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Powell KinderCare

Anna Murphy, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harold Oliver, Park Lane, Lynch View, Lynch Wood, Wilkes, Hartley, Gilbert Park. Butler drops off nearby.

Welcome

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!

Anna Murphy, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

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

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.

  • Anna Murphy

    Anna Murphy, 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:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    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:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Beth Kenfield

    Ms. Beth Kenfield, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love being able to help children learn! It is exciting how much progress Kindergartners 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:
    1/1/1987
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education; Basic Teaching License
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Nutritional Specialist and Support Staff

    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:
    2/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years

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

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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