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Kids Way

Published on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 by KYMM SHIPMAN | KIDS WAY OWNER

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My name is Kymm Shipman and I am the owner and director of Kids Way Child Care & Early Learning Center located in downtown Lake Stevens. I have always loved children and thoroughly enjoyed my oldest son’s preschool and childcare experience. Upon the birth of my second child I decided to go back to college for my degree in Early Childhood Education and open my own Child Care and Preschool.

It has been an amazing journey! College affirmed many of my beliefs as a mom, as well as giving me in depth knowledge regarding child development and developmentally appropriate methods to teach to the youngest of children.
Keeping parents in mind I remodeled our building to include video web monitoring which allows parents to view their child’s day via their home/work computer. We also offer a secure building with assigned codes required at all entrances.

Children are born learners. Kids Way begins teaching to our youngest children. Our toddlers have a full curriculum including circle time, arts & crafts, and social & language addition to hugs and strong bonds with our teachers.

Kids Way specializes in Kindergarten Readiness for the Lake Stevens School District. We use many of the same tools and philosophies; including the Award Winning Handwriting Without Tears “GET SET FOR SCHOOL” program in Writing & Literacy and Math & Numbers. We love this program as it teaches to ALL learning styles. We also have parent teacher conferences twice a year, and use a program to assess social and emotion development (DECA) and also to assess both our classrooms and teaching strategies. When children graduate from Kids Way and begin Kindergarten they are READY! They have learned how to navigate a classroom of their peers and they recognize many of the materials in their new classroom.

Early childhood is fleeting; our goal is for it to be full of laughter, learning and love. My advice to women thinking of opening a business is this: discover what you love, do your homework, and then pour your heart and soul into your business.
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