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Alma Mesa KinderCare

Ms. Monica Polanco, Center Director

2862 South Alma School Rd. Mesa AZ 85210
(480) 839-3997 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pomeroy, Sirrine, Summit Academy at Frost, Franklin at Alma, Crismon

Welcome

Welcome to Alma Mesa KinderCare and thank you for stopping by our page! We know that finding the right school can be a difficult job. At KinderCare, the choice is easy. Providing and fostering educational development, building self-esteem, and sparking imagination in a safe and loving environment is our specialty. We focus on developing the whole child. Our center was nationally accredited in 2012. Our dedicated staff looks forward to meeting you and your family.

Ms. Monica Polanco, 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.

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

We provide a fun, challenging work environment that fosters teamwork, inspires excellence, and encourages the contribution of all our teachers. We all love what we do and it shows. We have a combined 150 years of experience in early childhood education.

  • Ms. Monica Polanco

    Ms. Monica Polanco, Center Director

    Monica loves working with children and cannot see herself doing anything else! She has completed her associate credential and is currently attending college to further her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica has been a teacher for children ranging in age from infancy to school age. She has worked in a management position for the last five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    9/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Andrea Alvarez

    Ms. Andrea Alvarez, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    3/21/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the children's smiles when they have learned something new!

    Ms. Stephanie has a total of four years experience in child care, and she also has five children of her own.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Maria has been with KinderCare for over four years and had previously worked in the early childhood education field in California for three years before moving to Arizona. Ms. Maria has two teenage boys of her own.

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Marilee

    Ms. Marilee, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marilee has over 40 years of experience of working with children. She has worked for KinderCare for over six years. She has four children of her own and 14 grandchildren. She is also an accomplished pianist.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am passionate about making a difference in a child's life. I love my job!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Sharon ran her own in-home daycare for 18 years.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Applied Science Degree; Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Juliet

    Ms. Juliet, School Age Classroom

    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Cook

    Ms. Julie has worked in child care over four years. She loves being around the children.

    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

Here at Alma Mesa KinderCare, we pride ourselves on safety. When you register at our center, you will be given an exclusive code to get into the building. If you are new to the center or to picking up a child from our center, we will ask for a picture ID to ensure that you are on the student's emergency pick-up list. Surrounding our center we have a six-foot iron fence and all of our doors are locked. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified along with being fingerprinted, background checked, and TB tested. All of our licenses and permits are current and posted in the front office along with a health and safety board that is informational for both our staff and parents at the center.

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 kids and I love KinderCare! I love that the teachers are always engaged in activities with the children and are truly eager to help them learn and grow. I love that the Director and all the staff members are warm, cheery, and helpful. My kids love the fun they have and the friends they are making. We are so thankful to find a caring, educational, and fun child care center for our two boys.

- Parent

I brought my daughter to KinderCare for the summer. She had such a great time, she came home every day excited about the things she did during the day. Every time I dropped off or picked up my daughter, I was greeted. The staff was always friendly and helpful. I got a homey kind of feeling every time I walked in the building. My daughter learned a lot with KinderCare. As a parent, I really enjoyed that the building was always cleaned. The managers and staff were always available and helpful. The teachers were helpful as well. I would highly refer KinderCare to my friends and family. KinderCare is a great place to educate and care for any child.

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