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Midway KinderCare

Leslie Martin, Center Director

25400 Pacific Highway South Kent WA 98032
(253) 941-8698 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS

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Welcome to Midway KinderCare! We have served the Kent/Des Moines community for several decades and continue to provide the youngest members of our community with a quality foundation in education that fosters physical, intellectual, language and social and emotional development. We look forward to meeting your family!

Leslie Martin, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Our teaching staff is committed to the growth and development of your children. Many of our teachers have completed college coursework in Early Childhood Education and continuing education in child development, keeping our staff on the forefront of what's ahead in the field. We take pride in caring for your children and look forward to meeting you and your family!

  • Leslie Martin

    Leslie Martin, Center Director

    People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

    Leslie relocated to Washington state from the East Coast with her preschool-aged daughter in 2014. Prior to her career as a Center Director for KinderCare, Leslie worked in management for ten years and brings her experience in building lasting, meaningful relationships into the center everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    B.S. in Health Science; Working on Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Jessica Mitts

    Jessica Mitts, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jessica joined the Midway KinderCare family in December 2013 as the Discovery Preschool teacher. She has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2001. She moved into the Assistant Director role at Midway in April 2014. When she is not working, Ms. Jessica enjoys being a mom.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Working on Child Development Associate's (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Michelle, Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Michelle recently joined the KinderCare family as an adminstrative support teacher. She is not a stranger to education as she has completed over 30 college level credits in elementary education and is a busy mom to her 4 year old daughter.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Jillian, Teacher

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Currently working on Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant/Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    A.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Arwa

    Ms. Arwa, Toddlers

    Ms. Arwa moved to the United States from Iraq in 2013. She loves the excitement toddlers have for learning. Outside of the center, Arwa is a mom to her school-aged son and enjoys doing Zumba, which you will often find her engaging the children in during outside time!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.S. in Sports Education; Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    A.A. in Business Management; Currently pursuing B.A. in Teaching and Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Mel, Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    B.A. Elementary Education
  • Ms. Shannon, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    B.A. in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Dalton, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Cook

    Ms. Maria loves to come to work everyday and cook your children deicious food! Maria is fluent in Spanish. She takes great pride in making sure your children are happy and nourished each day!

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Our center's team of dedicated teachers invites you to visit our center. We pride ourselves as being the leaders in Early Childhood Education and look forward to showing you our quality programs.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Filipino

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At Midway KinderCare the safety of your children is a high priority. We are dedicated to providing a safe environment for you and your children by providing perimeter fences, age-appropriate playgrounds, key-pad entry and First Aid/CPR trained teachers.

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