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Meridian KinderCare

Kerstin Brinson, Center Director

10221 152nd St. E Puyallup WA 98374
(253) 840-5686 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at 152nd & Meridian behind Key Bank

Neighborhood:
152nd & Meridian behind Key Bank (South Hill)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fir Grove, Zeiger, Hunt, Broulliet, Carson, Edgerton, Pope, Nelson, Pioneer Valley

Currently enrolling Kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year. Join our teachers as they roll out our new innovative smart board and iPads that will be integrated into our outstanding Kindergarten curriculum.

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Welcome

Welcome to Meridian KinderCare located in Puyallup, Washington. The moment you walk through our doors, you will feel the warmth and excitement that our wonderful teachers bring to this center. We pride ourselves in the longevity of our staff as many of our teachers have been here four or more years. Our teachers have their own unique talents and ideas to enhance our curriculum. We understand that the art of teaching is so important that it should only be practiced by individuals dedicated to excellence, and we encourage you to come meet our staff and get to know the wonderful teachers who will be guiding your children throughout their day! Our classrooms focus on the whole child in all aspects of development: social, emotional and physical development, all while in an engaging atmosphere. We offer care to children ages four weeks to 12 years and each and every classroom is designed to encourage your child to express and develop their own personality.

Kerstin Brinson, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tumbling Classes, Ballet Classes, Science Camp, Soccer Camp, T-Ball Camp

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Rainbow Girls Visit 9AM

    2. Secret Messages

Teachers & Staff

Meridian KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. 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 Meridian KinderCare are well trained and educated in the Early Childhood Education field. We are very proud of the tenure of most of the staff and strive to maintain a staff that is consistent for your children.

  • Kerstin Brinson

    Kerstin Brinson, Center Director

    I love working with children. I have worked in the education field since 1995 and I know it is the right career choice for me. Working with children is not only my career but it is my passion. With each new passing day come experiences, challenges and opportunities that are not to be taken for granted. I enjoy the demands of the job as well as the significant rewards. Children are wonderful, fun, silly, creative, gentle and happy and it is a privilege to be a part of their daily lives!

    While we try to teach out children all about life. Our children teach us what life is all about.

    Kerstin has worked for KinderCare Learning Center as a Director since 2010 and has over 13 years of experience working with children and families. Throughout her time with KinderCare Kerstin has successfully strengthened community relationships and involvement, established rapport and trust with children, parents and staff and developed a team of professionals who strengthen the reputation of the organization. Kerstin has a strong love and dedication to the field of education, which gives her the drive needed to lead effectively in this diverse and ever-changing industry. Kerstin continues to strive toward excellence within her position in order to ensure that every child is nurtured and loved at Meridian KinderCare. 
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Melissa Schierman

    Melissa Schierman, Assistant Director

    Every child is a different flower and I believe the world should be full of beautiful gardens.

    I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for fifteen years now. I have currently worked for KinderCare for a little over 8 years and have loved my experience here. Its wonderful to come to work every day with a great team of teachers that greatly care for each and every child here. The fulfillment I get when I help a child achieve a goal or see them do something new for the first time is beyond words. I don't think there is a more rewarding job in the world to have than working with children. I enjoy the interactions with the children and their families every day and am here to help or assist them in any way I can.
    Year Started:
    5/21/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Pia

    Ms. Pia, Prekindergarten Classroom, Preschool and Prekindergarten Program Specialist

    A child as a special way of adding joy to everyday.

    I love to work at KinderCare because I have the opportunity to meet lots of children and their families and to make this a positive KinderCare experience. I enjoy the expression on the children's faces when they have learned something new. I love the experience of enhancing the classroom to create a fun learning environment. I am inspired by knowing that I give the children a strong foundation in their early lives.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Millennia

    Ms. Millennia, Toddler Classroom, Infant & Toddler Program Specialist

    While we try to teach children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

    I love having the opportunity to make a positive impact on so many children's lives. I am inspired each and every day by the warm and loving welcome that awaits me this morning.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Jolene

    Ms. Jolene, Office Manager

    A child has a  special way of adding joy to every day!

    My favorite part about working at Meridian KinderCare is the families I get to know. Many of our families have been here for a long time and I love being a part of their lives. Watching their child grow from the infant room to our preschool rooms is such an amazing experience. Seeing the smiles on their faces and the accomplishments they make is truly rewarding.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Allison

    Ms. Allison, Prekindergarten Classroom, Closing Manager

    Play is the highest form of research.

    Working in this field, I am often told, "I don't know how you do it!" The key to being able to do what I do is having a passion for teaching and working with children. I've been working at KinderCare for nearly 7 years, and I've learned that you must love what you do. Watching the children's progress in their physical, social/emotional and cognitive development is an extremely rewarding experience. It is a wonderful feeling to know that what we are teaching plays a key role in this development. As if that weren't enough, the children shout my name and rush up to give me a hug when they see me. That alone makes this job worthwhile.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Learning Adventures Coordinator

    If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

    My favorite part about working at KinderCare is being welcomed every morning with open arms. I love knowing that the children are excited to see me everyday and tell me stories about what happened at home the night before. Also, being able to watch them learn and grow and remember new things each day, and knowing that I was a part of that growth always can put a smile on my face. I love not only having a job here, but being a part of the KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    3/5/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Jhena

    Ms. Jhena, Infant Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. –Nelson Mandela

    Teaching is a simple extension of what you know and what you believe lovingly imparted into a growing individual.I’m proud to be part of such an amazing experience.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Certified Paraprofessional, Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Victoria, Infant Classroom

    Choose your words wisely, it is easier to build up a child than to repair an adult.

    I love working my babies and get so excited to be in the classroom with them.  Seeing them reach milestones and having an impact on their lives makes me proud and happy.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Samantha N.

    Ms. Samantha N., Toddler Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    A person is a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Seuss

    I love being a KinderCare teacher because I get to be a part of the children's everyday routine. I come to work everyday excited to see what new things each child has learned. It amazes me every time I see a child do something new. It's incredible and so exciting to see how fast children grow and learn, and I am very glad I can be a part of that. I love coming to work everyday at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate’s Degree in General Studies, Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Toddler Classroom

    Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.

    I work with the Toddlers because I love being able to interact with their families and being involved in this important stage of development. Their enthusiasm for learning inspires me each and every day and keeps me motivated to be the best teacher I can be. I love watching them grow each and every day. I am so fortunate I am able to be involved with their learning and watch how proud they become when they complete any task. It is such a satisfying feeling! Their smiles, giggles, laughter, hugs, sense of pride, and desire for learning creates an unbelievable feeling that, as a teacher, I am able to experience each and every day.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Ms. Shay

    Ms. Shay, Toddler Classroom

    The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.-William Arthur Ward

    I've always had a passion to work with children. I love being able to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. KinderCare makes me feel like family. The children are a joy to be around and the parents are awesome. My co-workers help inspire me to come to work every day.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Carly

    Ms. Carly, Toddler Classroom, Support Staff

    To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a hero.

    I love having the opportunity to watch and observe the children grow and succeed each and every day. I also love working the the staff everyday. I am inspired by the children's smiles and laughter each and every day.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Courtney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work. - CS Lewis

    I love seeing every student blossom, change and grow on a daily basis.  Everything in their life can, and should be used as a learning and teaching experience.  Those moments is what keeps me going...knowing that I am touching young lives each and every day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jana

    Ms. Jana, Preschool Classroom

    It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that makes them successful human beings.–Ann Landers

    I have been working in the childcare field since 1995. I achieved my Child Development Associate's Credential in 2003. KinderCare continues to satisfy my desire to teach young children.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that children learn best by hands-on exploration facilitated by an experienced educator that knows them.

    I've been with KindCare for 15 years and I've loved learning and growing with the company. I love coming to work every day knowing that I am an important part of each child's learning experience. I believe that a positive learning environment early on helps the children in my class reach their full potential.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Support Staff

    If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

    I am a mother of two young boys.  Teaching is a profound duty that tests, challenges, and questions our very thoughts and actions.  I am proud to be a teacher and will continue to do my best in educating the leaders of tomorrow, our students.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Malia

    Ms. Malia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If you can dream it you can do it, reach for the stars.

    I love working at Meridian KinderCare because I am able to teach children new things and have fun at the same time. It is very rewarding to see how proud a child gets when they learn something new. I also love all the smiles and hugs each day.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Preschool Classroom, Support Staff

    Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

    I used to go to KinderCare when I was growing up, so working here has been really great. I love coming to work and being greeted by a great staff and awesome kids. I love watching the kids grow and learn, and knowing that I had a part in that. I am so lucky to have a job at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree General Studies
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Preschool Classroom

    The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence - Dennis Waitly

    The reason why I love to work for KinderCare is because I enjoy learning and exploring with young children. I believe as a male teacher that works in the Early Childhood Education field, that I can make an impact with young children. I also have a college degree in Early Childhood Education and would like to continue learning much more about teaching, which I am gaining from my experience here.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate’s in ECE, working towards his B.A. in Education
  • Ms. Marce

    Ms. Marce, Prekindergarten Classroom, Marketing Coordinator

    It is better to build up a child than repair an adult.

    I have been a preschool teacher for over 12 years and I love being at Meridian KinderCare where the atmosphere is so vibrant and energetic. I firmly believe that it is far better to build up a child then repair an adult, and here at KinderCare we are all about building up children, which I love.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    I believe that every child can learn!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kay

    Ms. Kay, School Age Classroom

    Leading students to become good citizens as part of our community and country.

    I love working with children at KinderCare because it is a great opportunity to watch the children explore new things each day. It is amazing to see. Also, I love that I am growing and learning and helping them become good citizens as they grow.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, School Age Classroom

    Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. - Chinese Proverbs

    Teaching is one of the only careers where you learn something new everyday. As a teacher my goal is to inspire and encourage my students to strive for greatness! There is something extremely gratifying about imparting information to your students and working with them to ensure they understand. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Nursing Degree and currently enrolled in Child Development Associates classes
  • Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael, School Age Classroom

    With great power comes great responsibility.

    Teaching is my passion. I enjoy finding moments to teach valuable lessons. I find fulfillment in progressing the future of society. I also couldn’t find happier people to work with.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in AA degree program
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Center Cook

    Children are like sponges, they soak up everything you give them!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Culinary Arts Degree

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Who, What, Where

    2. Looking at Books Outdoors

    3. Chalk Mazes

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Rainbow Girls Visit 9AM

    2. Secret Messages

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Pioneer Farms - Team B

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    2. Beginning, Middle, End

    3. At the Bookstore

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Pioneer Farms - Team A

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    2. How far will it move?

    3. If it Rhymes

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Beanbag Book Run

    2. Sandwich Puzzles

    3. Illustration I Spy

  6. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Food Groups Game

    2. Wanted: Fairy Tale Villains

    3. Identifying food groups

  7. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Build a Bear - Team A

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    2. Food Colors and Shapes

    3. Making Raisins

  8. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Build a Bear - Team B

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    2. Germs, hand washing, and mold

    3. Food that Grows Outdoors

  9. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Build a Bear Visits 8:30-11

    2. Where is the Golden Ball?

  10. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Our favorite ways to eat apples

    2. Three Little Pig Bagels

    3. Picnic Foods

  11. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Healthy Helpings

    2. What's in the Kitchen Drawer?

    3. Story Starters

  12. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Favorite Ways to Eat Apples

    2. Eco-Castles

    3. Examining Foods with Seeds

  13. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Banana Pudding

    2. Lemonade from Lemons

    3. Starplex 8 Movie Theater - Team B

  14. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Starplex 8 Movie Theater - Team A

    2. "Two Little Apples"

    3. Cracker Sandwiches

  15. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Snow Cones

    2. Snow Cones

  16. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Elements Frozen Yogurt - Team A

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    2. Alligators, Birds, and Cats

    3. Circles in Nature

  17. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Elements Frozen Yogurt - Team B

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    2. Letter Search

    3. Sorting and Building

  18. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Tie Dye

    2. Tye Dye

  19. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Tie Dye

    2. Tye Dye

  20. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Alphabet Echoes

    2. Marbled Milk

    3. What is your favorite color?

  21. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Bag of Words

    2. Dough Cutter Creations

    3. Kaleidoscope Art

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

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Korean

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years
Presidents Day
Labor Day
Fourth of July
Memorial Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety of the children enrolled in our school are of the utmost priority within our center! Our facilty is secured with a key-pad entry, as well as a fully fenced yard for the safety of your children. We are always concious about who is coming in and out of the facilty.
All of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified incase of an emergency situation. Handwashing and sanitization are a must, especially during the Fall and Winter months as cold and flu season approaches.
 
Ms. Samantha is the Health and Safety Coordinator for Meridian KinderCare. Samantha takes the health and safety of the children in our care very seriously. She is in constant communication with the staff about any safety issues that may occur in the classroom or on the playgrounds. She does routine toy checks to make sure that all of our materials are in good repair and also conducts monthly disaster drills and training for the staff so the building is prepared for any emergency. Samantha monitors the needs of the children such as accomidating special diets and food allergies, as well as medicine administration. 

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.

To me the staff at KinderCare are not just teachers, they’re a part of our family. They take an active interest in our lives outside the classroom; they nurture and stimulate our children’s development and take joy in watching them grow. As a new mom I couldn’t imagine sending my baby to daycare. Now I can’t imagine sending my children anywhere else. 

- Mother

My son, who is 4, has been attending Meridian KinderCare since he was a little over one. As parents, we all wish that we would not need the services of a daycare for our children but the reality is that some of us do and subsequently are faced with the ever so important decision of finding a facility that will provide the love and care that they deserve, and gives us parents the peace of mind knowing that while we are away from them that they are being loved, that they are safe and secure and are learning to interact with other children of their peers. Meridian Kindercare offers additional programs that help nurture our children’s development, such as one to one learning classes, music, and even fun cooking classes. These classes have been advantageous to my son’s growth and his style of learning. Meridian KinderCare has more than met my expectation in these areas and I feel fortunate to have him at this center for several years now. He loves the friends he has made and the teachers that he has had. As a parent, you will never feel like you are being left in the dark with your child’s development, whether positive or negative, as the teachers make every effort to keep you informed on your child’s progression. Communication has been key to keeping up with my son’s learning and progress – from parent/teacher conference, to emails (with fun pictures taken throughout the day), to a simple “He’s had a great day” when I pick him. As for the center as a whole, the Administration has been stellar at keeping parents in the loops on changes that are taken place at the school, community, including events that are coming up. The Director, Kerstin, is phenomenal! She is definitely the glue that keeps the school/center, parents, and teachers together. I cannot thank Meridian KinderCare and the stuff enough for the love and care they have provided over the years.

- Mother

One of my biggest parenting decisions has been who I entrust to care for my children on a daily basis. Both of my children have attended Meridian KinderCare from the age of 5 months. The quality of care, communication and follow up reassure me that I have made the best decision for our family.
 
My daughter just started preschool and comes home daily talking about the letters she has learned and posting art projects around the house. Her transition to preschool had some challenges, but everyone involved in her care has individualized their approach to address any concerns or needs to assist with the transition.
 
My son has developed strong attachments to his teachers in the infant and toddler classrooms, which makes me so happy that he is lovingly cared for on a daily basis and he is happy in his classroom.
 
I travel out of town frequently for my career, having the peace of mind that my children are receiving high-quality, loving care provided by a group of highly-skilled professionals is invaluable. The management and teachers at Meridian KinderCare provide me that peace of mind!

- Mother

KinderCare is much more than just a childcare facility to us, we consider them extended family! Our journey with KinderCare began in 2008 when we enrolled our first foster child in the program. We can't imagine ourselves anywhere else. They greet not only our family, but any child in it with open arms. The staff takes time to get to know each and every one of our children and works hard to help them reach their full potential. I couldn't be happier with our decision to become a part of the KinderCare family and would highly recommend them to anyone who asks! 

- Mother

There is no greater testament to the quality of care that your kids receive when they run (literally) into the building on Monday morning to hug their teachers and tell them about their weekend. When you think that your kids spend more time with their caregivers than you during the week, and hour for hour spent with the caregiver/teacher in a 7 day period, you can't make a mistake. They are so impressionable, each experience shapes their little minds, and each one needs to be positive. Each of the teachers that have had the opportunity to get to know the Ferris kids have touched their lives in positive ways. My kids still walk by the other classrooms and wave to the teachers they've had. Our daughter was bragging the other day about getting to spend some time with Miss Mel (that was her teacher over a year ago, and she's only 3). It's true that to really know the needs of a school building, you should get to know each child by name, strength, and need. It is clear that you have done that, and not just in each of your classrooms but across the board, the staff at KinderCare Meridian know all of the kids by name, strength, and need. When you give out so much of your time, attention, and love to kids you become like family to them. Thank you for being a part of our family.
 

- Parents

My son has been going to Meridian KinderCare since he was 6 months old (he is now 5). Our (almost) 1 year old daughter also goes there. I can't imagine our life without KinderCare - After our daughter was born I would have never gone back to work if it weren't for them. I've never once worried about their safety or well being.

Through the years we have moved further away from Meridian KinderCare and just haven't been comfortable enough to change facilities. Between my husband and we add an extra hour and a half to our day to drop off / pick up. We even got a school district release so my son could do KinderCare's before and after school program. I couldn't imagine sending them anywhere else.

KinderCare's teachers are so loving. I've become attached to almost every single one of them. The summer activities and trips arranged for the 'bigger' kids is wonderful. My son still talks about last year's summer camp. They constantly come home with cute little projects they've made throughout the day. I even get weekly pictures of my daughter in the classroom while I'm at work.

The other day when I dropped my daughter off, I was holding her and when she saw Ms. Diana she actually lunged for Ms. Diana to hold her. She's never done this for anyone else with me holding her - Not even her Dad! I walked out of the room with a huge smile thinking what a good sign that is.
 

- Mother

My daughter started at KinderCare a few weeks after her first birthday. She had never been in childcare previously, and I was very worried about going back to work and leaving her with someone. My nerves were quickly eased by the kind hearted staff and teachers at Meridian KinderCare. They welcomed my daughter and family with open arms. We quickly felt very comfortable leaving our daughter at this center/facility. My daughter is not in the PreA class and has learned so much. She looks forward to going to “school” every day and seeing her favorite teachers and friends. I believe her progress, skills, and knowledge are where they are due to the staff/teachers, activities, and curriculum at Meridian KinderCare. We wouldn’t think of a better place school/day care to have our daughter attend. 

- Mother

When we first toured Meridian KinderCare, my son was 11 months old. My first impression was that this was way out of our price range! That is to say, the building was not only neat and clean, but there was so many bright toys and learning areas in each classroom. It seemed way above the other centers that I had seen. When we toured the toddler A room, I was amazed that there was actually curriculum that they follow each day. As I put my son on the floor so he could explore a bit, the director got right down on the floor with him and talked to him. Of all the centers that I had toured that week, not ONE other childcare worker had even acknowledged my son or spoke to him. I knew in that moment that this was a very unique place and I would do anything to have my child in this center!!

We have now been with Meridian KinderCare for nearly seven years. My oldest child is in the school-age classroom and my younger son is in the preschool D room. We have made great sacrifices to have both our children grow up here. What makes it so special are the teachers and the family atmosphere they provide. The teachers are hand-picked for their love of children and that is very evident in each classroom. I know my children are LOVED, and they are well-taken-care-of. The atmosphere is a positive one and the teachers not only care for my children, but they also care for each other. I think it is so awesome that many of them are friends and they get together outside of work. I think that is something you don't find very often in a workplace.
My children absolutely love to go to Meridian KinderCare and it will be a sad day when my children have outgrown this special place. I am very blessed to have them play such a key role in our lives.

- Mother

Thank you to Mrs. Marce for being such an amazing light in my son's life. You were such a positive influence on him and he will miss you. I hope you know how much the kids love and cherish you and I hope the happiness and care you give them comes back to you in many ways.

- Mother

I just had to take a moment and share this amazing photo Liv's teacher sent home today. She was so so excited to share it with us...and every other person that happened to look her general direction.
 
I wanted to write a quick note saying how very much our family appreciates all the work and effort that you and your staff put in to the summer programs. Olivia is having a GREAT time in her "Begindergarten" program and I really feel like this experience will help ease the transition into school next year. And Ethan, as always, continues to grow and thrive in Ms. Bonnie and Ms. Samantha's room. We love our center and are so grateful for such a wonderful group of people.

- Parents
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