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Sunnyside KinderCare

Lindsey Nishikawa, Center Director

10501 S.E. Sunnyside Rd. Clackamas OR 97015
(503) 698-5040 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Clackamas (near mall 205)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sunnyside and Mt. Scott drop off to us, and we pick up from Linwood, Oregon Trail, Happy Valley, Spring Mt., Scouters Mountain and Lew Welling

Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our center! Here at Sunnyside KinderCare we strive to educate children in a supportive, engaging, and clean environment. We know that you will see firsthand how passionate we are here at Sunnyside when you come to see us. We look forward to both meeting you and your family, and sharing our school with you. We encourage you to give us a call today to schedule a visit for you and your family. We hope to see you soon!

Lindsey Nishikawa, 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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at Sunnyside KinderCare welcomes you! As a group we are comprised of dedicated Early Childhood Education professionals, with an average background of ten years each in this field. We are committed to partnering with our families every day to best meet the needs of each child in our care. Whether we’re painting, reading, singing, counting, or playing we strive to make each day unique and exciting through the eyes of our children. We love what we do here at Sunnyside, and we are confident your family will love it here too!

  • Lindsey Nishikawa

    Lindsey Nishikawa, Center Director

    Gina has been with KinderCare for over 13 years. She began her KinderCare career as a Teacher in the infant classroom and has taught in every classroom since. After five years of teaching, she became a Program Specialist then an Assistant Director. Now as a Director, she has the advantage of understanding the needs of each child in her center and strongly believes in always supporting her teachers to better support your children. When Gina is not working, she spends a large portion of her time with her friends and family, specifically with her eight nieces and nephews. She also loves being outdoors hiking and running.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Gina was an Infant/Toddler Teacher at the University of Oregon Moss Street Childcare Center.
    Year Started:
    8/23/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Sharleen Carabello, Assistant Director

    Ms. Sharleen loves working closely with all the parents and families in our center! She is very dedicated to providing the best customer service to every single family. She also loves having the opportunity to interact with each child in our center.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Tree Doctor

    Year Started:
    1/3/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Pursuing child development associate
  • Ms. Rachel, Infant Classroom, Program Specialist

    Ms. Rachel is our fabulous infant teacher who has that special touch when it comes to caring for our infants! She is so passionate about making sure each infant’s needs are met. Rachel spends so much of her day interacting with our infants and making them feel loved and cared for.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Mixed Up Chameleon

    Year Started:
    1/2/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Anise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Anise is a vibrant and upbeat Discovery Preschool teacher. She loves singing, dancing, and doing big, messy art projects with our two-year-olds! Her passion in her classroom is getting her two-year-olds ready for our Preschool program.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Family and Human Services

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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 value the importance of safety at our center. Our front doors are always locked and parents and caregivers must have the door code to enter. Alternative pick-up people must have valid identification and must be listed on the child’s paperwork. Our center’s furniture and equipment is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure that the children have a safe and clean learning environment. Ms. Misty is our Health and Safety Coordinator and she regularly monitors our health and safety procedures to ensure that we are maintaining a safe and clean center.

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

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

Sunnyside KinderCare in Happy Valley has two of the best teachers in the early childhood community. Their names are Ms. Brenda and Ms. Rachel. I am so thankful to have them as members of my education and parenting village for my four-year-old daughter.
Leaving my daughter at a school all day made me very scared and anxious. I wasn’t sure if they would be able to lover her as much as I do, educate her like I expect them to, feed her the foods I want her to have, soothe her during nap time when there is thunder outside.
 
But when I first met them I knew. We are having such a wonderful experience with our Prekindergarten Classroom and the before and after program care. My daughter is learning so much. She is reading at 4 and looks for opportunities daily to use her Spanish words in conversation. Each day when I pick her up she is happy and engaged with her friends, teachers, or an activity. In fact often times when I go to pick her up she is not ready to go home! I also read to my daughter daily about what her daily sheet says. It is great to see that what I am reading is actually what is going on in the classroom. I am so confident that she will be ready for the private kindergarten program at KinderCare next fall.
 
The care and education my precious daughter receives in the care of Ms. Brenda and Ms. Rachel is priceless. I am very grateful for the commitment they have made to educating and nurturing children. Please know that I share this with anyone and everyone who will listen! They are a true asset to this community.

- Mother

My son really enjoys coming to the center on his days off school. He has made some great friends here, and he loves the great activities they get to do in class.

- Parent

Both of my girls have attended KinderCare since they were infants, and they have both grown and learned so much . They also have had great foundations built for Kindergarten and Elementary school.

- Parent
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