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Goodyear KinderCare

Ms. Melissa Phillips, Center Director

13746 West McDowell Rd. Goodyear AZ 85338
(623) 535-1195 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Almost at the corner of Litchfield and McDowell - shopping center behind Black Angus Resturant.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dreaming Summit, Collier, Corte Sierra, Litchfield, Mabel Padgett

Welcome

Welcome to Palm Valley KinderCare, located in Goodyear, Arizona. Stop by and see what learning looks like through the eyes of a child!

Ms. Melissa Phillips, 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

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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

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

I would like to introduce you to my KinderCare family. These women have touched so many lives and inspired so many families, not just with their lesson plans and curriculum, but with the tender loving care they give each child who walks through our doors. It has been such a blessing to watch my team work together, as they inspire the future leaders of this country!

  • Ms. Melissa Phillips, Center Director

    The passion I have for KinderCare and my whole outlook on teaching is based on the amazing team and wonderful families that I have the pleasure of working with every day. I have taken all the knowledge from the many mentors in my life and used it to create a place to feel at home and build a level of trust from one family to the next.

    Ms. Melissa is happily married to her best friend and has two amazing children and seven dogs (her babies). Ms. Melissa and her family enjoy camping every chance they get! She feels the experience that she has carried with her here to KinderCare is a huge reflection on the way Goodyear KinderCare stands out from the rest.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has had the pleasure to work with so many different age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    4/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Suzy Zurawski, Assistant Director

    I enjoy working with children because they are so full of joy. They get excited over even the smallest things. It is fun to see the world through the eyes of a child, even for a moment.

    Ms. Suzy is a mother to a beautiful little girl who is getting ready to start kindergarten in the fall! She is currently working toward a degree in early childhood education. She enjoys working with children and seeing all that they can accomplish at such a young age.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Sue, Infant Classroom

    Look for solutions rather than punishments. Children need to learn how to fix their mistakes, not just pay for them.

    Ms. Sue has two wonderful grown sons and two precious grandbabies that she treasures more than anything. Family is everything to her! Ms. Sue also loves animals (she has four dogs).

    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas) by Clement Clarke Moore

    Year Started:
    8/13/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Lorraine, Toddler Classroom

    Have I told you today how amazing you are?

    Ms. Lorraine (Rainey) is the proud mother of four amazing children. She now has three beautiful granddaughters to spoil as well!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    6 Seeds Certification
  • Ms. Sylvia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired by knowing what a great impact I have on all the children.

    Ms. Sylvia is a mother and grandma who enjoys working with her students and coworkers alike. She is always a team player and ready to share a good laugh!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    2/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Shareah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and learn new things each day!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Patty, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of my day is walking into work and seeing all the beautiful smiling faces!

    Ms. Patty is married with three beautiful children. She is always a team player with a contagious smile!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Erica, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children's faces light up when they have accomplished something new.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Joylin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    To teach is to touch lives forever!

    Ms. Joylin has three children and two sons-in-law who she adores with all her heart. She has two beautiful grandchildren who have proudly attended KinderCare. Ms. Joylin considers all the staff to be her family as well. She truly believes that in order to be a great teacher, you have to love each child as an individual!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joylin previously owned and operated her own preschool in her home country of Guyana.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

    Year Started:
    5/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Degree in Early Child Education
  • Ms. Linda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If you put it in their lives at an early age, they will always draw from it!

    Ms. Linda has been married to her wonderful husband for over 36 years. She has three successful sons and daughters-in-law and eight beautiful grandchildren!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda enjoyed working in the Chicago school district for four years before moving here to the sunny state of Arizona.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Here at Goodyear KinderCare, we pride ourselves on not only educating your children, but truly becoming part of your extended family. We welcome you to stop by and meet our wonderful teachers and see for yourself all the amazing things we have to offer you and your family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

Here at Goodyear KinderCare, health and safety is something we take very seriously. A keypad entry system on our front door and a fenced playground are just a few of the many ways we keep your most prized possession safe.

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.

If you are looking for a good daycare for your child, then KinderCare is definitely not for you! The fact of the matter is that Goodyear KinderCare is much, much more than that. It is actually comparable to an institution of higher learning...for children. Each and every week, my wife and I are trying to figure out just what our (now two-and-a-half-year-old) daughter is talking about, because at KinderCare, she is always being exposed to and learning new and exciting things. For example, as our daughter's vocabulary is rapidly expanding, she came home trying to communicate with us and we had no idea what she she was saying. This frustrated her tremendously, and as she continued to lead us to the refrigerator to show us what she wanted (since we obviously weren't getting it and her patience wore thin), so she reached in and grabbed a water bottle. My wife and I were dumbfounded when we suddenly realized that what we had mistaken for "baby talk" when she said "agua" was her communicating a new Spanish word that she had learned at KinderCare for "water"!  Things like this are a weekly occurrence that we have grown accustomed to, but have become "wiser" as parents in making certain that we have a copy of the "lesson plans" that are made available ahead of time so that we can keep up with her! Perhaps most importantly, they also continue to indulge her belief and make her feel as if she is indeed a real life "Princess," and the smile that her "Royal Highness" displays day in and day out is worth far more than money can ever buy! 

- Parents

I had looked at a couple of other places for daycare for our son but it just never felt right, so my search continued. When I walked in Goodyear KinderCare in August of 2011, I knew immediately I had found our “home” for our son. I still remember the day I met Melissa Phillips. She took my son and I around the facility and introduced me to a couple of the teachers. I did not feel like anyone was putting on a display of their best behavior because someone new was taking a look. Melissa and the teachers were real, loving, and personable. As I left there, I immediately called my husband and told him that KinderCare was the place for us! Our son was almost a year old when he started in the first week of September. My family and I were greeted with warmth, care, and support. The teachers have always treated us like family and made us feel appreciated and special. As he became older and transitioned to different classes it was very easy for them to help support us as he was becoming more independent and, as he says, “getting big.” When he was in the Discovery Preschool Classroom, we brought in our three-month-old daughter to join KinderCare as well. I cannot even begin to express the “mother-like” care Ms. Brenda gave to her. She adores my daughter and my daughter adores her. As a mom, you want the person who is going to be watching your child to simply love your child. I have never once felt like even one teacher did not love my children. In fact it is the exact opposite, and through their love, my children have been given a chance to learn, explore, and find their own personalities. From each class my kids have been in to each teacher who has helped my husband and I mold our children into who they have and are becoming.
Anytime someone asks me where I take my kids to school, my response is simple…Goodyear KinderCare. I have had plenty of my friends and family who bring their kids to KinderCare. I will continue to refer children because of the way my family is consistently treated.
 Melissa and all of the teachers will always hold a special place inside our hearts…

- Parents

The staff is always so warming and kind, always greeting you with every arrival and departure. They are kind and sweet and so very loving toward my child. They have made a home here for him. He is always happy when at school. Thank you so much, Goodyear KinderCare!

- Mother

My children have been at Goodyear KinderCare a total of 18 months, one from six weeks to now 18-month-old and the other from two-and-a-half years to presently four years of age. All the teachers have been really good with my children and very involved with their learning--even just a passerby from a different class has always been very loving, caring, and knowledgeable. My four-year-old did not speak well at all when he first came here. He has made drastic improvement since starting at KinderCare, way more than I expected. This will help him all throughout his life! Thank you, Goodyear KinderCare!

- Mother

My daughter has been here for a total of three years and it has been a fantastic experience. She loves the teachers and the interaction with the other children. Now that she is in the School Age Classroom, the teachers and management ensure she is safely transported to school and back and help her with her homework as well as life skills to strengthen her future. Thanks so much to Melissa and team!

- Mother

Every member of this center takes fantastic care of every foster child I've trusted them with. They give them love and respect. This team is an amazing group of educators!

- Foster Parent

During our roughest times, the Goodyear KinderCare staff treated me and my four children like family. The staff were the best and very caring. I would highly recommend this facility to any parents looking for a bright, clean, fun environment for their children. Thank you ladies for everything, I appreciate everything you all did to make us feel welcome. God bless you all.

- Mother
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