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Desert Trail KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gale, Harold Steele, Anna Henry, Academy of Tucson, La Paloma Academy

Welcome

Welcome to the Desert Trail  KinderCare in Plano, Texas. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, and so we place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print, and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families: their village. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. 

Ms. Sharon Johnson, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The loving and devoted professionals at Desert Trail KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. Our program is nationally accredited, which means we have ensured that 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. Sharon Johnson

    Ms. Sharon Johnson, Center Director

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

    Ms. 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, Ms. 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 child care center! Ms. Sharon also went back to school to further her education and received her associate's degree, opening up more doors in her career! Joining KinderCare team in June of 2005 as the Director of the Desert Trails School, Ms. Sharon shares her passion and love for children and early childhood education every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sharon has worked at other child care centers. She has worked with all age groups, from infants to twelve-year-olds. She has also driven the buses to transport children.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Josie Vega

    Ms. Josie Vega, Assistant Director

    Ms. 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 to earn her associate credential. She learned that working with children brought joy to her life. Ms. Josie has worked as a Teacher, but is now in management, which she also enjoys greatly. Ms. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Josie has served as a Two-Year-Old Teacher and School-Age Teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    "Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun!

    Ms. Kelly has worked for Desert Trail 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 the time. She makes up new lyrics to old tunes and uses each child's names as she changes and feeds them! Ms. Kelly has also recently finished classed and has received her associate's degree!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. Alyssa always has a smile on her face, and loves to make the classroom fun for every child. Ms. 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Toddler Classroom

    Our families absolutely adore Ms. Janice's patience and creativity when working with children. Ms. Janice has been employed with KinderCare for 10 years. She believes that children learn the most through play. Ms. 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, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Diana discovered her love for children when 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 because she gets to watch 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Radmila

    Ms. Radmila, Preschool Classroom

    There are no bad students. It is our job as educators to find an individual approach to address every child's needs.

    Ms. 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:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Radmila worked as a Middle School History Teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/13/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Mia

    Ms. Mia, Preschool Classroom

    "I'm happy being able to interact with children because 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in 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 overseas 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kat has previously worked at a preschool on a U.S. military base.
    Year Started:
    2/14/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. Beverly proves this by encouraging each child to express his or her 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Analisa

    Ms. Analisa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Rio

    Ms. Rio, School Age Classroom

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

    Ms. Rio has been working with children for nine 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. Ms. 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    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 involved and excited to learn new things.

    Year Started:
    11/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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
  • Russian, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Thai, Filipino

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 Desert Trail 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.

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

We love you, Desert Trail KinderCare! 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 comes home so happy with wonderful stories to tell. She is the light of my life, and 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 our daughter 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 whom 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 this center has 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 Desert Trail Kindercare to anyone who needs and wants their children to be in a fun and educational environment.

- Grandfather
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