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Kent KinderCare

Tammy Johnson, Center Director

23921 112th Ave. South East Kent WA 98031
(253) 859-3071 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Corner of 240th and 112th Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Park Orchard, Sunrise, Martin Sortun, Daniel Elementary

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Welcome

Hello! My name is Tammy Johnson and I am the Center Director here at Kent KinderCare. I am so happy to have this opportunity to meet you and your family. Early childhood education is such an important factor in the lives of children, and my staff and I are thrilled to be a part of it! We are looking forward to building a relationship that benefits both parents and children.

Tammy Johnson, 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.

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

Welcome to Kent KinderCare! Our teachers are a nurturing group of individuals who look forward to the opportunity to teach and play with your child. All of the teachers at Kent KinderCare are dedicated to a rich learning environment that incorporates fun while learning. One of our teachers has been with KinderCare for nearly 30 years!

  • Tammy Johnson

    Tammy Johnson, Center Director

    I love the opportunities for growth and education that I have every day for myself, my staff and the children in our care.

    Tammy graduated from the University of Washington with her Bachelor's of Arts in Early Childhood Education in 1993. Tammy went to work for KinderCare as a program supervisor until she left to become a Regional Manager for the Nabisco company. She decided that she wanted to go back to her love of Early Childhood Education and also be able to spend time with her children so she opened her own in-home daycare center. While managing her own daycare center Tammy studied Early Childhood Education for special needs children. In 2007 she made the decision to come back to KinderCare in the capacity of Center Director. Tammy truly loves the job she has in caring for and educating young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Tammy ran a successful in-home daycare center for seven years prior to coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Terri Bush

    Terri Bush, Assistant Director

    I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to be a vital part of a system that is beneficial to the community at large and to the children and adults that are in it.

    Terri came to KinderCare after being an office manager of her family's construction company for thirteen years. She decided to make a change in her career when her youngest child entered school. Terri was hired on as a book-keeper for our center in April of 2008. She also spent time as an Infant room teacher. In May of 2013, Terri earned her Child Development Associate's Credential from Rasmussen College. In August of  2013 Terri was promoted Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Terri spent thirteen years working in the construction industry.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lenka

    Ms. Lenka, Infant Classroom

    I love the children and treat them as if they were my own.

    Ms. Lenka began her career in Early Childhood Education back in her home country of Bosnia. She taught school for ten years. When she moved to the United States she began working for KinderCare in the Infant room. She acquired her Childhood Development Associate's Credential and continues to work with Infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Lenka taught in elementary school and first through fourth grade children in Bosnia for ten years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Infant Classroom

    I love what I do! I absolutely love the smiles and hugs I get every day!

    Ms. Tara was a Preschool teacher in Hawaii. She is now one of the Infant room teachers here at Kent KinderCare. She is enrolled in the Childhood Development program with Rasmussen College.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Tara worked as a Preschool teacher in Hawaii.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Briseyda

    Ms. Briseyda, Toddler Classroom

    I love to work with Toddlers because this is the best age for them to learn everything I have to teach them.

    Ms. Briseyda comes from Mexico and is one of the Spanish speaking teachers here at Kent KinderCare. She has been in the Early Childhood Education for four years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Briseyda worked at a Seattle area daycare facility.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Cati, Toddler Classroom

    I wake up every morning knowing I get to go to my job and love all the children I come in contact with!

    Ms. Cati worked as a para-educator for the Highline School district for three years before coming to the Early Childhood Education field. She is currently working towards her Childhood Development Associate's Credential. She truly enjoys working with the older Toddlers in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Cati worked at Bright Horizons Childcare Center and for the Highline School District.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Para-Educator Certificate, Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Vivian

    Ms. Vivian, Toddler Classroom

    Hard work pays off!

    Ms. Vivian has been with KinderCare for two years. She speaks fluent Spanish. She loves to teach her Toddlers how to speak Spanish and they love to learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Vivian worked as a YWCA childcare teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Lashell

    Ms. Lashell, Preschool Classroom

    I love working in Early Childhood Education because I love watching the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Lashell started working in the childcare field when she was a senior in high school. She left the field a few times during the years since but always seemed to gravitate back to it because she enjoys making a difference in young children's lives. Ms. Lashell is currently working on her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lashell worked off and on in childcare for 15 years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marissa started working at KinderCare as an assistant teacher in the preschool room. She was new the to the United States and this was her first job in her new country. She has gone on to acquire her Childhood Development Associate Credential and is now the lead teacher in the Preschool room. Ms. Marissa speaks fluent Filipino.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Marissa taught for four years in a Montessori school in the Philippines.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

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

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

  • Arabic
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Philipino

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

Here at Kent KinderCare, all staff is CPR and First Aid certified. All staff members have their current food handlers permits. There is a secure keypad entrance to the building as well as the center has a fully fenced outdoor play area. The center has it's own Health and Safety Coordinator on staff. The menu for the children follows the federal food program guides.

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.

I am writing to let you know that while my wife and I are pleased with all of your staff, we would like to acknowledge two for their loving care which they provided for our son, Etienne. Ms. Sue and Ms. K have been a wonderful influence for Etienne. Under their care he has grown into a confident little explorer. Ms. Sue and Ms. K are an asset to your center and we will miss them very much.

- Father

Tammy,
Thank you for all that you do, being there to talk to, giving me great advice and insight and much more.The wonderful training you give your staff. The world needs more people like you who deeply care what happens. You’re the best!
Love Ya!

- Grandmother

Tammy,
Thank you once again for supporting Kentwood High School Exploring Childhood Class. The students always say the internship is the highlight of the class! See you again next year.

- High School Teacher
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