Jaime Walton, Center Director
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Education, life long learners, and a happy family is great description of Hazel Dell KinderCare South. We are a cohesive community and our families stay with us from infancy to school age. Our supportive environment stems from our long-serving staff; most of us have worked here so long that it is our second home, and our students and families are our ever-welcome guests. My Assistant Director and I have both been here over 10 years and have witnessed hundreds of children grow from infants to teenagers, who still come back to visit after all these years. We have cried during our Kindergarten Graduations and have supported our families through life trials. Our team is a strong connected unit made of teachers who give 110% in everything they do, and believe in being the best. We work hard to uphold state learning standards, reflect on our own teaching styles, and ensure our students are successful.
Jaime Walton, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
Each teacher in the building is a dedicated early childhood teacher. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's, bachelor's degree, or associate's degree in early childhood education or related field. All of our teachers are seasoned professionals who adhere to the superior quality our center has to offer. We have a lot of fun and we have often been described as the fun center. The key to having a lot of fun is that we work hard to make sure our students are learning and happy.
I love my job because I work with people who also love their job. We work as a team and have our students' education and well being at heart. I love training teachers and developing employees to reach their full potential and help the children reach theirs.
Jaime Walton started at KinderCare in 2001 as the Prekindergarten Classroom teacher, and after two years moved to the Infant Classroom. She built the Infant Classroom from the ground up, creating some of the highest standards in the district. While teaching in the Infant Classroom, Jaime took on an extra responsibility as the Health and Safety Manager, and gained respect from her colleagues and parents. In 2009 Jaime was promoted to Assistant Director and in 2015 she was promoted to Center Director. Jaime's prior experience as a certified nursing assistant allows us to ensure the highest health and safety standards for all children in our care, and her ability to nurture our youngest and most reserved children helps them gain confidence and reassures parents that their children are safe and loved.
I love my job because I love teaching children and helping them learn and grow. It's such a rewarding experience. I do it every day because I have a passion for teaching and making a difference in children's lives and learning experiences.
Ms. Alicia has been in early childhood education for many years. She fits in well at our center with her high standards for education and her willingness to help out families and her team. Alicia started out at our center as a classroom teacher. She was quickly promoted to Learning Adventures teacher, and Health and Safety Coordinator. She was then promoted to Program Specialist at our Mill Plain center, prior to re-joining the team here as our Assistant Director.
Tina has been with us since the beginning of 2014. She started out as a preschool teacher, and gradually took on additional management responsibilities. She currently serves as our Health and Safety specialist and is responsible for ensuring our children's well being is the top priority.
Rebecca worked hard to provide a fun, engaging and safe environment for our Discovery Preschoolers who are non stop bundles of energy! She recently moved over into our Infant classroom where she has the opportunity to work with our youngest children.
Shannon is a calm and loving teacher who provides a safe, warm environment for our infants to learn and grow. She provides plenty of opportunities for our babies to experience their first elements of the curriculum through exploration with science and sensory, allowing them to start working with art, and providing plenty of opportunity for gross motor play with their friends.
Carmen has worked with our children for more than 20 years and is a loving and nurturing presence in our infant room. Carmen's soft tone with our youngest babies and her focus on calming and comforting them as well as helping them learn and grow creates a reassuring atmosphere for even the babies (and mommies) who struggle the most starting out in a new environment.
Dabina actually attended the center herself as a child, and has now come full circle to teach here herself. Dabina loves helping our toddlers do projects, art, play in sensory and explore everything there is to learn at this wonder filled stage of life. Dabina's high energy and fun personality keep the toddlers excited to learn and bring a wonderful energy to the classroom.
Billi enjoys working with our Discovery Preschool children as they continue to explore new areas of their work while also balancing the sometimes-challenging skill of potty training.
Mackenna works with Irma to create a fun, educational environment for our toddlers to explore.
Amber runs a fun and engaging classroom where children start to really put together their writing, math and science skills and can feel safe to take risks that allow them to learn and grow.
Lashante works to bring the preschool curriculum to life for all the children in her classroom. At this stage she is introducing the children to a new theme every two weeks, and helping the children develop their writing skills. The children are also starting to be introduced to Spanish along with their English vocabulary words. This foundation will help them with any future languages they may explore well into adulthood.
I love my job because I hope to learn as much from my kids as they learn from me! Even after 11 years I find something new to celebrate here each day. Oh!... and the belly laughs are a nice bonus!
Ms. Sue has worked here since 2001. She began as our Preschool teacher and then became our Prekindergarten teacher and has been&nbsp;preparing children for Kindergarten&nbsp;ever since. She has received rave reviews for her classroom by licensing, corporate visitors, and NAC accreditation visitors. She runs a top notch program and has been the lead trainer in the district. She constantly continues her education and has been a life long learner during her tenure. Sue truly brings our prekindergarten curriculum to life with amazing enhancements that turn her learning environment into a jungle, a space ship, a farm....the children in her room truly learn through play and graduate from her room far ahead of their peers and more than ready for Kindergarten.
I do it for the moments when a child discovers that he or she can read, write, problem solve, and create for themselves.
Ms. Jennifer has been a teacher for many years, including teaching kindergarten in Michigan for about 10 years. She moved to Vancouver and has been preparing children for first grade ever since. Kindergarten is her hobby she says, and her passion shows everyday! Jen runs a structured program that not only gives children the tools and experience they need to be ready for first grade, but helps them understand the self discipline they will need to be physically ready for larger classroom sizes. With a much smaller group size than public schools (no more than 15 children) she is able to help children who may be struggling and also give individualized attention to those who are far ahead so everyone learns at their own pace.
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.
Welcome to our Hazel Dell South Center.
We have a few premium spaces opening up in our infant classroom due to children moving up to toddlers. Quality infant spaces are hard to come by in Vancouver, so please stop by for a tour today and we will show you why so many new parents have chosen our center as the best place to start their new baby's educational journey.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We have a health and safety supervisor on staff to ensure all employees are meeting that state standards for cleaning protocol. Every month we have health and safety meetings to discuss any important changes that need to be made. We are very strict about who picks up children and who enters the building, and we have a locked entrance only available to enrolled parents who know the access code. We also adhere strictly to any licensing or health department regulations.
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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