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South Chandler KinderCare

Ms. Megan Chaney, Center Director

1955 South Alma School Rd. Chandler AZ 85286
(480) 786-5125 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Robert and Danell Tarwater, Jacobson, Basha, Ira A. Fulton, T. Dale Hancock, Dr Howard K Conley

Welcome

Welcome to South Chandler KinderCare Learning Center! Our warm and friendly teachers are excited to show you all the educational activities they have planned. We are not just a daycare and work hard with our curriculum to make learning fun. When the children are busy having fun learning, everyone is happy! We look forward to introducing you to our KinderCare family. Make the South Chandler KinderCare part of your family!

Ms. Megan Chaney, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at South Chandler KinderCare are very dedicated to the children in our care. Our team has been working together for many years and strives to bring the best care to the children each and every day. We enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow. Our teachers enjoy making a difference in our future!

  • Ms. Megan Chaney

    Ms. Megan Chaney, Center Director

    It is exciting to be such a big part of a crucial developmental time in a child's life.

    Ms. Megan has been with KinderCare since 2002, and with the Alma School KinderCare since May of 2013. She received her associate's degree from Chandler Gilbert Community College and began working on her bachelor's at Arizona State University. It was there that she realized that early childhood education was her real passion. She enjoys being able to watch each child learn something new every day. She enjoys spending time with her family and has three daughters of her own.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Yertle the Turtle and other books by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/2/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education; Bachelor's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Amy Palmgren, Assistant Director

    I love teaching because every day is different!

    Ms. Amy has been with KinderCare for 11 years. She has had the joy of working in every classroom over the years. She now enjoys supporting her coworkers in being successful in their classrooms. When she is not at KinderCare, Ms. Amy is taking care of her family and sometimes volunteers for an animal rescue organization. Ms. Amy is married and has a son and a daughter. They enjoy spending time together and going to the beach. She is a special part of our KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    2/4/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Marci

    Ms. Marci, Infant Classroom

    Watching children's eyes light up when they are excited makes the day just a little bit brighter!

    Ms. Marci has been with KinderCare for four years. She loves seeing her kids every day. The best part of Ms. Marci's day are the smiling faces. She enjoys making the learning fun and exciting for the children. Ms. Marci has been with all of our age groups and is currently with our infants.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

    Year Started:
    1/21/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Deanndra

    Ms. Deanndra, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Deanndra was born and raised in Arizona. Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite food is Chinese! She has a three-year-old daughter who is the light of her life. Working with kids is her dream job and she gets to fulfill that dream here every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Chequita

    Ms. Chequita, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Chequita moved to Arizona from Wisconsin. She has four children and comes from a big family--she has eight siblings! She has been in the early childhood education field for ten years and plans to continue and gain her associate's degree in the field. She is a fun-loving, outgoing person who enjoys helping others.

    Year Started:
    2/11/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Mr. Robby

    Mr. Robby, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching and helping children grow. They keep me young!

    Mr. Robby has been teaching at KinderCare for a total of eight years. After high school, he worked at a toy store and that is when he realized he wanted to have a career in the early childhood field. Mr. Robby loves making the kids feel relaxed and able to be themselves when they come into his classroom. Even if they don't have a smile when coming into his classroom, they always do after being in his classroom!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

    Year Started:
    9/15/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Cassie, Floater

    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Justine

    Ms. Justine, Tutorial Specialist

    Ms. Justine comes from a family of five kids--four boys and herself. She was born in Utah and moved to Arizona in the fifth grade. Ms. Justine is a loving, crafty, silly, welcoming person who is great with children of all ages. She does not mind being silly to entertain the children and they love her for it. They are always happy to see her when she comes in. She always has a smile on her face!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Year Started:
    2/14/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Accreditation Commission

    National Accreditation Commission

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures. 

Health and Safety

Safety is really important to us at KinderCare Learning Centers. We have a keypad entry system as well as a fence around the playgrounds. Being placed behind other local business makes us away from the busy main roads. Our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. We also have monthly safety drills. The safety of our children comes first.

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.

South Chandler KinderCare, we want to thank you for the care you gave to both our girls. You treated our girls as if they were your own and we will forever be grateful. The girls have such great memories to take with them. Thank you for everything!

- Family

My kids love South Chandler KinderCare. Both of my girls have attended since they were eight weeks old. They have learned so much and made long-lasting friends. My youngest daughter just started kindergarten and she is ahead of most of her class. Also, five of her friends have started in the accelerated class. I am so proud of all the things she has learned at KinderCare. The teachers have really made learning fun for both of my girls. Every time I pick them up, they don't want to leave--they are too busy doing a project or playing with their friends. My oldest daughter is nine years old and she is still really close to friends that she made in the Toddler Classroom. The close relationships they have made are amazing. I really can't express how grateful we are of KinderCare.

- Parents

We love South Chandler KinderCare: Having a safe place to take my kids while we go to work is very comforting. KinderCare has been in our lives for over seven years and they have provided more for our two children than simply daycare. Both kids have experienced the same curriculum, and in some cases, the same teacher. Each classroom is balanced between free play, music, art, and other structured activities and both my children are happy every day when I pick them up. The center’s administrative staff is always responsive to my questions and feedback, and they have never hesitated to try to accommodate a special request. In a few years, both of my children will be too old to attend KinderCare, but I will continue to refer the center to all my friends and family.

- Parent

Being at South Chandler KinderCare has been a very positive experience for both of my sons and the whole family. This is our fifth year our children have attended and we love it! Our oldest son had a little bit of a tough time transitioning from toddler to independent school-ager, and Ms. Megan was wonderful in assisting us with coming up with a plan for success. We wanted him to make good choices on his own by the time he began kindergarten, and were concerned with some of the behaviors he was exhibiting. Megan and his two teachers sat down with us to come up with a plan of action for how certain behaviors were going to be addressed and what consequences they would hold. Although it was a rough start, the transformation at the end has been wonderful! Through the persistent reinforcement of positive behavior, my oldest son has become a respectful and responsible little man! We love Megan and the team and feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility to call ours!

- Parent
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