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KinderCare Learning Center at Kroger Fred Meyer

Marjie Randall, Center Director

2215 SE Gladstone Street Portland OR 97202
(503) 231-2993 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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Welcome

Welcome to our center at Fred Meyer. Our school is located in the heart of Southeast Portland in the Brooklyn neighborhood. We serve the families of the Fred Meyer/Kroger Corporation as well as those from our surrounding neighborhoods. We utilize the Guided Discovery curriculum program which allows for individualized exploration for every child every day. Our faculty and staff share a passion for early childhood education and we believe in the importance of developing a love of life-long learning. When you visit our school you will experience a warm welcome in a family oriented environment. We look forward to scheduling a tour for your family.

Marjie Randall, Center Director

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Business Partner Message

We are located at the Fred Meyer/Kroger Headquarters campus and have an open door policy to all families enrolled at our center. Family members are welcome to visit with their child at any part of their day; whether it be sharing lunch or an art project,rocking their infant to sleep or breast feeding.

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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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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

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.

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Teachers & Staff

  • Marjie Randall, Center Director

  • Maggie

    Maggie, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Play is the highest form of research.

    Maggie is our Health and Safety Coordinator and has been working at our center for over seven years. She started her career as a toddler teacher and has since compiled over 10 years of experience in early childhood education. Maggie took on the role of Health and Safety Coordinator in May of 2013, assuming responsibilities that include organizing and carrying out monthly fire drills, policies and procedures training, and immunization reporting.

  • Nicki

    Nicki, Learning Adventures

    Nicki is our school’s Learning Adventures Teacher, providing additional engaging curriculum in the subjects of science, phonics, music, and cooking. Nicki was born and raised in the wonderful "Midwest Mitten" of Michigan.  She has been working as an educator for over seven years and has a bachelor’s degree with a major in elementary education as well as minors in English and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language). After completing a year of student teaching in an ESL kindergarten, she knew she wanted to teach abroad, so she headed off to Thailand where she taught for four years. Upon returning, Nicki lived briefly in Chicago before moving here to Portland where she has been now for over a year. She loves reading, fishing, traveling, and just got a new bicycle that she’s excited to ride around town!

  • Zach

    Zach, Chef

    Zach has been the chef here at our center since 2009. Prior to moving to Portland, he spent seven years at Dean and Deluca's Kansas City location sampling foods from all over the world and learning the ins and outs of cooking, baking, and catering. In 2011, Zach partnered with Sue Ann to develop recipes and implement the Cooking Adventures program, which he currently co-teaches with Nicki.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca, Pre-K Steel Classroom

    Rebecca is one of our center’s Pre-K teachers. She grew up in a small fishing town in Alaska and moved to Portland in 2012. After earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Rebecca has accumulated over ten years of experience in early childhood and elementary education and particularly enjoys teaching Spanish and handwriting. When she’s not having fun in the classroom, she enjoys biking, skiing, gardening, traveling with her husband, and walking her toy poodle named Pirate.

  • Callie

    Callie, Pre-K Steel Classroom

    Callie is a teacher in one of our Pre-K classrooms. She is currently working toward obtaining her bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from Portland State University and plans to pursue a master’s degree in early childhood intervention. Callie brings with her two years of experience as a teacher’s aide in a first grade classroom and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and painting.

  • Carmen

    Carmen, Pre-K Burnside Classroom

    Carmen has been working with children for over 20 years. She began her career as a teacher's assistant for a Head Start program in San Jose where she worked with children with various disabilities and developed teaching curricula. Since then, she has worked as a program specialist for Choices for Children, a curriculum coordinator for First Five Monterey, and a preschool teacher for Action Day Primary Plus.

  • Jeanelle

    Jeanelle, Pre-K Burnside Classroom

    Jeanelle is an assistant teacher in one of our Pre-K classrooms. She began working with people with disabilities where she found a passion for helping people. Jeanelle has always loved working with children and is very excited to get that opportunity at our center.

  • Neal

    Neal, Preschool Hawthorne Classroom

    Neal is a teacher in our preschool classroom. He has been teaching preschool and Pre-K here at our center for over seven years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Neal earned an accreditation in early childhood education through the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Portland State University and has been teaching young children ever since, working with age groups ranging from preschool to third grade.  He loves integrating music and art into his classroom and can often be found singing and playing his ukulele.

  • Kaley

    Kaley, Preschool Hawthorne Classroom

    To make a difference in a child's life is amazing, but the difference they make in your life is immeasurable.

    Kaley is a first-year preschool teacher here at our center. She grew up in McMinville and attended the University of Oregon where she is only a few credits shy of receiving her degree in education. She enjoys lots of singing, moving, and arts and crafts in her classroom.

  • Stacee

    Stacee, Discovery Preschool Interstate Classroom

    Stacee works in our Discovery Preschool classroom and is the mentor for our Toddlers and Twos program.  Before coming to our center, Stacee worked at a childcare center in NW Portland for five years and another center in the Hawthorne area for three years. She is working towards her Child Development Associate Credential and enjoys doing a variety of hands-on projects and experiments with her classroom children.

  • Shelby

    Shelby, Discovery Preschool Morrison Classroom

    Shelby was born and raised in Ocala, Florida. During high school, Shelby submerged herself in all that was offered in the field of education, joining clubs such as Teacher Academy, Junior Achievement, Teen Trendsetter Reading Mentors, and Florida Future Educators of America. Soon after getting married, Shelby and her husband moved to Okinawa, Japan where Shelby had the opportunity to work at Niko Niko Child Development Center as a teacher in a twos classroom. She received an associate's degree from the University of Maryland University College Asia and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University. In her spare time, Shelby enjoys reading, baking, and exploring the beautiful Northwest. In her classroom she actively encourages singing, reading, and messy art!

  • Natalie

    Natalie is 24 years old and from Gainesville, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Natalie initially moved to Oregon to attend pharmacy school at Pacific University, but decided to change her career path to focus on working with children. She hopes to eventually pursue a master's degree in counseling.

  • Bethany

    Bethany, Toddler Ross Island Classroom

    Bethany has worked at our center for over two years. She has an early childhood education certificate and has worked for with children with disabilities for the state of Oregon. Bethany loves planning fun activities for children and teaching them new words.

  • Corina

    Corina, Toddler Ross Island Classroom

    Corina started her work with children in high school as a cheerleading coach for young girls. This experience landed her a position at St. Benedict Catholic School as a junior high cheerleading coach and teacher's aide in classroom's ranging from pre-K to fourth grade. She also would occasionally sit in as a physical education teacher. Corina found her passion for early childhood education during the time she spent in the pre-K classroom before moving to Portland. She now lives with her husband and foster daughter and very much looks forward to continuing her education and experience in early childhood education.

  • Klecia

    Klecia, Toddler Fremont Classroom

    Klecia has been working with children since middle school. She began with babysitting and then became involved in after school programs, summer camps, and coaching youth sports.  She moved to Portland from Madras and attended Portland Community College before transferring to Portland State University where she studied Elementary Education. However, after working as a nanny for toddlers, Klecia knew that she was meant to work with younger children.  In her free time, Klecia enjoys playing and watching sports, visiting her family, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

  • Tasha

    Tasha, Toddler Fremont Classroom

    Tasha recently moved to Portland, from Austin, Texas. She studied environmental science and plans on going back to school to earn a degree in education. She spends her free time exploring and enjoying the outdoors. She loves teaching people of all ages and hopes to share her passion for our environment!

  • Jan

    Jan, Toddler Broadway Classroom

    Jan is a native Oregonian with two teenage sons. She has been working with children in some form since babysitting in high school. In her twenties, Jan volunteered with children with special needs and worked at an at home day care. She went on to work caring for children at the YMCA and when she found our center jumped at the opportunity to work here. In her free time, Jan enjoys camping, movies, and going to the beach.

  • Deanne

    Deanne, Toddler Broadway Classroom

    Deanne is a toddler teacher in our Broadway room.  She is a native Portlander and has an associate's of arts degree from Portland Community College where she also studied child development.  Deanne started her work with children as a nanny and went on to work at Tigard High Little Tigers Preschool.

  • Breanne

    Breanne, Infant St. John's Classroom

    Breanne grew up in Southern California and moved up to Portland in early 2015.  Art and music are a big passion in her life and she spent time studying art in San Francisco.  When she's not taking care of other people's babies, Breanne is spending time with her own one-year-old son Ryatt.  They love it here in Portland and look forward to many adventures here!

  • Sara

    Sara was born in Kansas and attended college in Chicago where she studied Global Studies and Communication Theory with a minor in French.  She has worked as a foreign language tutor as well as doing volunteer work with infants for several years. In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking, coffee, reading, and long walks with her dog Sheba.

  • Star, Infant Sellwood Classroom

    Star has been working as one of our infant teachers for the past year.  Besides being the second oldest of nine and helping care for her siblings and relatives throughout her life, Star has been working with children (newborn to 12) professionally for eight years. Star has a degree in early childhood education as well as Darkness to Light trainings. The family to school connection is very important and prominent in her classroom. Star is very passionate about what she does and each child in her class is loved, cared for, taught, and genuinely treated as if they were her own. Her classroom is a calm and nurturing environment.

  • Martha

    Martha, Infant Sellwood Classroom

    Martha is a mother of four and has two amazing grandchildren. She knew from a young age that nurturing and caring for babies was her true calling and has spent most of her adult life doing just that.  Martha ran an in-home day care for seven years and then went into home nannying.  She came to our center in March of this year as an assistant infant teacher and has enjoyed every day she has gotten to spend with the babies here. In the classroom, Martha loves to read, sing songs, play with toys, snuggle, and so much more. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the coast, camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Life is good!

  • Becky

    Becky, Infant Sellwood Classroom

    Becky has been working in childcare for almost 30 years. She has worked for a number of KinderCare centers throughout the Portland area including Beaverton and Sunnyside.

  • Ghennet

    Ghennet, Support Staff

    Family is my number one.

    Ghennet has a degree in early childhood education and has been working in the field for more than 18 years. She worked in special education classes for three years before being hired by our center where she has been teaching for 15 years. Ghennet has done it all here, from teaching to Health and Safety to her current position as part of our preschool and pre-K support staff. Ghennet speaks three languages, has three children, and loves to cook and entertain at home.

  • Mackenzie

    Mackenzie, Support Staff

    Mackenzie is a native Oregonian. She loves to hang out with her husband and her Chihuahua.  In her free time, she likes to try new recipes and sew. Mackenzie graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. She is excited to explore with the children, especially in learning language and making art.

  • Jamie

    Jamie, Support Staff

    Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jamie just recently moved to Portland.  She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Psychology with a focus on children and their perception of race and gender.

  • Damian

    Damian, Support Staff

    Damian was an assistant instructor at Tracker’s Earth and has worked caring for children in the past. He loves making others smile and laugh, so working with kids seemed like a natural fit. He loves science and is excited to incorporate his knowledge into his work with children.

  • Joshua

    Joshua, Support Staff

    Josh moved to Portland from Modesto, California two years ago with his teenage daughter Rain. He received his bachelor of arts in history at UC Santa Cruz and went on to earn a master's degree from California State University Stanislaus. Along with working with the young children here at our center, Joshua teaches college history classes online.

  • Kim

    Kim, Support Staff

    Kim grew up in in the small fishing town of Cordova, Alaska. She attended college at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where she earned a bachelor's degree in earth science with a minor in Spanish. She moved from Alaska to Portland in 2012 and started working at our center the following fall. She enjoys engaging with students of all ages whether she is making a baking soda and vinegar volcano with preschool or singing and reading with the younger children. She spends her winters in Portland working at our center and returns to Alaska in the summers to work on her family’s commercial seine fishing boat.

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Special Features

  • Spring Break Camp
  • Winter Break Camp

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We are closed on Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving. The center closes at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and is closed on Christmas Day. The center closes on New Year's eve at 4:00 p.m. and is closed on New Year's Day.

Health and Safety

Our center at Fred Meyer is equipped with a locked front door with family and employee access granted using a secure keypad/code. Every family signs their child in and out on our computer system and all non-routine people picking up a child must show ID matching the authorization form on file. Our three playgrounds are fully fenced with alarms at each gate. Each employee is regularly trained in CPR and First Aid.

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When we first joined CCLC 4 1/2 years ago, we were originally drawn to the calm, clean, light-filled space.  Well that and the teachers re-assuring presence in the infant room.  But as is so often the case, it's been the people that have made it such a wonderful experience start to finish.  We have literally not had a single day in our entire 4 1/2 years where we've been anything other then delighted with how well L is being taught, nurtured, celebrated and, in many cases given the quirky and fun nature of our girl, humored.
You've got a fantastic group of committed, caring and talented individuals there and we are very thankful for it.  Bur truly our most favorite thing about CCLC - the thing we tell folks when they ask about where L goes to school - is how everyone who works there just seems to be generally and genuinely happy people.  We love that energy and can think of no better environment for our girl to have spent her first few years.

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