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West Linn KinderCare

Ms. Mandy Clevenger, Center Director

3020 Lazy River Drive West Linn OR 97068
(503) 636-0092 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedaroak, Bolton, John McLoughlin, Willamette, Trillium

Now Enrolling to our Transitional Kindergarten program that makes Kindergarten readiness a priority.  Our program is a low student to teacher ratio and we are proud to see our students acquire academic skills, confidence and maturity they need to succeed in school.
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Now Enrolling Summer Camp 2016! Join us for 6 different summertime programs that are safe, conveniently located and flexible enough to work with your busy schedule: Circus Science, Insects & Arachnids, Junior Inventors, Oceanography, Spy School and Trees & Birds.


Welcome to the West Linn KinderCare. Here at our center we are proud to say that our children are the most important part of our center. We believe that every child has something valuable to contribute to the learning environment. Our team of experienced and loving teachers helps every family know that their child’s care is a collaborative venture, and that we will work together as part of every family to ensure that each child receives the highest quality care and education. We can’t wait for your family to come by and visit our family. We know that once you do, you will know that West Linn KinderCare is the best choice for your family.

Ms. Mandy Clevenger, 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.

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.

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

Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center. All of our teachers are fully background checked, first aid and CPR certified, and have a degree in Early Childhood or a related field. We are here to help you and your family!

  • Ms. Mandy Clevenger

    Ms. Mandy Clevenger, Center Director

    I love working with children and their families everyday; they inspire me and keep me young at heart!

    Cindy Sexton has been the Center Director for the West Linn KinderCare since November of 2005. Cindy relocated from Northern California where she was the Center Director for the Laguna West KinderCare for six years and the Center Director for the Bruceville center for one year. Cindy joined KinderCare because she knew she had always enjoyed working with children and their families and quickly discovered that KinderCare was a great company to be able to continue to grow personally and professionally. Cindy found KinderCare to be a great fit. She finds that everyday is a new learning experience she can't wait to embrace! She has really enjoyed her role as a Center Director with KinderCare. The position has offered her such a variety of wonderful adventures throughout the years! She loves working with the many families that have touched her life throughout the years as well as the many wonderful teachers and support staff that she has watched grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    After working many years in the retail field, Cindy decided a career change was necessary so that she could spend more time with her children and husband. She changed hats and became a Child Care Provider in her home. Cindy made many new little friends to nurture and teach! This also allowed her time to teach Sunday School and she then spent eight years as a Girl Scout Leader.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Jessica has been working at the West Linn KinderCare since fall of 2014. She truly enjoys watching children learn and grow everyday! In the spring she will be graduating with a degree in Human Development and Family Science from OSU. Go Beavers! In her free time, she coaches volleyball and enjoys playing volleyball every chance she gets!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

    Every time a child in my classroom reaches a milestone it warms my heart!

    Ms. Linda ran a Certified Home Daycare for 27 years. She enjoys all of the little ones and watching them learn and grow. From their budding language skills to learning their shapes and colors, they are like sponges!  She has three grown children of her own and three beautiful grandchildren. She also enjoys her German Shepherd, Blaze, and of course watching the Blazers and Ducks play, gardening, and music.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Good Night Moon

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    39 Years
  • Ms. Tena

    Ms. Tena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tena has been in this industry for a very long time because she loves teaching children, watching them learn and grow and having the opportunity to be a very important part of the children’s lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama, Llama series of books
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lorena

    Ms. Lorena, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lorena graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education.She has many years of experience teaching young children. She loves teaching preschoolers! She believes that children learn better through hands on experiences, creativity, and play. She is from Mexico originally, lived in Chicago for 24 years, and moved to Oregon in 2014. She is married and has an 11 year old daughter. She began working at the West Linn KinderCare in February 2015. She is very happy to be a part of KinderCare’s team of educators.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Press Here

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tamra

    Ms. Tamra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child is special and has their own purpose in life… They will grow to succeed!

    Tamra is married and has two beautiful boys. She has her bachelor of science degree from Western Oregon University with a strong focus in education. She is originally from Oregon but spent the last three years living in Utah. While living in Utah she was lucky enough to spend her days working at Busy Bee’s Playhouse. From classroom teacher to Assistant Director she has spent each day working with children from six weeks to 12 years old. Every day was a new adventure that she loved! To see children grow and learn on a daily basis was truly incredible. It was her experience at Busy Bee’s Playhouse that made her realize working with children is her true passion!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Mia

    Ms. Mia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Mia was born and raised in Oregon. She is married and has two children. She enjoys working with children and has been for the past 17 years. She began as an in-home provider, then as an after school program teacher and summer camp teacher for the Oregon City School District. She has been teaching Prekindergarten here at KinderCare since 2004. She believes that by providing quality education in a safe, happy, nurturing learning environment, children will grow to be productive, intelligent individuals.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Jeni

    Ms. Jeni, Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Jeni is the Private Kindergarten and School age teacher.  She has worked for KinderCare since September of 2013. Her past experience working with children was in Albany, OR working as a Teacher/Site Director for an afterschool program. She is very excited to have the opportunity to again be with children of all ages!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lacey

    Ms. Lacey, Learning Adventures

    Lacey, the Learning Adventures teacher here at the West Linn KinderCare since May 2013. It brings her so much joy to walk into the center each morning and have the opportunity to be such a big part in each child’s life. They have all inspired her so much and she looks forward to a future in Early Childhood Education. This is a dream job for her. She loves children, love to have fun and truly enjoy teaching these children everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You?

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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

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 through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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 KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At the West Linn KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Sharon’s role includes conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

I love our West Linn KinderCare! The team that runs that center is amazing!!!
Ms.Vikki and Ms. Linda greet me and my daughter each morning with a smile and a hug for my little one. They are always positive and welcoming when I drop off. This is often hard for me because it’s a challenge leaving my little one when all I want to do is spend my days with her. They not only help her transition in but they help me transition out. The opening room is always clean, warm, and inviting.
During the day my daughter is with Ms. Mia. I am SO grateful for her! My daughter is learning so much. When I pick her up I "investigate" about her day. How was her day? Did Ms. Mia read any stories? Where the children kind? Did she get in trouble? etc. Her responses are always so sweet and positive. She does a lot of math and likes to recite her addition tables to me in the car. She shares with me how nice her friends are and how much she loves Ms. Mia. Her love for art and reading have excelled since I chose to enroll her in this program. I truly feel like my daughter is in the best balanced pre-kinder program that I can put possible her in.
In the evenings when I pick her up I can find her with Ms. Jenni or Ms.Lorene. These two are the perfect people for not only my daughter to end her day with but for me as a parent as well. The environments are always calm and the children are ENGAGED!! I love it! The children are all doing activities of their choice and it is never chaotic. The teachers are well informed about my daughter’s day and do an excellent job communicating that to me. They both work really hard on seeing what level of communication I need from day to day. When I am rushed they give a quick update and when I hang out they take time to fill me in with more details about my daughter’s day.
It is hard being a working parent at times. But I never worry about whether my daughter is happy, healthy, or safe when she is at the West Linn KinderCare. This is so priceless to me.

- Parent

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