Ronna Levy, Center Director
Meet Ronna Levy, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1999
Favorite Children's Book: Are You My Mother?
Meet Ronna Levy! She is the Center Director at Kennydale KinderCare in Renton, WA. She has been with KinderCare for 22 years and has served in several different capacities. Every day, Ronna enjoys helping children discover their true potential. “Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.” Outside of work, Ronna enjoys spending time with her grown children and 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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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!
Our family has had both of our children in the Kennydale KinderCare facility for the past six years. We have been very pleased with the facility, the teachers and the curriculum offered there. Last year, our five-year-old daughter participated in the Kindergarten program during the school year as she missed enrollment by three months. The program was beautifully laid out with Kindergarten curriculum and the classroom was just like you would see in a traditional school setting, not like a daycare. The “smart board” teaching method was loved by my daughter which allowed her to interact with the curriculum and her classmates in a fun environment. The kids participated in science experiments, reading, math, theme weeks, writing, and much more throughout the year. The program was extremely organized and it established a great routine for my daughter. Routine is the number one thing most children have a hard time adjusting to when entering Kindergarten for the first time. Recently, my daughter started Kindergarten in public school. Five of the students from KinderCare are in her class and the teacher took time out of her busy day to write me a note saying how impressed she was with my daughters reading skills. She’s reading at a second grade level! She also made mention that out of all of her students, the KinderCare graduates were hands down the most prepared, well acclimated kids in Kindergarten. This made me really happy as a parent—to know I made a great choice and investment in my child’s education.”
L. Family - KinderCare Parent
The Teachers at Kennydale are amazing. My daughter was nervous and scared the first day I dropped her off and they made the transition gentle and easy. Miss Bonnie and Miss Rowena both came over and introduced themselves to my daughter and started up a conversation with her about things she liked and what she was excited about doing at school. She has learned SO much at Kennydale and made some wonderful friends. Everytime I enter the building with my daughter we are greeted with a friendly hello and hugs. It honestly feels like a second home to both my daughter and I. I know that when I leave her for the day she is going to be loved, cared for, and learn so many new things. She is excited everyday to go to school. Thank you to everyone at Kennydale Kindercare, you guys are ROCK STARS!”
Emily's Mom - KinderCare Parent
We recently made the decision to move our two boys to the Kennydale KinderCare when I noticed my oldest son’s behavior changing drastically over a period of a few months at his old daycare. He has Sensory Processing Disorder and as a result he requires a calm, strictly scheduled environment with minimal distractions. He had gone from a generally well behaved and well liked child to a child that couldn’t handle his emotions, was called names daily by his classmates and was in trouble every day for hitting, spitting, kicking and running out of the classroom. Every day he told me he didn’t like school, they were mean and he didn’t want to go. As a mother it broke my heart and I knew a change in his environment had to be made. Moving my children to the Kennydale KinderCare was the best decision I could have made for them!
Moving daycare centers was a very comfortable transition for our entire family knowing how Ms. Ronna and Ms. Lanette ran things in their last daycare. They knew my boys and placed them in the appropriate classrooms where my children would get what they needed to succeed both educationally and socially. Lanette and Ronna have high expectations of their teachers and it shows in the way they interact with my children.
I can’t say enough great things about my oldest son’s teacher Ms. Bonnie. I jokingly call her the child whisperer, but it’s true! The change in my son was immediate from the first day he stepped in class and was welcomed by his teachers. The classroom is clam, stays on schedule and Ms. Bonnie teaches with a strict but VERY loving style. I have not received one report of him misbehaving at school where I had a stack of notes to sign every day at his last one. When he misbehaves at home all I have to say is “Would Ms. Bonnie be OK with you doing that?” and he immediately starts behaving. I have not heard one complaint about the teachers or classmates from my son. He tells me daily how nice everyone is and how much fun he has at school. He can’t leave without giving his teachers a hug goodbye and every weekend asks me if it’s Monday yet so he can go back to school.
I would highly recommend the Kennydale KinderCare to anyone; they gave me my happy and sweet little boy back!”
Kristine S. - KinderCare Parent
What Kennydale KinderCare means to our family - a safe, clean, caring, and academic institution that is an extension of our home. Finding a facility to care for our little ones was a daunting task, but we are blessed to have found such a nurturing place for our kids to prosper. Kennydale KinderCare offers a clean and academically focused center that focuses on the individualized care of each child it cares for. As a family with two toddlers, we could not be more satisfied with our choice in facilities to care for our active and developing children.”
H. Family - KinderCare Parent
Good afternoon! I write you as a parent of two toddlers that attend the Kennydale Kindercare under the care of Lanette Tapia and her team. My husband and I are busy professionals with little time on our hands but wanted to take a moment to express our sincerest appreciation for the leadership Lanette has brought to Kennydale Kindercare since her arrival to this facility. It seems to me that more often than not people take the time to launch complaints rather then send compliments and I can't think of time better spent than to tell you what wonderful care our children are in. Lanette and her team have created a second home for our children and because of their support, our kids are prospering in a way we could only hope for. The staff at our Kindercare love our children and it shows ... they care for them like a family member would and again, it shows. Lanette has expectations for her staff that translate to clean classrooms, happy kids, and consistency in the care our children receive. Each week we know what to expect and that consistency for two working parents is integral to the success of our little family.
I am certain you know what an asset Lanette, Ronna, and Jayme are to Kindercare ... but I wanted to reiterate it. They are just wonderful. They are professional and our babies could not be in better hands. I won't labor on ... but please know that from a parent perspective, you scored when you hired these women.
H. Familiy - KinderCare Parent
Our 22 month old daughter has progressed so much in the three months she has been there we are so delighted.
Our 5 year old-after being at this KinderCare only, enrolled last September in St Philomena Catholic school. She not only blew out the entry test, she continues daily to demonstrate her advanced reading and math skills. This entire school year, with a weekly spelling test she only missed a combined total of FIVE words, mostly due to wandering mind (she spelled "if" ef).
How many 5 year olds can spell leprechaun, gingerbread or thanksgiving? How many know to, too and two- and the meaning of all three? Mine can, and she is in advanced math and reading. Is she smart? Sure. But where did she learn? Kennydale KinderCare
The Walker Family - 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.