Infant Care

New Beginnings

About our 6 weeks to 12 months Infant Care in Vancouver, WA

Early childhood education and development is critically important. At Kiddie Academy®, our experienced teachers and staff help facilitate this period of learning, and that’s what separates us from traditional child care facilities.With our New Beginnings program, your baby will be paired with a primary teacher who will provide personalized attention and nurture them through every milestone—within a caring and cohesive community.

Our infant program has limited space. Contact us to learn more about tuition and our current waitlist.


Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your infant is at our Academy, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that they’re in a healthy and safe environment thanks to Health Essentials, our enhanced health and cleaning initiative based on CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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Life Essentials®

Preparing your infant for life's next developmental milestones

Our New Beginnings program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your baby with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Cognitive Development

Focus: Helping your baby make sense of their environment.

Our teachers nurture this critical stage in your infant's development by allowing them to respond to, adapt to and learn about their surroundings using all of their senses. They're engaged in activities that help them make associations between sounds and sights and develop an awareness of their environment.

Infant Activities

  • Understanding object permanence (that objects exist even when they can't be sensed) through educational games.
  • Creating sensory memories by exploring different textures and sounds with toys.
  • Understanding similarities and likenesses by sorting colored or shaped objects and solving puzzles.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Play peekaboo to help your infant understand object permanence (that objects exist even when they can’t be sensed).
  • Play with toys that make different sounds and have different textures to create sensory memories.
  • Play with puzzles to develop an understanding of similarities and likenesses by sorting colored or shaped objects.

Social & Emotional Growth

Focus: Building trust with adults and other infants.

We create a safe and secure environment by providing warm, nurturing, personalized care and responding to your infant's signals. Your child will see many different, yet consistent and familiar faces and engage in activities that encourage cooperation and imaginative play.

Infant Activities

  • Nurturing attachments with familiar adults.
  • Playing near and developing familiarity with other infants and teachers.
  • Learning self-awareness through songs.
  • Displaying social gestures through interactive materials.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Have members of your family hug, cradle and praise the baby to nurture attachments with familiar people.
  • Sing “Where is Baby?” to help develop a sense of self-awareness.
  • Read the poem, “Wave, Wave, Wave” to help baby learn social gestures like waving.

Fine & Gross Motor Skills

Focus: Strengthening your baby's finger, hand, arm and leg muscles.

Our teachers assist your infant's physical development through tasks that improve coordination, accuracy and balance. They receive encouragement and positive reinforcement every step of the way.

Infant Activities

  • Learning to lift, hold and turn their head, roll over, sit up and crawl.
  • Developing leg muscles using objects that support walking.
  • Learning to feed themselves by holding bottles on their own.
  • Engaging in sensory play, including finger painting, play dough and blocks covered in different fabrics.
  • Exploring the outdoors through daily walks in strollers and playing outside in the playground.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Give your baby “tummy time” so they can practice lifting, turning and holding their head; rolling over; sitting up; and crawling.
  • Use toy strollers, grocery carts or other objects that support walking to help your infant develop strong leg muscles.
  • Use finger painting, play dough, bags and blocks covered in different fabrics to have sensory play time with your child.
  • Explore the outdoors through daily walks in strollers and playing outside.

Health Essentials

Focus: Keeping your infant healthy and safe.

Health Essentials is a set of CDC-based standard operating procedures that can help mitigate the spread of potential infection throughout our Academy. Health Essentials is a key part of our overall COVID-19 response, expanding upon existing disinfection and health protocols that offer parents and staff peace of mind and demonstrates our commitment to creating a healthy and safe environment for learning and working.

Health Essentials guidelines are focused on four principles designed to cover various preventative, protective and corrective measures that address COVID-19:

1. Wellness Education

The solution starts with an understanding.

  • Children learn how following proper hygienic practices can keep them healthy
  • Academy staff receives training and must abide by enhanced health and safety practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2. Enhanced Hygiene

Soap and water is the best solution.

  • Soap and water offer the simplest solution to combat infection
  • Staff increase handwashing frequency
  • All children must wash their hands upon entering their room at the start of each day and all recommended times thereafter in addition to following standard Academy handwashing procedures

3. Healthy Environment

A clean facility keeps families safe.

Academies adhere to advanced cleaning procedures:

  • Nightly cleaning
  • Daily laundering of soft items and bedding
  • Limiting items brought into the Academy

4. Symptom Monitoring

Keeping a watchful eye

  • Temperature monitoring at the Academy entrance.
  • Track symptoms using AcademyLink®
  • Isolate symptomatic children from others immediately upon observation
  • Contact parents for pickup from the Academy
  • Daily health check is completed upon arrival

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of infants.

Q. Are children required to be 100% vaccinated?
A. Yes. As an organization responsible for the care and safety of a fragile age group from 6 weeks to 12 years of age, we require all children within our care to maintain and provide documentation for all recommended vaccines as stated by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics. This is done in accordance with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) per WAC code 110-300A-7020.
Q. Do you accept State DSHS or Working Connections tuition subsidy?
A. No. We do not participate in the Washington State DSHS subsidy program or Working Connections subsidy program.
Q. What are your teacher qualifications?
A. All Kiddie Academy teachers must meet or exceed the state requirements for child care providers and are required to receive ongoing professional training annually. Almost all Lead Teachers have a Bachelor's or Associate's degree in Early Childhood Development (or related field). We also require background checks through local, county, state and/or federal agencies prior to employment.
Q. What will my child be doing?
A. Your infant will be assigned a primary teacher who will play, read and talk with your child. This helps nurture the child’s skills development in six areas – Social, Emotional, Communications, Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Cognitive. Your infant will nap and feed consistent with the routines you’ve begun to establish at home.
Q. Does you have cameras in the classroom?
A. Yes! We’re one of the few child care centers in the community to provide live, secure streaming video for you to access throughout the day.
Q. What is Kiddie Academy doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
A. Kiddie Academy of Vancouver-Salmon Creek has added enhanced health and safety protocols to protect students, staff and their families. You can find out more about them on the Health EssentialsSM, section of our website. We are also proud to have a vaccine policy in place for our teachers and staff at this Academy. Please contact us for more details about our policies and specific steps we take in each classroom.
Q. Do you provide diapers?
A. We ask parents to provide disposable diapers, wipes, ointments and powders for their infants. We maintain a small supply of diapers that can be used if your personal supply runs out.
Q. Do you provide formula?
A. We ask that parents provide formula or breast milk for their infants. Please provide us with freshly prepared bottles daily until your child is ready to begin eating Kiddie Academy menu items. Always label bottles and food containers with your child’s first and last name and the date. We’ll get your infant’s feeding schedule from you to maintain consistency with the feeding routine you’re establishing at home.
Q. Are teachers at Vancouver Salmon Creek required to get the COVID vaccine?
A. Yes. At Kiddie Academy of Vancouver-Salmon Creek, we have a vaccine policy in place for our teachers and staff at this Academy. Please contact us for more details about our policies and specific steps we take in each classroom.
Q. What are the operating hours of the school?
A. We are open 7:00am – 6:00pm weekdays. The academy is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Day After, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve.
Q. Are cloth diapers permitted at the academy?
A. For the health and safety of the classroom, cloth diapers are not permitted – disposable diapers only please.

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