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Downtown KinderCare

Ms. Darby Velarde, Center Director

3800 North Central Ave. Ste 1A Phoenix AZ 85012
(602) 277-4533 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Phoenix City Square prides itself on having a family atmosphere with loving  and devoted teachers. Our KinderCare center is located in Central Phoenix and offers convenient access to the Light Rail which makes traveling easier. This also allows for you to have your children closer to you while you work.

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Welcome to Phoenix City Square KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. KinderCare is a place where your child can explore, discover and learn about the world around them, surrounded by teachers who passionately turn every learning moment into a positive learning experience.If there's anything you want to know, just ask. We consider you to be an extension of our family and want you to be as informed as possible.

Ms. Darby Velarde, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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

The teachers and staff at Phoenix City Square KinderCare welcome you to our school. We are all very passionate about providing the best care and education for your child while you are away at work or school. Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here at the Phoenix City Square KinderCare and look forward to having your child in one of our classrooms.

  • Eileen Eagle

    Eileen Eagle, Assistant Director

    A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.

    After working in a number of classrooms, her latest adventure has been leading the school as Assistant Director and completing the the KinderCare puzzle. Being the Assistant Director gives her the opportunity to support all the Teachers in every classroom, she is able to build strong relationships with all of the families at Downtown KinderCare and also grow in the business aspect. At our center, we all consider ourselves family. Eileen is there for parents, children, and staff…no matter what the situation. Being the Assistant Director is more than a job, it is an honor. With her teaching experience combined with her management skills, Eileen helps make the Downtown KinderCare a safe and healthy environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-K Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Discovery Preschool Teacher, Infant Teacher, Assistant Director, Cook, Van Driver, Director, and a Toddler Teacher.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Vicky

    Ms. Vicky, Infants

    I am passionate about my job because I feel it is very important for children to have a quality, nurturing, educational, and safe learning environment.

    Ms. Vicky has been with KinderCare since May of 2015 and she too has the nurturing seed that is planted everyday! It is clear she cares deeply for all who cross her path!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Chelsey

    Ms. Chelsey, Infants

    I am inspired to make the best of an opportunity. I have the privilege of spending five days out of the week with a group of individuals whose smiles warm my heart and whose giggles tickle my soul!

    Ms. Chelsey has been with KinderCare since June 2015. She has done a splendid job in our infant room! Her loving and nurturing attitude is a great asset our team!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Amy

    Miss Amy, Toddler Teacher

    The best Teachers teach from the heart, not from a book.

    Miss Amy come to us with a loving and nurturing personality. She is amazing with the children who all enter her room. She dances, sings, and gets down and dirty with paint with them. Her artistic and creative mind inspires the children to explore and have fun. 

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    ASU Graduate
  • Ms. Char

    Ms. Char, Chef/Infant/Floater

    A teacher affects eternity, she can never tell where her influence stops.

    Ms. Char loves seeing how the children enjoy the learning process. She is inspired by the opportunity to contribute to the team as well as creating a safe and nuturing environment for the students. Ms. Char is an amazing chef and she has a creative mind which influence others to their potential.
    Previous Experience:
    Head Start Teacher
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Destiny

    Ms. Destiny, Pre-Kindergarten

    Young children puzzle us, surprise us, challenge us, delight us, and teach us more than we ever dream of.

    Mrs. D has been with KinderCare since May 2015. She is great with child-teacher interactions and loves being with her students. She takes pride in her job and is a great communicator with parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. D has been a Teacher in the Toddler room, Discovery Preschool room, School-Age room, Infant room, and now the Pre-K room.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Meisha

    Ms. Meisha, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love watching the children get excited about what they are learning. It is an amazing thing and it gives me more motivation to do my very best.

    Ms. Meisha has been with KinderCare since 2007 and she loves being a part of the classroom environment and spending quality time with all of the children. Ms. Meisha works hard with each of the children and ensures that they are learning every minute. Ms. Meisha is also the Learning Adventures Teacher as well.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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.

Special Features

  • Crock Pot Thursday

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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

At Phoenix City Square KinderCare, your children and their safety are our top priority. All our outside perimeter doors are locked to ensure the safety of each individual child. Our front entry way has a coded key pad entry. This allows only authorized Staff and Family members that have the code to enter. All other guests have to ring the door bell and be checked in by Management. In addition Phoenix City Square has on site security that makes routine rounds every 30 minutes to ensure the security of our center.

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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I was that mom that was horrified of the idea of daycare. I couldn't imagine somebody else watching my baby! After a year when my daughter turned one, I visited tons of daycares in the area. Choosing KinderCare was no-brainer! From the wonderful staff, amazing curriculum, and clean facility, it was the perfect fit! My daughter is almost three years old now and I couldn't be happier with KinderCare! She is such a social butterfly, who enjoys going to class everyday. I love that she has something new to tell me everyday, from a new song, something that happened outside, a new food she tried, knowing she's happy makes me one happy mom. The staff is AMAZING they are truly engaged with my child, and I love how much she has learned! She talks so well for her age and knows more than I ever expected. I know KInderCare was a perfect choice. I truly recommend this place, it changed my view on daycare and I couldn't be happier!

- Mother

By far the best!!! I moved my kids from a prior daycare, I was unhappy until I moved the here!! My kids have improved academically and emotionally since the have been here, the staff is great, the teachers show my kids so much love, I couldn't be happier. Including the location, so convenient for me, easy to get to. Very much recommended to any parent.

- Mother

What an amazing place! My son loves going to school, he hasn't had a day he doesn't want to go. The Teachers and Directors are wonderful. They do the best crock pot cooking classes! It is just a wonderful and warm atmosphere.

- Mother

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