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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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Farwell and Brentwood

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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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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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?

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

    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:
    2 Years
    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. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, Kindergarten Classroom

    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:
    5 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:
    Master's 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:
    5 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:
    3 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 associate of art degree from Yakima Valley Community College in 2012 and is currently working toward his bachelor's 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:
    4 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

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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.

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