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Mountain Park KinderCare

Karen Emmett, Center Director

11 Monroe Pkwy Lake Oswego OR 97035
(503) 636-4077 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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At Mountain Park KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!


Welcome to Mountain Park KinderCare in Lake Oswego. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Mountain Park KinderCare, our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Karen Emmett, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Mountain Park KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of fifteen years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associates Credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Mountain Park KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Karen Emmett

    Karen Emmett, Center Director

    Katie Slatford is the Center Director and started with KinderCare in the fall of 2009. She has experience as a teacher, program specialist, and Assistant Director with KinderCare. Currently, she enjoys having the opportunity to support all the wonderful children, parents, and teachers here at the center to provide the best educational experience. Katie was born in England and her family moved to the United States when she was six years old. She grew up in Portland and recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master's Degree in Education. Go Ducks! Katie has been working with children in a variety of settings for over 10 years - working as a nanny, camp counselor, and teacher. She looks forward to working with children and helping them become smart, caring and contributing members of the community.

    Previous Experience:
    Spent eight years working as a nanny, camp counselor, and a teacher.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Tara Nelson, Assistant Director

    Tara started with KinderCare in 2015 with nine years experience in Early Childhood Education. Tara is committed to caring for the needs of all children and is a wonderful support in the center to all families and staff.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ferdinand the Bull

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of science in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Child Development and minor in Health Promotion and Health Behavior
  • Ms. Brittnee Gillson, Acting Center Director

    Brittnee started with us in 2013 after earning her bachelor's degree. Brittnee has nine years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She loves seeing the passion teachers have for creating an educational classroom for children. When she’s not at our center, Brittnee enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time being active.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Early Childhood, Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Meaghan, Infants

    Ms. Meaghan is very passionate about working with her young infants, helping them continue to learn and develop.  She takes joy in seeing them learn new things in the happy and fun environment she provides.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified Professional Nanny
  • Ms. Lindsey, Infants

    Ms. Lindsey came to our center with 12 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Lindsey has her Child Development Associates Degree with focus on Infants and Toddlers. Lindsey loves exploring sensory building activities with the infants in her classroom. In her free time, Lindsey spends time with her puppy and her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham and Super Fudge
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Chrystal, Toddlers

    Ms. Chrystal has been with KinderCare for nine years.  Chrystal is dedicated to creating an exciting and fun classroom for her students.  Chrystal is passionate about creating meaningful relationships with families and children.  Chrystal enjoys attending her children's sporting events with her family when she is not at our center positively impacting the lives of young children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess books
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Claudia, Toddlers

    Ms. Claudia’s passion for art is evident as one walks into her toddler classroom. Claudia has 17 years experience working in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about the needs of all children. Claudia loves working with children and shares her creativity with them as she enhances her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Taryn, Toddlers

    Ms. Taryn is a passionate toddler teacher who cares deeply about the education of young children. She creates meaningful relationships with her children and families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Zoe, Preschool

    Ms. Zoe started with us in 2014. Zoe has two years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Zoe has her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Zoe is passionate about teaching to the needs of all children and ensures that her classroom is tailored to the individual needs of the children in her classroom. Zoe’s preschool classroom has amazing curriculum activities happening every day to give the students a fun and learning environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies
  • Ms. Kara, Pre-Kindergarten and Program Specialist

    Ms. Kara joined KinderCare in 2014 and is the Program Specialist and Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Kara is focused to executing quality curriculum in her classroom, as well as assisting with curriculum in all age groups as the Program Specialist. Kara has her BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries and is pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree. Every day Kara is committed to creating consistency in her classroom and helping her students learn, grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries, pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Jess, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Jess started with KinderCare as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher.  She is excited to work with her students and bring them new edcuational experiences that will get them ready for Kindergarten.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Years in ECE industry:
    MA in High School Education with a focus on Math and Science
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Private Kindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Linda joined KinderCare in 2008 and teaches the private kindergarten class. She has been involved with the education of young people for the past 30 years. In addition to teaching art in public schools (grades K-12) for many years, she has also had the opportunity to teach in a variety of other settings including teaching private Waldorf Kindergarten, substitute teaching in Lake Oswego and West Linn School Districts, and spent time as an educational assistant at Boones Ferry Primary School in Wilsonville. Before moving to Lake Oswego to be closer to her family, she taught in the public school system in Blacksburg, Virginia until 2007. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education and still holds a current teaching license. Ms. Linda believes with all of her heart that "children learn best in an environment of love, respect, and appreciation by celebrating and acknowledging the wonder that is so natural to the young child".

    Previous Experience:
    Taught public school art for grades K-12, taught private Waldorf Kindergarten, substitute teaching for local public school districts
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Current Teaching License
  • Ms. Sarah, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Sarah began working at KinderCare after earning her BA in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Child Development. Sarah is passionate about ensuring that her Learning Adventures program is tailored to the individual needs of all the children in her program. Sarah loves taking on new challenges at the center and assisting in all age groups.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Child Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Holiday Closures:
• New Year’s Day

• Memorial Day

• Independence Day

• Labor Day

• Thanksgiving

• Day After Thanksgiving

• Christmas Day
 Teacher Professional Development Day Closures: 

• Presidents' Day

• Columbus Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Mountain View KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Christina’s role includes conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our son has thrived at KinderCare! I have found the staff to be caring, knowledgeable, patient, and committed to the well-being of each child. Within one week of attending this center I saw my child's self-esteem and independent skills grow beyond expectations. He also learns new things every day that he comes home and shares with me. After just one week of going to KinderCare, his behavior at home also improved dramatically. He is more independent, has better manners, has fewer tantrums, and is overall happier thanks to the staff at KinderCare!

- Parent

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