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Renton Highlands KinderCare

Alicia Houston, Center Director

1225 Anacortes Ave. NE Renton WA 98059
(425) 271-0733 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Highlands, Honeydew, Sierra Heights


Hello and Welcome to the Renton Highlands KinderCare Center! Our well trained teachers and faculty are here to assist and meet the needs of your family and are thrilled to do so! We are open to all families, and we are eager to nurture your child into a stronger individual.

Alicia Houston, Center Director

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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.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


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.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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Teachers & Staff

The average tenure of the Renton Highlands KinderCare teachers is five years or more! Most of our teaching staff have their child development associate or bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education. They are passionate about working with families to discover each child's unique talents and teaching to the whole child. Our teachers ensure daily communication about your child's day and we email a newsletter each week to ensure families know of changes in our school, upcoming events and what exciting activities happened in your child's class. Our teachers constantly assess where their program is and how they can make improvements to ensure our students have the best possible start for school success!

  • Alicia Houston

    Alicia Houston, Center Director

    "I love coming to work and getting great hugs from everyone in each classroom!

    Ms. Alicia has been working and dedicating her time to the Renton Highlands KinderCare since March of 2008. She began teaching in the Discovery Preschool classroom and has since progressed to Program Supervisor, Assistant Director, and Center Director for the Renton Highlands building. She is passionate about every family and child she serves each day and is happy to do so! Her love for children really shows through the time and effort she puts into her center and staff. Ms. Alicia has two beautiful children of her own, whom she loves more than anything! She believes that each child is unique and must be challenged in order to succeed and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alicia has worked with children since she was sixteen years old and has run her own in-home center for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Vashon Simpson

    Vashon Simpson, Assistant Director

    "My favorite thing about being Assistant Director is I get to learn about all the families and children in the center.

    Ms. Vashon has been working with the Renton Highlands KinderCare for three years. She has worked as a teacher in almost every room and recently became our Assistant Director! She has two great children, who have both been students in our School Age program. Ms. Vashon is inspired to come into work because she gets to learn something new everyday. She loves hearing from families that the children love coming to our center because it builds a sense of community and a sense of "one big happy family," where we can lean on each other. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Stefanie S.

    Stefanie S., Prekindergarten Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children interact and grow into independent individuals.

    Ms. Stefanie S. is a co-teacher in our Prekindergarten A classroom, helping to care and teach our four-year-olds. She has been working for our center for a little over two years now and during that time she has worked in every classroom in the center, being a part of the learning and growing process of each child in her care. Ms. Stefanie has a young son who is also a student in our Prekindergarten classrooms. Children love being in her classroom because she loves to be silly and give loving's to each of them. She loves to make them laugh and smile! She is inspired at our center each time that she is tasked with trying something new and be able to accomplish a task.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's and Associate in Human Services and Management, Child Development Associate in Preschool
  • Ms. Carol L.

    Ms. Carol L., School Age Classroom

    "My favorite thing about the center is watching children develop friendships, and learn to work as a team.

    Ms. Carol is a fundamental part of our team here at the Renton Highlands KinderCare. She began working here as a support teacher in many of our classrooms and over the years has taken on more responsibilities and jobs that has helped our center run smoothly. She has taught our Learning Adventure classes which consist of Phonics, Math and Cooking. She has been our center's curriculum programmer, our Health and Safety Coordinator, and our evening manager. She fosters a love for all children and strives to make every child in our center feel safe and welcomed. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Childhood Development Associate
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Infant Classroom

    "My favorite thing about teaching at the Renton Highlands KinderCare is watching the children grow up and having a lifetime of friendships with the families!

    Ms. Annie has been the lead teacher in the Infant classroom for 15 years. Ms. Annie has dedicated herself to teaching and watching them grow. She likes getting to know the families and believes it is a privilege to be part of their family. Caring for infants is a huge responsibility and one that Ms. Annie does not take lightly. She is inspired by the feeling of being needed by the babies and learning what they need. She now uses her experiences to educate new teachers on how to provide the best possible care for each and every infant in our center. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Finances and Economics and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Stefanie E

    Ms. Stefanie E, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "My favorite thing about teaching is lots of hugs! I also enjoy watching my students learn, explore and become happy and unique individuals.

    Ms. Stefanie is our lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom and also currently our curriculum programmer. She has been with the KinderCare company for 14 years now and enjoys everyday as if it were her first. She received her associate degree in 2002 and continues to collect hours and credits that are based on early childhood education. She recently went on to complete her child development associates. It gives her great satisfaction to know that she can make a difference in every child's life that she teaches. She loves watching children learn and become independent individuals. She finds it to be very important to show lots of love and attention, and also to let them have fun and explore the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Other KinderCare Centers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Dog, GO! - P.D. Eastman
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Antinae

    Ms. Antinae, Preschool Classroom

    "My favorite part of teaching is when the children understands and learns what I am teaching them."

    Ms. Antinae is a new addition to our team here at Renton Highlands KinderCare. She is currently taking care of our two-and-a-half to three-year-old children in the Preschool A classroom. She helps with potty training, skill building, and fostering fun. Children love to be in her class because she make sure to take her time teaching them and loving the children like they are her own. 


    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering with children for the past four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Chase

    Ms. Chase, Preschool Classroom

    "My favorite thing about teaching is seeing how excited the kids get when we are learning about something they like!

    Ms. Chase is new to our team here at the Renton Highlands KinderCare, but already it feels like she is a veteran with how she interacts with the children and partners with families. She is currently our teacher for the three and early four-year-olds in our Preschool B classroom. She brings a great imagination and creativity to her classroom that the children just love! She's a fun spirit who tries her  best to give them hands on experiments and teach them skills they need to know but in a fun way that captures their interest.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Susie

    Ms. Susie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "My favorite part of teaching is because I love my job. I am able to be part of each child's life and am able to watch them grow while encouraging them in the right direction.

    Ms. Susie has been with KinderCare since 2000 and has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages.  She is currently our prekindergarten teacher, working with four-year-olds in preparation for Kindergarten. Ms. Susie loves being able to help children along as they grow emotionally, socially, and developmentally and being able to teach and develop children’s skills to help them feel successful. She strives to always be able to share her time with them, encouraging and having fun with them. She is very loving and patient. She believes that our children are the future and she is proud to be a part of their early growth. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susie has worked in public schools as an assistant teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Gingerbread Boy - Paul Galdone
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Cassidy J.

    Ms. Cassidy J., School Age Classroom

    I love learning from the children and they help me to become a better teacher.

    Ms. Cassidy is our School Age teacher. She has been with us for only two years now but already it feels like she has been here for years. Everyday the children are excited to see her because she is always full of new and fun ideas to try. Ms. Cassidy is not afraid to get on the same level as her students to help them with homework or play a game with them or even listen to a problem they may be having. Ms. Cassidy loves being silly and goofy with the kids because it keeps her young at heart. Ms. Cassidy has a bachelor's degree with a major in culture in art and a minor in Education and Society. The thing Ms. Cassidy loves the most about her job is learning from the kids she sees every day because they help teach her how to be a better teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Homecare, Volunteer work in Public Schools and Boys and Girls Club, Tutoring
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goosebumps - R.L. Stein
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's of Art in Culture, Literature and the Arts/ Education
  • Ms. Adajah

    Ms. Adajah, Infants

    "My favorite part about teaching is building relationships with the children.

    Ms. Adaejah is a new addition to our KinderCare team! She is a co teacher in the infant room, helping to keep our babies happy and help develop their motor skills. She loves to be creative and think of new art projects to do with the babies. Her favorite part about working at the Renton Highlands KinderCare is being inspired by the knowledge she gains when she learns something new. The children love having her as a teacher because she can always make them smile and teach them new ways to have fun learning!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kendra

    Ms. Kendra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "My favorite thing about teaching is all the love I get from them and I love watching each of them grow!

    Ms. Kendra is the co-teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been with the company for two years now and doing a fantastic job with our two-year-olds! She is full of ideas and loves to bring them into the classroom. Her favorite part about her children is being able to see how far each child has come and watching the children attack a new subject! She loves doing art projects with the children and watching how them develop with each new project. Children love being in her classroom because they have a lot to explore within the classroom and they get to have fun while learning different skill building activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Halima

    Ms. Halima, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I show respect, love, and that I care about them. I am interested in helping each child with their unique needs and challenges.

    Halima has been a wonderful addition to our team. She is a great co-teacher in our prekindergarten class and really believes in helping the children get ready to start school and to find their own little personalities. She is always there for you when you need her to help wipe a tear or give a hug. She has great patience and is an amazing role model for the children. She really believes in helping each child reach their full potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Man Who Made Rain - Michael McCarthy
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Raelon

    Ms. Raelon, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching them grow and being around the kids.

    Ms. Raelon started out working in our School Age Program a year ago but has since moved on to help out in all the classrooms around the center! She is a great addition to our team because of the patience she has with all the children in her care and her ability to make each child feel heard when they talk to her. She is inspired by the children and their curiosity for the world, which in turn makes her curious too. Children love being in her presence because she shows that she care about them and am always interested in the funny stories that they share with her.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    STAR hours

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Special Features

  • Bi-Yearly Early Learning Assessments through Brigance
  • Bi-Yearly Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Extracurricular Programs: Learning Adventures and Soccer Shots
  • In-House Events for Families

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

To ensure safety at our center we have a keypad at the front door. Each enrolled family will be given the code for picking your child up or dropping your child off. Our playground, located behind the building, is entirely secured though a locked fence. To ensure disaster preparedness, each classroom has evacuation plans posted along with fire and disaster drills performed monthly in each classroom. Additionally, you can rest assured in leaving your child in our care because all of our staff members have CPR and First Aid certifications.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Finding the right daycare isn't easy. After researching many providers we found Kindercare in the Renton Highlands to be the right fit for our daughter Lauryn. The staff won us over, and our discussion to enroll her here was a big win for us. This team has truly partnered with us, as parents, to ensure she is in the best environment to experience and explore new opportunities with other children her age. We took advantage of the courses provided and can say she's well prepared to take on prekindergarten. She loved every course and has scored extremely high on all of her school entrance assessments (we have two acceptance offers to date). She's well on her way thanks to KinderCare of Renton Hihglands!!!

- Parents

Our son Lukasz has been coming to KinderCare for years; and has loved every day of it. He's learned so many new things, interacted with other children and has grown so much in that time. He's always excited to interact with his teachers and other kids in his class. And I'm always excited to hear what he has to say about his day. KinderCare was a great choice to prepare our child for school.

- Father

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