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Hazel Dell KinderCare South

Jaime Walton, Center Director

7114 NE Hazel Dell Avenue Vancouver WA 98665
(360) 693-1045 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hazel Dell, Eisenhower, Minnehaha


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

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Jaime Walton

    Jaime Walton, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Jaime has experience as a nanny and certified nursing assistant.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Alicia

    Alicia, Assistant Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in early childhood education
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Health and Safety Specialist

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Pursuing child development associate
  • Carmen

    Carmen, Floater

    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.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Dabina

    Dabina, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Billi

    Ms. Billi, Discovery Preschool 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. 

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Amber

    Amber, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 preparing children for Kindergarten 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.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Kindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Jennifer was a teacher in Michigan.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor's Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

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.

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

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.

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