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La Canada KinderCare

Ms. Amanda McGrath, Center Director

10455 N La Canada Dr Oro Valley AZ 85737
(520) 742-6298 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Painted Sky, Copper Creek, Coronado, Basis Oro Valley, Innovation Academy

Welcome

Welcome to the La Canada KinderCare. We have a well-designed curriculum that is child-initiated and rich in social play. Our revamped curriculum focuses on helping our children develop skills in executive function, along with incorporating Spanish into our curriculum and covering the core standards for education. Our center is NAEYC Accredited and we are a part of the Arizona Quality First program. From the moment you walk into our classrooms, you will see evidence of our curriculum: the rooms are print-rich, including art boards, written charts, labels, enhancements, and age-appropriate literature. We have well laid out learning centers including Math and Manipulatives, Science and Sensory, Dramatic Play, and more. We provide all this and more for each age group. We would be more than pleased to show you how much learning happens in our center and we are currently enrolling, so please come on by for a tour today!

Ms. Amanda McGrath, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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 are so lucky to have such an energetic and caring staff. Combined we have 20 plus years of experience from all around the world. Each staff member has either a degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development Associate's Credential or currently enrolled and in the process. As a company we are all required to continue our training in various form, I.E. monthly literature and short courses, Professional Development Day, which is a twice yearly day we dedicate to further educating each and every staff. From infants to school age, they all work really hard to ensure your child is getting the best education there is while feeling safe and having fun.

  • Ms. Amanda McGrath

    Ms. Amanda McGrath, Center Director

    Educating children is the greatest gift of all!

    Ms. Amanda has been a huge part of KinderCare for many years. She excels in curriculum as well as at meeting and exceeding KinderCare standards. She loves interacting with children and sharing memorable moments with their parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda started off in KinderCare as a Toddler Teacher, then was promoted to Health and Safety Coordinator, which led her to management positions.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shelly

    Ms. Shelly, Assistant Director

    Watching the journey children take as they begin the discovery process is what inspires Ms. Shelly.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Popcorn

    Year Started:
    3/12/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Program Specialist

    I enjoy watching the children grow each day.

    Ms. Kathy has been working here at KinderCare for over 30 years. Children who Ms. Kathy used to teach in her classes are now bringing their own children to KinderCare, and she enjoys watching her former students raising their children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathy worked in accounting for seven years before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4/1/1983
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy working with children knowing that I am making a difference in their lives. It is fun to watch them grow every day.

    Ms. Courtney is a graduate of Marana High School where she was a member of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. While in high school, Ms. Courtney was a vocational student in the child care center and received her certificate of AZ Skills Standards, ECE. She is currently attending Pima Community College. Ms. Courtney enjoys working with children and is excited to begin her career with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney was a vocational student and also taught Sunday school before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Certificate of AZ Skill Standards; Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Britney

    Ms. Britney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being with children and watching them grow in all aspects inspires me.

    Ms. Britney started with KinderCare as the Assistant Teacher in the Infant Classroom. In only a little bit of time, she has shown great promise and talent in early childhood education. Being a mother herself, she brings great parental instinct along with motherly compassion. In the beginning of 2015, she will be pursuing her degree/certificate in childhood development and education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Britney worked in retail and has 6 months of Early Childhood Education experience.
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    High School; Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brittney has a passion for cooking and especially baking. She has shared her skills within the center many times. She has been an asset in paving the path to begin our Cooking Adventures program.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and General Studies; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, School Age Classroom

    I really just want a way to help people, and I think there is no better was to do so than to help children learn about the world around them.

    Ms. Casey attended a local KinderCare when she was in prekindergarten and came here to give other children the same opportunities and care that she was so lucky to have received. This gave her the foundation for the love for knowledge, which led her through several years of higher education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Casey has previously worked in customer service and as a mentor and tutor.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Petra

    Ms. Petra, Cook / Bus Driver / Teacher Assistant

    I love working around children. They bring so much joy to my life--what they do and say makes me smile each day.

    Ms. Petra has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2002. After raising her own children, things at home got lonely, so she decided to pursue a career working with children and joined KinderCare. She has loved her position since the first day she started, working part time in the kitchen, driving the bus, and helping out in various classrooms. She also speaks Spanish. Ms. Petra believes strongly in the advanced opportunities the children at KinderCare receive and is excited each day to watch these children grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • 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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We take the health and safety of our children very seriously here at our center. We have added a Health and Safety Coordinator who has been trained in regulations for our company, state, and OSHA to ensure that these policies are being upheld. Our staff is trained monthly with different topics and evacuation drills. Hand washing is also a huge focus with our children and is a constant learning moment in each classroom.

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.

In these times when we worry about where our kids are and who is with them, La Canada KinderCare is a great choice. When searching for a program, I had four priorities: well-trained and caring teachers, clean and friendly facilities, an enriched learning environment, and reasonable rates. KinderCare provides all of these and more!

- Grandmother

I'm one of those parents who likes to call every day to find out how my son is doing. The La Canada KinderCare staff always takes the time to tell me details of his day. After using other daycare providers, we've discovered that you can pay someone to watch your children, but the loving and nurturing environment KinderCare provides is invaluable. We are also very impressed with the educational emphasis applied to our son's everyday activities.

- Mother
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