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Desert Trail KinderCare

Sharon Johnson, Center Director

8425 E. Old Spanish Trail Tucson AZ 85710
(520) 722-8190 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Broadway/Old Spanish Trail 1/2 mile east of Pantan

Neighborhood:
Broadway And Old Spanish Trail. 1/2 mile East of Pantano Located next to Sherwin Williams.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gale, Steele, Henry, Academy of Tucson, La Paloma

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of 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.

Sharon Johnson, Center Director

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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.

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.

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

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

  • Sharon Johnson

    Sharon Johnson, Center Director

    This is more than just my job, it is my passion in life. I love that I see the excitement of discovery in a child's eyes. Every day is an adventure and I'm blessed that I am a part of our big family.

    Sharon's early career was working in customer relations. She began volunteering in a local church nursery so her children could attend the preschool program. After a few years Sharon came to realize that her passion and love for children could be more than just a few hours a week. She took a leap of faith, and a new job as a two year old teacher in a Childcare center! Sharon also went back to school to further her education and received her Early Childhood Education Associates Degree, opening up more doors in her career! Over the years Sharon has worked with all ages from Infants through 12 years old, cook and driven the van! Joining KinderCare team in June of 2005 as the director of the Desert Trails School, Sharon shares her passion and love for children  and early childhood education every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Other childcare centers
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Associates
  • Josie Vega

    Josie Vega, Assistant Director

    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada "No one is perfect, that's why pencils have erasers." - Wolfgang Riebe

    Josie started working in the Early Childhood Education field to be near her children while she worked. She pursed her education at Pima Community College earning her Child Development Associate's Credential. She learned that working with children brought joy to her life. Josie was a two year old teacher for two years before moving up to working with the School Age children. She is now in a management position which she enjoys greatly. Josie really enjoys having the ability to help the teachers with classroom resources and curriculum, as well as helping families get settled in our school. Establishing positive relationships with our families means a lot to her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    Only where children gather is there any real chanceof fun!

    Ms. Kelly has worked for Kindercare since 2001, beginning her career so that she could be near her own two wonderful children! Ms.Kelly's passion for music and singing shines through in the classroom as she goes through each day singing to the babies all day long. She makes up new lyrics to old tunes and uses each chlds names as she changes and feeds them! Kelly has also recently finished classed and has received her Associate's in Child Development!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Vianey

    Ms. Vianey, Infants

    You may be just a Teacher but to your students you are a hero.

    Vianey has always had a passion for helping families. She decided to go to school and get her degree in Social Services in 2014. After working with community services and meeting families with children she felt that she could better serve families in the community by working in an enviornment where she can teach children and work with them more directly. She joined Kinder Care in June of 2015. Since joining she has found her true passion in working with children. Vianey is currently enrolled in child development courses to better educate her in the way children learn and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering, working for Community Services
    Year Started:
    6/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Degree in Social Services, currently working on CDA Credential
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Infants

    I love working with young children, watching them as they meet new milestones in their lives, it warms my heart.

    Ms. Alyssa always has a smile on her face, she loves to make the classroom fun for every child. Alyssa is naturally nurturing and comforting which is great for our babies. Infants grow and learn so quickly and she enjoys being there every step of the way.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyssa has worked at different child care centers.
    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Toddlers

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.

    Mrs. Janice is our Lead Teacher in our Toddler program. Our families absolutely adore her patience and creativity when working with children. Janice has been employed with KinderCare for 10 years. She believes that children learn the most through play. Janice always has fun hands on activities planned for her children.

    Year Started:
    11/13/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Toddlers

    In Learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

    Ms. Diana discovered her love for children while she coached her daughter's cheer team. Exploring the outdoor classroom is a passion of hers. She enjoys keeping up with the toddlers and introducing exciting new activities to the children she works with.

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children. They are our future. We need to teach them and help them to grow up and become awesome adults!

    Ms. Robin has many years of experience working with children. She has been a nanny for twins, two year olds and more! Ms. Robin loves doing crafts with the children, watching them create unique works of art from their imagination.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin has previously worked as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    6/24/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Tysharra

    Ms. Tysharra, Discovery Preschool

    A happy child makes a happy teacher! I love seeing a smile on a child's face it makes my day.

    Ms.Tysharra has worked in early childhood education for 17 years. She has such a joyful personality and loves engaging with children in her classroom. Tysharra has a special interest in working with children with special needs. She values every child for their individuality and enjoys getting to know each child's interest

    Year Started:
    9/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Radmila

    Ms. Radmila, Preschool Classroom

    There are no bad students, It is our job as educators to find an individual approach to every child and their needs.

    Mrs. Radmila has been our Preschool Teacher for over 10 years. When you walk into her classroom you can see the joy and desire for learning in her children. She believes that a classroom is a place where every child should feel happy, safe and appreciated.

    Previous Experience:
    Middle School History Teacher
    Year Started:
    7/13/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Mia

    Ms. Mia, Preschool Classroom

    I'm happy being able to interact with children, I get the opportunity to touch their lives and contribute to their future.

    Ms.Mia is fresh to our team. She is eager to learn about our curriculum and enjoys implementing it through activities, books, and songs that relate to a specific topic. She wants children to learn while having fun all at the same time.

    Year Started:
    2/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Secondary Education
  • Ms. Kat

    Ms. Kat, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work and being with the children. Playing with them is so great. To be able to teach them and learn from each other is wonderful!

    Ms. Kat began her career in Early Childhood Education many years ago while over seas in Germany. She worked in a preschool on a US military base while she was living there with her family. Ms. Kat found her passion for storytelling and puppet shows there. She has been in this field since turning 21. Ms. Kat has been sharing her stories with KinderCare since 2006!

    Year Started:
    2/14/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Beverly

    Miss Beverly, Pre-Kindergarten

    Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive who is youer than you. -Dr.Seuss

    Miss Beverly enjoys hands on activities. She brings many things into her classroom so that her children have the opportunity to use their imaginations and create whatever they would like. She feels that it is important to allow children to be themselves. Beverly proves this by encouraging each child to express their feelings and ideas. She creates an environment where children feel free to explore and learn with confidence and excitement.

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Miss Analisa

    Miss Analisa, Pre-Kindergarten

    It's a beautiful thing when your passion and a career come together.

    Ms. Analisa has always wanted to work with children. She loves engaging in conversation to help children expand their minds. She likes to think outside the box which makes for a classroom full of excitement.

    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Rio

    Ms. Rio, School-Age

    Inspiring children, inspires me to be the best teacher I can be.

    Ms. Rio has been working with children for 9 years. She started working her senior year of high school where she learned that it was a job she can easily turn into a career. Rio has a gift when it comes to understanding children. She finds strengths in children that they may not see in themselves and gives them the confidence they need to excel.

    Year Started:
    5/20/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, School Age

    It takes a BIG heart to shape little minds.

    Ms.Heather likes to bring out the best in children by complimenting them and encouraging positive behaviors and interactions. She is able to get children envolved and excited to learn new things.

    Year Started:
    11/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Multi-Age

    I love my job as a teacher, It is very rewarding to me to know that I am making a difference in children's lives one way or another.

    Ms.Ashley has the ability to adjust herself to different learning. one minute she maybe in the Infant room nurturing and comforting them, than the next playing group games on the playground with our preschoolers. She loves seeing the smiles on children's faces. It makes her happy knowing that she is able to provide a fun learning atmosphere for children to learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    5/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Shania

    Ms. Shania, Multi-Age

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children who love learning.

    Ms. Shania was once a child enrolled in KinderCare at this very location. She dreamed of being a teacher at Kinder Care until she was able to bring her dreams to life. She has wonderful customer service and is eager to influence children in a positive way. When she was enrolled at Kinder Care she expresses that her days were filled with discovering new things in an exciting way. Shania wants to make sure that she does the same for every child enrolled in our program.

    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

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

Health and Safety

Our top priority at 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. You child’s security begins at the front door, literally. All guests and alternative pick up people are checked for identification and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. 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 wellbeing 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.

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

We love you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, because you have made all the difference in the world in my child's life. She looks forward to school each day and always come home so happy with wonderful stories to tell. She is the light of my life, knowing she is in good hands is a priceless blessing. Thank you for all you do.

- Parent

Thank you very much! We deeply appreciate the love and care you provided for Avery for the past four years. It has been a great experience for her and I want you to know that from the bottom of my heart. We have all raised a beautiful girl and she is ready for her next experience because of you.

- Parents

I am the mother of four children. My daughter, who is now 13 years old, started at KinderCare with Ms. Sharon as director when she was three years old! She learned so much while in the care of all the amazing staff, many of which are still there! She attended until she was just too old (13th birthday!). My youngest son started there as a tiny baby and is now nearly two years old! I love the care he gets. From safety, to education and nutritious meals! He is well cared for. But mostly he is loved. Everyone is very friendly and has created a family like atmosphere!!!

- Mother

The Director is great and extremely helpful in answering any questions you may have. The staff is AWESOME, and do a fantastic job caring for and teaching our kids. I highly recommend Kindercare Learning Center to anyone who needs and wants their children to be in a fun and educational enviornment.

- Grandfather
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