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North Richland KinderCare

Melissa Finch-Bratvold, Center Director

2995 Einstein Avenue Richland WA 99354
(509) 375-1338 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS

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At North Richland KinderCare on Einstein Avenue our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!


Welcome to the KinderCare on Einstein Avenue. Our child development experts have designed our curriculum and classrooms to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as Dramatic Play, Creative Arts, Library and Sensory in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Melissa Finch-Bratvold, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Each member of our staff here at the Einstein KinderCare is trained to meet each and every child's learning needs. Each staff member is formally trained to be able to teach in any classroom in the Center. However, we do have individual teachers who are lead teachers in each classroom and we do have teacher assistants when needed. All of our teachers have a background in education and they possess degrees ranging from Associate's to Master's.

  • Melissa Finch-Bratvold

    Melissa Finch-Bratvold, Center Director

    I am fortunate to have a job I love and excited about the opportunity to work in early childhood education again after 14 years in school age programs. It is an honor and my privilege to lead my team in providing high quality education here at our center.

    Melissa has worked in the field of childcare for the past 20 years, starting as a preschool teacher in the Shoreline School District in North Seattle and most recently with Champions on-site childcare program in the Richland School District as a site director and ten years as the Area Manager. She is happy to return to the KinderCare Education family as the Center Director of the North Richland KinderCare. Melissa is passionate about quality childcare. She is from Pullman Washington and is a WSU alumni. She came to Richland 20 years ago. Melissa is busy raising three sons who are the center of her life.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Becky

    Becky, Assistant Director

    I love seeing the responses of children as they learn new skills and how they react to new milestones in their lives.

    Ms. Rebecca first taught at the Richland KinderCare from 2003-2006. She left KinderCare when she moved to Oregon, where she continued teaching infants and toddler at an Oregon Head Start program for seven years. Wanting to grow as an Educator, Ms. Rebecca recently completed her associate degree in early childhood at Blue Mountain Community College and is rejoining the KinderCare Staff!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has been teaching at KinderCare since May 2002. She loves helping infants learn and discover new things, as well as watching them grow and develop, and seeing them continue learning as Toddlers! Outside of work, Ms. Michelle enjoys going to hockey games, movies, reading, spending time with family ad spoiling her nieces and nephews.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Infant Classroom

    I love the smiles that kids give me!

    Ms. Julia joins the KinderCare team after 15 years of experience at the Tri-Cities Court Club Childcare Center, ten of which she served as the childcare Director. Ms. Julia completed her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology at Western Washington University. She loves kids and having raised her own four children she is excited to be a part of caring for other people's little ones. When she's not caring for infants, she's often watching her kids play sports. 

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Trish, Cook

    I love to see the children excited and happy about the simple things each day brings.

    Ms. Trish has worked at KinderCare since October of 2013. She started a home daycare when her children were toddlers, and she has worked with young children, both in the school districts and childcare centers ever since. Ms. Trish has two grown children and one very special (very well loved) grandchild. Ms. Trish's life motto is that children should be treated with respect, the same as adults like to be treated. She models her motto in her work everyday!

    Year Started:
    3 Years

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

We value health and safety at our center which is why we have the following features: A keypad entry to the building, fenced playground and all of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

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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"KinderCare was a great fit for my child, she never wanted to go home!  My daughter learned so much and had fun doing it.  She also made great friends!"

- Preschool Parent

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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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