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31st Avenue KinderCare

Jaclyn Hopkins, Center Director

123 31st Ave. SE Puyallup WA 98374
(253) 848-1907 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Across from Walmart and Sportsman Warehouse This is the South Hill Puyallup KinderCare

South Hill, Puyallup

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not provide transportation to school or from school. Before/ After school Program for Wildwood Elementary Only.

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Welcome to South Hill KinderCare located on 31st Ave in beautiful Puyallup, Washington. The minute you step into the lobby at South Hill KinderCare you instantly feel the warm, family like quality of our open concept building. You will feel the warmth and excitement that our wonderful teachers bring to this center, as well as the strong connection our families have with our teachers and members of management. We not only want to make you a valued customer but an integral part of the KinderCare family.
We pride ourselves in the quality of our classrooms, the eagerness our teachers have to see their students excel, and the dedication our team has to making our building more like a second home to our children and families. All of the teachers have their own unique talents and ideas to enhance KinderCare’s curriculum. South Hill’s Teachers specialize in making their classrooms stand out individually, making each learning center fun and curriculum focused. We understand that the art of teaching is so important that it should only be practiced by individuals dedicated to excellence. That is why our teachers have been specially selected for our school. They are not only excited to teach but have made a point to make their students excited to learn! We encourage you to come meet our staff and get to know the wonderful teachers who will be guiding your children throughout their day! The teachers focus on the whole child in all aspects of development: social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, all while in an engaging atmosphere. We offer care to children ages six weeks to 12 years and each and every classroom is designed to encourage your child to express and develop their own personality.

Jaclyn Hopkins, Center Director

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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.

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.

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


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.


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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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

South Hill KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem, growth and independence. This is more than a job for our teachers, but an outlet to create an ideal learning environment. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. The staff at South Hill KinderCare are well trained and educated in the Early Childhood Education field. We are very proud of the dedication our teacher show to our children and families everyday.
  • Jaclyn Hopkins, Center Director

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Tameka Lee, Assistant Director

    Ms. Holly prides herself on making sure that South Hill KinderCare is not only an educational facility but also safe and healthy for the children here in our care. She has over eight years in the Early Childhood Education field and has committed herself to the children and parents here at South Hill KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Tameka has worked in the early learning for over 18 years. In the classroom she worked as a School-Age Lead teacher and Kindergarten Prep Lead teacher. In early learning leadership and administration she as worked as a Center Director and education coordinator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree and Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Preschool Classroom

    I absolutely love coming to work every day knowing I'm making a difference in children's lives. I enjoy seeing the smiles and joy when a child learns something new.

    Ms. Heather is currently our lead Preschool A teacher. KinderCare is her first experience working with children, but Ms. Heather already says she couldn’t see herself working in anything other than childcare because of all of the rewards she receives from teaching in her class. Ms. Heather grew up in Graham, Washington with a large family. She and her siblings are very close. She is excited to become an aunt for the first time in December. Ms. Heather loves working for KinderCare because of the diverse curriculum we offer in our classrooms. She feels that the education that these children are receiving will help catapult them into success in the future.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Lindsey, Preschool Classroom B and Program Supervisor

    The most rewarding part of this job is seeing the smiles in my class when I arrive.

    Ms. Lindsey is currently our lead Preschool Classroom B teacher, and Program Supervisor. She is thrilled to be a part of the KinderCare team. She loves seeing her class learn, grow and have fun everyday. Ms. Lindsey is originally from Tenino, Washington, but moved to Puyallup to be closer to her extended family. She has a beautiful 14-month-old daughter named Ashlynn who is her pride and joy. She believes that KinderCare has provided her with the tools to help her class be successful in learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsey has worked as a nanny and in a preschool setting
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Prekindergarten Classroom, Heath and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Robin started with KinderCare on February 21, 2009, but in total has an amazing 32 years of experience working in early childhood education. Currently, Ms. Robin is our lead Prekindergarten Teacher, as well as our Health and Safety Coordinator. She enjoys having the opportunity to make our building a safe and healthy place for our children to learn, grow and play. Ms. Robin is a military spouse originally from Kansas. She has moved around to many amazing places. She has lived abroad in Europe and finally relocated to Washington in 2009 with her husband, Doug. She has two sons: Doug Jr. and Jamel. She is also now a grandmother of two beautiful baby girls, Armani and Amia. Ms. Robin is proud to work for a company that gives its employees an opportunity to continue their education and provides an amazing curriculum for its students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin worked as a center director for 19 years with Kiddie College Inc., and worked for the American Youth Center as a before and after school program supervisor.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Early Childhood Education Degree; Child Development Associate Credential, Rasmussen College

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

South Hill Kindercare is located in the heart of the South Hill community in Puyallup, Wa.  Our center is full of laughter, joy, smiles, and learning each and everyday.  We have a passionated teaching team that care about the children and strive to ensure each child is able to explore and discover.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the day after.
Close early on Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Years Day
We are also CLOSED for Professional Development Day one day in the fall and spring.

Health and Safety

South Hill KinderCare is dedicated to safe-guarding your children. We have perimeter fences, age-appropriate playgrounds, key-pad entry, and First Aid/CPR trained teachers.

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