The Learning Bee - Frederick MD Licensed Child Care Center

8311 River Run Road , Frederick MD 21701
(301) 695-1133
3 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: The Carl and Norma Miller Children's Center at Frederick Community College provides an enhanced child-centered learning program where children feel nurtured, secure and relaxed. Parents can be confident and trusting of the care and education their children receive as they develop strong social and emotional skills that ensure they will enter school ready to learn.

The Children's Center is staffed with professional early childhood educators who partner with families to provide optimal care and education for each child. Our preschool programs and curriculum are accredited through the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We serve children ages 6 weeks to school age (during the summer months). Child care grants to offset tuition costs, are available to qualified students through the Financial Aid Office (301-846-2620).

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 151523
  • Capacity: 129
  • Age Range: 6 weeks through 17 months, 18 months through 23 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 5 years to 15 years
  • Achievement and/or Accreditations MSDE
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Region 12 - Frederick County Office
  • District Office Phone: (301) 696-9766 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Type Regulations Status
2023-08-10 Full 13A.16.11.04A(1)(b) Corrected
Findings: Center has two over the counter medications for a child and the medication forms are not signed by the child's doctor, only by the parent. Center will get the parent to have these forms signed by the doctor and will send to LS for correction, or will send the medications home.
2022-09-22 Complaint 13A.16.07.02A(2) Corrected
Findings: Staff who witnessed this incident were mandated to report it to other agency and did not. Once the directors found out about it, they did not report it to other agency until told to do so by LS.
2022-09-22 Complaint 13A.16.07.06A Corrected
Findings: A two year old child was left alone on the toddler side of the playground while the rest of the class went to the preschool side. The staff member was terminated due to this incident.
2022-09-22 Complaint 13A.16.08.01A(2)(b) Corrected
Findings: A two year old child was left on the toddler side of the playground and the staff in charge did not count children or recognize that a child was missing from her group. Directors will reiterate with all staff the necessity of counting children and doing name to face counts and let LS know when this has been done. The staff member who was in charge of this group was terminated.
2022-09-22 Complaint 13A.16.08.01B(2) Corrected
Findings: A child was left alone on one side of the playground and didn't move them from one side of the playground to the other in an orderly fashion so that attendance could have been maintained. A statement of correction will be sent to LS.
2022-08-23 Mandatory Review
Findings: No Noncompliances Found
2021-12-29 Complaint 13A.16.03.06C(3) Corrected
Findings: A child with a known milk allergy was served and possibly drank milk at the center, resulting in the child's parent taking her to the ER. OCC was not notified of this incident until 12.14.21, when owner emailed LS to discuss.
2021-12-29 Complaint 13A.16.07.06A Corrected
Findings: A child with a known milk allergy was served and possibly drank milk while at the center, resulting in the child being taken to the hospital by her parents.
2021-12-29 Complaint 13A.16.08.01A(2)(b) Corrected
Findings: A child with a known milk allergy was given milk and possibly drank it. Child was taken to the hospital by her parents.
2021-12-29 Complaint 13A.16.08.01B(1) Corrected
Findings: According to the child's parent, child was in a classroom with a new staff member who mistakenly served her child milk. According to the center, staff member was oriented to the center policy regarding allergies. LS verified that the orientation was completed.
2021-12-29 Complaint 13A.16.12.02A Corrected
Findings: Center was given updated information regarding a child's modified diet, and parent supplies daily information regarding what the child should eat for the day, however, child was still served milk at the center despite having a milk allergy. It is unsure whether the child drank the milk or not.
2021-08-26 Full
Findings: No Noncompliances Found
2020-08-31 Mandatory Review
Findings: No Noncompliances Found
2019-08-21 Full
Findings: No Noncompliances Found
2019-06-27 Complaint 13A.16.05.13B Corrected
Findings: A small fill and drain pool was being used for water play.

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Reviews

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Dan Green Dec 14, 2021
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

We had a couple years of positive experiences but something has changed dramatically recently. I could detail my many minor frustrations with the lack of communication and what seems to be intentional deceit with moving students between classes without notifying parents, but I feel the two major incidents that caused us to leave will speak for themselves:

In the last week and a half my daughter was first directly given a known allergen by a staff member, causing an ER visit and extremely stressful day for my whole family. To be clear, this was not an accidental exposure - she was handed a cup of milk despite having a well-documented allergy to milk.

Yesterday, my daughter was sent home with dried feces caked on the back of her shirt from a BM that occurred at 10 AM. She was walking around all day with a significant amount of feces on her. Based on the fingerprints and smudges she was touching it frequently, so it is fair to assume that everything she touched and even the other children she interacted with were exposed to the potential bacteria and illnesses known to be in feces.

When I called to address both issues their response essentially amounted to 'mistakes happen.' Obviously this was extremely upsetting given these two incidents so close together, which clearly indicates a larger issue. After a tense but professional phone call with the owner I was told my daughter was no longer allowed to attend, effective immediately. Luckily we were already making plans since we didn't feel she was safe there anyway, but I was still appalled that rather than bear responsibility they chose to dismiss it.

I am truly fearful for every student in that center. I don't know what it is happening but there is a clear lack of appropriate management and it is putting kids' well being at risk.

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CCulpepper Jul 22, 2012

My son has been in the 4/5 room at The Learning Bee since Oct 2011, he looks forward to going to school to learn from his excellent teachers and to play with all his new friends. He especially enjoys the weekly science walks, the "Fun Bus" and all the other special activities the center and his teachers plan to enrich the childrens' education. I have found the owner, director, assistant director as well as the other teachers at the center I interact with on a regular basis to be friendly, helpful and loving towards the children. I would highly recommend The Learning Bee to parents who are looking to find child care for their children ages 6 weeks through school age including before and after school care as well as a special summer program. You will find they have an excellent curriculum including teaching simple sign language in the Infants I & II classes all the way to the special field trips the school age children take during the summer to enrich their education. C Culpepper (I've noticed that most of the negative reviews where from 2009-2010, apparently the center took those complaints seriously and made the necessary changes!)

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Angry parent Aug 24, 2010

Where do I start. We had our daughter at The Learning Bee from 6 weeks to 10 months. We've had a myriad of difficulties from a "lost" cash payment that we were never reimbursed for, staff not prepared the first day we brought in our daughter (they apparently weren't notified she was coming), several instances where we had to hunt down someone in the morning so our daughter could be watched because both Infant rooms were empty, two occassions where staff went much too far is "diagnosing" our child instead of adhering to the recommendations of our pediatrician, and us coming in and finding our daughter ALONE, crying in the middle of the floor with no staff in sight. We would have let all that slide without writing a review, but then the center wrote an email a week before we were scheduled to move our daughter to another place (because despite our constant complaints, nothing was done) that they were kicking her out. No notice, nothing. Despite the fact that we adhered to their 4 weeks leave rule (we gave them 6 weeks to plan). When I told her it was unfair that they give us one day's notice after we gave them 6 weeks, the OWNER replied that she didn't care. Now what kind of person does that?!
I realize we may be protective, but we are not incompetent parents, nor are we incapable of telling the difference between appropriate boundries versus neglect or apathy by direct care workers.
In the 10 months our daughter was with The Learning Bee, my husband and I have encountered at LEAST 10-12 different evening workers - some we had known, others we had never met before, and some one-offs that we have not seen since. In addition, our daughter has been found by us on more than one instance sitting alone, crying in the middle of the floor, with the workers so eager to 'close' the room that they didn't feel it necessary to continue to provide care to the kids left. Finding my daughter scared, alone, and sobbing while a worker I've never met is too busy folding laundry or wiping down the changing station to "deal" with a crying infant is something I simply cannot tolerate.
The only saving grace to that whole place is the Infant 1 teacher, Glenna. However, she can't be there all day, and what's the use of having your infant create a bond with her if they're only going to move them to a room where the teachers neglect them.

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