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First Avenue KinderCare

JaLeesha Petty, Center Director

32324 First Ave. South Federal Way WA 98003
(253) 927-5051 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds

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1st Ave South, 2 blocks south of 320th

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Olympic View, Twin Lakes, Silver Lake, Mirror Lake


At First Avenue KinderCare Learning Center we are passionate about our kids!
 We believe and practice the "Whole Child" approach to early learning. We focus on all areas of development, and all curriculum is designed around the 6 Early Learning Domains:

1.Cognitive Development- This is linked to children's ability to acquire knowledge by thinking about,coming to understand,and interacting with the world around them.

2.Creative expression- This addresses children's interests in the arts and their desire and ability to express themselves creatively.

3.Executive Function- Focuses on the development of self-regulation,attention and persistence,as well as general dispositions toward learning.

4.Language and Literacy Development-  Involves children's abilities to convey their ideas,thoughts,and feelings through speaking and writing,as well as their ability to demonstrate early reading skills.

5.Physical Development and Wellness- Involves large and small muscle skills,movement concepts,strength and stamina,and awareness,attitudes,and knowledge needed to live a healthy lifestyle.

6.Social and Emotional development- Has to do with children's ability to express and regulate their feelings and develop relationships with others.
Children learn through play, it  is the "work" of children. They learn and grow from everything they see, touch or hear, and the best part of all is they are having fun doing it! It is our job to set up our environment to make the most of that.
*We have a delicious/nutritious menu that is geared towards feeding growing bodies and minds.
* We have beautiful outdoor areas to see and explore. *We  have an excellent School Age program that focuses on homework, activities to challenge the minds of older children and just plain fun.
*We have summer/spring camps to keep the kids busy and engaged during the times when elementary school is out.
Call us anytime to book a tour of our school!

JaLeesha Petty, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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


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

Our team of teachers are amazing! Each and every one are dedicated to giving children the best start in life. We hire only those individuals with a passion for early childhood education and understanding of child development.
Our teachers love what they do and it shows!

  • JaLeesha Petty, Center Director

  • Alison Boyd

    Alison Boyd, Assistant Director

    I enjoy watching the children learning and growing and the joy they get from accomplishing something new.

    Ms. Alison began working at 1st. Ave KinderCare in 2009 while still in high school she started as support staff and has progressed to Assistant Director as well as earning her Child Development Associate credential. Ms. Alison has a young son at our school and understands and is commited to providing our families with the highest quality Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alison began working at KinderCare while still in High School. Ms. Alison had previous experience with volunteering and caring for neighborhood children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the sidewalk ends.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Devany Eilenberger

    Ms. Devany Eilenberger, Program Supervisor

    Ms. D was born and raised in the Philippines, the eldest of four children. She graduated with her bachelor of arts and did some graduate work in education leading to a teaching certification for elementary education. She used her education to teach for 6 years. In 2008 she relocated the the united states and began working for KinderCare where she fell in love with toddlers! She strives to help them learn basic skills and provide a healthy environment for the children to grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Devany taught elementary school for six years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bacheolor of Arts degree
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, Opening Manager

    The first 5 years are crucial to the development of young children.I get to be a part of making those years great. There is no better job!

    Ms. Brandi began as a toddler teacher in 201. She has worked and trained in all classrooms and all age groups as well as being a certified bus driver. Ms. Brandi has extensive management experience at First Avenue KinderCare and along with being our Opening Manager, she is also our lead Infant Classroom teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brandi had previous experience with care-giving for friends and family.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Asscociate Degree
  • Ms. Natasha

    Ms. Natasha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Natasha is currently pursuing her Associate degree in Education. She has worked with children volunteering in the Kent school district for several years. She loves singing songs and taking pictures of her class!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Natasha has spent two years volunteering in the Kent school system and decided she wanted to be a teacher!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently pursuing Associate of Art in education.
  • Ms. Blanca

    Ms. Blanca, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about giving children everything they need!

    Ms. Blanca has enjoyed working in every classroom and getting to know all of the children and parents. Children are her passion.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Blanca worked previously in the food service industry
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Viktoriya

    Ms. Viktoriya, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I love kids. I get to experience so many things with them! I get to sing songs, see their first steps, and hear their first words.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Viktoria has been a Sunday school teacher for many years before coming to work at KinderCare to the present.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Breanna

    Ms. Breanna, Preschool Classroom

    Through the eyes of a child you see the world as it should be.

    Ms. Beanna has been an educator for many years and has her Early Childhood Development Certificate and has only one class to go to earn her associate degree in early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Breanna has worked in the Early Childhood field for many years before joining the team at First Avenue KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Development Degree
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, School Age Classroom and Learning Adventures Teacher

    I love to help children solve problems and seeing them light up when they overcome them is extremely rewarding.

    Rachel always wanted to be a teacher and is currently working on her child development associate degree. Rachel prefers the emergent teaching method which is observing what the children are exploring and creating and finding ways to teach the curriculum around their skills and interests.

    Previous Experience:
    Rachel is new to the industry and brings passion to learn and teach to our school!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Currently pursuing Child Development Asscociate Degree
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Center Support Staff

    Watching children learn and grow everyday and seeing their smiling faces is the best experience ever!

    Melissa has always wanted to be a teacher and has been pursuing education in that field since high school. She is currently pursuing her degree in early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has been a neighborhood caregiver for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Currently pursuing an associate in early childhood education
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sabrina stated working at First Avenue in 2008 as a toddler teacher and support staff. Ms. Sabrina has been the lead teacher in prekindergarten now for two years. She has truly enjoyed being a teacher and watching each individual child grow and know she played a part in it, that is the best reward!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sabrina started working here at First Avenue KinderCare while still in high school. She had done volunteering in elementary schools and neighborhood care-giving.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Suess!
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Center Support Staff

    While trying to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is about.

    Ms. Jessica has always had a passion foe children and early education. She has worked with and around children her whole life. She feels there is nothing more rewarding than gaining the trust of a child and watching the impact you have in their life. Ms. Jessica is a mother of two children ages four and seven and currently pursuing a degree in elementary education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has worked with children for many years and has previous experience with being a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I believe in you by Marianna Richmond
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently pursuing Bachelor's in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our center is a fun place to be! It is all designed for Learning.
We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Stop by anytime to tour and meet the teachers!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

  • Best of Federal Way(Federal Way Mirror) Best Daycare 2013

    Best of Federal Way(Federal Way Mirror) Best Daycare 2013

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian, Russian, Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are generally closed on the major holidays. This year's closure calendar is as follows:
Monday September 8th-Labor Day
Monday October 12th -Professional Development Day
Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th- Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday December 25th-Christmas holiday
Friday January 1st.-News years
Monday February 16th-Professional Development Day
Monday May 25th-Memorial day
Friday July 3rd-Observance of Independence day

Health and Safety

We place huge importance on Health and Safety at our center.

* We have a keypad entry. Only those with the code can gain access to the building.
* All exterior doors are locked at all times.
*All staff members are current on CPR and First Aid.
*All playgrounds are completely fenced and our Health and Safety Coordinator does daily checks of the playground before the children are allowed onto it.
*We do monthly disaster and fire drills.

Ms. Christina our Health and Safety coordinator takes her job very seriously and is always on alert. She keeps us safe!

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