Leslie Martin, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
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!
"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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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