Agnes Deron, Center Director
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Welcome to the Factoria KinderCare. Our center has been caring for our community for over 45 years. We are excited that you are interested in our program and can’t wait to meet with you and your family.
By offering a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences we will promote your child’s emotional, personal, and social development, as well as provide a warm, friendly and safe environment.
We understand that entrusting someone else with the care of your child can be difficult, as partners we will work closely with you to ensure you have chosen the right place where we will inspire your child’s love of learning.
Agnes Deron, Center Director
Agnes Deron, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. Children learn more from what you are than what you teach. So live your life such that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. After all, it's not important what you leave to your children, it's what you leave in your children.
My career with KinderCare began in 1999 after moving from Canada with my 18 month old son and husband. I started as a toddler teacher and after six months I was promoted to a program specialist. After a year in a half I moved up to being a director and worked on receiving my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been at Factoria KinderCare since July of 2008. I like to be active in the center and know what is going on at the times. I love seeing the children participating in the learning experiences being offered to them everyday and the special relationships I have with them. Seeing the children smile throughout the day and their parents being proud of their accomplishments at school is why I feel I have the best job ever!
Seeing a child learn something new each day and grow is the constant motivation I have to come to work.
Ms. Lauren was born in Pennsylvania and has been lucky to also call New York, Illinois, Indiana, and Washington home. After graduating high school in Upstate New York she began college at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and transferred to Indiana University where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors in General Studies with a focus in Social and Behavioral Sciences. While finishing college she started working at KinderCare in Indianapolis, Indiana and realized that her job wasn't just a job and that working with children was what she wanted to do with her life. She decided she wanted to move to the West Coast after she fell in love with Seattle and transferred centers to Factoria KinderCare, September 2012, where she was a floater, Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Preschool Teacher, Infant Teacher, Program Specialist, and was eventually promoted to Assistant Director.
I love that I have a job where I get to see children smile and grow everyday.
Ms. Ruth is originally from Eritrea. After moving to Norway in 1994 she decided to move to the United States in 2006 to teach Norweign in Minnesota. In 2009 she joined KinderCare and in 2014 she transferred to our center here in Factoria. Watching children learn and grow is a passion of her's shes seen develop over the years. One of Ms. Ruth's favorite things to do with her class is to have them learn through art.
KinderCare provides me with the wonderful opportunity to care for and bless children. It is tremendously rewarding for me to be able to invest time in the lives of these precious children. I truly love being apart of the children's growth and development and being part of making their environment safe, stable, and nurturing.
Ms. Doreen was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of O'ahu. She attended high school and college there and recieved an Associate of Arts degree at Windward Community College. She married her husband, Strat, in 1997, and loves cooking, watching her husband surf, and snow skiing. They moved to Washington in the summer of 2014. Ms. Doreen has always had a love for children. Living in Hawaii, she was blessed to be surrounded by children. Whether it was her own family, her friends' children, or children at their church, she loved to be around them and be part of their lives.
Ms. My is our Infant I teacher and she has had 17 years of experience working with children. During three of those years she worked at Factoria KinderCare previously between 1998 and 2001. She is extremely attentive to the children and loves giving them extra love and care. If she isn't feeding a child, or changing them, she is doing activities with the infants to enhance their motor skills and development.
Ms. Sara was born in Iran and moved to Washington in 2001. After watching her son grow out of the age of preschool she decided she wanted to still work with younger children. Ms. Sara loves reading to the children and watching their eyes light up as they look at the pictures. She is happy that she is able to be a part of a child's development.
While born in California, Ms. Pam has lived in Washington most of her life. She enjoys reading to the the children in Toddler II and teaching them sign language.
New situation, new people, new things make you learn many new lessons
Ms. Tabi has always loved her profession of teaching because she loves to work with kids. After she got married she continued her studies and also joined a High School as a teacher in Pakistan and got her Bachelors in Education and Masters Degree while working. She worked there almost 10 years and then she moved to the the United States and got a teaching job here at KinderCare.
Coming to work everyday and hearing how excited the children are to see me always makes my morning amazing. No matter what else has been going on that morning hearing them scream my name and tell me how much they love and missed me puts a giant smile on my face.
My name is Ms. Alisha and I have been teaching preschool for the past two years at KinderCare. I taught preschool the previous two years at a school in Spokane. I have always loved working with children and have always felt that it comes naturally to me. I have a way of making children feel comfortable and at ease on their first day of school. In my class I am big on creativity and learning by play. I do an art project every single day with them and try to incorporate new ways of creating art. I also use different materials from around the room and outside to show them that art isn’t just pencil, paper or crayons. Art can be anything and made from everything. I like the children to be able to express themselves in whatever way they want and never require them to follow a certain standard while making their art because it's their artwork not mine. I also like to keep the children very busy. I am a very active person and I think it shows in my classroom teaching. I try to come up with lots of extra things on top of the normal curriculum to help keep the children from being bored. While I am very fun and active with the children I still require them to follow my directions and hold them accountable for their actions while in my class. I feel that by doing hands on activities with the children they will have a better understanding of the topic we are discussing rather then me just telling them about it.
Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. - Steve Maraboli
Miss. Lindsay was born and raised in Southern California. Upon completing her Bachelor's degree and a multiple subject credential program, she moved to Washington in the summer of 2014. She started working at KinderCare in October 2014. Miss Lindsay strives to bring the love of reading into the classroom by having many read alouds. She also incorporates art and other hands-on projects into the curriculum in order to help students have a memorable experience in the classroom.
The good teacher is not from the book but from the heart.
Ms. Kim-Chau moved from Vietnam, where she was a French teacher to Seattle in 1990. Since living here she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Washington and her Bachelors in Social Work. She worked as a Case Manager and as a Early Head Start teacher before coming to KinderCare in 2014. Ms. Kim-Chau believes that we need to base learning on a child's interests, curiosity, and emerging skills and learn from friends and family as well.
Ms. Rachel is an Assistatnt Teacher and helps in all the classrooms. She has been working at KinderCare since January 2010 and working with children since 2004 in preschool settings. Ms. Rachel has a passion for turning everyday objects into something beautiful.
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.
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We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Safety is our top priority. We pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for all the children in our care. We are a secure facility which requires a keypad code to enter our building and fenced in and age appropriate playgrounds. Additionally, we have a health and safety coordinator at our school that ensures and checks the safety of our school daily.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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