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McLeod KinderCare

Chrissy Cruce, Center Director

5701 McLeod Rd. NE Albuquerque NM 87109
(505) 881-2295 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Between San Mateo & San Pedro

Neighborhood:
Near Del Norte High school, Located behind Putt Putt on San Mateo and Mcleod.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Arroyo Del Oso, EG Ross & Governor Bent Elementary

Welcome

Welcome to McLeod KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Chrissy Cruce, Center Director

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Here at KinderCare McLeod we are dedicated to developing the whole child. We have an enthusiastic, compassionate, and well trained staff devoted to teaching your child in a safe, warm, and welcoming environment.

  • Chrissy Cruce

    Chrissy Cruce, Center Director

    'Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.' -Michael Josephson

    Chrissy has worked for KinderCare for three years. She began as a Preschool teacher and worked her way into a management role. Chrissy enjoys working with children. She finds this the most rewarding job possible. Chrissy feels that when you teach a child something new and watching them get excited is the best feeling possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Chrissy worked with Parks and Recreation and taught swim lessons.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do See?"
    Year Started:
    8/30/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education
  • Waylon Bucher, Assistant Director

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to thinkl!

    Mr. Waylon has a two year old son and loves to spend time with his nephew! He wants the children in his care to learn as as much as they can and to be excited about learning! He likes to see the excitment in a child's eyes as they learn new things and enjoys spending his extra time with kids!  Wayoln loves to be able to still work in the classroom and is enjoying his new role as as Assistant Director!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Waylon has a two year old son and enjoys watching his nephew as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and the Giant Peach.
    Year Started:
    2/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    High School Dipolma; currently working on CDA
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Support staff

    'Live, Love and Laugh…' Every day is a new day and new lessons, we learn something every day!

    'Ya'at'eeh' ('Hello')

    Ms. Phyllis is a mother of three beautiful children, one girl and two boys. She relocated to Albuquerque with her family from Mescalero, New Mexico. Her children are half Navajo and Mescalero Apache. Ms. Phyllis has been working with children for five years. Her recent job was working with Infants and Toddlers on the Apache reservation. She loves children. Every day we learn something new about them. But Ms. Phyllis also believes our children are our future and what they learn at KinderCare is a stepping stone to them for school. Ms. Phyllis is excited to learn more about the children here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Phyllis has worked with children for the past five years in other child care settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon"
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Nadine

    Ms. Nadine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with; for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.

    Ms. Nadine Has five children of her own and loves to teach kids of all ages new and exciting things. She loves to see happy kids and famlies, and loves to see how the children grow and learn. She really enjoys teaching kids all they need to know to be successful in everything they do!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nadine has five children of her own and has experience working with young child in previous jobs as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alphabet Under Constuction"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Lina

    Ms. Lina, Preschool Classroom

    In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

     Watching the children learn and grow is one of the most amazing things to watch and is what I love most about working with kids.Helping the kids learn new things is what inspires me to come to work every day. I love working with young children. I have two children of my own. They are my world and they are the reason that I started working with kids. Ms. Lina has two children of her own, a boy and a girl. She enjoys teaching children all they need to know to be ready for kindergarten. She loves art activities that teach children not only to read and write but show them that learning can be a fun and adventures thing. She loves seeing how excited children become when they learn new things!

    Previous Experience:
    She has prior experience working with children in other child cares.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sandi

    Ms. Sandi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    'I may not have gone where I intended to go. But I think I have ended up where I needed to be.' -Douglas Adams

    Ms. Sandi has had three years of volunteering experience with children. She has two children of her own and really enjoys working with kids and their families. She loves teaching children new and exciting things that they can cherish for the rest of their lives. Ms. Sandi is caring, creative and has a passion for teaching children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sandi volunteered with the Junior Achievers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    1/22/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Toddler

    Nothing gives me more joy then seeing the wonder in a child's eyes as they discover something new!

    Ms. Alexis is the mother of three children, two boys and a girl. She is very passionate about teaching children new skills they can use in their everyday life. She enjoys working with all age groups and loves seeing the excitement in a child's eyes when they learn new skills.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Happy Birthday To You"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Cathy, Support staff

    Children must be taught how to think, Not what to think!

    Ms. Cathy has experence working with children at day camps and also has done some babysitting! she just graduated from Del Norte High school and plans to attended classes to further her education in working with children. She really loves watching children learn new and exciting things.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy has experince working with children at day camps and babysitting!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungary Catapillar"
    Year Started:
    8/27/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Camille, Support Staff

    That what you resist will presist and stregthen you.

    Ms. Camille has a niece and nephew that she adores and loves to watch at home! She enjoys teaching children espicaly teaching children how to cook! Ms. Camille strives to be educational and positive in everyway.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Camille has experience with baby sitting her niece and nephew!
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Emily, School Age

    Every little thing wants to be loved" - Sue Monk Kidd

    My name is Miss Emily i am the new teacher for the school-agers. I just graduated in May from Ramapo College with a Teaching Certification and a Bachelors in Spanish Language Studies. Last semester, I did my student teaching at Albuquerque High School. Although I had a great experience and learned a lot about eduaction at AHS, I'm excited to work with a younger population of students here at Kindercare!

     

    Previous Experience:
    EA at Albuquerque High School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Esperanza Rising"
    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree (Spanish Language Studies), K-12 Teaching Certified.

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Navajo, Apache

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My child went to KinderCare from the time she was a baby all the way until we moved to a different part of the city before she started first grade. I loved KinderCare, but my child loved it even more than her father and I did. My daughter had such an amazing time with KinderCare that after she completed college she applied for a job as a teacher at KinderCare. My daughter Chrissy is now the Center Director at KinderCare on McLeod and loves that she can make a positive impact on each child's life just the way her teachers did while she was growing up.

- Mother

The Prekindergarten program at KinderCare is amazing. My son has been attending since January and I have been more than satisfied the entire time. His manners have improved along with his math and grammar skills. My son is excited to come to school every day and is always talking about his teacher Ms. Brittany at home. As a parent it feels great knowing my son is in a safe and educational environment while I am at work!

- Mother

I love KinderCare my child goes home everyday talking about what he has learned in class that day!!

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