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Hazel Dell KinderCare North

Deanna Niskanen, Center Director

10021 Ne Hazel Dell Av Vancouver WA 98685
(360) 574-9001 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Conveniently located at the intersection of Hazel Dell and 99th. In the Grocery Outlet mini mall. Walking distance to the Hazel Dell transit center.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eisenhower, Felida, Lake Shore, Sara J. Anderson, Sacajawea


Welcome to nationally accredited Hazel Dell North KinderCare in Vancouver, Washington. We have been providing quality early learning programs in the Hazel Dell area for 32 years. You'll feel right at home in our warm, family focused environment where children thrive in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. 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 who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Deanna Niskanen, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

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


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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff has true dedication to the education of young children. The average tenure of the staff is 11 years. Several past students come back to visit the teachers they had while attending KinderCare. Many of the teachers have their Child Development Associate's degree, Early Childhood Education degree or Bachelor's degree. We offer tremendous support for all staff members to continue their education so that the staff can continue to strive for excellence through continuing education with the company's biannual development trainings.

  • Deanna Niskanen

    Deanna Niskanen, Center Director

    Ms. DeAnna started working at KinderCare in 2000. She has her child development associate credential and is in college to earn her bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Ms. DeAnna has over 25 years in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is a valuable resource for teachers and families and loves mentoring her staff. She enjoys working with all age groups at the center and getting to know each one of the children. DeAnna has a heart for the children in the center and wants each family to feel confident in their decision to select KinderCare for their educational needs.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Autumn Pine

    Autumn Pine, Assistant Director

    Autumn has been with KinderCare for eight years. She started as a classroom support person then went on to be a Lead Teacher for several years. Autumn realized that her passion was teaching her peers skills and strategies to insure that each child is given the tools to succeed. After obtaining her Child Development Associate credential, Autumn served as a Program Specialist at Mill Plain KinderCare before coming here to be the Assistant Director. She is currently in college pursuing her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Elizabeth Thompson

    Ms. Elizabeth Thompson, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Elizabeth creates a safe loving place for her infants. She communicates very well with their parents to be confident she is meeting the infants needs and the parents expectations. Infants will learn a wide array of things during the day with her, engaging in activities such as using the five senses to explore the world for her or him, copying the simple actions of others, experimenting with toy instruments, exploring different textures, discovering colors, developing memory skills, learning a variety of words and sounds and interacting with other children.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Child Develpment Associate
  • Ms. Elisabeth Hunt

    Ms. Elisabeth Hunt, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Elisabeth loves working with the infants. She uses care giving routines, such as diapering and feeding, to provide unique learning opportunities for the infants. Ms. Elisabeth uses these times for one-on-one contact and to give attention to individual needs. She helps the infants to feel secure and fosters important language, cognitive and social and emotional skills. 

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Alyssa

    Alyssa, Toddler Classroom

    Alyssa's kind and quiet demeanor make her an excellent toddler teacher in partnership with Matilde. These ladies use supportive and positive reinforcement to help our toddlers navigate through the many new experiences they are beginning to explore.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Matilde

    Matilde, Toddler Classroom

    Matilde and her co-teacher, Alyssa, work hard to ensure our toddlers have lots of opportunities to experience curriculum first hand. They work with them on art projects, exploring many different kinds of sensory activities and help them begin to love reading with every day story and circle times.

    Previous Experience:
    Matilde previously worked at a KinderCare in Portland.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Classroom Support

    I love being a part of helping parents build strong, confident learners.

    Ms. Jill has been with KinderCare since 2011. She recently transferred from a center in Placentia, California. Ms. Jill is married with two sons, and one has special needs. Having a son with special needs has helped her be a patient, creative and a compassionate teacher. Ms. Jill has over 20 years experience in the Childhood Education field and has her associate degree in early childhood education.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Gina

    Gina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Gina brings the curriculum to life for the children in her Prekindergarten class and is highly successful at preparing children to enter Kindergarten. Her degree, student teaching and previous experience have all prepared her to be an excellent teacher in this critically important classroom, and she prides herself on ensuring every child is set up for success.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gina did three semesters of student teaching in the school district, was a nanny, and also taught at her church prior to joining our center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education
  • Katie

    Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Katie and Gina create a highly enhanced learning environment for our Prekindergarten children which is bursting with fun and interesting activities for them to experience. In this classroom the focus on math, science and writing is extremely strong and is woven into every theme the children explore. Whether they are building a rocket ship in dramatic play or learning how to say words in Spanish, Katie and Gina keep their children highly engaged and get them ready for Kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Brianne Scott

    Ms. Brianne Scott, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Brianne spends her afternoons with the school age children. School age children are highly energetic and need fun activities to keep them busy after school (don't tell them that they are learning). After a healthy snack the class goes outside to play in the large grass field, shoot hoops in the basketball court or climb and slide on the large play structure. If parents would like their child to start on homework we have a homework center filled with what they may need and Brianne is always available to help. The school age children get to choose from a wide variety of organized and free play activities with a new theme every two weeks. 

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Frances

    Ms. Frances, Infant Classroom

    I love walking into my classroom and seeing eager faces ready for a new day.

    Frances was in the prekindergarten classroom for 20 years. Many children have passed through her classroom with a good educational start to be successful as they enter Kindergarten. She now spends time with our youngest children helping them get the best start to their early education.

    Previous Experience:
    Frances has spent many hours volunteering at her church in various children's programs before becoming a part of KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sky

    Ms. Sky, Center Cook

    Year Started:
    4 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

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 adhere to the highest safety and cleanliness standards. The entry has a single-entry security keypad access with strict parent/guardian identification procedures. All teachers have CPR and Pediatric First Aid certification. The site has a Health and Safety Coordinator who is in charge of the monthly fire and disaster drills.

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.

My daughter has been going to KinderCare North for the past nine years. She started going when she was just six months old. Our experience here has been amazing! The director and staff make you and your child feel at home. All of the teachers are loving, caring and patient. I am not sure we would have made it through potty training without their support. The one thing that really stands out for me was our experience with the Prekindergarten class. The transition to Kindergarten can be a big change for parents and children. As exciting as this change may be, it can also bring anxiety. How do you know they are ready? Francis really prepared my daughter for Kindergarten. Her curriculum was completely geared towards getting the children academically ready to start Kindergarten. This was huge for me. The care my daughter has received over the past nine years has been outstanding. I highly recommend this center.

- Mother

Love it here! You guys make it so easy on me to leave him in such great hands!!! Thanks!

- Mother

We have nothing but wonderful, loving things to say about your Kindercare location. From the first day I passed over a 7 week-old Vincent to Elizabeth, to his exciting and busy toddler days currently, we have felt so grateful to have a safe and happy place for our son. You have provided exceptional care and have kept high standards. We have told many people about your location, and have felt extremely confident in your care. 

- Mother

My boys are at Hazel Dell North KinderCare. They each started at age 6 months. The women at this center are outstanding. They are all so happy and genuinely love what they do. It shows everyday. They have made me so comfortable to go to work and trust my boys are in good hands.
And they make learning fun for my boys. So much, sometimes they don't want to leave.
Often times we get caught up in our everyday life that we don't take the time to say thank you.
I wanted to share how wonderful this team is, and how thankful I am that they are in my family's life.


- Mother

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