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University Place KinderCare

Courtney Cariveau, Center Director

5424 Orchard St. West Tacoma WA 98467
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS
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Welcome

Welcome to the University Place KinderCare Learning Center. We are excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the University Place KinderCare we consider you to be family. Our supportive environment stems from our long-serving teachers who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Courtney Cariveau, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers brings dedication, passion, education and over ninty seven years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education. The majority of our teacher’s have advanced education ranging from Child Development Associate's Degrees to Bachelor's Degrees.

  • Courtney Cariveau

    Courtney Cariveau, Center Director

    Knowing that everyday is a new adventure and that I get to experience it with so many young developing minds is what is so amazing about being in this field. Not only do I get to help with the education of our future but I also have the wonderful opportunity of guiding our teachers through building their foundations for success.

    Ms. Courtney has been working in childcare since she was 19 years old. She started out working in a private childcare center and eventually was helping the owner run the business. Courtney adores working with children of all ages and will often be in the classrooms rather then her office! Since working with KinderCare she enjoys coming to work and leading a team of great teachers. She loves watching the children's facial expressions when they learn new things and develop in their educational growth. Outside of KinderCare, Courtney loves riding horses and spending time with her husband and two boys.

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney has previous experience working as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, and now School Director.
    Year Started:
    7/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Vicki Arcuri

    Vicki Arcuri, Assistant Director

    They may not remember what you said, but they will always remember the way you made them feel.

    Vicki has worked in the Early childhood field for a total of nine years. She graduated in 2010 with her certificate and associate in early childhood education. She joined the KinderCare team in 2012 as the Toddler Teacher. Since then she has also worked in the Preschool Classroom, Infant Classroom and the Kindergarten Classroom. She has been the Health and Safety Coordinator since 2013 and the programming supervisor before becoming the Assistant Director in July of 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Vicki worked at a daycare center in University Place for three Years. She also worked as a private nanny for a year
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy getting to spend every day watching children grow into the best they can be.

    Ms. Carolyn is one of our caring, loving, and comforting teachers in our Toddler classroom. She graduated in August 2014 with her Associates in Human Services Degree. Ms. Carolyn loves spending her days with the infants watching them grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare Carolyn worked as an Assistant Director with a before and after school program
    Year Started:
    2/10/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate in Human Services
  • Ms. Ayesha, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy the unknown and turning it into knowledge.

    Ms. Ayesha graduated from Western University in June of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in social science. She has been with KinderCare since 2015 after returning from volunteer work abroad. What Ms. Ayesha enjoys the most in the classroom is when a child begins having conversations with her about anything and everything. One of her favorite things is when one of her students says, "Good morning Ms. Ayesha."

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ayesha has previously volunteered in Morocco through the Peace Corps.
    Year Started:
    7/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Social Science, Human Resource Credentials
  • Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Katie has worked in our Prekindergarten classroom since April 2015. She came to our center with previous experience working at a before and after school program. She loves to teach the children new things and to make her classroom a fun place for the children to come every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Private nanny, latchkey teacher, before and after school program teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pinkalicious
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lauren, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lauren has always had a calling for child care. She has been in child care for the last 10 years. She enjoys creative art and science projects. Ms. Lauren strives to create a warm and loving environment for everyone.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren previously worked for a medically fragile day care for the last five years. She also has experience working and running co-ops and homeschooling.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Continuing her degree in Early Childhood Development.
  • Laura, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Laura has been in the child care field for one year. She has such a passion for turning children into lifelong learners. Ms. Laura loves to have a strong focus of music in her classroom. She does that by letting the children play with instruments, dance parties, and sing along times throughout the day. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has previously worked at Innovative Academy Childcare in Newcastle before coming here to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    12/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Basics in Childhood Development and continuing her certificate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Katie loves to connect with children and challenge their young minds. She loves to learn just as much as she loves to teach, so finding answers together with the children are great moments for Ms. Katie. In her classroom you will hear singing throughout the day because Ms. Katie enjoys making up silly songs with the children all day long.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

    Year Started:
    10/12/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Develpment Associate Credential
  • Ms. Alex, Infant Classroom

    "I am inspired by the world around me.

    The children are wonderful to be around. They teach me as much as I teach them and I couldn't ask for anything more rewarding!!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    1/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Jake, Transitional Kindergarten

    "I enjoy watching children learn, grow, and thrive.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked as a teacher at Lacey Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Continuing education in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Julie, Preschool Classroom

    "I love teaching children new and fun ways of learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    8/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Enrolled in the Child Devopment Associate program
  • Ms. Kylea, Learning Adventures

    "My favorite thing about teaching is creating a safe and warm environment for parents to feel good about leaving their children here!

    Each child's unique personality inspires me to create an environment that suites all children and helps them learn in the best way. Ms. Kylea enjoys creating a fun environment to learn and feel loved in.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You, Because by Sandy Gingras

    Year Started:
    3/4/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential and in process of obtaining an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samantha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Getting to watch my children learn through creative activities and imaginative play is my favorite aspect of working here.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha has previously worked at Love and Laughter Childcare
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amelia Badelia by Peggy Parish

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    In process of obtaining Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tien, Floater

    "Seeing children celebrate their individuality and creativity is the best part of my job.

    Ms. Tien enjoys creating activities to inspire children to develop their own curiosity. She also creates a classroom setting where the children are in a supportive environment. They can express their feelings, take risks, and creative their own ideas.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tien has previously worked in customer service and retail.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    2/27/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Writing Studies

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Japanese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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, and Christmas 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 Health Nurse who visits us once monthly to support our teachers with any health and safety concerns. We also 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.

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

I love my center! I looked at many different daycares when we were putting our three children in daycare.  We had a new born, a little one-year-old and another who was three-years-old at the time. I went to the other daycares and was horrified at what I saw. I started talking with my husband and letting him know I was not going to go back to work, because I was so uncomfortable with the daycares that we had toured.
We then decided to tour KinderCare on Orchard Street and my kids left my side immediately and started playing with the other children. They did not cling to my legs the entire visit. The center also allowed me to come and sit with my children for a couple of weeks before I had to go back to work. They catered to me making sure I knew that my children were being taken care of and that they were comfortable in their new surroundings. Since that day, almost two years ago, I have told everyone I know that needed daycare to go to KinderCare, especially other Military families since they are an accredited center and accept NACCRRA! This is very useful for military families. This center feels more like a home than a daycare!

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