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Black Canyon KinderCare

Ms. Carla Martz, Center Director

10653 N 25th Ave. Phoenix AZ 85029
(602) 371-8881 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Welcome To Black Canyon KinderCare located in Phoenix, Arizona. We are conveniently located just off of I-17 and Peoria Avenue, so freeway access is easy! Our teachers are passionate about education and strive to provide the children and families with a fun and safe place to learn and grow. We would love to show you our center in person!

Ms. Carla Martz, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Black Canyon staff welcomes you to our center! We would love the opportunity to meet your family and to show you our facility. Our teaching staff enjoys showing parents around their classrooms and looks forward to meeting your children. Our team is passionate about the education of children and hopes that you will spend time with us soon.

  • Ms. Carla Martz

    Ms. Carla Martz, Center Director

    "There is nothing more amazing than the hearts and minds of young people discovering the world around them. It is an honor to be part of their journey and I am continually inspired by watching them learn new things every day. I believe in the potential in all children and am a strong advocate for them and their families.

    Ms. Carla was raised in a large, rural family and participated in 4-H for over 10 years working with children, families, and the community. She is married with two children, so early education is a primary focus for her. She started her own state licensed in-home daycare. Two years after, the decision was made to move to Ohio, where she was hired at a family owned child development center and worked as a Toddler Teacher before becoming the center director. During her 13 years as a Director, she became part of a Leadership Council of 23 centers providing wrap-around services to benefit the children. By combining full-year, full-day care services and adding educational standards, a solid learning environment was created for young children and their families. Ms. Carla's center participated in pilot projects focused on improving the quality of early education for young children and their educators, which included being part of the STAR rating system and pursuing accreditation within her centers. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carla worked for two years as an owner and operator for a state licensed in-home daycare. Additionally she worked for four years as a Toddler Teacher, 13 years as a Center Director, 10 years as a Guest Service Team Leader, and eight years in the restaurant industry with the last four in Restaurant Management.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Chilhood Education and Home Economics
  • Eileen Eagle, Assistant Director

    After working in a number of classrooms over her 14 years with KinderCare, Eileen has broadened her management skills and came to us from our sister center here in Phoenix. Being the Assistant Director, gives her the opportunity to support all teachers in every classroom and she is able to build strong relationships with all of the families here at the Black Canyon KinderCare and also grow in the business aspect. At our center, we all consider ourselves family. Eileen is there for parents, children, and staff. Being the Assistant Director is more than a job, it's an honor. With her teaching experienced combined with her management skills, Eileen helps make our Black Canyon KinderCare a safe and healthy environment.  

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate and over 300 credit hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Infant Classroom

    "I enjoy seeing the babies grow and learn every day!

    Ms. Valerie has been an Infant Teacher at our school since April of 2007. She is known for taking particular notice of all the little details that make each baby special and unique. Ms. Valerie instantly falls in love with each and every baby, and takes pride in making sure they are all well taken care of. She really keeps her coworkers accountable for the care and learning opportunities for the infants in the classroom. Ms. Valerie is passionate about her classroom. When giving parents tours of the Infant Classroom, she educates them on the important features of our learning environment. What Ms. Valerie loves most about her job is caring for the babies and keeping them happy. Teaching is her true passion because she makes a difference in children’s’ lives and builds great relationships with all of the families. Ms. Valerie looks forward to seeing their smiling faces every day, and is always there to open our doors in the morning. She is an important part of our teaching team.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jaycie

    Ms. Jaycie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jaycie found her love for working with children as early as seven years old while assisting her mother with her in-home daycare. After seeing how much fun child care could be, Ms. Jaycie began babysitting on her own. She loves to teach children about various subjects while guiding them to learn new things. Ms. Jaycie enjoys watching the children's growth while they have fun learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jaycie grew up assisting her mother in running her in-home daycare, and began babysitting on her own later.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Toddler Classroom

    "Being a Toddler Teacher is both challenging and rewarding. Helping the children see the world through new eyes as they learn to achieve new goals, both socially and academically, gives me a sense of self-worth. I find teaching very fulfilling.

    Ms. Tammy uses every opportunity to find a creative method to teach children math, science, social skills, and about the world in general. She utilizes art, music, reading, and imaginary play to offer students an outlet in which success is achieved, so they can move forward to a higher level of learning and understanding. Ms. Tammy plans on teaching for many more years to come, and is always looking for opportunities to build upon her own education and teaching practices. Ms. Tammy feels that her life experiences of raising four children on her own, and now participating in raising her ten grandchildren, has helped to set the foundation for her love of teaching. Ms. Tammy's whole life has revolved around children, and she is an important part of our teaching team.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certificate of Training for Understanding and Preventing Challenging Behavior; Certificate for Continuing Education - Child Health Consultant Program; Certificate of Completion for the Introduction of the Early Learning Content Standards
  • Ms. Elisa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Elisa's goal is to make every parent and child feel safe and to create learning opportunities for all the children that come into the center. It is her utmost joy being around the children and their families. Ms. Elisa loves her coworkers and boss because they are such lovely people. She also enjoys going to other centers and helping where she is needed.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Preschool Classroom

    It means so much to me to be a part of children's lives and to help them grow in positive ways!

    Before she began a career working with children, Ms. Barbara was in the cake decorating industry for ten years. Currently, she is one of our Preschool Teachers, and recognizes that some children need to be taught how to play. When you walk into Ms. Barbara's classroom, you will usually find her on the floor playing along with the children. Ms. Barbara's class is always filled with music and laughter and endless educational opportunities. She communicates well with parents and often helps train our newer staff in routines and daily transitions. Ms. Barbara is an important part of our teaching team.

    Previous Experience:
    Since she started working with children in 1999, Ms. Barbara has had the opportunity to work with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Arlene

    Ms. Arlene, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces light up when they learn something new. I am inspired to come to work so that I can provide the children with a wonderful experience each day.

    Ms. Arlene has been working for KinderCare since 2008. In the fall of 2013, she transferred to Arizona and became our Pre-K Teacher. Her experience with children began when she started working in a public elementary school as a Kindergarten Aide. She loved the job so much that she decided to attend college and get her degree--after that, she moved to Utah with her husband and two children, and started working for KinderCare full time. In 2013, her family moved back to the Phoenix area. She became a grandma in the past year and enjoys her fabulous granddaughter. She loves working with the children and teaching them new things. Seeing children's faces light up when they learn something new and experiencing their delight with them inspires her every day to do the best job possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Arlene's experience with children began when she worked as a kindergarten aide in a public school setting for eight years.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Floater

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education; Associate of Arts in Family Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Our center has a keypad entry system and the playground is completely fenced in, with each classroom having a back door that leads out to it. All staff are current in CPR and First Aid certifications and we practice safety drills with the children on a monthly basis. We are part of the USDA food program, so we include nutritional components into our mealtimes. All of our staff have their food handlers cards and are working to incorporate family-style dining in their curriculum.

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