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Farmington KinderCare

Tara Potter-Lanz, Center Director

18000 SW Farmington Road Aloha OR 97007
(503) 642-4859 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Neighborhood:
185th/Kinnaman

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Aloha Huber Park, Cooper Mountain Elementary, Hazeldale Elementary, Kinnamin Elementary, Sexton Mountain Elementary

Welcome

Welcome to the Farmington Road KinderCare located in the beautiful city of Aloha. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at Farmington Road KinderCare, our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Tara Potter-Lanz, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Farmington Road KinderCare welcome you to our school. We are all very passionate about providing the best care and education for your child while you are away at work or school. Our teachers have an average tenure of two years at our center. Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here at Farmington Road KinderCare and look forward to having your child in one of our classrooms.

  • Tara Potter-Lanz

    Tara Potter-Lanz, Center Director

    After earning her degree, Tara moved down to Eugene with her husband where she led the Infant Room. After a year in the infant room, she moved into a managerial position with the Eugene KinderCare. After three years in Eugene, Tara and her husband moved to Portland. She transferred to the Downtown KinderCare where she maintained a managerial position for four years. After four years, Tara felt it was time to run her own School. She transferred as Center Director to the Clay Street KinderCare and remained there for three and a half years. The commute became a problem for Tara, so she set her sites on a center closer to home. Amazingly, Farmington Road KinderCare had a Center Director position available. She took it immediately and has every intention of staying put for a long time! Tara loves children, loves mentoring and training teachers, and feels challenged everyday by her job. She cannot imagine doing anything else.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Terri

    Terri, Assistant Director

    Terri really enjoys spending time with her family. She loves going camping and rafting on the Deschutes river with her husband. She also loves spending time working with special needs children in Trujillo, Honduras.

    Previous Experience:
    Terri previously worked as first grade teacher for two years and a Kindergarten teacher for two years
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kerry

    Ms. Kerry, Learning Adventures Instructor and Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Kerry's passion is to show every child, parent and teacher of how precious they are and to help them discover their purpose.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kerry has worked with a variety of places with children and adults who need extra help. Adults with disabilities, homeless youth, prison ministry, and women and children leaving domestic violence situations.
    Year Started:
    7/5/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Khaver

    Ms. Khaver, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Khaver is an Iranian-American who moved to the United States in June of 2001 in order to create a better life for herself and her two boys. She worked hard to learn English and to create a life she always wanted. She ran her own daycare for four years before starting to work for KinderCare. She loves kids and works hard to make sure kids have a jump start to have a great future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Khaver previously ran her own daycare center.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Infant Classroom and Program Specialist

    Ms. Crystal's favorite thing is being a mother. When not at work her seven year old son keeps her busy. Crystal is an Oregon Native and loves the outdoors. She also enjoys sitting down to read a good book or playing board games!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Crystal has previous experience working in public and private schools. She worked at KinderCare in the early 2000's and has also worked as an in-home nanny and being a mom.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lipsia

    Ms. Lipsia, Toddler Classroom

    Sometimes you have to forget what's gone, appreciate what still remains.

    Ms. Lipsia began enjoying working with children while she was 16 years old and would volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. She realized the big influence she had on children. When they began to see her as a role model, she fell in love with the idea of being looked upon because that gave her the opportunity to be a positive influence in their lives. Ms. Lipsia is the proud mother of a three year old little girl. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to watch her grow. Her motherly instincts kick in when she is in her class and knows the importance of being a part of the children's lives. She sees each child as a unique individual. As adults, we sometimes forget the importance of the little things, being around children and their innocence has taught Ms. Lipsia what love really means and the joy of the little things, it has made a world of difference to her.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a teacher at 24 Hour Fitness
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Toddler Classroom and Closing Manager

    Ms. Katrina has a 5 year old daughter in Kindergarten and a nine year old cat named Pancake. She loves movies, especially documentaries. She aspires to one day work with children in the mental health field.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Katrina worked at the YMCA drop-in care and volunteered at a church daycare while in high school.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate Degree in ECE - December 2017
  • Ms. Bianca

    Ms. Bianca, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Bianca loves working with children and spending time with the people she loves.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Randi

    Ms. Randi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.

    Randi is a mother to three children at home, and enjoys going to all of their extra activities. She has worked with all different age groups from infant to coaching middle school girls. She has worked in many different childcare facilities from head start and after school programs, to preschool and in her home care.

    Previous Experience:
    Four years at mid-Columbia Children Council Head Start, two years Americorps/WRC, three years coaching, four years in home care
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and Child Development Associate Crdential
  • Ms. Itsia

    Ms. Itsia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really like KinderCare. The kids are amazing and I get along with them. The teachers are really nice and they help me to understand everything. I really like my job!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    10/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Cosmetology associate degree
  • Ms. Kaila

    Ms. Kaila, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kaila has a unique outlook on creativity. She enjoys doing tedious and complicated crafts. Her ability to see past the blank canvas allows her to engage the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kaila worked as an after school teacher with Champions and at Little Warriors Preschool
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Juanita

    Ms. Juanita, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Leave no stone unturned.

    Juanita has an outdoorsy spirit. Her fondest memories were with her family in Colorado. Every adventure is a  new adventure when Juanita steps outside.

    Previous Experience:
    Champions
    Year Started:
    1/3/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing degree at Western Oregon University
  • Ms. Carina

    Ms. Carina, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Carina loves to spend time with her family on her free time. She loves movie days at home with her son Fabian and her husband. Carina loves the outdoors and going to the ranch to play with her dog snoopy.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carina worked at the YMCA as a Teacher's Assistant in the Toddler Room.
    Year Started:
    9/11/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Medical Assistant Diploma
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Pam has lived in Oregon her whole life. She has been working with children for many years and loves to make them smile. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Pam taught grades Kindergarten - third for many years
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Jamie was born in Hillsboro and has lived there for most of her life. A proponent of lifelong learning in her teens she went to school, in her twenties she learned to surf (in Oregon!) and in her thirties, she is learning how to cook Indian food. Ms. Jamie is passionate about children and is excited to help lead them on a lifelong learning adventure!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie has previous experience teaching fifth grade, middle school reading, third grade, Kindergarten-first grade reading and swimming lessons to children ages two to four
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle and Special Education
  • Ms. Felicia

    Ms. Felicia, School Age Classroom

    There's always a rainbow after the storm.

    Ms. Felicia likes sports, helping with children and the elderly and hanging out with friends and family.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    7/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Toddler Classroom

    Marina likes to ride quads (ATV's) and she is also into photography.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Center at Aloha High School, Cadet at Kinnamin Elementary, Babysitting
    Year Started:
    6/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Angelica

    Ms. Angelica, Support Staff

    Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

    Angelica is a dance, of Hispanic origin and first generation college student. She enjoys singing and reading, spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA Child Development Center
    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    High School Senior, College Sophomore
  • Ms. Ema

    Ms. Ema, Chef

    Ms. Ema has a seven-year-old daughter that she loves spending time with when get outs of school. She loves going to the farmers market to see and buy yummy vegetables and fruit. Ms. Ema says that one of of the most amazing things about KinderCare is that you get to see all the children grow and learn new things everyday.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Floater

    Ms. Stephanie likes to sing, spend time with her niece and play soccer. She is currently a senior in High School and has been working with preschoolers for two years. She has also been taking child development classes since her freshman year.

    Year Started:
    10/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Little Wildcats Preschool and Babysitting toddlers and infants
    Education:
    High school Senior

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The safety of the children in our care is of the utmost importance. All of our staff members onsite are First Aid and CPR certified and hold a Food Handlers card. Our center offers a keypad entry to insure the safety of everyone.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

KinderCare is a very special place for our daughter. She has grown up there starting in the Infant room and is now ten-years-old. She is a special needs child in a wheelchair and KinderCare has done a wonderful job caring for our daughter and including her in activities around the center. All the kids are so great with our daughter and are very protective of her and helpful as well. KinderCare gives her the opportunity to be in a normal social setting with other kids and in turn we feel she touches the lives of others she wouldn't normally and perhaps teaches them acceptance of everyone's differences and challenges of living with disabilities. I think these kids will be more comfortable around disabilities as they grow and it certainly warms our hearts to know that our daughter is well liked, happy and always welcomed with open arms at KinderCare.

- Mother

My son has been attending KinderCare since infancy and I have been incredibly impressed with the love, care and affection he has received from everyone at the center. He loves going to "school"! He is now in his third level classroom - witnessing the KinderCare program progress through the growth stages of the kids is amazing. I know that while I am at work my son is being stimulated and learning throughout the day, not simply being entertained and watched. I give much credit for how smart, social and well rounded Jake is to the lessons, relationships and experiences he has been building at the center. I was one of those nervous moms who didn't know if I wanted to go with a large center for care. I can not tell you how thankful I am that we did. Thank you so much Farmington KinderCare for allowing me to have the peace of mind that my son is in very good hands all day long.

- Mother
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