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West Olympia KinderCare

Linda Rubio, Center Director

2303 9th Avenue SW Olympia WA 98502
(360) 786-8439 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Off Blacklake Blvd. On 9th Ave. near Capital Mall Shopping Center

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Welcome

Welcome to the Olympia 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!

Linda Rubio, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Music

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Linda Rubio

    Linda Rubio, Center Director

    I love making a difference in a child's life.

    Linda began her KinderCare career in July of 2000 in San Diego as a discovery preschool and prekindergarten teacher. Five years later she was promoted to a Program Specialist. In 2007, she transferred to Warm Springs KinderCare in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was there for three years teaching prekindergarten. Her husband's military career brought them to Lacey, Washington, where she transferred to the Lacey KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher. In January 2013, she was promoted to the Assistant Director position at Westside Olympia KinderCare. Linda then was promoted to School Director in June of 2015.  She believes that each child has a special gift. They need to be nurtured, guided and loved. Each time a child smiles, Linda knows her life's mission has been accomplished!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Linda worked for Target as customer service supervisor. After coming to KinderCare, Linda has had experience working as a prekindergarten, discovery preschool and preschool teacher. She then worked as a Programmer, Assistant Director, and now Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored days by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/27/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Monique Feleti, Assistant Director

    "No matter who we are, what matters the most is the size of your heart and the strength of your kindness. Children seek you for comfort to be their hero.

    Ms. Monique has been with KinderCare since 2003. She started her career in California and last year moved up to Washington. She has experience in management as well as all areas of the classrooms. Ms. Monique loves coming to work and bringing smiles to everyone's faces! When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with all her family and taking adventures throughout the pacific northwest.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monique has had previous experience working as a Lead Teacher, Service Value Champion, Health and Safety Coordinator Learning Adventures, Closing Manager, and now Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    3/3/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Units completed
  • Ms. Melissa R., Cook

    I put children first.

    Melissa has been with West Olympia KinderCare since 2003. She has over 15 years of early learning child development experience. Melissa has experience working in all classrooms as well as being the cook in the kitchen. Ms. Melissa prides herself on being open to every family and values what they bring to the program. She dedicates her time helping coworkers in developing strengths in their classrooms. As the chef of the kitchen, Melissa enjoys preparing meals that keep the children happy and healthy!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since 2003. She has experience working in the Infant and Toddler classroom as well as the Kitchen. Before coming to KinderCare, Melissa worked in a private in home daycare.
    Year Started:
    2/4/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Continuing Early Childhood Education credits
  • Ms. Jodie, Toddler Classroom

    I appreciate the children's imagination and love encouraging their creativity, enthusiasm, and excitement for learning.

    Jodie grew up in the beautiful Northwest. Her parents ran an in home daycare which has allowed her to spend a lot of time with children. She has worked as a sales associate, receptionist, and owned her own small business. She truly believes working with children is the most rewarding experience. She has been with Olympia KinderCare for over a year. In her classroom, they enjoy listening to music from around the world. She believes teaching diversity is very important. Their days are filled with art projects, stories, singing together, and learning new things. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her family and cherishing the small moments together.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Jodie has previously worked as a sales associate, and had owned her own business.
    Year Started:
    9/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education continuing credits
  • Ms. Melissa S.

    Ms. Melissa S., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Life as a teacher begins when you realize that you are always a LEARNER

    During the 10 years that Ms. Melissa has worked with KinderCare, she has completed her Child Development associate credential and ongoing training with STARS. She is currently teaching the discovery preschool classroom. In the past, Ms. Melissa has taught preschool, prekindergarten, and school age classes. She enjoys teaching and nurturing the young minds of all children. She continues to provide an exciting atmosphere for children where they can explore and learn together. She puts her whole self into her class and to the children whom she adores. As a young child, Ms. Melissa had dreamt of becoming a Teacher. She is happy to be living that dream today. When Ms. Melissa is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her family at the beach or river. She loves going to the library with her son and checking out books for her class. She enjoys living out in the country hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since 2006. She has experience working in all classrooms, Health and Safety Coordinator, and now Lead Discovery Preschool Teacher. Before KinderCare, Melissa has worked as a customer service specialist.
    Year Started:
    5/8/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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
  • Samoan

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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.

The West Olympia KinderCare is the perfect place. All their staff are kind, personable and love kids! The rooms are clean, colorful worlds where the imagination can grow. As a mother I am so pleased with the activities and lessons they teach the children. This place is amazing!

- Mother
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