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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

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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?

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 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development, and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credentials
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa,

    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 them into an activity.  She shows so much praise and gentleness to the children on a daily basis.

  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Infants

    Ms. Liz works with our youngest age group, the infants.  Ms. Liz has a gentle and nurturing spirit that the infants need to grow and develop.  Ms. Liz is great at multi-tasking to each infants individual needs.  While taking care of their care routines, she manages to implement the wonderful curriculum that is developed on different age ranges within the classroom.

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  • 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 charming and witty personality that the children love.  Ms. Diane also works part of her day with the developmentally challenged in the Elementary schools.

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  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, PreKindergarten 2

    Ms. Katie brings her talents to us from one of our sister brands, Champions.  Ms. Katie works her knowledge of NAEYC into her program daily.  Ms. Katie challenges her children to be responsible, respectful to the classroom environment and each other.  Our curriculum in the program is fast paced and gears the children up for Kindergarten readiness.  It is designed for the late-to-date children that miss the cut off for entry into Kindergarten.  By the time Ms. Katie is finished with them, they will be excelling through Kindergarten in the elementary schools.

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  • Ms. Sadhna

    Ms. Sadhna, Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sadhna has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for almost three years as a preschool teacher.
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    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Parto

    Ms. Parto, Support Teacher

    Ms. Parto is one of our centers Support Teachers.  Ms. Parto fills in where ever 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:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Liliana

    Ms. Liliana, Toddler

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

    Ms. Liliana is a organized and detailed teacher.  She takes a lot of pride in the work and care she puts into her classrooms 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. 


    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Certificate in Communications from the Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Ms. Julie W.

    Ms. Julie W., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the students' eagerness to learn and explore the world. They are always happy to see me and love to learn.

    Ms. Julie is always on the go! She loves traveling and sharing her stories with her students. She is constantly coming up with new ways to engage her students in learning and integrating new technology into the classroom's curriculum. Additionally, she works with her students to concentrate on working together when accomplishing classroom goals.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie W. worked with Sylvan Learning Center as a tutor before joining the Totem Lake KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    You Can Come Too by Ruth Ohi
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Master's Degree in Foreign Language and Literature, Teaching Certificate, Early Development and Education Certificate

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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.  

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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.

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