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Alma Mesa KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
W. side of Alma School Rd. just S. of Guadalupe Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pomeroy, Sirrine, Summit Academy at Frost, Franklin at Alma, Chandler Scholastic Academy, Crismon, Dobson Academy After school, all of the children come back, have a snack and are then involved in homework/quiet reading time with their teachers support and help. Their afternoon consists of group discussions, small group activities and individual classroom choices.

We are currently enrolling in all classrooms. We provide programs that support and challenge children from the age of six weeks through the age of twelve years. We also offer unique enrichment programs that are fun and filled with learning. Please feel free to schedule a tour or stop by to check out our programs and meet our staff!

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Welcome and thank you for stopping by. 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.

Monica Polanco, 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.

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


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

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.

  • Monica Polanco

    Monica Polanco, Center Director

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

    Monica loves working with children and can not see herself doing anything else! She has been in the childcare field for twelve years. She has completed her Child Development Associate's Credential and is currently attending college to further her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Monica has over twelve years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She has been a teacher from infants to school age. Last 5 years has been spent in a management position.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Favorite children's poetry book is by Shel Silverstein."Where the sidewalk Ends:
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Andrea Alvarez

    Andrea Alvarez, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has a total of four years experience, and she also has five children of her own.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Miss Kim

    Miss Kim, Infants

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Tresa

    Miss Tresa, Infants

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    completing her CDA
  • Miss Julie

    Miss Julie, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Julie has worked in childcare over four years. She loves being around the children.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Ashley

    Miss Ashley, Toddler's

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child. -Joan Almon

    Ms Maria has been with KinderCare for over four years and had previously worked in the Early Childhood Education field in California three for years before moving to Arizona. Ms Maria is bilingual in Spanish. She has two teenage boys of her own.

    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Miss Juliet

    Miss Juliet, Two's

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Preschool 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Applied Science Degree, pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marilee

    Ms. Marilee, PreKindergarten

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. -Angela Schwindt

    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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Years
  • Mr. Austin

    Mr. Austin, School Age

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Sharon

    Miss Sharon, Cook

    Year Started:
    1 Year

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

Health and Safety

Here at KinderCare we pride ourselves on safety. When you enter our center you will need 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 students emergency card. 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 the kids 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 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 sumer. 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 my daughter I was greeted in the morning and during pick up. The staff was always friendly and helpful. I got a home 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.

- Parent

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