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Ina KinderCare

Ms. Jacki Gabrey, Center Director

7277 N. Old Father Tucson AZ 85741
(520) 744-3084 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Quail Run, Thornydale, Butterfield, Robert Richardson, Rattlesnake Ridge, Twin Peaks, Coyote Trail

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center located at Ina and Old Father Road. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to grow up in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Jacki Gabrey, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. As a high quality child development program, our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education level and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child’s progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.

  • Ms. Jacki Gabrey

    Ms. Jacki Gabrey, Center Director

    I love watching the children grow and develop over the years. It's an amazing and rewarding experience!

    Ms. Jacki obtained her associate credential in 2001, and is currently working towards a bachelor's degree at Rasmussen College. Ms. Jacki grew up in Washington State, and moved to the desert region in 1996. She has been working with children since 1992. Ms. Jacki looks forward to assisting families with their child care and preschool needs.

    Previous Experience:
    At KinderCare, Ms. Jacki started as an Assistant Director, although she has also worked in all the classrooms with all age groups. Ms. Jacki previously worked in bookkeeping and insurance claims before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4/10/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Sarina Davis

    Ms. Sarina Davis, Assistant Director

    My biggest goal is to help families and children. Being able to positively help children learn and grow is truly a rewarding experience.

    Ms. Sarina Davis started with KinderCare in 2008 as a Teacher before working her way up to Assistant Director in 2015. She grew up in a military family and has lived in many different places, including Germany and the Netherlands. She got into the child care field when her daughter was young and is still enjoying her work in the early childhood field today. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree at the University of Phoenix.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming an Assistant Director, Ms. Sarina worked in the classrooms as a Teacher. She has experience with ages six weeks to 12 years.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate of Arts in Elementary Education; Bachelor's Degree in Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Infant Classroom / Program Specialist

    The thing I love the most about teaching is watching the children learn new things. Watching the children grow and become more independent inspires me to come to work every day.

    Ms. Desiree is our Lead Infant Teacher.  She is a mother of two children herself and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melanie joined KinderCare in 2015.  She has worked in child care for over a year and is currently attending school pursuing her degree in early childhood education.

    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Child Development (In Progress)
  • Ms. Ali

    Ms. Ali, Infant Classroom

    I love hearing what each child has to say! Watching them learn something new is incredible. Children say the funniest things and just to seem them smile makes me smile.

    Ms. Ali has a twin sister, one older brother, and one older sister as well. She is a huge animal lover! Ms. Ali enjoys helping those in need, whether it is people or animals. She is attending school to become a hygienist, but also enjoys working with children very much. Ms. Ali feels her best when she helps others. In her free time, she enjoys going out with friends or watching movies with her dogs.

    Year Started:
    4/9/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Dona

    Ms. Dona, Toddler Classroom

    I love knowing that I'm helping the children develop into bright, smart individuals. The children greeting me as I come in each morning and watching them learn and play inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Dona has several years of experience working with young children. Ms. Dona has two grown children and a granddaughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dona has spent several years working with young children as a Teacher and Manager.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Toddler Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to watch the children grow and learn every day! Seeing the children's smiling faces and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Leah works in our Toddler Classroom.  In her spare time, Ms. Leah loves spending time with her family and doing arts and crafts.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Maegan

    Ms. Maegan, Toddler Classroom

    I am inspired by the love and affection that children give. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of these children's lives.

    Ms. Maegan is also a college student currently pursuing a business degree. She can always be found with a smile and a kind word for everyone.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maegan has worked with both infants and toddlers at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Lulu

    Ms. Lulu, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The best part of teaching is knowing I will make a difference in each child's day--every day.

    Ms. Lulu is the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters and has been married for 20 years. Ms. Lulu has a son who is 18 years old and a daughter who is 14 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and cooking meals for them as well.

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children have an amazing capacity for caring and learning. It is a gift to work with them.

    Ms. Yolanda has over 20 years of experience working with children. She has been a Teacher and a Center Director, but recently returned to the classroom to pursue her love of working in the classroom directly with the children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yolanda has worked as both a Teacher and Director.
    Year Started:
    7/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the excitement the children have to learn anything you want to teach them. Knowing that I am going to have fun inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Victoria is the Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. She has worked with children for several years. While Ms. Victoria used to be a Director, she found her true passion lies in the classroom--which is where you will now find her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Victoria has served as both a Teacher and Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Martha

    Ms. Martha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the expression a child gives when learning a new color, shape, letter, etc. I love being able to watch the children grow and explore new things each day. The happy greetings I get when I walk into the class inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Martha is currently one of our Prekindergarten Teachers. She has also worked with our school-age children in the past. She spends her time away from work enjoying her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Martha has worked with prekindergarten and school-age children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Miss Shaylee

    Miss Shaylee, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Working with children is one of my greatest joys.

    Ms. Shaylee is currently attending high school while working part-time with our center.  She is very active with her school and loves working with all ages of children while she is here.

    Year Started:
    6/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Breanna

    Ms. Breanna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each day I feel lucky to work in such a great line of work with smiles and laughter all day.

    Ms. Breanna is currently attending college to pursue her degree in early childhood education. She spends the majority of her time with us working with the school-age children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Janette

    Ms. Janette, Prekindergarten Classroom / Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love the excitement as I see the children willing to learn and grow. To pour something into each child and watch their response and growth inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Janette is one of our Prekindergarten Teachers. She has worked with several age groups over the years, and has a true passion for helping children learn. In her spare time, she is passionate about her family and her church.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Prekindergarten / Early Kindergarten

    I am amazed at the confidence my students have when they have completed my program. I love their willingness to learn as well as all of the smiles they bring me each day. I love being a part of their beginning journey to a lifelong love of education.

    Ms. Katrina is an amazing Teacher who is known for preparing her children beyond the scope of the prekindergarten spectrum. Her students are often at the top of their class due to the amazing head start she gives them!

    Year Started:
    6/2/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Venessa

    Ms. Venessa, School Age Classroom

    I love to help children be creative in their own way and encourage their imaginations. Watching the children learn and grow each day is extremely rewarding.

    Ms. Venessa has worked with young children since 2008. In her personal time, she loves the outdoors and playing sports with her husband and two young children. Ms. Venessa is always looking for ways to improve, and has taken several trainings and seminars to support this goal.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Venessa has worked with children since 2008. She has worked with children ages six weeks to twelve years of age.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 top priority at Ina KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare. 

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Being a first-time mom, I was hesitant to take my daughter to a child care center. I thought it would be hard for my daughter to adjust, but Ina KinderCare ended up becoming an extension of our family! I couldn't be happier with KinderCare, and my daughter even cheers when we arrive in the parking lot. I love that it is something she looks forward to. As a parent, I love how they keep me informed and everyone knows my daughter by name. I always recommend KinderCare because I know my friends will be just as happy there as I am. I feel confident leaving my daughter there and know this as her happiness shows how great they are with her. She has picked up great social skills, counting, her alphabet, and more--all by attending KinderCare's Infant and Toddler programs. We know that she is having fun, but we also know she is learning. We love KinderCare and look forward to continuing our relationship with them for many years to come.

- Parent

Our experience with KinderCare for the last two years has been outstanding! We foster medically fragile children: some with physical needs, others with developmental delays. We know in our hearts that the staff is a huge part of why these children flourish and thrive. The Teachers in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are highly skilled with a focus on growing strong little bodies and curious, happy minds. They are always open to any physical therapy requests we have, offering more tummy time, keeping up on the latest on DME (durable medical equipment) care, and offering one-on-one attention to get our kiddos up to speed with loving care and kindness. The administrative staff is just as supportive--not only do they encourage and nurture our kiddos, but they also give us support and encouragement to continue with this calling to be foster parents. It is not an easy road being a foster parent: There are many difficult days and heartaches from dealing with the court system, but the staff let us know every day that they appreciate our efforts. They are an integral part of our success with these kiddos, and a core part of our team. I can’t imagine doing this wonderful, difficult, amazing thing without all of them! We could go anywhere in Tucson, but we choose Ina KinderCare for the education setting coupled with knowledgeable, loving staff.  Thank you for all you do for our family.

- Foster Mom

I am a single mom raising a two-year-old child, but with all the help and support from the wonderful people at KinderCare, my son is learning more than I could ever teach him. They sing, play games, teach manners, and are even helping with potty training. Thank you, Ina KinderCare! Special thanks to Ms. Donna, Ms. Leah, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Foster, who have worked directly with my son.

- Mother

Ina KinderCare and their team have been a lifesaver! I am a single mom with three boys and the staff, including the Director Ms. Jacki and Assistant Director Ms. Sarina, are fantastic! I love the care and attention that my kiddos receive while they are there and my boys absolutely love their Teachers! My younger boys come home singing songs, reciting the alphabet and their colors, and talking about what they did in school today. My older school-age son has been able to make friends and he loves the activities that are planned for him after school--well, after help with homework, that is... Overall, the staff and KinderCare as an organization have put my mind at peace while I am at work and knowing that my boys feel they truly cared for makes my confidence that much stronger! Thank you, KinderCare, I appreciate you guys!

- Mother

It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial for the Ina KinderCare center in Tucson, Arizona. The center is well-organized, safe, clean, and comfortable. The most important feature is the staff, all of which are professional, caring, and incredibly patient. We have only been at this school for six months and I was very nervous to switch child care providers. Prior to the switch, I met with the Teachers and administration, and felt very reassured about the move. They listened to all of my concerns and made it a seamless transition. My youngest son (age four) has some emotional issues and can be very trying, to say the least. After a short 'honeymoon' period, he fell back into his routine of defiance and aggressive behavior. The Teachers could have easily labeled him as a 'problem child' and written him off. Instead, they communicated with me, took the initiative to pull outside resources, and together we created a special system to recognize and encourage my son's positive choices. It is evident that they care deeply about every child. Although it is a work in progress, I am very pleased with the results and emotional growth that I have witnessed in my son in recent months. In addition to the emotional support provided by the Teachers, I love the structured environment and stimulating activities I observe. Every month has fun, themed days that create excitement for my children. We enjoy seeing the Teachers dress up and I like how the themes provoke interest and questions about other cultures. Since I am a single mother without much family nearby to help, I rely heavily on KinderCare to be the 'village' that helps me raise my children and shape their futures. We have been through several child care providers and I am confident that this center is the best place for my kids when they cannot be with me.

- Mother
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