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Wandermere KinderCare

Lynda Anthony, Center Director

1625 East Farwell Rd. Spokane WA 99208
(509) 465-1600 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Farwell & Pittsburg, S of Northwood Middle School in Spokane

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Farwell and Brentwood

At Farwell 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 Farwell KinderCare Learning Center. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We are confident that we can meet all of your child’s early childhood education needs. It is important to us that we help build the foundation for your child's education. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to help them discover the world around them. I hope you find all the information here helpful in your search for childcare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 509-465-1600 or stop by any time. We would love for you to join our family!

Lynda Anthony, 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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Farwell KinderCare, in Spokane, WA, are dedicated individuals who have a passion to help children grow and learn.  We believe that children are natural learners who flourish in a responsive environment centered on respect, creativity and joy.  Our teachers promote a least-restrictive environment that encourages independence and allows children the freedom to be creative and become capable and confident individuals. We would love for you to come on into our center to see our classrooms and meet our wonderful staff!!

  • Lynda Anthony

    Lynda Anthony, Center Director

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  - Benjamin Franklin

    Lynda Anthony joined the KinderCare team after owning her own childcare business for 16 years.  Lynda currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix, and is completing her doctorate degree in I/O Psychology.  Her background enables her to understand the individual needs of each child and gear learning toward their specific learning styles and personality.  Lynda enjoys hand on teaching and strives to know each child and their family to personalize the experience for each family.  Lynda's passion is teaching outside of the traditional box.  Her methods of teaching include song, art, play and encouraging children to use their imagination.  As a mother of six and grandmother, Lynda is always reading and learning new ways of encouraging children to be the best they can be.  Lynda enjoys baking, running, and shopping in her spare time.

    Year Started:
    4/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Service Management, enrolled in I/O Psychology doctorate program with a graduation date of 2017
  • Ms. Valarie Martin

    Ms. Valarie Martin, Assistant Director

    What I love about teaching the most is the individual growth of each child.  My inspiration to come to work each day is my love of children and their unique aspirations.  Watching them grow and learn is a beautiful thing!

    Ms. Valarie came to us as a toddler teacher and has made her journey to the Assistant Director position over the last year and a half.  She has a deep understanding of how children grow and she works diligently to see the growth each and every day. Valarie delivers a smile and positive energy to the center and those around her.  She devotes herself in the developing and training of staff to ensure all children gain a positive learning environment when they are with us.

    Previous Experience:
    Valarie comes to KinderCare with many years experience working with children. Her prior experience consists of youth counseling, working as an enrichment teacher in the school district to directing a small childcare center.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Kathy Ward

    Ms. Kathy Ward, Programmer

    The best part of working at KinderCare is that she is making a positive difference in so many families’ lives."
     

    Prior to joining our center, Kathy was a Director at the South Hill KinderCare. She started with the company in October 2004 as a pre-kindergarten teacher. She grew up in Spokane and went to school at Hunter College in New York City. Kathy knew from very early on that she wanted to be a teacher. She has a family of two boys and one girl who all have attended KinderCare. Kathy is excited to come to the center every day and be greeted with hugs and loud “hello Ms. Kathy” from the children. She enjoys hearing their stories and watching them make new discoveries. Also the best part about the end of Kathy’s day is sharing those moment’s with the parents and letting them know how much she has enjoyed their child today!
     

    Previous Experience:
    Kathy worked in the New York City Public schools while going to college. She then was a director at Tumble Bugs (movement education for children 1-6 years) in Connecticut.
    Year Started:
    10/7/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, Kindergarten

    I love the look on my student’s faces when they make a connection!  And the hugs from the children!

    Ms. Katherine has been a refreshing addition to the KinderCare team.  Her background in teaching allows her to contribute diversity and originality to the classroom and learning experience.  Ms. Katherine comes to us with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She adds, experience, creativity, excitement and imagination to every lesson plan.  As a teacher Ms. Katherine is a child’s dream.  Every morning the children are delighted to see her and be in their classroom.  She has developed a free thinking environment perfect for exploration, observation and development.  Ms. Katherine loves singing and dancing with her kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting with KinderCare Ms. Katherine worked as a teacher in Italy, China and eventually came home to the states.
    Year Started:
    1/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Gwen

    Ms. Gwen, PreKindergarten Classroom

    My passion is to provide for the well being of the whole child in order for them to grow socially, emotionally and academically.

    Ms Gwen has a natural ability to connect with each student and shares a genuine love for children and teaching.  She creativity designs hands on activities that are not only fun but educationally based.  She has many years of prior experience working with children as a teacher and church based work.  Ms. Gwen completed her degree from Eastern Washington University and received a Masters in Elementary Education.  Her prior experience and education is exhibited in her prekindergarten classroom.  Ms. Gwen enjoys string art, the great outdoors, as well as reading and painting.

    Year Started:
    9/21/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cristina

    Ms. Cristina, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children learn and grow.  I also love knowing that I can be a part of their learning process and help support and guide them to success!  My absolute favorite is seeing the children's cute personalities and faces!

    Ms. Cristina is our Preschool Teacher and joined KinderCare in 2012.  You will find her singing, dancing and begin silly right along with the kids.  She is super passionate and dedicated to ensuring that curriculum is implemented in her classroom and that her kids are learning.  Along with all that, her positive attitude is contagious!   She is currently attending Spokane Falls Community College to get her degree in Early Childhood Development.  In her free time, Ms. Cristina enjoys dancing, cooking, art, scrapbooking and ATVs.

    Year Started:
    4/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ashley is new to our KinderCare teaching team as of April 2014.  She grew up in Spokane and has been working with children for about three years in addition to helping take care of her younger siblings.  Ms. Ashley is a wonderful addition to our infant room.  Her fun-loving, nurturing personality radiates the room.  She loves watching the infants grow and being an integral part of their development.

    Year Started:
    4/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Mr. Julian

    Mr. Julian, Support Staff / Health and Safety Coordinator

    I enjoy getting to see the personalities of every child and I like the idea that I am helping reinforce values learned from home.  I also enjoy being around the high quality of individuals that I work with.

    You will find Mr. Julian thoroughly engaged with the kids in any classroom that he is in.  He is dynamic and able to captivate the attention of the kids very easily.  Mr. Julian has the ability to communicate with ease and enjoys integrating conversational Spanish in daily interactions.  For as much as he is energetic, he has the ability to remain calm and has a very caring demeanor.  Mr. Julian received his AA degree from Yakima Valley Community College in 2012 and is currently working toward his BA degree in Psychology.  Mr. Julian enjoys reading and coming up with interesting facts to share as well as spending time with his family.

    Year Started:
    6/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years

October 2016 Events

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  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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! 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

  • American Sign Language
  • 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.

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

Both of our children attended KinderCare from the earliest age through kindergarten and still continue to be served by the school age program each summer.  During their time there, they were treated like family and made lasting relationships with the staff.  When it came time for them to transition to public school. they were ahead of the curve both academically and socially.  We are grateful for KinderCare's involvement in the lives of our kids and would recommend it to anyone.

- Father
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