Josephine Vega, Center Director
Meet Josephine Vega, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2006
Favorite Children's Book: I Like Me!
Meet Josie Vega! She is the Center Director at Golf Links KinderCare in Tucson, Arizona. Josie has been with KinderCare since 2006, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Josie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves exploring nature and all that life has to offer. “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.”
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.
Golf Links 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.
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 get nothing out of this story but this, please know that I love this KinderCare. I have had the pleasure of having four of my kiddos here starting in June 2012. Three of them started in the Infant Classroom. Don't get me started about Ms. Karen! I was so comfortable having my seven-month-old here that when my second little guy turned six weeks old, it was a no brainer to bring him here also. Then a few months later, a toddler joined our family and again, we brought her to KinderCare. Our latest little one started at six weeks and is still here. In fact, all but one of the kiddos, even though transitioned to new forever families, are still here. Everyone on staff here, from the moment I open the front door to when I walked out and shut the front door, was friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Most of the time between the front door openings and closings were conversations with teachers who were listening to me about some of my trials in my life as a foster mom, the kiddos' lives, or "what can we do for you and your kiddos?" They probably thought about charging me for my time here (it would have been well worth it). It was always very comfortable. Yes, Ms. Karen was awesome, but that is not to say that Ms. Christy, Eloise, Amanda, Denise, Andrea, Jordan, Dalia, Amanda, Mr. Steven, and the others were not equally as great. I just spent more time with Ms. Karen due to having infants. These are just some of the teachers who have touched my kiddos' lives and my life. For those unnamed, please know you also meant more to me than you will know. Friendly greetings never went unnoticed. It was a very busy and trying time the last 15+ months, but coming into this center where I was always loved on, treated with respect, and supported helped to make it all worthwhile. While I can't mention their names, Mr. D, Ms. I, and Ms. C all are/were blessed to be here. I also would be remiss if I didn't mention Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Nicole. My many phone calls, quirky requests, and demands were always met with a friendly voice or face. So many kind words and advice when I needed it the most! I feel as if I have friends for life and when the occasion rises, I will be back. Thank you for all you have done and are yet to do. May many bountiful blessings come your way.”
Jennifer M. - KinderCare Parent
The words to best describe this facility's environment would be clean, friendly, caring, dedicated, positive, and loving. I adopted my three youngest grandchildren in 2009 and since I am a single grandmother, I needed a daycare for all three. I did shop around, visited other facilities, and talked to other parents, but when I walked into Golf Links KinderCare, I knew this was the place for my children. I am beyond satisfied with my decision to enroll them here. Ms. Chrissy and her staff do wonders for and with all three of them. Along with Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Charm, other individuals who have done wonders with my three are Ms. Alison, Ms. Linda, Ms. Jordan, Ms. Megan, and Mr. Steven, just to name a few. Ms. Alison is the School Age Teacher and she makes sure that their homework is completed prior to having their "fun" time and she even helps with school projects. This is a huge help for me! My children have learned so much from attending KinderCare. I attribute their high educational test scores to the programs, curriculum, structure, and willingness of the KinderCare staff for always being there to help and assist my children in any way possible. Since the second grade, two of them have been in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) pull-out programs at their schools, and my third child in second grade right now is in the GATE self-contained classes at a GATE school. Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Charm will do whatever it takes to make things less stressful for myself and my children. For example, since my second grader attends a GATE school, the school district provides her transportation to and from the daycare. Well, since school started in July 2014, I have been having pick-up issues with the transportation department: At least once a week, she does not get picked up for whatever reason. I work clear across town and would take me at least 20 minutes to go get her, another 10 minutes to drop her off, and then it's 15 more minutes before I get back to work. Well, like I stated, they would do whatever it takes to make things less stressful. Ms. Chrissy to the rescue! She says they can take her to school in the mornings! What a relief! At least I can depend on KinderCare to make sure my daughter gets to school on time on a daily basis.This is above and beyond, and another reason as to why we love our KinderCare--because they care! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We greatly appreciate all of you!”
Fredlyn - KinderCare Parent
I love the staff here. I have a newborn so it's very scary having to take him to daycare especially now during a world wide pandemic. But they are amazing and make me feel confident in my choice for my child to be there. He absolutely loves his teachers. I also love the fact that they are always in communication with me about everything. Also they send me so many pictures throughout the day with their easy to use app so that I get to see him doing his fun little activities through out the day. Also their health procedures for drop off and pick up make me feel safe for having him there.”
April G. - 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 Golf Links KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Golf Links 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.