University Place KinderCare 5424 Orchard St. West Tacoma, WA 98467 | KinderCare

University Place KinderCare

Jill Ripley, Center Director
5424 Orchard St. West, Tacoma, WA 98467

  • Ph: (253) 474-5295
  • Open: 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F
  • Fax: (253) 471-8384
  • Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

Here at the University Place KinderCare, we offer Learning Adventure programs to allow for enhanced learning in a small group setting. These programs have curriculum designed to be sensitive to children’s multiple learning styles and small group size that allows for high-quality interactions with the teacher. Our Interactive Kindergarten class, led by Ms. Kelly, will introduce your child to whiteboard and computer technology while offering plenty of hands-on exploration. Your child will enjoy a small class size and focus on building skills that lead to academic success

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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 Orchard Street 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!

- Jill Ripley, Center Director

Programs Offered

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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.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Observed Holidays

Our Centers observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • 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.


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! - Amber, Mother

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