Welcome to Suitland Federal Child Development Center

Meet the Center Director

Shanell Wilkins

M-F: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: 301-516-2200

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Our Educational Programs

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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school


Meet Our Teaching Team

Kaprice J.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy watching them grow and develop and I love bonding and creating special relationships with them.

Teaching since: 2002

Velma B.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: It's amazing to see them grow and learn.

Teaching since: 1994

Alecia W.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy seeing the children learn, grow, and expand their mind while they are learning.

Teaching since: 2006

Sherry H.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to see their bright eyes while I read them books.

Teaching since: 1991

Teaonna R.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: They keep me young at heart. They learn so much!

Teaching since: 2006

Maria H.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy seeing them grow, play, and learn. Children are such a gift and joy to be around.

Teaching since: 1992

Genise J.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: Just knowing a child is learning and demonstrating what I have taught them, excites me and reminds me of my purpose for becoming an educator.

Teaching since: 2008


The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Language Works

Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Works

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“It brings so much peace of mind knowing our daughter loves going to school. Bright Horizons welcomed her into their Toddler classroom with open arms, and ever since, she has flourished mentally and physically.”


Ashley G. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Thank you so much for taking care of our baby girl. She always smiles when she sees you at drop off and we can tell she is happy. We appreciate that more than we can put into words. ”


Christine H. -Bright Horizons Parent

“My appreciation for the teachers at Bright Horizons goes beyond the words that I can express. They extend themselves daily to our children's learning. Both of my sons were more than prepared to move forward in Kindergarten, thanks to Bright Horizons.”


Jessica F. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Bright Horizons has created a wonderful environment for our children to grow and thrive. I am grateful knowing that my son is developing in a safe, healthy, and happy place surrounded by an outstanding staff. Your positive attitude and ability to connect with the kids makes every day better.”


Allison Q. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Everyone has been so helpful at this center and so welcoming! Lavonte and Christina are doing a great job communicating and helped us a lot during the process, especially Christina. And Ms. Velma and Mrs. Monika as Jet's teachers have been so wonderful teaching him and caring for him!! THANKS!”


Jill and Daniel

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

Early Education Awards & Partnerships


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