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Lakewood KinderCare

Elizabeth Curtin, Center Director

8610 Phillips Road Southwest Lakewood WA 98498
(253) 584-0320 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to Chevron on Phillips & Steilacoom Blvd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Custer-School bus does the pick up and drop off


At the Lakewood KinderCare Learning Center, we are proud to offer small group class sizes in our Preschool and Prekindergarten programs.  Our school challenges our students with small group learning that is customized to fit their skill and developmental level.  We also offer additional programs to enhance your child’s learning with Phonics and Cooking.

Welcome


Welcome to Lakewood KinderCare. We are 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 Lakewood KinderCare your child will not only have a safe, secure, stimulating environment to learn in, but will have the support from our group of loving and caring teachers who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Elizabeth Curtin, Center Director

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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.

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.

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

Our staff here at the Lakewood KinderCare brings many years of combined experience in the Early Childhood Education field as well as diversity, dedication, and passion to all children.

  • Elizabeth Curtin

    Elizabeth Curtin, Center Director

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

    Eileen has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She began her career here at KinderCare, working with Toddlers. She attended Ellis University and received her CDA in 2010. Eileen has taught in almost every classroom here at KinderCare she has worked her way up from being a teacher, promoted to become an Assistant Director for 3 years and has since been a Center Director. Eileen loves being with the children and might be found singing songs and dancing with the children. Eileen has two children, both have attended KinderCare and one has even worked at KinderCare. As a Center Director, Eileen focuses on creating a positive early childhood learning experience for every child at her center, ensuring safety while encouraging creativity among the children. Eileen has a passion for implementing quality curriculum. She prides herself on implementing a whole child approach to education which ensures that a child learns and develops socially, emotionally and academically.
    Year Started:
    3/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jezreel

    Ms. Jezreel, Infant

    I love my job because I like to see children learn something new each day and to watch them grow.

    Ms. Jezreel is currently working on getting her CDA ( Child Development Associates.) She loves the kids and have been working with them since she was 16 years old. Ms. Jezreel is very creative and is always looking for ways to implement that into her curriculum. She cares just as much for the parents as she does for the children. She gives them comfort in letting them know that their infant is in a loving and safe environment.

    Year Started:
    12/12/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    STARS
  • Tara

    Tara, Infants

    Love what you do and do the best each day.

    Ms Tara began her career with KinderCare in April 2013. She is currently working in our Infant Classoom. She is dedicated to the growth and development of the children she works with. Having a safe and nurturing environment that is stimulating and developmentally approipriate is what she strives for.
    Year Started:
    4/8/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Cathy

    Cathy, Phonics Teacher

    Knowledge is the gateway to the future

    Ms. Cathy began her career with KinderCare July 1999. In the time that she has been with us, she has been a teacher in our infant classroom though to our schoolage room and is now our Phonics tuitioral teacher.  Ms Cathy dedicates herself to making sure her phonics program is engaging with all the children. 
    Year Started:
    7/23/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    AA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ebony

    Ebony, Prekindergarten

    Seeing my children growing, making them laugh, seeing them smile makes me love coming to work each and every day.

    Ms Ebony began her career with KinderCare in April 2011. She enjoys teaching her children in the Prekindergarten Program. Ms Ebony also has three children of her own. Her passion has always been to work with childern. When Ms. Ebony walks into her classroom you can see her children's eyes light up with happiness and excitement to start their day.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Chelsea

    Chelsea, Preschool

    Our children of today will be the people of tomorrow.

    Ms. Chelsea moved to Lakewood,WA in August 2013. She graduated from Washington Sate University in May 2013 with her BA in Architecture. Chelsea has always preferred to work with children and knew a career with children was her calling. She absolutely loves her new path. Her passion for children brings a smile to her face each day!
    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Erika, School Age

    I love my job because I get to help kids learn and grow up to be the best they can be and to learn how to express themselves in every great way they can.

    Ms. Erika graduated High School in 2007 and started her first job at Kindercare while still attending school in 2006.  Erika worked at the Lakewood center for 2 years. She worked mostly with the Preschoolers and the Toddlers. She loved taking pictures and putting them throughout her classroom for the children and families to enjoy. Now she is currently working with the Schoolagers and is an asset in any classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Book keeping and Data Entry
    Year Started:
    5/28/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    STARS, American Sign Language 1
  • Kelsie

    Kelsie, Toddler

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow everyday.

    Ms. Kelsie began her career with KinderCare April 2013. She started off working for Champions, a Knowledge Universe partner offering before and after school program, then transferred over to KinderCare to work in our toddler classroom. Ms Kelsie has such an up beat personality that brings smiles to all the childrens faces everytime she walks into the room. Ms. Kelsie is a hands on learning teacher that loves to let the children learn by exploring and using their senses.

    Year Started:
    4/24/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

Just a little thank you note from The Kelly’s to say thank you for the amazing care my niece has received since July 2012. Words cannot express how much I appreciate every last one of you for going above and beyond to assure me and my family that our niece is getting the best care possible.
Since our niece has started KinderCare, we have been blessed to know that when we drop her off we don’t have to worry or have any doubts that she is not being taken care of.  I really feel like, I’m just dropping her off with family while I go make big people decisions.  All the teachers at KinderCare are over the top FANTASTIC! You can tell how much they genuinely care about the kids, and how much fun they are having too.  They encourage my niece to explore with walking, motor skills, her five senses and how not to be afraid of other kids. Her vocal and social skills for a 23mth old are phenomenal.  I thought introducing potty training would be hard for her and me, but it’s a lot easier that I thought because of the encouragement and support her teachers are giving her. I know for sure that we have picked the BEST facility for our niece.

 
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