Darla Comstock-Whitsett, Center Director
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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. 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 Comstock-Whitsett, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
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.
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.
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.
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's 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.
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.
Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social. Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season! Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers. Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms. This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social! See you there!
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!
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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