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Maple Valley KinderCare

Darla Whitsett, Center Director

22040 Southeast Wax Rd. Maple Valley WA 98038
(425) 432-2855 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar River, Lake Wilderness, Shadow Lake


Welcome to the Maple Valley KinderCare, where your child's learning and growth comes first! We provide a superior educational experience along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child is in a nurturing, safe and loving environment. Our Before- and After-School Program currently accepts children through the age of 10. We are extremely fortunate and honored to be a part of your children's lives and take our responsibility seriously. Our door is always open to discuss any questions or concerns that may arise, please do not hesitate to drop by or schedule a tour, we would love to meet your family!

Darla Whitsett, Center Director

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  • NAC Accreditation NAC
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.


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

Caring and Passionate
KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

Highly Trained Teachers
KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.
  • Darla Whitsett

    Darla Whitsett, Center Director

    Do what you love and love what you do.

    Darla Whitsett, the school's director at the Maple Valley KinderCare has been with KinderCare since 1988. Prior to working with KinderCare, she attended Washington State University where she studied Business Management and Child Studies. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree from Rasmussen College. Before settling down in Maple Valley with her husband and four children, Darla worked for KinderCare opening new schools. In 1991, she opened the Maple Valley School. During her tenure at the school, Darla has maintained not only State Licensing standards but Accreditation standards from the National Association for Young Children, and also from The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Darla has a strong passion for helping children grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Trisha Mcall

    Trisha Mcall, Assistant Director

    Trisha is our school's Assistant Director. She has been with KinderCare since 1997, starting as an Infant teacher. Trisha attended Green River Community College where she received her Child Development Associates Degree. She was then promoted to Assistant Director in 2008. If you ask Trisha why she likes working with children, she would tell you that she loves seeing all the children’s faces light up when they see her each day. Trisha has been a part of three Accreditation journeys at the center. One with the National Association for Young Children, and two with then The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs.

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Toddler Classroom

    What I love most about my job is seeing the children's faces light up, taking their first steps, watching them get excited about a book or a song and watch as they grow and expand their new world of learning. I love it when they open up their hearts to you and love the hugs!

    Ms. Gloria joined KinderCare in 2003 and is currently a lead teacher in our accredited toddler classroom. She started out in the infant classroom where she worked with our infants for three years prior to moving to toddler room. Ms. Gloria received her Child Development Associate degree from Green River Community College in 2004 and continues to enjoy her young toddler children. Her passion is not only for being part of her student's growing experience but also those growing experiences of parents. Ms. Gloria and her husband have raised three children of their own and is now enjoying being a grandparent.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Tina C.

    Ms. Tina C., Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I love watching the children grow and learn. Being with children keeps you young and active!

    Ms. Tina has been working at the KinderCare in Maple Valley since 1997 as our prekindergarten teacher. She has been in the early childhood education field since 1990 where she was active in working with children in Pullman, Washington. Ms. Tina received her child development associate degree from Green River Community College in 2004. If you ask her why she likes working in the early childhood care and education profession, she would tell you that she believes being a part of a child's development and helping them reach their full potential is very rewarding as a teacher.

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amber has been working with children for many years and enjoy every minute of it. Ms. Amber has three beautiful boys. She has recently received her Child Development Associate's credential for Preschool and Prekindergarten. Ms. Amber finds working with your children rewarding because she gets to watch them learn and grow more and more everyday.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Child Development Associate's credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

At Maple Valley 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!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • 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.

When I first enrolled my two-year-old into the Toddler program we had concerns with her speaking, vocabulary and socialization or lack of it. She has always been a late bloomer with crawling and walking. The teachers at KinderCare have been very attentive to my concerns and my trust in leaving her for the first time. Management has always answered any concerns I have brought to their attention.
My daughter has been enrolled for six months now and she speaks more than 50 words and is very independent. She no longer cries when dropped off, she instead ignores me and goes straight to playing with her friends! I would and have recommended Maple Valley KinderCare to friends and family.

- Mother

Our son has been going to KinderCare for almost four years. I recommend KinderCare in Maple Valley to anyone who asks! We have been pleased and impressed with all of the teachers and managers and are thankful they are a part of our son's life.

- Mother

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