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Golf Links KinderCare

Ms. Leta Hartill, Center Director

8277 E Golf Links Rd. Tucson AZ 85730
(520) 296-9087 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Marshall, Ford, Deitz, and La Paloma

Welcome

Welcome to Golf Links KinderCare Learning Center. 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. Leta Hartill, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Teachers & Staff

The loving and devoted professionals at Golf Links 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. Leta Hartill, Center Director

    Ms. Leta has worked for KinderCare since 2013 and is amazed at how much she has learned and grown from the children and families she has encountered through the years.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
  • Ms. Christy

    Ms. Christy, Infant Classroom

    Making a difference and seeing the smiles of happy children is what makes me passionate about what I do.

    Ms. Christy has been working at KinderCare since 2008. She has set some goals to go back to school to get her degree in early childhood education. Her dream is to work with children with special needs.

    Year Started:
    2/7/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    "I am passionate about my job for the love and safety of the children I care for.

    Ms. Karen has worked for KinderCare Learning Center since 2003 and works as the morning cook and the opening Infant Teacher. She loves to use individual handprints and footprints for seasonal crafts. Ms. Karen has a big passion and love for young children to learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen has held positions in other preschools as well as at the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    2/19/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Jordan

    Ms. Jordan, Toddler Classroom

    "I love knowing I am making a difference in children's lives.

    Ms. Jordan has worked at KinderCare since 2012. She is going back to school to get her degree in early childhood education so she can help children with disabilities. Ms. Jordan love to sing songs with the children to keep then engaged. She enjoys working with every age group and because of her experience, she wants to work with children for the rest of her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jordan previously worked as a site leader for a before- and after-school program.
    Year Started:
    3/29/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Keysha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Keysha enjoys working in the child care field and finds it enjoyable working with young children. She loves to see how they learn and what makes them happy. Ms. Keysha loves to make up new activities and art projects to keep the children excited and engaged. She is always looking for fun, new ways to make it the best experience for the children in her care.

    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Support Staff

    I love my job because of the funny things the children say.

    Ms. Amanda enjoys hands-on projects and watching each child grow. She loves seeing how each child progresses in different ways. Ms. Amanda has worked for KinderCare since 2012 and has worked with every age group.

    Year Started:
    3/19/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Cook

    Ms. Linda has worked for KinderCare since 2008. She has taught in each classroom, and is currently the center cook. She is currently attending school to get her degree in psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has worked as a Teacher, Cook, Van Driver, And Assistant Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4/19/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Nadine, Preschool Classroom

    Ms Nadine has grown with the company over the years while learning the in's and out's of early childhood education. She enjoys working with two and three year olds because their minds are like sponges and they are so ready to learn.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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.

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 Golf Links 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.

 If you get nothing out of this story but this, please know that I love this KinderCare. I have had the pleasure of having four of my kiddos here starting in June 2012. Three of them started in the Infant Classroom. Don't get me started about Ms. Karen! I was so comfortable having my seven-month-old here that when my second little guy turned six weeks old, it was a no brainer to bring him here also. Then a few months later, a toddler joined our family and again, we brought her to KinderCare. Our latest little one started at six weeks and is still here. In fact, all but one of the kiddos, even though transitioned to new forever families, are still here. Everyone on staff here, from the moment I open the front door to when I walked out and shut the front door, was friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Most of the time between the front door openings and closings were conversations with teachers who were listening to me about some of my trials in my life as a foster mom, the kiddos' lives, or "what can we do for you and your kiddos?" They probably thought about charging me for my time here (it would have been well worth it). It was always very comfortable. Yes, Ms. Karen was awesome, but that is not to say that Ms. Christy, Eloise, Amanda, Denise, Andrea, Jordan, Dalia, Amanda, Mr. Steven, and the others were not equally as great. I just spent more time with Ms. Karen due to having infants. These are just some of the teachers who have touched my kiddos' lives and my life. For those unnamed, please know you also meant more to me than you will know. Friendly greetings never went unnoticed. It was a very busy and trying time the last 15+ months, but coming into this center where I was always loved on, treated with respect, and supported helped to make it all worthwhile. While I can't mention their names, Mr. D, Ms. I, and Ms. C all are/were blessed to be here. I also would be remiss if I didn't mention Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Nicole. My many phone calls, quirky requests, and demands were always met with a friendly voice or face. So many kind words and advice when I needed it the most! I feel as if I have friends for life and when the occasion rises, I will be back. Thank you for all you have done and are yet to do. May many bountiful blessings come your way.   

- Foster Parent

The words to best describe this facility's environment would be clean, friendly, caring, dedicated, positive, and loving. I adopted my three youngest grandchildren in 2009 and since I am a single grandmother, I needed a daycare for all three. I did shop around, visited other facilities, and talked to other parents, but when I walked into Golf Links KinderCare, I knew this was the place for my children. I am beyond satisfied with my decision to enroll them here. Ms. Chrissy and her staff do wonders for and with all three of them. Along with Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Charm, other individuals who have done wonders with my three are Ms. Alison, Ms. Linda, Ms. Jordan, Ms. Megan, and Mr. Steven, just to name a few. Ms. Alison is the School Age Teacher and she makes sure that their homework is completed prior to having their "fun" time  and she even helps with school projects. This is a huge help for me! My children have learned so much from attending KinderCare. I attribute their high educational test scores to the programs, curriculum, structure, and willingness of the KinderCare staff for always being there to help and assist my children in any way possible. Since the second grade, two of them have been in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) pull-out programs at their schools, and my third child in second grade right now is in the GATE self-contained classes at a GATE school. Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Charm will do whatever it takes to make things less stressful for myself and my children. For example, since my second grader attends a GATE school, the school district provides her transportation to and from the daycare. Well, since school started in July 2014, I have been having pick-up issues with the transportation department: At least once a week, she does not get picked up for whatever reason. I work clear across town and would take me at least 20 minutes to go get her, another 10 minutes to drop her off, and then it's 15 more minutes before I get back to work. Well, like I stated, they would do whatever it takes to make things less stressful. Ms. Chrissy to the rescue! She says they can take her to school in the mornings! What a relief! At least I can depend on KinderCare to make sure my daughter gets to school on time on a daily basis.This is above and beyond, and another reason as to why we love our KinderCare--because they care! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We greatly appreciate all of you! 

- Grandmother
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