The ABC Care program at Winfield Elementary, a nationally accredited MD EXCELS Level 1 center, reinforces what children learn in school with hands-on experiments and projects. The children enjoy creative center rotations, including art, cooking, drama, and manipulatives and take advantage of our designated homework area. Students also relish their free play time on the large outdoor playground, blacktop area and walking path.
Since 2009, Meghan Murphy has served ABC Care as a District Manager, overseeing the Mt. Airy locations and the Licensing and Regulation Team for ABC Care. She also serves as Site Director at the Parr’s Ridge location, a position she has held since the center’s opening, and serves as Manager and Co-Site Director for ABC’s summer camp in Eldersburg. Employed with the company since 2005, Meghan served previously as Site Director at the Eldersburg Elementary location. Meghan earned an Associate of Arts degree from Montgomery College and has completed coursework in child development and psychology. She resides in Mt. Airy with her husband and middle-school-age twin sons, and enjoys spending time with family, watching her sons’ sporting events and walking their twin dogs.
The ABC Care program at Westminster Elementary is a two-time nationally accredited, MD EXCELS Level 2 program, offering enriching daily experiences, including science, cooking and art, computer, drama, and manipulatives and participating in a variety of team-building activities. The Westminster center staff spends a great deal of time teaching about the heritages of children attending the center, with special events and cooking sessions. Students also enjoy their supervised free play time in the school’s large gymnasium, outdoor playground and blacktop area.
Jessica Madsen is Site Director at ABC Care Westminster. She has worked in child care for more than six years with school age children and will be credentialed through the Maryland State Department of Education later this year. Jessica is part of ABC Care’s Professional Development Committee and Programming Committee. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her fiancé and son.
Serves pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students from St. John, East Middle, West Middle, Cranberry Station Elementary and William Winchester Elementary schools
The ABC Care Center at St. John Catholic School is a MD EXCELS Level 4 and two-time nationally accredited program, serving pre-kindergarten students ages 3 and 4 through middle school from multiple school communities in one location. Our age-appropriate activities ensure enrichment and learning at the child’s level, enabling all students to reach their individual potential. Our students are actively engaged in daily activities as they run a café, create messy art projects, and plan large events for the center. Students also enjoy their supervised free play time in the school’s large gymnasium.
The nationally accredited, MD EXCELS Level 1 ABC Care Center at Sacred Heart serves over 75 families, including pre-kindergarten students ages 3 and 4 through middle school age students. The program strives to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The children work on age-appropriate daily art activities, math and science projects, and enjoy extended homework time promoting academic success. Our activities promote creativity with multiple student produced “shows” performed throughout the year by all ages. Students also enjoy both team games and free play time in the school’s large gymnasium or outdoors on the large playground.
Christie Hoffman is Site Director at Sacred Heart ABC Care. She earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Dance from Goucher College. She has been working in childcare for 8 years in a variety of settings including aftercare programs, summer camps, preschool and teaching educational programs at Disney World. Christie is passionate about helping kids believe in themselves. She enjoys reading, visiting historical sites and playing with her dog.
The ABC Care Center at Piney Ridge is a three-time nationally accredited and MD EXCELS Level 3 center. The program offers out-of-the-box activities in STEM as well as creative arts. Students choose their rotations between construction manipulatives, drama, and a designated homework area. Hands-on experiments encourage exploration of special topics. Children enjoy supervised free time on the school’s large playground, blacktop area and in its large gymnasium.
Vicki Timberman joined ABC Care in 1993, and ascended the ranks to District Manager in 2005. In this capacity, she oversees the Eldersburg sites as well as the Programming Team for ABC Care and serves as Site Director at Piney Ridge Elementary, a position she’s held since 1999, and Co-Site Director at the ABC summer camp in Eldersburg. Vicki studied at Carroll Community College and completed numerous continuing education and professional development training programs. A resident of Eldersburg, Vicki enjoys spending time with her husband, and middle-school-age daughter and elementary-school-age son, both of whom attended ABC Care programs, and her beagle. She enjoys hiking, photography and volunteering at Piney Ridge.
ABC Care’s Mt. Airy Center is a MD EXCELS Level 1 and nationally accredited program for grades 3, 4 and 5, focusing on sportsmanship, compassion and tolerance. The children at Mt. Airy have a very strong ownership of the center; they run the Cafe and plan much of the programming and events on a daily basis. We also offer a quiet homework area. The center has access to the school’s gym and an outdoor playground area with walking path.
Melissa Dryman is our Site Director at Mt. Airy. She has more than seven years of experience in the child care field. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Hood College and continues her education through college coursework and trainings. She successfully completed the 90 hours of required child development through Community College of Baltimore County and Hood College coursework as well as an internship at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In her free time, she does photography and enjoys spending time with her twin sister and her baby, Riley.
ABC Care Center – Mechanicsville Elementary School
The first ABC Care program site to open, Mechanicsville Center is a MD EXCELS Level 3 and three-time nationally accredited program focusing on small group interactions with both teacher-led and self-selected activities. Creative arts, STEM and drama keep children involved before and after school. Students enjoy supervised free play time in the large school gymnasium, two large outdoor playgrounds and blacktop area and have the option to choose quiet areas to complete their homework before heading home.
Madison Wolf is Site Director at Mechanicsville ABC Care. Ms. Madison has worked with school-aged children for 6 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. Madison loves spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends. She also enjoys going on road trips, gardening and watching movies.
ABC Care Center – Friendship Valley Elementary School
A MD EXCELS Level 3 center and three-time nationally accredited program, ABC Care Center at Friendship Valley offers self-selected and organized team activities in language arts, creative arts and STEM, allowing children to pursue projects and topics of interest to them. Our program also provides planned activities to assist children with social and emotional development. Students enjoy supervised free play and team games in the large school gymnasium, outdoor playground and blacktop areas. Our extended afternoon hours give children more time to experience all that ABC Care has to offer including more complex art and science projects and extra time outdoors for more active time.
Cara Kishbaugh is site director at ABC Care Friendship Valley and is Co-Director at ABC Care Deer Park Adventure Camp. Ms. Cara has worked with school-age childcare since 2010 and currently serves as co-chair of ABC Care’s Licensing and Regulations Committee. She earned an associate of arts degree in education from Carroll Community College. She is credentialed through Maryland State Department of Education. Cara enjoys trips to the beach and spending time with her husband and young daughter.
The ABC Care Center at Eldersburg Elementary is a MD EXCELS Level 3 and three-time nationally accredited program providing enriching learning activities, team building exercises and group games for students. The daily routine provides quiet homework time, STEM, social studies, language arts and creative expression activities as well as supervised free play in the school’s large gymnasium, outdoor playground and blacktop areas. Our extended afternoon hours give children more time to experience all that ABC Care has to offer including more complex art and science projects and extra time outdoors for more active time.
Amanda Edwards is Site Director at Eldersburg ABC Care. Amanda has taught in the public school system for 10 years and has experience in Head Start and childcare. She earned a Bachelors degree in ECE from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Amanda has spent the last 6 years teaching preschool. She enjoys watching her daughter play soccer and basketball. When Amanda’s not at work, she loves spending time with her family, friends, Major (her German Shepherd) and 4 guinea pigs.
At the ABC Care Center at Ebb Valley, a MD EXCELS Level 1 Program, children benefit from a structured daily schedule mixed with teacher-led and student-led activities. Our program provides homework assistance, supervised free play and team games in the school’s large gymnasium and two outdoor playgrounds. Children enjoy the varied expressive drama box options, from doll houses to super hero figures, and take part in a variety of themed messy arts and crafts and STEM experiments during morning and afternoon sessions.
Victoria Lemmon is the Site Director at ABC Care Ebb Valley. Victoria earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from Penn State. She also earned an Associate’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College. Victoria is also a Bible school teacher and has been a worship volunteer for 5 years at CABC. She is a Penn State student coordinator and research assistant, researching human trafficking. When not working, she enjoys doing crafts, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
ABC Care school-based and summer camp programs hire supervisors and staff members who demonstrate necessary experience and skills for working successfully with children, including enthusiasm, compassion, patience, and respect.