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Redondo KinderCare

Licia Duncan, Center Director

28715 18th Ave. South Federal Way WA 98003
(253) 941-5815 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at 288th & 18th Ave

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mark Twain drops off at the center. We provide bus transportation to Woodmont, Wildwood, and Lake Dolloff.

Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum. During your visit, you will be able to meet our teachers, center support staff, and fellow students. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Welcome

Finding the right place and the right people for your child’s education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love for you to meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and our programs. Here at the Redondo KinderCare, our door is open and welcome to all interested families looking for a nurturing, safe, loving and structured learning environment. Our team members are dedicated in providing the best for all the children and to communicate to the parents to help build strong and confident relationships with the families.

Licia Duncan, 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.

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Redondo KinderCare where we strive to provide the best learning and growing environment to all the children and families. Our staff is dedicated to each child's happiness, safety and educational needs. We are a center made up of a caring and loving staff wanting the best for each individual we come in contact with. Our staff has many years of experience and are proud to welcome your precious family into our family of fun and loving individuals!

  • Licia Duncan, Center Director

    Licia has been with KinderCare since the Fall of 2009. She is well versed in multiple positions at KinderCare. At the Bonney Lake Center she taught in our Toddler classroom, Private Kindergarten, served as Program Supervisor, fulfilled the role of Assistant Director, and is now Redondo's Center Director. Licia's wealth of knowledge with KinderCare's curriculum and understanding child developmental milestones makes her a great resource for teachers and parents. Teaching children is an ongoing process for both the teachers and the children. It is amazing to see the children learn and grow on a daily basis; through the guidance of teachers, play amongst themselves and with their friends, and through everyday occurrences. 

    Previous Experience:
    Licia has previously worked at multiple for-profit childcare centers, at Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Then Apples Up on Top! By: Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/15/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Family Studies, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mikayla Humphreys, Assistant Director

    The child who needs the most love will ask for it in the most unloving of ways" -Author Unknown

    Mikayla has been with KinderCare since December of 2014. Previous to being with KinderCare Mikayla lived and worked in Longview WA, where she was a Center Director for a small privately owned preschool. Mikayla was also a School Age teacher and Assistant Director for the same company before taking on the responisibilities of Center Director. Mikaylas love and passion for Early Childhood continues for grow with each of the families that she is able to connect with and help to collaborate with guiding thier children to acheive all they are capable of.

    Previous Experience:
    My previous experience in Early Childhood started 4 years ago. I wanted to be close to my daughter when it was time for me to return to work. I fell in love with the opportunities given to me and chose to earn my degree to remain in the aspects of Early Childhood that I enjoy.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Mr. John Manalo, Acting Center Director

    Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.

    Mr. John moved to Washington from Saipan in 2011. John has such a passion and huge heart for teaching it shows in everything he does. He enjoys spending time with family and friends when he is away from work and in his free time he likes to try different cultural foods. Mr. John is always looking for ways to better our center and have our families involved as much as possible with their children's development and education.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to be the Assistant Center Director and Acting Center Director at KinderCare, John worked as a Human Resource Manage and Staff Recruiter. In addition, John has numerous years of experience teaching back on Saipan as a first grade teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    7/26/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Art in General Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.
  • Ms. Emily L., Infant Classroom

    Seeing a child's smile when they see you makes everything worth it!

    Ms. Emily has been volunteering in a classroom setting for four years. This is where she discovered her passion for teaching and working with children. The best thing about working here is knowing the difference she is making in a child's life, whether it being big or small. Nothing is better than seeing a child smile or having them come up and give you a hug when you walk into the room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has experience volunteering in an elementary classroom for four years.
    Year Started:
    6/27/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Donna G., Infants

    I'm pretty certain that given a tiara and a cape I can save the world.

    Ms. Donna came to Redondo Kindercare as of April, during her time with us she has tremendously enjoyed working with the infants in regards to their development into young independent toddlers. Ms. Donna has very creative ideas when it comes to enhancing her classrooms curriculum and arts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has numerous years of experience working for Head-Start and working with Infants and Toddlers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Mercer Mayer.
    Year Started:
    4/14/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree and Family Advocacy Crediential.
  • Ms. Jennifer C., Toddlers

    Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.

    Jennifer is very excited to become a part of the Redondo Kindercare Family and is extremely excited to start teaching and interacting with all the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer worked as a childcare lead at the YMCA and Champions as well as numerous summer programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the places you'll go, By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Working towards CDA and AA iin Child Development.
  • Ms. Judie S., Toddlers

    Ms. Judie has been working with us for a few months now and she has had a blast getting to know her toddlers! She loves working with this age group. She also enjoys singing silly songs, getting messy with creative arts, and she's always looking for fun activities that would interest the little ones in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judie has numerous experience working as a Visitation Supervisor for CPS.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    ABC by Dr. Suess.
    Year Started:
    1/15/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    on the road to completing CDA in infants/toddlers.
  • Miss Tessa F., Discovery Pre-School

    If you can help them, why would'nt you ~ Lori Fietz, Professor at GRCC.

    Ms. Tessa has been in childcare since birth, growing up in my mom's center in Renton. She began volunteering at the age of 12. Finally at the age of 16 she was able to become a teacher, shortly after the center she worked a closed. She then moved to Federal Way where she began working at Redondo Kindercare as an afternoon school age teacher. She then moved into the Pre-K classroom and then to Pre-School, where she found her passion working them develop in potty training and being independent, Ms. Tessa has been with this age group for 5 years now.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tessa has experience volunteering at extended family childcare center.She has been a Early Pre-school, Pre-k and School-age teacher at Children Dream Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Gorilla by Reggy Rathmann.
    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Apllied Arts of Early Childhood Education (Diversity Studies), Child Development Associates Certificate (CDA in Pre-School.
  • Miss Amanda T., Pre-School

    You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. -Former professor

     

    Miss Amanda just started working with us as a pre-school teacher here at Redondo, although she started with us, she previously worked at another Kindercare within the same age group. Although she has many experience working with all ages, she has found her passion with the pre-schoolers. She enjoys watching them develop into self independent children, she feels rewarded everyday when she knows that her nutruring care and passion for curriculum has made a difference in a childs educational pathway.



     

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Amanda has numerous experience working at Kindercare and Bright Horizons. In addition she has two years in other childcare centers through out her life experience as a teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelors in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. With a minor in Early Childhood Education.
  • Miss Angela B., Pre-K

    Be wise as thou art cruel ~ Shakespeare

    Miss Angelas classroom is so special to her because they are growing and turning into Schoolagers. Her students never hesitate to let her know how much they have grown by singing the infamous "Like big kids" song.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at numerous child care centers and for the Pierce County school District.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The true confession's of Charlotte Doyle. By Avi
    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    BA of Sociology, MS in Criminal Justice.
  • Ms. Sherry H., School Age Classroom, Bus Driver

    I love the excitement and sparkle in children's faces when they are learning.

    Ms. Sherry is our School Age teacher and Bus Driver. Her schedule allows her to be with her class in the morning as well as the afternoon, so the children have the consistency of the same teacher. It really allows her to form a bond with the children in her class. Our School Age classroom curriculum is centered around activities the children decide to do. They have so much fun knowing they are doing activities they hand picked!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherry has previous experience working as a Para-Educator.
    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree with an emphasis on Psychology
  • Ms. Traci N., Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Traci has been at our center for four months and is loving every moment she has with the children and families. She is currently studying for her B.A in Human Development and ECE certification through WSU. She loves to do hands-on activities with the children and enjoys doing creative projects with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Traci has numerous years of experience volunteering at early childcare centers throughout the King County area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The LLama LLama Series.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    B.A. Human Development and ECE Certification.
  • Ms. Tatiana B., Cook

    When Ms. Tatiana came to our center, she immediately showed her excitment to start serving healthy, nutritious food for our children at the center. When she's not in the kitchen she enjoys being in the classroom helping out with activities and especially interacting with the children, she loves to listen to them tell her stories about their families and pets.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tatiana has numerous years of experience volunteering at Church childcare centers during Sundays. In addition she has worked at ACK cleaning, where she did home cleaning and cooking.
    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Education:
    Certified Teacher from Moscow City Teachers University.

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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

  • Spanish
  • Russian, Chamorro

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

•    New Year's Day
•    Memorial Day
•    Independence Day
•    Labor Day
•    Thanksgiving
•    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

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.

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.

My daughter, Vivian, 20 months old, has been going to the Redondo, Washington KinderCare for a few months now and has never been in a daycare before this. She was used to grandma and grandpa taking care of her whole life. Vivian is very, very shy and quiet, and is not used to being around a bunch of other kids. The first couple weeks were terrifying for me. But there was one teacher in particular from day one who I immediately knew Vivian would gravitate to and who immediately put me at ease knowing she would be okay the first day, and that is Ms. Griselda! She has a comforting personality with an inviting voice and always has a smile on her face when we walk in the door. For some childcare workers, babysitting children may be just a job, and they may even dread going in to work, but Ms. Griselda has such a positive attitude and seems to love her job. I just would like her to know that she is VERY MUCH appreciated as putting your precious baby in somebody else's hands is a SCARY thing to do! And just as I suspected, Vivian HAS gravitated to her and now even holds her arms out to her when we walk in the classroom. Thanks again Ms. Griselda for being so good to my baby girl!

- Parent

My kids attend the KinderCare here in Federal Way, Washington. We have attended two different KinderCare centers over the last two years and have settled in nicely for the last year at the Redondo KinderCare. Over the last 12 months the center has seen quite a bit of turnover in staff, as well as children attending. These changes were quite chaotic, to say the least, both for my kids and for me. But I am happy to say that with Licia and Caitlyn as our Center Director staff, things have improved tremendously. I want to make sure that I emphasize how fantastic several of the KinderCare employees are at this center. Miss Jasmine, Miss Sherri, Miss Danielle, Miss Emily, Miss Tara, Miss Diana and Miss Griselda are some of the amazing women who I am close with at our center. They have done an amazing job of supporting me and my family during an extremely difficult transition in our lives, and they continue to do so. My kids love these women and I do not know what I would have done without them. That being said, I truly believe that with a strong leadership from Licia, the center is better than ever. Licia brings out the best in each one of her staff members and it is very apparent that the whole dynamic of the center has changed for the better.
Licia has done an amazing job of cutting down the amount of chaos in the center and has effectively utilized the talented and loving ladies she has so that no matter who is watching my kids, I know that they are receiving the best care possible. Licia and Caitlyn have worked diligently to restructure each aspect of the center's programs and Miss Danielle has been extremely effective in her efforts to streamline the curriculum in the Prekindergarten room so that the kids are calm, and focused on positive activities while learning the valuable lessons of how to develop social skills that will prepare them to be successful in school.
Licia has set firm and reasonable expectations for the families she admits into our center, which has improved the atmosphere here tremendously. She is always friendly and ready to help in any way she can. She is open to suggestions and feedback and will honestly and constructively offer feedback to parents when kids are struggling, or if there are new changes that we need to know about. Her door is always open, and I know that.
Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for these women. They are taking excellent care of the people I love the most, and are enabling me to go out and take care of the things I need to do to build a better life for me and my kids. Thank you EVERYONE! You rock!

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