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La Canada KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
On the corner La Canada and Lambert next to the Walgreens

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Painted Sky, Copper Creek, Wilson, Mesa Verde, Harelson

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Welcome to the La Canada KinderCare. We have a well designed curriculum that is child initiated and rich in social play. Beginning in mid August 2013 we are starting a revamped curriculum, that focuses on helping our children develop skills in executive function. It also incorporates Spanish into our curriculum as well as going along with the core standards for education. Our center has a NAEYC Accreditation and we are apart 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 & Manipulative, Science and Sensory, Dramatic Play and more. We provide all this and more for each age group whether your child is six weeks old or School Age. 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!

Amanda McGrath, 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.

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.


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.


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 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.

  • Amanda McGrath

    Amanda McGrath, Center Director

    Educating children is the greatest gift of all!

    Amanda has been a huge part of KinderCare for many years. She excelled in curriculum as well as meeting and exceeding KinderCare standards. She has started off as a toddler teacher, was promoted to Health and Safety Coordinator, which led her to management positions. She loves interacting with children and sharing memorable moments with their parents.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Bachelors in Psychology, CDA
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Assistant Director

    I enjoy watching the children grow each day.

    Kathy has been working here at KinderCare for 30 plus years. Children that Kathy has had in her classes are now bringing their children to KinderCare and she enjoys watching her former students raising their children.

    Previous Experience:
    Seven years in accounting
    Year Started:
    33 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 years
    BA in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Infant Classroom

    If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Culinary Arts and General Studies, CDA
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Toddler Classroom

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

    Casey attended a local KinderCare for Pre-k and became 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:
    Customer service, mentoring, and tutoring.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Psychology
  • Ms. Britney

    Ms. Britney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being with children and watching them grow in all aspects.

    Ms. Britney is 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 Child Development Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Britney worked in retail and has 6 months of Early Childhood Education experience.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Months
    High School, Begining CDA Program in 2015
  • Miss Courtney

    Miss Courtney, Preschool Classroom

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

    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 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 and is majoring in ECE. Courtney enjoys working with children and is excited to begin her career with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a vocational student at the Marana High School Child Care Center for two years, and I taught Sunday school.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certificate of AZ Skill Standards/Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Multi-Age Teacher

    My passion is to help children achieve their "light bulb" moment!!

    Ms Angie has her BA in ECE and has worked in this field for seven years. It is her passion to work with children to help them to do their best. It is a daily goal to have many “light bulb” moments.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in ECE
  • Kelsey Poag

    Kelsey Poag, Multi-Age

    I love making a difference in children's lives, knowing you helped children grow and develop brings a smile to my face!

    Ms. Kelsey was born and raised in Michigan. She currently attends the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in elementary education and early childhood education. She is a new addition to the KinderCare Family and is thrilled to be with all the wonderful children. Ms. Kelsey loves working with children and is very excited to watch the children grow and develop throughout the years!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelsey has one year of experience being a nanny and a year of working at an after-school program called PEAK.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    High School/ Currently in College for Elementary Education and Early childhood
  • Ms. Petra

    Ms. Petra, Cook, Bus Driver and 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. She joined KinderCare after raising her own children and things at home got lonely, so she decided to pursue a career working with children. 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Center Closed:
New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
The Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We take the health and safety of our children very serious here at our center, we have added a Health and Safety Coordinator who has been trained with our company, state and OSHA regulations 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.

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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, 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 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 every day activities.

- Mother

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