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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 than a job for our staff members at Totem Lake KinderCare. Our passionate teachers work closely with our parents and each other to create an atmosphere dedicated to learning. They are strive at providing a stimulating education for their students while providing support through early childhood milestones.
In order to continue providing up-to-date techniques in early childhood education, our teachers attend educator trainings throughout the year locally. Additionally, our corporate offices host trainings on a bi-annual basis. We believe the success of our students begins by investing in our teachers' success!

  • Kathaleen DeBarr

    Kathaleen DeBarr, Center Director

    What I love most about my job is spending my whole day with the children. They are like little sponges absorbing everything in their learning environment. The excitement that exudes from them when "they get it" is the best feeling to have as and educator.

    "What I love most about my job is spending my whole day with the children. They are like little sponges absorbing everything in their learning environment. The excitement that exudes from them when "they get it" is the best feeling to have as and educator."

    I am the Center Director at our Accredited Totem Lake center. I have worked here for a total of six years of my twenty seven years in the field of Early Childhood Education. My degree is in Early Childhood Education. I chose to work in this career because of my love for children. I love being a part of their early years and it is not everyday that you can say you go to work to "play." It is also rewarding to work with the families and employees daily being partners in the growth and development of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked here for a total of six years of my twenty seven years in the field of Early Childhood Education. My degree is in Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Yertle the Turtle King by Dr.Seuss
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development, and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credentials
  • Ms. Sarrie Fleming

    Ms. Sarrie Fleming, Assistant Director

    Walking with children has given me the opportunity to be creative in so many ways. I love showing students the tricks to accomplishing a goal and then see their faces light up when they master a new skill.

    Sarrie has always enjoyed tuturing and mentoring younger children while growing up. From teaching her neighbors how to ride a bike to volunteering at the elementary school she attended, Sarrie found ways to reach out in her community while working with children. This enthusiasm is always apparent since she joined KinderCare in 2009. Initially, Sarrie was hired to teach in the Toddler/Two's program at the Redmond KinderCare in 2009. Within three months of starting, she was put in charge of restarting the Music Adventures Program while getting students more involved in all Learning Adventures the center offered. At that same time, she worked towards her personal educational goal of obtaining her CDA certification. In the summer of 2011, she was promoted to the Program Supervisor position at the Rose Hill KinderCare where she became a universal team player by taking over bus runs, leading staff trainings, and planning events, like Parent's Night Out, the Fall Festival, and the Winter Gala. Due to having extensive leadership experience from these roles, she became our Assistant Director in 2012. As our Assistant Director, she is amazed to see how involved the parents of the Totem Lake KinderCare were and how passionate the teachers were for their center. As a result of seeing such passion, Sarrie is an advocate and proud member of the Totem Lake KinderCare family! She comes to work everyday looking forward to helping shape the lives of the young students at Totem Lake.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Music, Child Development Associates, and currently working on a Master's Degree in Early Education.
  • Ms. Julie P.

    Ms. Julie P., Infant and Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Julie worked as an assistant teacher with infants and toddlers before coming to Totem Lake.

    Ms. Julie comes to TotemLake KinderCare with over ten years of experience working with all ages of children. Her passion is working with Infant and Toddlers.  Julie's excitement shows when she sees a child reach a new milestone and being a part of their growth and development.  Julie

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie worked as an assistant teacher with infants and toddlers before coming to Totem Lake KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
  • Ms. Patty, Infant Classroom

    It is an amazing feeling to be apart of an infants life from the time they are six weeks old through one year.  Each milestone during this time in their life is so different from the next one from trying to hold their head up, to rolling over, to sitting up, to moving across the floor.  From their face expressions to their way of communicating to the world.

    Ms. Patty has worked with children for over eight years and is committed to their development and growth. She is a committed passionate teacher and mother who enjoys helping children reach each milestone in their life.

    Previous Experience:
    Have been a caregiver for years
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Elisha, Preschool

    I love preparing fun and educational activities for my students that encourages their growth.”

    Ms. Elisha inspires her students through creative curriculum activities. She has a sense of adventure, as she has traveled the world, and brings that energy to her classroom. The students love to hear her tell stories and have the opportunity to add on to her stories as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught 1st grade and English for grades 1-8 in Cairo, Egypt for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    B. A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College
  • Ms. Liliana, Toddler

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

    Ms. Liliana is a passionate teacher who gets her students excited to participate in their learning through songs and positive energy. Every morning the whole building can hear Ms. Liliana singing good morning to her students as they begin their day!

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Master's Degree in Foreign Language and Literature, Teaching Certificate, Early Development and Education Certificate
  • Ms. Sayra

    Ms. Sayra, Infant Classroom

    I love that I get to be a part of children's lives and help them with their learning.

    Ms. Sayra is following her own dream by taking undergraduate courses while inspiring her students how to follow their dreams. She enjoys reading to her students and coming up with art projects for her students to have fun while learning. She helps them understand and express their feelings to create a warm classroom atmosphere.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sayra was a teacher assistant for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh! The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Humaira

    Ms. Humaira, School Age Classroom

    What I like the most about Early Education is the different experiences I get to have with my students.

    Ms. Humaira comes to the TotemLake KinderCare with caregiver experience.  Her dedication to move around the center has  gained her the experience in working with the school age children.  Ms.  Humaira's calm, nurturing and hands-on personality makes a great fit with working with the children.  She provides a fair and consistent learning environment for the children; a place for them to have fun, make friends and work on their homework and planned activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years

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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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