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Lacey KinderCare

Jill Ripley, Center Director

4504 6th Ave. Southeast Lacey WA 98503
(360) 438-0245 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at College & 6th across from Lacey Library

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mountain View(center busses ), Pleasant Glade (bus drops off and picks up Center)

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Welcome to Lacey KinderCare! True to our mission statement, our school has a group of experienced and passionate teachers who believe in a child's holistic growth. This school not only provides our families with innovative curriculum and outstanding care, but also a safe and comfortable space for early education and fun!

Jill Ripley, 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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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

Our Lacey KinderCare staff is dedicated! They are a team committed to providing each child with an enriched environment that will inspire personal growth and learning. Though each teacher is equipped with their unique teaching style, their purpose remains undivided: to offer genuine care, curriculum-implemented teachings, and interactive enhancements to boost a child's holistic growth. You are more than welcome to visit our center and meet our staff! We're excited to meet you!

  • Jill Ripley

    Jill Ripley, Center Director

    The best teachers are those who show you what to look for but don't tell you what to see.

    Jill has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 22 years. She has been with KinderCare Learning Center since January 1998. She has held various positions within the company such as being a Kindergarten teacher, Programmer, and Assistant Director, ultimately leading her to become the Center Director in 2008.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Jill provided home based child care for the State of California, and also managed a nursery in a fitness center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Crystal Hedden

    Crystal Hedden, Assistant Director

    Being provided with the opportunity to work with children everyday is what I am most passionate about. I feel honored to have a special part in each child's growth and development.

    Crystal began her time with KinderCare at the BonneyLake, WA location. After relocating to the Lacey area two years later, Crystal transferred to the Lacey Center where she worked in the Preschool classroom. Shortly thereafter, Crystal was promoted to the center's Health and Safety Coordinator and Learning Adventures Instructor. She has now taken the next step in her KinderCare journey as the center's Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Crystal has previous experience as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tashawn

    Ms. Tashawn, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work each day to play such an important role in the lives of children.

    Ms. Tashawn has had the opportunity to work in various locations as a preschool teacher. She moved back to Lacey in 2009 when she decided to obtain her bachelor's degree in early childhood education which she completed in 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tashawn was a FCC provider for military childcare and has worked in the early childhood education field for ten years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Infant Classroom

    I love getting to spend time helping children develop and grow.

    Alyssa began her teaching career in 2010 as a Toddler teacher. A year later, she found her heart working with infants. Alyssa decided to further her education, enrolling in classes to obtain her child development associate. In 2013, Alyssa completed her degree.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Childhood Development
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about working with each child's development and celebrating milestones.

    Anne started at KinderCare Learning Centers in 2005. She has worked at both our Lacey and Federal Way Centers. During this time she received her early childhood education degree from South Puget Sound Community College. Anne is inspired by her Infant Class.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ari

    Ms. Ari, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Holistic teaching makes renaissance people.

    This is Ari's first year of teaching private kindergarten at KinderCare. For the past three years, she was a Prekindergarten teacher where she prepared children for their huge step in entering Kindergarten. Ari is currently furthering her education at Saint Martin's University, where she is obtaining her master's degree. She also continues her hobby of writing children's books and hopes to have her first book published in 2015!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ari was a prekindergarten classroom teacher for three years.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting to be a part of each child's development and watching them grow into little people every day.

    Ms. Rachael was born and raised in Wisconsin. She moved to Texas after high school where she met and married her husband. The military brought her and her family to Washington and they love it here. Ms. Rachael likes to spend time with her family outside and also enjoys working out.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential

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 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 through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of children is something we pride ourselves in. Our entire staff is CPR and first aid certified and the building has a secured entry. We have a dedicated health and safety coordinator who is committed to monitoring our center on a daily basis. This ensures that the standard we have in place are maintained at all times.

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.

As a mother, I knew choosing a preschool program would be one of the most important decisions I would need to make. Like most parents, I began weighing the pros and cons of an in-home preschool and childcare to those of a larger center. Although, I liked the idea of a smaller environment, I felt a larger center was a safer more dependable option.

I stopped by KinderCare after work one afternoon to take a tour of the facility and to get pricing information. The front door was locked and I was greeted by the Center Director. I felt safe knowing not just anyone was free to come inside. Although, my son Tyson was not with me, the Center Director asked his name and frequently referenced him throughout the tour. The classrooms were busy but structured and the teachers were engaged.   

We have now been enrolled 6 months. I love dropping my son off each day knowing he is safe, he is learning and he is happy.
Thank you for all you do.

- Mother

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