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McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare

Dee McSween, Center Director

10409 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Scottsdale AZ 85255
(480) 538-0411 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
In McDowell Mountain

Thompson Peak Blvd. & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Scottsdale Unified School District, other surrounding schools

Our center is moving soon and we’d like you to come with us. We are here to support your family through this transition, and invite you to visit our new home at Scottsdale KinderCare. Our neighborhood KinderCare centers are partnering with us to welcome your family with open arms. Please know that we will work continue to provide your family with a caring, nurturing environment for learning and growing in our new home. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about this move.


Welcome to McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare Learning Center.  We are excited to meet with you and your family.  Our center offers a curriculum-based program that is designed to develop your whole child.  Our hope is that you have an outstanding experience from the moment you walk into our school and decide to enroll with us.  

Dee McSween, 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.

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


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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is passionate about educating and supporting your children as they develop and grow. Our teachers are both educated and qualified and have a true passion for the learning of children. Our team participates in biannual company professional development trainings in order to provide the best possible care and continue our education and training.

  • Dee McSween

    Dee McSween, Center Director

    I love being able to provide children with a safe, nurturing, and educational environment.  I love that we play an integral role in the learning and development of all of our children, and that we are a positive resource and support  for all of our parents, families, and the surrounding community. 

    Dee has been with KinderCare since 2003.  She started out as a Discovery Preschool Teacher, transitioned to becoming the Learning Adventures Program Coordinatopr for her center, and then in 2009 she was promoted to Assistant School Director.  In 2013 she was promoted to School Director of the McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Dee has previously been a Discovery Preschool Teacher, Learning Adventures Program Coordinator and an Assistant School Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies
  • Devon Jantz, Assistant Director

    Being able to teach a child something new and having fun in the process is the most rewarding to me!

    Working with children has always been Devon's passion.  Devon loves watching each child grow and develop everyday.  She is very excited to be working towards her Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Devon has previous experience working in other licensed childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Degree in Early Childhood and Development and Education, Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christy

    Ms. Christy, Toddler Classroom

    Being a part of those small but precious moments is what makes me love every minute of my job!

    In Christy’s free time she enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, swing dancing, weekend road trips, and baking sweets. Along with pursuing her Bachelor’s degree she is a full-time honors student. 

    Previous Experience:
    This is Ms. Christy’s first year working in the child education field.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1st Year
    Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and specializing in Pediatrics
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about my job and being able to provide care and knowledge to a parents most loved possession, their child.

    Ms. Amanda has a beautiful two year old daughter of her own. One of her favorite hobbies outside of work is learning how to country line dance.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Amanda worked for other preschools over the past few years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite things about working with children are being able to see them grow daily. I feel it’s important to help encourage their strengths and make them feel good about their accomplishments, no matter how small!

    Although Ms. Lisa is fairly new to the child care setting, she has been working with children for over 8 years in places from retail to the Disneyland Resort. Outside of work Ms. Lisa enjoys crafting, decorating and spending time with friends, which also are some of the preschool class’s favorite things. 

    Previous Experience:
    4 years as a certified caregiver for an elderly memory care facility. Prior to that she has many years of nanny experience
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelors in Media Studies
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children. I enjoy teaching, learning, playing and spending time with them. I am fortunate to be part of their early education. Their curiosity, innocence, and eagerness to learn bring joy to my heart.

    Some of Mrs. Ana’s hobbies outside of KinderCare include reading, gardening, playing with children and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ana has worked 12 years teaching kindergarten through 8th grade.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor’s Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Kelley

    Ms. Kelley, Classroom Support

    I love being the person that children can look up to as a role model in their everyday lives.

    Ms. Kelley has a beautiful baby girl who is now four months old. Outside of work one of her favorite things to do is go to the movies and spend time at home with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelley previously worked for other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development

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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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Our school has a keypad entry, the parents receive the entry code once they are enrolled with us.  If anyone other than the parent picks the child up, they must provide us with a Government issued photo ID.  All of our staff has their current Fingerprint Clearance Card, CPR, First Aid, and Food Handlers certifications. 

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