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Union Hills KinderCare

Mrs. Ruth Mannett, 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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Right at the tip of the 101 and I-17, 1 mile S of 101 and 1 W of I-17


At our learning center, our teachers are dedicated to educating young children -- socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually -- from the ages of six 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. 

Mrs. Ruth Mannett, 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.

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.

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.

  • Mrs. Ruth Mannett

    Mrs. Ruth Mannett, Center Director

    The opportunity to work with parents and children is such an honor! I hope to be able to bring a sense of family to all who enter through our doors!

    Ruth has been in the Early Childhood Education field for more than ten years. Ruth began her journey with KinderCare as a preschool teacher and moved to different roles such as program specialist and assistant director. Ruth is passionate in her career for helping children during their early years. She is currently working towards receiving her Bachelor's degree in Family and Human Development. She loves to be able to use the knowledge gained from those classes to help those in her center. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chrysanthemum & Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Family & Human Development(In Progress)
  • Ms. Ruth Mannett

    Ms. 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!

    Ms. Ruth has worked as the Assistant Director since December of 2014. She is currently going to school to get her bachelor's degree. Ms. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming Assistant Director, Ms. Ruth worked as a Preschool and Prekindergarten Teacher for KinderCare since 2007.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Human Development (In Progress)
  • Ms. Santana

    Ms. Santana, Infant Classroom

    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:
    Ms. Santana has previously worked as an Assistant Teacher at Mt. San Antonio College's child care center.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement
  • Ms. Elisa Hoffman, Infant Classroom

    I find it rewarding to be a part of the infants growth and watching them master their first milestones.

    Ms. Elisa started working for KinderCare in 2002 as the cook and then a year later she became the infant teacher at the Fletcher Heights location. In May of 2017 Ms. Elisa transferred to the Union Hills KinderCare to join our Infant teaching team. She loves working with the little ones in the infant room and to be able to see them grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Angel

    Ms. Angel, Third in Charge

    I love watching the children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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, where she teaches new songs and stories and her class learns about the world around them!

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Liz has been in the child care industry for close to nine years. She originally is from Illinois, but has lived in several states throughout 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Zahra

    Ms. Zahra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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 every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Zahra has previously worked as an Assistant Director at another child care facility.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tyler Black, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to see the faces of the children when they learn and understand new things!

    Ms. Tyler has been in the early childhood education field since 2006 as a nanny or other learning centers. Ms. Tyler started with KinderCare in February of 2016. She enjoys her career because it gives her the opportunity to teach children and see them get excited about learning new things.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alyssa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 faces 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 before and to broaden their horizons. She wants to help give them the tools needed to effectively communicate and work well with all their peers.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Floater

    Every day I love caring for the children at our center.

    Ms. Emily started with KinderCare in October of 2014. Previously she has worked in other facilities for the past ten years. She has taken early childhood education courses from Phoenix College, 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has worked at other child care facilities for the past ten years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education courses
  • 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 of her own, which has given her years of experience in early child care. She has attended Paradise Valley Community College and studied early childhood development.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Serbian, Russian

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 you 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 Union Hills 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 for and satisfied with all the providers at KinderCare!

- Mother

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

- Mother

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