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Mesa KinderCare

Samantha Gutierrez, Center Director

1810 East Southern Ave. Mesa AZ 85204
(480) 892-9327 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
West of Gilbert on the North side of Southern

Right next to Mesa High School

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Irving, Holmes, Lindburgh, Harris, Robson, Ben Franklin East, Longfellow

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Welcome to Mesa KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print and develop early literacy and writing skills. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Samantha Gutierrez, 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

Being a nationally accredited center, we follow only the utmost highest standards in Early Childhood Education. Our Teachers are passionate about making a difference in children's lives. They are enthusiastic professionals who provide children with a nurturing, safe and academic rich environment to allow your children to develop to their full potential.

  • Samantha Gutierrez

    Samantha Gutierrez, Center Director

    I love being able to provide children with a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. I enjoy watching the children grow and develop under the care of our dedicated teachers.

    Samantha has been the Center Director with KinderCare since August 2009. During her tenure as a Center Director, Samantha has led her team to achieve National Accreditation from the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NAC) based on the high quality of care that her school provides. She takes pride in knowing that she is helping educate young children every day. Samantha and her husband have two daughters that attend her school. Samantha loves having her children as a part of the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Samantha had the privilege of being an Infant teacher and Assistant Director with KinderCare prior to becoming a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    12 Credit Hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Robyn Paskitti

    Robyn Paskitti, Assistant Director

    I love being a part of laying a good foundation for children that will help them succeed later in life.

    Robyn and her husband of twenty years keep themselves busy raising their three girls. She has always enjoyed being in a management position and was extremely happy to begin her career in Early Childhood Education at the KinderCare where her children attended. She considers it a privilege to work with children and families every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Robyn has previously been in management in an office setting and retail.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications, 12 Credit Hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Assistant Director

    I truly believe "it takes a village to raise a child." Working with families to bring up successful, compassionate people gives me hope for the future.

    Ms. Elaine has been with KinderCare since 2008 and has held may positions.  She has been a Toddler Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and most recently an Assistant Director and Nutrition Specialist.  As an Early Childhood Professional she believes young bodies and minds need nourishing diets to learn and grow to their fullest potential.  Ensuring children are eating complete and delicious meals while supporting the Center Director in center operations has proven to be a fun and fulfilling endeavor.

    Previous Experience:
    Elaine has worked as a case worker/parent aide for Arizona State Family Preservation programs and the Divison of Developmental Disabilities children's unit.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Child Development Associates Credential. Obtaining Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    Ms. Nancy has worked for KinderCare since 2003 and has been at our school since 2006.  She loves working with children, especially infants, and being there to help them develop and grow.  She has three children and five grandchildren that she enjoys visiting as often as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 29 years. During that time she has worked with all age groups and has held various positions.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 29 years
    Ms. Nancy has taken several Early Childhood Education classes.
  • Ms. Yolie

    Ms. Yolie, Infants

    I love watching each individual child develop their own personalities.

    Ms. Yolie has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 years.  During this time she has spent a majority of her time as an infant teacher.  She enjoys being a part of the children's growth and development.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Health and Safety

We prepare all meals at the center. Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified. We have a keypad entry and an enclosed outside play area.

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.

I’ve waiting 30 years to be a mommy! I was serious about making sure this baby would be safe and be loved while we were at work. The first year we were customers, we were very emotional not knowing if we would be able to adopt him. ALL the staff was ALWAYS very supportive and reassuring and invited us to call anytime during the day and I felt safe knowing they would not let anyone take the foster boy from daycare that did not have permission! Soon, another foster baby boy came along and now both foster babies are at this KinderCare.

My significant other and I are very pleased with both Samantha and Robyn as the new director and assistant director! They have made many changes and ALL changes they have made are improvements to how KinderCare was run prior to them taking over those positions. To list a few: current pictures of the kids doing projects and a slide show of these pictures always being projected on a large TV screen in the lobby; class projects posted down the hall; detailed reports of daily activities my boys have done with their class each day; dinners for us occasionally to take home and not having to cook that night; Scholastic book club opportunities; soft music and scented stuff in lobby; weekly crock pot dinners made by our toddler opportunities if I choose for them to participate; weekly music class (my son LOVES) and much more!
As a parent, I love walking into KinderCare and always seeing current pictures of all the kids doing projects and I stand there waiting for my boys to rotate and be seen! Then I get to walk down the hallway to get my boys and get to see all the recent projects on the wall and pictures of the kids and see MY boys’ pictures and project!! As I am leaving with my boys, they point themselves out in the pictures posted throughout the entire place and we stop talk about project and pictures of him and his classmates! Those are just some of the great changes they have made. They all have translated into a constant good buzz of energy in our KinderCare with all kinds of fun stuff happening all the time.

- Mother

My son started at KinderCare June 2012 in the infant room. He was four months old. A little over a month later he is crawling and really enjoying tummy time!!! The infant teachers are amazing at what they do! Thank you for encouraging my child to learn and crawl :)

- Mother

KinderCare has been the perfect place for my three boys. They play with them, keep them safe and go over and beyond to teach them new things. I have had my boys in several different centers but KinderCare has been the best one by far. They are always there for my boys and coming up with new fun and exciting activities. The boys love going.

- Mother

My son loves coming to school. He has learned so much. Thanks KinderCare!

- Mother

Thank you for the wonderful care and love you all give to our baby girl! Thank you for being so understanding of parents who work and our schedules and need for a safe, clean, and loving environment for our most treasured possession! We love it here!

- Parents

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