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Recker-McDowell KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
The southeast corner on Recker and Mcdowell

202/ Recker & McDowell

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Zaharias, Las Sendas, Red Mountain, Mendoza, Bush, and Pathfinder Academy

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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!

Nicole Woodward, Center Director

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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.

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


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 total of 110 years of experience combined in early childcare as well as having an average tenure of 5 years at KinderCare with a few staff members teaching for over 10 years. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education with biannual company professional development trainings.

  • Nicole Woodward

    Nicole Woodward, Center Director

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

    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 Nicole volunteered at a local preschool program where she found the passion of molding young minds.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Shelly Bishop

    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 bases.

    Shelly began at KinderCare in 2003 as a preschool teacher and has moved her way through the company as the Assisant Director as well as a Center Director for more than 5 years.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Aaliyah

    Ms. Aaliyah, Discovery Preschool

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  • Ms. Ali

    Ms. Ali, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Brooke, Discovery Preschool

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  • Ms. Kimberly, Discovery Preschool B

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  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Discovery Preschool B

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  • Ms. Morgan

    Ms. Morgan, Infant

    I love coming to my job everyday and seeing how the children grow overtime. Seeing them happy is the best part of my day!

    Morgan graduated in 2015 from ASU with a degree in Family and Human Development.  She began her career in Early Childhood with KinderCare in August 2015.  She enjoys spending as much time as she can with the children in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ally, Infants

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Cheyenne

    Ms. Cheyenne, Infants

    I love being able to have in impact on the children and families, as well as feeling like I've made a difference in all of their lives.

    Ms. Cheyenne started her journey at KinderCare in October 2013 in the infant classroom.  She started working in the early childhood field in 2007 while she was going to school to become a medical assistant.  After school Ms. Cheyenne had her daughter Presley and soon began her career in early childhood.  Her career with KinderCare came after a year at a different preschool.  Now Cheyenne is wanting to further her career with childrne as a counselor and therapist for teens.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Currently Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Sandi

    Ms. Sandi, Infants

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  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, PreKindergarten

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Haley, Preschool

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  • Ms. KayLee, Preschool

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  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Preschool

  • Ms. Patty, Preschool

    Year Started:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Preschool Classroom

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  • Ms. Tristine, School Age

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tristine, School Age

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Grey, Toddler

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  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mariah, Toddlers

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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

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-annual. 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 an hours change at my workplace 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 this KinderCare. 

- Mom

It is nice to know that when I walk into the center, 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 of 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 Preschool where our daughter has learned great skills, not just from the Phonics program she is enrolled in but in social skills, interacting with others, preparation for Kindergarten and much more. I could not be more pleased with the Staff and Consider 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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