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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King's Contrivance

Today is my daughter Kayleigh's last day at TYS in Kings Contrivance. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how happy we are with the care and education she has received and to say thank you. I will admit that when she began more than 3 years ago, I was nervous and concerned as there were some growing pains in her cottage. And I will also admit that I am not shy about voicing my opinions or concerns as they come along.

But any concerns over the years were allayed and have been greatly overshadowed by the positive aspects of our experience. From the thoughtful responsiveness and proactiveness of Karen and Jessica in the front office, to the nurture and support of the amazing teaching staff in Mountain Cottage, and the support of all people in between, we have been so impressed.

We always know that our girls are in a safe and caring environment where their needs are met and where they are respected as unique individuals. Beyond basic needs, Kayleigh has fallen in love with her teachers, and I have witnessed them lead by example by treating others with warmth and kindness while setting clear and sensible boundaries. I have also appreciated the Cottage set-up and having a helpful point-of-contact in Ms. Anne and now Ms. Andrena.

Kayleigh is now headed to Kindergarten reading far above her grade level, and while I give her much of credit, she would not have achieved this level without the solid instruction and support she has received from her teachers. I would like to give particular kudos to Ms. Alix and Ms. Cassandra, though I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge Mr. Nick, Ms. Katie, and Ms. Iman as they all have played important roles in Kayleigh's preschool experience. Please give them all praise (and raises)!

I look forward to continuing our partnership with TYS with our younger daughter.

Warm regards,
Alyssa C.
Mom to Kayleigh and Hope B.

Alyssa C.

My kids go to this school which is one of the best decisions we made for our kids.  The environment is great.  The open space design allowing kids to move from one station to another.  The kids can choose to learn art, language, or math and science during the day.  The teachers there are well educated and trained.  My kids love their teachers and cannot stop talking about their time in the school.  I will recommend everyone to send their kids to this school.

Jerry Peng Columbia, MD

My daughter is about to finish her first year at the Young School and when I told her she only had one more day of school left she said “I’m going to miss it!” She really loves it there and the school has been great for her. Over the past year I’ve watched her go from being shy and hesitant to participate to a confident little girl who even likes to be a leader sometimes. She’s also learned so much and I’m always impressed with the lesson plans they send out every week. I’m really glad we found this school and would recommend it to anyone.

Sean Diamond Columbia, MD

Kendall Ridge

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.

My husband and I have our son enrolled at The Young School in Columbia, MD. We absolutely love this school. I am very particular when it comes to my son's care and i can't say enough good things about The Young School. They give great feedback and answer all the question both of us have in regards to the school and our son's care. The school feel's like a family member is taking care of your child!

Rebecca B.

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

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

This school had been wonderful for our son.  We love bringing him here.  He has shown a drastic improvement in his motor skills.  They force them to do things on their own and this allows them to have a sense independence.  We already have a spot reserved for our newborn.  The teachers have a great range of experience and knowledge and that shows in everyday activities that they do with the kids.


The Young School is great! I'm a new Mom and this is the only place other than with my Mom that I feel 100% comfortable leaving my son. He is 7 months old and in his 3 months at the Young School he has already learned so much. The curriculum is impressive as I get daily "Tidbits" of what he has done to work toward social and developmental goals. Feel free to ask me any questions and if you decide to enroll... tell them Noah sent you!

Erika M.

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.

Meadow Creek

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.


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 has been attending the Young School for almost a year and my husband and I couldn't be happier with the love and care they show her. We always have felt that she is well taken care of and the staff keeps the parents well informed. My daughter’s speech, vocabulary and personality also emerged and expanded shortly after she began attending TYS. She looks forward to attending everyday and to a parent, that speaks volumes.

Brynn F.