Melissa Finch-Bratvold, Center Director
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Welcome to the KinderCare on Einstein Road. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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