Garden City Child Development Center

406 N. 1st St.

Buckeye, AZ 85326


Phone: 623-386-2246



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Our Hours

Monday - Friday

5:30 AM - 6:30 PM

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We're Here for You and Your Family

In our work, we put great focus on one thing - the welfare and education of your child. In order to properly encourage your child's personal and academic development, our professional educators follow a unique approach that combines academic excellence with a free-spirited and playful atmosphere for learning.


Our teachers regularly participate in educational seminars and always bring new ideas and input to their daily tasks. These ideas are passed on to your child in playful exercises and diligent study sessions.

Our Team Leaders

Theofane Cadle, Maria Salas & Morgan Yepez are teachers for the 3-5 year olds.  They both have a fantastic relationship with both the children as well as staff.  They are experienced, well organized and prepared to get these children to their next milestone.  


Julie Smith, Vanessa and Lexi are a great team.  They are very passionate and caring teachers who have patience with the children. They are trainined to encourage the children at this age to start the potty training process.


Elvia Rivera & Jenny Rodriguez are teachers for the infant room. They know each child, what they need, what they like and how to keep them growing in a comfortable environment. We are very lucky to have both of them! 


Luz Rosas & Casey Hayes are co-teachers for the 1-2 year olds. Both teachers have been at Garden City for more than 2 years.  They are very loving and nurturing. They both consistently do a wonderful job with our little ones.


Katie Whittaker is our wonderful cook.  She plans and prepares almost 2000 meals a month in our kitchen  She is required to follow the rules of Maricopa County as well as the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and has been doing a marvelous job!


Yolanda Woods is serving as our office manager.  Although part time, Yolanda still manages to keep up with the web site, produce monthly newsletters and calendars, stay on top of required immunizations for each of our children, team scheduling and be sure the files are up-to-date and accurate.  if there is a question, Yolanda is the one to ask! 


Amalia Martinez is now at our front office.  She will be helping with enrollment applications, immunizations and much more.  She has been a great asset. Thanks Amalia!


Larry and Susan Laurita are the owners of Garden City.  Larry is retired from the Air Force, retired from Panasonic, and wonders what retirement really feels like as he takes on the financial and maintenance aspects of a busy center.  Susan has been in the early childhood arena for 37 years and directs the program.  She also is an adjunct faculty member for Rio Salado College and the author of God Made the World & Me and Stepping in Wet Cement.  You can find these books online at Barnes and Noble


The rest of our team is made up of dedicated part and full timers Vanessa, Lexi, Joya and our new additions Katie & Ashley each bring a unique skill set to our program.  Each is a valuable addition to what we do.  


Thank you, Garden City Team!! 


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