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McKellips KinderCare

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

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Welcome

Welcome to McKellips KinderCare Learning Center. 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. 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.

Ms. Marie Weller, 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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

The teachers at 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, from biannual company professional development training to 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.

  • Ms. Marie Weller

    Ms. 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 five years. She also was a Discovery Preschool Teacher for three years.
    Year Started:
    9/7/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in General Arts
  • Ms. Kaylene Oliver

    Ms. 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 spent 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 for everyone there.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaylene has experience in many different classrooms, including the Infant Classroom, Preschool Classroom, and School Age Classroom. She has enjoyed the Infants, Preschool and School-age. She has also worked as a floater in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms.
    Year Started:
    4/4/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in General Arts and Applied Science
  • Ms. Laurana

    Ms. Laurana, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about the children and love watching them learn and grow!

    Ms. Laurana's time with us at our center has been amazing. She really enjoys working with everyone and expanding her experience with children. Some of the most important things to Ms. Laurana are making sure that each child feels involved, making sure that each parent feels welcome and that their child is well taken care of and introducing their children to new and creative things!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    2/17/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • 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:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Tracey

    Ms. Tracey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tracey has be working with us since 2016. She studied early childhood education and received her degree in 1998. She enjoys hands on assignments with the classroom. Hands on activities give the children a chance to use their imagination and think freely.

    Previous Experience:
    Chicago Board of Education - Assistant Teacher
    Year Started:
    12/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Liz prides herself in making the School Age Classroom 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:
    10/12/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Darlene

    Ms. Darlene, Cook / 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, and 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 spent 10 years as our Infant Teacher. Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Darlene managed a restaurant at Sea World.
    Year Started:
    4/21/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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)
Thanksgiving
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 McKellips KinderCare, I have full confidence that she is in good, caring hands and that the center has strong, structured curriculum. And the most obvious evidence of that is her glow and conversations she has with us about the center and her teachers! I thank you for caring for our child, and 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 throughout the day by text and even 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 every day 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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