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South Hill KinderCare

Stephanie Acord-Angell, Center Director

East 3201 26th Ave. Spokane WA 99223
(509) 534-2319 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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on Spokane's South Hill in the Lincoln Heights area

South Hill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Franklin Elementary and Lincoln Heights Elementary

At South Hill 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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Hello Parents! Your child always comes first at South Hill KinderCare and we are so excited that you are inquiring about care for your child. We are here to meet the needs of both you and your family. Our well trained staff attends seminars and meetings year round in order to stay current on how to properly care for your child. We offer programs for children from six weeks to twelve years and every classroom is designed to accommodate all children academically as well as improve their social and cognitive skills. We are pleased to say that our center is a National Accredited center and we strive every day to ensure our families are satisfied. Please come by and take a tour, our friendly staff would love to meet you and your family!

Stephanie Acord-Angell, Center Director

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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


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?

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

The teachers and staff at the South Hill KinderCare is committed to excellence, providing parents with the confidence that their child is in an educational, fun and safe environment.  Our staff is passionate about educating and caring for children.  This team is dedicated to building a positive educational environment for children.  We pride ourselves on open and honest communication, experienced and passionate staff, as well as implementing exceptional curriculum.  Tour today and find out how KinderCare on Spokane's South Hill is unlike any childcare you have seen before!  We can't wait to meet you and your family!

  • Stephanie Acord-Angell

    Stephanie Acord-Angell, Center Director

    Kimberley Marlatt is the Center Director at South Hill KinderCare. Kimberley joined our amazing KinderCare team in April 2015. Kimberley holds a BA in elementary education with a state K-8 reading endorsement from WSU, TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate from ITC Barcelona,and a BA in Fine Arts & Graphic Design from MSU. Go Cougs & Spartans! Kimberley has taught for several years in elementary education at Custer Elementary in Custer, WA, ESL in Spain and early childhood at Bilingual Kids Play Gifted Academy in Bellevue, WA. She also has a wealth of experience in event management and catering sales. Kimberley is excited about providing a nurturing, caring and friendly learning environment with her wonderful team of teachers at South Hill KinderCare. Please schedule a tour today with Kimberley so your child can be part of our KinderCare family and have a rich learning environment that you are seeking for your child.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education with a state K-8 reading endorsement, TEFL Certificate and BA in Fine Arts & Graphic Design
  • Bekka Brown

    Bekka Brown, Assistant Director

    I am very outgoing and enjoy being a big kid with the kids. I am very versatile and adapt easily.

    Ms. Bekka has worked in early childhood for five years with experience in cooking, teaching and supervising.  She is very versatile and adaptable, making her a wonderful member of our management team. Ms. Bekka enjoys seeing the children grow and learn, meeting all of their developmental milestones. She is currently finishing up her Child Development Associations Credential through Rasmussen College. In her free time you will find Ms. Bekka outside hunting, fishing and hiking!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Micah

    Ms. Micah, Infant Classroom

    I love the sincere joy that overcomes, both the child and myself, when we've successfully achieved a goal! Every day, I look forward to listening to their stories and learning from their profound insight.

    Ms. Micah graduated from Gonzaga University in 2003 and received her BA degree in Elementary Education. She then moved to Las Vegas and was a Special Education Teacher while attending school herself. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas receiving her Double MED in Special Education and People with Multiple Disabilities & Autism. After moving to San Diego, Ms. Micah taught in a Special Education Elementary classroom, while also working with children in applied behavior analysis. Ms. Micah enjoys working with all the staff at KinderCare and especially enjoys talking with all the kids and families. While not at work, Micah can be found enjoying yoga, going to the beach and camping.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Double Master's Degree in Special Education and People with Multiple Disabilities & Autism
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I provide a stable, loving and enriching environment where children grow.

    Heather began working at the center in the spring of 2012.  She deeply values the strong bond the she has been able to develop with each of the children.  She really finds contentment and happiness through providing a safe, loving, supportive educational environment for children when they are enrolled in our program.  She started with childcare at a co-op preschool with her daughter who is now 16 and has been and early childhood educator for 10 years.  She received her education at the Spokane Falls Community College.  She has experience with every age group and enjoys watching the children reach important milestones with each age group.  Her motto and passion is to develop the children’s self esteem and confidence through independence, belief in themselves and respect for others, as well as pride in their classroom and their community.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Nicole, Accelerated Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love inspiring children to be life-long learners!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, PreKindergarten

    Alex began working in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom the spring of 2013.  She gets very excited when the children are excited about learning and exploring the discovery areas.  She enjoys singing songs and celebrating their learning moments.  She graduated from Gonzaga University and is pursuing her Master’s in Teaching.  She has lived in Spokane all her life.  She has volunteered and local homeless shelters and also competed for Miss Spokane.  While competing she volunteered over 100 hours and won over 8 scholarships.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant Classroom

    I love that I get to be a part of the children's life and help them grow through love and care.

    Ms. Jamie joined our KinderCare team in 2013.  She is a fun-loving and nurturing teacher who cares for our infants.  Ms. Jamie loves looking at the little faces of the children and making them feel loved and special.  They matter!  The kids inspire her to come to work as their excitement for life is contagious.

    Year Started:
    3 Years

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.

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.

KinderCare and the teachers that work there have been exceptional to my family. I have made personal relationships with a few of the teachers that have taught my daughter and I couldn't ask for a better influence for her. They really go out of their way to make your child feel at home. I personally love the fact that KinderCare follows a curriculum and that they actually teach and get my child ready for her school years. I really couldn't ask for a better place that puts your child's needs first.

- Mother

As a parent, I love KinderCare's balance of learning and play. But, more importantly, my kids love KinderCare! They are excited to go each day and always have lots of stories to tell about their day and their teachers.

- Mother

We have been with South Hill KinderCare for more than 9 years, since our first child (Ben) was 6 weeks old. Our daughter (Grace) is currently in Kindergarten there. Our 9-year old son still goes to KinderCare for summer camps and winter breaks. From the infant room to Kindergarten class, our kids were always nurtured and well care for by the staff at South Hill Kindercare. They are like family to us. We love everyone there. The extra programs offered by KinderCare are invaluable and have helped to foster our children’s early learning and personal confidence. Both of our kids were in phonics classes and are now advanced readers. Our children love the various camps offered during summer and activities in Pre-K and Kindergarten class. Miss Stephanie has been wonderful for both Ben and Grace. She has taken extra time to challenge them. Ben is currently in the gifted program. Grace seems to be following in big brother’s footsteps. We believe that the programs at KinderCare have been a huge influence in their learning aptitude. Thank you to all the wonderful staff at South Hill KinderCare.

- Mother and Father

I wanted to say thank you to all the staff for being so friendly and patient and for caring about my son. He has learned so much during the past 7 months that he has been attending this day care. He enjoys being there and he loves his teachers. I am so happy with the staff and the curriculum that is followed. Thanks again!!

- Mother

Our son has been at KinderCare since he was three months old and we have been happy with the decision since day one. We love it - he loves it. Most days when we get there to pick him up he is having so much fun that he asks to stay ‘just a few more minutes’. The teachers are caring and attentive and he is in a fun learning environment surrounded by his friends. Over the last 4 ½ years we’ve also taken advantage of several of the extra-curricular classes. He has taken classes in cooking, music, phonics, reading and Spanish! KinderCare is more than just a daycare. Being able to leave him at KinderCare knowing he will be safe, secure and happy is the best feeling ever.

- Mother

Both of my sons have been with KinderCare since they were six weeks old.  Recently, I had gone to visit a friend who just gave birth to her second child.  Her first born, a son who is four years old, spent most of his days at an in-home daycare.  While her newborn napped, I was reading to her son so Mom could have a little "break" (and a shower!).  He stopped me mid-sentence during the story and asked, "Why are you reading so slow and why are you pointing at the words?"  I explained that it was so he could follow along with the letter sounds.  "Like this," I said, pointing to the word "mom".  "What letter is this?" I asked, with my finger under the "m".  "I dunno" he replied.  "How about this?" I asked, pointing at another letter, this time, the first letter of his name.  "I dunno" he said again.  This time I asked him "what letter does [his name] start with?"  He shrugged his shoulders.  Now, while I know that sometimes four year olds can be shy or may just not be feeling cooperative, I had a moment of pride, knowing that both of my boys knew their letters and could write their names at the age 3.  I know that that ability came, in large part, from KinderCare.  They may not know they're learning because it's so much fun, but trust me, THEY ARE LEARNING!  My husband and I couldn't be more grateful for the experience our boys have had at KinderCare - from the relationships with their teachers to the curriculum and the structure - it is something that has had a profoundly positive effect on them.  Our oldest is now in kindergarten in a public school and he is reading far beyond his grade level.  He enjoys reading and is good at it and I believe the foundation for that was built in his early years at KinderCare.

- Mother

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