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Lakewood KinderCare

Lisa Duke, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
next to Chevron on Phillips & Steilacoom Blvd

Our center is moving soon and we’d like you to come with us. We are here to support your family through this transition, and invite you to visit our new home at University Place KinderCare. Our neighborhood KinderCare centers are partnering with us to welcome your family with open arms. Please know that we will work continue to provide your family with a caring, nurturing environment for learning and growing in our new home. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about this move.

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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.

Lisa Duke, 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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Center Closed for Thanksgiving

  2. Saturday December 24, 2016
    1. Center Closed at 3:00PM

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.

  • Lisa Duke, Center Director

    “Everyday I come to KinderCare I know my team and I make a positive difference for our children and their families. I believe every child deserves a well rounded education. I dedicate myself and my team to accomplishing this goal each and every day.”

    Lisa has been working in the Early Childhood Education for the past sixteen years. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. In this time she has been an infant, toddler, and school-age teacher, as well as the cook and Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Lisa worked with Spanaway Lutheran Church before and after school program for 7 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Catipillar
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Erica Smithers, Assistant Director

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Spot the Dog
  • Miss Shana

    Miss Shana, Program Supervisor

    I am silly and funny and I love to see all their faces when they greet me in the morning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr.Seuss One Fish,Two Fish,Red Fish,Blue Fish
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Miss Leila

    Miss Leila, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I enjoy seeing the look on the children's faces when they learn something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
  • Miss Allyson

    Miss Allyson, Infant

    I enjoy watching the children grow while smiling the whole time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
  • Miss Jackie

    Miss Jackie, Infant

    I love watching children reach new milestones and try new experiences. Building strong relationships with families and helping them understand their child's development is amazing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Leann

    Miss Leann, Toddler 1

    Being able to watch each child grow and become a little bit more grown-up each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Megan

    Miss Megan, Toddler 1

    I enjoy watching the children grow and learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Toddler 2

    I enjoy seeing my children grow and reach new milestones.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
  • Miss Angelica, Toddler 2

    I love being able to inspire the children to learn new things and watch them succeed.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
  • Miss Chakeyla, Discovery Preschool

    I look forward to coming to work everyday and having the children run to excitedly.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish,Two Fish,Red Fish,Blue Fish by Dr.Seuss
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Cyera

    Miss Cyera, Preschool

    My favorite thing about working with children is being able to inspire children to reach their full potential.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss
  • Miss Jacque

    Miss Jacque, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the moments the children have after working so hard to understand something. Those moments when it just clicks.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Words Are Not For Hurting
  • Miss Erica

    Miss Erica, Pre-K

    I enjoy being in my classroom, watching the kids grow and preparing them for Kindergarten.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Tale of Desperaux
  • Miss Becky

    Miss Becky, Floater

    I love seeing the sense of wonder in a children's eyes when they discover something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter

May 2016 Events

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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
  • 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.

Share Your Story
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.

- Aunt

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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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