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West Woods KinderCare

Diane Case, Center Director

14449 West 63rd Place Arvada CO 80004
(303) 432-9445 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at W 64th Ave & W 63rd Pl across from Albertsons

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fairmount, Stott, Vanarsdale, Vanderhoof, West Woods, Faith Christian Academy, Mikeljohn

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Welcome

Welcome to West Woods KinderCare in Arvada, Colorado. We truly believe that our school is the best! Our dedicated team have a passion for educating and nurturing children. The environment we provide is inviting, stimulating, safe, secure and clean. We are extremely proud of our national accreditation through NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). We would love for you to join our family. Please contact us to set up a tour today!

Diane Case, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at West Woods KinderCare truly make the difference! We pride ourselves on our dedication to our children and our families. Our team of child development experts have over 175 years experience in the field of early childhood education. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential or Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education or elementary education. We strive for excellence in education and we have a passion for teaching and caring for children.

  • Diane Case

    Diane Case, Center Director

    Diane has worked at KinderCare for 18 years and has been the Center Director of West Woods KinderCare during the entire 18 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in early childhood education from Colorado State University. She also received her Elementary Teaching License (Kindergarten-sixth grade) from University of Northern Colorado. Her previous experience includes Kindergarten Teacher and Assistant School Director. Diane has been working with children in many aspects for over 25 years. She absolutely loves building relationships with the children, the families and her team.

    Previous Experience:
    Diane was previously a Kindergarten teacher and an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education
  • Tonya Ruelas

    Tonya Ruelas, Assistant Director

    Tonya has worked for West Woods KinderCare for approximately 16 years. She has her Director's Certification from Red Rocks Community College and is working towards her Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Tonya has worked with every age group from infants to school age children. Her experience allows her to be extremely successful as an Assistant Director. Tonya is dedicated to the children and families of West Woods KinderCare and her goal is to enrich the lives of children through education, positive guidance, support and love.

    Year Started:
    8/30/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certification, Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Diana is from the Philippines, and this is where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She has worked at West Woods KinderCare for over five years. Ms. Diana received her Child Development Associate's credential, with an emphasis in the infant and toddler age group. She loves every child in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diana has previous experience as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Hillary

    Ms. Hillary, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Hillary has worked at West Woods KinderCare for the past ten years and is a core member our team. Hillary has a background in Early Childhood Education and is working on earning her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Hillary has a vast amount of experience working with infants and toddlers. She has a passion for children and she loves to watch them learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Infants

    Ms. Brenda has worked at West Woods KinderCare for over 3 years. She is ECT qualified and she is working to be an Infant Nursery Supervisor. She takes great care of the babies and she has a passion for teaching.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    ECE
  • Ms. Fran

    Ms. Fran, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Fran embraces the toddler age children and thoroughly enjoys teaching them each day. Ms. Fran has worked for West Woods KinderCare for ten years. She has taken early childhood education classes and is qualified by the state of Colorado as a group lead teacher. She nurtures every child in her care, allowing them to learn, grow, and discover the world around them.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Certified Group Lead Teacher
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tammy is an original member of our team when West Woods KinderCare opened in 1999. Ms. Tammy has her Child Development Associate's credential and has worked for KinderCare for over 16 years. Ms. Tammy loves teaching and is passionate about children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy ran her own in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Wilyn

    Ms. Wilyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Wilyn is an unforgettable teacher with a world of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has been a teacher at West Woods KinderCare for the past seven years. Ms. Wilyn is from the Philippines, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Management. She also completed her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Wilyn brings joy, love and a lot of learning into our school every day.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool

    Ms. Amanda is an outstanding preschool teacher with experience and knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Amanda has worked at West Woods KinderCare since August of 2006. She earned her Child Development Associate's credential and is currently working to receive her Director's license.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, pursuing Director's License
  • Ms. Bobbi Jo

    Ms. Bobbi Jo, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Bobbi Jo has over fifteen years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She received her Child Development Associate's credential and has been a core member of our team for many years. Children and families adore her!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jen has worked for KinderCare for the past six years, and she has valuable experience working with children. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree from Illinois State University and is ready to get any child ready for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Mr. Jim

    Mr. Jim, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Jim brings excitement into our school. The children adore him and have fun learning in the Prekindergarten classroom. Mr. Jim earned his Child Development Associate's credential and has worked for West Woods KinderCare for the past seven years.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jim was previously an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Private Kindergarten

    Ms. Elizabeth received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education, and she has worked for West Woods KinderCare for five years. Ms. Elizabeth prides herself on her classroom and children and families love her! Come see her classroom for yourself and get ready to learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has previous experience as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Learning Adventures and School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Julie has worked at KinderCare for over 31 years! She has a Child Development Associate's credential and has completed several Early Childhood Education classes and trainings. She is committed to the children and families of West Woods KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Matt

    Matt, school-age

    Mr. Matt has been the school age teacher at West Woods KinderCare for the past 2 years. The children and the parents adore him. He always has a "cool" story to tell. Matt received his CDA (Child Development Associates degree) in 2014. He loves children and he is a positive role model.

    Year Started:
    10/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Support staff/substitute

    Ms. Carol is the face of Early Childhood Education. She brings years of knowledge and experience to every classroom. Ms. Carol has her Child Development Associate's credential and has taken several Early Childhood Education classes. She has a passion for children and is a valuable member of our team.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

West Woods KinderCare is a safe, clean environment with a keypad entry, gated playground area and a staff trained in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions.

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.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to raise, protect and love Savannah. She would not be the wonderful person she is without the part that each of you played in her life so far.

- Parents

Our experience as a family with your Facility and staff has been pleasant, insightful, and relaxing.

- Parents

We are so glad we chose to bring Copeland here while Ryan and I are at work.  Everyone is so welcoming to our whole family and so wonderful with Copeland.  We love hearing about all the fun things he gets to do and LOVE that we get pictures too!  Thank you so much for taking such great care of our baby boy.

- Mom and Dad

We have loved being a part of the KinderCare family since the kids were infants and hope to continue with summer camp.

- Parents

The team at West Woods KinderCare are the best!  The staff is warm, welcoming and knowledgable in the field of early childhood education.  The teachers make a difference.  My children love West Woods KinderCare and so do I.

- Dad

We would like to thank West Woods KinderCare for the wonderful care you have provided to Logan and Benjamin.  We enjoyed being a part of the center and believe the learning environment is topnotch in the community.

- Parents
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