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Salmon Creek KinderCare

Ms. Kayte Lucas, Center Director

13315 NE 12th Avenue Vancouver WA 98685
(360) 571-8389 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pleasant Valley, Chinook, Salmon Creek, Felida and South Ridge Elementary


Welcome to KinderCare Salmon Creek conveniently located on 134th Street with access to both Interstate 5 and 205. Our center has provided quality care to children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age for over 10 years. We take great pride in offering an outstanding early learning experience to the families we serve.

We have 11 classrooms and 3 large fenced playgrounds designed to encourage large motor development and allow our teachers to continue the learning experience outside the classroom. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed by experts in our Education department to focus on helping your child learn through play and jump-start their educational journey.

No need to worry about packing lunches or breakfast before school -- we provide well balanced nutritional meals including breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

We welcome you to come see for yourself, and hope to see you soon!

Ms. Kayte Lucas, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

We have a great mix of tenured staff and newer staff, all of whom love working with children and helping them prepare for school. Our infant teachers have been with our center since it opened and enrich the learning environments in amazing ways even for our youngest children.

  • Ms. Kayte Lucas

    Ms. Kayte Lucas, Center Director

    I love my job at KinderCare because every day is an adventure. No two days are the same. I am able to laugh every day while sharing time with the children and sharing stories with their parents.

    Kayte began teaching shortly after completing high school and has worked with every age group and in many roles in the center including management. She took over as the Center Director in January of 2008 for Mill Plain KinderCare, and has now transferred to her role at Salmon Creek. Kayte truly enjoys spending time with the children and teachers in the classroom. She also enjoys spending time with parents during drop off and pick up times, and she is always willing to spend time assisting families.

    Previous Experience:
    Kayte was the Center Director at Mill Plain KinderCare for seven years prior to transferring to Salmon Creek. Her previous experience includes working as a Teacher Assistant for one year, a Lead Teacher for 12 years, a Program Specialist for one year and an Assistant Director for two years.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Susan Connolly

    Susan Connolly, Assistant Director

    Susan has been working in childcare for 14 years. She began her journey working for summer camps and receiving her bachelor’s degree in Academic Studies with a focus on elementary education in 2000 at Western New Mexico University. When she moved back to Arizona, She became a School Age Program director for 5 years and moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2006. She served as an Assistant Director at Orchard’s Kindercare for 5 years, and as a Center Director for 2 1/2 years prior to joining our team at Salmon Creek.  Susan is happily married and has a one year old son. She loves working in the childcare industry and seeing smiling faces everyday when she comes to work.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director 5 years in another KinderCare Center Director 2.5 years in another KinderCare
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Academic Studies
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy working with infants because I love watching them grow and discover new things as they learn to sit, crawl, stand and walk.

    Ms. Dawn has been an Infant Classroom teacher at our center since it opened in 2000. She brings years of experience of working with infants and also from raising her son. In her free time, Ms. Dawn enjoys time with her family and being outdoors.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Infant Classroom

    I especially enjoy the hugs I receive from the two, three and four-year-olds whom I cared for as infants.

    Ms. Wendy has been an Infant Teacher at our center since it opened in 2000. She loves working with infants and building relationships with their families. Ms. Wendy also enjoys spending time with her family and her two grandsons.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Misty

    Ms. Misty, Toddler Classroom

    The best part about my job is the unconditional adoration I receive from my toddlers because they are always happy to see me.

    Ms. Misty began working for KinderCare in 2003, and currently works in our Toddler Classroom. She enjoys watching the children in her classroom figure things out and discovering new things both inside the classroom and outside on the playground. In her spare time, Ms. Misty enjoys reading and baking.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Childhood Development Associate's
  • Joanna

    Joanna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Joanna loves working with our Discovery Preschool children who are not only working to master their potty training skills, but finding all kinds of new skill sets as they grow out of the wobbly toddler stage and into a true preschooler. With plenty of fun art projects, a structured circle time with songs and helpers, and great opportunities to practice early writing skills, counting, and play pretend, there is never a lack of excitement in her classroom. Joanna and co-teacher Bethany make a great team and truly bring learning to life for these children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Bethany

    Bethany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Bethany and Joanna make a great team in our Discovery Preschool classroom! Bethany just recently joined us, but is doing a fantastic job getting to know all the children and families. She is passionate about ensuring that every child has a great experience and has plenty of opportunities for individual growth and development.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Angela

    Angela, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the children's eyes light up when they learn something new and the best part of my day is seeing the children laughing and smiling.

    Angela has her child development associate certification and worked as a private nanny prior to joining KinderCare. She has served in many roles at several different KinderCare centers including management positions. As our Preschool teacher she does an amazing job at helping our children gain those critical skills in reading, writing, math, science and art.

    Previous Experience:
    Angela was a teacher at Hazel Dell KinderCare for a number of years, and a Program Specialist at Mill Plain KinderCare. She also served as the Assistant Director at Salmon Creek before stepping into her current role while she goes back to school to further her education in Early Childhood.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Jessica

    Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Jessica worked at our Hazel Dell KinderCare prior to joining the team at Salmon Creek. She works hard to ensure all the areas of her classroom are enhanced in a way that truly brings to life the curriculum for our children as they venture closer to the beginning of their Kindergarten year. In her class their writing skills really begin to take shape and they continue to develop a love of learning that makes every step ahead that much more fun. In Jessica's class you might find a jungle, a pet shop, a dinosaur cave or any number of other fun adventures that accelerate the learning process.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing I am helping create future scientists, artists and engineers.

    Ms. Mary began working for KinderCare in 2002 and works in our Prekindergarten program. She loves introducing science to the children in her class because she loves watching them explore, create and experiment. In her free time, Ms. Mary enjoys being with her two granddaughters along with being an active part in her community.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Cecilia

    Ms. Cecilia, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    I like watching the children smile and continue to strive to do their best.

    Ms. Cecilia has been working at KinderCare since 2001 and is our Private Kindergarten teacher. She enjoys seeing the children mature into first graders and takes pride in their success when they transition to the public schools after completing her Private Kindergarten Classroom. In her free time, she enjoys watching her three children play sports.

    Year Started:
    16 Years

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

We are excited to announce that Salmon Creek KinderCare has a new Center Director! With almost 20 years of experience, and 8 years as a Center Director at another KinderCare, we are thrilled to welcome Kayte Lucas to Salmon Creek. Kayte brings with her a passion for working with the individual needs of every child, a commitment to quality and accreditation, and a true passion for teaching.


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

Our center focuses on safety each and everyday. We have a keypad entry to both the infant classrooms along with the main doorway into the building. We require our families to provide written permission for those authorized to pick up their children and require a photo identification from anyone unknown to the staff or management before a child is released to an adult. We are a nut-free center and take all necessary precautions to accommodate food allergies. Our menu has been carefully planned to allow us to order foods that not only do not contain nuts but are also not manufactured where nuts are processed as well. All staff members in our building have completed CPR and First Aid training for infants, children and adults along with a Bloodborne Pathogens/HIV and AIDS training as well. Criminal background checks have also been completed on all employees at our center.

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