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Cascade Park KinderCare

Michaela Lee, Center Director

400 Southeast 120th Ave. Vancouver WA 98683
(360) 254-2871 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
1 block S of Mill Plain

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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Are you looking for a smaller, community focused center where every teacher focuses on your child's needs and consistently makes you feel at home, while also giving you the assurance of a great educational start? Welcome to Cascade Park KinderCare, where the best of both worlds comes together! 
What's important to you is important to us, and every member of our team wants to make you and your child feel comfortable, supported and excited about coming to school. Our classrooms, activities and lessons have been designed to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond and our smaller, intimate environment supports and nurtures your child along the journey. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
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!

Michaela Lee, 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.

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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The Cascade Park team is passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our team of educators and care providers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for early education, while they inspire, engage and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

  • Michaela Lee

    Michaela Lee, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

    Michaela has worked with children of all ages during the past 15 years and in 6 licensed child care environments. She has worked as an Assistant Director at 2 KinderCare centers prior to being promoted to the Center Director for Cascade Park.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "And Rain Makes Applesauce" by Julian Scheer
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Jennifer Palomino

    Jennifer Palomino, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jen is passionate about ensuring that the classrooms are tailored to the individual needs of the children. She enjoys photography and hiking with her family when she is not busy at the center.
    She also has a ton of background in the medical field working in emergency room situations so she is an excellent resource and leader in emergency situations.

    Previous Experience:
    Jen has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher, Tutorial Teacher, School Age teacher and has experience with children in multiple KinderCare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Master’s Degree in Human Science
  • Ms. Leyla

    Ms. Leyla, Infant Classroom

    Ms Leyla loves seeing the progress the children are making every day and enjoys knowing that she is making a difference in their growth and development at such an early age. She has been working with infants for many years and creates a warm, cozy and safe learning environment for our youngest children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infants

    Michelle worked for an early childcare center and found her passion in helping children grow into their own person. She has taken that passion and now works with our infants to help each of them reach their personal milestones through encouragement, individualized focus and exceptional interactions. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Amelia Bedelia" By Peggy Parish
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Toddler Classroom

    Kelly has worked with young children for many years and loves watching the children learn new things everyday. Her favorite part of the day is seeing the children smile as they learn new things.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Melody

    Melody, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Melody is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers.  Prior to coming to us, she worked for two other KinderCare centers.  Ms. Melody enjoys  challenging her students to push themselves to learn something new every day.  In her free time, Melody enjoys spending time with her four children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If you give a Mouse a cookie" by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kristin loves working with children and shares her creativity with them as she enhances her classroom. She enjoys running 5K races in her time off and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin previously worked with children at Build a Bear.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Daphne

    Ms. Daphne, Preschool Classroom

    Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

    Ms. Daphne has been a member of the Cascade Park KinderCare Learning Center for four years. She is a very understanding, kind and patient person. She loves working with children. Having them understand and learn is what inspires her everyday to come to class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Daphne worked at the Ty's Play Site & Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lori loves to get the kids excited about learning, and enjoys cooking projects with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori was a para-educator for the public schools prior to joining our team. She also worked in special education for 12 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stella Luna
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Deanna works with our school age children and love inspiring the children to be creative. She enjoys helping them develop a lifelong love of learning and learning to care about each other.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Hilda

    Ms. Hilda, Infant Classroom

    Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. - Goethe

    Ms. Hilda had been with KinderCare since 2008. She opens the building every morning and welcomes the children. She is a very nurturing person. Ms. Hilda believes that it is important for every child to learn how to listen and follow directions, so they can have a easier time learning and enjoy the experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Hilda worked at Child First and La Petite childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

​At Cascade Park KinderCare, we pride ourselves on providing our families and children the most nurturing and stimulating learning environment possible. We are a smaller center and while our focus on education is unwavering, we also strive to create a comfortable and open environment, where children can learn and grow and are encouraged to use their imaginations daily. Stop in for a tour, or call us about a trial day so you can experience our center first hand.

Awards and Recognition

  • Early Achievers Level 3 rating

    Early Achievers Level 3 rating

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

At Cascade Park KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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, Garrett, started going to Cascade Park KinderCare when he was just under three months old. I was very nervous about leaving him anywhere but the time had come for me to go back to work. Over the past two years the relationship Garrett and I have developed with each and every one of the staff members is priceless! He is learning every single day about colors, numbers, shapes, sharing and playing well with others. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Cascade Park KinderCare to anyone that is looking for a GREAT place to take their child. I already have in fact.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE at KinderCare for teaching and loving Garrett.

- Mother

I put my daughter Rachael, in Cascade Park Kindercare when she was one years old. This daycare is the only daycare she has every been to, and I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. She was a baby when she went in and now is a five-years-old who is about to start Kindergarten this upcoming school year.

I have felt the love that the teachers and directors have for my child. Rachael literally was raise by most of the people in that daycare, which is a great feeling to know that there are people who care for your child's wellbeing. They helped mold her into the big girl she is today. They taught her what it means to share with other children, how to be kind to her friends, and to have compassion for the people around her. Also, they have helped show her what it means to just have fun and be a kid! Rachael went through every stage while being at Kindercare, like from not listening or taking naps to being the teacher's helper and being friends to the little toddler kids. No matter what phase she has had, the teachers were always right there communicating with me about how she was doing. Everyone would calm me down by explaining that her behavior was not my fault, but a normal stage for kids her age.

Furthermore, it is always amazing when your child comes home talking about what they have learned that day. She has learned about the moon and planets, how to plant grass, and which animals are endangered. She has learned to sing the rainbow song, that has taught her to know the colors of the rainbow in Spanish.

Kindercare has always been a part of my daughter's life for so many years, so it is such a bittersweet feeling knowing that she has grown up so much that she is will be saying good-bye to that part of her life this fall. I would recommend Cascade Park Kindercare to anyone who is looking for a home away from home for their children. These teachers will love them, teach them, laugh with them and grow with them, and that is a wonderful feeling to know your kids are safe when you are not with them. I just want to say thank you again for loving Rachael and helping her grow!

- Mother

My son Griffin started going to the Cascade Park Kindercare when he was 3 months old. The teachers made his transition so easy. They truly care about each individual and their development. I'm blessed to have found a great place for my son to learn and grow. We LOVE each and every one of the teachers there.

Thank for all your support with Griffins development!

- Mother

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