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Kennydale KinderCare

Lanette Tapia, Center Director

1795 NE 44th St. Renton WA 98056
(425) 228-8776 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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at Exit 7 off of I-405, In Starbucks parking lot

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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

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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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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.

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

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 Tapia

    Lanette Tapia, Center Director

    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 nine 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.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ronna Levy

    Ronna Levy, Assistant Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ronna raised four children of her own.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dorinda

    Ms. Dorinda, Cook

    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 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.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Gwen

    Ms. Gwen, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Dana M.

    Ms. Dana M., Toddler Classroom

    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.

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

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!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Somali, Urdu, Russian, Tagalog

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

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.

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.

Our family has had both of our children in the Kennydale KinderCare facility for the past six years. We have been very pleased with the facility, the teachers and the curriculum offered there. Last year, our five-year-old daughter participated in the Kindergarten program during the school year as she missed enrollment by three months. The program was beautifully laid out with Kindergarten curriculum and the classroom was just like you would see in a traditional school setting, not like a daycare. The “smart board” teaching method was loved by my daughter which allowed her to interact with the curriculum and her classmates in a fun environment. The kids participated in science experiments, reading, math, theme weeks, writing, and much more throughout the year. The program was extremely organized and it established a great routine for my daughter. Routine is the number one thing most children have a hard time adjusting to when entering Kindergarten for the first time. Recently, my daughter started Kindergarten in public school. Five of the students from KinderCare are in her class and the teacher took time out of her busy day to write me a note saying how impressed she was with my daughters reading skills. She’s reading at a second grade level! She also made mention that out of all of her students, the KinderCare graduates were hands down the most prepared, well acclimated kids in Kindergarten. This made me really happy as a parent—to know I made a great choice and investment in my child’s education.

- Parents

The Teachers at Kennydale are amazing. My daughter was nervous and scared the first day I dropped her off and they made the transition gentle and easy. Miss Bonnie and Miss Rowena both came over and introduced themselves to my daughter and started up a conversation with her about things she liked and what she was excited about doing at school. She has learned SO much at Kennydale and made some wonderful friends. Everytime I enter the building with my daughter we are greeted with a friendly hello and hugs. It honestly feels like a second home to both my daughter and I. I know that when I leave her for the day she is going to be loved, cared for, and learn so many new things. She is excited everyday to go to school. Thank you to everyone at Kennydale Kindercare, you guys are ROCK STARS! 

- Mother

We recently made the decision to move our two boys to the Kennydale KinderCare when I noticed my oldest son’s behavior changing drastically over a period of a few months at his old daycare. He has Sensory Processing Disorder and as a result he requires a calm, strictly scheduled environment with minimal distractions. He had gone from a generally well behaved and well liked child to a child that couldn’t handle his emotions, was called names daily by his classmates and was in trouble every day for hitting, spitting, kicking and running out of the classroom. Every day he told me he didn’t like school, they were mean and he didn’t want to go. As a mother it broke my heart and I knew a change in his environment had to be made. Moving my children to the Kennydale KinderCare was the best decision I could have made for them!
Moving daycare centers was a very comfortable transition for our entire family knowing how Ms. Ronna and Ms. Lanette ran things in their last daycare. They knew my boys and placed them in the appropriate classrooms where my children would get what they needed to succeed both educationally and socially. Lanette and Ronna have high expectations of their teachers and it shows in the way they interact with my children.
I can’t say enough great things about my oldest son’s teacher Ms. Bonnie. I jokingly call her the child whisperer, but it’s true! The change in my son was immediate from the first day he stepped in class and was welcomed by his teachers. The classroom is clam, stays on schedule and Ms. Bonnie teaches with a strict but VERY loving style. I have not received one report of him misbehaving at school where I had a stack of notes to sign every day at his last one. When he misbehaves at home all I have to say is “Would Ms. Bonnie be OK with you doing that?” and he immediately starts behaving. I have not heard one complaint about the teachers or classmates from my son. He tells me daily how nice everyone is and how much fun he has at school. He can’t leave without giving his teachers a hug goodbye and every weekend asks me if it’s Monday yet so he can go back to school.
I would highly recommend the Kennydale KinderCare to anyone; they gave me my happy and sweet little boy back!

- Mother

What Kennydale KinderCare means to our family - a safe, clean, caring, and academic institution that is an extension of our home. Finding a facility to care for our little ones was a daunting task, but we are blessed to have found such a nurturing place for our kids to prosper. Kennydale KinderCare offers a clean and academically focused center that focuses on the individualized care of each child it cares for. As a family with two toddlers, we could not be more satisfied with our choice in facilities to care for our active and developing children.

- Parents

Good afternoon! I write you as a parent of two toddlers that attend the Kennydale Kindercare under the care of Lanette Tapia and her team. My husband and I are busy professionals with little time on our hands but wanted to take a moment to express our sincerest appreciation for the leadership Lanette has brought to Kennydale Kindercare since her arrival to this facility. It seems to me that more often than not people take the time to launch complaints rather then send compliments and I can't think of time better spent than to tell you what wonderful care our children are in. Lanette and her team have created a second home for our children and because of their support, our kids are prospering in a way we could only hope for. The staff at our Kindercare love our children and it shows ... they care for them like a family member would and again, it shows. Lanette has expectations for her staff that translate to clean classrooms, happy kids, and consistency in the care our children receive. Each week we know what to expect and that consistency for two working parents is integral to the success of our little family.
I am certain you know what an asset Lanette, Ronna, and Jayme are to Kindercare ... but I wanted to reiterate it. They are just wonderful. They are professional and our babies could not be in better hands. I won't labor on ... but please know that from a parent perspective, you scored when you hired these women.

H Family

- Parents

Our 22 month old daughter has progressed so much in the three months she has been there we are so delighted.
Our 5 year old-after being at this KinderCare only, enrolled last September in St Philomena Catholic school. She not only blew out the entry test, she continues daily to demonstrate her advanced reading and math skills. This entire school year, with a weekly spelling test she only missed a combined total of FIVE words, mostly due to wandering mind (she spelled "if" ef).
How many 5 year olds can spell leprechaun, gingerbread or thanksgiving? How many know to, too and two- and the meaning of all three? Mine can, and she is in advanced math and reading. Is she smart? Sure. But where did she learn? Kennydale KinderCare

- Parents

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