Kellie Rexrode, Center Director
Meet Kellie Rexrode, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2019
Education: Child Development Associate credential
Favorite Children's Book: What Was I Afraid Of?
Meet Kellie Rexrode! She is the Center Director at McKellips KinderCare in Mesa, Arizona. Kellie has earned a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare for three years, and before that she was a teacher and a program specialist. Outside of work, Kellie enjoys collecting vinyl records, reading, journaling, cooking, swimming, playing softball, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "We are the music makers, the dreamers of dreams."
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.
McKellips 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
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!
My story is wrapped in the amazing experience I got from this center. My kids fell in love with school and though it was difficult to get accustomed to the new environment, one specific person made all the difference for them and for me as a mother and that person is Ms. Juana. She is such an amazing, caring and loving teacher. She took care of my daughter and then my son. I am blessed that she took care of both of them until they got used to the idea of school and what school is all about but most importantly she wanted every kid to feel loved and safe in the classroom even though mommy and daddy were not there. I wanted to use this opportunity to share with everyone how wonderful and dedicated this woman is and what a great impact she did for everyone in my family not just the kids.”
Chrissy G. - KinderCare Parent
When I leave my daughter at McKellips KinderCare, I have full confidence that she is in good, caring hands and that the center has strong, structured curriculum. And the most obvious evidence of that is her glow and conversations she has with us about the center and her teachers! I thank you for caring for our child, and for your patience and caring center mission.”
Mr. P. - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to thank you for everything you did for "our" first day. It was really tough for me to leave him with somebody other than my mom. Answering me throughout the day by text and even pictures? Made my heart really happy to hear and see that he was doing good. He came home that night and ate perfectly, and slept all night like usual. That shows me that his schedule was followed and that he had a good day. Thank you again. I really appreciate it. I was able to drop him off today with no tears!”
Alyssa - KinderCare Parent
Thank you for all you did to help make my son's first week at KinderCare so great! You really helped put us at ease with the transition. We hope our son brings lots of joy to your center. Thank you!”
Cynthia - KinderCare Parent
There is no amount of pizza, cupcakes, or treats that I can bring to show our appreciation for all of you. Seeing your smiling faces every day puts me at ease knowing my children will be taken care of by you all. The past five years have been amazing, and I will never forget all you have done for our family. We will miss you all!”
Stacy - KinderCare Parent
Before returning to work, I had to find care for my first child. I made a number of calls to find a place that could meet my needs and scheduled a couple of appointments for tours. After meeting Marie and touring the center, I cancelled the other appointment. My daughter has been going to KinderCare on McKellips for seven months now and I couldn't ask for more. Her teachers are amazing! I can tell they truly care about her development and well-being. We have shared big moments in her growth, such as crawling and recently taking a step solo. I am grateful to have such a wonderful team looking after my sweet girl while I work.”
Anna B. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at McKellips KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at McKellips KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.