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Meridian KinderCare

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

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fir Grove, Zeiger, Hunt, Broulliet, Carson, Edgerton, and Pope

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Heidi R. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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. 

    Kimberly M. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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!

    Anne V. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our story began Spring of 2010, our son was 16 months old when he started at KinderCare. It was hard for me on his first day at KinderCare as any parents would, new faces, new environment, new everything! With new firsts became new friends and many fun times. Throughout these years we've met new and wonderful people that touched our hearts and yet see them go. We have treasured all the wonderful people at KinderCare, families and staff alike. They have been amazing to us. I can defiantly say they are an extended family to us, sincerely!! Since 2012 our daughter also goes to KinderCare. It's been many wonderful years here and we love it. That's why it was even that much harder when our son started Kindergarten Fall 2014 and he said his goodbyes( but visits often ). Everyone has been very compassionate and up most caring people we've come to know and call family. We couldn't be more happier knowing our children are in a loving, learning and safe environment. I would highly recommend Meridian KinderCare to anyone. We've been truly blessed.

    Glenn Family - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Zenika G. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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