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Estrella KinderCare

Ms. 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:
South off I-10 on Estrella Parkway. 100 yards West on Van Buren.

Welcome

Welcome to the Nationally Accredited 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 and learn how we can help meet your child's educational needs.

Ms. Dana Brady, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yoga

Teachers & Staff

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

  • Ms. Dana Brady

    Ms. Dana Brady, Center Director

    It is with great excitement that Ms. Dana takes this opportunity to introduce herself as your Center Director. She comes to this center with years of knowledge and experience with the company and is eager to begin her new role here at the Estrella location. It is Ms. Dana's commitment to you to ensure that you and your child receive the highest quality care and service from her and her team. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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 before returning to KinderCare in 2016 in the Arizona market.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Erin Dewhirst

    Ms. Erin Dewhirst, Assistant Director

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

    Ms. 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 in the Discovery Preschool and School Age Classrooms. 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 their child's teacher. As an educator, Ms. Erin realizes that she is responsible for caring for another person's most precious possession. As an Assistant Center Director, Ms. 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:
    Ms. Erin has been in the early childhood education field for over ten years. She has taught all age groups, has been a part of management teams, and has served as a Curriculum Specialist.
    Year Started:
    8/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Danielle, Health and Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Danielle is 33 years old and has been married for 15 years. She has three beautiful daughters, ages 12, five, and four. She has worked in the early childhood education field in Tucson, Arizona for 15 years and with KinderCare since 2008, until her husband's job located them to the Phoenix Valley. Ms. Danielle is happy to work with such an amazing company that has awesome centers all over the country, and that is committed to the education of young children. In Ms. Danielle's free time, she loves being with her family, playing games, and going to the movie theaters.

  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Toddler Classroom

    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.

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

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

    Ms. Denise, Toddler Classroom

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

    Ms. Denise is 36 years old. She is originally from California. Ms. Denise is happily engaged with two beautiful children, a 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 Classroom A

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

    Ms. Liza was born and raised in Arizona. When she is able, Ms. 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Mayeli

    Ms. Mayeli, Discovery Preschool Classroom 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!

    Ms. Mayeli is 36 years old and from Modesto, California. She has been married for 18 years and has three children. Ms. 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool Classroom 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.

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

    Year Started:
    9/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. 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. Ms. Kelly is originally from Seattle, Washington 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 someday she'd love to be a mother to lots of little ones--and have some puppies, too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly has previously worked in the Goodyear Elementary School District.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Degree in Nursing (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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

At Estrella 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 system 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.

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

The staff and leadership at Estrella KinderCare are exceptional. I feel that a safe and loving environment 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 three-year-old son in Estrella 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 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 Estrella KinderCare has given my family and I. It's a pleasant experience and I'd recommend this facility to anybody looking to see their child grow and truly be happy to go to school.

- Mother
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