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McLeod KinderCare

Ms. Penny Thomas, 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

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 to Mcleod KinderCare! We are located at 5701 Mcleod NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are now taking enrollments. We bus to Three elementary schools: E.G Ross, Arroyo del oso, and Govnerbent. Call today to set up a tour of our school!


Welcome to KinderCare! We can’t wait to meet you and your family and show you our school! KinderCare has an amazing curriculum that develops the whole child and helps them meet each developmental milestone as well as prepares them for school success. Our curriculum and staff will provide developmental growth for your child in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical health. We provide a safe and secure learning environment for each child! We have a team of teachers whose goal is to have successful children leave their class as they grow. We believe family engagement is very important in your child’s education so we provide family activities and encourage you to help us share their culture in the classroom.

Ms. Penny Thomas, 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


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.


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.


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 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

  • Ms. Penny Thomas

    Ms. Penny Thomas, Center Director

    Children are like butterflies. Some fly higher then others but each flies the best they can.

    Ms. Penny started off in the prekindergarten class here at KinderCare in 2009. Two years later she became the Assistant Director and after four years of being the Assistant Director she became the Center Director. Ms. Penny started working with children when she turned 12 years of age as a babysitter. When she turned 18 years old she started working in childcare and knew that was where her heart is. She has a passion for educating young children and is excited to run a quality school were children can learn and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    13 years experience in child care settings
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stone soup by Jan Eliot
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Trinity Britschge

    Trinity Britschge, Assistant Director

    I love the feeling I get when I see the children's smiling faces.

    Ms. Trinity has been working on and off with KinderCare for over 7 years. She has tought all ages and loves working with and teaching children. She has two son's at home and will be getting married later this year.She loves coming to work because there is nothing like the feeling of a child letting you know how they feel about you with their smiles and giggles!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trinity has previous experience working in different child care centers.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Liz)

    Ms. Elizabeth (Liz), Preschool

    Be the change you wish to see in the world-Gandhi

    Ms. Liz started her teaching career right after high school when she became a substitute teacher. That is when she fell in love with teaching! She then went to Eastern New Mexico University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. As soon as she graduated she started on her master's degree in special education. During collage she taught swim lessons for three year old children. After her daughter was born Ms. Liz stayed home for awhile till she started working as a child care worker at a local gym. At the gym she cared for children ranging from 10 months to 12 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liz has had previous experience working with children in different child care settings. She was also a swim instructor for young children as well.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in elementary Education, and Masters in Special Education
  • Ms. Sandi

    Ms. Sandi, Learning Adventure teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator

    '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. While working as the prekindergarten teacher Ms. Sandi got her CDA (Child Development assisoate) and is also coahcing AYSO soccer for her daughters team!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sandi volunteered with the Junior Achievers. She also volunteers as an AYSO coach.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    CDA, and associates in business admin

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 03, 2016
    1. Breast Cancer awareness month

  2. Tuesday October 04, 2016
    1. Wear Pink to support Breast Cancer

  3. Wednesday October 05, 2016
    1. World Teachers Day

      Bring your child's teacher a treat to show how much you appericiate them!

  4. Thursday October 06, 2016
    1. National cookie month

      Children will have cookies in class

  5. Friday October 07, 2016
    1. Mustache Day

      Wear a mustache to school

  6. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

    2. Columbus Day

      Center closed for our professional development day

  7. Tuesday October 11, 2016
    1. Play red light green light in class

  8. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

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

Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, healthy learning environment for your child.  Our Health and safety coordinator works with our families and the entire staff to ensure we are meeting the licensing and corporate guidelines for health and safety in our center. We have monthly fire, storm and lock-down drills so that our staff and children are prepared in the event of an actual emergency. We work with families on special dietary needs as well as allergies and medications. Each staff member is trained in CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire and annually each year. It is our desire to be trained and prepared in the event of an accident or emergency. Trainings are done monthly to ensure our teachers know what to do and they work with the children in their class to ensure that they are prepared to practice drills. We have a secure door that takes a security code to enter our building; we start at the front door with our safety measures and continue throughout the building and onto the playground. Children are never left unattended. Teachers are well trained before being left in a classroom alone. Both state and national background checks are performed on every staff member to ensure we have the best of the best! It is our desire for you to feel good about leaving your child in our care!

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