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North Elm KinderCare

Marla Yale, Center Director

150 N. Elm St. Chandler AZ 85226
(480) 961-4741 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
2 blocks east of Kyrene on Chandler Blvd 2 blocks west of Rural

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kyrene de la Mirada and Kyrene de la Paloma

The North Elm Staff is committed to excellence providing parents with the confidence that their child is in an educational, fun and safe environment. Each day, our children are exposed to many different experiences which give them the opportunity to grow and learn. Our teachers are passionate about educating and nurturing children and every family enrolled is truly a part of our extended family. All together, our team has almost 200 years of Early Childhood Education experience and we cannot wait for you to join our family!

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Welcome to North Elm KinderCare. We are located off of Chandler Blvd., between Rural & Kyrene, just a few minutes away from the 202, 101 and I-10. We offer unique, expertly designed early education programs for infants as young as six weeks and school-age children up to age 12. We strive to provide the very best environment by focusing on the whole child - emotionally, physically, and socially for complete growth and development. Your child will not only be provided with a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but sill have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Marla Yale, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Winter Program


      Join our Preschoolers and Prekindergarteners for their winter gala! They will be singing songs and reciting plays/poems.

Teachers & Staff

We welcome you to learn more about our great staff at North Elm KinderCare!

  • Marla Yale

    Marla Yale, Center Director

    The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. ~Mortimer Adler

    Marla loves being your School Director!  She thrives off of knowing she runs a school that truly is THE BEST!  She comes to work each and everyday ready to not only help grow the minds of her students but also to help grow the minds of her teachers.  Marla prides herself in being readily available for all of her families, if they have a question or just want to chit chat about their days events!

    Previous Experience:
    Marla has been in childcare what feels like forever to her! She has held every position with KinderCare, starting as a pre kindergarten teacher and now as a School Director!
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Early Childhood Certificate, Early Childhood Education credits
  • Megan Baciao

    Megan Baciao, Assistant Director

    Ms. Megan truly feels as though being an Assistant Director is her calling!  She loves being able to support both the staff and Ms. Marla on a daily basis.  You will always see a smile on Ms. Megan's face and a coffee in her hand! She loves being a part of your family and welcomes you into her KinderCare family as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan has worked in all classrooms and has held many jobs within KinderCare. Ms. Megan worked in the corporate office of KinderCare from 2011-2015 but she missed being in a school setting!
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 + years
    Early Childhood Education credits
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the kids learn and seeing their personalities develop.

    Ms. Denise has been an Early Childhood Educator since 2005. She loves working with kids. Ms. Denise enjoys messy art projects and providing mulitiple opportunities for the children to explore and learn. She joined our KinderCare team in 2013 and is excited about each day.

    Previous Experience:
    8 years
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Christina has been working with kids through babysitting and working at preschools for the last nine years. She has been with KinderCare since 2006 and has worked with both Infants and Toddlers. She loves the kids and takes care of them as if they were her own. Her favorite part is watching the babies learn and grow up and move on to the toddler room.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
  • Ms. Maria M.

    Ms. Maria M., Infant Classroom

    I enjoy caring for the infants. I look forward to teaching and caring for the children.

    Ms. Maria enjoys caring for the children in her class and looks forward to teaching and caring for them everyday.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Preschool Classroom

    These kids hold the power to change the world into a better place, and it's my honor to get them there.

    Ms. Megan has been at KinderCare since January of 2012 in the preschool classroom. Everyday she carries out a lesson plan to get them ready for the next step in their education. Ms. Megan is currently attending Mesa Community College for her degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan has prior experience coaching soccer and working at two previous centers.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Special Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Center Support

    I enjoy working with young children! They are at the beginning phase of their development and learning. I get to help foster them to become successful in their education. Children are very precious to me, and I feel that their well being and education is vital at this stage of life.

    Ms. Julie has been working with young children since 1990. She joined the KinderCare Family in January of 2008. Ms. Julie started in the infant classroom and now works in the prekindergarten classroom. Ms. Julie started in the prekindergarten classroom in the summer of 2009. Ms. Julie loves working with young children and fostering their development. Ms. Julie feels that children are very precious to her and that their well being and education is vital at this stage in life. Ms. Julie is currently going to Central Arizona College to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie was a preschool teacher at two other preschools.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Center Support

    I love the smiles, laughter and excitement a child shows when they learn or accomplish something for the first time.

    Ms. Linda has lots of experience in early childhood education and joined KinderCare in February of 2013. She loves to teach her class about new things and the reaction she receives from them when they accomplish something new in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has previous experience as a prekindergarten teacher and Kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, Instructional Certificate of Director Training, Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Cook and Van Driver

    I love seeing each and everyone of the children grow and learn new things everyday.

    Ms. Melissa has worked for KinderCare since December of 1999. She works in the kitchen but also enjoys taking the school age children to school and helping out where ever needed.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Andrea Reynolds

    Ms. Andrea Reynolds, Toddler Classroom

  • Miss Munira

    Miss Munira, Discovery Preschool

    Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 4 years
    Bachelors Degree in Family and Human Devolpment
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Discovery Preschool

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

    Ms Samantha is a happily married mother of 4 amazing kids.  She also works in the medical field as a medical assistant and loves working children!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Winter Program


      Join our Preschoolers and Prekindergarteners for their winter gala! They will be singing songs and reciting plays/poems.

  3. Wednesday December 14, 2016
    1. Winter Program


      Join our Preschoolers and Prekindergarteners for their winter gala! They will be singing songs and reciting plays/poems.

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

About Our Center

We are all about learning while still having fun here at our Elm Street KinderCare!  Please contact us to set up a tour so you can see how amazing our school is.  We cannot wait to have you join our family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Holidays 2013
New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Professional Development Day Monday, February 18, 2013
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2013
Fourth of July Thursday, July 4, 2013
Labor Day Monday, September 2, 2013
Professional Development Day Monday, October 14, 2013
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28, 2013
Day After Thanksgiving Day Friday, November 29, 2013
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 2013
New Year's Day, Wednesday Jan. 1st 2014

Health and Safety

Every teacher at our center is First Aid and CPR certified. Our center has a coded entry that is changed every six months.  We also have a designated Health and Safety Coordinator who performs monthly emergency drills and trainings for all staff and students.

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