Alicia Houston, Center Director
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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
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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 newletter 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!
Children give the best hugs!
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 most recently Center Direcor for this 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!
"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world."
Ms. Ashtyn has been working with us here at Kindercare since the beginning of the school year. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University. She loves to sing songs and do silly dances with the children in their classrooms. She loves being the Assistant Director because it allows her to spend time in all of the classrooms with all different age groups. She also enjoys getting to know all families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, doing arts and crafts, and cheering for her favorite sports teams.
I love having the ability to watch the children grow and to create a curriculum that meets their developmental level.
Ms. Carol began as a support teacher to many age groups and then began the lead teach in the School-Aged program. In 2008, Ms. Carol became the Learning Adventures teacher and now teaches the Phonics, Math. and Reading classes. Ms. Carol's favorite part of teaching the Learning Adventures classes is the small group attention and focus she is able to give to each child. She is proud to know that she was a part of each child's education and reading skills that last a lifetime and she works hard to provide the children in her care the essential tools they will need to succeed in life and school.
I love the babies as if they were my own. I cherish every one of them, always.
Ms. Annie has been the lead teacher in the Infant Classroom for twelve years. Ms. Annie has dedicated herself to teach and watch 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 educates new teachers on how to provide the best possible care for each and every infant in her care.
I get to watch children learn and grow.
Ms. Vashon is currently the lead teacher in our Toddler room. She has been with the company for 2 years. She loves focusing on the curriculum and helping the toddlers grow and become individuals. She is currently working on her Child Development Associates degree. She enjoys spending time her family and her own two children.
"I am very passionate about children and try my best to teach them respect for themselves as well as others!"
Ms. Stefanie is currently the lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom! She has been with the company for 12 years now and enjoys everyday as if it were her first! She received her Associate's Degree in 2002 and continues to collect hours and credits that are based on early childhood education. 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!
" I love teaching a child new things and watching them apply it to their life."
Ms. Adriana is a co-teacher in our Preschool A classroom. She has worked for KinderCare on and off for 3 1/2 years. She loves watching the children grow and expand as they learn new things every day. She is very nurturing and patient when it comes to children. She has two children of her own.
I enjoy being a part of a child's life as they grow and learn new skills!
Ms. Dawn has been working in the Early Childhood field for nearly 20 years now. She has held many roles, from preschool teacher to school age teacher and infant teacher. Ms. Dawn moved from Canada to grow and nurtures herself in the Early Childhood field and continues to do so. She loves being around all children and is greeted with lots of love.
I love my job because 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. Ms. Susie loves being able to help children along as they grow emotionally, socially and developmentally. Our children are the future and she is proud to be a part of their early growth.
"Learning from the children how to be a better teacher."
Ms. Cassidy is our Kindergarten teacher as well as our cooking class teacher. She has just joined the Kindercare family this school year but already it feels like she has been here for years. Everyday the children are excited to see her cause 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 cause they help teacher her how to be a better teacher.
"As long as there have been kids, there have been teachers because all kids learn and all people teach."
Ms. Phylicia is one of our school age teachers here at the Renton Highlands KinderCare. She is kind, patient, and very nurturing with all of her students! Her favorite time of day is getting to sit and talk or play games with the kids. She loves teaching them new and fun things and watching them grow as individuals. Ms. Phylicia has a daughter of her own that she loves spending time with. She has a Bachelors in History and is always excited to share that knowledge with them.
"I LOVE BABIES!!!!!"
Ms. Megra has recently joined our infant room. She brings a new look and fresh ideas to the class. Her passion for infants makes her a great teacher for this age. She is always singing with the babies. During her free time she loves spending time with her own children and working on her art. She is currently working on her Childhood Development Associate's degree.
Being able to influence the next generation of kids.
Ms. Kendra is the co-teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been with the company for 3 months. She currently has her High School Diploma and is continuing her education by collecting hours and credits that are based on early childhood education. She is also signed up to get her CDA. She is full of ideas and loves to bring them into the classroom. She loves doing art projects with the children and watching how them develop.
"I like being creative with children."
Ms. Sarah is a co-teacher in our Preschool A classroom. She is always thinking of new and creative projects to do with the kids in her class. She has worked with children since she was in highschool, volunteering with different organizations such as The Children's Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club. She also worked for a half a year as a teachers aid in a kindergarten class. When she is not at work she spends her time with her own child and her family.
I have a heart for children. I love watching them learn and experience new things.
Ms. Stefanie S. is the co-teacher in our Preschool B classroom. She has been with the company for about 4 months. She currently has her Associate and Bachelor Degree in Human Services and Management. She is also currently working on her Child Development Associates. She loves spending her time singing and reading with the children.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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