Garden City Child Development Center
406 N. 1st St.
Buckeye, AZ 85326
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Monday - Friday
5:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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.
Maria Salas and Christine Egbert are teachers for the 3-5 year olds. They each have a fantastic relationship with both the children and staff. They have differnt areas of expertise. Maria focuses on language, both English and Spanish. Christine loves math and science. They are experienced, well organized and prepared to get these children to their next milestone.
Leslie Carrillo , Laura Ochsner, and Gerri Singleterry are the team that teaches our Early Preschool class (2 and 3 year olds). They are very passionate and caring teachers who have patience with the children. They are trained to encourage the children at this age to start the potty training process. Again, they have different areas of focus. Leslie is the artist. Laura focuses on music and science. And Gerri's focus in on language.
Elvia Rivera, Jenny Rodriguez & Ashley Baeza 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 them!
Luz Rosas & Morgan Yepez are co-teachers for the 1-2 year olds. They are very loving and nurturing. They both consistently do a wonderful job with our little ones using Tadpoles to communicate with parents, and Teaching Strategies Gold to do ongoing assessments in a variety of developmental areas. Both are actively working toward an AA in Early Childhood Education.
Amanda Olivan 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 new director. Yolanda still manages to keep up with the web site, produce monthly newsletters, oversee staff development and billing, stay on top of required immunizations for each of our children, and be sure the files are up-to-date and accurate. if there is a question, Yolanda is the one to ask!
Julie Smith has taken on the role of office manager. This means she is in charge of scheduling, calendars, contacting parents when children are absent, our Family in Focus program, and just being available when "life happens".
Susan Laurita (former owner) and Carolyn Tsosie (long time team member, recently returned), are acting as our subs right now.
Victoria Miller is the new owner of Garden City. Victoria is a long time client of our program and has come through with several foster children. As it turns out she has 4 children enrolled right now! So parents can be sure Victoria will be looking out for the best interests of the parents and of the children. She also is a firm believer in the power of prayer and that this program really belongs to the Savior. When there is a question, she will consult with hter team, yes. But the ultimate decision will be a prayerful one.
Larry Laurita and Mario Blakely are the behind-the-scenes volunteers who are responsible for maintaining this property at no cost to you. What a gift! Larry has also been serving as the financial officer and is currently spending his volunteer hours training Victoria to oversee the finances once the Lauritas move out of state. Mario is Victoria's son and is availabel to do "whatever Mom wants".
You and your children are in great hands with this team!