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Estrella KinderCare

Dana Brady, Center Director

15630 W. Van Buren St. Goodyear AZ 85338
(623) 882-0870 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Right off the I-10 on Estrella Parkway and Van Buren, the Northwest Corner

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Centerra Mirage, Desert Thunder, Copper Trails, Odyssey Preparatory Academy, Wildflower, and Incito School

KinderCare on Estrella Parkway continues to provide the Goodyear area with consistent and well-balanced educational programs - and a facility the community can count on! Our facility was designed with the developmental needs of young children in mind. Every component of the indoor and outdoor spaces is a learning environment and serves as a brick and mortar extension of the school's philosophy and goals. We are fully licensed by the State of Arizona Department of Social Services. Our center operates as a giant family & we have many center-wide events that promote relationships amongst all of our families and staff.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Nationally Accrediated Estrella KinderCare Learning Center. As a nationally accredited learning center we are preparing your child for success in school and beyond. We recognize that our jobs as educators is most impactful to a child's future and take this to heart every single day. We are excited to meet with you and your family about how we can help meet your childs educational needs.

Dana Brady, Center Director

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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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

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  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

Our staff has a combined experience of over 120 years working as educators!

  • Dana Brady

    Dana Brady, Center Director

    Children see magic because they look for it." ― Christopher MooreI

    ~~It is with great excitement that I take this opportunity to introduce myself as your center director. I come to this center with years of knowledge and experience with the company and am eager to begin my new role here at the Estrella location.
     It is my commitment to you to ensure that you and your child receive the highest quality care and service from us. 

    Previous Experience:
    Dana initially started with KinderCare in 2003 as a center director in Lindenhurst, Illinois. In 2008, she moved to Texas and continued to work as a director in Mansfield until 2009. Then returning to KinderCare in 2016 in our Arizona market.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree ~ by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    A. A. Degree
  • Erin Dewhirst

    Erin Dewhirst, Assistant Director

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

    Erin began working for KinderCare in August of 2013 when she became Curriculum Specialist at Laveen KinderCare. During her time at the center she also taught Discovery Preschool and School Agers. Her passion as a teacher was to provide an exciting and challenging environment for children to flourish in. As a parent herself, she understands the amount of trust a family places in its child's teacher; for as educators, we are responsible for caring for another person's most precious possession. As an Assistant Center Director, Erin strives to provide each family with a welcoming, understanding, and safe environment for their children to gain a good foundation for a lifetime of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Erin has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over ten years. She has taught in all age groups, while also being apart of management teams, and a curriculum specialist.
    Year Started:
    8/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    CDA, Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle, Program Specialist/School Age Teacher

    My favorite quotes are: 'Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.' and 'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.' -Benjamin Franklin

    Miss Danielle is 33 years-old and has been married for 15 years. She has three beautiful daughters, ages 12, 5 and 4. She has worked in Early Childhood Education field in Tucson, AZ for 15 years and with KinderCare since 2008, until her husband's job located them to the Phoenix Valley. Miss Danielle is happy to work with such an amazing company that has awesome centers all over the country, who are committed to the education of young children. In Miss Danielle's free time she loves spending it with her family playing games and going to the movie theaters.

    Year Started:
    2/11/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Jamie

    Miss Jamie, Toddlers

    I love working with toddlers because of the amount of growth taking place at this age. They are sponges absorbing everything! My favorite part of the day is circle time, which allows me to witness the excitement on their faces as we together discover something new that parallels alongside with their development.

    Miss Jamie is 27 years-old and she has four beautiful children under the age of 6. Miss Jamie loves to travel, read, and spend time with her kids, while also enjoying attending sporting events and taking them to the movie theaters.

    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Toddlers

    Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.

    Miss Danielle is 24 years-old and spent her childhood in Arizona and Colorado. She has two young boys. Miss Danielle is currently enrolled at GCU, working towards completing her Elementary Education degree. Her dream is to one day become a Principal, able to help teachers, students and the community.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Currently Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Irma

    Ms. Irma, Toddlers/ Twos Classroom

    I love teaching at a preschool learning facility! Seeing the smiling faces while they are learning and discovering something new everyday melts my heart!

    Ms. Irma is 36 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She started in KinderCare in 2008 in Washington. She moved to Arizona in early 2016 where she recently married her best friend. Ms.Irma loves spending time with her three beautiful children. Ms. Irma is also our fantastic Learning Adventures teacher, where she daily spends one-on-one time with students to give extra help with phonics.

    Year Started:
    9/4/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Toddlers

    I love working with the toddlers, as it gives me the joy and honor in watching them first hand grow and accomplish so much at a young age.

    Miss Denise is 36 years-old. She is orginially from California. Miss Denise is happily engaged, with two beautiful children, an 15 month-old and a 15 year-old. She enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her lovely family.

    Year Started:
    9/11/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Liza

    Ms. Liza, Discovery Preschool A

    My favorite part about teaching is witnessing my two year-olds reach their big milestones, and knowing I helped them get there!

    Miss Liza was born and raised in Arizona. When she is able, Miss Liza volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul, preparing food boxes. In her free time she likes to read, visit the movie theaters and spend time with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    3/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Mayeli

    Ms. Mayeli, Discovery Preschool A

    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!

    Miss Mayeli is 36 years-old and from Modesto, CA. She has been married for 18 years and has three children. Miss Mayeli likes to take bike rides with her kids to the park and enjoys attending church on Sunday with her family. 

    Year Started:
    3/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool B

    I love teaching two year-olds because the children have so many different personalities, and it's so much fun to see them grow and learn together.

    Miss Valerie is from California yet was raised in Arizona with her mom, sister and their family dogs. In her free time she enjoys to visiting her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    9/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA, Enrolled in Early Childhoo Education Degree
  • Miss Elizabeth

    Miss Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool A

    I love working with the two year-olds and having the chance to teach them to be free and creative. Every day I learn something new from them. My days are never boring. I have a blast with my two year-olds.

    Miss Elizabeth joined the KinderCare team in April of 2016. She is currently working towards a degree in Social Work. She plans on using her degree to work with children and families who are in need of help. She loves to sing and read to the kids. She is a hugger!

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Some Credits in Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Karla

    Ms. Karla, Preschool

    Teaching has always been my passion, and teaching in the Preschool classroom has been an amazing experience for me. I love the exciting everyday challenges and seeing the smile I help bring to my student's faces. Every single child I have ever taught holds a special place within my heart.

    Miss Karla is 34 years-old and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to Arizona in 2007 and has been with this KinderCare since 2009, when it opened. Miss Karla has two beautiful daughters. In her free time she enjoys shopping, visiting the movie theaters, and listening to music.

    Year Started:
    7/17/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    AA Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool

    I love the three year-old age group I help teach alongside Miss Karla. I enjoy having full conversations with these tiny humans who have the best imaginations! They bring a smile to my face everyday!

    Miss Kelly is 20 years-old and is currently enrolled in college, working on her nursing degree. Her goal is to be a Pediatric RN at Phoenix Children's Hospital one day. Miss Kelly is originally from Seattle, WA but Arizona is now her home and she loves it! With her focus on school work, there is not much time for hobbies for her yet, although some day she'd love to be a mother of lots of puppies and little ones!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in the Goodyear Elementary School District
    Year Started:
    8/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Enrolled in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ginean

    Ms. Ginean, Pre-Kindergarten

    My favorite quote is: 'Every kid is one caring Adult away from being a success story.' -Josh Ship. This is why I love being a teacher and I will never give up on any student of mine. They are our future.

    Miss Ginean is originally from Idaho before she moved to Goodyear, AZ in 2015. She has been teaching children for over 11 years and she enjoys watching children learn and grow. Miss Ginean has a 13 year-old son who will be in 8th grade and she is very proud of him. In her free time, Miss Ginean loves to dance, sing, and be crafty!

    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    CDA, Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love being a teacher because children always seem to bring a smile to your face even when you're going through rough times. They brighten up your day no matter what. The best part of being a teacher is the hugs you get everyday from them.

    Miss Maria is originally from Mexico before moving to U.S. when she was 6 years-old. Since she was little Miss Maria would tell her mom how she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. As a teenager she would help volunteer in her school to help teach the younger students, as well as babysit within her community. Miss Maria and her husband have two beautiful boys and they love spending every moment they have with them. Miss Maria is glad to say that she is a teacher to both of them while she works here at Estrella KinderCare. She loves her job and does not think she would ever change anything.

    Year Started:
    12/7/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Daisy

    Ms. Daisy, Preschool/Floater

    I love being a part of my student's everyday lives, and being able to observe them grow is a daily reward for me.

    Miss Daisy has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 10 years now. As a little girl she knew even then she desired to teach children. Miss Daisy is happily married and has 5 wonderful boys under the age of 15. She is originally from California, and now reside in Phoenix. In her spare time, Miss Daisy spends it with her family where they love to be at the park having picnics and going camping.

    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    CDA

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

          

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day, as well as President's Day and Columbus Day for Training.

Health and Safety

At Estrella Mountain KinderCare we require all of our staff to be up-to-date on both CPR and First Aid certifications. Our facility also features a keypad entry door in our lobby, as well as fenced and locked gates on our playgrounds.

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

The staff and leadership are exceptional. I feel that a safe and loving enviroment is being provided to my children daily. I absolutely love bringing my children and they love being here as well! You all are extended family! Thank you!

- Foster Parent

Having to leave a child at daycare will make any parent feel nervous and uncertain.  With my 3 year old son in Kindercare, I am confident that he is being taught by the most loving and caring staff. Nothing makes me feel more secure than seeing my son hug his teachers and greeting them hello, or asking if he could stay longer when I come to pick him up.  I am infinitely grateful to the staff at Kindercare for providing a place for my son to laugh, learn, and feel loved.  Thank you.
 

- Father

I appreciate everything that KinderCare has given my family and I. It's a pleasant experience and I'd recommend this facility to anybody that is looking to see their child grow and truly be happy to go to school.

- Mother
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