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Gresham KinderCare

Nancy Olmos, Center Director

2180 Northeast Division St. Gresham OR 97030
(503) 665-7359 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
across from Gresham Golf Course

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing available to Troutdale, Sweetbriar, Hogan Cedars, Lewis & Clark Montessori, East Orient and Powell Valley Elementary schools. Hall Elementary school drops off at Center

At Gresham KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

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Welcome

Thank you for choosing our Gresham KinderCare Center! At KinderCare, we know the early years of life are the most important for building a strong and healthy foundation for your child. We are committed to meet your child’s individual educational, social, and developmental needs. At KinderCare our nurturing learning environment is most of all fun! We are passionate about providing the best place for your child through a learning environment where your child’s day is filled with exploration and discovery. Our dedicated teachers believe it is important to get to know not only the children in their classrooms, but also the child’s parents. We believe communication is important for providing the best learning experience for your child. Together, we can do amazing things to prepare your child to become a life-long learner. We would love to show you all of the wonderful experiences that happen at our school. Please contact the center to schedule a time to come in and visit.

Nancy Olmos, 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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

At KinderCare our teachers are passionate about educating and nurturing your child. Our teachers are dedicated to getting to know all of the children in their classrooms. 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.

  • Nancy Olmos

    Nancy Olmos, Center Director

    I am fascinated with watching children grow, its my joy! I am also dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing, and responsive environment so children feel free to experiment, explore, and discover.  I strive to continually improve our service to children and families by building strong relationships.

    Nancy Olmos moved to Portland in 2006 after finishing her degree in Children's Studies at Eastern Washington University. She has worked for KinderCare since 2002. She started as a preschool teacher and has held many positions within her center. Nancy moved to the Gresham KinderCare as the Assistant Director then was promoted to Center Director. Nancy has worked in the early childhood field since 1998. While not at work she loves spending time with her family and animals. Nancy is dedicated to the families and staff at her school. She maintains the quality of care by being present and checking in with staff and families daily. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Children's Studies
  • Shannon Waddell

    Shannon Waddell, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about giving every child a chance to learn and grow in a safe, happy, and healthy environment!

    Mrs. Shannon started in our center as a preschool teacher in  2008 then took time off to be home with her family. She returned in 2014 as our Closing Manager and was then promoted to Assistant Director. Shannon does a great job making our center warm and welcoming for our families. She knows each parent and child by name. Shannon supports the families and staff with any questions and needs that may arise.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Tonja, Infants & Program Specialist for Infant/Toddlers

    I love encouraging the children to explore freely in a safe and warm environment." 

    Ms. Tonja does a great job welcoming infants to her classroom. She makes families feel at ease during the transition of their infant starting school.  She cares for each child and allows them to play and explore with developmentally appropriate activities tailored for infants. As Program Specialist, Tonja is involved in maintaining the quality of care and implementaion of curriculum in the infant and toddler programs. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Margarita

    Ms. Margarita, Toddler Classroom

    The thing that I love most is being greeted with big hugs and lovely smiles from my students."
     

    Ms. Margarita loves working with toddlers. She transferred to this school from one of our sister schools in Lake Oswego. Margarita keeps her toddlers busy with daily curriculum activities and enhancements that provide extra learning. She loves singing and reading books during circle time and through out the day. Margarita also encorporates Spanish words and baby sign language in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the relationships that are built with my students and families.

    Ms. Jessica started at our center in 2015 after graduating from Western Oregon University. She enjoys adding music to her classroom environment. Her students love to dance and ask for their favorite songs. Ms. Jessica does a great job teaching her students on their level and preparing them for the preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Preschool Classroom & Program Specialist

    I love watching children grow! Their developmental stages are amazing to witness.

    Ms. Brandy does an amazing job implementing our curriculum. Brandy runs a structured classroom but also tailors her daily schedule when needed to meet the needs of her students. As Program Specialist, Brandy also ensures that the our curriculum standard is being upheld in the Prekindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten classrooms. Brandy is always smiling and children are excited about being in her class.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching my students reach their developmental goals." 

    Ms. Casey started with us as a toddler teacher and moved to our PreKindergarten classroom. Ms. Casey is great at implementing the curriculum. She is constantly coming up with new ideas to keep her students engaged and learning. Ms. Casey's positive and warm personality make her classroom an inviting place for students and families. Her students have fun learning and preparing for their first year of Kindergarten.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Transitional Kindergarten

    I love working with children because it's an adventure! No two days are the same.

    Ms. Christina has been at our school since 2012. She has worked with all ages and now is working with our students who do not make the Kindergarten cut-off. Christina's focus is Kindergarten readiness combined with our curriculum. Christina is always smiling and singing with her students. Her down to earth personality makes her great at building relationships with families.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Health & Safety Coordinator

    I love watching these little people grow everyday!

    Mrs. Angie started at one of our sister schools and transferred to the Gresham KinderCare in 2013. She has worked with all ages and continues to support our infant and toddler programs. Angie is responsible for the health and safety of the school. She provides weekly trainings for staff and also helps teach children about being safe at school. Angie is apart of the management team supporting our Center and Assistant Director.   

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Misti

    Ms. Misti, Bus Coordinator

    I love working here because I know I am making a difference in the life of a child."
     

    Ms. Misti started at our school when she was in High School. She started as a teacher's assistant and has worked with all ages. As Bus Coordinator she develops our bus routes for drop off and pick up at the elementary schools in our district. She also works as a support staff in the classrooms and with management. Misti has built great relationships with all of our children and families.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Closing Manager

    I love coming to work and being greeted with smiles and hugs!

    Mrs. Lisa started at one of our sister schools in 2010. She has worked with all ages from infants to school age. Mrs. Lisa assists the Center and Assistant Director with center operations. She closes the school daily and is available to answer parent questions and assist the staff when needed. Lisa has a kind personality and is always willing to help.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Nancy G.

    Ms. Nancy G., Nutrition Specialist

    I love cooking and being around children makes my job even more special.

    Mrs. Nancy joined our team in 2016. She has a passion for cooking and baking. Nancy does a great job encorporating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with our current menu. Nancy graduated from the Oregon Culinary Institute and wants to pursue working in early childhood education.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Safe Serve Food Certificate

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      -

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

At KinderCare Learning Center your child’s safety is one of our top priorities. We have locked perimeter doors as well as playground fences with locked gates. The front door of our building has a coded entry and only authorized persons are allowed a code to the center. Our center has a Health and Safety Coordinator with the responsibility of ensuring that our center is meeting our company’s cleanliness, sanitation, and safety standards. At KinderCare, we conduct monthly fire and disaster drills to ensure both children and staff members know what to do in the case of an emergency. Our teachers have First Aid/CPR certification as well as an Oregon Food Handler’s Card. In order to be hired at KinderCare, our teachers have passed both state and federal background checks.

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.

KinderCare classroom practices clearly show that their foundational philosophy is solidly based in early childhood education practices. Classroom ratios are acceptable for the ages of our children, the location is convenient for both our workplaces, and the materials available in each classroom of our children are enriching, warm, and engaging.  Their curriculum shows thoughtful attention to thematic units at age appropriate levels. We are thankful for the learning opportunities KinderCare has provided.

- Father

When choosing a child-care facility for my daughter, it is very important to me that the curriculum used aligns with her public school. It is also important that her teachers have a higher education and are knowledgeable in proper instruction techniques. I wanted a facility were my child could flourish emotionally, creatively, personally, and academically.KinderCare has been that facility.

- Mother

My daughter was four months old when I first took her to KinderCare. I have never been so impressed with a daycare! KinderCare Gresham is a wonderful place. The entire staff has proven to be a great influence on my daughter. The classrooms are fun and dynamic, and the outdoor space is safe and plentiful. Susanna, the director, chooses healthy food options for the kids including all whole wheat and natural products. She is also very approachable whenever I have questions. I'm so happy with my decision to use KinderCare Gresham as my daycare provider.

- Mother

We recently enrolled our daughter in KinderCare and love it. It is clear that the director and teachers genuinely care for the children and value them as individuals. We are confident that our child is learning in an engaging and fun manner. We also appreciate that KinderCare understands that not every child learns the same way and they approach children in a manner reflecting that knowledge. Thank you KinderCare!

- Mother

I love KinderCare because I have seen the benefit of having her in a safe, structured environment over the years. My daughter has been attending KinderCare for six years now and they have helped continue my efforts to shape her into a responsible, respectful, fun-loving young lady. The staff have been incredibly friendly and welcoming and always ready to talk to me about my child's day.

- Mother
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