Teri Dangro, Center Director
Meet Teri Dangro, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Child Development Associate credential
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Teri Dangro! She is the Center Director at Superstition KinderCare in Mesa, Arizona. Teri has earned a Child Development Associate credential and is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. She joined the KinderCare team in 2021, and before that she was a director and a training and curriculum specialist. Outside of work, Teri enjoys traveling, she has been to twenty-seven countries so far. "Play is the work of children."
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.
Superstition 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.
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.
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.)
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 Superstition 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.
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.
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.
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.
How does naptime work at Superstition 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.
Is tuition support offered for Arizona families at Superstition KinderCare?
Child care is one of the biggest priorities—and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. We partner with state and local agencies in Arizona to provide tuition subsidies where we can, including the agency below:
There may be other available funding sources for families living in Mesa, Arizona and we have subsidy coordinators standing by that can discuss potential solutions for your family. Even if you are not subsidy eligible there may be other options in Maricopa County to help with tuition.
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 seven-year-old has been going to Superstition KinderCare since he was two, and I have felt secure knowing my child was safe and well taken care of. So two years ago when I had my second child, and had to put her in daycare at just seven weeks old, knowing how well she would be taken care of at KinderCare helped make it so much easier and gave me peace of mind for what could have been an extremely difficult transition. Any issues I have ever had were always heard and addressed immediately. I have moved a few times since we initially started at our center, and I continue to drive miles out of my way every day just to make sure my kids are able to stay where I know they are safe and well cared for. I would not trust taking my kids to anyone or anywhere else!”
Christine - KinderCare Parent
Just over a year ago, I was searching for daycare for my child. I had gone to three or four different sites before Superstition KinderCare. All said they had a waiting list or their infant room was full. I walked into the KinderCare lobby, hoping they wouldn't tell me the same thing. I was warmly greeted, offered a tour, and watched the Infant Teachers interact with the babies. I felt so comfortable with the staff and how they received me and my child. Best of all, they asked when I would like to start! The staff is so friendly with each other and with the parents. The supervision they give to the infants and toddlers is amazing. The children really respond to the staff and I have noticed that the behavioral issues are kept at a minimum. I think it is because the staff to child ratio is low enough that the staff can spend the necessary one-on-one time that a child may be needing. I cannot say enough good things about this center. It really is a family atmosphere!”
Wendy - KinderCare Parent
I just love Superstition KinderCare. As soon as we walked in, it felt clean and very inviting. The staff was quick to greet us and offer a tour. Our children had never been in a preschool environment so they were nervous at first. Then staff welcomed them in and got them involved in the class; before we knew it, our children were saying good-bye to us as soon as we pulled up!”
Daniel - KinderCare Parent
I appreciate all of the teachers and all that Superstition KinderCare does for me and my family. It is such a comfort to me as a parent to know that I am leaving my children in a place where they learn and have so much fun. I am so glad that we chose KinderCare. They rock!”
Kristal - KinderCare Parent
Superstition KinderCare has taken such great care of our boys over the years! It is like our boys' second home and they love it. My boys have been blessed with such wonderful teachers along the way. As a mom who leaves her children in preschool, it is comforting to see how much they love their teachers! I am thankful for all that they do for my boys!”
Krista - 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.