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Queen Creek KinderCare

RaChelle Harris, Center Director

1919 West Queen Creek Rd. Chandler AZ 85248
(480) 786-1923 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On the corner of Queen Creek and Dobson

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jacobson and Hancock

We love to host special "Family Events" to give each family a chance to meet one another, network and bond. From "Parents Night's Out" on a weekend evening, to school dinners and performances. We provide all types of great events to engage the children and their extended families. Lifelong friendships are often made.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Ocotillo KinderCare in Chandler, Arizona. We are so very excited to have the opportunity to meet you and your family. We believe in providing the very best in Early Childhood Education. We develop the whole child in all areas of social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Our School cultivates a close knit, family atmosphere. We love our children as if they were our very own. Our promise to you is that we will provide a loving, safe, nurturing environment, where your children will blossom into confident learners. Our teachers have many years of experience in Early Childhood Education as well as varied academic backgrounds. Consistency is so important for children, and the majority of our teachers have worked together for many years. So you can count on the same passionate, loving individuals to greet you every day.

RaChelle Harris, Center Director

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Accreditation

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

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.

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.

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

Teachers & Staff

The staff at the Ocotillo KinderCare are genuinely passionate about educating and nurturing children. The average tenure of our staff is five years at our center and ten years in the early childhood field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credentials, Associate's of Arts or Bachelor's of Arts Degrees in Education, as well as several still currently in college completing their degrees. Our team strives for continued excellence. We are part of the Quality First Program as well as working toward our NAC Accreditation. The teachers are excited and committed to making a difference in the lives of children.

  • RaChelle Harris

    RaChelle Harris, Center Director

    Building relationships with children and families is such a wonderful feeling! I enjoy seeing little ones grow in so many ways. Walking into the classroom and having children run up to me with smiles make may day very rewarding!

    RaChelle has been in Early Childhood Education for 26 years.  She has held many positions and had completed the National Director's Credential. She has worked at KinderCare locations in Southern California, Texas, and Arizona. She has been a trainer and mentor.  She has participated in the Quality First program for the past five years. She enjoys getting to know others and sharing stories with parents about their children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, RaChelle worked as a Teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director, Program Administrator, and a Center Director at another KinderCare location.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    National Director's Credential
  • Ms. Crystal Contreras

    Ms. Crystal Contreras, Assistant Director

    I love to watch the growth and development of the children each and every day. To know that I have impacted the life of a child, makes me smile.

    Crystal has been in Early Childhood Education for ten years. She has been the Assistant Director for the last two years as well as worked as a Food Manager in the Maricopa Unified School District. She has her Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and teaches our "Kids in the Kitchen" Cooking Program. Crystal is a proud mom of two little girls and loves to make an impact in the lives of children.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Mimi

    Mimi, Infant Classroom

    My job is so meaningful because each day I have the opportunity to touch the lives of children. I love to teach them when they are most open to learning. To watch a baby develop touches my heart.

    Ms. Mimi has her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and has been in Early Childhood Education for twelve years. She has been the Lead Infant teacher for three and a half years.  Her loving, gentle spirit creates a very peaceful atmosphere in the nursery. Ms. Mimi loves to sing in her church worship team and is also a new mommy to a one year old baby boy.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Redina, Infants

    Helping these little ones reach milestones and impacting their lives in a positive way is such an awesome feeling!  I enjoy my position and I enjoy getting to know our families as well as the children I am with everyday.

    Ms. Redina received her Medical Assistant Certifiate and has had tried a few professions.  She really has found her passion in working with children.  She has a big family and is a great resourse when it comes to children.  She enjoys being with her family and watching football (especially when her boys are playing).  She is a huge Arizona Cardinals fan!!

    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Medical Assisting Certificate
  • Angela, Toddler A

    I don't think of this as a job. the children and parents are real.  I love to be there for the children when they are happy, but also when they need help.  I truly feel as though they are a part of my family.  I get great satisfaction from being a part of their development.  I feel rewarded when the parents put their trust in me.  i love to partner with the parents and helping to support the children with their needs.

    I completed my Bachelor's degree at ASU last year.  I first got introduced to childcare by chance at another pre-school.  It then became a part of my life.  during that time I took many early childhood education courses to become a pre-school teacher.  Now that I am at KinderCare I am fulfilling my new ambition.  When i am not at KinderCare i enjoy time with my four year old daughter and husband.  My hobbies are computers, programming and educating myself, learning how to do many things.  i believe learning a new skill is fun and it will make me a better person.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BS Degree from ASU - currently pursuing a secondary degree in Education

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Health and safety is our number one priority. We have an onsite Heath and Safety Coordinator who is responsible for making sure all safety rules and regulations are followed daily. We also have a keypad entry system which only allows approved access into our building. All of our staff is First Aid and CPR certified as well.

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

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

As a professor, I was very concerned with the level of education and social interaction our child would be exposed to.  Before enrolling our son into the program, we researched the safety, parent feedback, and educational options at Kindercare.  Each teacher and member of their staff have been instrumental in our child's learning.  Our son's language skills are exceptional.  The center's adaptability to grow with the needs of each family provides perfect learning opportunities for the children.  Kindercare has been flexible, understanding, caring, and most importantly, loving towards our child.  We highly recommend Kindercare and their accredited program!

- Mother
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