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Renton II KinderCare

Valerie Sweisthal, Center Director

11010 S.E. Petrovitsky Renton WA 98055
(425) 271-8980 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off of 108th and SE Petrovitsky near Fred Meyer."

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Benson Hill, Cascade, Renton Park

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Welcome

Welcome to Renton KinderCare! We are an early learning center that is designed to teach, nurture and lovingly care for your child. Our goal is to prepare your child for success in developing a love for learning. This is done through a variety of designated child-chosen learning centers; as well as many opportunities for the development of early literacy and writing skills. We believe in whole child development which means your child will be safe, healthy, engaged, supported and challenged while in our care. We look forward meeting you and your children!

Valerie Sweisthal, 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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

The teachers and staff are dedicated individuals who have a passion to help children grow and learn. We believe that children are natural learners who flourish in a responsive environment centered on respect, creativity and joy. Our teachers promote a least-restrictive environment that encourages independence and allows children the freedom to be creative and become capable and confident individuals. We would love for you to come on into our center to see our classrooms and meet our wonderful staff!!

  • Valerie Sweisthal

    Valerie Sweisthal, Center Director

    Keep your thoughts positive because they become your words. Keep your words positive because they become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because they become your habits. Keep your habits positive because they become your values. Keep your values positive because they become your destiny." ~Mahatma Gandhi

    Hi, My name's Amy. Although I've only been with KinderCare since 2014, I have about 25 years experience in the Early  Childhood Education field in a variety of roles and absolutely love it! My past experience includes being a State Approved Trainer, a Head Start Center Director and Child Care Partnership Manager in Olympia, a Child Care Consultant and Program Manager, a Family Child Care Provider, and more.
    I have 2 grown children who live on the East Coast. In my spare time, my boyfriend and I enjoy travelling, gardening, reading, and cooking.
    Previous Experience:
    12 years as Center Director for Sound to Harbor Head Start/ECEAP and Program Manager with Olympia School District ECEAP; Program Assistant for several child care grant programs; State Approved Trainer for MERIT; Family Child Care owner/operator for 7 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Year Started:
    10/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Degree Early Childhood Education
  • Angel Wilson

    Angel Wilson, Assistant Director

    Angel has worked in the Early Childhood Education Field for over fifteen years. She attended the Renton Technical College's Early Childhood Careers Program. Throughout the program she had to complete a practicum in an early childhood setting. Angel explored age groups ranging from Infants to School Age during her internship. Upon completion, Angel was offered a job as a teacher's assistant for a child care center in Seattle. This opportunity allowed her to expand her career by working with a diverse population. She joined the KinderCare Team in March of 2012 as center management in which she has explored both roles as the Assistant and Center Director.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Eleanor

    Ms. Eleanor, Program Specialist

    'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.' I believe in teaching and reaching children at an early age.

    Ms. Eleanor is the Program Specialist for our Center. Ms. Eleanor has worked in Early Childhood Education for almost twenty years. She holds a Degree in Business as well as her Credential in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Eleanor has one son and daughter who shes loves to spend time with as well as a granddaughter who keeps her on her toes. During her free time she enjoys reading a variety of books, doing cross word puzzles, watching classic movies and baking with her granddaughter.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Zarina

    Ms. Zarina, Infant Classroom

    Be true to your word.

    I'm Ms. Zarina Roque, I have been with KinderCare since 2009 and have been having the time of my life with the children. I have finished college and a Child Development Associate. Being an infant teacher has filled me with joy and brought out the nurturing side in me.  Unconditional love, constant learning and development from the babies is such a blessing to be a part of. I'm a patient person whose first loves are babies and reading, with traveling coming in a close second.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Jody

    Ms. Jody, Infant Classroom

    My name is Jody Dolan.  I teach in our Infant classroom and have worked for KinderCare since 2005. I have over 15 years combined experience in early childhood and elementary education. I earned my Childhood Development Associate Certification in 2012, and for the next five to ten years plan to continue learning and working in this fascinating field.  Every day is an adventure working with the children in our care! In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities, drawing and spending time with my family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jody has previous experience as an elementary school teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    I'm Amber and I have always wanted to work with kids. I love coming into work every day and watch each child grow and learn new things.  I have been working here since 2012. I have received my Child Development Associate and working towards getting my teaching degree. In my free time I love doing things outdoors like camping, riding dirt bikes, hiking and much more. I also played rugby for five years and I love spending lots of time with my family!

    Year Started:
    1/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Luann

    Ms. Luann, Toddler

    Luann started out working for Children’s World. Then through the acquisition of Children’s World and KinderCare by KinderCare Education, worked for KinderCare. Through the course of her career, Luann has worked with all ages from infancy through school age. She has been a float, an assistant, and a lead teacher. The ages that Luann likes to work with the most are infants-preschool. She loves her toddlers! Luann recently graduated in August of 2014 from Green River Community College. She has an associate of art in early childhood education. Luann loves to spend her free time with her family, friends, and animals. She loves nature and has recently started going camping.

    Year Started:
    9/7/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rachel is our Discovery Preschool Teacher and has been working with KinderCare since April of 2012. Ms. Rachel has been in the early childhood field for over 19 years. She obtained her Child Development Associate's credential in 2009 and her career goal is to become a para-educator. During Ms. Rachel's free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, scrap-booking and spending time with family ,especially her two daughters and golden retriever.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Lyubov

    Ms. Lyubov, Discovery Preschool

    A person's a person, no matter how small," - Dr. Seuss

    Hello, my name is Lyubov. I was born in Eastern Europe in the fairly small country of Belarus. In January of 2001 my whole family immigrated to Washington State. have lived here since then. I’ve been married for 30 years and have two adult sons. I really enjoy spending time with my family and relatives, I also love to work in my garden growing tomatos, cucumbers and other vegetables and in addition to that, I love to cook.
     
     
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Animals
    Year Started:
    12/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Selena

    Ms. Selena, Toddler Classroom

    There is no bad child. Only curious children, looking to learn about the world around them. It is up to us to guide them down the correct pathways.

    Hello, I am Selena. I'm usually noticed by my Corgi, whose name is Princess Leah. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    As soon as I was of age I have been caring for young children. I have had many young relatives that I have cared for as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1st year
    Education:
    Child Care Basics Certificate
  • Ms. Sammie

    Ms. Sammie, Preschool

    And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed!" - Dr. Seuss

    I have worked with and around children my entire life. Between helping my mom raise my three siblings, babysitting for friends and neighbors, being a nanny, and volunteering at my old daycare, I know that this is what I love! When I’m not in my classroom, I fill my time with reading, drawing and biking.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Raising siblings, babysitting, nanny, volunteer at my old daycare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1st professional year
    Education:
    Working on CDA & AAS/ECE
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Preschool

    I am a current student at the University of Washington, Seattle campus studying in the major of Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS). Before working at KinderCare, most of my childcare experience came from watching over children of friends and family and found a passion with how much young children learn and grow. I am excited in the future to finish my degree in ECFS at UW and learn and grow from my experiences here at KinderCare. I hope to eventually pursue a path into the Masters program at UW for Elementary education and go on to be a kindergarten teacher. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Harley, reading (especially Batman comics), and photography.

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Jackie

    Jackie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My, name is Jackie I have been working with children for a little over 20 years. I have been with KinderCare since the middle of January 2015. I love working with children. I am starting school to get my early childhood development degree in the summer. I look forward to growing my education and knowledge. 

    Year Started:
    1/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Laura

    Laura, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Laura started working at KinderCare in May, 2015. She is working on her Bachelor's degree in Health Science with an emphasis on Public Health from Brigham Young University - Idaho. She has also received her associates of arts degree from Green River Community College. Laura also had the opportunity to take a Child Development course from BYU-Idaho. She loves children and loves to see the look on their faces when they learn something new. In her free time Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her two adorable nephews.

    Year Started:
    5/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate of Art Degree
  • Sara

    Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My name is Sara. I have recently joined KinderCare on May 27th. I have a strong heart for working with children. During high school I was in a daycare for my first period my senior year. I also took a class for child development. I look forward to having relationships, impacting and teaching the children new things!

    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Marta

    Ms. Marta, Pre-Kindergarten

    I have been working with KinderCare since October 2014. I am an assistant teacher  with the prekindergarten age group. I enjoy assisting children with their learning and development before their transition into Kindergarten. I currently attend Bellevue College to gain my general associate of art degree. I hope to pursue an education in early childhood development. During my free time I spend time with my  friends and family. My hobbies include hiking, spontaneous road trips, and cozying up with a good book. I enjoy what I do and look forward to seeing my kids grow and learn!

    Year Started:
    10/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing Associate of Art Degree
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, School Age

    Inspiration doesn't sit with those who stand still, it dances with the daring.

    I want to work with children, especially the school age class, because every one of them has something unique inside them to contribute. Society has put so many things in place that try to hide/change/shape these kids into specific ideals. My job is to encourage them to be themselves and to be confident and happy with who they are. I am going to school for Neuropsychology and Behavioral Science. I am intrigued by how people think, how children's thoughts are formed, and what makes a personality. And what better way to observe than in Early Childhood Education?

    Previous Experience:
    Taught Mixed Martial Arts to children for three years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Rabbits First Time Book by Alan Baker and Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate of Art degree from UW in Psychology
  • Mr. Joe

    Mr. Joe, School Age Classroom

    It is your mind that creates this world.

    My name is Joe Golan and I’m a fun loving character. I currently attend Bates Technical College in the Fire and Life Safety Training program and will graduate in early 2016. In my free time I like to Skateboard with friends or make music in my band. I am a highly skilled musician with over 10 years of professional training and have been the lead bassist in the Tacoma Youth Symphony for 4 years. I play a variety of instruments but my favorite is the bass, and I love to incorporate music into my teaching in any way I can. Coming from a family of 10, I’ve been around children my whole life and really enjoy being the most positive role model I can.

    Previous Experience:
    Calvary Chapel South and Grace Community Church Child Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mole Music
    Year Started:
    9/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    First year
    Education:
    Associate of Art Degree
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Cook

    Ms. Debbie is the center cook at KinderCare Renton. She has been with us for 16 years. Throughout the years she has worked as a toddler teacher as well as a school age teacher. She has attended a number of trainings regarding nutritional foods for children and early childhood. Ms. Debbie enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Scrap-booking and gardening are some of her favorite actives as well as being outdoors and taking care of her house plants.

    Year Started:
    9/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Labor Day, September 7th, 2015
Columbus Day, October 12th
Thanksgiving & Day After, November 26 & 27th
Christmas Day, December 25th
New Year's Day, January 1st, 2016
Presidents Day, February 15th
Memorial Day, May 30th
Independence Day, July 4th

Health and Safety

Safety is our top priority. We pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for all the children in our care. We are a secure facility which requires a keypad code to enter our building and fenced in and age appropriate playgrounds. Additionally, we have a health and safety coordinator at our school that ensures and checks the safety of our school daily.

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