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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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Special Instructions:
Wall Street Country Homes Blvd.

Neighborhood:
Town and Country

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Shiloh & Evergreen Elementary (Full Service) Linwood (No Mid-day Service)

At Shasta Way KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

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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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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.

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

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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 Courtney 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's from Whitworth University and Masters from Ashford University
  • Heather Moore

    Heather Moore, Assistant Director

    Assistant Center Director, Heather Moore has been a KinderCare employee since October of 2007.  She is currently working on her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ms. Heather has ample experience with KinderCare's policies, practices and procedures as well as Washington's licensing standards.  She works well with parents, staff and children of all ages.  Ms. Heather knows how to maintain a safe and fun environment for children while also introducing learning concepts according to their age range and specific interest.  She is a born nurturer and teacher who cares for children from infancy to young adults.  Ms. Heather loves working with children, dancing, reading, camping, movies and spending time with family and friends.  Her volunteer activities include serving as the Executive Director for Miss Spokane's Outstanding Teen, modeling for non-profit fundraisers and working on Camp Fire's Wohelo committee.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Accelerated PreKindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing and greeting the families every morning!  I love watching the children explore and discover new things!  My favorite thing is when they read for the first time!

    Ms. Melinda joined our KinderCare team in 2005 as our Kindergarten Teacher and brings to us many years of experience in the early childhood field.  She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary Education.  Her background enables her to fully implement the kindergarten curriculum and engage in the learning process with her students.  She thrives in knowing that her children are learning in an environment that is conducive to their individual learning needs.  Ms. Melinda's passion is to encourage children to believe in themselves, respect others and have pride in their classroom and community.  When Ms. Melinda is not in her classroom, you will find her spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    St. Francis Montessori, Spokane Montessori, Trinity Daycare.
    Year Started:
    10/7/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Mr. Deven

    Mr. Deven, School Age

    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. -Vince Lombardi

    Mr. Deven came to us in June of 2015 and joined our team at Shasta Way as our School Age teacher.  He is excellent at getting children to participate and work well together.  Mr. Deven talks to children at their level and keeps them very active and engaged in the activities throughout the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Early Learning Center (SFCC)
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    AAS Early Childhood Education
  • 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 Associates 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 Associates
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Amy joined the KinderCare team as the Kindergarten teacher in August of 2012 at the Sullivan KinderCare. She recently transferred to our center as the PreKindergarten Teacher!  She has her Bachelors Degree in Education with Certification for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Ms. Amy loves watching the “light turn on” when children learn something new and they get so excited, it’s infectious. She enjoys the time she gets to teach the children and always gives 100% to her students.  

    Year Started:
    8/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Education with Certification for Kindergarten through 8th Grade
  • Miss Kristi

    Miss Kristi, Discovery Preschool

    There is something so inspiring about being able to watch a child have the light bulb moment when you know they learn new things!

    Ms. Kristi has been in child care for fifteen years.  She was recently a Pre-K Teacher for ages two and a half years through three and a half years.  Kristi enjoys coming to work each day to be able to be a positive role model to young children.  Kristi has three daughters and loves spending time with her family, going camping and taking her girls to softball, dance and volleyball.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Pre-K teacher for two and a half years at Little Rascals Childcare Center
    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Infant Classroom

    Watching children grow and develop through all the little milestones makes me happy!

    Ms. Angie has been on our team since 1990 and has been our Infant Teacher since 1990!  One of the many things Ms. Angie brings to our infant classroom is her ability to speak German.  She loves to sing songs in German with them and to them.  Ms. Angie really enjoys seeing the babies happy and smiling faces everyday.  Prior to coming to KinderCare, she had her own daycare for many years.  When Ms. Angie is not with us you will find her gardening, hiking, reading or traveling.  She has several grandchildren whom she loves to spend as much time with as possible.

    Year Started:
    8/30/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Support Staff and Infant Classroom

    I bring a great sense of humor with me that makes everything go smoothly!

    Ms. Linda has been with us since 1989.  She has been in multiple classrooms over the years but her true passion lies within the infant room!  She graduated from Spokane Community College with her AA degree and completed two years at Eastern Washington University majoring in Child Development.  Ms. Linda's prior education and experience makes her a great asset to our team.  She loves the interactions that she has with all children by talking and connecting with them each and every day and the smiles that they bring to school!  When Ms. Linda is not with us, she loves spending time with her grandchildren and her one great-granddaughter!  She also enjoys being outside during the summer months.

    Year Started:
    11/20/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Char

    Ms. Char,

    My job is never boring!  I am rewarded by seeing the light in a child's eye when they understand something!  I am also rewarded by their smiles and hugs on a daily basis.

    Before coming to KinderCare in 1987, Ms. Char had been in the childcare business for ten years, including having a daycare in her own home.  She attended Spokane Community College for LPN Training but found that her passion is working with children.  She is a flexible team player and has shared her skills in every classroom in our center, from the preschool teacher to the center cook and wherever else needed.  Ms. Char has the ability to recycle items and implement them in a creative way that is fun and educationally based.  She easily brings a fun and unique enthusiasm to the classroom with her knowledge of sign language and her desire to help kids be happy and succeed in life.  Ms. Char loves sharing her time with the kids and helping them feel special in their own unique way.  Her love of knowledge doesn't stop in the classroom as she is continuously looking for classes and workshops outside of the center to further her ability to bring in fun and exciting projects for the children.  Ms. Char is very involved with her church and she also takes care of her 90 year old father!

    Year Started:
    9/10/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

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

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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