Who we are
““Life learning is about respecting the everyday experiences that enable children to understand and to interact with the world and their culture.”
Comfort and Cozy Childcare and Learning Center has operated in Port Angeles WA for 20 years. We are a family owned childcare and learning center for children ages 1-5 years of age. We currently hold a Level 3 Early Achievers rating.
We offer toddler, preschool and a new school age enrichment program during the calendar school year. We also offer childcare before, after and during non school months.
We believe that children be encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where all children can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.
We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our preschool programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.
We believe children learn best through meaningful play. Our play-based, child centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self help and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child. We support a heavy emphasis on outdoor play and have an outdoor classroom that is open five months of the year. We have two outdoor green spaces that have bountiful creative spaces for your child/children to play and grow.
Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image.
We recognize that parents are the child’s first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of family and community.
Comfort and Cozy Childcare & Learning Center Staff
Our Co-Owner Mary Lea Lindstrom is semi retired but still pulls the strings around the place! She has over 30 years of experience with early childhood development and has her Masters degree in systems design. Lea spends her winters in AZ with her Husband David and cat Ellie. Together they love to travel and go on adventures. Lea and David have 4 beloved grandchildren that they enjoy spoiling and going on adventures with. Lea is still very involved in our community and strives to continue providing quality individualized care for all children.
Our Co-Owner, Director and teacher is Chrissy Kelly. Chrissy has been in Early Childhood for 20 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has a Washington Teachers Certificate. Chrissy enjoys spending time with her family and catching a Mariners game at the ball park! She believes in child directed learning and loves being outside.
Our lead toddler teacher is Kristy Didrickson. Teacher Kristy has been with our center for 4 years. Kristy is a mother of three boys and has a passion for adventure and the outdoors. Her motherly approach is calm and effective with what can sometimes be a jungle! Our toddlers learn social emotional skills while they spend their days with Teacher Kristy. She teaches self-awareness and regulation along with lots of snuggles and one on one attention.
Our Preschool teacher is Makayla Wickersham. Teacher Makayla has been at our center for 7 years. She has been in the Pre 3 classroom for 3 years and is one of our centers Lead Teachers. Makayla loves the outdoors and is eager to share the joy of creativity and imagination within her classroom. She has over 80 credits in early childhood education and holds all current certifications required by the department of early learning.
Sierra Wickersham has been with our center for 4 years. Sierra is currently one of our lead teachers and has 40 credits in Early Childhood Education. Teacher Sierra is patient and kind, loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys music and art.
Elizabeth Rule (Lizzy) has been at our center for 3 years. Lizzy is also our program director for C&C KIDS at Jefferson Elementary. She has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years and hold her Associates of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Teacher Lizzy is full of creativity and exciting adventures. She is vibrant, kind, patient and dedicated to the children she serves. Teacher Lizzy loves the outdoors and all if has to offer. She believes in child directed learning and offers a variety of techniques in the classroom.
Ginger Villella has been with our center for 3 years. Teacher Ginger has been in early childhood education for over 5 years. Ginger has over 50 credits in Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of two, loves to travel and spend time with her family. Ginger is patient, and strives to engage children in independent thinking and decision making. She is versed in American Sign Language and often signs to her students on a regular basis.
Tasha Fitzgerald is our newest addition to our team! Tasha has her WA state Teachers Certificate and BA in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband love the outdoors and travel. They spend their time with their beloved fur babies and enjoy living in the PNW.