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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I love my job and I am passionate about making a real difference in the lives of children. Children are our future and deserve the best possible head start to a real joy of learning.
Ms. Jeanette has been in Early Childhood Education for ten years and has also been in Center Management for four of those years as an Assistant Director. She is dedicated to making sure her toddlers are loved and nurtured as if they were her own. Ms. Jeanette brings an enthusiastic joy to her classroom. Her passion for teaching is contagious. She is also a proud mom of two beautiful children and loves to cook and bake.
I love working with children because every day is unique. I may be here to educate and love these kids daily, but the best part is what they teach me every day.
Ms. Lyssa has nine years experience in Early Childhood Education. She is a mentor teacher as well as the Learning Adventures instructor. Ms. Lyssa teaches the Phonics program and is inspired at how quickly the children learn to read and grow. She is a very artistic, creative teacher, who loves to use art as a huge teaching experience. She is a proud mom of a nine year old son.
I love my job because I love to walk into my class and see all of the excitement on my kids' faces as they greet me each day. My kids teach me to see the joy in the little things.
Ms. Shantel has been in Early Childhood Education for seven years. She is an amazing teacher with a lot of heart and soul. Her classroom is always filled with love and excitement. Ms. Shantel loves to challenge her students with new and inventive teaching techniques. She loves to think outside of the box while teaching. Ms. Shantel is a mom of three young children and loves to spend time with her family and friends.
I am amazed at the confidence my students have when they have completed my program. I love their willingness to learn as well as all of the smiles they bring me each day. I love being a part of their beginning journey to a life long love of education.
Ms. Katrina has been in Early Childhood Education for fifteen years. She is currently completing her degree in education. She has been a mentor teacher and helps train and educate new staff members. Ms. Katrina is well know in the Chandler Unified school district as a Preschool teacher who prepares her children beyond the scope of the Prekindergarten spectrum. Her kids are often the top of their class due to the amazing head start she gives to her students.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 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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