By May 28, 2014

Pre-school Shake-up

KindercareBy Amanda Niemerg

After 13 years of caring for kids, KinderCare will close its doors Friday, May 30, leaving about 60 families to find another source for childcare.

Jennifer Swindig’s 2-year-old son has attended KinderCare since August. She’s shocked and disappointed by the closure. “I’m bummed. He’s built a relationship there. I was very impressed. I love the teachers.” Swindig was able to find child care for her son at Valley Child Care and Learning Center after touring other facilities in the area.

Dwindling enrollment caused the corporate office to shutter the center, according to KinderCare spokesperson Colleen Moran.

According to Moran, KinderCare is working with the approximately 15 teachers from the Anthem staff to help them through the transition.

KinderCare was the first licensed child care center in Anthem,  Moran said.


NEW: Starting Blocks Academy, a preschool program at Crossroads Church, anticipates opening fall of 2014. It will serve as a Christian-based learning center serving families with 3- and 4-year-olds, with two-, three-, or five-day options per week.

Starting Blocks Academy, not a licensed facility, is promoting a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) approach in the classroom. Director Rita Robinson said the curriculum is designed to provide students with hands-on learning experiences and real-world problems in a Christian environment.

Starting Blocks Academy
42101 N. 41st Drive
$250 Registration fee waived for enrollment received by June 30.



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