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Totem Lake KinderCare

Kathaleen DeBarr, Center Director

11404 Slater Ave. Northeast Kirkland WA 98033
(425) 828-3583 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
near 124th Ave & Slater Ave NE

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mark Twain Elementary: The school buses to our location.

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Welcome to Totem Lake KinderCare! We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our center. Our center is a Nationally Accredited Center that is dedicated to nurturing and building a strong foundation for your child's lifelong learning. 

Our research-based curriculum and classrooms have been specifically designed by early childhood education experts in order to help foster your child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Throughout the day, students at Totem Lake work in groups and as individuals to problem-solve and build self-esteem.

Each family becomes a part of the experience while their child(ren) attends Totem Lake KinderCare. Our open door policy allows parents and guardians to become involved in classroom activities, such as plays and tea time. We host field days, festivals, and various other fun events, which brings everyone together and allows families to enjoy their child(ren)'s education firsthand.

Kathaleen DeBarr, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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


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.


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.


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 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. 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

Teaching is more then a career choice for our teachers.  We are constantly striving to provide a safe, fun, loving and educational enviornment for our children.  We work closely with our families to partner in the growth and development of the their children on a daily basis.
Our team of teachers are dedicated to staying informed through hands-on training and continuing educational development.  Keeping our classrooms up-to-date and ready to learn, play and grow in is one of our priorites here at TotemLake.  We take pride in our accreditation.

  • Kathaleen DeBarr

    Kathaleen DeBarr, Center Director

    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

    "What I love the most about working with children?  I love arriving every day and seeing the excitement exude from their little bodies, whether it is a greeting from them, learning a new skill or expanding on their knowledge.  The light bulb moment is so amazing to see in a child.  They love to have attention and receive attention.  Hugs are one of my favorite times of the day.  It is so contagious, you give one and everyone wants one :)"

    Previous Experience:
    My experience comes from working for two big corporate Early Childhood Education companies. Prior to entering into the corporate setting, I owned and managed my own in-home center of five children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love and enjoy reading children's books. I have so many, it is hard to list them all. My library at home is pretty stalked with so many quirky and funny stories. I look for books that entertain and hold the attention of the child while it teaches them a life lesson.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development, and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credentials
  • Sandra Garcia McLean, Assistant Director

    Your attitude will determine your Altitude!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
  • Maryam Rezvan, Programmer

    Ninja's Never Quit! from the Lego movie

    I joined this field, because I love the spirit of the children.  It is a happy place to be, children smiling and laughing, wanting hugs and you to engage with them.  I have taken on a new role with our company as the  programmer, where I can work directly with the teachers, supporting them in implementing our wonderful Early Foundations curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    Maryam transfered to us from Woodinville.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Diane is our amazing Learning Adventures teacher.  She teaches our Phonics, Math and Music classes at the center.  Children who are not in her program are begging for her to take them to her class.  She has a patient, charming and witty personality that the children love. 

    Also, Ms. Diane works part of her day in Special Education Department in the high school setting.  There she is responsible for helping students acheive academic success.

    We hope to have your child join one of her Learning Adventure programs.


    Favorite Children's Book:
    Secret Garden
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years in preschool
  • Ms. Anna, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Life is fast, love deeply, live like you mean it, and laugh until you can't!

    I love helping children to achieve their very best!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 years
  • Ms. Parto

    Ms. Parto, Support Teacher

    No matter where you go, there you are.

    Ms. Parto is one of our centers Support Teachers.  Ms. Parto fills in wherever we need her in the building.  If she is not covering classrooms, Ms. Parto is using her creative talents around the center.  She is a go-getter and amazing with the children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors in Science
  • Ms. Liliana

    Ms. Liliana, Toddler

    I love being able to share the children's growth and journey through observation and exploration.

    Ms. Liliana is an organized and detailed teacher.  She takes a lot of pride in her work and care she puts into her classroom program.  Ms. Liliana has experience working for several years with Toddlers.  She arrives every morning with a warm and exciting welcome to her children.  She engages throughout the day with her little ones. You can see the excitement exude from Ms. Liliana as the children learn and accomplish a new skills and developmental milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught toddlers for 6 years as a lead teacher at another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Certificate in Communications from the Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Melissa works with our Toddler's.  She has such a great spirit and energy with these children.  Ms. Melissa's personality can draw just about all of the children into any activity.  She shows so much praise and gentleness to the children on a daily basis.  You will find Ms. Melissa down on the floor with the children, doing hands-on activities, reading and nurturing each one in their own ways.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa moved here from California. She worked for KinderCare there and in the toddler room.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Color of His Own
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years

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 center is an open-concept center.  With exception to our Infants and Toddler programs, each of our preschool classrooms are divided by half-walls to allow our children to be able to interact with the other children and teachers beside them.  This allows transitioning from one room to the next much easier for the children. 

Our building was built in the 1980's.  We are located right around the corner of Slater Ave NE off of 124th Ave NE.  

Awards and Recognition

  • Award of Accreditation

    Award of Accreditation

Special Features

  • fenced in playground
  • entrance code
  • large parking lot
  • quiet neighborhood

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Jan. 1st New Year's Day
Feb. 16th President's Day
May 25th Memorial Day
July 4th Independence Day (Friday the 3rd)
Sept. 7th Labor Day
Oct. 12th Columbus Day
Nov. 26th and 27th Thanksgiving and day after
Dec. 24th Christmas Eve closing at 3 p.m.
Dec. 25th Christmas

Health and Safety

Totem Lake KinderCare is dedicated to the health and safety of all its children and staff.  All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.  There is a key-pad entrance and fenced playgrounds to ensure only family and guardians have access to the center. Our Health and Safety Coordinator holds monthly meetings and trainings with all of the staff to ensure each team member has up-to-date safety standards certifications and knowledge. Monthly fire and disaster drills are conducted to prepare our center for any circumstance.

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 just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. The Totem Lake center has been an extreme blessing for us these last 9 months. Nolan adores his teachers and classmates, and we always felt so welcomed and loved - through good times and bad. We loved watching him learn with Ms. Liz and other infant-room helpers, and loved seeing his face light up when he recognized his friends and favorite toys each morning.

We're sad to pull him out of daycare but for right now this is what's best for our family. Thank you for being a great director and managing a great KinderCare center. Hope we can work with you again in the future!

 Marissa R

- Mom

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