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North Tacoma KinderCare

Robin Nash, 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

At the North Tacoma 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 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 enviornment full of fun and laughter for your child please stop by or call and schedule a visit. We can't wait to meet you!

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

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  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.

  • Robin Nash

    Robin Nash, 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 Associates 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 sixteen 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 Associates 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 Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infants

    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 A

    Seeing the little kids grow to become little peopleis my favorite part about being a teacher.

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

    Ms. Kylea, Toddler B

    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

    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

October 2016 Events

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

      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

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 are closed all major Holidays including Columbus Day & and Presidents Day.

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.

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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