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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

Neighborhood:
Thompson Peak Blvd. & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

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


Building relationships between the teachers, parents, and children is a priority for our school. We currently have open enrollment in all of our classrooms.

Welcome

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

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.

Spanish

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:
    2/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    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:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Degree in Early Childhood and Development and Education, Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emily, Infant Classroom

    I love working with kids because the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five. Seeing that light bulb turn on is so rewarding to witness and be a part of!

    Though Ms. Emily is a new edition to our McDowell Mtn Ranch family, she has many years of education and experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.  In the infant room, Ms. Emily has a knack of acknowledging each infant throughout the day and on a regular basis.  Ms. Emily is consistently encouraging growth with all of our infants through engagement, art, books, and songs.  Outside of work Ms. Emily enjoys music, art, writing poetry, reading comics/ books, the movies and spending time with her friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has experience doing volunteer work at a Child Crisis Center, as well as four years experience working in other licensed childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    7/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Human and Family Development (Coursework in Early Childhood Education)
  • Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    Being able to watch the children learn and discover new things everyday is so rewarding and makes me really love my job!

    Ms. Danielle loves being around children. She also enjoys being able to create a fun, colorful, and creative environment for the children in her care. Outside of work Ms. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling and baking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has over six years of experience as an in home nanny, and also has a year of experience working in other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    4/21/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Degree in General Studies, Certificate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching children grow and learn, and I enjoy coming into work to see their smiling faces! My favorite thing about being a toddler teacher is seeing the excitement on the children's faces when they experience something new and throughout the process of learning new concepts.

    Ms. Samantha has worked at KinderCare for over a year and absolutely loves it.  Ms. Samantha is from Washington and relocated to Arizona to enroll in a graduate program with Arizona State University to obtain her Master's Degree in Elementary Education.  Her favorite color is lime green and she loves the Seattle Seahawks and the Cougars, her college football team!  Ms. Samantha believes that self expression through creative art projects is important for children.  Ms. Samantha also enjoys integrating various sensory activities, child process art and games that motivate sharing in the classroom, believing that these are essential practices for toddlers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha has previously worked for KinderCare in Washington as a lead toddler program teacher, and also has experience working in customer service at a grocery store and as a receptionist throughout high school and college.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (minor in Psychology), Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • 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:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Trina, Preschool & Prekindergarten Classrooms

    Knowing that the first few years of a child's life are critical to their emotional and intellectual development, it makes me proud to be able to be a part of their first educational experience.

    Ms. Trina has spent time teaching as a nanny, as an orphanage preschool volunteer, and international school volunteer.  Ms. Trina has also taken several courses in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development.  In her spare time Ms. Trina enjoys tennis, antiquing and iced tea!  Ms. Trina's top priority is to get to know each child individually and understand how to adapt lessons to their individual levels and interests.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trina has previous experience as a lead teacher in a two's classroom and preschool program in Dallas, Texas. Also previous experience as a personal nanny for over three years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Coursework in Early Childhood Development and Education)
  • Ms. Amy, Floating Teacher

     Children are like a box of crayons. They are a variety of different colors, which makes each crayon unique. The purpose for crayons is to create something beautiful, and children learning new things and seeing how their minds works, is very beautiful.

    Ms. Amy's passion and ambition gravitate toward working with children, which is also where her heart is. One of Ms. Amy's favorite aspects of teaching is child process art projects and watching them use their creativity and imagination.  Ms. Amy believes that through arts and crafts, children are able to grow and develop their individuality.  Ms. Amy would like to play an active role in helping children in her care achieve and reach their maximum potential and enjoy life at any circumstance.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has cared for children for many years and has also worked with special needs children. Ms. Amy supported and played an active role with her cousin who has special needs, and from this experience learned that as a care giver you have to be a great listener, very supportive and understanding. Ms. Amy has also previously worked for other licensed childcare facilities, and also has experience providing respite care for the elderly.
    Year Started:
    4/13/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Human and Family Development (with Special Education Training)
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Floating Teacher

    Children are full of joy and have a love for life. I feel as though I can touch their lives by teaching them to be the best that they can be. I'm lucky to be able to help in all of the different classrooms from the nursery to the School Age. It's wonderful to see what each grade level is learning.

    Ms. Rita loves to cook, bake, garden and read. She also loves animals and has three dogs of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rita worked as a Christian Education Director at a former church, a camp counselor at a church summer camp and a para-educator for Scottsdale Unified School District.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts

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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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