Parent Testimonials

As a former police officer and first time mom- I am needless to say a little over protective of my new baby. Taking him to the Young School has made transitioning from maternity leave to work easy. I feel confident in the care my child receives. The staff of friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is bright, open, clean, and fosters a learning atmosphere even at at early age. I'm very glad we found this center when we did!

Tiffany B.

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Both of my kids have gone to The Young School in Kings Contrivance. My older daughter started when she was 2, and walking in, I knew this was the place for us. The environment is open, creative, and warm. Much more engaging than the other places we visited, which felt closed and antiseptic (and not fun). I enrolled my younger daughter when she was 3 months old. From the infant cottages through graduation from the Pre-K cottages, the staff engages each child and helps bring out their special talents. They educate and nurture each child's love of learning with warmth and with a variety of materials and media. The underlying philosophy stems from the Reggio Emilia approach to learning in which the child is an active participant in the learning and the environment places another central role. This has resulted in children who are confident and excited to take initiative in their education. I love the teachers and the front office staff. Everyone is very responsive and place the interests of the children first.

Alyssa Cotler

Our daughter has been in the Infant program since the start of the new year and the school has been instrumental in her growth and development. She loves the teachers and the other children and it is amazing to watch her discover something new each day. The administration has also been excellent at answering our questions, helping us navigate being new parents, and at putting the children and families first. Highly recommend to all.

Andy L Columbia. MD

We have two sons at The Young School, who both started last fall.  We had done extensive research and visits to other options in the area, but fell in love with the people and approach at The Young School.  We have never regretted our choice as enjoy the active learning, consistent variety of engagement, and the unbelievable warmth and support from the staff.  It makes us feel so blessed as a dual working household to be able to watch our sons get so excited to go to "school" and get picked up with so much energy as they are so excited to tell us all about their day.  We only moved to Baltimore last September and The Young School has been one of the best things we've found in our new city!

P.G. Ellicott City, MD

Kendall Ridge

I cannot say enough positive things about The Young School- Kendall Ridge. My daughter has attended since she was an infant and my son since he was two. All teachers are nurturing and skilled in working with young children. I am confident that all of my children's emotional, cognitive, and social needs are met while at The Young School. The school encourages all students to develop at their own rate and teachers plan activities that are engaging and allow students to learn academic skills through play and exploration. Both of my children have learned so much and have become confident preschoolers that are fully prepared for the demands of Kindergarten.

Colleen R

If you are looking for a clean facility where your baby will be well-cared for and your preschooler will receive a well-rounded early education, this is the place! We have been at The Young School, Kendall Ridge, for 6 1/2 years. Our daughter and son have had wonderful experiences with the caring staff. Beth and Stephanie do everything that they can to be helpful and informative and the cottage directors are always on-hand to answer questions and provide information. The Young School's philosophy is to let the kids learn at their own pace in their own way. Our daughter could not have been more prepared for Kindergarten, both academically and socially. We toured other local pre-schools and daycare facilities and nothing comes close to The Young School.

Shauna S.

When we began searching for childcare and early education programs 4 years ago, it became increasingly obvious that The Young School was going to be our choice.  We have been so pleased with the school, and currently have all 4 of our children enrolled there.  What set it apart were the fundamentals of teaching and the progressions through the "cottages" as our children aged.  The teachers instill independence and work with the children to build confidence and early socialization skills, all of which will greatly ease their transition into Kindergarten and beyond.   Additionally, the school feels more like a home, and not a corral for children, which is what we noticed while searching other schools.  All in all, the choice to enroll at The Young School has been one of the best decision we have ever made for our kids, and we have enjoyed watching them grow into confident, social, and smart children.

Jay C.

Waugh Chapel

When we toured daycare centers in our area, The Young School stuck out above the rest.  We really felt the difference in the care, cleanliness, and even activities that the children were involved in.  The overall environment is bright and happy, and the all the teachers seem to really care about the children they're in charge of.   Of our particular class or room...our son loves his teachers, and even looks forward to coming in on Mondays!  They do a great job!


We have been a part of the Young School family since 2008. Our children, Vanessa (8 years old) and Lily (5 years old), were both active members in your Sky Cottage. I would like to personally acknowledge several of your staff members for their outstanding performance, support, and professionalism.

Ms. Termika, as the Sky Cottage Director and Assistant Head of the School, has personally mentored me and my children. Her knowledge of child development, teaching methodologies/approaches, and management has directly benefited our family in multiple ways. She helped our oldest daughter Vanessa develop academically, recognizing her aptitude for learning, and developed opportunities for her to excel that resulted in a 3rd grade reading level assessment upon her entering kindergarten. She helped Lily deal with significant emotional development issues, such as feelings of shame and inadequacy, by creating an environment where she was able to feel safe and thrive. She also managed to answer all of my questions, support me in developing goals for my children, and provide much needed guidance and assistance throughout our years at the Young School. I refer to her as my “Personal Consultant” and believe she should be commended for her ability to exceed parent expectations through her management of staff.

Ms. Shannon, as the Sky Cottage Art Teacher, Language Arts Teacher, and Director, has fostered an environment of creativity and discipline. Her ability to recognize the needs of children and modify teaching approaches to help the children learn is exceptional. She noticed the strengths in both of my children, and tailored her teaching/caring approach to help them excel in heir own rights. Her efforts resulted in a spirited little girl FINALLY being able to write and recognize her ABCs. Our little girl will now go to Kindergarten with a skill set that is above average, which would not have been possible without Ms. Shannon’s superior teaching prowess.

Ms. Pam and Ms. Melissa helped me raise my younger daughter. They were truly my partners in every aspect of her development - from manners and behavior to walking and potty training. Ms. Pam’s consistency and Ms. Melissa’s gentle discipline, accompanied by their HUGE hearts helped my daughter grow into the caring, loving, and confident little girl that she is today.

The staff members recognized above are truly remarkable professionals and deserve to be recognized for their contributions to upholding your mission statement and values. They will forever have a place in our family and in our hearts.


Ashlee D.

Ms. Shannon, Thank you very much for taking such extensive time with me today to discuss Braden’s interactions and development at school. I didn’t get a chance to tell you when I was there, because I know I already took up a large amount of time. But I cannot tell you how happy I am every day that I made the decision to send him to the Young School and I feel so fortunate he is in Sky Cottage. Your leadership in the cottage is evident in the amazing team you developed.

Each and every one of the teachers in Sky Cottage cares so much for each child and it shows every day. At a time when I often feel guilty about not being able to spend more time with Braden, I feel blessed that he is able to spend that time with other adults who treat him with respect, care, and foster his growth and development in a way I could not imagine a non-family member could do.

The passion you and the rest of the Sky Cottage teachers have for all the children is immense and can be felt each and every day when I enter the room. I appreciate the time, energy, and thought you put individually into Braden, and I know you do the same for all the others – a tremendous undertaking that I’m sure is often unnoticed.

The excitement in Braden’s voice and the look on his face when he tells me about something he learned/created/tried at school is priceless. While I often have to pull details out of him (as I get the typical “I don’t know” answer when asking him what he did today, when he does open up it is amazing. I love that he is able to explore, push boundaries, learn, test, and have fun ~ all while knowing he has a safe backstop if he needs it. Thank you (and everyone else in Sky Cottage) for allowing Braden to flourish as the person he is today. The confidence he builds will carry forward to tomorrow and I cannot thank you enough.


Megan S

Honeygo Village Center, White Marsh

My son has been with The Young School since he was 8 weeks old and we have had a wonderful experience. He loves all of his teachers and they all know and care for him. It is such a comfort knowing our child is well cared for every day. The school's rules and philosophy allow my son to learn and grow in a safe environment. The classrooms provide lots of opportunities to develop the children's skills and the teachers have lesson plans to encourage the completion of developmental milestones. Parent/teacher conferences are also offered where the milestones are explained with how your child is demonstrating each skill. My wife and I are expecting our second child and will absolutely be enrolling him/her at The Young School.

Thomas K.

Wonderful daycare and preschool with devoted and caring teachers, meticulous management, and stimulating learning environment. From age 3 months to my son's current age of 3 1/2 years, he has received individualized attention and support due to low teacher:student ratios, and every teacher in the school knows his name along with all the other kids. He had some unique medical issues early in life, and the teachers and staff went above and beyond to accommodate his needs. He is now thriving, happy, healthy, and he loves his school and his friends.  We could not be happier with our choice and we recommend the Young School highly to any parents!

Carrie H.

We have four children and couldn't be more pleased with The Young School in Perry Hall!  It is such a pleasant environment and the teachers have been there long term.  The building is light, bright and airy and my kids have left the school knowing how to read before kindergarten.  It's a great place for kids starting at 6 weeks!

Alice D.

Meadow Creek

We have had our son at The Young School for 2 years and have had a very positive experience. My son loves going to school each day and has developed positive relationships with the teachers and children. The educational philosophy is top notch and I have watched my son thrive. They hold their staff to high standards and I always feel my son is well taken care of. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking in the Westminster, MD area.

Lea N.

We have been with The Young School since our first child was born in 2010. The individualized attention and customized learning the children receive at The Young School is the best. From infant care through Pre-K, the sensory learning along with the art, math, science, and language curriculum has resulted in my children achieving advanced milestones. Their language, social skills, and manners are beyond reproach - and I thank the teachers at The Young School for these life skills and civility. The extra-curricular activities offered in house help afford my children opportunities that might have been missed due to our very busy and demanding work schedules. The super summer camps, field trips, and enrichment programs make The Young School a place my children can't wait to arrive each day. One of the best qualities of The Young School is the faculty. Each and every one of the teachers know and loves my children which makes The Young School an extension of our family.

Amy S.

My daughter enrolled at the Young School when she was two years old after coming from a small in home daycare. The staff worked tirelessly to make sure the transition was seamless for both myself and my daughter. She has absolutely thrived in this environment and her speech has taken off since attending. I have found the administration and teachers to be caring and they seem to take a genuine interest in each child which is refreshing. I love the daily communication sheets, as this helps to facilitate conversation between my daughter and I. She looks forward to going to school each morning and as a mother, this just means the world to me and speaks volumes about the type of environment she is in each day.