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

TYS is an amazing preschool. I understand why it is known as Best in Columbia. The teachers are fantastic and the school year curriculum is already preparing my child for kindergarten. I highly recommend this school to all who want a real school experience for their pre-k kids and not just a daycare.

Christina Maxwell Columbia, MD

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.

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

Kendall Ridge

The Young School is an amazing environment where young people come to grow and learn. It's a school for infants through preschool. While learning about all of the typical school subjects (reading, writing and mathematics) your child also learns a foreign language, math, swimming, instruments and how to socialize in a diverse environment. It has been a treat watching our young one grow in this amazing school. Thank you Young School!

Erin O.

My son has been attending The Young School since last Aug when he turned 3. He loves going there and is excited to tell me about his day when I pick him up from school! He was there part-time, Tues and Thurs, but he was still able to go to the monthly field trips and parties held on Wednesdays and Fridays without any additional costs. He really improved in his social and communication skills over the past year by interacting with other 3-year-olds as well as 4-year-olds. This way the younger can learn from the older children. As a first-time mom, I was worried that my son wasn't completely potty trained when he started school, but the teachers worked with me and my son so that he completed potty training smoothly and confidently. In addition, my son learned how to write his letters, to discern between left and right, and draw his own portrait this past year. Learning about light and reflection as well as recycling were big themes this year. Spanish class was on Thursdays so my son picked up Spanish as well this year! I like the quarterly progress reports given and an album we receive at the end of the year with what they learned and created.

Kyung Y.

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

We can't say enough wonderful things about The Young School. From the first week, our family felt welcome and comfortable.  The teachers throughout the cottage are all engaged with the children and seem to sincerely enjoy what they do.  One of my favorite things is that teachers from other rooms and cottages also know my child while walking through the school.  The RIE approach is a great fit for our family.  I think this school, combined with this philosophy, have helped contribute to my child being so confident and self-assured.  We know that he's getting the same guidance at school as he is at home.  The activities and curriculum are all designed to foster play-based learning.  Our child seems enthusiastic and engaged while he's there.  We highly recommend The Young School to anyone who is looking!

Angela C.

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 both of our boys going to Young School at Perry Hall. We have been very satisfied by care, fun and education that our kids receive at Young School. It starts with how the programs are designed at this day care, but lot of the credit goes to the management and the teachers at this location. They are amazing and are very passionate about what they do which ensures they are giving their 100%. As parents we are really very happy that our kids are going to the best day care.

Sharat C.

Meadow Creek

Our son who is almost three has been going to the Young School since he was 8 weeks old. He was in the infant program until he turned two. It was amazing how the teachers were able to get all of the infants on a nap schedule and teach them sign language before they could speak. We also appreciate that the school also has an indoor gym and an outdoor play area for the kids. All of the teachers really care about the kids and know all of the kids in the school by name. The school has a great layout with lots of light and wooden toys. We would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for childcare.

Stacey T.

We have been so happy with our decision to send our daughter to The Young School in Westminster.  We know many people who have changed daycare/preschool providers as their children grow and needs change but we have been fortunate that The Young School has met every need from infant care through pre-school.  The staff has been wonderful- caring, supportive, differentiating instruction based on students' developmental and learning needs as well as interests. Communication from staff is great and parents are always welcome to request meetings with teachers and directors.  Overall, a fantastic experience for both child and parents.  Peace of mind and happiness are worth so much.

Mary 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.