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Brier KinderCare

Kara Muller, Center Director

20420 Larch Way Lynnwood WA 98036
(425) 776-9822 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
behind Larch Way Auto

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Way, Cedar Valley, Brier, Hazelwood, and Mt. Lake Terrace

At Brier 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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At Brier 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, toddler, preschool, prekindergarten and before and after school care solutions for families in the Lynnwood, Brier and Mountlake Terrace communities. Whether your child is learning their first words or kindergarten is on the horizon, see how we prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We would love to show you our school and introduce you to our teachers. Come by and visit us today!

Kara Muller, 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.

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 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.

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

All of our staff are dedicated and passionate about the Early Childhood Education field. We have teachers and management staff that range from 22 years tenured to newly hired. The teachers here at the Brier KinderCare make this school a tremendous success.

  • Kara Muller

    Kara Muller, Center Director

    Kara started with KinderCare in the summer of 1998. She has experience as a teacher and Assistant Director. Currently, she enjoys having the opportunity to support all the wonderful families and teachers here at the center to provide the best education experience possible. Additionally, being a parent herself helps her to understand a parent's perspective when it comes to the education and care of their children. Her passion is to be a partner with you in your child's early learning years.

    Previous Experience:
    Kara has held the role of teacher, Assistant Director and Executive Assistant to the Regional Facilities Manager for Knowledge Universe.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • Marianne Mather

    Marianne Mather, Assistant Director

    Cherish the moment, children are unique.

    Back in 1986 Marianne applied for a position as a receptionist that was for a non-profit daycare. Not knowing what a career that this has become, she found that children see things so innocently that brings a smile to her heart. Marianne has many years of experience, with workshops, seminars, trainings and continued education. She truly enjoys coming to work everyday and being able to spend time with all age groups from infants through school-age.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Marianne worked as an insurance secretary.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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.

Ms. Kara,
I know I am the first to complain when things don’t go right, but I also wanted to call out something that Mr. Kris had a significant part in helping to happen.  I think in passing I may have mentioned Jamey’s two recent trophies for reading (one last week and one yesterday).  To further explain them, the first was for participation in a district wide challenge called the Best Book Club.  Kids sign up to “accept the challenge” of reading books off of a set list in a specified period of time and then take tests when they are done to verify they have read the books.  At the end of the time period they take a collective test covering all the books on the reading list.  Jamey as a 4th grader (the challenge is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders), not only read all of the books on the list, but took top honors in his school on the final test.  This allowed him to captain the team at district (where they got about joint 6th).  Yesterday they had the internal “reading test” open to all students in 3rd – 6th grades (not just those who signed up for theBBC challenge), and once again Jamey beat all comers to take First Place in the School competition as a 4th Grader.
As you know, I have for the last few years had Jamey signed up for KLA with Mr. Kris who used the standard curricula at first and then when Jamey moved beyond that was able to tailor a curricula to meet Jamey’s personal needs and partner with my wishes and what Jamey was learning in his formal educational setting.  It is in no small part, because of this commitment and dedication to my son and his learning shown by Mr. Kris that Jamey is reaping the success and rewards he has achieved this year.  When you think about it, this extra instruction and attention provided by Mr. Kris has helped my 4th grader not only beat all of his peers in these competitions but also all of the children in the 2 school years ahead of him!  I also see the benefit with Kieran who as a 2nd grader has just obtained the entry level 4th grade mark in his reading at school.
Once again, teachers like Mr. Kris make your center a wonderful place; and provides a parent like myself with confidence that they are gaining something being there versus just wasting time waiting for me to get off work.  There are many other things I could add to this kudos for Mr. Kris (he has helped them with their jump shot, all the lovely art he has encouraged them to bring home to me by the carload, being a positive male role model, etc. etc.) but here was a tangible, measurable (always key in the business environment) item that shows all the good work pays off!
Lynda M

- Mom

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