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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 have great impact on a child's future and we 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.

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. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Assistant Director, Learning Adventures

    "Children have real understanding only of which they invent themselves.

    Ms. Danielle loves working with children and families in her center. Building relationships and getting to know each child is very important to her. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for all of her adult life and feels she has truly found her passion! When Ms. Danielle is not working she loves to spend time at home with her husband and three daughters. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, watching movies, and playing games. 

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher; Special Need Team Member
    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Pursuing AA
  • 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, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Mrs. is originally from California and moved to Arizona over three years ago. She has a wonderful fiance and five beautiful kids. She is very excited to see what great accomplishments she and her classroom will make over the year and all the fun they will have learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Supervisor; Volunteer at Mommy & Me
    Year Started:
    9/11/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    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, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "Life as a teacher begins the day you realize you are always a learner.

    Ms. Valerie grew up in Lake Havasu, AZ with her mom and older sister. She loves to learn and is always looking for ways to continue her education. Ms. Valerie's ultimate goal is to become an elementary school teacher!

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher; Student Teacher
    Year Started:
    9/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelly is a 21 year old college student who has been a part of our KinderCare team since August 2015. She is currently working towards a Bachelor's (and eventually Master's) degree in Nursing. She would one day like to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Kelly is originally from Seattle, WA but moved to the desert in 2002 and loves it! Ms. Kelly does not have children of her own but would love to have a big family someday! Ms. Kelly enjoys traveling, having fun with her friends and family, and taking care of your kiddos!

    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:
    3
    Education:
    General Associate Degree; Bachelor's in Nursing (In Progress)
  • Ms. Shweta

    Ms. Shweta, Toddler Classroom

    "A child is a beam of sunlight from the infinite and eternal, with possibilities or virtue and vice.

    Ms. Shweta is our toddler teacher and very family oriented. She loves to spend time with children and watch how the kids grow, interact with each other, as well as learning to talk with her and their friends. She loves to teach kids using creative ideas and listen to the magical thoughts that they have.  

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher at Jumpstart Learning Center
    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    3 year degree in Information Tech.
  • Ms. Jenna

    Ms. Jenna, Infant Classroom

    "By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.

    Ms. Jenna is very family oriented! Her husband serves in the U.S. Army and together they have three amazing children, between the ages of 6 months - 4 years. She is currently in the process of getting her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Ms. Jenna's passion has always been working with kids. She has taught ages infant to 12 years gymnastics and coached competitive cheer leading for 3 - 6 year old children and high school level. Prior to moving back to Arizona (after all the military moves) she worked at a preschool teaching in the infant room while helping out in pre-kindergarten when needed. She is excited to be back in Arizona and teaching in the infant room again! She is also love tacos and pizza and is a year-round Christmas person!

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher; Coach
    Year Started:
    7/19/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica is originally from Brandon, Mississippi. She moved to Arizona a little over a month ago with her husband. They have an eight month old son and another little one on the way!

    Previous Experience:
    Frontier After School Program
    Year Started:
    6/29/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Cydnee

    Ms. Cydnee, Preschool Classroom

    "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." -Dr. Suess

    Ms. Cydnee was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Buckeye. She enjoys playing softball and spending time with her two children. She would ultimately love to work in early childhood education as a special needs teacher. 

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher for Special Needs; Kindergarten Intern; Lead Teacher in Two's
    Year Started:
    7/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate in Education
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.

    Ms. Pam was raised in Southern California. She has spent the last 30 years raising her own four children in Seabrook, TX and just recently moved to Arizona in March of this year. She home schooled her children from kindergarten through high school. While home schooling her kids she started her own in home day care. She has a great love for children and loves to see them learn and grow. When she is not busy with children, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking time for crafts, photography, and home organization!

    Previous Experience:
    In-home daycare; Lead Teacher at "Kids 'R' Kids"
    Year Started:
    5/17/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    High School Graduate
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Infant Classroom

    "So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.

    Ana is our infant teacher and has been with KinderCare for nearly a year. She transferred to Arizona from Oregon where she previously lived. Before working with children she worked as a care giver and prior to that worked in retail. She loves working with children and having the opportunity to watch them grow and discover things they didn't know they could do. 

    Previous Experience:
    Care Giver; Babysitter
    Year Started:
    12/12/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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.

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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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