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Gilbert Road KinderCare

Mr. Joe Merenda, Center Director

500 S. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert AZ 85296
(480) 558-0739 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
On Gilbert Rd just NW of intersection with Warner

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ashland Ranch Burk Elementary Benjamin Franklin- Charter School Gilbert Arts Academy Gilbert Elementary School Imagine West- Charter School Neely Traditional Academy Sanborn Elementary Settlers Point Elementary

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Welcome to Gilbert KinderCare where the most exciting learning adventure begins. What is it that defines a good early childhood education? Is it to have your child's development nurtured? Is it to expose your child to a learning habit that will assist throughout all school progress for years to come? Is it to help your child discover the secrets of social skills? Here at our school we will help you find answers to all this questions. Our extended KinderCare family will embrace your child's needs and make your family feel like home.

Mr. Joe Merenda, 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.

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Understanding the magic of teaching Infants through School Age children is a passion that unravels under one's eyes. Teachers and staff at Gilbert KinderCare nurture and educate the children they have under their care. Their caring nature helps making children feel like home while helping them discover the mysteries of reading, writing, art, science and social skills. Using all opportunities to search for teachable moments that highlight a child's learning throughout our program is crucial, which is why their teaching plays an important role toward developing the whole child.

  • Mr. Joe Merenda, Center Director

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. Alexandra K. Trenfor

    Where do I start? I thought I was going to be a star center-fielder for the Boston Red Sox one day. That was before I struck out 76 times and recorded one hit in my first season of little league. Plan B was to make the world as happy a place for as many kids possible. That is why I love working at KinderCare. I grew up near Boston and moved to Arizona in 1992 to attend school at ASU. I'm married to my best friend, Heather, and have two beautiful children Cobey (13) and Lily (10). I love coffee, sports and socializing (always the life of the party) I can cook. I love to read. I can't fix anything. But my favorite thing about myself is being able to talk with a stranger like we've been lifelong friends. My day is complete if I can get one child to smile and laugh.

    Previous Experience:
    I have over 15 years of experience in Education, Sales, Marketing, Non Profit and Community Engagement; very customer service oriented.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham, To Kill a Mockingbird
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education BA
  • Kim Martinez, Assistant Director

    Children make you want to start life over." -Muhammed Ali

    My name is Kim! As a high-energy, customer-oriented childcare professional, I offer over 11 years of experience and tons of passion for working with children. I love meeting new families and helping to make a positive impact on their children everyday. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of my job and work hard to make every moment at Kindercare warm and welcoming. My life is busy outside of work too. I have two sons Bradley (11) and Brandon (7) that energize and inspire me to be the best mom I can be. On weekends I'm a sports mom and love to catch up with reading and movies, time permitting of course.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss Books
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate's Degree CDA
  • Ms. Laverne, Toddlers

    When one teaches, two learn". -Robert Heinlein

    A pillar of our staff, Ms. Laverne is always busy at pick-up time, meeting and greeting parents and children who have moved on to new classrooms but still love her smile and hugs. Laverne is amazing with our toddlers! Her classroom is filled with exploration, learning and interaction. She provides a language-rich experience through stories, music and instruction. This classroom is a kick-start for words, emotional intelligence and independence. "Watching the children learn is inspiring"...Ms Laverne


    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wheels On The Bus
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Ms Annalee, Toddlers

    Children see magic because they look for it." -Christopher Moore

    One of the sweetest, nicest people you'll ever meet, Ms. Annalee is exactly where she belongs in the toddler classrooms. Some of you may recognize hers as the smiling face at 6:00am drop-off. Ms. Annalee is very nurturing and loving. She is also quite artistic and the creative mind behind many of the displays you see everyday in the lobby and classrooms. Ms. Annalee is also a wonderful mom to two beautiful girls: Ellie (2) and Daisy (5 months). You'll love her as much as we do.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mortimer Go To Sleep!
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ms. Miesha, Toddlers

    Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them". - Lady Bird Johnson

    If you were asked to describe your favorite teacher, it may sound a lot like Ms. Miesha. She is kind, patient and very nurturing. Her classroom is the perfect setting to learn routine, structure and social skills. Her personality and passion for children help to open the door to discovery and wonder. Our parents rave about Ms. Miesha and the extra little things she does to make their experience at KinderCare memorable.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years, 6 mos.
  • Ms. Jackie, Two's

    Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world". -Malala Yousafzai

    Our two's classroom is growing and glowing and the credit largely goes to Ms. Jackie. Her personality has proven to be the right mix for our suddenly independent and curious twos. Ms. Jackie is very creative and ambitious and takes extreme pride in her ability to connect with children and help them as they journey through the difficult transitions of self-help and socialization. Jackie's classroom is buzzing with learning and play. Her days are difficult but Ms. Jackie understands the positive impact her teaching and guidance has on her children. It's immeasurable.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Dino In the Jungle
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Rayven, Two's

    Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do". -John Wooden

    Ms. Rayven completes us! She's amazing and easy to get to know and love. Parents and children alike are drawn to her warm and reassuring personality. She and Ms. Jackie work very well together to provide a safe, stimulating, engaging place for our twos to more carefully observe their world and nourish their active minds.Ms. Rayven lights up when children smile and her enthusiasm for learning is infectious. A terrific mom to our cute friend Amias (1), Ms. Rayven fills her spare time with reading, singing and art.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
  • Ms. Letty, Pre-K

    You always pass failure on the way to success". -Mickey Rooney

    Ms. Letty loves the challenge of working with children and is truly passionate about helping them build the skills and confidence needed to excel in Kindergarten and beyond. Her understanding of curriculum and child development is impressive and the results are inarguable. Identifying areas that children struggle is a professional area of strength for Ms. Letty and her mind immediately seeks ways to help. She starts by teaching them to see that mistakes are just part of learning and growing, always emphasizing their successes and applauding their effort. Ms Letty is a wonderful person, who selflessly spends her time outside of work helping others live happier, brighter days.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Is Your Mama a Llama?
  • Ms. Breana, Preschool Classroom

    Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see". -John W. Whitehead

    Ms. Breana tackles the tough work of Preschool with determination, passion, and patience. Her approach is driven by enthusiasm and persistence; her focus is on the individual gifts each child has to offer. An aspiring Child Psychologist, Ms.Breana has an inner drive to help children. "I love to shape the future". Where others perceive obstacles, Breana sees potential. Her Preschool classroom is a bridge to Kindergarten readiness, overflowing with the excitement of discovery and the challenges of learning. We love Ms. Breana!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chica Chica Boom Boom
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Psychology
  • Ms. Eldonna, School- Age

    We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open". -Harry Edwards

    There aren't enough superlatives to describe Ms. Eldonna's enthusiasm for Early Childhood Education or the impact she makes as she shapes the minds of our young scholars. As optimistic a person as I've met with a big heart and tremendous zest for life, Ms. Eldonna is the perfect teacher and role model for our school-age students. She appreciates the little things and brings a fresh perspective to everyone she interacts with. She believes a good classroom teacher should provide structure and establish routine, yet be flexible enough to allow students the opportunity to take possession of their learning and revel in their discovery. She makes all of us laugh!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Amanda, Multi-Age

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up". -Unknown

    Every good team needs a utility player and Ms. Amanda fills that important role here at KinderCare. Here's the thing. There is always a pressing need somewhere, but very few teachers have the perosonality, skill set and experience to seemlessly work in every classroom. Ms. Amanda aspires for a career in childcare and truly has a passion to help children. "I love seeing children hit milestones and smile." Whether working with infants or school-age children, Ms. Amanda is a true asset to our All-Star team.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
  • Ms. Talita, Multi-Age

    Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was". -Richard L. Evans

    Ms. Talita is our newest staff member but is no rookie when it comes to childcare. She comes to us from a nearby Kindercare and brings with her focus, drive and desire to make a difference everyday for our 3's and 4's. She has the right mix of personality, skills and creativity to help us achieve our goal to provide a top-quality Kindergarten readiness experience for all our children. Take a few minutes to introduce yourself and get to know Ms. Talita.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
  • Ms. Wendy, Infants

    Why fit in when you were born to stand out". -Dr. Seuss

    Sugar and spice and everything nice; that's Ms. Wendy. She's the perfect combination of love, nurture and patience. Ms. Wendy understands the importance of her job and she exceeds expectations everday in providing unmatched care for our infants. Her classroom is a bright, welcoming, sensory-filled environment for our infants to learn, grow and explore. Our parents appreciate her helpfulness, communication and easy-going personality. Trustworthiness is undoubtedly the most important factor to consider when making childcare decisions. Ms. Wendy inspires trust.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Click Clack Moo
  • Ms. Tierra, Infant

    Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children". -Unknown

    If you're reading this, you are probably getting ready to make a very important decision. Who will you trust to take care of your child when you go back to work? It has to be someone that is attentive to your child's needs. Ideally that someone has experience, a soft, easy-going demeanor and a genuine love of children. You'd drive out of your way and be willing to pay more if that person were to connect with you and your child like she was part of your family, right? That special someone I speak of is Ms. Tierra. It's hard to quantifiably measure just how important she is to our center. Ask our parents about Ms. Tierra and watch them light up; listen to their compliments and kind words; walk away feeling confident that KinderCare is the right place for your child.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
  • Ms. Kristine

    Ms. Kristine, Infant

    Children make your life important". -Erma Bombeck

    Like all of our wonderful teachers, Ms. Kristine brings a little something different to our staff. She is very smart and responsible, well beyond her years. A full-time student, Kristine spends her free hours doing what she clearly has a love and passion for: caring for our infant children. She's studying hard to be an elementary school teacher and bring years of experience working with children of all ages to our staff. " I want to be a role model for children, someone they can look up to and share their thoughts with".

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Catepillar
  • Ms. Nancy, Multi-Age

    The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives". -Robert Brault

    If you ever have a chance to visit our center, take a peek inside our our kitchen. Its, clean. Really clean. Then take a look at our children at meal time. They're eating. Really eating. Ms. Nancy is our center chef and she is world-class. Our meals are prepared with meticulous thought and care. Our children eat well-balanced meals and, with the help of Ms. Nancy, begin to understand which foods nourish and energize your body. In addition, Ms. Nancy works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our center is running at its optimal best.

    Favorite Children's Book:

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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

Our children's health and safety is a priority for us here at Gilbert/Warner KinderCare. A fenced perimeter with locked gates and code-lock entry prevent unauthorized entries from occurring. We pride ourselves with the cleanliness of our school and our Health and Safety Coordinator Morgen would be the first to vouch for it.

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

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

After being un happy at 2 other schools, I came to this Gilbert KinderCare.  I thought the Director Melissa was extremely helpful and kind. We decided to enroll our 2 kids into the school. I could not be happier. My son who is 3 who struggled with potty training is now 100% potty trained. My 4 year old daughter who has struggled with speech is now reading! In the short 3 months we have been at this school we have seen amazing things happen in our childrens lives! I completely recommend this school. 

- Mother

I just wanted to speak out and how great of a job Melissa Giboyeaux is doing at the Gilbert Road KinderCare in Gilbert, Arizona. Ever since she started with KinderCare, she has been so easy to talk to about any issues. She has been going that extra mile to help my son feel comfortable when being dropped off in the mornings. She always has a warm welcome for parents to come into her office and talk to her. She has even taken the time to contact me on how my son is doing when it has been a difficult morning drop-off. As a mother, I want my son to feel welcomed and comfortable in the mornings when being dropped off and Melissa has given me different options to ensure my son is happy. As a parent, I really appreciate her efforts and communication. Great job!

- Mother

My two girls attend KinderCare in Gilbert. We have only been here for a short time. I must say this school is amazing. The two Directors are helpful when you have a question and they are very nice. Yesterday we were all given dinner to go: pizza, cookies, and juices, really!! This goes above and beyond. I really feel like we chose the right school. Ms. Lahaina in my daughter's class is also amazing. She is teaching my daughter skills to get her ready for Kindergarten. I don't know much about daycare but I can say this is more of a school than anything! I want to thank the staff and Directors at this school for making my daughters and my family feel like we are part of their family. I will recommend KinderCare over and over again!

- Father

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