Kelly Lister, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Ahwatukee: Kyrene School District
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kyrene de las Lomas, Kyrene de la Colina, Kyrene de la Esperanza, Kyrene de los Lagos
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Kelly Lister, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies, Multi-Subject Teaching Credential
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Kelly Lister! She is the Center Director at Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare in Phoenix, AZ. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and also holds a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential in California. She has been with KinderCare for one year, and before that she was a director and a regional director. “Sprinkle kindness like confetti.” Outside of work, Kelly enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.
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.
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.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
We are the proud parents of a three-year-old boy. Today he got to return to his Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare family after a long, difficult battle with a rare form of kidney cancer. The staff and Director at our learning center have been there with us every step of the way. They have gone above and beyond, and today they gave us a hero's welcome home. We are beyond blessed to have such a quality facility where we know our precious boy will play, learn, love, and just plain thrive. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
Kelli D. - KinderCare Parent
I have tears in my eyes as I sit and type out the gratitude I have for each and every person in the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare facility. Much more than a daycare, Kindercare has become family while encouraging my son's education and growth. Since he was seven months old, my son has always been embraced by the beautiful family of this facility. From their care and investment in my son, to their standards of conduct, to their compassion and support, I find it hard to put into words how much it means to me to have found you!
Thank you to all of the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare staff! Love you all!”
Cassie E. - KinderCare Parent
We are the parents of a child in the Infant Classroom and I feel the need to send a message about this particular learning center. I work at the University of Phoenix and I am proud to let others know that our child is attending the Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare. The staff are fantastic and very caring. Ms. Sonja and Ms. Valerie are exceptional employees at this facility. I understand why they are the Directors. Our child is only nine months old. We had a difficult time departing from him when he started school, but the staff works very diligently with him. It makes us feel very good to have teachers such as Ms. Laura, Ms. Adrienne, Ms. Lisa(s), and Ms. Christy, who are very caring with his academic achievements and well-being. His face "lights" up when he sees their faces, even Sonja and Valerie, because they take great care of him as well. The facility is very clean and safety is a priority. Each and every staff member is caring and work together to create and maintain a stable and positive learning environment for the children. The staff at this facility are truly an asset to the organization. I feel the need to let others outside the facility know how wonderful they are at this location. This is a great organization!”
Felisha - KinderCare Parent
My daughter, who will be turning nine in August, had the positive experience of attending Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare beginning at three months old and continuing until she entered the School Age Classroom. There is no way I can adequately provide enough compliments for the staff, of how they demonstrated their love, teaching, dedication, and patience--along with so many other amazing traits--to train and shape my daughter into a caring, compassionate, smart, funny, and witty child. The staff was completely cooperative with my tendency to be a "hovering parent" and nearly every day I received a phone call, text, or picture showing me how my daughter was doing, which as a working mother, gave me complete reassurance in my decision of child care providers.”
Kelli K. - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to pass on a note of appreciation to Ms. Angie and KinderCare's Prekindergarten program. My son was highlighted in Mrs. Rojas' Kinder Newsletter (Esperanza Elementary) for being able to count to 100. I believe that only six kindergarten children out of a class of 21 were able to count that high. Ms. Angie provided such an excellent foundation for our son's success in kindergarten--thank you, Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare!”
Kate & Richard S. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has attended Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare since she was just six weeks old and now she is almost eight. The teachers and management have always worked hard to help us in any way we needed. My daughter loves coming to her school and seeing her second family. Our family truly appreciates everything our KinderCare family does, especially the respect and love that they have shown towards our family. We have always recommended KinderCare to our family and friends.”
Amy - 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.