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Power Ranch KinderCare

Ms. Darby Velarde, Center Director

3269 East Germann RD. Gilbert AZ 85297
(480) 279-5106 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Corner of Higley and Germann, Next to Sonic and Walgreens. 5 miles off the 202

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
San Tan, Power Ranch, Coronado, Centennial, Benjamin Franklin - Starting fall 2017, we will no longer bus to any schools.

Welcome

We would love to welcome you to our center anytime to take a tour and meet our wonderful teachers. We have an open door policy and we encourage our families to be part of the process and share their lives with us! We hope to see you soon.

Ms. Darby Velarde, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

Cooking

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.

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

Power Ranch KinderCare would like to introduce you to the lead teachers from each classroom. We strive to create a fun, challenging work environment that fosters teamwork, inspires excellence, and encourages the contribution of all our teachers. Our teachers are dedicated to not only the education of their students, but to themselves as well--many of our staff members hold degrees, child development certificates, and/or are seeking further education.

  • Ms. Darby Velarde

    Ms. Darby Velarde, Center Director

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

    Ms. Darby has worked with every age group, giving her a well-rounded perspective of the needs of every child. Her favorite thing about this job is all the wonderful relationships she has made with the children and their families throughout the years. She strongly believes that every child and family that enters the center becomes part of her KinderCare family. Her role is to lead and manage all aspects of our center. Ms. Darby's focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality care and education. KinderCare is her home away from home and Ms. Darby is looking forward to many more years with the KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Pat Bell

    Ms. Pat Bell, Assistant Director

    Ms. Pat has one son and two grandchildren. She has worked for KinderCare for 11 years, spending time teaching in classrooms, acting as management, and offering staff support. She loves being able to help children grow and help teachers develop into great leaders. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pat has worked for 15 years in elementary, middle, and high school special education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/12/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Paraeducator Certificate
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    "I love seeing the children's eyes light up when they learn something new!

    Ms. Robin brings so many new learning experiences to the older toddlers every day! With her vast knowledge and expereince in childcare, she makes every day in class an amazing one!

    Year Started:
    1/13/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Sandee

    Ms. Sandee, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the smiles on the children's faces when they learn something new!

    Ms. Sandee's amazing personality and excellent teaching techniques help our prekindergarteners get ready for kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    11/9/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Dyrce Briseno

    Ms. Dyrce Briseno, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I am inspired to make the best of an opportunity. I have the privilege of spending five days out of the week with a group of individuals whose smiles warm my heart and whose giggles tickle my soul!

    Ms. Dyrce has been at KinderCare for a short time, but has already developed lasting relationships with the children and families in her care. She loves coming in every day to see the smiles and receive so many hugs. Ms. Dyrce is a nurturing individual, so all children tend to gravitate to her. Ms. Dyrce is amazing at bringing our top notch curriculum to life. She is truly a valuable piece to our KinderCare puzzle. 

    Year Started:
    1/17/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

As a nationally accredited learning center, we prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms provide educational opportunities and exploration in learning centers such as dramatic play, science/sensory, and art for all our age groups. With these learning centers, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re here to help them succeed--and we're excited to help them on their journey!
 
The teachers and staff members are passionate about education and nurturing children. The most important thing to us is that our children leave us every day safe, nourished, and happy. We want for all of our parents to feel at ease when they leave their children with us that they are receiving quality care and education.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC

    NAC

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

Here at KinderCare, we pride ourselves on safety. When you enter our center, an exclusive code is needed to get back to our classrooms. If you are new to the center or to picking up a child from our center, we will ask for a picture ID to ensure that you are on the student's emergency card. Surrounding our center we have a six-foot iron fence and all of our doors are locked. Our playgrounds have AstroTurf and a rubber ground under all the slides. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified, along with being fingerprinted, background-checked, and TB-tested. All of our licenses and permits are current and posted in the front office along with a health and safety board that is informational for both our staff and parents at the center.

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.

My husband and I absolutely love the Power Ranch KinderCare. Not only do our kids love the school, but we feel they are safe and happy there. We have one child in the Infant Classroom and one in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. We have been with the school for two years and are amazed with the progress both of our kids are making. I love the professionalism of the staff. They are loving and truly dedicated to teaching our kids. As working parents, we know our kids are happy and growing in such positive way each and every day. Lastly, their prices are very comparable with other schools. We actually had trial days at other locations before joining KinderCare. The moment we had a trial day at KinderCare, we fell in love. We knew the investment in KinderCare was the best for our children in the long term! Thank you, teachers! You are the best!

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