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Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings

Felicia Hintzke, Center Director

2907 SE 162nd Ave. Vancouver WA 98683
(360) 944-8990 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

At Knowledge Beginnings you know your child will learn and grow with our nurturing teachers and everyday curriculum. We see ourselves as a school, even for our young ages in infants and toddlers. You know when your child is here they will do so much more then just color or eat snack. We focus on the whole child developmentally, which allows us to implement curriculum that targets the child cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
Come be a part of our school, and watch your child learn and grow.

Felicia Hintzke, Center Director

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

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

The Teachers here are excited to get to know you and your child. Our passion is teaching! We also invite you to come meet all of us personally!

  • Felicia Hintzke

    Felicia Hintzke, Center Director

    I love getting the chance to be a part of the community and team with so many families to help educate and nurture their children.

    Ms. Felicia has been with the company for 17 years and it shows. Her knowledge and level of professionalism not only models as a wonderful mentor and director to her staff, but also shows in her customer service and high standards of the education in her center.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Sherri Uruo

    Sherri Uruo, Assistant Director

    Sherri has worked with Knowledge Beginnings since 2007. She spent a number of years working with our PreKindergarten children and has also served as our Health and Safety Coordinator. She is currently working as the Acting Assistant Director.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    CDA and AAS in Business Admin
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lisa is a major asset to our team, she continually provides excellent curriculum and interactions for infants and is wonderful with communication and safety.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Alicia is a wonderful teacher who is good at adhering to the learning styles and developmental level of all her students.

    Year Started:
    8/4/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Chelsea

    Chelsea, Toddler A

    Chelsea does a great job partnering with Emily to keep our toddlers engaged, learning and having fun!

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Emily

    Emily, Toddler A

    Emily does an amazing job working with our toddlers and helping them transition from the infant classroom into a more structured curriculum. She helps them explore art, sensory, and begin using their imagination in our dramatic play area. She also works with them on gross motor skills on our fun toddler playground and when the weather is nasty, in our indoor gym space.

    Year Started:
    7/11/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Caylin

    Caylin, Toddler B

    Caylin and Heather make a great team! They focus on enhancing the enviroment, keeping the kids busy and they love to allow the kids plenty of opportunities to explore their artistic side!

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Heather

    Heather, Toddler B

    Heather just joined our team but has a ton of experience working with toddlers and is already making a huge difference in her classroom. Her toddlers are starting to learn to potty train, in addition to continuing to explore their space and increase their confidence with language and fine motor skills.

    Year Started:
    2/13/2015
  • Cindy

    Cindy, Discovery Preschool

    Cindy leads our Discovery Preschool class. Her class is all about working through the critical potty training milestone while also preparing the children academically, socially and emotionally for that next big step to Preschool. In Cindy's class the children learn some basic writing and number recognition and are introduced to more opportunities in science. This is also the first classroom where the children start to have regular organized group time, and share in some of the responsibilities of the day such as being a weather helper or line leader. Cindy runs a highly energized room with plenty of time for fun, learning and potty training.
     

    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Allison

    Allison, Preschool

    Allison loves making preschool fun for the children who have just finished mastering potty training and are really starting to get excited about learning to write, math and exploring science. In her classroom every enhancement is critical because it helps the children really experience each subject and theme.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sabra

    Ms. Sabra, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sabra is a teacher through and through. She uses every opportunity to teach the children weather it be a teachable moment within the class or the planned small group activity in the morning. Sabra is patient, kind and also very good at getting children out of their shells.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    BA in History, AA in ECE
  • Nicole

    Nicole, PreKindergarten

    Nicole  worked with us for a year running the Discovery Preschool program with Kati and has recently taken on the PreKindergarten classroom. She enjoys helping the children prepare to enter their very first year of public school and ensures they have plenty of opportunities to hone their skills.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    BA in Human Development
  • Whitney

    Whitney, PreKindergarten 1

    Whitney and Ariel are an amazing team. The dynamics in this PreKindergarten class are simply amazing to watch. Every area is enhanced completely in every theme, allowing the children fantastic opportunities to be emersed in the curriculum. The strength of the math, science and writing skills being developed in this room is truly phenomenal. And, on top of all that, the children are always engaged and having fun.

    Year Started:
    12/30/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, PreKindergarten 1 Classroom

    Getting the chance to build relatioinships from the children and their families and also learning so much from the different backgrounds.

    Ms. Ariel is a wonderful teacher. She is very organized and good with getting the children not only to try new things but learn and achieve new things. She is also very good with one on one conferences and assessments.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Kati

    Kati, PreKindergarten 2

    Kati worked with our Discovery Preschool children before moving to a Pre K class. She and Sara work together to make sure every child coming out of Pre K is ready for that next big step into Kindergarten! With a heavy focus on literacy and math skills, a healthy dose of scientific exploration, art and dramatic play, the children in her class are leaps and bounds ahead of their peers.

    Year Started:
    4/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Sara

    Sara, PreKindergarten 2

    Ms Sara works alongside Ms Selina to bring the PreKindergarten classroom to life. She is a patient and kind teacher who works with the children in small groups to help prepare them for that crucial next step - Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    working on her CDA
  • Ms. Traci

    Ms. Traci, Private Kindergarten

    Traci is an amazing Kindergarten teacher. She runs a solid program which incorporates the use of smart board technology and truly prepares children for school. In her classroom children learn in a 1:15 ratio, providing them with plenty of one on one support whether they need a little extra help or are performing at a 1st or 2nd grade level. Traci's breadth of experience allows her to customize her Kindergarten program for each individual student. This allows her to ensure her students are amply prepared for the next step in their academic career. Over the years, parents of children in her class have often asked ..."where is your first grade classroom?" They are so impressed and appreciative of their child's experience with Kindergarten, they have a tough time considering leaving to go to public school.

    Year Started:
    1/7/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer, School Age

    Jennifer works hand in hand with Selena to make the School Age program fun and keep the kids busy. They enjoy lots of different projects and they help the kids choose the topics they want to explore.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Selina

    Ms. Selina, School Age

    Ms. Selina is a great school age teacher. She keeps the kids engaged and excited during after school programs and school out days.

    Year Started:
    3/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Christie

    Christie, Learning Adventures

    Christie runs our Learning Adventures programs and she is in high demand. These small classes allow the children to get extra help (or a chance to accelerate further) in phonics, math, music and cooking. The results are nothing short of amazing, and the children always participate in a number of musical events throughout the year to show off their skills.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Various Classrooms

    Ms. Dawn is very creative in how she decorates her room and implements her curriculum. The children never have a dull day in any room Ms. Dawn is in, she is fun and amazing with teachable moments and parent interactions.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years

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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

We have a health and safety coordinator on site and we strive for a safe and healthy environment. All of our teachers are trained in proper procedures and policies and all of our teachers have obtained their First Aid and CPR certification.

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

We enrolled our daughter at the Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings (near Fisher's Landing) at a very young age, around two years old. We did a lot of research first, as our child's safety was, and continues to be, our number one priority. Although this location wasn't very close to us, we felt it was the best for our daughter. After meeting the center director, Felicia, and some of the teachers, we knew we were in the right place. We did opt for the enrichment classes, math and phonics. She finally moved on/graduated to kindergarten at the age of five. The education she received there propelled her in kindergarten this past year. She continues to miss being there, often reminiscing about her time there. We would whole-heartedly recommend this location with this team to any parent. Thanks Felicia and the KB Team!

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