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Union Hills KinderCare

April Haning, Center Director

3524 West Union Hills Dr. Glendale AZ 85308
(623) 492-9178 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
N. side of Union Hills just West of 35th Ave.

Right at the tip of the 101 and I-17, 1 mile S of 101 and 1 W of I-17

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Challenge Charter, Mirage, Sunrise, and Shadow Mountain

This Center has long term staff, low turnover,and an open floor plan. They feature a small family atmosphere, and are a quality first Center through the state. They also have real grass in their playground!

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At our learning center, our teachers are dedicated to educating young children -- socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually -- from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old. We believe the early years are crucial for later learning. We've designed our school's environment to be a place for students to learn, explore, play and connect through mutual trust and respect. We are a community of learners. We encourage family involvement so we can work as a team to give children the best possible learning experience. We pride ourselves on being an extended family to all children in our programs. 

April Haning, 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.

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.


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

The teachers and staff at The Union Hills KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of ten years in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of our teachers are going back to school for a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Union Hills KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • April Haning

    April Haning, Center Director

    Working with children is my career and passion. Improving the quality of care of education is my goal in life.

    April has over eight years of experience working with children and families. Throughout her time with KinderCare, April has successfully overseen the program implementation and design, strengthened community relationships and involvement, established rapport and trust with children, parents and staff, developed a team of professionals who have rebuilt the reputation of the organization, and created sustainability that promotes the further growth and quality of the company in the years to come. April has a strong love and dedication to the field of education, which gives her the drive needed to lead effectively in this diverse and ever-changing industry. Her key motive is to ensure that organization’s missions, values and standards are met precisely and in timely manners. April continues to strive toward excellence within her position in order to ensure that her staff is passionate about the children they inspire and engage!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ruth Mannett

    Ruth Mannett, Assistant Director

    I love to being able to work with parents for what is the best for their child. Taking care of the most precious things in your life is our job!

    Ruth has worked as the Assistant Director since December of 2014. Before that she has worked as a preschool and prekindergarten teacher for KinderCare since 2007. She is currently going to school to get her Bachelor's in Family and Human Development. Ruth has been able to find what she truly loves to do and hopes to be able to share that joy and passion with the families that attend the school.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Angel

    Ms. Angel, Third in Charge

    I love watching the children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. Melissa loves music! She incorporates songs into her daily curriculum in the infant room. Ms. Melissa creates strong bonds with the families she works with and continues to keep in touch with families even after their child has moved up into the Toddler room.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Janell

    Ms. Janell, Infant Classroom

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Janell loves working with children of all ages but her passion is for the younger children. She loves how impressionable they are because everything you say or do they take in and absorb it. What brings Ms. Janell the most joy is when a child accomplishes something, and they are so proud, they grin from ear-to-ear. Knowing that she helped them to grow and learn makes her job worth it.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rada

    Ms. Rada, Toddler Classroom

    I like spending time with kids. I spent 20 years in accounting, and I would never go back. I love that I am helping children learn and grow.

    Ms. Rada incorporates movement and music into her curriculum. She loves circle time - teaching new songs and stories where her class learns about the world around us!

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    Amber has worked for KinderCare for approximately two years now. During that time she has attended education classes from Paradise Valley Community College. Amber loves to sing, dance, and play with the children in the classroom.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Santana

    Ms. Santana, Toddler

    I love seeing each child grow and develop each day. It is such a great opportunity to be able to be a part of the nurturing support system and watch them to continue learning.

    Ms. Santana was born and raised in southern California. She has always had a passion for working with children but decided to go to school for law enforcement while working at a child development center. After the birth of her son she realized her true calling and passion was in early childhood education. To provide a better life for her son and to seek better opportunities her family decided to move to Arizona.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant teacher at Mt. San Antonio College child care center
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Law Enforcement
  • Ms. Zahra, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy experiencing the uniqueness of each child in my classroom.

    Ms. Zahra joined KinderCare in July of 2014. Before that she was an assistant director at another child care facility. She loves seeing the children grow, laugh, and learn everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director at other child care facility
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Reyna

    Ms. Reyna, Discovery Preschool

    My job is so important to me. I love to teach, make a difference in a child's life and provide love and care

    Ms. Reyna has worked at KinderCare since July of 2005 and has dedicated herself to teaching and making a difference in every child’s life by providing a wide variety of arts and crafts for them to expand their imagination and learning skills.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool

    I enjoy teaching children and learning from them as well. Seeing children work as if I did not exist in the classroom means that I am doing my job, which I love very much!

    Ms. Ashley has worked in the Early Child Education industry for about 14 years. She first started out as a teacher assistant at a Montessori School. She made her way to Kindercare in 2011 and really enjoyed working for this amazing educational facility. She left briefly when she moved but recently returned in January of 2015.
    Your child's education is important to her. As a 3 year old teacher, she will always provide the learning tools that will help prepare your child for pre-kindergarten. She will also provide them developmental tools that will help your child socially, emotional and physically.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant teacher at Montessori School
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Liz, Prekindergarten

    Ms. Liz has been in the childcare industry for close to 9 years. She originally is from Illinois but has lived in several states through out the years. Her moving adventures brought her and her husband to Arizona in November 2015. Ms. Liz has two dogs named Cooper and Wrigley. She loves to be outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and exploring.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Alyssa, School Age

    I believe you can really make a difference in this world if you try hard enough. I feel that working with children accomplishes that goal.

    Ms. Alyssa has been with KinderCare since April 2016. Before that she had previous experience in other early childhood education centers. She loves working with kids and watching the excitement in their face when they accomplish something for the first time. Ms. Alyssa would like to further her education by getting a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Her main goal is to let the children experience things they never have and to broaden their horizons. She want to help give the tools needed to effectively communicate and work well with all their peers.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Floater

    I love children and making them smile.

    Ms. Melissa started with us in July of 2013. She has some college experience and she plans to continue and become a special education teacher. Her favorite part of working with children is laughing and singing with them. Ms. Melissa is always singing with her kiddos.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Floater

    Everyday I love caring for the children at our center.

    Emily started with KinderCare in October of 2014. Previously she has worked in other facilities for the past ten years. She has taken Early Education courses from Phoenix College in which she likes to implement with the children she works with. She enjoys the awesome experience she has had being able to work with your children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dijana

    Ms. Dijana, Cook

    I love working with children and I love my job here at KinderCare!

    Ms. Dijana is from Serbia. She has three sons which have given her years of experience in early child care. She has attended Paradise Valley Community College and studied early childhood development.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Serbian

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

Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

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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The staff at KinderCare is caring and kind to my child. They really take the time to understand issues that my child and our family are going through. My child is happy when I pick him up from daycare and he is proud of the work he brings home. I am thankful and satisfied with all the providers at KinderCare!

- Mother

We love it here and plan to continue with after school care when our daughter starts elementary school. Ms. Reyna is amazing! I can't say enough great thing about her. Ms. April is very helpful, understanding of my concerns and addresses them immediately. She is a wonderful manager/director. We couldn't wish for a better place.

- Mother

Ms. Reyna is great! My child loves this school. I couldn't be more pleased with the staff and other teachers. From what I've observed, everyone is happy and comfortable. We would have a hard time finding a better school. Also, the administration is always helpful and generous with their time and insights. I love this place!

- Parent

We absolutely love our KinderCare. Melissa, Samantha, Reyna, Rada, Jessica (both of them), April, and every other teacher there are so amazing with my two boys. They are always so patient and attentive with them. When people ask me where I take my sons while I'm at work, I tell them that it is more than a simple daycare center. They learn so much more than any of my other friends' children that either go to family homes or other daycare centers. I know that I will not be leaving KinderCare until the boys can take care of themselves! Thank you to all who love and care for my sweet boys.

- Mother

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