RaChelle Harris, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 started working in Early Childhood Education in 1987. She has been a teacher, trainer, mentor and program specialist. She has also worked as a District Manager for our Champions before and afterschool programs (a division of KinderCare Education) for 12 years. She has worked at KinderCare and Champions locations in Southern California, Texas, and Arizona. She has participated in the Quality First program since 2010. RaChelle enjoys spending time with her family, sporting events and fall is her favorite time of the year. She also likes to collect magnets from places she or others have been.
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 started working in Early Childhood Education in 2001. She enjoyed teaching the infants and toddlers but wanted to move to management. She became the Assistant Director in 2012 however she still enjoys spending time in the classrooms. She received her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was a Food Manager in the Maricopa Unified School District. She is a busy mom of two girls and enjoys watching them participate in sports and girl scouts. She likes to cook for her family and spending quality time with them.
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.
Mimi has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and started working in Early Childhood Education in 2003. Her loving, gentle spirit creates a very peaceful atmosphere in the infant classroom. Mimi loves to sing in her church worship team. She is a wife and the proud mom of two boys. She enjoys watching and teaching them new things.
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 every day.
Redina started working in Early Childhood Education in 2003. She received her Medical Assistant Certificate and has tried a few professions but has found her true passion in working with children. Knowing how hard it can be to leave an infant in the care of others, Redina helps to make both the child and their parents feel comfortable. She has wonderful communication skills as well. She has a big family and is a great resource 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!!
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.
Angela started working in Early Childhood Education in 20014. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from ASU and is currently pursuing a secondary degree in education. She enjoys her early childhood classes and is fulfilling her new ambition with teaching her at KinderCare. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys computers, programming and educating herself on learning how to do many things.
Every morning I am greeted with smiles and hugs. That makes coming to work a complete joy!
Amanda started working in Early Childhood Education in 2012. She has mainly worked with toddlers and two year olds. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012. She and her family have been in Arizona since 2015. She enjoys hiking with her family and photography.
I have a wonderful bond not only with the children I teach, but with their families as well. Seeing the children advance to next classrooms and watching them grow up is something that I cherish.
Andrea started working in Early Childhood Education in 2001. She has worked with infants, two year olds and school age children. Andrea has also worked in the administration portion as well, but prefers the classroom. She enjoys the twos a lot and is amazing at partnering with families when it comes to potty training. Andrea has a twin sister, is married and has 4 children. She enjoys shopping, swimming and just plain relaxing. She loves watching her children play sports.
I enjoy seeing the children's excitement when they accomplish a task. The hugs and smiles I get from the children are awesome. I not only enjoy the staff I work with but getting to know the families is an added bonus!
Rosa started working in Early Childhood Education in 2015. Although this is her first time in a pre-school setting she also worked as a teacher’s aide in an elementary school in Gilbert. Most of her professional experience has been as an Administrative Assistant. However, she is enjoying this new found fun! The children keep her young! Rosa loves to cook and bake and share with others.
I love that I get to be a stepping stone on a child's path in education. It's exciting to see the moment a child realizes they have the ability to do something new and watch their confidence grow.
Susan started working in Early Childhood Education in 2000. Not only has she worked in the preschool setting but has also volunteered at elementary schools for over 10 years helping tutor children with phonics, math and spelling. My most precious experience has been being a mom and encouraging my two young ones as they grow and learn.
Every day is different. Each child is unique and I learn from them daily. I love the diversity we have in our classroom.
Nedje started working in Early Childhood Education in 2002. Nedje worked for KinderCare in the Boston prior to transferring to Chandler in 2012. Most of her experience is working with the preschool class. She is currently pursuing further education in Social Work. Nedje is married and has two children and enjoys seeing them excel especially when it comes to school. She loves to travel. Shopping is one of her favorite hobbies.
I truly understand that each child is an individual. Watching them accomplish new things really makes me happy. I always like having new friends join our class. I love to make learning fun.
Daisy started working in Early Childhood Education in 2012. Her previous experience was working as a Youth Development Specialist with Child Protective Services. She worked with children from the ages of infants to 17 years old. Daisy enjoys movies, working out, playing volleyball and isn’t afraid to try something new. She loves being with her family and enjoys her church activities.
I enjoy teaching because I know that I am making a difference in the lives of the children I see each day. I enjoy our interactions and really getting to know the children. It makes me happy to know that my children can depend on me to help them when it comes to learning new things.
Betty started working in Early Childhood Education in 2012. She has had the pleasure of working with toddlers up to school agers. Betty has also worked as a nursing assistant and is currently pursuing her education in nursing. She would like to be a school nurse. She enjoys watching television shows, traveling and going on new adventures.
I love watching the children develop and grow. I get excited when they finally understand something or do something on their own for the first time.
Ashley started working in Early Childhood Education in 2015. She has worked in a variety of classrooms and finds infants, toddlers and twos to be her greatest desire. She began her career with KinderCare at our location in Tempe. She joined our center in June of 2016. When Ashley is not teaching at KinderCare, she also teaches and participates in karate at a studio. She also enjoys reading and doing puzzles.
I believe learning takes place every single day. I think being a life-long learner is a characteristic of being a great teacher. I hope my students are just as excited learning and appreciate the joy of learning as I did growing up.
Denise started working in Early Childhood Education in 2010. She has been an educator for 25 years. As our Learning Adventures teacher, she teaches the children that phonics, math, music and cooking is fun. She will be more than happy to do an assessment with your child. The results will be reviewed with you and so you can decide which class you would like your child to attend. Denise and her family moved to Arizona in 2007. She is convinced that teachers never really retire, they just change roles. She loves to sing, worship and travel. Spending time with her family is an absolute joy.
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.
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.
New Years Day
Presidents Day (training for staff members)
Columbus Day (training for staff members)
The day after Thanksgiving
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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