Karina Ross, Center Director
Welcome to Orchards KinderCare where every member of our team takes fun very seriously and we help your children develop a love of learning. You will feel the creativity and passion our teachers bring to our curriculum as soon as you walk into the classroom, and you'll see (all around you) the undisputable evidence that your child is building a strong foundation for school. Our families consider us an extension of their own family and we love to share experiences with them at every possible opportunity. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of loving, creative and fun teachers who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Karina Ross, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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- QRIS level 3
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.
Teachers & Staff
Our team is very passionate about education. They take pride in providing their students with the best possible education to help them create that love of learning that is so important to their future. Our teachers understand the importance of their position and take full advantage of this by helping their students be successful in all areas of their education. We partner with families to understand the unique needs of your child and ensure the best possible learning environment for each child. We understand the importance of ongoing trainng, and provide them with sixteen hours of onsite training annually in addition to the ten hours of training that is required by the state.
Karina Ross, Center Director
I love to make a difference in each child's life. Watching a baby roll over for the first time or teaching a preschooler how to write their name, each experience leaves an impact on the child as well as myself. I wake up every day excited to assist children in their development.
Karina has worked with our team since mid 2011 and is a positive, warm and supportive leader of our management team at Mill Plain KinderCare. Prior to joining our company she spent 5 years working in early childhood programs and even owned and managed her own in-home center.
Karina's ability to support our team through a keen understanding of curriculum expectations and accreditation requirements, in addition to a consistent focus on building solid and lasting relationships with both families and staff makes her a wonderful addition to our management team. She started at Mill Plain in a Program Specialist role, was promoted to Assistant Director and then to the Director role. She recently transferred to our Orchards Center where she is able to continue to increase her depth of focus and influence with our team.
- Previous Experience:
- Karina has worked as a teacher, Learning Adventures instructor, health and safety coordinator, Program Specialist, Assistant Director and a Center Director at Mill Plain KinderCare prior to her current role.
- Year Started:
- 6 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 8 Years
Leilani Vassar, Assistant Director
Leilani has an amazing ability to build relationships with children, families and staff. She started working at a sister center and has worked with all ages of children in her tenure. Leilani was promoted to our Program Specialist position at Knowledge Beginnings in October 2014, and then recently to her current Assistant Director position at Orchards KinderCare. She brings with her an excellent focus on education, curriculum and accreditation standards as well as a warm and welcoming demeanor. We are super excited to have her as an integral part of our management team.
- Previous Experience:
- Leilani has worked at 3 centers in the Knowledge Universe family, and has had great success connecting with children, families and staff at each of those centers.
- Year Started:
- 9 Years
- CDA and BS in Psychology
Novena, Program SpecialistNovena spent more than 2 years working for us as an amazing teacher at Mill Plain KinderCare and mentoring her peers around the district. She provides a sense of calm, order and excitement to every child in her presence. Novena's skill at enhancing the curriculum by magically transforming classrooms into an island, an ocean, a jungle, or whatever theme her children are currently experiencing is now helping teachers at our Orchard's Center bring the same excitement to life for their children. Novena is truly passionate about her work with children and invests in each of them as an individual. She is a true partner in educating children and a huge asset to our center community.
- Previous Experience:
- Novena has spent her career working with young children. She worked at the Aulani resort in Hawaii in the past among a number of other early education settings.
- Year Started:
- 3 Years
Upcoming Center Activities
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!
About Our Center
Orchards KinderCare is a nationally accredited school serving families with children from 6 weeks of age all through 12 years of age. We love being a part of the Orchards community and can't wait to meet your family. Come check us out!
Languages Spoken at Our Center
- American Sign Language
Meals & Menus
- AM Snack
- PM Snack
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
The health and safety of our children is always our number one priority. Our center has the following features: A keypad entry to the building, fenced playground, an onsite Health and Safety specialist, nurse visits once a month for our infant room as an additional resource for teachers and parents, and all of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
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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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