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Yarrow Bay KinderCare

Yasmin Ali, Center Director

10733 Northup Way Bellevue WA 98004
(425) 893-8888 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Yarrow Bay KinderCare is a very multicultural Center, with staff and children from different ethnic backgrounds. We are a clean environment with nurturing teachers. We have huge windows with lots of natural light, separate age-appropriate playgrounds and easy access to freeways and Park and Ride.

Yasmin Ali, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Yarrow Bay KinderCare has a qualified and experienced staff with excellent nurturing, teaching and communication skills.

  • Yasmin Ali

    Yasmin Ali, Center Director

    Every day is a learning day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Yasmin spent eight years as Principal of an Elementary School of more than 500 children and nine years as Center Director with another Childcare organization.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Montessori Certification
  • Ms. Gretchen Leorna

    Ms. Gretchen Leorna, Assistant Director

    I loved knowing I have made a difference in a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Gretchen worked at Bellevue Montessori, for After School Program and at Child Haven.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Montessori Certification
  • Ms. Gulrukh, Classroom Support

    I love working with young minds.

    Gulrukh is originally from Pakistan. She is married with three children of her own. She has brought a motherly feel to each classroom she visits, making sure everyone is being taken care of and showered with love. Gulrukh loves spending time outdoors playing with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at KinderCare
    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Stavie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love kids and teaching them new things!

    Stavie love teaching and helping kids grow. Whether it's singing songs or teaching them the basics, it all plays a big role. Stavie is a fast learner and the kids warm to well very well. Stavie has been at the center for a very short time, but she has made such a big difference in the classroom already. She is warm and loving and the kids are drawn to her unique teaching style. Stavie loves playing her ukulele with the kids and gives positive messages through songs.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently attending Cornish College of the Arts
  • Ms. Julia, Discovery Preschool and Health & Safety Coordinator

    The children help me push myself to be better everyday. I hope that I can make a difference in their lives as much as they have changed me. There is no greater love than a child's and that's what I get to be around all day, I love my job.

    Julia has been at YarrowBay KinderCare since 2010. She started out in the Discovery Preschool room and has branched out to helping in the office. Julia is a hard worker and is dedicated to her craft. She loves teaming up with parents to give the children the best care possible. Julia has taken over the Health and Safety for the center and strives to learn more everyday. 

    Previous Experience:
    September 2006 Intern at Covington, WA KinderCare August 2007 - June 2008 Assistant Teacher at Conk Kids Daycare August 2008- June 2009 Lead Teacher at Fairwood, WA KinderCare
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) from Ellis University
  • Ms. Lily, Infant Classroom

    I love helping children and seeing them grow up.

    Lily has been at the center for almost a year in the infant room. She has taken child development classes to help aid her time here. Lily loves making sure that the kids are always happy and leave with a smile on their face. She makes it a priority to make her classroom a great place to be.

    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Negin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love experiencing the uniqueness of each child. I love the laughter of children. We laugh on a daily basis. Kids teach us patience, virtue, the value of friendship, peace, calm, and the value of time. It's wonderful to know you are helping and making a change in someone else's life.

    Negin is an active, hard worker and a perfectionist; which gives her the desire and motivation to do a good job. She loves children and wants to make the school experience magical for these young minds. Gegin is innovative and a creative person who tries to promote active learning for kids and includes art and hands-on projects in the children's curriculum. She tries her best to make the environment special and fun for everyone.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years at Bellevue College Early Learning Center 1 year at Laugh and Learn daycare
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Interior Design
  • Ms. Hoian, Preschool Classroom

    The reason that I began teaching was because I wanted to work with children. I felt that I could show them the road to understanding. I have continued being in this field because I think I am skillful at connecting with students. I want to make a difference in their lives. I want them to know that they are important to us, their teacher. I want them to be confident and strong in their knowledge. I also want them to be excited about learning and especially to learn new things. I want them to know its fun to understand things for the first time. I want to show them that connecting with other people is socially important in sharking knowledge. I want to make that connection with my students just as I want them to make it with me.

    Hoian works very hard and is very funny. It is rare to see her not doing something, she is always busy. She is enthusiastic to learn from people, even from her students. Hoian always tries to improve her skills to be more effective in her job. She dedicates a lot of her time to her job and her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Carolyn, Toddler Classroom

    I love the energy of the kids in my class and love teaching them new things.

    Carolyn has lived in the Bellevue are for 17 years. She has three kids of her own. Carolyn is currently taking her child development associate courses to help better herself in the classroom.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working on Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I like the impact I have on the children I work with. I love watching them learn and grow.

    Ashley is compassionate when it comes to working in the early childhood education field. She is dedicated to helping the children learn and prepare for school. Ashley also has four kids of her own who she loves dearly. She enjoys teaching the children how to express themselves, develop literacy & language skills and improve their cognitive abilities.

    Previous Experience:
    Four years with other child care centers
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Korean, Persian, Bosnian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Urdu

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

We have  a clean and safe environment with First Aid and CPR trained staff. We also have monthly visits by Public Health Nurse.

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.

We have been coming to the Yarrow Bay KinderCare since 2007. We have always been so happy with the care our children have received there. The teachers are wonderful. They show genuine care and affection for the children. When I come to pick up, my children often are so engaged in their play that they want to stay longer. It has been a wonderful place for our children to spend their time.

- Mother

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