Bridgett Boyd, Center Director
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Welcome to Yakima KinderCare family! Every employee at the Yakima KinderCare works hard to create a welcoming environment where we maintain an open-door policy, and invite parents into the classroom to participate in activities like reading to the class. We schedule monthly events so every family has an opportunity to participate with a goal of developing strong relationships. Each day is rewarding for our staff members. They feel honored to be a part of each child's development and to help mold their educational foundation. Our teachers feel inspired to further develop as an educator outside of the classroom through continued training and education. Once families see what Yakima KinderCare has to offer, they will see that the center is one of the best for early childhood education. You are invited to schedule a tour to see our center firsthand. Call us today to schedule your visit!
Bridgett Boyd, 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.
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.
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.
The entire Staff of the Yakima KinderCare Learning is devoted to each and every family we serve. Our long term, well-educated and thoroughly trained teachers are dedicated to the educational well-being of every child in our care. We are determined to advance the children’s Executive Functioning by introducing them to the details of the environment and atmosphere in which they live. We want them to question the world around them and to grow in their knowledge. We want to promote their Social and Emotional growth by encouraging them to participate in life and learn to respect themselves and others. Cognitive Development begins at the beginning of life itself. The minds of our young children are so open to learning that we must instill in them the Desire to absorb every atom of knowledge that can be placed within their path. We are a center that believes children will thrive in life when Language and Literacy are introduced at infancy. As educators we believe the reading of books, the singing of songs and long talks of love should be happening while a child is still in the womb. From age six weeks when a child is old enough to start attending our center, we will continue this legacy of literacy, which you began, throughout our portion of your child’s day. Last but certainly not least is the Physical Development and Wellness that your child deserves. We serve age appropriate servings and nutritional meals. Children are encouraged but never forced to try new foods. We offer appropriate daily outside play using fun games of active and quiet movement that strengthen young muscles and promote the growth of sturdy bones and strong bodies. The small motor skills and eye/hand coordination are stimulated in a variety of ways in order to support grasping, writing, typing and cutting skills. These are the foundations of the curriculum we offer as we strive daily to inspire the deep seated desire to want to learn.
Every successful person begins with two beliefs: The future can be better than the present and I have the power to make it so.
I have been involved in the field of Early Learning since 2002. I have held many different positions in the field, ranging from teaching preschool, owning my own childcare, and directing large centers. In 2007 I completed my Early Childhood Education Certificate. I will be returning to school soon to continue my education in Early Learning. My passions outside of work include spending time with my family, reading, and playing the piano. I am happily married and my husband and I have 3 children, Dane, Coby, & AllyShay.
It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. - L.R. Knost
Ms. Amber has worked in the Early Childcare field since 2001 and started with KinderCare in June 2007. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential, specializing in Infants and Toddlers. She is currently working towards her Child Development Associate's Credential specializing in Preschool. Ms. Amber loves being a teacher! She enjoys knowing that she is able to make a difference in the life of a child EVERY DAY! You will find Ms. Amber happily engaged with your child. She is not afraid of making silly voices, messy projects or exciting new games just to help your child learn! She will greet you with a smile and always be available to help support you in your child's education.
I love working with children of all ages and watching them become their own type of snowflakes. "Children are like snowflakes...each one is unique" - Steve Rowley
Beatriz is the Learning Adventures teacher at Yakima Kindercare Learning Center. She teaches phonics, cooking and music to children ages 2 1/2 years to 12 years. Beatriz will soon have her CDA completed and will continue working towards her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.
Melanie is married and a proud mother of three; she is very involved in her kids sports and activities. She is an experienced toddler classroom teacher and has over 12 years in the childcare field. Melanie has her Child Development Associate's Degree as well as numerous Certificates in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Melanie is a student at YVCC pursuing her AAS-T degree in Early Childhood Education, which she will be finishing soon. Following her AAS-T she will pursue her Bachelors of Art in Children's Studies. Even with a busy home and school schedule, Melanie puts her heart and soul into teaching her class. Two of Melanie's favorite teachers quotes are: "Teaching is not just a job, to me, it is my Life, if you see it as just a job, your heart is not in it" and "You will always stand taller when you kneel to help a child!".
Children are the best teachers of life.
Ms. Darcee has eight years of experience in caring for children and started with KinderCare in February 2013. She has completed one year of Early Childhood Education credits and continues her professional record through yearly STARS courses. Ms. Darcee loves to see children grow and captures each and every "teachable moment". She enjoys watching the excitement in their eyes as they learn new things. Ms. Darcee is a team player and has shared her skills in our Infant Classroom, Preschool Classroom and currently our Toddler Classroom. Ms. Darcee loves her job and her students love her!
Favorite Child Quote: 'Teacher, do you live here?'
Ms. Veronica has 24 years of experience and started with KinderCare in August 1997. She has completed her Child Development Associate's Credential, one year of Early Childhood Education credits at Yakima Valley Community College and continues yearly STARS courses. Ms. Veronica also supports the team as the Health & Safety Coordinator. Ms. Veronica enjoys teaching children to further explore their surroundings and reach personal milestones. She find happiness in the stories children tell about what they learn each day. She is dedicated to her families and is always willing to lend a helping hand for the team. Her infectious laughter and smile welcomes you into her classroom each day!
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! - Dr. Seuss
Ms. Lauren has eleven years of experience in caring for children and started with KinderCare in January 2008. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from Washington State University. Ms. Lauren is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Teaching from Heritage University with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with each and every child to help them achieve their fullest potential. Ms. Lauren has a colorfully imaginative soul that is expressed throughout her classroom. She very much enjoys art with her children to promote fine motor skills and creativity. You will always find Ms. Lauren engaged with your child and having a lot of fun!
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.
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.
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 value health and safety at our center which is why we have the following features: A keypad entry to the building, fenced playground and all of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
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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