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Northgate KinderCare

Alexandra Allouche, Center Director

11395 - 5th Ave. North East Seattle WA 98125
(206) 362-7164 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sacajawea Elementary, St. Matthews, Parkwood Elementary, Olympic Hills, Olympic View, John Rogers Elementary, Hazel Wolf.


Welcome to Northgate KinderCare where everyone is welcome to become part of our family. We are very excited to meet you and your family. Here at Northgate we focus on maintaining a family centered environment where our staff works hand-in-hand with each family to develop the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of each child through active daily communication and an open door policy. We are dedicated to the overall success and happiness of each family we serve and are excited to meet you!

Alexandra Allouche, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Here at Northgate our teachers are dedicated to the success of each child they teach. Our teachers are passionate about education and feel as though each child is not only their student but they are teachers as well, teaching them each day about the beauty of education. Our average tenure of teachers here is 5 years and more than half the staff hold a degree in early childhood education.

  • Alexandra Allouche

    Alexandra Allouche, Center Director

    Mike joined KinderCare in 2013 as the Northgate KinderCare Learning Center and has loved every minute of it! He has over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Educational field, with fifteen of those years directing Preschool and after school programs. His expertise in the childcare field combined with his passion for excellence in education have made him a perfect fit within our family. Mike loves creating meaningful relationships with students, teachers and families in order to foster a community within his center. His passion is supporting his teachers in order to create the most exciting and inspiring classroom environment for every student.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Jenny Cimbalnik

    Jenny Cimbalnik, Assistant Director

    Jenny joined the KinderCare family in 2008 as a Preschool Teacher. Her love for inspiring children to explore and play in meaningful ways motivated her to move into a management position with us in 2012. She attended college for her degree in elementary education and loves igniting the spark for learning and teaching in our students and teachers. Jenny has student taught in a first grade classroom, served as a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program, and led a public achievement group in a fifth grade classroom. She loves to spend her time serving children and helping them grow socially, emotionally and cognitively. Jenny loves helping create environments which are purposeful, playful and exciting for every student in the center.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Jennifer, Health & Safety Coordinator

    People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - John C. Maxwell

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Business Management Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Aria, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    I love the diversity in the way that each child has their own unique capabilities to learn and adapt, and that I am able to inspire children with a positive attitude.

    Ms. Aria is very familiar with all of the children at the center, because she goes from room to room helping out other teachers with their classrooms and students. She is currently enrolled at North Seattle Community College and hopes to further her knowledge in Early Childhood Education. If she had her own classroom, it would be decorated to represent all of the different ways she gets children involved to learn. For example, with artwork, pictures (physical activity outdoors), games, star boards, and lots of other fun things!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCareMs. Aria was a camp intern at Campfire USA, a tutor at an elementary school and a volunteer with special education students.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    College Credits
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Infant Classroom

    I have the best job. What can be better than being with babies all day?!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Brooke worked as an Infant teacher in Capitol Hill and as a nanny for over ten years. She also volunteered in elementary and middle schools.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Associate’s of Arts Degree, Pursuing Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Norma

    Ms. Norma, Infant Classroom

    I take care of the babies like they are my own kids. Seeing their smiles is the best reward. I love to be with babies. They make me so happy.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Breaun

    Ms. Breaun, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Where else can you work with people who don't judge, love you as you are, and make you smile every day!

    Ms. Breaun has been with KinderCare since February 2013. What she loves the most is the many faces that come into her classroom every day and also getting to know the wonderful families. She is a very sweet and dedicated teacher, and loves fostering her children’s successes. Ms. Breaun loves to incorporate art, music and dance into her curriculum. She takes her job very seriously and she works hard to keep her students interested in learning.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Preschool Classroom

    It's a very rewarding experience being able to watch and encourage a child's growth and development.

    Ms. Grace first discovered her passion for child development during her time as an art instructor at three elementary schools in Vancouver and Camas, Washington. She connected this passion and her natural inclination toward languages and studied Linguistics at the University of Washington, where she studied all aspects of language acquisition, including child language development. Wanting to get a first hand look at how children learn, Ms. Grace began teaching here at KinderCare and has enjoyed being part of these children’s lives. She has since expanded her classroom experience by teaching Spanish (as a fluent speaker having spent her childhood in Barcelona, Spain) and introducing the children to live music through the guitar.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Grace was an Art Instructor for K-5 through KidzArt NW.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Linguistics
  • Ms. Mimi

    Ms. Mimi, Private Kindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    I love the light in children's eyes when they discover and learn.

    Ms. Mimi is passionate about teaching and learning. She believes that children who are engaged, learning and succeeding grow into happy, productive people. She feels that academic success starts in Kindergarten, and so Kindergarten is a vitally important year. Ms. Mimi loves school as a teacher and as a learner. She attended Pacific Lutheran University where she received two Bachelor's of Arts degrees, one in Theater and one in Education. She combined these two interests in her Master's of Education degree with a focus in the Fine Arts; dance, music, drama, and visual art. This is Ms. Mimi’s ninth year teaching Kindergarten (sixth at KinderCare), and she loves every minute with the kids!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Mimi taught Kindergarten in the Seattle Public Schools. She was a tutor for Seattle Public Schools as well. She has been a nanny and worked at other daycare centers throughout college. She also taught swimming lessons!
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Theater, Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Education with a Communication focus, Master’s of Arts Degree in Education-Integrated Arts and Performance Learning
  • Ms. Kailey

    Ms. Kailey, Learning Adventures

    I love teaching children with enthusiasm and bringing smiles to their faces.

    Ms. Kailey is very patient and has always wanted to teach children. She believes that the right amount of creativity and connection with students will pave the way for success in their futures. As Northgate's Learning Adventures Teacher, she gets the opportunity to work face to face with her students, teaching simple lessons in a fun way. She attended Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Fine Arts. Ms. Kailey tries her best to balance passion and excitement with all the children at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Miss Kailey worked various jobs in the Seattle area including some of Seattle's well known companies. She even worked as a deckhand on her father's fishing boat in Alaska right after she graduated from college at WSU.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

At Northgate your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Like all KinderCare Learning Centers, Northgate keeps all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security and our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates. The front door of our center has a coded entry where only authorized family members and staff will have the code to enter. We have a doorbell located outside of our front door for all visitors who will be greeted by one of our center staff members. Northgate also has a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Jenny is responsible for conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff's grab-and-go bags for first aid and CPR/First Aid certificates are up to date.

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