Kovi Altamirano, Center Director
Meet Kovi Altamirano, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Education
Meet Kovi Altamirano! She is the Center Director at Brier KinderCare in Lynnwood, Washington. Kovi attended Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2019, and before that she has held many roles including teacher, director, volunteer coordinator, and coalition coordinator.
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.
Brier KinderCare Programs
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.
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
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.)
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 know I am the first to complain when things don’t go right, but I also wanted to call out something that Mr. Kris had a significant part in helping to happen. I think in passing I may have mentioned Jamey’s two recent trophies for reading (one last week and one yesterday). To further explain them, the first was for participation in a district wide challenge called the Best Book Club. Kids sign up to “accept the challenge” of reading books off of a set list in a specified period of time and then take tests when they are done to verify they have read the books. At the end of the time period they take a collective test covering all the books on the reading list. Jamey as a 4th grader (the challenge is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders), not only read all of the books on the list, but took top honors in his school on the final test. This allowed him to captain the team at district (where they got about joint 6th). Yesterday they had the internal “reading test” open to all students in 3rd – 6th grades (not just those who signed up for theBBC challenge), and once again Jamey beat all comers to take First Place in the School competition as a 4th Grader.
As you know, I have for the last few years had Jamey signed up for KLA with Mr. Kris who used the standard curricula at first and then when Jamey moved beyond that was able to tailor a curricula to meet Jamey’s personal needs and partner with my wishes and what Jamey was learning in his formal educational setting. It is in no small part, because of this commitment and dedication to my son and his learning shown by Mr. Kris that Jamey is reaping the success and rewards he has achieved this year. When you think about it, this extra instruction and attention provided by Mr. Kris has helped my 4th grader not only beat all of his peers in these competitions but also all of the children in the 2 school years ahead of him! I also see the benefit with Kieran who as a 2nd grader has just obtained the entry level 4th grade mark in his reading at school.
Once again, teachers like Mr. Kris make your center a wonderful place; and provides a parent like myself with confidence that they are gaining something being there versus just wasting time waiting for me to get off work. There are many other things I could add to this kudos for Mr. Kris (he has helped them with their jump shot, all the lovely art he has encouraged them to bring home to me by the carload, being a positive male role model, etc. etc.) but here was a tangible, measurable (always key in the business environment) item that shows all the good work pays off!
Lynda M. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Brier KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Brier KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.