Pre-Kindergarten

Ready, Set, Go

About our 4-Year-Olds Pre-Kindergarten in Vancouver, WA

At Kiddie Academy®, we know that your 4-year-old is ready for the next challenge. We provide the motivation and guidance to build on their momentum and prepare them for school.

Our Ready, Set, Go program enables learning experiences where your 4-year-old’s creativity can thrive in an environment that encourages curiosity and exploration.

We are currently enrolling in our prekindergarten program. Contact us to learn more.


Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your 4-year-old 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 4-year-old for kindergarten and life

Our Ready, Set, Go program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your 4-year-old with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Language Arts & Literacy

Focus: Helping your child become a confident communicator.

We make learning fun and engaging with books, poems, songs and stories – helping your child make connections between letters and words, words and sentences.

4-Year-Old Activities

  • Reading aloud and discussing rhyming words.
  • Learning animal sounds by playing animal-sound bingo.
  • Learning weather words like “sunny” and “rainy” in English and Spanish.
  • Using a pencil to write out the name of a favorite zoo animal and drawing a picture of it.

Learn On®

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

  • Read “The Cat in the Hat” and talk about rhyming words.
  • Play Animal-Sound Bingo to learn about the sounds different animals make.
  • Have your child write the name of a favorite animal then draw a picture of it.

Mathematics

Focus: Recognizing relationships among numbers, numerals and quantities.

We help your 4-year-old see how things relate to one another by helping them identify and describe attributes and patterns in objects. They start to understand the concept of addition as putting together or adding to, and subtraction as taking apart or taking away.

4-Year-Old Activities

  • Playing interactive games on the Smart Table to identify number sequences.
  • Cutting numbers out of magazines, gluing them on poster paper to make a collage, then asking the children to talk about the numbers they found.
  • Spinning a spinner and saying the number it stops on, then counting out coins and blocks to create a set of that number.

Learn On®

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

  • Help your child cut numbers out of a magazine, then make a collage and talk about the numbers they found.
  • Pick a number for your child, then have them count out coins or blocks to create a set of that number.

Science

Focus: Investigating and learning concepts about living things and the environment.

With their teacher’s encouragement, your child will lead the way in learning about people, animals, plants, the Earth and outer space. Teachers also instruct your 4-year-old how to use the appropriate tools and technology in their investigations.

4-Year-Old Activities

  • Using standard measuring tools to make slime from scratch.
  • Reading to learn about properties of liquids and solids, then having fun melting ice in various ways.
  • Experimenting to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

Learn On®

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

  • Help your child make homemade slime, using standard measuring tools.
  • Read “Sid the Kid: Why Did My Ice Pop Melt?” to learn about properties of liquids and solids.
  • Read “What Makes a Magnet?” then experiment to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

Social & Emotional Development

Focus: Discovering what’s unique about themselves and others.

We empower your 4-year-old to begin forming friendships and identifying feelings.

4-Year-Old Activities

  • Working with classmates to put on a puppet show in the Dramatic Play center.
  • Reading and talking about how friendships are made.

Learn On®

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

  • Read “Will It Be a Baby Brother?” to learn about the arrival of a baby.
  • Work with your child to put on a puppet show for family and friends.
  • Read “The Rainbow Fish” and discuss how friendships are made.

Gross & Fine Motor Development

Focus: Gaining strength, control and coordination as your child’s muscles grow and develop.

We provide your 4-year-old with fun ways to build muscle control, with indoor activities designed to increase fine motor development and outdoor activities focused on movement and balance.

4-Year-Old Activities

  • Practicing balance, control and coordination while playing with a giant parachute as a class.
  • Performing fine motor tasks
  • Playing shadow tag and ring toss on the playground.

Learn On®

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

  • Play with a flashlight, turning it on and off and taking it apart to see how the parts work together.
  • Play Ring Toss to help develop coordination.
  • Play outside so that your child can run, jump and climb.

Health Essentials

Focus: Keeping your 4-year-old 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 4-year-olds.

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 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. Many of our 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 is your discipline policy?
A. We do not use physical or verbal punishment under any circumstances. We use positive guidance and re-direction to acknowledge children’s feelings and emotions and provide them with social scripts, problem-solving techniques, self-calming activities and choices and activities geared toward their interests.
Q. What will my child be doing?
A. At this age, your child is eager to learn new things and make new friends. Our teachers will encourage your 4-year-old to work at their own pace, taking advantage of opportunities to discover in our learning centers. The child will continue to work on social/emotional development, gross and fine motor development, language arts and literacy, mathematics and science.
Q. How do you get my child ready for kindergarten?
A. By use of our pre-kindergarten standards-based curriculum, Life Essentials®, children will be well prepared as they enter kindergarten. We have a commitment to the development of the whole child by concentrating on the development of social and emotional skills setting them up for success in school. Our curriculum encourages children to explore and discover, making learning a fun and rewarding experience that nurtures a lifelong love of learning.
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. 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. What time is breakfast served?
A. Breakfast is served from 7:00am – 8:00am. If your child arrives after 8:00am, a morning snack will be provided before 10:00am.
Q. Am I permitted to bring food into the school and/or provide my child’s lunch?
A. No. For the health and safety of your child’s classroom, we do not allow outside food into the academy due to food allergies. Infant classrooms are the exception as you are responsible for food while your baby is in the infant room.
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