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McKellips KinderCare

Marie Weller, Center Director

1063 East McKellips Rd. Mesa AZ 85203
(480) 835-6086 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
McKellips, W. of Stapley Just W. of Firestone

202/ McKellips /Stapley & McKellips

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kerr, Whitman, Lehi, Hermosa Vista, MacArthur and Ishikawa

Welcome to Spring! This year is starting out to be a great year! Our children are busy learning about different occupations, community helpers, dinosaurs and muticultural foods in the classrooms! We hope to see you soon for a tour!

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Welcome to your McKellips KinderCare Learning Center. 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.

At your McKellips KinderCare, our teachers take great pride in being a part of your children's development and growth and becoming a part of your family. We will provide your child a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn and grow in.

Marie Weller - School Director

Marie Weller, 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

The teachers at your McKellips KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing your children. Our teachers have an average tenure of over six years at our KinderCare Learning Center. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education through biannual company professional development trainings and additional trainings through college courses and state funded programming. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love for learning.

  • Marie Weller

    Marie Weller, Center Director

    The smiles on the children's faces when they are learning something new; is the best part of my day!

    Being the School Director has been a joy for Ms. Marie. She loves getting to spend time in each of the classrooms, learning about the children and seeing their excitement over their daily discoveries. Helping children and parents become a part of our KinderCare Family is an extremely rewarding privilege for Ms. Marie.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marie became the School Director in February 2013, and before that, she was the school's Assistant Director for the previous five years. She also was a Discovery Preschool teacher for three years.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Associate's Degree in General Arts
  • Kaylene Oliver

    Kaylene Oliver, Assistant Director

    I love to watch each and every child grow and blossom into their own little person.

    Ms. Kaylene is excited about being the new Assistant Center Director! Having many years in a classroom this is a rewarding change for Ms. Kaylene. Ms. Kaylene is ready to help our KinderCare family grow! She is passionate about making our center a wonderful environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaylene has expierience in many different classrooms. She has enjoyed the Infants, Preschool and School-age. As well has being a floater in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool rooms.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in General Arts and Applied Science
  • Ms. Shanan

    Ms. Shanan, Infant Classroom

    While Ms. Shanan has many years of experience working with children, she cherishes her years with the infants the most. She spends a great deal of her time interacting with the infants and encouraging their development. She enjoys watching the infants learn and grow. It makes Ms. Shanan especially proud to see the babies reach important developmental milestones such as walking, crawling, and speaking. Ms. Shanan feels that this an amazing experience to be a part of with her infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shanan has spent most of her time with KinderCare working with our infants. She was our Prekindergarten teacher for a few years before that and also worked as a teacher for another child care.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    After spending 23 years with us at KinderCare Ms. Kim has built many lasting relationships with our children and families. Ms. Kim takes great pride in the amount of siblings she has had come and grow through her classroom. Each day seeing their happy, eager faces brightens her day. Ms. Kim especially loves to see how excited the children are to participate in bubble play and singing and dancing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has spent 23 years in our toddler class. Before that she spent three years working for a different KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
  • Ms. Juana

    Ms. Juana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Juana has been working with our Discovery Preschool children since she moved from California 11 years ago. She enjoys doing art with the children and seeing their smiling faces every morning. She loves to help the children grow and feels proud when she can see their growth and development in accomplishing new tasks.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Juana has been the Discovery Preschool teacher at KinderCare for 11 years. Before that she spent seven years as a teacher's assistant at a preschool in California.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dariaun

    Ms. Dariaun, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dariaun loves working with the preschoolers each day. She is inspired by how excited they are to learn new things. She believes that while she teaches them, they in turn teach her new things as well. After teaching in a youth program during high school she is excited to continue working with children and preparing them for years of education to come. Ms. Dariaun is proud of the progress her class makes everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dariaun has been our Preschool teacher for the previous five months. Before that she spent time with our Prekindergarten class. While Ms. Dariaun was attending high school she also worked at the school childcare facility.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Early Childhood Education Standards attained
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Maria is a native of Arizona, but has spent much of her life in different states while raising her family of four. As her own children are growing she has begun spending time focusing on her own schooling and development. She hopes that while furthering her education she will be able to influence the young children in her class. Ms. Maria is dedicated to preparing her Prekindergarten class for their future years of schooling. She hopes to build their confidence and give them a quality education that will prepare them with a lifetime love for learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria has been with KinderCare for more than four years now. She has been with our Prekindergarten class for two years, but also spent time teaching our Discovery Preschool class as well. Prior to KinderCare she spent time in customer service and retail.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Services
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Liz prides herself in making the After School class fun, while still having learning experiences available. She helps with homework and listens to how the children's days were at school. When school is out for summer and and winter breaks Ms. Liz strives to plan fun and educational activities. She is an avid reader and always makes sure books are available for her children to read.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liz has been with KinderCare since 2004. Before becoming the School Age teacher she spent five years as a Toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Darlene

    Ms. Darlene, Cook and Bus Driver

    The best part of Ms. Darlene's days is hearing laughter from a child. Ms. Darlene loves preparing the meals for the children each day. Nothing makes her happier than the excited squeals from the children as she delivers their lunch. Every child in the building knows Ms. Darlene and loves getting to see her each day. Ms. Darlene also enjoys the time she spends with the children on the bus each morning on their way to school, she enjoys hearing the school age children laugh and talk about what's going on in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming our cook four years ago, Ms. Darlene spent time in each classroom, but about 10 years as our infant teacher. Before joining KinderCare Ms. Darlene managed a restaurant at Sea World.
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (Close 3:00 PM)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure safety, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry to allow only our families to have access to our school. Otherwise, a door bell is available for visitors, who will then be greeted by a member of our KinderCare team. In addition to building safety, we also ensure that our teachers are equipped with the knowledge needed to keep your children safe. Each of our teachers at your McKellips KinderCare are First Aid and CPR Certified. We also hold monthly trainings to keep our teachers up to date on evacuation safety (fire drills), and health and cleanliness standards (proper hand washing and sanitation procedures).

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.

When I leave my daughter at KinderCare, I have the full confidence that she is in good caring hands and the center has strong structured curriculum. And of one of the most obvious evidence is that of her glow and conversations she has with us about the center and her teachers! I thank you for your caring of our child! Thank You such much for your patience and caring center mission.

- Father

I wanted to thank you for everything you did for "our" first day. It was really tough for me to leave him with somebody other than my Mom. Answering me through text and even the pictures? Made my heart really happy to hear and see that he was doing good. He came home that night and ate perfectly, and slept all night Like usual. That shows me that his schedule was followed and that he had a good day. Thank you again. I really appreciate it. I was able to drop him off today with no tears! :)

- Mother

Thank you for all you did to help make my son's first week at KinderCare so great! You really helped put us at ease with the transition. We hope our son brings lots of joy to your center. Thank you!

- Mother

There is no amount of pizza, cupcakes or treats that I can bring to show our appreciation for all of you. Seeing your smiling faces everyday puts me at ease knowing my children will be taken care of by you all. The past five years have been amazing, and I will never forget all you have done for our family. We will miss you all!

- Mother

Before returning to work I had to find care for my first child. I made a number of calls to find a place that could meet my needs and scheduled a couple of appointments for tours. After meeting Marie and touring the center, I cancelled the other appointment. My daughter has been going to KinderCare on McKellips for seven months now and I couldn't ask for more. Her teachers are amazing! I can tell they truly care about her development and well-being. We have shared big moments in her growth such as crawling and recently taking a step solo. I am grateful to have such a wonderful team looking after my sweet girl while I work.

- Mother

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