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Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings

Michaela Lee, Center Director

2907 SE 162nd Ave Vancouver WA 98683
(360) 944-8990 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fisher's Landing, Illahee, Riverview, Columbia Valley Busing Available

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings

Welcome to Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings! We are located along the Oregon-Washington border, across the Columbia River from Portland. Our research-based curriculum fosters learning and growth in our students through activities such as dramatic play and child-initiated discovery. Our nurturing teachers create a fun and positive environment where the students love to learn. We build a warm and welcoming environment for all students regardless of their backgrounds, abilities, and experiences.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Meet Michaela Lee, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2010

Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree

Favorite Children's Book: Rain Makes Applesauce

Meet Michaela Lee! She is the Center Director at Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings in Washington. Michaela attended Western Governors University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Learning. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Ashford University. Michaela has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2010, and before that, she was a toddler teacher. Every day, Michaela looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller. Outside of work, Michaela enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our 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.

Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)

Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.

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!

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!

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • My daughter Ripley was enrolled full-time at the Knowledge Beginnings on 162nd in Vancouver, WA since she was four months old to just past her fourth birthday. We had a fantastic experience with KB, and would highly recommend it to anyone. The teachers were kind, enthusiastic, and well-trained. I always felt like I was leaving my daughter in very good hands. If I had any concerns, the teachers would listen to me and help me address them. When Ripley inevitably had bumps and bruises or colds and the flu, they always took great care of her, and made sure I was immediately aware. They helped her achieve many life skills milestones, such as eating solid food, sitting at a table and using utensils for a meal, and (very importantly!) potty training. As a baby she was held often and given affectionate stimulation. As a toddler she was encouraged to explore her world and learn to get along with other children. As a preschooler she was taught the beginnings of early literacy, and proper classroom etiquette.

    Thank you to Felicia Hintzke, Center Director, and all of the Knowledge Beginnings staff, for being such wonderful partners in helping to raise my child,. You'll always hold a special memory in the hearts of our family.

    Ellen M. - KinderCare Parent
  • We enrolled our daughter at the Vancouver Knowledge Beginnings (near Fisher's Landing) at a very young age, around two years old. We did a lot of research first, as our child's safety was, and continues to be, our number one priority. Although this location wasn't very close to us, we felt it was the best for our daughter. After meeting the center director, Felicia, and some of the teachers, we knew we were in the right place. We did opt for the enrichment classes, math and phonics. She finally moved on/graduated to kindergarten at the age of five. The education she received there propelled her in kindergarten this past year. She continues to miss being there, often reminiscing about her time there. We would whole-heartedly recommend this location with this team to any parent. Thanks Felicia and the KB Team!

    Amit G. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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