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Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare

Ms. Sonja Clever, Center Director

4120 E. Ranch Circle North Dr. Phoenix AZ 85044
(480) 759-9879 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Ahwatukee: Kyrene School District

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kyrene de las Lomas, Kyrene de la Colina, Kyrene de la Esperanza, Kyrene de los Lagos

Welcome

Welcome to the Nationally Accredited Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare Learning Center, located in the Ahwatukee Neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona. As a nationally accredited learning center, we are preparing your child for success in school and beyond. We are excited to meet with you and your family and learn how we can help meet your child's educational needs.

Ms. Sonja Clever, 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.

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.

Science Adventures

Teachers & Staff

At Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare, you will discover a staff of teachers who are dedicated to providing each child with a unique and individualized plan to help support learning. Many of our teachers have been with KinderCare for several years and value their own education, as well as the education of your children. Our staff holds a variety of degrees and/or certificates in early childhood education. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re here to help him or her succeed. We're excited to show you how our center is designed for learning!

  • Ms. Sonja Clever

    Ms. Sonja Clever, Center Director

    I believe that each child should be given a quality education and I work closely with my staff and families to provide them the resources and tools they need to educate their children.

    As a supporter of early childhood education, Ms. Sonja has returned to school herself to further her education and is currently working on obtaining her associate's degree. She loves working as a Director and being able to work closely with the families at her center so they can provide excellent educational opportunities to their children. Ms. Sonja believes that education can start at birth and that providing quality early education to every child is important to developing his or her potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sonja worked as a School Age Teacher for two years before becoming an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Academic Certificate in Early Education - Preschool; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Valerie Pratt

    Ms. Valerie Pratt, Assistant Director

    Each child should be provided a quality learning experience and education full of opportunities that allow for growth and learning in a safe environment.

    Ms. Valerie has worked at KinderCare since 2005 and makes her goal to spend time with each family that enters the building to help answer their questions and provide them the support they need. She believes that each child should be given the chance to explore the world and provided an atmosphere and education that aids in development.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Valerie has worked as a Toddler Teacher before becoming an Assistant Director. She has also worked as a Center Director before joining Ms. Sonja as a member of the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare management team.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amy works closely with her parents and children to provide a quality education. She believes that each child should be given a chance to explore and develop skills while in a supportive environment. Ms. Amy works to extend the children's learning by bringing in additional activities. She encourages a learning environment by communicating closely with our families about all the benefits the Learning Adventures program brings to a student's life. In her personal life, Ms. Amy is married and has raised one daughter within the KinderCare family from 6 weeks to 11 years old (when she entered sixth grade.) Her daughter was enrolled in the Learning Adventures program from the age of one, starting with our "Music and Me" program, and by the time she completed elementary school, she was enrolled in our Cooking and Reading programs.  Ms. Amy's son is currently enrolled in several Learning Adventures programs, as well enjoying the Phonics, Math, and Cooking programs after completing the "Music and Me" program as a toddler. She was raised in a military family and has lived all over the country. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has worked with our Toddler, Discovery Preschool, and Preschool Classrooms. She was a substitute teacher's assistant with the Head Start program in California, volunteered with the Red Cross as a youth and later served as a CPR/First Aid Instructor for three years. She also worked for several years as a private nanny prior to joining our KinderCare team. She has spent several years working in the corporate field as an operations processor and brings not only a vast experience related to early childhood, but also her skills in office and procedures.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/11/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Academic Certificate in Early Childhood Education - Preschool; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheri, Toddler Classroom

    The joy of my day is the time I get to spend with the children in my class watching them as they learn and discover. I have a heart for children.

    Ms. Sheri has spent several years working in the childhood education field, and upon returning to Arizona, one of her first stops was returning our center. She believes a child should be able to explore the world and interact with peers while being guided within a positive atmosphere.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheri previously worked with KinderCare and has returned to our center and children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Watching the children discover something new in the classroom always makes me thrilled to be their teacher.

    Ms. Michelle has worked in our Discovery Preschool Classroom for many years and enjoys providing the children with a quality education. She encourages their self-help and learning skills by giving them the opportunities to wash their hands, put their jackets on/off, use the restroom, and tell her stories. She uses the curriculum to engage them in a variety of learning activities and has them participate in fun circle and teamwork games throughout the day. Ms. Michelle enjoys providing them the opportunity to express themselves during art activities.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Academic Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Specializing in Infants/Toddlers
  • Ms. Angela (Angie)

    Ms. Angela (Angie), Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing how happy the children get when the accomplish a goal they have set.

    Ms. Angela has worked with our Prekindergarten Classroom for several years and enjoys teaching and helping prepare them to start kindergarten. She provides an environment that fosters teamwork and individual expression through some of the many activities that provide the opportunity to learn and gain self-help skills, reading circles, and writing skills. Ms. Angela supports her curriculum with many activities that encourage the children to explore and engage in the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angie has been with KinderCare for over ten years. When she completed her bachelor's program, she decided to stay and continue working at KinderCare. She taught prekindergarten for many years before moving to the Preschool program, where she is looking forward to helping the children reach their goals as they progress up to the Prekindergarten program.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Mary Jane (Jane)

    Ms. Mary Jane (Jane), Prekindergarten / Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms

    Seeing the children understand a new concept we have been learning about always get me excited to keep teaching them more.

    Ms. Mary Jane enjoys working with the children in the Preschool Classroom and furthering their education and preparedness for kindergarten. She loves reading to them and providing art activities that tie in to their current curriculum theme. Ms. Mary Jane encourages development of self-help skills in using the restroom, serving themselves meals, and washing their hands. She provides an environment that encourages them to learn their letters and sounds, and gives them plenty of opportunities to practice writing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary Jane has worked closely with her local school district as a volunteer in their classrooms before coming to work with us at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Caryn

    Ms. Caryn, School Age Classroom

    Helping guide the children through new activities and opening up new doors of discovery keeps me coming to my job day after day.

    Ms. Caryn enjoys engaging the children in a wide variety of activities. Their curriculum combines a mixture of fun indoor exploration and outdoor large-motor activities. In our Arizona heat, Ms. Caryn is creative in how she translates these activities for indoor games. Ms. Caryn is currently continuing her own education to ensure the children in her care are provided with the best she has to give them. She enjoys creating projects and is continually coming up with new ideas to engage the children throughout their day. During the school year, a homework time is instilled and she provides assistance, as needed. We hold reading challenges and even have a School Age talent show!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Caryn has worked in the child care field for many years, both in learning centers and as a private nanny/caregiver.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11

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

We are located just minutes from Interstate 10 in the Ahwatukee neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona. Our expertly designed classrooms provide educational opportunities and exploration in learning centers such as dramatic play, science, sensory, and art for all our age groups. We also provide a print-rich environment that supports their early literacy and writing skills by utilizing small- and large-group activities and providing all-day access to a library area.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Accredited

    National Accredited

  • Environmental Service Department: Health Division

    Environmental Service Department: Health Division

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets
  • Allergies

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 safety of our children very seriously. All our staff members have had CPR, First Aid, and fire extinguisher training. We hold monthly fire safety drills. Our building hosts three fenced playgrounds, a fenced outdoor classroom, and we require a key code to access the building. Our staff takes pride in providing a clean environment and accomplishes this by cleaning and sanitizing their rooms and toys daily, as well as throughout the day. Make it a point to check our our health and safety board to find notices about recalls and health information you may find useful.

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.

We are the proud parents of a three-year-old boy. Today he got to return to his Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare family after a long, difficult battle with a rare form of kidney cancer. The staff and Director at our learning center have been there with us every step of the way. They have gone above and beyond, and today they gave us a hero's welcome home. We are beyond blessed to have such a quality facility where we know our precious boy will play, learn, love, and just plain thrive. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

- Parent

I have tears in my eyes as I sit and type out the gratitude I have for each and every person in the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare facility. Much more than a daycare, Kindercare has become family while encouraging my son's education and growth. Since he was seven months old, my son has always been embraced by the beautiful family of this facility. From their care and investment in my son, to their standards of conduct, to their compassion and support, I find it hard to put into words how much it means to me to have found you!
 
 Thank you to all of the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare staff! Love you all!

- Parent

We are the parents of a child in the Infant Classroom and I feel the need to send a message about this particular learning center. I work at the University of Phoenix and I am proud to let others know that our child is attending the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare. The staff are fantastic and very caring. Ms. Sonja and Ms. Valerie are exceptional employees at this facility. I understand why they are the Directors. Our child is only nine months old. We had a difficult time departing from him when he started school, but the staff works very diligently with him. It makes us feel very good to have teachers such as Ms. Laura, Ms. Adrienne, Ms. Lisa(s), and Ms. Christy, who are very caring with his academic achievements and well-being. His face "lights" up when he sees their faces, even Sonja and Valerie, because they take great care of him as well. The facility is very clean and safety is a priority. Each and every staff member is caring and work together to create and maintain a stable and positive learning environment for the children. The staff at this facility are truly an asset to the organization. I feel the need to let others outside the facility know how wonderful they are at this location. This is a great organization!

- Parent

My daughter, who will be turning nine in August, had the positive experience of attending Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare beginning at three months old and continuing until she entered the School Age Classroom. There is no way I can adequately provide enough compliments for the staff, of how they demonstrated their love, teaching, dedication, and patience--along with so many other amazing traits--to train and shape my daughter into a caring, compassionate, smart, funny, and witty child. The staff was completely cooperative with my tendency to be a "hovering parent" and nearly every day I received a phone call, text, or picture showing me how my daughter was doing, which as a working mother, gave me complete reassurance in my decision of child care providers.

- Parent

I wanted to pass on a note of appreciation to Ms. Angie and KinderCare's Prekindergarten program. My son was highlighted in Mrs. Rojas' Kinder Newsletter (Esperanza Elementary) for being able to count to 100. I believe that only six kindergarten children out of a class of 21 were able to count that high. Ms. Angie provided such an excellent foundation for our son's success in kindergarten--thank you, Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare!

- Parents

My daughter has attended Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare since she was just six weeks old and now she is almost eight. The teachers and management have always worked hard to help us in any way we needed. My daughter loves coming to her school and seeing her second family. Our family truly appreciates everything our KinderCare family does, especially the respect and love that they have shown towards our family. We have always recommended KinderCare to our family and friends.

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