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Gig Harbor KinderCare

Brenda Jallo, Center Director

3811 Grandview Steet Gig Harbor WA 98335
(253) 851-1777 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Grandview & Stinson

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Purdy (Center provides transportation), Discovery, Harbor Heights (Public school pick up & drop off)

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Welcome to Gig Harbor KinderCare! We are very excited for you and your family to join us on our adventures in learning. Our school offers ample opportunity for your child to learn and grow in a safe and fun environment. Our teachers and staff have over 130 years of experience working with young children! We are excited to have your family join ours.

Brenda Jallo, Center Director

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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.

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


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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. CLOSED (Teacher Training Day)

  2. Wednesday October 14, 2015
    1. Tell stories with finger Puppets

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers bring diversity, dedication, passion and over one hundred years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education.

  • Brenda Jallo, Center Director

    Everyday I come to KinderCare I know my team and I make a positive difference for our children and their families. I believe every child deserves a well rounded education. I dedicate myself and my team to accomplishing this goal each and every day.

    Lisa has been working in the Early Childhood Education for the past sixteen years. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. In this time she has been an infant, toddler, and school-age teacher, as well as the cook and Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderaCare Lisa worked with Spanaway Luthern Church before and after school program for 7 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Lisa's favorite children's book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Callie Colberg

    Callie Colberg, Assistant Director

    Treat others how you want to be treated.

    Callie has worked at the Gig Harbor Kindercare for 25 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Early Learning with children from infants - School Agers. Callie continues to build family relationships in the community. As an early learning professional she strives to have all children engaged and ready for school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Yana, Discovery Preschool

    We become what we think about

    Yana was born in Moldova Russia but grew up in Tacoma, where she went to school. She has one younger brother who is 14. Yana loves to read books, enjoys drinking Starbucks coffee and is getting married this July. She loves working at Kindercare and being in the Discovery Preschool Classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Ms. Abbie, Infant Classroom

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    Abbie was born in California but now lives in Port Orchard Washington. When Abbie is not Enjoying her time working as an infant teacher at Kindercare she spends her free time with her son.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kristen, Infant Classroom

    You were born because you were meant to be important to someone

    Kristen was born in Tacoma Washington and moved to Gig Harbor at the age of Two. She attended and volunteered in the schools within the Peninsula School District all her life. In her Senior year of High School she attended an ECE class at West Sound Tech where she earned her STARS certificate and gained experience working with children 2 weeks old - 12 years old. Following High School Kristen attended Tacoma Community College where she earned her associates in Early Childhood Education. Kristen got married and bought a house at the age of 20 and is looking forward to starting her own family in the near future.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax by Dr. Suess
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Abigail, Toddler

    Abigail was born in Minnesota and was just 3 months old when her parents moved to a refugee camp in Indonesia to spend their lives as relief workers. 2 years later a little brother joined her family and 3 years after that the family moved to Cambodia to set up schools and community development. Abigail graduated the top of her class from the International School of Cambodia. After graduation she moved to Kirkland Washington to attend Northwest University and pursue a Bachelors in Intercultural Studies and Fine Arts. in 2011 she moved back to Cambodia to teach Kindergarten at an International School for 3 years. She moved to Gig Harbor in 2014 when her Niece was born and is now enjoying teaching the Toddler class at Kindercare.

    Previous Experience:
    3 Years teaching Kindergarten in Cambodia
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Teaching Certificate and TEFL
  • Ms. Elizabeth, Toddler

    Live, Laugh, Love

    Elizabeth grew up in Buckley Washington and graduated White River High in 1990. She moved to Gig Harbor in 2001 when she married her husband. She has a 10 year old son and 2 step children. Her and her family love to spend their time camping, quadding, and crabbing. Elizabeth has been in the Early Childhood education field for 20 years and is hoping to have 20 more years working with children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Jasmyn

    Ms. Jasmyn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have the opportunity to make a difference each day by teaching and helping my students grow into amazing little people.

    Jasmyn was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Jasmyn is the oldest of four children. She began working with children her senior year of High School and after graduation became a KinderCare teacher. She has been the Prekindergarten teacher for the last seven years and feels passionate about KinderCare's educational philosophy and values. Jasmyn believes children learn by play and she makes it a point to have her classroom open and ready for all her eager students.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Early Childhood Development Associates Degree

October 2015 Events

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  1. Friday October 02, 2015
    1. Play Father Says Game

    2. Slice Cooked Carrots

    3. Match Clothing Cutouts

    4. “Falling Leaves”

    5. Find your name game

  2. Tuesday October 06, 2015
    1. Explore the inside of a Pumpkin

    2. Run rhyming race

    3. Draw the letter D

    4. Flannel Board Stories

    5. “Apples”

  3. Thursday October 08, 2015
    1. Practice Writing Names

    2. Explore textures

    3. Play letter Hide and Seek

    4. Sort 3D Shape

    5. Soy nut Butter on Graham Crackers

  4. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. CLOSED (Teacher Training Day)

  5. Wednesday October 14, 2015
    1. Tell stories with finger Puppets

    2. Sort Objects

    3. Write names with chalk

    4. Walk on a curved line

    5. Complete agility course

  6. Friday October 16, 2015
    1. Learn poems about pets

    2. Texture Books

    3. play listening game

    4. Play running game

    5. Look for leaves

  7. Tuesday October 20, 2015
    1. Play with wet sponges

    2. Draw the letter B

    3. Shape puzzles

    4. Explore items related to trees

    5. Play Fall Bingo

  8. Thursday October 22, 2015
    1. Spread Butter on bread

    2. Play with washcloths in water

    3. Pumpkin Muffins

    4. Count Dots in Book

    5. Make house collage

  9. Monday October 26, 2015
    1. Play Hide and Seek

    2. Play Instruments

    3. Move objects on activity gym

    4. Play Dominoes

    5. Look for round objects

    6. Sort items by size

  10. Wednesday October 28, 2015
    1. Play fall bingo

    2. Books about fall

    3. Sequence story cards

  11. Friday October 30, 2015
    1. Learn about Community Helpers

    2. Match Leaf Rubbings

    3. Play in a tub of water

    4. Explore Fall Foods

    5. Move like leaves

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
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

The health and safety of children is something we pride ourselves in. Our team is CPR and first aid certified and the building has a secured entry. We have a dedicated health and safety coordinator who is committed to monitoring our center on a daily basis. This ensures that the standards we have in place are maintained at all times.

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 niece has been attending the Gig Harbor KinderCare for over a year and we are ecstatic with the care they have provided. We attended several different childcare centers over the years but KinderCare by far surpasses them in quality care! We couldn't be happier with the staff and management. Thank you KinderCare!

- Aunt

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