Jennifer Palomino, Center Director
Meet Jennifer Palomino, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
Meet Jennifer Palomino! She is the Center Director at Cascade Park KinderCare in Vancouver, WA. Jennifer attended Clark College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2008 and is also a Certified Medical Assistant. Every day, Jennifer looks forward to providing children with a nurturing play environment. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys photography, sports, and spur-of-the-moment road trips.
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!
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.)
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 enrolled my children when they were six weeks and one-and-a-half years old and they are still students to this day, six years later. Entering, I was very nervous because of my son's age (six weeks). They understood completely and we formed a very close relationship that we still have. My children were always taken care well of and if there were any problems, I was either spoken to over the phone or alerted when I picked up the kids. My children also formed a close relationship with the staff built on respect and tenderness. Almost every week, the teachers sent home photos of them doing art or just playing which made my day since I had to miss a lot of time with them because of work. I recommend this facility to all of my friends and family in need.”
Aleasha A. - KinderCare Parent
I am so thankful for KinderCare at Cascade Park. The before- and after-school hours from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM work out perfectly for my schedule. Some days I can pick up before 4:00 PM, some days after, and I have the flexibility to do that. The center also offers bus transportation to and from the local elementary school, which works out amazingly well. I have seen their little white bus pickup the kids at school on the days I do not use childcare, and the driver is friendly and engaging with the kids.
All my encounters with KinderCare have been very professional, from online payment options and invoicing to the discipline notes from care providers. Occasionally my little one makes bad choices, and so far, they have gently but firmly steered my kid in the right direction. She has explained the clear communication in what she did wrong, and how she could have handled things better, and she seems to be retaining the information well on corrections, and feels that disciplinary measures, time outs, etc, have been very fair.
My kid loves KinderCare. On a snow day, I was excused from work early. I went to pick my child up, about two hours after I dropped her off. She was having so much fun, she asked me to go away, and let her stay at KinderCare for two more hours. It's interaction like this, that gives me confidence in their caring loving environment. If it was not FUN, she wouldn't want to go. From optional cooking classes to art projects, they keep my little one entertained.
Finally, I mentioned to the care provider staff that my little one has limited hearing. They have made every accommodation to make sure they communicate successfully with her, and she is getting the information okay. She says they check with her and help her as needed when she has issues.”
Lisa S. - KinderCare Parent
I had my daughter when I was 16. I needed to go back to high school but I hated the thought of leaving my daughter at a daycare. I toured a few different places and they all treated me like a kid and not a parent. From the moment I walked into the Cascade Park KinderCare eight years ago, I have always been treated with the utmost respect and my daughter has received the best care. I moved away for about a year or so, and when I came back, I was excited to learn there was an opening in the school-age class. My daughter's first day was emotional--she was crying, teachers were crying, I was crying! They have been there for my daughter's first everything! It is the best feeling knowing that my daughter is somewhere she is loved and truly cared for. I love all the staff there and I am so glad they are our family! When raising a child it takes a village and KinderCare is my village!”
Lady Michelle D. - KinderCare Parent
When we decided to put our daughter into child care, we were worried of the unknown. We asked ourselves the same questions as we bounced around looking for care. "We don't really know her caregivers. Will she get the attention and care she needs? Should one of us just stay home to take care of her? What if she cries all day?" But after taking a tour at KinderCare, we immediately felt welcomed and reassured. All of our concerns and questions were addressed.
Everyday at drop off and pick up we are greeted by an amazing group of people who take the time to connect with us and have us leaving with a smile. Our daughter's teachers give us detailed summaries of her day and keep us updated of her developmental progress and milestones. We enjoy the emails and frequent communication with KinderCare. We feel close and connected to our child while we are away at work. It makes the time a part less stressful and worrisome knowing that our child is in a caring environment.”
Kimber-Lee B. - KinderCare Parent
My son and daughter are in the discovery toddler and toddler classes. Prior to starting at KinderCare, my daughter was almost two years old and did not have much of a vocabulary. Honestly, we were worried. Since starting here, in less than a year, my daughter has learned her alphabet can count to 20 in English AND Spanish and talks in full sentences! Cascade Park KinderCare has changed my kids’ lives! They come home everyday calling out their teachers by name, showing me projects they did, and things they learned. My daughter now won’t let anyone forget she gets to go to Pre-K some days because she is doing such a good job! I truly think the staff here are genuine people they will never forget!”
Kashaka C. - KinderCare Parent
My son, Garrett, started going to Cascade Park KinderCare when he was just under three months old. I was very nervous about leaving him anywhere but the time had come for me to go back to work. Over the past two years the relationship Garrett and I have developed with each and every one of the staff members is priceless! He is learning every single day about colors, numbers, shapes, sharing and playing well with others. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Cascade Park KinderCare to anyone that is looking for a GREAT place to take their child. I already have in fact.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE at KinderCare for teaching and loving Garrett.”
Amy B. - KinderCare Parent
I put my daughter Rachael, in Cascade Park Kindercare when she was one years old. This daycare is the only daycare she has every been to, and I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. She was a baby when she went in and now is a five-years-old who is about to start Kindergarten this upcoming school year.
I have felt the love that the teachers and directors have for my child. Rachael literally was raise by most of the people in that daycare, which is a great feeling to know that there are people who care for your child's wellbeing. They helped mold her into the big girl she is today. They taught her what it means to share with other children, how to be kind to her friends, and to have compassion for the people around her. Also, they have helped show her what it means to just have fun and be a kid! Rachael went through every stage while being at Kindercare, like from not listening or taking naps to being the teacher's helper and being friends to the little toddler kids. No matter what phase she has had, the teachers were always right there communicating with me about how she was doing. Everyone would calm me down by explaining that her behavior was not my fault, but a normal stage for kids her age.
Furthermore, it is always amazing when your child comes home talking about what they have learned that day. She has learned about the moon and planets, how to plant grass, and which animals are endangered. She has learned to sing the rainbow song, that has taught her to know the colors of the rainbow in Spanish.
Kindercare has always been a part of my daughter's life for so many years, so it is such a bittersweet feeling knowing that she has grown up so much that she is will be saying good-bye to that part of her life this fall. I would recommend Cascade Park Kindercare to anyone who is looking for a home away from home for their children. These teachers will love them, teach them, laugh with them and grow with them, and that is a wonderful feeling to know your kids are safe when you are not with them. I just want to say thank you again for loving Rachael and helping her grow!”
Nicole S. - KinderCare Parent
My son Griffin started going to the Cascade Park Kindercare when he was 3 months old. The teachers made his transition so easy. They truly care about each individual and their development. I'm blessed to have found a great place for my son to learn and grow. We LOVE each and every one of the teachers there.
Thank for all your support with Griffins development!”
Jamie M. - KinderCare Parent
Having to send my children to be with someone other than family was unsettling at first. I knew KinderCare was the place for us because from the moment you walk in the environment is very welcoming and they've made us feel like family. My kids have learned so many things and the teachers help me reach goals with them such as counting and potty training. Communication is important and the measures to extend how my child's day was, every teacher I've encountered has met that criteria for me and I couldn't ask for a better group of people to help me care for my kids.”
Britteny A. - 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.