Southern Avenue KinderCare
Meet Tiffany Patton, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2003
Education: Degree in Early Childhood Professions
Favorite Children's Book: Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room
Meet Tiffany Patton! Tiffany is the Center Director at Southern Avenue KinderCare in Mesa, AZ. Tiffany earned a degree in Early Childhood Professions from Emily Griffith Technical College. Tiffany has been with KinderCare for twenty years. Tiffany's favorite quote is, "It takes a village to raise a child." Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys spending time at home.
Southern Avenue 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.
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.
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.)
“ I’ve waited 30 years to be a mommy! I was serious about making sure this baby would be safe and loved while we were at work. The first year we were customers, we were very emotional not knowing if we would be able to adopt him. The staff was always very supportive and reassuring, and invited us to call anytime during the day. I felt safe knowing they would not let anyone take the foster boy from daycare that did not have permission! Soon, another foster baby boy came along and now both foster babies are at this KinderCare. My significant other and I are very pleased with both Ms. Samantha and Ms. Robyn as the new Director and Assistant Director! They have made many changes and all those changes are improvements to how KinderCare was run prior to them taking over those positions. To list a few: current pictures of the kids doing projects and a slide show of these pictures always being projected on a large TV screen in the lobby; class projects posted down the hall; detailed reports of daily activities my boys have done with their class each day; dinners for us occasionally to take home so we don't have to cook that night; Scholastic book club opportunities; soft music and scented stuff in lobby; weekly Crockpot dinners made by our toddler; opportunities (if I choose) for them to participate in; weekly music class (my son love this); and much more! As a parent, I love walking into KinderCare and always seeing current pictures of all the kids doing projects and I stand there waiting for my boys to rotate and be seen! Then I get to walk down the hallway to get my boys, and see all the recent projects on the wall and pictures of the kids, and see my boys’ pictures and projects! As I am leaving with my boys, they point themselves out in the pictures posted throughout the entire place and we talk about the project and pictures of him and his classmates! Those are just some of the great changes they have made. They all have translated into a constant good buzz of energy in our KinderCare, with all kinds of fun stuff happening all the time.Show more
“ My son started at Mesa KinderCare in June 2012 in the Infant Classroom. He was four months old. A little over a month later, he is crawling and really enjoying tummy time! The Infant Teachers are amazing at what they do! Thank you for encouraging my child to learn and crawl.Show more
“ Mesa KinderCare has been the perfect place for my three boys. They play with them, keep them safe, and go over and beyond to teach them new things. I have had my boys in several different centers, but KinderCare has been the best one by far. They are always there for my boys and coming up with new fun and exciting activities. The boys love going.Show more
“ My son loves coming to school. He has learned so much. Thanks, Mesa KinderCare!Show more
“ Thank you for the wonderful care and love you all give to our baby girl! Thank you for being so understanding of parents who work and our need for a safe, clean, and loving environment for our most treasured possession! We love it here!Show more
“ My husband and I were not originally planning to use a daycare. The plan was to have a grandparent watch our daughter but those plans changed and as we look back we all agree that it worked out for the absolute best! My daughter started here at 5 months old. Her development quickly progressed. She is now 2 years old and she amazes me daily! They learn so much that we don't even call it day care but rather school. She can count to 12, knows her colors, has started to use the potty, and she has the best manners. I owe much of that to the KinderCare Mesa family! The director Miss Tiffany is amazing along with the assistant Ericka! We love the teachers and the staff. I feel so grateful that we found this center and would recommend to anyone! It is very safe and clean also!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.