School Age

Creative Explorers

About our Ages 5 to 12 School Age in Vancouver, WA

Children spend most of their time juggling assignments, friendships and extracurricular activities. They crave the freedom to discover things that interest them most, and Kiddie Academy® gives them the structure to build essential skills for their future.

Kiddie Academy Salmon Creek proudly serves Salmon Creek Elementary and South Ridge Elementary with “Before and After School” child care.

Whether it’s before and/or after-school care or our full-day program, Creative Explorers lets school-agers pursue their passions. We help them explore what fascinates them through a variety of special-interest groups that spark their imaginations. Our club format provides your child with exciting and challenging activities and projects to create, while continuing the learning begun in their schools.

Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your child 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®

We have a designated time for learning. Always.®

Our Creative Explorers program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your school-age child with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Full-Day School Age

Focus: Assuring your child meets the virtual-learning responsibilities of your school system in a supervised, safe and sanitized environment.

The program combines learning through the Kiddie Academy proprietary Life Essentials® Curriculum with support from our teachers to ensure your child is meeting the digital-learning requirements of your school system.


  • Children work on assignments from their school system, under supervision of Kiddie Academy Teachers.
  • Teachers ensure that children attend any required virtual meetings scheduled by their school.
  • When school assignments are complete, children participate in the club-based activities included in the Kiddie Academy Creative Explorers program.

Learning Through Life Essentials®

This full-day program is built around the Life Essentials philosophy that guides all we do at Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care. It promotes the natural curiosity present in every child by focusing on character education, STEM-infused technology and health and fitness experiences.

Virtual Learning Environment

Focus: Support young school age virtual learning schedules

Through attentive supervision by trained teachers, the virtual learning environment at Kiddie Academy sets your elementary-aged child up for success in a comfortable, healthy environment and gives parents the child care support they need as local school districts implement virtual learning.

Highlights of our virtual learning program

  • Attentive teachers: From the safety of our licensed child care facility, our trained teachers help your child navigate their elementary school virtual learning requirements. From logging in to learning portals on schedule to helping with homework, your child will feel supported – and you’ll have the peace of mind that they are making the most of their distance learning.
  • Lively environment: Students have access to all the resources of an age-appropriate classroom, while also being social with their fellow in-person learning classmates. When the school day is done, they’ll get to further their learning with additional activities.
  • Flexible scheduling: Parents can choose the days and times they need child care, depending on work schedules and local school district virtual learning schedules.
  • Meals and snacks included: So you have one less thing to worry about each morning, we provide the healthy snacks and lunch your child needs to stay nourished and energized throughout the day.

Health Essentials Safety and Wellness Procedures and Protocols

Focus: Keeping your child 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

School Age Clubs and Extracurriculars

Focus: Inspiring children to learn about and explore what interests them.

Your child can pursue a passion for a number of subjects, including science, engineering, art, writing, literacy and more.

School Age Activities

  • Using photos to create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.
  • Using jars, gloves and shovels to take soil samples and comparing them.
  • Learning what the “hook” of a book means and practicing writing hooks of their own.
  • Participating in various track and field events, like racing and softball shot put.
  • Studying different types of comedy, like improv and stand-up, and writing their own knock-knock jokes.
  • Use graph paper, pencils and measuring tools to help your child design a blueprint for their dream home.
  • Learning about famous sculptors and making their own sculptures out of foil, play dough and pipe cleaners.
  • Learning to play songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on the xylophone.

Learn On®

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

  • Plan and plant a family garden.
  • Use LEGO blocks to help your child create a model of a structure that inspires them.
  • Talk about their favorite stories then have them draw a picture to illustrate the story.
  • Help your child create a PowerPoint presentation.

Character EssentialsSM

Focus: Our Character EssentialsSM is integrated throughout the Creative Explorers curriculum, fostering cooperation among the school-age students.

The small-group environment allows teachers to help children understand our society so they can develop into adults who respect others and get involved in their communities.

School Age Activities

  • Learning about dependability by participating in a group project in which everyone has specific tasks to complete.
  • Learning about respect by having family members talk to the class about traditions and celebrations, then compiling photos, recipes and other noteworthy information into a Cultures of our Classroom book.

Learn On®

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

  • Help your child learn about dependability by coming up with a family project in which everyone has a specific task to complete.
  • Have your child interview grandparents or other family members about traditions and celebrations they remember from growing up.

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of school-age children.

Q. Are meals provided?
A. If your child will be with us all day, we provide an assortment of healthy, age-appropriate meals and snacks. If your child will be with us for just before/and or after school care, we will provide healthy, age-appropriate snacks.
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. Are children required to wear masks?
A. Yes. All children 5 and older are required to wear masks per Washington State law.
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. 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. 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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