Neysa Hernandez, Center Director
Meet Neysa Hernandez, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Favorite Children's Book: Skippyjon Jones
Meet Neysa Hernandez! She is the Center Director at Bothell KinderCare in Washington. Neysa has been with KinderCare since 2005, fulfilling numerous roles, including preschool teacher and assistant director. Every day, she looks forward to helping children discover their true potential and build confidence for life. “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will not give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can be.” Outside of work, Neysa enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I have never been so comfortable with another childcare center (and we've been to three others in the past). Danielle, the director, and truly all the staff, are so completely competent and loving toward my kiddo. We all experience ups and downs, but this center has been very successful in providing stability. It is so heart warming to hear my son talk about how much fun he has at school, and even get excited about going in the morning. The level of communication with staff and parent is AMAZING. I am so grateful for the Bothell team. Thank you.”
Patty - KinderCare Parent
My son LOVES the music class. He only tells me a little about what they do, but the first time I played one of the CD's he got this huge, happy, and surprised look and said it was like the music at his school. And then he started dancing like CRAZY to the songs. Well actually he was dancing quite well, kind of slow and gracefully to slower songs and faster and crazier with up tempo music. It was really fun to watch!”
Kathy - KinderCare Parent
We were very picky when deciding a new daycare for our son as we'd had mixed results in the past with both daycare and nannies. From the moment he met Danielle, we knew this was a great school for him. Our son not only has a great big crush on Danielle, but loves his classroom, his teachers and his schoolmates. He is excited to be there and is always in a great mood when we come to pick him up after work. We moved a bit further away from Bothell Kindercare, but choose to drive the extra distance to keep him here -- he's happy and engaged and learns so much! And he's always so happy to see Danielle!”
Erin C. - KinderCare Parent
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Bothell KinderCare. When my oldest was a few months old, we visited a number of daycare centers and in-home daycares. I didn’t feel comfortable with a single one until we found your team. Now with two boys at Bothell KinderCare, I’m so happy we made this decision. It’s a hard choice to go back to work and leave your babies in the care of someone else. I think what makes your center so special, is that it’s so obvious how much the teacher’s truly care. Both of my boys light up when they see their teacher’s in the morning and oftentimes when I arrive at night, they don’t want to leave! It’s also the little things that make this center so special. I love the “my day” forms that tell me everything about my child’s day. The projects that the classes do are incredible – and give me a little bit of a peak into their daily routine. They both love the structure that the center provides them with set snack times, naptimes, play, etc. I’m sure most daycare centers provide a lot of these things as well. But it’s the people that make all of the difference. Bothell KinderCare has some of my favorite people in this entire world. They care about our entire family. When I’m having a rough day and just missing my boys, I’m free to call and talk to them, stop by and see them, or anything that will help get me through my day. The staff wants to make sure all of us are happy and taken care of. It really feels like an extension of my family. As long as my boys are in need of a daycare, this is where we’ll stay! If any families are ever looking for a parent to talk with, please send them my way. I’m happy to share my experiences with them!”
Kim J. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.