South Chandler KinderCare
Meet Joanne Salinas, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Child Development, Child Development Associate with Preschool Certification
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Meet Joanne Salinas! She is the Center Director at South Chandler KinderCare in Arizona. Joanne attended Central New Mexico Community College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Child Development. She has also earned a Child Development Associate with Preschool Certification and is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for two years, and before that she was an assistant director and a teacher. Her favorite quote is, "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi. Outside of work, Joanne enjoys doing yoga, hiking, and thrifting.
South Chandler KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
“ South Chandler KinderCare, we want to thank you for the care you gave to both our girls. You treated our girls as if they were your own and we will forever be grateful. The girls have such great memories to take with them. Thank you for everything!Show more
“ My kids love South Chandler KinderCare. Both of my girls have attended since they were eight weeks old. They have learned so much and made long-lasting friends. My youngest daughter just started kindergarten and she is ahead of most of her class. Also, five of her friends have started in the accelerated class. I am so proud of all the things she has learned at KinderCare. The teachers have really made learning fun for both of my girls. Every time I pick them up, they don't want to leave--they are too busy doing a project or playing with their friends. My oldest daughter is nine years old and she is still really close to friends that she made in the Toddler Classroom. The close relationships they have made are amazing. I really can't express how grateful we are of KinderCare.Show more
“ We love South Chandler KinderCare: Having a safe place to take my kids while we go to work is very comforting. KinderCare has been in our lives for over seven years and they have provided more for our two children than simply daycare. Both kids have experienced the same curriculum, and in some cases, the same teacher. Each classroom is balanced between free play, music, art, and other structured activities and both my children are happy every day when I pick them up. The center’s administrative staff is always responsive to my questions and feedback, and they have never hesitated to try to accommodate a special request. In a few years, both of my children will be too old to attend KinderCare, but I will continue to refer the center to all my friends and family.Show more
“ Being at South Chandler KinderCare has been a very positive experience for both of my sons and the whole family. This is our fifth year our children have attended and we love it! Our oldest son had a little bit of a tough time transitioning from toddler to independent school-ager, and Ms. Megan was wonderful in assisting us with coming up with a plan for success. We wanted him to make good choices on his own by the time he began kindergarten, and were concerned with some of the behaviors he was exhibiting. Megan and his two teachers sat down with us to come up with a plan of action for how certain behaviors were going to be addressed and what consequences they would hold. Although it was a rough start, the transformation at the end has been wonderful! Through the persistent reinforcement of positive behavior, my oldest son has become a respectful and responsible little man! We love Megan and the team and feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility to call ours!Show more
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AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KinderCare Teacher With An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds a Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.