Katie Slatford, Center Director
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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.
Katie Slatford, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tara started with KinderCare in 2015 with nine years experience in Early Childhood Education. Tara has her BA in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Child Development, as well as a minor in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. Tara is committed to caring for the needs of all children and is a wonderful support in the center to all families and staff.
Brittnee started with us in 2013 after earning her BS in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Early Childhood Education, as well as her BA in Education. Brittnee has 9 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Brittnee 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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