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Downtown Portland KinderCare

Aaron Alaniz, Center Director

1400 SW 5th Ave Suite 100 Portland OR 97201
(503) 248-0581 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years

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Welcome to Downtown 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!

Aaron Alaniz, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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


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.

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Aaron Alaniz

    Aaron Alaniz, Center Director

    Every child in your class is someone's whole world!

    Aaron has been with KinderCare for nearly nine years and has been a Center Director for three years. He began his career in Albuquerque, NM working as a School Age teacher.  Aaron has worked in Preschool and Prekindergarten, Learning Adventures, and was an Assistant Director prior to being promoted to Center Director.

    Previous Experience:
    School Age Teacher, Prekindergarten Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pout Pout Fish

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Child Development Associate in Early Childhood
  • Sarah Segura

    Sarah Segura, Assistant Director

    Sarah is currently in the process of obtaining her undergraduate degree in business administration, marketing and advertising. Her true passion lies in consumer relations by better understanding target markets and creating processes to best fit consumer needs. Her position of Assistant Director is reflective of her love for Early Childhood Education and her constant desire to make a difference.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher, Center Opening Manager
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! & The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Obtaining undergraduate degree at Portland State University in Marketing and Advertising
  • Sheila, Support Staff

  • Chelsea, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Chelsea has a deep rooted interest in the learned behavior of children. She believes that children can be positively influenced immensely by a nurturing education, and that this influence will last a lifetime. 

    Before KinderCare, Chelsea was born and raised in Hillsboro, OR. for almost nine years, Chelsea has committed herself to the education and Parks and Recreation needs of children and adults alike. She has worked multiple positions with The City of Hillsboro, Parks and Recreation department, including but not limited to: Facility Supervisor of an indoor recreation facility and Swim Instructor. She has experience teaching lessons to patrons of all ages. While working for the city as a young adult she went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree of Science, majoring in Psychology. 
    Chelsea enjoys spending her free time with her husband and stepdaughter.

    Previous Experience:
    City Of Hillsboro Parks & Rec
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • Ms. Mireya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Sam, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, and Assitant Teacher in another Early Childhood Education Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love them all!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Jane

    Ms. Jane, Infant Classroom

    Jane loves working at KinderCare because she loves watching children learn and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Volunteer
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mine! by Shutta Crum

    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Business Management, Child Development Associate in progress
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sarah M.

    Ms. Sarah M., Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Youth Counselor for a Non-Profit Organization
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Book of Ree

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Psychology
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Support Staff

    Nicole has dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher, she has a passion for watching kids learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Summer Camp Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Pursuing Child and Family Studies Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, Prekindergarten Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Story of Ferdinand

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor of Art in Anthropology, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Jayme

    Mr. Jayme, Multi-Age Classroom

    Jayme loves to see children make a learning connection and light up with joy and pride in themselves. Knowing that he was there and helped make that connection is why he loves teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Master of Art in Teaching

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

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

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 playground is 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.

My daughter has attended since 2009 and we have loved every minute. She is developing her language skills as well as social skills quickly. Her teacher, Ms. Laura is amazing. She nurtures and loves each child individually for who they are. I will be sad when we move on to kindergarten. Thank you for the quality care you have always provided.

- Parent

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