Amber Ballard, Center Director
We welcome you to Mill Creek KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family and introducing you to our loving family of teachers. Your children will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We believe in developing the whole child by meeting each child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs through a well rounded curriculum. Here at Mill Creek KinderCare we believe in working as a team (parents and teachers) to raise a child. We accomplish this through active daily communication and an open door policy. Relationships are critical to us - our children know every teacher in the building and all of our teachers know all of our families. Our promise is that we will be committed to you and are proud to be a part of children’s early childhood education experiences. Please stop in for a visit to experience the difference of Mill Creek KinderCare.
Amber Ballard, Center Director
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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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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.
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
The teachers at Mill Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating children through play and structured activities combined throughout the day. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years, and education ranges from currently taking college classes to further their education to teacher's with a Master's in education. Our staff at Mill Creek KinderCare further their education every year through biannual company provided Professional Development Days and additional college courses and trainings to ensure that we are providing the best education and care for your family. We can't wait for you to come meet them!
Amber Ballard, Center Director
Find your passion and spend your life perfecting it.
Becky ran a home center for nine years when her children were very young. After they grew older she went to work for KinderCare, first as a Toddler teacher and then a Center Director. She took a four year break working with the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce. She missed the children desperately and came back once again to work for KinderCare as a Center Director. Becky has taken several courses in early child education including the classwork towards her Child Development Associate's Credential. She plans take more early childhood education classes to secure her degree.
- Previous Experience:
- Prior to joining KinderCare Becky owned and operated a home center for nine years and worked in the Chamber of Commerce for four years.
- Year Started:
- 9 Years
- Early Childhood Education Credits
Morgen Mayhew, Assistant Director
- Year Started:
- 2 Years
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens
What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens.
Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals
For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters.
The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.
At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!
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
- PM Snack
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
Safety is our top priority. We pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for all the children in our care. We are a secure facility which requires a keypad code to enter our building and fenced in and age appropriate playgrounds. Additionally, we have a health and safety coordinator at our school that ensures and checks the safety of our school daily.
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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.
Resources for Parents
Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.
- Attendance Records
- Child Abuse Reporting Guidelines
- Drop Off Policy
- Emergency Contact
- Enrollment Agreement
- Tutorial Enrollment
- WAC Codes
What should I look for when choosing a childcare center?:
- Childcare Decision Guide (PDF)