clean up after myself and put my toys where they belong.


    • I will brush my teeth twice a day (I will let mom and dad help me).


    • I will wash my hands before eating and after using the bathroom.


    • I will get along with my siblings and family members.


    • I will share my toys with friends and my siblings.


    • I will be a good listener in school and at home.


    • I will not tattle on my friends or my siblings and I will be nice to other kids.


    • We will have a family game night every week.


    • I will help mom and dad more around the house by setting the table for dinner.


  • I will eat more healthy foods.


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5 Activities To Do This Winter

Little girls ice skating outside on a pond

Winter break is right around the corner, so it’s important to have activities planned to keep your kids happy and busy during this time. We’ve come up with our favorite child-centered activities that promote learning through play and inspire kids to use their imagination, while having fun.

1. Go ice skating. Even though it takes some practice, it’s something your family can enjoy together. Start with little steps, then allow your child to try it on their own.

2. Build a snowman and make snow angels. Allow your children to get creative and use materials around the house to bring their snowman to life.

3. Read a book or do a puzzle. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a cold winter day. Let your child choose a book and read aloud together. Building puzzles is a great winter activity that helps teach children shape recognition, problem solving and motor skills.

4. Bake cookies. It’s easy to get kids to help when cookies are involved! Allow your kids to do several tasks like measuring, mixing, rolling and even scooping the cookies onto the baking sheet.

5. Practice sensory skills with snow writing. With this activity, your children can practice the formation of letters and even use their imagination to create shapes and pictures. It allows your children to explore their sight and touch skills. DIY Snow Writing Tray.

Learn More About Our Family Rewards Program

Top Questions to ask Preschool DirectorsWe consider everyone that’s a part of The Young School to be our family. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to us to have an environment where kids can explore, learn and grow. We value each and every family, and are always looking to welcome new kids that can benefit from the quality care we provide. Many Young School parents have recommended the program to their friends and family and that’s why we’ve created the Family Rewards Program. And for being a part of our family, we want to reward you. Here’s how it works:

  • Refer The Young School to any friends, extended family, co-workers, or neighbors who are interested in infant care, child care or preschool programs.
  • For every new enrolling family, we ask if someone had referred them to The Young School. On our enrollment form, there’s also an area for these families to list who referred them. We want to make sure you get the credit, so be sure to remind them to give you that when they come to enroll.
  • For each referral that results in an enrollment to The Young School, you will receive a $300 check, issued after your referred family’s first day of school.


We created this program to give back to our Young School family! We would love to reward you, so keep this program in mind when you are talking to your friends and family about the quality education your children are receiving!

Meadow Creek Location Recognized in Carroll’s Best of 2015

Best Licensed Day Care in Carroll CountyWe’re so proud to announce that the Meadow Creek Young School location has been recognized in the Carroll County Times “Carroll’s Best 2015.” Meadow Creek was awarded an Honorable Mention in the category for “Best Licensed Day Care in Carroll County. Congratulation to the amazing team in Westminster and thanks to all the amazing parents and families that voted for us!

Here’s what one parent had to say about the Meadow Creek Young School:

It has been a joy for us to watch Maddy grow as an individual during her time at The Young School, Meadow Creek. The unique approach to early learning has been a great fit for her personality.  The enthusiasm and creativity of the staff have created a true desire to learn for our daughter. She wakes up everyday and can’t wait for her next adventure at school. She loves her teachers, classmates, and the engaging learning environment that The Young School has created. We appreciate all that the school has done for Maddy thus far and look forward to her continued growth.

Top 3 Classroom Environment Elements to Consider

Preschool EnvironmentConsider this. When you go to work every day, do you feel that your workspace is important to your productivity? Chances are the answer is yes. The environment that we work in affects our moods, ability to form relationships, our health and the work that gets produced. A child’s classroom environment is no different.

Studies have shown that children who start attending a child care facility as an infant will spend as much as 12,000 hours in that setting, which is more time that they will spend in both elementary and secondary school. With that being said, the importance of choosing an excellent classroom environment for your child is so important. The right school will maximize their intellectual potential and provide a foundation for the development of their emotional security.

When you are looking for a prospective school, think about these three important elements:

The safety of the classroom. Clearly defined spaces, stable and securely attached furniture and a lack of clutter will allow teachers to interact, observe and challenge your child instead of feeling nervous about safety issues or spending time cleaning up items that were not put away in the right place.

The culture of the classroom. As we mentioned, your child will be spending a lot of time in the facility you choose. Look for cozy and home-like touches that will increase the comfort-level for your child. Some examples include pillows, blankets, curtains and cushions. When you are evaluating the environment, also look at it from a child’s perspective. Are there things that would interest them and keep them engaged?

The space for activities in the classroom. There should be a variety of configurations in the classroom that allow for small group and large group activities, individual time, one-on-one time with the teacher and partner work. Areas designed for reading, playing and doing crafts are a great start.

When your child enters their new learning environment for the first time, they will want to feel safe, comfortable, excited and engaged. If you remember their needs while you are looking for a school, you will make the right decision.

Read to Your Child More Often

Read to Your ChildKeep books within easy reach – Have bookshelves at your child’s level and rotate out new “featured” books occasionally to grab their attention. Keep books in your car for your child to browse and carry a few to look at during waits at the doctor’s office or on errands.

Make books a treat – Allow you child to stay up a few minutes late for you to read to them. Or offer a new book as an award for good behavior or just because.

Get involved – If your child likes a particular book or author, help him to find more books by that author at the library or recommend books that are similar. Tell him what  books you liked when you were his age.

Read with your child – Read to your child and also with him by asking questions about the story as you read, asking him to try reading a word or more. Point out the illustrations and how they go with the story and expand on it.

Read everywhere – Don’t just read books to your child. Read wherever words are found, road signs, boxes, and store signs. Put labels on household objects to help you child associate the word with the object. Turn captions on television shows and movies.

Go to story times – Check out your local libraries, bookstores and museums and see when they have story times for children. Take your child so he can enjoy reading with a group of children.



Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing A Pre-school

Ready for KindergartenSummer may have just started, but the school year will start before you know it. It is important to start planning where your child will go in the fall so that you can feel confident in your decision. Here are some questions you should ask during the research process:
1. What is the educational philosophy of the preschool? While structure is essential, parents should look for a preschool that offers opportunities for children to make choices about their learning.

2. How well rounded is the program? Understand how much time is spent in academic versus creative versus social and play activities.

3. What is the educational background and experience of the teachers and staff? You want to be sure that your child’s preschool teacher is experienced and qualified, but you also want to understand their commitment to the program.

4. What is the student/teacher ratio? You want to make sure that your child is getting enough attention and isn’t put in an overwhelming environment where they cannot thrive.

5. Is the atmosphere exciting? Do students seem happy? Do they look busy or bored? Are they having positive interactions with each other, the staff, and the teachers? Do the teachers seem like they enjoy teaching here? Would you and your child be happy there? Schedule a tour to get all of these questions answered.

The Young School has five locations to choose from. If you are interested in learning more about us, contact us or request a tour.

Five Fun Ways to Keep Learning in the Summer

Learning in Summer1. Read books every day.
Check with your local library or look for online summer reading clubs that are designed to make reading more exciting and engaging for children. Read to your child and ask questions about the story as you read.

2. Keep your kids on a schedule.
In the summer, schedules tend to go out the window. Often children feel best when they know what to expect next in their day. So, even though it is more difficult to plan, having a schedule can make the days go smoother. Make sure to include learning activities such as writing, games, crafts and drawing projects every day.

3. Plan educational “field trips”.
Take your child to local attractions such as a park for a nature walk, the zoo to learn about wildlife, a museum to view an art exhibit. Like the class trips your child will be taking in elementary school, these trips help your child to learn about the world around her.

4. Use your environment to teach.
Use a trip to the grocery store as a way to teach your child how to make a list and then find those items in the store.

5. Practice social skills with play dates.
Help your child to call a friend and make arrangements to meet for a play date at a park or activity center. This will allow her to learn how to make a call, practice using a calendar and practice socializing with friends.

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