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North Tacoma KinderCare

Lisa Duke, Center Director

635 South Mildred Street Tacoma WA 98465
(253) 565-1671 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
1/2 block E of 6th Ave & Mildred

Near Tacoma Community College

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Welcome to the North Tacoma KinderCare. Our website is a great first step to getting to know what our experienced and passionate team of teachers have to offer you and your child(ren). Our team of teachers are excited for your child to grow, flourish and learn in our programs. If you are looking for an educational environment full of fun and laughter for your child please stop by or call and schedule a visit. We can't wait to meet you!

Lisa Duke, 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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.


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.

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

Our team of teachers brings diversity, dedication, passion and over one hundred years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education. We are excited to become a part of your family and look forward to the love and laughter that happens every day in their classrooms.

  • Lisa Duke

    Lisa Duke, Center Director

    Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire.

    Robin has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 18 years. She has been working for KinderCare since October 2016. Before coming to KinderCare Robin was a director of a local preschool for seven years. When she is not at KinderCare, Robin enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms.Robin comes to us as a director from a private preschool program and has a long history with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day. - Judith Viorst
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Lisa Duke

    Ms. Lisa Duke, Assistant Director

    Everyday I come to KinderCare I know my team and I make a positive difference for our children and their families. I believe every child deserves a well rounded education. I dedicate myself and my team to accomplishing this goal each and every day.

    Lisa has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 16 years. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. In this time, she has been an Infant, Toddler, and School-Age Teacher, before becoming the Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Lisa worked at the Spanaway Lutheran Church in their preschool program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar-by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nicole Travis

    Ms. Nicole Travis, Center Programmer

    I feel inspired knowing that each child here is a part of our KinderCare family.

    Working with children has been such an amazing journey. Nicole has been working in the early childhood education field since 2004. She has had the privilege to teach children as young as toddlers all the way through prekindergarten, and assist them in building a strong foundation for their academic journey. Teaching has also opened the door for Nicole to be a Program Specialist, as well as the Health and Safety manager. She loves coming to the center everyday knowing that some how and some way, children will learn something new. KinderCare is like her second family. Nicole cherishes each and every moment, and her children love it here too!

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has previously worked as a Lead Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, leading up to her current role as Center Programmer.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are-by Maurice Kendak
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential and in progress of Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    I get so inspired knowing that I get to play a small part of each baby's development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus-By Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Leann

    Ms. Leann, Toddler Classroom

    "Seeing the little kids grow to become little people is my favorite part about being a teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stellaluna-By Janell Cannon
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kylea

    Ms. Kylea, Toddler Classroom

    I feel inspired when I get to create curriculum based around each child's individual needs and interests. The best part is learning what is best for each child.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Because I love you-By Max Lucado
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Marie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I feel inspired knowing that I can make a difference in a child's life and to witness the developmental stages.


    Favorite Children's Book:
    Duck on a Bike-By David Shannon
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Preschool Classroom

    I feel inspired when I get to witness children being curious about everything around them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham-By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I feel inspired when I get to watch children learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama, Llama, red Pajama-By Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential

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

We strive to make a difference each and everyday.

Educating our future is a honor here at North Tacoma KinderCare. Our teachers and staff take great pride in communicating with children and parents, to insure each child is developing based on their learning style. Each day is a new adventure here at our learning center, and we invite you to stop in, and be apart of it.


Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

The health and safety of children is something we pride ourselves in. Our entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified and the building has a secured entry. We have a dedicated health and safety coordinator who is committed to monitoring our center on a daily basis. This ensures that the standards we have in place are maintained at all times.

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