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Cedar Hills KinderCare

Cory Burford, Center Director

165 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Portland OR 97225
(503) 641-6758 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
NW of the Cedar Hills Blvd & Barnes Rd

Neighborhood:
Very close to Highway 26.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Mill Elementary, Bonny Slope Elementary, Terra Linda Elementary, Findley Elementary, Ridgewood Elementary, West TV Elementary and Barnes Elementary Schools.

The following schools are on our bus schedule: Cedar Mill Elementary, Bonny Slope Elementary, Terra Linda Elementary, Findley Elementary, Ridgewood Elementary, West TV Elementary and Barnes Elementary Schools.

Welcome

Welcome to Cedar Hills KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Cory Burford, Center Director

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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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes in pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in early childhood education. Ongoing training if offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

  • Cory Burford

    Cory Burford, Center Director

    I love to see children develop into responsible people. I also enjoy watching children learn new skills.

    Jackie has been a recreation therapist in long term care facility for seven years. She was a recreation therapist for Chula Vista Parks and Recreation for two years and she worked with Special Olympics in San Diego for two years. She was a swim instructor in San Diego for four years. Jackie has been a Center Director for 16 years with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Jackie was a School Age teacher, Bus Driver, Program Specialist and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1984
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infants Classroom

    I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new things and grow.

    Jessica likes to take classes every year to keep her updated on early childhood trends.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    Working with children is my passion.

    Danielle would like to continue her education and become a pediatric nurse.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Toddler Classroom

    I love children and their many personalities.

    Ms. Maggie attended Willow Vocational School and received her Child Development Certificate.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maggie has previous experience working with the YMCA and in elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kym

    Ms. Kym, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching children grow and develop.

    Kym has worked in preschool settings for the last 10 years. She is taking classes in Early Childhood Education and hopes to finish her Associate’s Degree soon.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and watching each individual grow in their own special way.

    Nicole has worked for KinderCare for four years. She is currently working on her Child Development Associate's.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    I love how excited the children get about learning new things.

    Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences. She has started working on her master’s degree.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Develppment and Family Sciences
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Kids are awesome - creative and fun.

    Ms. Emily has her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon. She has plans to continue on to get her Master's Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Emily worked with the SMART program and as an elementary school volunteer.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Lura

    Ms. Lura, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children learn and explore the world around them while helping them become comfortable with themselves.

    Lura has a degree from Portland State University. She enjoys spending time in the classroom with her children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Junior Kindergarten Classroom

    Children are fascinating to watch as they learn and grow as individuals.

    Ms. Kate received her degree from the University of Oregon.  She likes to interact with children and get to know them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kate has previous experience working for the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, School Age Classroom

    I love spending time with children teaching them and watching them grow.

    Julie has worked eight years with preschool through 6th grade extended care programs. She likes to craft and make hands on projects with her students.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Becka

    Ms. Becka, Floater

    I love the laughter that children bring, because that is true joy.

    Becka works in the Junior Kindergarten classroom and the Discovery Preschool classroom. Becka has volunteered in a kindergarten class. She has also worked at a daycare.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Floater

    I like working with children.

    Ms. Christina works with Prekindergarten children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Floater

    I love watching children grow and learn.

    Haley is working on getting her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Floater

    I love watching the children grow and learn.

    Kathy works with Infants through School Age children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Yaso

    Ms. Yaso, Floater

    I love the innocence and curiosity of small children.

    Ms. Yaso has a Master's Degree in Chemistry. She works with children in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Chemistry
  • Ms. Meredith

    Ms. Meredith, Program Specialist

    I love working with children.

    Ms. Meredith started working as a Lead Teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She became a Learning Adventures teacher and now serves as the Program Specialist.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meredeth's previous experience includes working with World Vision Mexico and other non-profit organizations.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Program Specialist

    I believe that children are our greatest natural resource and I like helping to give them a strong foundation to be confident.

    Sheila has taught Preschool and Prekindergarten. She has also taught Junior Kindergarten. She has been a Health and Safety coordinator and is currently a Program Specialist.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our center has a keypad entry that allows parents entrance to the center. Any one new picking up a child must be on the parent pick up list and must present a current identification. Our three playgrounds are surrounded by forest and are secured by a locked fence. All of our staff has CPR and First Aid certification. Our center is also state certified.

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.

Choosing childcare for your family can be one of the most challenging jobs as a parent. We chose KinderCare because we felt they offered a safe, nurturing and creative environment to support our child’s development. We never could have imagined the number of wonderful relationships that would not only support our child, and later children, but our entire family. KinderCare excels at creating fun activities that our children love and that support their development. We have found their teachers to be caring, fun and in tune with the individual needs of our kids, one of which has a chronic medical condition. We could not be more pleased with our experience at KinderCare: they are truly and extension of the loving environment we try to give our kids at home and we would highly recommend the school to any family.

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We couldn't do without our KinderCare!

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