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Our Story

Children’s Character Club is the product of our combined passions!  We are Mick and Trena Landholm and we opened these doors on February 20, 2002.  Mick has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business. Trena has dual degrees in Elementary and Special Education and she taught in the public schools for 5 years before staying home to raise their 6 children. We began an in-home daycare in 1996 but outgrew the business, we had a long waiting list and the desire to serve more children. With the deep belief that ALL children need to feel seen, loved, and important combined with our passion, education, and experience we opened the doors to Children's Character Club. The foundation of our belief is the TEACHING, modeling, living of Character Education and the inclusivity and honoring of each child as the unique being that they are!

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Toddler Class

Our toddler room is licensed to serve 14 children between the ages of 12-30 months.  We break down our structured time into an “older” group and a “younger” group.  The older group works on increased small group activities, daily circle time including a themed story, creative expression, and 1-3 themed, related pre-academic opportunities (specific focuses on letters, numbers, name recognition, shapes, counting, categorizing, sorting, language development, gross and fine motor, etc.).  Our younger group experiences the same activities but on a more individual basis with an emphasis on milestones pertinent to their developmental level and the chance to feel safe and loved in a small setting so that they have the confidence to explore their environment.  We partner with you on potty training when we both agree that we see the signs and your child is ready.

Our Philosophy 

Mick and I are first and foremost parents.  We raised 6 children who all went through the Fife School District and who we have to say are amazing young adults!  Our own children range from having diagnosed disabilities to being identified as gifted, so we know first hand the range kids have of gifts and talents and we know many of the programs that support them in the school district.  We are proud to have developed a stellar relationship with the school district and have loved serving in the community we have lived in.  
We are also deep lovers of nature and the planet.  We have classroom pets, we garden with the children, the food is cooked from scratch.  We recycle,  including scraping all of our leftover food into the “chicken bucket”(which gets fed to the chickens)!  Yes, even preschoolers scrape their own plates before loading them into the tub.  Though we are a licensed day care center, our philosophy and way of being is much more that of a family!
Since 2014 we have been working with Early Achievers which is a Washington State Quality Rating System committed to providing high quality learning experiences for children birth-5 years. We are proud to have earned a rating of a 3 (out of 5) with a specialty in quality learning environments.  We continue to meet with a mentor monthly and are dedicated to maintaining that high rating standard.  Through Early Achiever’s support we have been able to take a close look at our programs, our environments, our room organization, and our best practices.  
We believe in providing children with a basic structure to their day and an ever rotating array of activities and play experiences.  The toys and activities rotate depending on children’s interests and desires.  We incorporate a combination of Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to curriculum and learning environments and bring in a consciousness to character education.  Because we have worked so closely with the local school district, we are sensitive to the various skills and experiences kindergarten teachers hope children have had and we use many of the same behavior management systems the schools do with our school-age.
Our behavior management is best described as using the philosophies of Love and Logic.  We provide clear boundaries and approach behavior from a positive angle, giving children the chance to make choices as much as possible.  We also use planned ignoring, redirection, humor, or a more strategic behavior plan if necessary.  We find that with the combination of a play rich environment, very organized and planned basic curriculum, and daily routines, kids thrive.  And behavior management is not difficult or challenging.  And because we are a smaller facility with caring staff, we keep in close contact with you and consider ourselves to be partners WITH you!
We have a strong philosophy, stellar curriculum and practices, and more toys/activities than we could list, but we would be nothing without the dedication of our exceptional staff!  Over the years we have had 3 people work until they retired and we are proud to have a strong core of amazing teachers, 1 of whom has been with us for more than a decade!  We have also had former “clients” grow up and come back to work for us!  It is the people who spend the hours upon hours with your children that make us who we are and we are very proud of the caring, compassionate, loving, high integrity, humor-filled, joyous and dedication that our small-but-mighty staff exhibits!

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Before/After School Program (Sept-June)

Before only $790/month
After only $790/month
Before and After $885/month

Summer Camp


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We follow Fife School District's calendar.

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