Heather Bauer, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Almost at the corner of Litchfield and McDowell - shopping center behind Black Angus Resturant.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dreaming Summit, Collier, Corte Sierra, Litchfield, Mabel Padgett
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Heather Bauer, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Watch Out Big Bro is Coming!
Meet Heather Bauer! Heather is the Center Director at Goodyear KinderCare in Arizona. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been with KinderCare for over three years now. Every day, she looks forward to providing care and support for creative and growing minds. Heather’s favorite quote is “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” -George Dorsey. When she’s not working, Heather likes to travel, hike, and go swimming. Heather also likes to spend a lot of time in the hockey rink with her two boys.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
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.)
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.
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.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
If you are looking for a good daycare for your child, then KinderCare is definitely not for you! The fact of the matter is that Goodyear KinderCare is much, much more than that. It is actually comparable to an institution of higher learning...for children. Each and every week, my wife and I are trying to figure out just what our (now two-and-a-half-year-old) daughter is talking about, because at KinderCare, she is always being exposed to and learning new and exciting things. For example, as our daughter's vocabulary is rapidly expanding, she came home trying to communicate with us and we had no idea what she she was saying. This frustrated her tremendously, and as she continued to lead us to the refrigerator to show us what she wanted (since we obviously weren't getting it and her patience wore thin), so she reached in and grabbed a water bottle. My wife and I were dumbfounded when we suddenly realized that what we had mistaken for "baby talk" when she said "agua" was her communicating a new Spanish word that she had learned at KinderCare for "water"! Things like this are a weekly occurrence that we have grown accustomed to, but have become "wiser" as parents in making certain that we have a copy of the "lesson plans" that are made available ahead of time so that we can keep up with her! Perhaps most importantly, they also continue to indulge her belief and make her feel as if she is indeed a real life "Princess," and the smile that her "Royal Highness" displays day in and day out is worth far more than money can ever buy!”
The J. Family - KinderCare Parent
I had looked at a couple of other places for daycare for our son but it just never felt right, so my search continued. When I walked in Goodyear KinderCare in August of 2011, I knew immediately I had found our “home” for our son. I still remember the day I met Melissa Phillips. She took my son and I around the facility and introduced me to a couple of the teachers. I did not feel like anyone was putting on a display of their best behavior because someone new was taking a look. Melissa and the teachers were real, loving, and personable. As I left there, I immediately called my husband and told him that KinderCare was the place for us! Our son was almost a year old when he started in the first week of September. My family and I were greeted with warmth, care, and support. The teachers have always treated us like family and made us feel appreciated and special. As he became older and transitioned to different classes it was very easy for them to help support us as he was becoming more independent and, as he says, “getting big.” When he was in the Discovery Preschool Classroom, we brought in our three-month-old daughter to join KinderCare as well. I cannot even begin to express the “mother-like” care Ms. Brenda gave to her. She adores my daughter and my daughter adores her. As a mom, you want the person who is going to be watching your child to simply love your child. I have never once felt like even one teacher did not love my children. In fact it is the exact opposite, and through their love, my children have been given a chance to learn, explore, and find their own personalities. From each class my kids have been in to each teacher who has helped my husband and I mold our children into who they have and are becoming.
Anytime someone asks me where I take my kids to school, my response is simple…Goodyear KinderCare. I have had plenty of my friends and family who bring their kids to KinderCare. I will continue to refer children because of the way my family is consistently treated.
Melissa and all of the teachers will always hold a special place inside our hearts…”
The M. Family - KinderCare Parent
The staff is always so warming and kind, always greeting you with every arrival and departure. They are kind and sweet and so very loving toward my child. They have made a home here for him. He is always happy when at school. Thank you so much, Goodyear KinderCare!”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
My children have been at Goodyear KinderCare a total of 18 months, one from six weeks to now 18-month-old and the other from two-and-a-half years to presently four years of age. All the teachers have been really good with my children and very involved with their learning--even just a passerby from a different class has always been very loving, caring, and knowledgeable. My four-year-old did not speak well at all when he first came here. He has made drastic improvement since starting at KinderCare, way more than I expected. This will help him all throughout his life! Thank you, Goodyear KinderCare!”
Loretta - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been here for a total of three years and it has been a fantastic experience. She loves the teachers and the interaction with the other children. Now that she is in the School Age Classroom, the teachers and management ensure she is safely transported to school and back and help her with her homework as well as life skills to strengthen her future. Thanks so much to Melissa and team!”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
Every member of this center takes fantastic care of every foster child I've trusted them with. They give them love and respect. This team is an amazing group of educators!”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
During our roughest times, the Goodyear KinderCare staff treated me and my four children like family. The staff were the best and very caring. I would highly recommend this facility to any parents looking for a bright, clean, fun environment for their children. Thank you ladies for everything, I appreciate everything you all did to make us feel welcome. God bless you all.”
Diamond T. - KinderCare Parent
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.