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Lake Grove KinderCare

Erica Schroeder, Center Director

3700 Red Cedar Way Lake Oswego OR 97035
(503) 635-8982 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
off Boones Ferry Rd

Neighborhood:
Lake Grove / Lake Oswego- across the street from 711, near the music school

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No busing offered, Lake Grove Elementary has a bus drop nearby.

At Lake Grove 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!

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Welcome

At Lake Grove KinderCare we are more than just a daycare, we provide learning solutions designed to engage and educate young children in a nurturing and safe environment. Each day, we provide a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. We provide flexible infant care, childcare, preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten readiness, and other early childhood education solutions for families in the surrounding Lake Oswego, Lake Grove, Mountain Park, Portland, Riverdale, Sellwood, Beaverton, Tualatin, and Tigard communities. Whether your child has their first words or kindergarten on the horizon, see how we prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Come visit us today! We would love to show you around our recently remodeled school while introducing you to the new team.

Erica Schroeder, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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

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

The teachers and staff at Lake Grove 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 Associate's Credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Lake Grove 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.

  • Erica Schroeder

    Erica Schroeder, Center Director

    I am passionate about early childhood education and dedicated to providing every child in my care a quality experience that fosters learning through exploration. When children feel safe and secure they are free to maximize their growth potentials.
     
     

    Erica joined the KinderCare team in 2011 where she first worked as a Kindergarten Teacher and Assistant Director. Her background is in Early Childhood Education and has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She takes pride in working closely with staff members to provide the upmost care for the children in her care as well as to foster great support systems for families. Erica has a knack for creativity and has organized many events that have benefitted the staff, families, and community. She is thankful every day to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of children, teachers and families.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Erica studied at Western Oregon Universtiy where she received her Bachelor's degree in Education before joining the Lake Grove KinderCare team in 2011. While attending school full time, Erica worked as a nanny and developed a tutoring program for low income youth in her area. Erica has worked with children for the past 10 years and really enjoys spending time everyday with young growing minds.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Kiersten Anderson

    Kiersten Anderson, Assistant Director

    Kiersten has worked with children for over five years. While she was earning her degree in Communication Studies, she worked as a camp counselor and after school counselor where she was able to assist children in overcoming life obstacles and getting to know them on a personal level. Kiersten is also happy to be our resident Learning Adventures teacher, teaching our children Phonics, Reading, Math, Cooking, and Music Adventures! Kiersten has a passion for helping people and strives to make the world a better place, one child at a time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stellaluna
    Year Started:
    9/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Program Specialist & Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 11 years. I have a Child Development Associate Degree and love teaching young children.  I really enjoy partnering with families and getting the opportunity to work with their children in the classrooms. I especially appreciate working closely with our awesome and committed staff.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Knuffle Bunny
    Year Started:
    4/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Program Specialist & Opening Manager

    Ms. Christina is currently the opening manager and cook. She has been here since 2003. She enjoys watching each and every child grow. Her position as an Opening Manager allows her to make sure that the children are in a healthy and safe environment. Ms. Christina is currently working towards getting her Early Childhood Education Degree at Clackamas Community College. She has worked with children for many year. when she isn't working or at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband or doing crafts.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I am a Bunny
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Laura, Infants

    Laura has been working with KinderCare for over four years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and has been working at our center after the birth of her first child. She has since earned her Child Development Associate Degree. Laura enjoys assisting infants in achieving the developmental milestones like sitting, standing and walking everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Kiana, Infants

    Kiana has been working with children for over five years. She joined our KinderCare family two years ago. She recently earned her Child Development Associate Degree. She enjoys working with infants because she loves being a part of the beginning stages of development and feels honored to be making impacts during those critical milestones.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Falling Up
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Marissa, Infants

    Marissa has been working with children for over four years. She joined our KinderCare team over a year ago. She is working full time, while attending school full time to earn her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Marissa also enjoys being able to bring her daughter to school with her everyday. Marissa is passionate about natural health and combining learning with the outdoors.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    the Llama Llama series
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Zahra, Toddlers

    Ms. Zahra is a gentle spirit and is patient, loving, and kind.  During her tenure here at KinderCare she has taught all ages of children and enjoys them all.  Watching children develop and learn is her greatest joy.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    1/2/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Tanna, Toddlers

    Tanna has been working with children for over five years. She enjoys spending everyday with toddlers and watching the excitement in their faces while they are learning. There is nothing as special as hearing the innocence of their laughter throughout the day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Do Dogs Wear Sneakers?
    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Eliane, Toddlers

    Eliane has taught young children for 29 years and is still growing every day as a teacher.  She teaches her toddlers songs and finger plays in Spanish which produces a lot of laughter. Eliane is the heart and soul of our center and she welcomes all children with her warmth and love.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book
    Year Started:
    1/2/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mikayla, Toddlers

    Mikayla joined our KinderCare team two years ago. She enjoys working with young chidlren and being able to watch each chlid grow and learn new things everyday. Mikayla loves each of her students and enjoys watching their personalities develop throughout the toddler years. Outside of work she spends most of her time with her two year old son, and helping him to experience the world around him.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Doctor Seuss series
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Brianna, Discovery Preschool

    Brianna has worked with children for over three years. She has really found her niche working with two year olds. Bri loves watching two year olds utilize their imaginations to explore new things everyday! She is currently earning her Child Development Associate Degree in her time outside of KinderCare. She also really enjoys spending time with her friends and famliy and exploring the outdoors.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fancy Nancy
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    earning her Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Sawas, Discovery Preschool

    Sawas has been a part of our KinderCare family for over eight years. She teaches in our Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms. Sawas is fluent in Arabic and Somali and is currently attending classes at Portland Community College, working full time, and raising her four children at home. Sawas has been working with young children her whole life. She gets joy in making positive impacts on young lives while working to create fun learning environments for them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Jade, Discovery Preschool

    Jade is a creative force at our center which is evident in her amazing classroom.  Her students are actively engaged every day and singing and giggling can ofter be heard outside her door.  Jade enjoys hiking and exploring in her spare time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    working toward CDA
  • Ms. Svetlana, Discovery Preschool

    Svetlana has been working for KinderCare for two years. She recently completed her Child Development Associate Degree. She is a lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom. Svetlana enjoys teaching two year olds because everyday she has the opportunity to watch children learn something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Not Norman
    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Leah, Discovery Preschool

    Leah has joined our KinderCare family from another early childhood education center. She has been working with children for over nine years. Before beginning her career working with children, Leah earned her Bachelor's degree. She especially loves spending time with children and creating art with them so that they can learn to express themselves creatively.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Diffendoofer Day
    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Mandy, Preschool

    Mandy recently moved to the Portland area from Klamath Falls. She has a strong background in education, working with both elementary and early childhood age groups. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Devlopment. She has been working as a preschool teacher ever since!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    It's Ok to Make Mistakes
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development
  • Mr. Noam, Prekindergarten

    Noam has had the pleasure of working with children for over seven years. He recently moved to Portland to attend classes at Lewis and Clark college and fell in love with the area, so he decided to stay! Noam has worked with children in a wide variety of ages and facets. He has been able to work with them in academic, social and extracurricular settings. Noam really enjoys teaching children Martial Arts in his time away from KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Mr. Tim, Kindergarten Readiness

    Mr. Tim graduated in 2014 from Linfield College with a degree in ECE.  He is passionate about making a difference in children's lives.  During college, he worked in after school programs and now he teaches hip-hop dance classes to youth in his spare time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Creepy Carrot
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emily, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Emily has been working with children for over nine years. She joined the KinderCare team over two years ago. Emily enjoys teaching young children because she gets to watch them learn and grow. Her favorite part about spending time with infants and toddlers is watching them discover the world around them and working through all of those big milestones together.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Olivia
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree

April 2016 Events

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  1. Monday April 04, 2016
    1. Spy School

      An amazing maze and speaking in code. Wear your best spy disguise.

  2. Tuesday April 05, 2016
    1. Junior Inventors

      What's my invention? + Stable structures

  3. Wednesday April 06, 2016
    1. A Closer Look at Trees and Birds

      Our bird friendly habitat and bird watching with binoculars. Wear green for trees.

  4. Thursday April 07, 2016
    1. Circus Science

      Clowning around, face painting and symmetry

  5. Friday April 08, 2016
    1. Oceanography

      Water cycle cartoons and shell fossils

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Somalian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

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 Lake Grove 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.

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