Child care provider selected as Little Creek replacement

Khadijah Robaina has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and professional child care provider, including 10 years as an early childhood educator in inclusion classrooms.

CHESTERTOWN — Radcliffe Creek School has selected Khadijah Robaina as the child care provider to succeed its Little Creek preschool. Her company Tip Top Tots ELC Inc. is scheduled to open in the fall as Tip Top Tots ELC at Little Creek.

Until then, Radcliffe Creek School will continue to provide all programming through the term of the contracts, which end Aug. 13, Head of School Meg Bamford told the Kent County News.

Robaina will lease the existing child care center space on the Radcliffe Creek School campus, its board of trustees announced in an April 22 news release.

She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and professional child care provider, including 10 years as an early childhood educator in inclusion classrooms, according to the news release.

Tip Top Tots Early Learning Center, formerly Greater Works Childcare, opened as a summer camp program in 2014. It currently is operating as a full-time program in Waldorf, Robaina said in an email to the Kent County News.

Robaina has been a teacher with Alexandria Public Schools in Virginia since August 2016. Prior to that, she was a teacher with District of Columbia Public Schools (August 2014 to July 2016) and Community Academy Public Charter Schools (August 2011 to July 2014).

She has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in elementary education, both from Howard University, and is completing a Ph.D. in educational psychology.

She also is a published author of three children's books and a dance fitness instructor.

Rob Ditmars, board president, said Robaina’s mission and philosophy align with RCS's objective of providing high-quality early childhood programs.

“The Board of Trustees is confident that the Little Creek experience will continue on our campus with Ms. Robaina’s dedication and professional experience,” Ditmars said in the news release.

The transition plan includes a virtual meeting with interested parents and staff. Also, a needs assessment survey will be available for parents and staff to complete.

For more information, contact Robaina at info@tiptoptotselc.com.

Radcliffe Creek School announced in late February that it would close its Little Creek preschool in August and was accepting written proposals from reputable child care providers interested in leasing the space on Talbot Boulevard.

In determining Radcliffe’s strategic goals for the next five to 10 years and beyond, the five-member board of trustees voted to discontinue its preschool program in order to focus on opportunities to advance RCS’s kindergarten through eighth grade mission, Ditmars, whose son and daughter attended Little Creek, said at the time.

“Since opening, LC has grown and evolved into something far different and greater than originally expected,” Ditmars said in a letter emailed to Little Creek parents on Feb. 22.

He said it takes considerable resources to manage Little Creek’s daily programming and staffing, often pulling support from the ranks of the larger Radcliffe.

“The board feels Little Creek warrants its own leadership because its mission and goals today are different from those of the core RCS K-8 mission,” Ditmars wrote in the email to parents.

“We are essentially at a fork in the road; for either program to further its mission, the two must diverge,” he said in the email.

Ditmars said for some years now the board had been exploring the idea of Little Creek separating from “the bigger whole of Radcliffe.”

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