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51st & Peoria KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
51st Ave Peoria on the southwest side

51st and Peoria

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Heritage, Desert Palm, Sunset, Sweetwater, Ira Murphy, Sundance, Santa Fe,

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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center on Peoria Ave. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their 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 your child'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 you always know your child is getting the best care, support, and education. We believe that curriculum should grow with your child from learning to cook to being equipped with leadership skills at the age of twelve.

Tami Bowen, 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

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?

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

KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and 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 childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Tami Bowen

    Tami Bowen, Center Director

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tami has over 20 years of experience in the childcare fiedl currenlty 10 years as center director.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Certified Center Director credential, First Aid and CPR credentials
  • Maria Melendez

    Maria Melendez, Assistant Director

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria has been in the childcare field since 2002, she 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? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Kimberlee Clark

    Ms. Kimberlee Clark, 3rd in Charge

    A person's a person, no matter how small." ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

    Previous Experience:
    Associate's Degree in Child Care and working on Bachelor's Degree in Human Services.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associates in Child Care
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infants

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

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Katy

    Ms. Katy, Infants

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

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor Degree Education
  • Ms. Trisha

    Ms. Trisha, Support Staff

    Ms. Trisha helps in all our Kinder Care classrooms.  She has great relationships with every child in our care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Toddlers

    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:
    5 years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler 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
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Kerri

    Ms. Kerri, Support Staff

    Ms. Kerri has worked for Kinder Care for the past few years, taking time off to spend with her two sons, then returning to Kinder Care as a support staff to help in all our classrooms.

  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to be a part of child's growth and development and to help put a smile on their face everyday.

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

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified, Certified Food Handlers card, Associates 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    I love to be able to show and teach the children new things that they will take with them as they get older.

    Ms. Sarah has been at this center for six years and has participated in several staff development days to continue her education. Ms. Sarah loves to do projects with her preschool class.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Angelic

    Ms. Angelic, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Angelic loves coming to Kinder Care to teach the Preschool children skills and academics that will prepare them to enter Pre Kindergarten.

  • Ms. Cherylynn

    Ms. Cherylynn, Pre Kindergarten

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    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:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Rebekah

    Ms. Rebekah, School age

    Ms. Bekah has two children and has worked in childcare for some time, she is happy to be able to support all children in the center.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Mr. Nathan

    Mr. Nathan, School Age and Bus Driver

    It's a blessing to be able to make a difference in a child's life. I also hope that as they mature they will remember some of the values I have taught them.

    Mr. Nathan has been with KinderCare since 2008 and has participated in several staff development days to continue his education. Mr. Nathan loves to teach the children magic. When it comes to teaching style Mr. Nathan takes the hands-on approach.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Certified Medical Assistant
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Schoolage and Bus Driver

    Ms. Teresa has worked with KinderCare for 2 years and has been the schoolage teacher. Teresa is very dedicated to her children and her families

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Violetta

    Ms. Violetta, Support Staff

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

  • Ms. Elida

    Ms. Elida, Cook and Bus Driver

    I love knowing that I am a part of a child's development and 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years

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

  • 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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child'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 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. At KinderCare Learning Center we 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.

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

My grandson is in Ms Cherylynn's Pre K room and I thank god everyday for these amazing women. My grandson came from another center where he had some difficulities, 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 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 everyday about her day and how much fun she had with her friends and teachers. I reccommend Kinder Care to all my friends!

- Mother

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