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Goodyear KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
NE corner of Litchfield & McDowell behind Black Angus

Almost at the corner of Litchfield and McDowell in a shopping center behind Black Angus Resturant.

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

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

Melissa Phillips, 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.


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.

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

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 that 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!

  • 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 everyday. 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 a level of trust from one family to the next.

    Ms. Melissa is happily married to her best friend and has 2 amazing children and 7 dogs (her babies). Melissa and her family enjoy camping every chance they get!

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has had the pleasure to work with so many different age groups, she feels the experience that she has carried with her here to KinderCare is a huge reflection on the way Palm Valley stands out from the rest.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Will Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate of Arts Degree
  • 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.

    Suzy is a mother to a beautiful little girl, who is getting ready to start Kindergarten in the fall! She is currently working towards 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
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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 2 wonderful grown sons and 2 precious grand-babies that she treasures more than anything. Family is everything to her! Ms. Sue also loves animals (she has 4 dogs).

    Favorite Children's Book:
    T'was the Night Before Christmas
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Lorraine, Toddler Classroom

    Have I told you today how amazing you are?

    Ms. Rainey is the proud mother of 4 amazing children. She now has 3 beautiful granddaughters to spoil as well!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever!
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    6 Seeds Certification
  • Ms. Sylvia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
  • Ms. Shareah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Patty, Discovery PreSchool

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

    Ms. Patty is married with 3 beautiful children. She is always a team player with a contagious smile!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Erica, Preschool Classroom

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

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Joylin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    To teach is to touch lives forever!

    Ms. Joylin has 3 children and 2 son-in-laws that she adores with all her heart. She has 2 beautiful grandchildren that 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 Pre-school in her home country of Guyana.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Diary of a Worm
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Early Child Education Degree
  • Ms. Linda, Pre-Kindergarten 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 3 successful sons and daughter-in-laws and 8 beautiful grandchildren!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda enjoyed working in the Chicago school district for 4 years previous to moving here to the sunny state of Arizona.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 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

Palm Valley KinderCare

Here at Palm Valley, 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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve early closure, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Here at Palm Valley KinderCare Health and Safety is something we take very seriously. Keypad entry 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 day care for your child, then KinderCare is definitely NOT for you! The fact of the matter is, that 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 2-1/2 yrs old) is 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 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 word that she had learned at KinderCare in Spanish for "water"!
Such is 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 for our 2 year old daughter so that "WE" can keep up with "HER"!
Oh yeah, and 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!
A normal Dad of a real life "Princess"
D'Metrid James

- 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 Kindercare Palm Valley in August of 2011 I knew immediately I had found our “home” for our son Kash. I still remember the day I met Melissa Phillips. She took Kash 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 had immediately called my husband and told him that Kindercare was the place for us!
Kash was almost a year old when he started 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 Kash 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 2’s we brought in our 3 month old daughter to join Kindercare as well. I cannot even begin to express the “mother-like” care Brenda gave to Maizie. She adores my daughter and Maizie 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 each 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, each teacher 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… Kindercare Palm Valley. 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, you and all of the teachers will always hold a special place inside our hearts…
Brandi Monroy

- 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 all so much!

- Mother

My children have been at Goodyear KinderCare a total of eighteen months, one from newborn now to eighteen-month-old and the other from two-and-a-half years to now presently four years of age. All the teachers have been really good with my children, very involved with their learning, or even just a passer by from from a different class, they have 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 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

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