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Mesa KinderCare

Elisabeth Jaqua, Center Director

1204 Mesa Rd. Colorado Springs CO 80904
(719) 473-2620 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
North East corner of Uintah and Mesa Roads.


Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bristol, West, and Howbert

Our building has an open layout with sky lights. We have large playgrounds and are in a wonderful nature setting often seeing deer and other fun wildlife.

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Welcome to the Mesa KinderCare Learning Center! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We're all confident that once you visit you'll love our educated, warm and nurturing staff as well! If there is anything we can do to accomodate your family's needs please don't hesitate to let us know!

Elisabeth Jaqua, 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

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 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.

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.

Happy Feet & Dance

Teachers & Staff

At Mesa KinderCare, it is our passion to make a difference in your child’s life. Our educated and nurturing staff are committed to develop the whole child and prepare them for the future. With careful implementation of our structured curriculum, high standards of health and safety, along with daily communication, you can be assured our center is the right choice for you and your family. - Elisabeth Jaqua, Center Director

  • Elisabeth Jaqua

    Elisabeth Jaqua, Center Director

    I love what I do because it really is so much more than just a job. I love that I have a daily opportunity to create partnerships with the parents and/or grandparents of the children in my center. I find joy in creating a safe, fun & nurturing educational environment for the children. With the knowledge that I am making a positive difference in the lives of the children, the families and the teachers in my center feel that I am exactly were I am meant to be.

    Elisabeth has approximately twelve years of experience in the childcare field. She has been at the Mesa KinderCare for just over five years. Elisabeth has three children of her own and two grandchildren! She loves the interactions she has with the families and staff at KinderCare. She puts her heart into everything she does.

    Previous Experience:
    My previous experience includes four years of teaching all preschool age groups, from infants to school age. I enjoyed the exposure I had to all of the age groups but most of my teaching was in the Toddler classroom at PPCC. I became Center Director at a privately owned childcare center for approximately three years before finding my home, here, at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Catapillar, by Eric Carle
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Large Center Director Qualified, AAS in ECE
  • Cindy Whitney

    Cindy Whitney, Assistant Director

    I love my job and coming to work every day. Being able to interact with the families and spending time in each of the classrooms with the children brightens my day. Watching children learn new skills and realizing they are able to do something by themselves gives me great joy.

    Cindy has 15 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Development and has been at the Mesa Center for two years. Cindy has two grown children that she has home schooled through junior high and high school. She loves to come to work everyday and make a difference in the lives of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Cindy gained experience from 1983 to 1991 in various childcare capacities. She worked with children of all age groups as well as taught preschool and served as assistant director at a different facility. She was hired with KinderCare in 2010 after taking time to raise her own children. Since then, she worked as a cook and as a preschool teacher before stepping into the assistant director role.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the The Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Certificate of Early Childhood Education, Director Certificate
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Toddler Classroom

    I am passionate about my job because I love teaching children all that I can, and to help them grow in life.

    Ms. April has worked for us for 7 years, after volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club for two years. She is part of our Toddler Teaching duo, and she is also our Third in Charge.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. April had two years of early childhood experience when she came to join our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, CDA
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming to work eachday and seeing the smiling faces of the children. It makes my day when I see them learning and grasping something for the first time.

    Ms. Haley has been here with Mesa KinderCare for about a year and is now part of our dynamic teaching duo in the Toddler Classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Haley worked at various child care centers for about 5 years prior to coming to Mesa KinderCare.
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    What I love most about teaching is watching the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Anna worked at a KinderCare location in another state for about a year, prior to transferring to Mesa KinderCare. She is now our fabulous younger Discovery Preschool Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anna has worked for various other child care centers for about 10 years prior to gainin a teaching position at a KinderCare in another state.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book, by Dr. Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, CDA
  • Ms. Kay

    Ms. Kay, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy making a difference in the positive learning and interactions with others. I like to enhance their growth in all dimensions, for both everyday activities and life long skills.

    Kay has taught Prek through 12th grades in physical and health education. She has taught in public, private and charter schools as well. Her most recent position was out in Falcon at a charter school teaching Prek through 8th grade in Physical Education Adventure. Her education includes Bachelor of Science in Health and PE and additional continued education classes. Kay is an outdoor person and likes floral and organic gardening. Travel and music are big parts of her life as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kay has been in the education field for 25+ years, primarily working with PreKindergarten through 12th grade students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Mr. Brown can Moo, can You?"
    Years in ECE industry:
    Professional Teacher License, B.S. in Health and Physical Education
  • Ms. Cathy S.

    Ms. Cathy S., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to watch children learn and grow, and to know that I can be there to help guide them. To make a small difference in their life makes me feel successful in mine. I can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by being a good role model and responding to their needs while their family members are out for the day.

    Ms. Cathy has been with us for two years and and we are blessed that she has found a home in our Discovery Preschool room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy spent fifteen years at another center prior to joining the Mesa KinderCare team.
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, AAS in ECE
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to create, play, and utilizing imagination as a tool for children to learn and grow.

    Ms. Sandra came to us first as a parent and then decided to become part of our fantastic teaching team about a year ago. She has since been teaching in our Preschool classroom instilling creativity and wonderful memories for the children in her classroom. Ms. Sandra is Teacher of the Month for April 2015!!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandra worked at another child care center in the area for a couple years prior to finding a home at Mesa KinderCare.
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Suzanne

    Ms. Suzanne, Preschool Classroom

    I love that I can explore and discover new things with the children and that I learn as much from them as they learn from me everyday!

    Ms. Suzanne has over 20 years in the early childhood education field, starting her first job in Sioux Falls, S.D. Since then she has enjoyed working in many different classrooms of all age groups of children. She has worked as a nanny for 7 years for a family here in Colorado. We are thrilled that Suzanne has recently joined our team here at Mesa KinderCare. She is now inspiring and creating as a co teacher in our Preschool classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Suzanne has over 20 years experience in the ECE field.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher Qualified, AAS and BA
  • Ms. Cathy C.

    Ms. Cathy C., Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love being a teacher because I love the children, their excitement, and wonder.

    Ms. Cathy has been part of the team here at Mesa KinderCare for two years and she does a wonderful job teaching in our Prekindergarten room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy has a background teaching preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten.
    Years in ECE industry:
    38 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, AAS in ECE & AAS in English and Humanities
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I love that I learn something everyday from the kids! I love the excitement they have when they learn something new through the adventures of  the learning we do everyday.

    Courtney is originally from Texas and she has been married for almost a year now! She enjoys reading, hiking and traveling! She loves being in Colorado Springs with the mountains and new things to explore!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney has worked with children aged 2 through 9 years old in varying positions to include being a nanny and some volunteer work as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Child Called It"
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, School Age Classroom

    I love my job because I enjoy inspiring children's creativity, imagination, growth and development. Kids make every day worthwhile.

    Ms. Nikki has been with us for four years. She has worked in all of the classrooms, as well as being a cook in the kitchen. She is now one of our fantastic School Age Teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nikki worked with district 11 for two years before joining our center.
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Ariane

    Ms. Ariane, School Age Classroom

    I love that I can help make an impact and inspire children.The smiles and unconditional love reciprocated from children and staff is why I come to work each day.

    Ms. Ariane came to us with over a decade of experience working with children and found a perfect fit with our team at Mesa KinderCare. She is now one of our fantastic School Age Teachers. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ariane has worked with children for the past 12 years to include both volunteer work at youth centers and leadership positions as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, Bachelors in HDFS
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, ECT Float

    It inspires me to see the childrens eagerness to learn and the excitement on their faces when they learn something new.

    Ms. Amanda has been with KinderCare Learning Centers for about 16 years. She has been a teacher, an Assistant Director, a Center Director and is now teaching eager minds at Mesa KinderCare. Ms. Amanda has been here for about a year and is now creating magic in all of our classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has worked for KinderCare, at a couple different locations for 15 years prior to coming to us here at Mesa KinderCare about a year ago.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Lead Teacher Qualified, Director Letter
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Assistant Teacher Float

    I love that I can come to work everyday and make a difference in children’s lives. It inspires me to come to work each day because I get to see all of the childrens faces light up with smiles.

    Ms. Annie joined our team a little over 6 months ago and continues to assist the teachers in helping the children to learn and grow at every turn. She supports our teaching staff as an Assistant Teacher and can be found in various classrooms through out the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Annie has worked with children for about 6 years to include different positions, such as a volunteer and as an Assistant Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Assistant Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Kitchen & Float

    I am inspired to come to work each day because I love to cook and see the chilldren everyday. I love working in a positive environment and that each day holds new learning and experience.

    Ms. Julie has worked in the food service industry for 4 decades prior to working her culinary magic in our kitchen here at Mesa KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie has about 40 years experience in the food service industry.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Moose a Muffin, by Laura Numeroff
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than a year
    40 years in Food Service Industry

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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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our building is a safe, clean, and healthy environment to promote learning. Part of our safety is the keypad entry to enter the center. Our teachers are all first aid and CPR certified to ensure the healthy and safety of your children. When children are picked up at the end of the day we verify the ID of the pick up person to ensure they're an authorized guardian for the child or children they're taking out of the center.

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I chose KinderCare for my daughter to improve her social skills since she is an only child, and to improve her vocabulary in English language since I speak a foreign language to her at home and I am  happy to say my daughter is bilingual! I feel very secure and happy every time I leave my daughter to her teacher because I know she is in good hands. I put my hands together to all the staff at KinderCare for having a lot of patience to all the kids that they care of. And lastly even though the daily report is through email my daughter's teacher always let me know what my daughter does regardless if it is a bad or good behavior. I am so glad that I chose KinderCare.

- Mother

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