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What is Good Shepherd Children’s Center?

Good Shepherd Children’s Center is located at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church and families from all faiths are welcome. Twice a month, during the school day, the children attend Chapel with Pastor Keith for character education. Two Wednesday evenings a month from 5:30pm-7pm, children are invited to attend Shepherd’s Kids, a lively bible-based group modeled like a Sunday School class. Dinner is served and the Bible is explored in child-friendly terms. Children who attend GSCC are not required to attend Shepherd’s Kids, it is an optional program.

We offer a full range of programming: full day pre-school, part day pre-school, and before/after school programs. We also offer a summer program for school age children.
All Good Shepherd Children’s Center programs provide a quality foundation for learning and an excellence of care. Whether you are enrolling your child in a full-time or part-time program, you can be assured that your child is in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment where learning and growing happens.

For infants and toddlers, Emmi Pickler’s core values of respect, trust, and acceptance inspired Magda Gerber in the creation of her philosophy known as RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers). The “Educating” approach believes parents and caretakers must have respect for infants and trust that they are natural inventors, explorers, and self-learners. Emergent curriculum is a philosophy of teaching and way of planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences.

We utilize the Frog Street Curriculum in our classes for children ages 3 and 4, during the school year. Frog Street is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum program that integrates instruction across key developmental domains and early learning disciplines. The program is engaging for both teachers and children and is easy to implement.

During the summer for all ages, we have theme based fun programming that is planned by the teachers and changes each year.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs and are interested in taking a tour, please click on the buttons above to email the Director or call 410-679-3390. Tours are by appointment only, for the safety of our children and based on the availability of the Director. Thank you for your interest in our programs.

Janelle Schmidt
Director of Children’s Center

Meet the Children’s Center Team

JANELLE SCHMIDT joined GSCC in June 2019 after 17 years of leading Little Friends Early Learning Center, Summer at Friends day camps and the after-school program at Friends School of Baltimore.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Western Maryland College in 2000.  Her family relocated to Harford County in 2014 and Janelle was excited to find an employment opportunity closer to home.  She is married and has three children Drew (2005), Connor (2009) and Elizabeth (2015).  Janelle is excited to see the GSCC program grow and flourish.

CHARNIKA DYSON joined GSCC in April 2019.  She has worked in childcare since 2017, starting with Celebree Schools.  Not only is Charnika an early education teacher, but she teaches dance and cheer and is a professional dancer and choreographer.  She could not imagine her life without the constant influence of “jovial tiny humans” she is surrounded by daily.  She looks forward to building strong, lasting relationships with the children and their families.

PAT BAVARO joined GSCC in 2009.  She graduated from Kenwood High in 1972 and is a retired secretary who served 34 years in Baltimore City.  Pat has two adult children and a granddaughter and is taking care of her mother in her home.  Pat works part time with the 2s and 3s and she enjoys watching the children grow and move on to succeed throughout their schooling.  Kids often come back to see Ms.  Pat when they are much older. 

REBECCA SNYDER joined GSCC in 2011.  She attended HCC and has the 90-hour preschool certification and the 45-hour infant/toddler certification.  She has two children, Anthony (2009) and Brianna (2015) and they enjoy reading books and creating art together.  Rebecca loves helping the children in her class learn about and explore new things.

JEN DOANE joined GSCC in 2008.  Prior to that she worked for six years in Harford County Publics Schools with the autism program as a para-educator.  She attended HCC for Early Childhood Education.  Jen is married and has two children, a son who is a writer and a daughter who is a hair stylist. 

JAMIARA LEWIS joined GSCC in July 2019.  She graduated from Overlea High School and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked in childcare since 2010.  She has the 90-hour preschool certification and 45-hour infant/toddler certification, and the 45-hour school age certification.  She enjoys working with all age groups of children and finds joy in seeing them excel and grow.  She believes that every child is unique in their own special way.  Aside from teaching, Jamiara also enjoys singing and playing drums.

RACHEL WILLIAMS joined GSCC in June 2019.  She earned her associate degree from HCC in Early Childhood Education/Special Education.  She is currently attending TUNE (Towson University’s satellite location in Harford County) to complete her bachelor’s degree in the same field.  Rachel has worked in childcare since 2014 with infants through school age.  Education and a love for learning has played an essential role in her life and she hopes to share that love with the children in her classroom.

BRITTANY FREY joined GSCC in 2010.  She graduated from Aberdeen High and is pursuing a degree in Education and History.  She has the 90-hour preschool certification, the 45-hour infant/toddler certification, and the 45-hour school age certification.  Brittany has a daughter Arianna (2009) and son Dakota (2020), and two stepsons (Riley and Colton).  She looks forward to working with the children and families at GSCC.

CHRISSY DAVIS first joined GSCC in 2003, left in 2004 and came back in 2007.  Chrissy graduated from Joppatowne High School.  She has the 90-hour preschool certification, the 45-hour infant/toddler certification, and the 45-hour school age certification.  Chrissy is married and has two children (Brad and Danny).  Chrissy works with our PK kids.  She loves seeing the kids grow, accomplish their goals, and overcome obstacles.  She finds it a blessing to be a part of the children’s lives. 

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Good Shepherd Children's Center SUMMER SPECIAL

We have spots for 3’s and 1st-5th graders for summer.

GSCC Summer 2020 Rates ( June 15, 2020-August 28, 2020)
5 days, 6am-6pm, $220/wk
5 days, 9am-4pm, $150/wk
5 days, 8am-12pm, $75/wk
3 days, 6am-6pm, $132/wk
3 days, 9am-4pm, $90/wk
3 days, 8am-12pm, $45/wk
2 days, 6am-6pm, $88/wk
2 days, 9am-4pm, $60/wk
2 days, 8am-12pm, $30/wk

Good Shepherd Children's Center Fee Schedule 2020-2021

GSCC 2020-2021 Rates (August 31, 2020-June 18, 2021)

PRESCHOOL RATES (6 weeks through 5 years)

  • 5 days, 6am-6pm, $300/wk (6 weeks-23 months – age determined on August 31, no exceptions)
  • 5 days, 9am-4pm, $240/wk (6 weeks-23 months – age determined on August 31, no exceptions)
  • 5 days, 6am-6pm, $220/wk (24 months- 5 years – not in PK at HCPS and not yet in Kindergarten)
  • 5 days, 9am-4pm, $150/wk (24 months- 5 years – not in PK at HCPS and not yet in Kindergarten)
  • 5 days, 8am-12pm, $75/wk (24 months- 5 years – not in PK at HCPS and not yet in Kindergarten)


  • 5 days, 6am-6pm, $220/wk
  • 5 days, 9am-4pm, $150/wk
  • 6am-9am, 4pm-6pm, $30/day
  • 6am-9am, $20/day
  • 4pm-6pm, $20/day
  • 3 days, 6am-6pm, $132/wk
  • 3 days, 9am-4pm, $90/wk

*days may vary based on what days the child attends school*

What people are saying about Good Shepherd Children’s Center

“…we love the program and are very excited for the summer programs. Mason has done so much growing with the assistance of Ms. Pat and Ms. Jen. I couldn’t be happier.” -Mrs. Thomas, parent

“Noah is in love with learning.. this is the Best school/ Child care provider/ Pre-K ever!! I wish he could stay until 12 grade” –Mrs. Green, parent


COMING SOON Infant and Toddler Care

Call or email Janelle for more details and to be added to the waitlist.
Janelle Schmidt, Director

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