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Sandy KinderCare

Tracy Danis, Center Director

9165 South 1300 East Sandy UT 84094
(801) 572-1766 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Willow Canyon Elementary, Silver Mesa Elemenatry, Peruvian Park Elementary, Sandy Elementary and Oakdale Elementary.

At Sandy KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!


Thank-you for visiting the Sandy KinderCare website! Our intention is for it to serve as a useful resource, to help you get to know our experienced and passionate team of teachers and directors.

Tracy Danis, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers brings diversity, dedication, passion and years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education. We are pleased that we are able to come to work every day and act as positive influences in the lives of children.

  • Tracy Danis, Center Director

    "No kid is un-smart. Every kid is a Genius at something. Our job is to find it and Encourage it." -Robin Sharma

    Tracy has been working in Early Childhood Education for the last 10 years. She started working at Sandy KinderCare as the Center Director in November of 2015. She has a great love and passion for educating young minds and knows the importance of the fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. She believes that every child should be given the opportunity for success no matter their abilities or learning styles. Along with her love of children, she enjoys building great relationships with families and knows that working together we can give their children the best foundation for success. She is also an advocate for families with children with special needs, due to having a daughter of her own that has a severe disability.

    Previous Experience:
    Tracy has experience teaching 2 year olds, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten. She has been an Assistant Director before becoming the Center Director of a private Preschool.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    National Administratior's Credential
  • Melonyi Ricker, Assistant Director

    "All children have gifts, some just open them later than others."

    Melonyi has worked in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for over seventeen years. She has always preferred working with young children. Melonyi has experience working with very diverse families and children with varied abilities. She has loved each and every adventure and looks forward to many more.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Melonyi worked as a Prekindergarten, Elementary School and Special Education teacher.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Dual Certification in K-8 and K-6 grades
  • Ms. Lolly, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I get to play a role in inspiring children to learn and create new adventures.

    Ms. Lolly loves the faces of her children when she introduces a new concept or theme to them. She feels she has the best job and that it is so much fun sharing in the nurturing experience of the Toddlers in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lolly cared for children in a religious setting.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Associate's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Melonyi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    All children have gifts, some just open them later than others.

    Ms. Melonyi has worked in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for over seventeen years. She has always preferred working with young children. Ms. Melonyi has experience working with very diverse families and children with varied abilities. She has loved each and every adventure and looks forward to many more.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Melonyi worked as a Prekindergarten, Elementary School and Special Education teacher.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Dual Certification in K-8 and K-6 grades
  • Ms. Staysha, Preschool Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Ms. Staysha is originally from Sandy, Utah. She is passionate about teaching in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Staysha began caring for children early on and surrounds herself with children of family and friends. She loves her job!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Staysha worked as a private nanny and as a teacher for another child care center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Eva, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The children in my class are not only my students but my family. Being able to help them grow is a rewarding gift.

    Ms. Eva has the great pleasure of teaching an eager, enthusiastic group of four-year-old children. They respond so well to her, hanging on her every word. She really enjoys the new Spanish component to the Prekindergarten curriculum. Ms. Eva and her class love their time at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Eva worked as a Private Nanny, Camp Counselor and a Preschool Teacher.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Developmental and Abnormal Psychology with a Minor in English
  • Mr. Chris, School Age Classroom

    I like this job because it is a different experience every day. I never know what a child is going to say or do. There is nothing better than participating in the learning of a child and being there when it finally clicks for them.

    Mr. Chris is originally from Idaho and has years of experience working with children. His hobbies include baseball, studying history and listening to Jazz from the early 20's. Mr. Chris is an excellent role model for the children in his class. He always has a smile on his face and the children are always happy to see him.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Chris taught at a Preschool in Idaho for fifteen years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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

  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students is the number one priority of Sandy KinderCare. Our entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified and the building has a secured entry. We have a number of practices and procedures in place to optimize the safety of the children in our care and of our staff. Our dedicated health and safety coordinator has the responsibility of ensuring the standards mandated by the state and by KinderCare, are maintained at all times.

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