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51st & Peoria KinderCare

Ms. Tami Bowen, Center Director

10406 N. 51St Ave. Glendale AZ 85302
(623) 939-8319 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Heritage, Desert Palms, Sunset, Sweetwater, Ira A. Murphy, Sundance, Santa Fe


Welcome to 51st & Peoria KinderCare Learning Center. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The building blocks of our program have been created by a team of expert educators, and designed to support each milestone in children's development. Our curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best by doing and playing. It's a hands-on approach that has set us apart from other early childhood learning providers. Our curriculum is regularly updated to meet national and state standards, so parents always know their child is getting the best care, support, and education possible. We believe that curriculum should grow with children--from learning to cook to being equipped with leadership skills.

Ms. Tami Bowen, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

We are all passionate about children's happiness and growth, and work hard to provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers: It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other child care provider. Twice a year, our parent company hosts the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing children's potential and are sensitive to their individual needs.

  • Ms. Tami Bowen

    Ms. Tami Bowen, Center Director

    "I love using a tactile learning approach to create a fun and enriched learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tami has over 20 years of experience in the child care field and 10 years of experience as Center Director.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified Center Director Credential
  • Ms. Maria Melendez

    Ms. Maria Melendez, Assistant Director

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria has held many roles, including Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, and now Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kimberlee Clark

    Ms. Kimberlee Clark, Management

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Child Care; Bachelor's Degree in Human Services (In Progress)
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Maria has worked for KinderCare for several years and is excited to come to work daily to see her babies.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Katy

    Ms. Katy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Katy has a passion for teaching: She's always there to help a child out or offer support, and she loves caring for the infants.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lori is excited to play and learn with her toddler class--they are always having fun and developing together.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love being able to be a part of children's growth and development and to help put a smile on their faces every day.

    Ms. Laurie has been at this center for three years and really enjoys working with the two-year-olds. She loves taking part in the daily lives of children and seeing them smile. Ms. Laurie sees how much a child can learn from what we teach them.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified Food Handler; Associate's Degree in Psychology.
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rachel enjoys working with Discovery Preschool aged children. She likes teaching the children and watching them grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has an infectious laugh and cannot wait to be silly and have fun with the kiddos in her care!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Violetta

    Ms. Violetta, Support Staff

    Ms. Violetta helps in all our classrooms, and she loves helping all the children learn and grow.

  • Ms. Cherylynn

    Ms. Cherylynn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Cherylynn works on preparing her class for kindergarten. As a class, they participate in group projects such as making a class newspaper or a class play.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Velveteen Rabbit and The Poky Little Puppy

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Kerri

    Ms. Kerri, Support Staff

    Ms. Kerri has worked for KinderCare for the past few years, but took time off to spend with her two sons. She has now returned to KinderCare as a support staff member to help in all our classrooms.

  • Ms. Elida

    Ms. Elida, Cook / Bus Driver

    "I love knowing that I am a part of a child's development and that I feed his or her tummy.

    Ms. Elida has worked at this center for three years as the cook and bus driver. She loves making lunches for the children from scratch and then watching the smiles the children get after having a full tummy.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At 51st & Peoria KinderCare, children's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry system where only authorized family members/guardians will have the code to enter. Otherwise, a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Plus, our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

My grandson is in Ms Cherylynn's Prekindergarten Classroom and I thank God every day for these amazing women. My grandson came from another center where he had some difficulties, so I was nervous to send him to another school. The teachers and management worked with me and he has had a wonderful transition and couldn't ask for a better school. We love it here!

- Grandmother

My child has been attending 51st & Peoria KinderCare for two years. She had a hard time at first, but Ms. Sarah has helped her so much! She loves coming to school and tells me every day about her day and how much fun she had with her friends and teachers. I recommend KinderCare to all my friends!

- Mother

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