Valerie Sweisthal, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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!!
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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