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Mill Plain KinderCare

Karina Ross, Center Director

622 S.E. 117th Ave. Vancouver WA 98683
(360) 254-8583 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Mill Plain Blvd. On SE 117th Ave. Across the street from Cinetopia theatre

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We offer transportation to the following elementary schools: Crestline, Burnt Bridge Creek, Ellsworth, Endeavour, Fircrest, Hearthwood, Marrion, and Riverview.

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Welcome to Mill Plain KinderCare. We are located in Vancouver, Washington on SE 117th Avenue (across from Cinetopia). Our center provides quality care and education for children aged 12 months to 12 years. Our center was awarded NAC accreditation for the second time in 2012. Accreditation is awarded to centers that consistently provide a high level of care and education for young children. Our tenured staff is committed to on-going communication and building long lasting relationships with our families. Children have their own unique qualities and sometimes challenges, we approach each day with a sense of adventure. We focus on children’s individual needs and working with your family to give each child the best opportunity to succeed on their own personal journey. We hope you will take the time to visit our center and see all the fun adventures your child will experience as part of our family at Mill Plain KinderCare.

Karina Ross, 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

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.

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.


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.


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.

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

Teachers & Staff

Our team is solidly focused on ensuring your child is successful at our center. We work together to address any challenges an individual child may be having, and have also partnered with schools locally as our children transition to Kindergarten. Ultimately, our goal is for every child's unique needs to be met and for them to feel at home in our center. We have a commitment to work with every child and help them thrive in a group setting. We have a mix of tenured and newer staff, but each of them holds the same passion and commitment to the success of your child.

  • Karina Ross

    Karina Ross, Center Director

    I love to make a difference in each child's life. Watching a baby roll over for the first time or teaching a preschooler how to write their name, each experience leaves an impact on the child as well as myself. I wake up everyday excited to assist children in their development.

    Karina has worked with our team since mid 2011 and is a positive, warm and supportive leader of our management team at Mill Plain KinderCare. Prior to joining our company she spent 5 years working in early childhood programs and even owned and managed her own in-home center.
     Karina's ability to support our team through a keen understanding of curriculum expectations and accreditation requirements, in addition to a consistent focus on building solid and lasting relationships with both families and staff makes her a wonderful addition to our management team. She started at Mill Plain in a Program Specialist role, was promoted to Assistant Director and is now serving in the Director role where she is able to continue to increase her depth of focus and influence with our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Karina has worked as a teacher, Learning Adventures instructor, health and safety coordinator, Program Specialist and Assistant Director prior to her current role.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Tara Nelson

    Tara Nelson, Assistant Director

    Tara started with KinderCare in 2015 with nine years experience in Early Childhood Education. Tara has her BA in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Child Development, as well as a minor in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. She has spent her career volunteering and working with children, even spening time in Thailand as an Outdoor Educational Instructor. Tara is committed to ensuring every child and family has an amazing experience in our center, and that our staff has the support and encouragement they need to help provide that experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Tara worked as a teacher at an after school center in Oregon, then as an Assistant Director for that same company. She joined the KinderCare team in January as an Assistant Director at one of our Oregon sites and recently transfered to the Mill Plain center.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Child Development and minor in Health Promotion and Health Behavior
  • Ms. Jesica

    Ms. Jesica, Program Specialist

    The families and children inspire me come to work everyday. I love seeing the development in the children we take care of.

    Jesica has her CDA and a passion for education. She is our Learning Adventures teacher as well as the Program Specialist, so she has the opportunity to work with many of our age groups on a daily basis. Jessica's years of experience coupled with her passion for making sure every child is successful make her an amazing asset to our team at Mill Plain.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jesica has worked with various ages in her time with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Danielle

    Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    Danielle is currently enrolled at Portland State University for her Teaching Degree. Danielle loves Disneyland and has a very outgoing and nurturing personality! You can always count on her smile when you walk in the door.

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  • Eloise, Toddler Classroom

    Eloise is new to our team but we are confident she will be an amazing addition to our toddler room.

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  • Samantha, Toddler Classroom

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  • Erin

    Erin, Young Preschool Classroom

    Erin is currently in her 2nd year old college to receive her elementary education degree. She is incredibly patient and loving with the children and wants to help them experience new things everyday. Erin and Desiree balance each other's teaching techniques and together provide a warm and enriching learning experience for our young preschool children.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Working on degree in elementary education
  • Desiree

    Desiree, Young Preschool Classroom

    Desiree has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and joined the Mill Plain team in 2016. We were lucky enough to have her transfer to our team from a wonderful sister center in Spokane, WA where she was an incredibly loved and sought after member of the center. With the great combination of Desiree and Erin, our young preschool children have the opportunity to truly experience all elements of our curriculum every day and learn in a patient and loving environment.  

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Jordan

    Jordan, Preschool Classroom

    Jordan worked as a School Age Teacher at our Salmon Creek KinderCare prior to joining the team at Mill Plain. The boys in Preschool really appreciate having a role model to hang out with and learn lots of cool science, math and sports. Jordan team teaches with Ms. Crista and Ms.Stephanie.

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  • Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Stephanie is team teaching with Mr Jordan and Ms. Crista in Preschool.

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  • Lindsay

    Lindsay, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Lindsay has worked for KinderCare for many years in several centers in Vancouver and with multiple different age groups. She enjoys the opportunity to continue to help grow and develop children to their full potential, and enjoys the challenge of working with them at many different ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Lindsay worked for South West Washington Child Care Consortium for three years. She gained experience working with several age groups of children.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Crista

    Crista, Preschool Classroom

    Crista is team teaching with Mr Jordan and Ms. Stephanie.

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  • Ms. Laura, Health and Safety Coordinator and Cook

    I love to cook and the ability interact with the children and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has seven years of experience cooking at Burger King and one and half years cooking at a retirement center and nine years at SEH.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Emily

    Emily, Substitute Teacher

    Emily has spent her entire career working with children in a variety of settings. She has a keen understanding of how to set up each child for success and transition to Kindergarten. Emily understands the importance of ensuring children truly live and breathe the themes in our curriculum so that they have full immersion and an opportunity to learn consistently through play. From a family partnership perspective, Emily does an amazing job ensuring children have regular opportunities for assessment and partners with parents to ensure their individual child is successful.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors in Human Development
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Substitute Teacher

    I love being able to make a difference in children's lives and to watch them grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Holly spent three years working as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Education

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

 From our key code entry system to our vigilant cleaning and sanitization practices you can be assured that your child's health and safety is always our top priority. Our staff is CPR and first aid certified, and we even have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff to ensure we stay on track. We invite you to stop by and see for yourself any time.

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 son has been attending Mill Plain KinderCare for almost five years. I started him at just three months so I could return to work and he just celebrated his 5th birthday, so it has been a long journey. Everyone there has been a part of raising my son, teaching him and loving him, I cherish each person who has come into contact with him over the years. As we start a new chapter in our lives, called Kindergarten, KinderCare will even be transporting him to and from school. The comfort of knowing that he is ALWAYS in safe, caring and loving hands is priceless!

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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