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Mesa KinderCare

Ms. 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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Neighborhood:
Right next to Mesa High School

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Irving, Holmes, Lindbergh, Harris, Robson, Benjamin Franklin East, Longfellow, Keller

Welcome

Welcome to Mesa KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's 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 you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Samantha Gutierrez, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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

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.

  • Ms. Samantha Gutierrez

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. Samantha has been the Center Director with KinderCare since August 2009. During her tenure as a Center Director, Ms. Samantha has led her team to achieve National Accreditation from 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. Ms. Samantha and her husband have two daughters that attend her school. Ms. Samantha loves having her children as a part of the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha had the privilege of being an Infant Teacher and Assistant Director with KinderCare prior to becoming a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    5/24/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    21 Credit Hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Robyn Paskitti

    Ms. Robyn Paskitti, Assistant Director

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

    Ms. Robyn and her husband of 20 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:
    Ms. Robyn has previously been in management in an office setting and retail.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications; 12 Credit Hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infant Classroom

    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 who 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:
    3/17/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31+
    Education:
    Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yolie

    Ms. Yolie, Infant Classroom

    I love watching each individual child develop his or her own personality.

    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:
    5/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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 system 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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I’ve waited 30 years to be a mommy! I was serious about making sure this baby would be safe and 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. The staff was always very supportive and reassuring, and invited us to call anytime during the day. 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 Ms. Samantha and Ms. Robyn as the new Director and Assistant Director! They have made many changes and all those changes 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 so we don't have to cook that night; Scholastic book club opportunities; soft music and scented stuff in lobby; weekly Crockpot dinners made by our toddler; opportunities (if I choose) for them to participate in; weekly music class (my son love this); 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 see all the recent projects on the wall and pictures of the kids, and see my boys’ pictures and projects! As I am leaving with my boys, they point themselves out in the pictures posted throughout the entire place and we talk about the 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 Mesa KinderCare in June 2012 in the Infant Classroom. 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

Mesa 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, Mesa 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 need for a safe, clean, and loving environment for our most treasured possession! We love it here!

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