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Puyallup KinderCare

Judy Werkheiser, Center Director

301 43 Ave. SE Puyallup WA 98374
(253) 841-3785 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"One block off Meridian across street from YMCA" next to Les Schwab

Neighborhood:
South Hill, Puyallup

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ziger, Woodland, Hunt, Carson, Ridgecrest (Sunrise provides transportation to the Center)

At Puyallup 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

KinderCare in Puyallup welcomes all  to come and visit our Nationaly Accredited Learning Center. Once you have met  our  dedicated staff you will not want to leave your children any where else.   All of our team members have specialized training for the age group they work with.  We want  all who enter our program to feel like they are apart of one big  family.  We have seen generations grow with us.  Our biggest enrollment of new children come from referrals from current or past families.   The education of  young children is our highest priority however we include large doses of FUN to ensure that all children feel successful in the activites that promote their development. Every child is an unique individual  and  with our whole child approach to learning, the teachers can customize goals to help them achieve success.

Judy Werkheiser, Center Director

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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.

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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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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

  • Judy Werkheiser

    Judy Werkheiser, Center Director

    In every job that must be done there is an element of fun." - Mary Poppins
    "My love of children and families is my life's work. I am eager to come to work each day to discover what new milestones the children will reach. My goal is that all children will leave at the end of day excited about what they have learned and had fun doing so.

    Judy's career in Early Childhood Education began when she took a position with the Department of Defense in Massachusetts. She started out with School Age and Preschool children for five years. The military moved her family to Germany where Judy took her first Director position for two School Age programs. From Germany, her family moved to Arizona and Judy became a Director for an early learning center. She spent the next ten years in Arizona. She then moved to Washington, where she found her home with KinderCare. Judy has spent the last thirteen years planting roots here in Puyallup.

    Year Started:
    1/17/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Marie Brain

    Marie Brain, Assistant Director

    Ideas are like children; there are none so wonderful as your own." - Chinese Proverb

    Marie started with KinderCare as the Preschool teacher for a year and a half. She was promoted to Program Supervisor and was a key player in obtaining NAEYC Accreditation. Marie was then again promoted to her present position as the Assistant Director. She is always a wealth of energy and enthusiasm that she shares with children. She shares her farm life experiences with the children; from hatching baby chicks to sharing the giant pumpkin from the garden.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Marie worked as a public school teacher in Special Education, taught English in Moscow, and as a camp counselor for the Boy Scouts.
    Year Started:
    1/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because the children can make the worst of days your best day!

    Ms. Kim has worked with children for several years and finds it truly rewarding. She worked at KinderCare for the past four years. Ms. Kim started working with the Infants and then moved with the children as they progressed to the one-year-old room. She enjoys implementing the curriculum then seeing the Toddlers progress in their development. Ms. Kim is very nurturing to the little Toddlers, teaching them new words as they dance and read stories.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim worked as a nanny and as an administrative assistant.
    Year Started:
    7/29/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services & Management
  • Ms. Marie

    Ms. Marie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marie has many years of experience working with young children. She has been an active Boy Scout leader in the community for the past seven years. As the Discovery Preschool teacher she is widely known as the potty training expert in our center. She has the unique ability to speak the Toddler language as she lovingly engages the children in their potty training adventures. It is very evident that the two-year-old children are her favorite age group. Ms. Marie is always calm as she consistently engages the children in their daily activities. She leads the children in many hands on activities, from mud play to painting with feathers. Ms. Marie is a great resource for parents and they feel very comfortable entrusting their children to her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marie has previous experience working as a Boy Scout leader and for a Common Voice.
    Year Started:
    11/3/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Gini

    Ms. Gini, Preschool Classroom

    I love when a child is having so much fun they don't even realize they are learning.

    Ms. Gini has been passionate about working with children since her first job as a teacher of a children's art class. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a focus in Early Childhood Education. She started working for KinderCare in April 2012 and loves being a Preschool teacher. She finds it especially rewarding to hear parents talk about  how much fun they have while they are learning. Ms. Gini is well known in the center for her ability to make any child feel welcome in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jini worked in another childcare center, as an recreational art teacher and as a summer camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    4/3/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Children's Studies
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    Love, patience and understanding make the world go round

    Ms. Nicole has been teaching children of all ages for the past eight years. Her love of education and music make her an asset to the classroom. She has a natural ability to lead the Preschool children. Ms. Nicole is a mother as well, she stays balanced in her life by eating healthy and practicing yoga, walking and dancing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nichole has held Preschool and Toddler Lead positions.
    Year Started:
    4/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Rest in not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day listening to the mummer of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." - Sir John Lubbock

    Ms. Jill graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006. Since then she has taught our Kindergarten program for four years, as well as taught in our Prekindergarten and Phonics classes. Her passion is making learning fun for everyone and she enjoys watching her students grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jill has previous experience student teaching in Puyallup and Franklin Pierce School Districts.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Holly, School Age Classroom

    Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden." - Unknown Author

    While working at KinderCare Ms. Holly has worn many hats. She is inspired to come to work every day knowing that she will have an impact on the children. She hopes to continue her education and ultimately get a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Holly enjoys being a team player. She loves collaborating with her peers and staff members to help create the best learning environment possible for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Holly worked for HeadStart and as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    3/28/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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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
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day

Health and Safety

The health and saftey of children at our center is our top priority.   To ensure all children are kept safe we have a coded enrty system to monitor only those authorized to enter.

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