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Laveen KinderCare

Ms. Michelle Gorman, Center Director

7755 51st Ave. Laveen AZ 85339
(602) 237-3567 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Welcome

Welcome to Laveen KinderCare. We are so excited to meet you and your family! At our school, we believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Our caring staff and teachers have strong relationships with our families. Our parents consider us an extension of their families and work with us as partners in their children's development. We take pride in providing your child with a safe, secure, and stimulating environment, supported by a dedicated team of teachers who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're here to help him or her succeed. We’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Michelle Gorman, 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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Laveen KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average of three years tenure at our school, and an average of 12 years of experience in the early childhood education field. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education, including biannual company professional development trainings, early education college courses, Quality First classroom trainings, and additional early education seminars. At the end of the day, our true key to success is our love of learning and passion for teaching.

  • Ms. Michelle Gorman, Center Director

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
  • Ms. Victoria, Assistant Director

  • Ms. Silvia

    Ms. Silvia, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces as they discover the world around them.

    Ms. Silvia has been at Laveen KinderCare for two years working as the Toddler Teacher. She likes to introduce new things and encourages the children to explore using all of their senses.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Silvia worked as an After-School Coordinator for three years before coming to work at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/13/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    College Credits
  • Ms. Evelyn

    Ms. Evelyn, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work every day because I get to invest in the future success of each one my children's lives.

    Ms. Samantha is very passionate about teaching young children and supporting their learning throughout the day. Ms. Sam encourages fun, memorization, and participation in activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Samantha worked as a birthday party host and a cashier.
    Year Started:
    11/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Luz

    Ms. Luz, Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love to see my kids' faces every day. I look forward to their hugs every morning and watching them learn something new every day.

    Ms. Luz has been a Preschool Teacher since 2006 and is in the process of growing professionally by completing her associate's credential. A unique thing about Ms. Luz is that she loves freehand drawing. You will always find art work in her Preschool Classroom!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "I believe that children are extremely smart and very loving. Being able to teach them and watch them grow is definitely a privilege. Every day is a new adventure! The fact that we play, laugh, imagine, grow, and learn together is what makes this job amazing!

    Ms. Ana has been teaching at Laveen KinderCare for two years. After graduating from Carl Hayden High School in 2010, Ms. Ana attended college courses at community college and Northern Arizona University. She recently enrolled in an associate credential program with many of her co-teachers. She is very excited about this step in her professional growth. Ms. Ana's favorite part of the day in her Prekindergarten Classroom is group discussion time. She loves hearing how the children describe the world around them.

    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love children because they truly are gifts! I want to appreciate and show each one how special and unique they are!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team, Ms. Patricia worked at a Head Start program teaching preschool for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Always by Mark Sperring

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Learning
  • Ms. Ivy

    Ms. Ivy, Learning Adventures

    There is a story behind everything. Every day is a new adventure here at KinderCare. Ms. Ivy loves to see her children smile and laugh, and to see their faces light up when they learn something new. Ms. Ivy loves that she can be there to love, grow, and teach a child every day!

    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Cook

    Making the children smile warms my heart.

    Ms. Maria works very hard to make sure all of the children and staff at Laveen KinderCare are well-fed and taken care of. Each day she prepares breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack for everyone. Ms. Maria is very particular about keeping a clean and safe kitchen. She can be seen at all of our Family Center events, once again, making sure everyone is well-fed and having a great time!

    Year Started:
    12/17/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Laveen KinderCare places the health and safety of children first. The center is locked at all times, and there is a single entrance in and out of the building requiring keypad entry. All of our playgrounds are fenced, and we are surrounded by a well-established safe neighborhood. Each and every teacher has been CPR and First Aid trained, and annual re-certification occurs.

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.

Last year, I came to Ms. Kori, the Center Director, in a panic! I had just moved here from Missouri and had already looked into KinderCare services and knew the tuition was more than I could afford. So, I had no other choice but to take my daughter where I could afford the fees. On several occasions, my daughter was bitten, hit, kicked, etc. On the day I met Ms. Kori, my daughter had been bitten on her eye! I refused to take her back there. Ms. Kori and the KinderCare staff saved my daughter from a negligent daycare that showed mild abuse. Ms. Kori worked out an affordable resolution so that my daughter could attend Laveen KinderCare. Thank you so much, KinderCare!

- Mother
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