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Parr's Ridge

Congratulations to our Parr's Ridge ABC Care site on earning National Accreditation through the Council On Accreditation (COA) in May 2011! ABC Care continues to be a leader in the field of child care with quality programs and staff!

Our daily planning provides lots of unique activities for the children that are geared towards early child hood programming for grades K-2nd. The children have a daily structured routine, which provides a balance between quiet homework time and active social engagement. Weekly programming is designed around a theme, activities are planned to assist children with cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Each month the center focuses on a character trait to reinforce values such as respect and kindness. In addition a country is featured each month to enrich and broaden the children's cultural knowledge.


By providing a variety of activities, our program offers enriching, relaxing, fun-oriented experiences. We always keep in mind that children are unique and develop at varying intervals. We encourage each child to use his/her potential and we provide new experiences for growth. It is our purpose to help each child develop to the best of his/her individual ability and to provide an atmosphere in which the child can learn to share and be a supportive member of a team.

Please contact our office for our fees at 410-751-3700

Staff Bios

Ms. Meghan Murphy is our Director at Parr's Ridge ABC Care. Ms. Meghan was previously the Director at Parr's Ridge Elementary since they opened in 2005 through 2015. She has 22 years of experience in child care (14 years with ABC Care). Ms. Meghan serves as head of our Licensing & Regulations Committee and is the District Manager supervising additional ABC Care sites. She earned her AA Degree in General Studies and has additional college credits in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. Meghan has worked in school age child care since 1998 and is credentialed through Maryland State Department of Education at a Level 5 (out of 6).

Kaitlin Sheppard -is our Assistant Director at Parrs Ridge ABC Care. Kaitlin earned her Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Shepherd University. She previously worked as the Day Camp Director with school age childcare at The Salvation Army in Frederick before joining the ABC Care team.

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This Location Meets NAA Standards
The NAA Standards for School-Age Quality specifically address the indicators of quality programs reflected in current research. Examples include meeting the developmentally different needs of youth, 5-14 years, involving children and youth in program planning, providing positive interactions between children and youth and adults, and ensuring a safe and challenging environment for children and youth in and out of school time.
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This Location Meets COA Standards
COA's After School Standards represent a merging of NAA's standards and COA's 8th Edition Standards, and include three different sections of standards: After School Program Administration (ASP-AM), After School Human Resources (ASP-HR), and After School Programming and Services (ASP-PS). The set of standards are based on generally-accepted elements of best practice, outcomes-oriented, effective in advancing quality, and responsive to the unique needs and diversity of after school programs. COA's standards are grounded in a long-standing, widely held belief that children, youth, and families benefit when a program enhances its capacity to achieve its mission and validate its impact. “Children and youth who participate in After School and Youth Development programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development, increase well-being, and facilitate a successful transition through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood.” Council of Accreditation Core Purpose
ABC Care Center - Parr's Ridge
202 Watersville Road
Mt Airy, MD 21771
(301) 829-3840

6:30 am until school begins
School dismissal until 6:30 pm
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