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Shasta Way KinderCare

Stephaine Courtney, Center Director

610 West Shasta Way Spokane WA 99208
(509) 467-3112 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Shiloh & Evergreen Elementary (Full Service)

Welcome

Welcome to the Shasta Way KinderCare, where each day there is an extraordinary way to learn! We have individualized learning for the whole child and provide a good balance between teacher directed (small and large groups) and child directed learning in their discovery areas. We provide meals and snacks, quiet time and outdoor experiences! Come join us for a day to remember!

Stephaine Courtney, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

Cooking

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Shasta Way KinderCare have over 100 years of combined childcare experience. They are dedicated and passionate about what they do and turn every experience into a teachable moment. They create an engaging and cheerful learning environment that will help your child to reach his or her fullest potential. Our staff partners with our families every day through parent teacher communication to ensure that parents are actively involved with the growth and development of their child. Our staff believes that children are the seeds of life - you water them, give them sunlight and watch them flourish. We are the gardeners of your children's future!

  • Stephaine Courtney

    Stephaine Courtney, Center Director

    Stephaine recently joined our team as the Center Director at our Shasta Way KinderCare. Passion and love for children has brought her to the Shasta KinderCare Learning Center where she hopes to create an environment of learning through play. Stephaine believes that children need new experiences daily through intentional instruction delivered by Educators. Stephaine has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education, curriculum, training and intervention from infancy to school age. Stephaine received her bachelor's from Whitworth University and then graduated from Ashford University to complete her master's in education. She is currently on an exciting journey to complete her Doctorate in Education where she hopes to make a difference and how educators lead in early childhood education. Stephaine believes in Empowering Families in Spokane Community through coaching, family socials and empowerment groups. Children inspire her to dig deeper to learn about how can we build health children and grow health environments for them to succeed.

    Year Started:
    6/7/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's from Whitworth University and Master's from Ashford University
  • Ms. Cayleigh

    Ms. Cayleigh, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing my children grow and blossom little by little everyday!

    Ms. Cayleigh has been working at Shasta Way KinderCare since the Fall of 2013 and has been the Preschool Teacher since June 2014.  Toward the end of May 2015, Ms. Cayleigh received her child development associate from Rasmussen College. In the preschool classroom, the children participate in Music & Me everyday. Music & Me is a carefully planned curriculum that celebrates the importance of music and movement to the development of young children; the preschoolers love it! In Ms. Cayleigh's classroom, the students practice independent work by doing projects on their own by making their own choices and by problem solving with very little help. Ms. Cayleigh believes in having good communication with her students parents and guardians to help further the students education in class. Because of that, in October 2014, Ms. Cayleigh received a Relationship service Award from the Center Director. Overall, Ms. Cayleigh loves teaching fun new things to her eager-to-learn preschoolers every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered at KinderCare for one year while taking an Early Childhood Class at High School.
    Year Started:
    9/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Shalom

    Ms. Shalom, Toddler Classroom

    I teach for the joy of seeing each child's milestones and cherish being a part of it!

    Ms. Shalom is our Toddler Teacher! Prior to her joining our team in 2012, she worked with the Head Start program. You will find her singing and dancing with her kids in her classroom. She also sings with them in Spanish. Ms. Shalom is extremely patient and caring. During her free time you will find her either reading or writing.

    Previous Experience:
    Head Start
    Year Started:
    5/18/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • German
  • 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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Our son has attended KinderCare Learning Center for five years. We have always been impressed with the compassionate and knowledgeable attention he receives from the staff. The center has been very flexible and easy to communicate with on a consistent basis. My husband and I are able to work and feel confident that our child is safe and well cared for. This year our son started the Kindergarten program and has truly blossomed. He is impressing us daily with his ever increasing reading, writing and vocabulary skills. His teacher is extremely pleasant and always engaging the kids in great learning opportunities. Our family would strongly recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for a structured, balanced, safe, and loving environment for their child.

- Mother and Father

Our experience with KinderCare has been excellent! The staff treats the children with such love and care. It is as if one of your own family members is caring for your child. The schooling side of KinderCare is amazing! So much progress in such a short amount of time. We couldn't ask for a better place for child care/school! Thank you Kindercare for such a great program!

- Mother
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