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5 Top Play Based Childcares In Baltimore

On a beautiful day at a busy playground in Baltimore, there is something you will always see: self-engaged, cheerful children. That is because playing helps children bond with other peers, gain independence, and discover new things. Play improves focus and overall happiness, and as a result, more Baltimore families are looking for schools that provide year-round, play-based learning.

To help parents who are looking for quality childcare in Baltimore, we have compiled a list of some of the top, play-based childcare programs in Baltimore, Maryland, that provide play-based learning for every season. These programs are built around multi-sensory and spontaneous interaction. Baltimore parents who sign up to these programs are overjoyed and, naturally, so are their children.

Kiddie Kare Child Care
Led by Darlene Abraham, a childcare of provider 20 years, this Baltimore program encourages active learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

“We are thankful that Darlene has taken such an active role in caring for our needs and making sure she gets plenty of exercise. Darlene is exceptional with all of the children she cares for and would make an excellent child care provider for your family.” -Parent Review


Step By Step Family Daycare
Just one look at the program’s philosophy and you will see how well thought out the ideas are by director Trease Aleem. The program is dual play and nature based, making it twice the marvelous childhood experience.

“To make this ongoing learning experience safe, positive, and fun, nurturing the whole child as I strive to guide them into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and an excitement for continued learning”-Childcare Director


Happy Sprouts
Whether playing with small shapes on paper or playing big on geo-dome structures, this program offers it all. Nicole Bastfield holds a degree in ECE and its clear by the kinds of play she facilitates. 

“To create and facilitate an environment that nurtures the student and imparts knowledge through methods of indirect instruction. I believe that it is my duty to create fun experiences that will engage the children in cooperative, problem-based learning”-Childcare Director


Miss Muffet’s Daycare 
One of our favorite things about this childcare in Catonsville, just west of Baltimore, is how Melissa Gaither, the director, note that care and fun are provided for all children, including children with special abilities and needs. You can instantly feel the sense of inclusion and fun she provides.

“I think Miss muffet’s daycare is absolutely the best. Melissa takes care of all the children as if they were her own. We’re very very lucky to have her as a caregiver for my sons. We love Mrs Melissa!”-Parent Review


Cathy’s Care Family Childcare
Established in 1992, Cathy Ross is a loved and experienced provider. This childcare program in Glen Burie, south of Baltimore, reflects Cathy’s passion for caretaking and teaching.

“I am committed to providing you with the very best possible care and learning experiences for your child.  That’s why, in addition to lots of love, care and attention, everything I do involves early childhood development.  I believe that children learn through seeing, feeling, touching, hearing, etc.  I believe they learn by experiencing life.”-Childcare Director


Wonderschool is a network of quality in-home early childhood programs. Our mission is to ensure that every child has access to a home away from home that helps them realize their full potential. We work with experienced educators and child care providers to help them start their own child care or preschool out of their homes, whether they live in apartments, condos, or homes that they rent or own.