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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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fisher's Landing, Illahee, Riverview, Columbia Valley Busing Available

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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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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


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.

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

    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:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    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:
    8 Years
    CDA and AAS in Business Admin
  • Dayna Baudoin

    Dayna Baudoin, Program Specialist

    Helping to create an educational environment for children to grow, laugh and learn is the most important part of my job and it enriches my life."

    Dayna has worked for the company for over 10 years. She has a wide variety of experience working with children and in various management roles throughout our district. She has worked as a teacher in almost every age group, a health and safety coordinator and a program specialist. She has also been utilized as a trainer for teachers throughout the district. Dayna strives for a high standard of education in the center and has a passion for relationships between teachers and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the Program Specialist at KB, Dayna served in various roles including Center Director, Assistant Director, Health and Safety Coordinator, Program Specialist (at a different location), Learning Adventures teacher, as well as previously working as a teacher with children from infants through School Age.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    CDA, Deaf studies and Sign Language Interpretation
  • 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    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:
  • Kati

    Kati, Discovery Preschool

    Kati has been with us for a year and is working with our Discovery Preschool children. 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 Kati'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. Kati runs a highly energized room with plenty of time for fun, learning and potty training.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Nicole

    Nicole, Discovery Preschool

    Nicole has worked with us for a year, and runs the Discovery Preschool program with Kati. Together they work to help the children with potty training and preparing for Preschool.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    BA in Human Development
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, Preschool 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Sabra

    Ms. Sabra, Preschool 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    BA in History, AA in ECE
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Prekindergarten Classroom

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

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Tammy

    Tammy, PreKindergarten 1

    Tammy has worked with Ms.Dawn in our PreKindergarten 1 classroom for the past year. They make a great team, with constantly changing enhancements to the areas of the classroom which draw the children into the themes and allow them to truly experience them.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Selina

    Ms. Selina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Selina is a wonderful prekindergarten teacher. She does a great job preparing children for kindergarten, and helping children deal with emotional and social situations.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age

    I love getting to see a child discover or conquer something new!

    Ms.Ashley is a wonderful addition to our team. She works to create a fun program for our school age children before and after school as well as during the school out days and holidays. She does a great job engaging them in various activities and making them feel at home.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    BA in Early Childhood Education

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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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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!

- Father

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