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Recker-McDowell KinderCare

Ms. Nicole Woodward, Center Director

6037 E McDowell Rd. Mesa AZ 85215
(480) 396-2060 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Zaharis, Las Sendas, Red Mountain, Mendoza, Bush, Pathfinder Academy

Welcome

Welcome to your Recker-McDowell KinderCare. We are excited to meet you and your family! Our school is a fun-filled learning environment that enjoys teaching all ages. The kids are engaged throughout the day in fun and stimulating activities, and often don't want to leave at the end of the day!

Ms. Nicole Woodward, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff has a total of 110 years of experience combined in early child care, as well as having an average tenure of five to ten years at Recker-McDowell KinderCare. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education with biannual company professional development training.

  • Ms. Nicole Woodward

    Ms. Nicole Woodward, Center Director

    Being in the early childhood field is a very rewarding job, and being part of the children's education and development is something I take pride in.

    Ms. Nicole has been with KinderCare for many years. She began as a Prekindergarten Teacher and has since worked all over the center. Working with young children has always been her passion.

    Previous Experience:
    While in high school, Ms. Nicole volunteered at a local preschool program where she found the passion of molding young minds. She has also served as a Prekindergarten Teacher for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/24/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shelly Bishop

    Ms. Shelly Bishop, Assistant Director

    I absolutely love working in the early childhood education field because it is awesome to see the children grow, learn, and experience things on a day-to-day basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shelly began at KinderCare in 2003 as a Preschool Teacher and has moved her way through the company as the Assistant Director as well as a Center Director for more than five years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Ally, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ali

    Ms. Ali, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/22/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Brooke, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/16/2016
  • Ms. Kimberly, Discovery Preschool Classroom B

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. KayLee, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Mandarin

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified. We have a self-locking front door along with key pad entry that changes semi-annually. We also offer age-appropriate playgrounds with supervision at all times. We thrive for a clean and safe place of learning.

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.

My husband and I chose this location for our infant son after touring several other centers and home daycares. From the first day, we felt reassured that we made the right choice. The staff and management are very friendly and concerned with the well-being of our baby. They are also very diligent about reporting any changes or advancements that they have noticed in him while he is in their care. I feel like the ladies in the baby room actually care about my son and have formed a bond with him. Until today, I thought I was going to have to change centers due to a change in my work schedule and I was heartbroken to leave. We were able to work it out and keep our little guy at this location. I am so relieved! I look forward to many more years of child care at Recker-McDowell KinderCare. 

- Mom

It is nice to know that when we walk into the Recker-McDowell KinderCare, my children feel at home. It puts my mind at ease to know that they feel comfortable and the teachers care about them. They are well taken care of while i am at work. If ever I have a concern, it is quickly taken care of and remedied. The care the staff has for the children is genuine.

- Mother

My daughter has gone to this center since she was four months old (she's four years old now) and we've never had an issue with the center. This is not a daycare, but a school where our daughter has learned great skills--not just from the Phonics program she is enrolled in but in social skills, preparation for kindergarten, and much more. I could not be more pleased with the staff and I consider Ms. Nicole one the of best things there. She has been there the entire time, always concerned, asking questions, and just all around doing a stellar job.

- Father
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