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South Seattle KinderCare

Terria Caldwell, Center Director

11626 Des Moines Memorial Dr Seattle WA 98168
(206) 243-0780 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hilltop and Beverly Park


Welcome to Southtown KinderCare! We aspire to make your family a part of our KinderCare home. Our mission each day is to provide a loving and nurturing environment that will allow your child to grow socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Terria Caldwell, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Come meet our amazing staff! Each one of our teachers contributes to your child's educational experience in a unique way. We are dedicated and enthusiastic about teaching your children and becoming a positive influence in their lives. Our knowledge, amazing curriculum, and passion will help your child reach their greatest potential.

  • Terria Caldwell

    Terria Caldwell, Center Director

    Terria has always had the passion to care for others. She began her career in the Health care industry working with the elderly. In the year 2000 she decided that she needed to spend more time with her three children and opened a child care center in her home. Her business out grew her home and three years later she opened a center in Tacoma. After finishing school, Terria wanted to teach so she excepted a position as a Preschool Teacher in June of 2012. After working as a Discovery Preschool Teacher for two months she was promoted to be the Center's Program Manager. With her knowledge, skills and passion for education she was promoted eight months later as the Center Director here at Southtown. Terria is dedicated to making each child's experience away from their loved ones full of fun, laughter, learning and love.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Terria owned of Child Care Center for eleven years.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa Garcia

    Ms. Melissa Garcia, Assistant Director

    I love working with children and helping them grow developmentally. Helping them to overcome obstacles is such an amazing feeling. The children are our future!

    Melissa is a friendly, easy going mother of three. She has always had a passion for kids. Melissa has worked with children since she was in high school. She was an after school tutor for four years. She then worked in the medical field for a year and realized that her calling was helping and working with children.
    When she moved to Seattle, she was offered a position with our company as a floating teacher. Soon after, she was able to be a lead teacher for our school age program and then she became the center's employee representative. Six months later, she became an assistant director for South Seattle KinderCare. She has been the assistant director at South Seattle KinderCare for a year and half now. Since she has started with our company, she has received her CDA and is going to further her education. Melissa has been an employee at KinderCare for four years and has enjoyed every aspect. 

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Ebahi

    Ms. Ebahi, Infant Classroom

    I get a chance to interact with the children's unique personalities everyday.

    Ms. Ebahi was born in Athens, Georgia. She has been teaching here for four months.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Glenda C.

    Ms. Glenda C., Infant Classroom

    Wish it, Dream it, Do it!

    Ms. Glenda has been with KinderCare for more than five years. She loves teaching in the infant room. Her favorite time of the day is when she gets to work with each child individually to help them grow and expand their knowledge of their new world.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Lavdi, Infant Classroom

    It gives me such a joy to be a part of each baby's life that I care for. I love to bring aspect of art and creativity into the classroom. I love infants because I am able to teach them something new everyday and help them grow with knowledge.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Sagal

    Ms. Sagal, Infant Classroom

    When I walk into the classroom the children's face light up and are happy.

    Ms. Sagal was born in Africa. She has been teaching here for seven months. Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite color is green.

  • Ms. Sanda

    Ms. Sanda, Toddler and Preschool Classrooms

    It makes my day to see the smiles on the children's faces.

    Ms. Sanda brings more than thirteen years of experience to her classroom. She is currently working on her Child Development Associate's Credential. She loves greeting her children and parents each morning and each night talking about the children's amazing experiences from that day.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Idalia C.

    Ms. Idalia C., Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy working with this age group and the interacting with the children. I have fun dancing, singing, reading, and teaching them new things. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces each day.

    Ms. Idalia was born in Mt. Vernon, Washington. She has been teaching her for one year. Her favorite food is pasta and her favorite color is green.

  • Ms. Danishar

    Ms. Danishar, Young Toddler Classroom

    The children give me so much joy each day with their beautiful smiles and bright personalities. I love being able to teach them new things for the first time and being able to leave a long lasting impression on their life and their families.

    Ms. Danishar is an amazing teacher. She loves to teach and play with her toddlers each day. There is nothing like watching little people grow into big people. She has worked with children for more than six years and each day is a new and amazing journey in her class.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Jodi J.

    Ms. Jodi J., Young Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy working with toddlers and teaching them new thing. I love to see them grow and be independent.

    Ms. Jodi was born in Seattle. She has been teaching here for one year. Her favorite food is mac & cheese and her favorite color is black.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Kendra

    Ms. Kendra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I get to watch the children develop their personalities, as well as watch them discover new things.

    Ms. Kendra was born in Seattle. She has been teaching here for one year and six months. Her favorite food is seafood and her favorite color is red.

  • Ms. Jessica T.

    Ms. Jessica T., Preschool Classroom

    The kids are always so excited to learn new things.

    Ms. Jessica was born in Portland, Oregon. She has been teaching here for three months. Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese and her favorite color is green.

  • Ms. Priscilla S.

    Ms. Priscilla S., Preschool Classroom

    Its a great challenge to keep me always improving.

    Ms. Priscilla was bron in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been teaching here for four months. Her favorite food is sushi and she likes pastel colors because they remind her of Spring.

  • Ms. Christine R.

    Ms. Christine R., Prekindergarten Classroom

    The children are great and Prekindergarten is a fun age to teach.

    Ms. Christine was born in Wenatchee, Washington. She has been teaching here for three months. Her favorite food is Chicken Enchiladas and her favorite color is pink.

  • Ms. Rebecca J.

    Ms. Rebecca J., Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching little people become big people. C'est la vie!

    Ms. Rebecca has been with Kindercare for four years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching her preschoolers through play, with letters of the week, songs and many other fun activities. She invites her new students and parents to come in for a fun day of learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hobbit
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Early Childhood Certificate
  • Mr. Daniel B.

    Mr. Daniel B., School Age Classroom

    I love this classroom because of the energy and the opportunity to teacher the children about new things.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Seayun

    Ms. Seayun, School Age Classroom

    I am able to teach and inspire the children for the future.

    Ms. Seayun was born in Korea. She has been teaching here for five months. Her favorite food is Korean Barbecue and her favorite color is black.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Ms. Bertila R.

    Ms. Bertila R., Chef

    When I walk into the classroom with the food, they get so happy and they know what time it is.

    Ms. Bertila was born in California. She has been with KinderCare for one year. Her favorite food is Tuna Salad and her favorite colors are brown and red.

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

The health and safety of our children is paramount. The entrance to our school is protected by a keypad. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator that is dedicated to keeping our school safe and clean. Each member of our staff is certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid. Please know that your child is in great hands!

January Health and Safety Awareness

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  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our daughter has been going to the south Seattle KinderCare for one and half year. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful experience it has been for us. We loved the infant room and we now love the pre-tod class. The teachers are wonderful, loving and they have been a huge help for me in getting over the emotional hardship of returning to work after our baby was born. I couldn't have asked for a better management, always trying to work with us, our schedules and our needs. You can really tell they put the families first! I love this center and the wonderful people that work here that when we moved, we chose a house close to the center so that we didn't  have to enroll my daughter somewhere else!

- Mother

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