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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 5 YEARS
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Welcome

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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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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Gig Harbor KinderCare are dedicated and passionate about educating young children. We see the importance in the first five years of a child's life is crucial in forming the person they will ultimately become. We believe childhood is a brief moment in time and the education of your child should only be practiced by individuals dedicated to providing your child with safe, nurturing learning experiences. At KinderCare we know your child is your most precious possession and we strive to ensure your child is in excellent hands while you are away. At the end of the day, the children's happiness and success is due to the teachers that have the passion to help these children reach their next developmental milestone.

  • Brenda Jallo

    Brenda Jallo, Center Director

    The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who you are and what you mean.

    Brenda has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2009. Brenda owned and operated a licensed childcare in Greenville, Wisconsin. She thinks it is important to continually improve on skills for your career. She is proud to say that she completed her early childhood education administrative credential through Northeast Wisconsin College. Brenda and her family were missing Washington terribly and decided where to move when they fell in love with the town of Gig Harbor. In 2014, while still living in Wisconsin, an opportunity arrived to be a part of KinderCare Education and was honored to be chosen as the School Director for Gig Harbor. Brenda and her family are proud to be a part of the Gig Harbor community. She is excited to share all that KinderCare, as well as her team has to offer you and your family! Hope to see you soon!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Brenda owned and operated a licensed childcare facility in Greenville, Wisconsin.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Administrative Credential
  • Callie Colberg

    Callie Colberg, Assistant Director

    Callie has worked at the Gig Harbor Kindercare for 25 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Early Learning with children from infants all the way up to prekindergartners. 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 by Audrey Penn
    Year Started:
    3/21/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jasmyn

    Ms. Jasmyn, Center Programmer

    Storms make trees take deeper roots.

    Previous Experience:
    Jasmyn 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear-by Audrey and Don Wood
    Year Started:
    6/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
  • Ms. Abbie

    Ms. Abbie, Infant Classroom

    Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, Some kind of excellence is within my Reach.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored days by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kaylie

    Ms. Kaylie, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    4/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Toddler Classroom

    There is no dream so deep, I will not hear you there.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Count of Monte Cristo-by Alexandre Dumas
    Year Started:
    6/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art degree and Child Development Associate certification
  • Ms. Sharese

    Ms. Sharese, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    To the word you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes-by Judy Hindley
    Year Started:
    6/5/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chevonne

    Ms. Chevonne, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    5/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Psychology
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Marsha

    Ms. Marsha, Learning Adventures

    You are the wings beneath my feet.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham-by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1/15/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate degree in Early Childhood Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

At Gig Harbor KinderCare, your child can explore and discover the world around them, surrounded by teachers who turn learning moments into positive experiences! We are a family friendly learning center dedicated to helping every child prepare for success in school and develop a love of learning.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

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.

Share Your Story
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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