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Seattle KinderCare

Ashtyn Saueressig, Center Director

1827 Eighth Ave. Seattle WA 98101
(206) 903-1103 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On 8th St. between Stewart St., & Olive Way in the Stewart Court Bldg.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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We are currently working on getting our Early Acheivers' accreditation. This is a long process and is helping us to continue providing he best care and education possible.

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Welcome

Downtown Seattle KinderCare is proud to be accredited! We work hard to provide the best curriculum and experience for your children. Our teachers love to watch kids learn something new everyday. The social interactions, academic progress, and physical changes that we see daily are an important part of every child's growth. Our teachers work hard to facilitate all these things that are necessary for children to succeed in school and life. We are excited to have you come be a part of our family!

Ashtyn Saueressig, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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

Math

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.

Music

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

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?

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 staff, I look for education in the field of Early Education or a related field, as well as experience. Teachers who do not meet the education requirements are asked to get their Child Development Associate Certification. Our company will pay for teachers to obtain this certification.

  • Ashtyn Saueressig

    Ashtyn Saueressig, Center Director

    Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair

    Ashtyn has been working with KinderCare since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. She loves to sing songs and do silly dances with the children in their classrooms. She loves being the Director because it allows her to spend time in all of the classrooms with all different age groups. She also loves getting to know the teachers and help them develop their talents in the classroom. Her favorite part of the day is going class to class to say good morning to everyone and to get lots of hugs. She also enjoys getting to know all families at her center. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, doing arts and crafts, and cheering for her favorite sports teams.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashtyn spent a couple of summers interning with the US Army at their Child Development Centers in Germany. She has also worked as an Assistant Director at other child care centers in the state of Washington including other KinderCares
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Kristin Aline

    Kristin Aline, Assistant Director

    I love my job because I get to see children's smiling faces all day as well as to see the bright look of understanding as I teach them something that they love. The first time a child accomplishes something, it is so great to be able to see the look of pride on their face.

    Kristin started with KinderCare in October of 2009 as a floater. She quickly became a lead teacher in Infant A where she made art and sensory a huge part of her activities in the classroom. A year later Kristin became the Program Supervisor and took a more active role in the management of the center. When Kristin became the Assistant Director in September of 2011, she was very excited to learn a different side to the business. Kristin has a love of education and learning and her new position allows her to be able to both teach and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin has taught in the early childhood education field through Community Programs since she was 13. She also taught in the public school field as well as tutoring programs through her high school and university years.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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

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.

Special Features

  • Happy Feet Soccer Program

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian, Korean

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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. Our health and safety coordinator takes her job very seriously and is constantly helping promote a safe and healthy learning environment. All our teachers have their First Aid and CPR certifications. Entrance to our school is protected by a keypad, as well as entrance from the lobby into the building.

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 Siena is 13 months and attends Seattle KinderCare (on 8th Avenue in downtown Seattle).  She recently transitioned from the infant class to the toddler class.  In the past few weeks, she has repeatedly come home displaying new skills, amazing my wife and me.  Whether she is humming her A,B,C's, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," or "BINGO was his Name-O," it's clear that the Toddler teachers are engaging her and taking the time to teach her.  This past week, she used sign language, which I did not even realize that she had learned at KinderCare!  Most importantly, it it's been clear since her time in the infant classroom, through her time in the toddler room, that the teachers at KinderCare truly care about her and her classmates.  They sing to her, hug her, and laugh with her.  I am very appreciative to all of the teachers who come into contact with our daughter, and to Kat, the site director.

- Father
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