Lanette Tapia, Center Director
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Welcome to Kennydale KinderCare! Our learning center nurtures and educates children from six weeks to 12 years of age. Our research-based programs are designed to help children develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. We know that learning should be a happy, natural experience that is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. We believe in giving children the opportunity to make choices, be responsible, and to be treated with respect every day.
Lanette Tapia, 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.
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.
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.
When hiring new staff, we are always seeking candidates who have experience working with children and who have degrees in early childhood education or a related field. We will hire great candidates who do not have the education, but then we expect them to pursue this through our company sponsored Child Development Associate Certification program. Teachers who wish to pursue further learning are encouraged to do so through a tuition reimbursement program. These staff benefits are examples of the KinderCare commitment to educational excellence.
Lanette has been a director with KinderCare since 2008. She was at our Fairwood School in Renton for five-and-a-half years until she moved to our Kennydale center in November of 2013. Lanette has five children of her own from the ages of 4 to 17. Her children have spent time in each or our programs, so Lanette knows our curriculum inside and out. Before she came to KinderCare Lanette owned her own in-home center in San Diego, California. She also grew up in the home childcare environment (her mother owned an in-home child care) since she was 9 years old. Lanette knows the compassionate benefits of an in-home center and the amazing educational benefits of a school environment. She strives to meet the two environments at school to make it a very happy place for the children to come to every day. Kennydale KinderCare is very strong in our curriculum and communication. Lanette would love to talk to you about all the amazing activities we do every day and show you our gorgeous school.
Ronna has been with KinderCare since 1997 when her youngest son went into elementary school. She has her Early Childhood Education degree. Two of Her grandchildren have also attended our school. Since Ronna moved to Renton with her family she has always lived in the Fairwood area.
I love teaching the youngest of our learners and sharing their moments with their families. I love to connect with all the families at Kennydale KinderCare.
Ms. Dorinda got her start in Early Childhood Education back in 1996 and has worked with children from infants to high school seniors. She has a Child Development Associate’s Credential and has taken several extra early learning classes over her many years of teaching. Ms. Dorinda moved to Renton in 2007 and has worked at Kennydale KinderCare since then.
Ms. Erin was born is Chicago, IL and raised in Mexico. When she was 15 years old she came back to the United States to complete her studies. For the past three years, Ms. Erin has been working on a degree in Science while being a Nanny. As a Nanny she learned many valuable skills such as communication, creativity, patience and team work. She successfully received her Associates degree in May of 2012 and is now working on her Bachelor's degree. She has gained more experience and a clearer sense of her future working here at KinderCare. She wants to have a career in the Educational field and she feel this invaluable opportunity is giving her the experience necessary for a successful path. Its also rewarding to know that she can help children and influence them in a positive way.
Ms. Dana has worked with young children for the last 19 years from being a mothers personal assistant to babysitting. In High school she was a camp counselor at her local community center. She was also an assistant teacher at her church for special needs children. While in college earning her degree in Early Childhood education she worked at a Tacoma Montessori school for four years. After getting her degree she came to work with us. In her free time Dana likes to swim and travel with her family.
For the last year at the Kennydale KinderCare we have gone through a huge change. Our Director Ms.Lanette and Assistant Director Ms.Ronna transferred to us from the Fairwood KinderCare where they had worked together for the last 6 years. With this move came allot of new amazing activities and events to the Kennydale kids. If you have not visited us in awhile please come see all the fun we have going on. You will be pleasantly surprised!
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.
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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