Toddler Care

Discovering Me

About our 13 to 24 months Toddler Care in Vancouver, WA

In our Discovering Me program, our teachers form strong, caring relationships with your toddler and guide them through learning experiences that stimulate their development and reinforce the skills they’re taught at home.

Our toddler program has very limited space. Contact us to learn more about tuition and our program. 


Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your toddler 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 toddler for the future

Our Discovering Me program is developed through our Life Essentials curriculum to provide your toddler with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Cognitive Development

Focus: Broadening your toddler's understanding of the world around them.

We make every moment with your toddler a teachable moment. Our teachers help your toddler make connections between the language and motor skills necessary for completing tasks and responding to requests.

Toddler Activities

  • Identifying and sorting objects by color, shape and size with prompts
  • Following simple directions, like placing objects "in," "on" or "under" other objects.
  • Reading books and answering comparison questions
  • Developing spatial awareness and learning to follow directions through activities.
  • Learning about sizes and volume by filling buckets with sand and water at the sensory table.

Learn On®

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

  • Identify and sort objects by color, shape and size and asking questions like, “Is this item red or not?” and “Is this item big or small?”
  • Practice following simple directions by having your toddler place objects “in,” “on” or “under” other objects.
  • Read books like “The Big Hungry Bear” and ask comparative questions, like “Is this bear big or little?” and “Do you see anything else that’s big?”
  • Fill buckets with water or sand to learn about sizes and volumes.

Language & Communication

Focus: Helping your toddler express wants and needs.

Our teachers help transition your toddler from nonverbal to verbal by modeling conversations, teaching sign language and helping them identify familiar people and objects by name.

Toddler Activities

  • Repeating words and phrases, like “please” and “thank you” and learning to elaborate on nonverbal requests.
  • Learning simple Spanish.
  • Answering questions, handling books and filling in blanks while being read to from repetitive books.
  • Naming and identifying items, like various parts of a bus.
  • Making back-and-forth exchanges with other classmates .

Learn On®

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

  • Read the book, “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” and ask questions about what’s in the story.
  • Sing “The Wheels on the Bus” to help identify the various parts of a bus.
  • Play with toy telephones to pretend to have conversations.
  • Practice using simple Spanish words, such as “hola,” “adios” and “gracias.”

Social & Emotional Growth

Focus: Teaching your toddler to better understand emotions and respect others.

We create a safe, supportive and encouraging environment to explore their emotions in a healthy manner. Your toddler will participate in activities designed to help them identify feelings and foster relationships with friends and caregivers.

Toddler Activities

  • Imitating the actions of other toddlers and adults through interactive games like "Ring Leader" and "Pretending Parade."
  • Developing pride in accomplishments and showing interest in peers' actions through supportive activities
  • Learning calming and coping skills as they're encouraged to explain how they're feeling and ask for help when they're frustrated.
  • Understanding emotions through songs
  • Learning how to take turns and play alongside classmates through activities.
  • Developing independence by inviting children to answer questions while reading books.

Learn On®

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

  • Play interactive games like “Ring Leader” and “Pretending Parade” to practice imitating the actions of other players.
  • Create a display of your toddler’s artwork to help them develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments.
  • Sing “The Look On My Face” while looking in a mirror to develop an understanding of emotions.
  • Read “All By Myself” to learn about being independent.

Fine & Gross Motor Skills

Focus: Developing your toddler's coordination and balance.

At this stage, your toddler is extremely active. Our teachers guide them through activities that keep them moving and help them refine their motor skills in a safe environment.

Toddler Activities

  • Learning to feed themselves with utensils and drink from cups during family-style meals.
  • Dressing themselves while playing dress-up with simple garments, like cowboy hats, vests and sunglasses.
  • Improving running, climbing, bending and jumping through activities like toe touches and obstacle courses.
  • Practicing throwing, catching and kicking balls with games like basketball and hoop toss.
  • Learning to walk backwards through guided activities.
  • Practicing fine motor skills by painting with brushes and making play dough by mixing ingredients together with their hands.

Learn On®

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

  • Play dress-up with simple garments like cowboy hats, vests and sunglasses to help them learn to dress themselves.
  • Help them practice feeding themselves by using utensils and drinking from cups during meals.
  • Play with them outdoors so that they have ample opportunities to run, jump, climb, throw and bounce balls and more.
  • Help them build fine motor skills by painting with brushes and making play dough by mixing ingredients together with their hands.

Health Essentials

Focus: Keeping your toddler 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 toddlers.

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. Will you toilet train my child?
A. We’ll gather information from you about your child’s toilet-training habits and routine and will work with you and your child to be consistent with what you’re doing at home. We will not force any child to use the toilet, nor will we punish children for not using the toilet.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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