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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

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 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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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


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. Tuesday November 24, 2015
    1. “Apples and Bananas”

    2. Work with Addition and Subtraction

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
  • Ms. Nicole.,


  • Erica, Assistant Director


  • Shana, Discovery/Program Supervisor


  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jackie, Infants


    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms Erica, Pre-K


  • Ms. Cyera, Toddler


November 2015 Events

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  1. Monday November 02, 2015
    1. “Big Red Barn”

    2. Discuss Farm Related Photo Cards

    3. Sort by food or nonfood

    4. “Apples and Bananas”

    5. Explore Apples and Applesauce

  2. Wednesday November 04, 2015
    1. Graph Favorite Farm Animals

    2. Songs and Finger plays

    3. Throw a Beach Ball

    4. “One Potato, Two Potato”

    5. Play Ball while counting in Spanish

  3. Friday November 06, 2015
    1. Tissue paper Salads

    2. “Welcome Song”

    3. Apple Tasting Activity

    4. Farm Animal Parade

    5. Explore Toy Food

  4. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. Sequence story cards

    2. Identify Shapes

    3. Create art from food

    4. Letter G Collage

    5. Identify Foods and their colors

  5. Thursday November 12, 2015
    1. Make Cornbread

    2. Make Cornbread

    3. Explore Oranges

    4. Make Tomato Juice

    5. Make smoothies

  6. Monday November 16, 2015
    1. Move to Music

    2. String O-shaped cereal

    3. Make pretend Soup

    4. Build with Blocks

    5. Create Bus with Chairs

  7. Wednesday November 18, 2015
    1. Pack and Unpack Pretend Groceries

    2. Explore real food items

    3. Hope over the Rope Snake

    4. Graph favorite Pizza Toppings

    5. Play Colors Bingo

  8. Friday November 20, 2015
    1. Play Teacher Says

    2. Books about food

    3. Discuss Street Signs

    4. Identify Pictures of food

    5. Play Simon Says

  9. Tuesday November 24, 2015
    1. “Apples and Bananas”

    2. Work with Addition and Subtraction

    3. Create Paper Plate Meals

    4. Letter H Collage

    5. Toss Beanbags into a box

  10. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Center Closed for Thanksgiving

  11. Friday November 27, 2015
    1. Center Closed for Thanksgiving

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.

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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