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Fletcher Heights KinderCare

Kate Dolance, Center Director

20565 N. Fletcher Way Peoria AZ 85382
(623) 362-9569 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
83rd Ave and Lake Pleasant Parkway

Exit the 101 at Union Hills and turn West off the Freeway and N on 83rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Frontier, Coyote Hills

Join us for our Fall Festival event - October 18th from 4:30-6pm. We will be having a train ride and photo booth!

Now Enrolling Transitional Kindergarten

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Welcome to Fletcher Heights KinderCare, where everything we do is designed for learning! We believe that children construct their own knowledge through their interactions with people and things in their environment. From birth, our programs support children’s development to ensure growth of the whole child. We focus on the whole child through: physical and motor development, language and communication, social and emotional development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, and creative arts. Our teachers are passionate about educating and nurturing children and every family enrolled is truly a part of our extended family

Kate Dolance, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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 are very proud of the dedicated & highly skilled teaching team at Fletcher Heights KinderCare.

  • Kate Dolance

    Kate Dolance, Center Director

    As the Center Director and a parent myself, I understand the importance of providing a preschool program that not only offers a quality education, but also provides a loving and nurturing environment. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with your family!

    Kate has been with KinderCare for 13 years. She has experience with all age groups and enjoys spending time in each classroom.  Kate has a Associates Degree in Child Development and continues to grow in the field of Child Development.  In the Fletcher Heights community, Kate partners with the local schools to build a strong relationships.  Kate is always focused on the families and the positive experience for each child!

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Michelle Bogardus

    Michelle Bogardus, Assistant Director

    There is nothing more rewarding then knowing I am making a difference in a child's life. It brings me such joy to watch children grow and get excited about learning and achieving new skills.

    Ms. Michelle has been with KinderCare for 21 years. In that time she has grown form a teacher to a valued part of management. Ms. Michelle's love and dedication to children is apparent in everything she does. Ms. Michelle currently has her Child Development Associate's credential and always continues to build her knowledge by continuing her education and training.

    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Elisa

    Ms. Elisa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Elisa has been working with children for over 18 years. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Science. She has been at KinderCare for over 10 years.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Sciences
  • Ms. Tyler, Toddler B Classroom

    I love my job at KinderCare not only because I love the kids in my class but my center director and assistant director are amazing and easy to talk to. The other teachers are fun and outgoing with a great sense of humor, and are all fun to work with.

    I have been at Fletcher Heights KinderCare for almost a year already (as of Oct. '16) and I have loved every minute of it. Being a KinderCare teacher has made me want to further my education in the early childhood education field. In our toddler B class we do artwork with the kids, sing fun songs, and read. We teach them their ABC's and numbers. It is amazing to watch these little guys grow and learn. I enjoy my career as a teacher and working for KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Tyler worked for valley childcare years ago. She was also a nanny and worked in an in home daycare.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Rishika

    Ms. Rishika, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with toddlers because they are like sponges, absorbing so much. I also love knowing that I am molding the future.

    Ms. Rishika has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Child and Family Services. She has seven years of experience working with infants and toddlers. Rishika is very engaging with the children in her class. She sits on the floor and interacts with them with age appropriate activities. Ms. Rishika is very good at encouraging language development by repeating words with children as well as sounds they make. She encourages communication through the use of sign language as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Rishika worked as a Preschool Teacher and a Nanny.
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Science in Child and Family Services
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joyce has been working with children for three years. She is currently taking classes to finish up her Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    I know we inspire children, and they inspire me as well. The love and smiles from the children always make my day!

    Ms. Kim has been a Preschool Teacher at the Fletcher Heights KinderCare for two years. Ms. Kim is engaging, fun and loving. The children are so excited to see what Ms. Kim is going to teach them.  

    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Carla is inspired each day to help the children grow and learn and is passionate about teaching and building relationships with families. She is very focused on preparing the children for Kindergarten and making it a bright future.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Degree in Child Development

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

Join Fletcher Heights KinderCare for all year fun! We are a neighborhood KinderCare with a high focus on learning and having fun. At Fletcher Heights KinderCare, our teachers focus on learning through play, with emphasis on Early Childhood Education and school-readiness.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Health and Safety is our number one priority. Our center is equipped with a keypad entry that is only accessible to authorized personnel, our playgrounds are fenced, and all our staff is CPR and First Aid certified. All our staff members have passed an extensive background check and finger print clearance before employment.

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.

KinderCare Family,

A thousand thank you's to each of you. It is because of your care and concern and superb teaching skills that have helped greatly in our son's development. Over the past 2 years he has grown into a wonderful little man and we give your school an amount of credit for that.
Thank you for every cheerful 'good morning', every time you've reinforced good behavior, every extra hug he needed when it was a rough start to the day, and for every time school lessons were repeated. I am constantly surprised at how much his knowledge has continued to grow. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with you all, and are so grateful for each of you.

Blessings to you all,
Scott & Ashely K.

Sept '15

- Parents

To all the wonderful teachers who have taught Bianca, thank you for being so loving, patient and thoughtful with my daughter. It is her first time in school and it is such a positive experience for her. You are truly exceptional!

- Mother

We can't express enough the gratitude we have for all the wonderful people at KinderCare! From infant till now, you have cared for, taught, encouraged, guided and loved Cameron!  You are his second family!

- Parents

Our family would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Thank you for making the transition to your center easy for Aiden, and helping Aiden grow and develop to the next level. We love your school and are glad we made the right choice.

- Mother

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