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Powell KinderCare

Amanda Drechsler, Center Director

16915 Southeast Naegeli Dr. Portland OR 97236
(503) 661-5145 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Powell across from Meadowland Ctr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing available to select schools within Centennial, Gresham and Reynolds school districts- check with Center

The center will be closed today due to inclement weather and will reopen Monday morning at the usual time.

At Powell 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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Welcome to Powell KinderCare, and thank you for choosing our center! We are passionate and knowledgeable about providing a healthy foundation, nurturing care, and educational exploration to meet the developmental needs for each age group from six weeks to 12 years. Our state certified teachers are available daily to meet a variety of scheduling needs. Our goal is to help you feel confident and comfortable. We are proud to offer home cooked meals; to facilitate fun, exciting learning opportunities; and to help your child grow and develop through their different stages in life. Come in today and join us for a world of learning. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Amanda Drechsler, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.


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?

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

We look forward to welcoming you and your child everyday. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and ways to uniquely serve you and your family. Keeping your child safe is our number one priority, while sharing with you their learning and developmental experiences.

  • Amanda Drechsler

    Amanda Drechsler, Center Director

    I am dedicated to giving every child at our center a high quality education, allowing them to excel in elementary school and beyond. It is my goal as Assistant Director at this center to make you, the parent, feel comfortable and excited to leave your child in our care every day!

    Hello! My name is Amanda Drechsler and I have been with KinderCare since 2007. I started out as a School Age teacher, while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at Portland State University. After gaining my BA in Social Science, with an emphasis in elementary education, I was promoted into various management roles including Health and Safety Coordinator, Program Specialist, and Assistant Director. I had the opportunity to work at multiple locations, and bring strategies I learned from others to this center. I am passionate about teachers implementing high quality curriculum, and maintaining our company’s standards of education. I believe early childhood education has as large impact on the child’s success when they move on to elementary school, and I am excited to be apart of that process!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, Amanda taught all age groups from Infants to School Age students, and worked in all management roles at various centers in our district.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Social Science (Elementary Education Emphasis)
  • Ms. Anna, Assistant Director

    Ms. Anna was born in Estonia and speaks Russian fluently. She moved to Portland, Oregon when she was three, and has lived most of her life here. Ms. Anna spent four years helping her church in Indiana, but is happy to be back working and living in Oregon. Her goal is to become a center director one day and she is excited about it!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Anna worked as a Legal Assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Beth Kenfield

    Ms. Beth Kenfield, Program Specialist

    I love being able to help children learn! It is exciting how much progress Kindergarteners make throughout the school year. They are amazing!

    Beth's career with KinderCare begin in January of 1987 while she was attending Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University. She taught in the Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms while earning her teaching degree. After graduating from Portland State University, she accepted the position of Kindergarten Teacher in 1991. She also served as our Assistant Director before becoming our Program Director.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education; Basic Teaching License
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Infant Classroom

    I look forward to holding, cuddling, rocking, feeding and caring for each baby, each day.

    Ms. Tami has been working with children for most of her adult life. She loves coming to work each day to take care of the infants and to watch them grow and develop. Ms. Tami also does a fantastic job getting the students excited doing “Music and Me” for our Learning Adventures program. When not at work, she enjoys song leading for her worship service at church.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Tami worked at the Jewelry counter at Walmart
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Jerri

    Ms. Jerri, Toddler Classroom

    Marvelous, wonderful, awesome, amazing are the children of our world.

    Ms. Jerri began her KinderCare career while still attending High School in West Linn. She was then a Toddler teacher and in 2002 she became a Prekindergarten teacher (a position that she enjoys to this day). Then in 2006 she came here to the Powell Center. In her free time you will find Ms. Jerri in the great Pacific Northwest outdoors. She has two beautiful, fun High School boys that keep her busy when she’s not at work.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Kristyn

    Ms. Kristyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The thing I love most about my job is forming strong bonds with the children and seeing them progress in many new and exciting ways.

    Ms. Kristyn has been working for KinderCare since May 2013. She believes that early literacy is a critical part of any classroom and enjoys reading books to the students. Ms. Kristyn also believes that it is important children have positive social skills, which she helps them practice throughout the day during different games and projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kristyn worked with children at Champions, The Children’s Garden and Grandma’s Place daycare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Valeria, Preschool Classroom

    Valeria joined our center in the fall of 2014. She has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2012. Valeria has a daughter of her own and recently moved with her family from Washington. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys incorporating Spanish into her Preschool lesson plans. Her favorite part of her job is bringing in fun and engaging activities for the children to do while exploring and learning new concepts.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Big Ripe Strawberry
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    AA in Arts and Science
  • Ms. Pollyanna, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Polly worked for KinderCare in 2005 and then joined our school again in 2014.  She is our Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher and loves to create meaningful experiences for the children in her class.  She is dedicated to helping children learn social and emotional skills.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mama Zoom
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    AA in Arts and Science
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, School Age Classroom

    I love making a difference in a child's life. Every day brings a new memory and adventure with a child.

    Ms. Brandi has spent most of her adult life educating children. Ms. Brandi has had the opportunity to work in many of the classrooms and is currently the Lead Preschool Teacher. She is married with 2 children, both of whom grew up attending KinderCare. She is a creative and valued addition to our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brandi previously worked as a dietary aide and certified nursing assistant.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Sally

    Ms. Sally, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love adapting the curriculum to the needs of the students; seeing them grow and glow.

    In the year 2000, while researching a director job, Ms. Sally landed the wonderful job of becoming the Learning Adventures Phonics and Math teacher. She loves the positive spirit of her students and they look forward with anticipation to her visits every Tuesday through Thursday. She is a joy and an asset to have here at the Powell KinderCare Learning Center.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Health and Safety Coordinator

    It's a new adventure every minute.

    Ms. Judy has worked in Early Childhood Education since her children were young, now her grandson is here. She began her KinderCare Career in the Preschool room, worked her way to the Prekindergarten room and 25 years ago became the Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Year Started:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Nutritional Specialist & Assistant Teacher

    I love coming to work to see all their smiling faces and watching them grow.

    Ms. Paula began her KinderCare Career with her son, Zachary, in the infant room. She has worked in Preschool, Prekindergarten and School Age classrooms and is now serving nutritional meals, which the students love. In her off time, she enjoys going to sporting events that her son participates in.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paula has previously worked as a Customer Service Representative and Retail Sales
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Here at the Powell KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. All of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates and our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. We have an onsite Health and Safety Coordinator who’s duties includes conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

I had always thought that I would pick a home-based daycare for my daughters but I also needed the flexibility and stability of a daycare center. By picking Powell KinderCare, I got the best of both worlds. From the very first tour, I felt that my daughter would be safe and happy when I was away at work. The consistency and partnership with the staff has been great. My second daughter is 4 1/2 years younger than her sister and she has had many of the same teachers. As my older daughter has transitioned to elementary school, she often misses "Kinder", from the summer camps to the special attention she received in Spanish lessons. Now going to spring or summer break care at KinderCare is a treat for her. I don't often take the time to thank them enough, but the Center Director Carrie and her team make our lives less stressful every single week.

- Mother

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