Meet Our Staff and Guides

Children’s Safari Learning Center serves families interested in a more close-knit childcare setting. We provide a clean, safe, quality focused environment for children to grow their personalities and increase their independence. We value employees and families who respect and understand children to be little explorers and understand their future to be an adventure.

Important Values To Us:
Professionalism | Credibility | Integrity | Quality
Employee Focus | Family Focus

Kathy Balderrama
Kathy Balderrama
Owner & Creator

Hi, I am Kathy Balderrama. My passion for children has grown over the years. The center opened fulfilling a concept and a dream I had. The calming colors, the animal tie, opening with accreditation standards as our philosophy… The early childhood industry is the most impactful industry on an individual’s future. Research shows that the brain develops more in the first 5 years of life than at any other time in life. Early brain development has a long-lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn. Having that much influence over a child’s long-term success is priceless. I can provide a safe, quality-oriented play-based center but also need to manage staff to be a positive impact on children’s lives. I have my altered passion for running the center to include childcare advocacy, staff mentorship, and professional development.

I would be thrilled to give you a tour and answer any questions you have about our learning center.  Please call 480-621-4031 or email admin@azchildrenssafari.com.

Camryn
Camryn
Assistant Director

Being an Early Childhood Educator is exciting as it is one of the most important and impactful careers to pursue. I enjoy supporting healthy development as well as giving the opportunity to make a difference in their futures.  Working with children with in the first five years of their lives is very important to meet their developmental milestones and ensure that they are given the opportunity to grow and be creative.  I have a passion to teach, to make learning fun and exciting and hope that I can impact their lives which will eventually form the basis for their lifelong journey.

Jessica R.
Office Manager

For most of my life I have been in childcare playing a role in children’s lives and making a difference has been extremely rewarding for me. Today’s children are tomorrows future. Early childcare has taught me how to see the world through their eyes with imagination and creativity. Every child is unique, and I love being able to explore with them as they grow at our center.

Brandie

My name is Brandie and I am from Flint, Michigan. I have many years’ experience in both childcare and teaching Sunday school at our church. The best memory I have with my experience in childcare would be helping a little girl who did not have anything for Christmas. I really enjoy doing crafts and bringing this to life by using my hands.

Brittany
Brittany

My name is Brittany. I am a native Arizonian and I have over 4 years in childcare. Infants are my favorite age group. I love watching them learn and grow!

Jessica
Jessica B.

My name is Jessica B. I became interested in childcare when I started volunteering at the nursery in my church and babysitting. It was fascinating interacting with the children and watching them learn! In my spare time I love to go shopping, be with my friends and family, and complete fun arts and crafts projects. One of the best art projects I’ve done with a class was making a pig. One of my students turned it into a unicorn! It was the cutest pig-i-corn! My favorite part of the day is all day, I love watching the kids interact with each other and watching them learn.

Julia P.

My name is Julia P. I am a native Arizonian, and I am a Quadruplet! I am currently taking classes in early childhood development and in my spare time I love to be with my family and friends. I currently work in all classrooms and pride myself in knowing all the kids.

Marisa

My name is Marisa, and I am from Wisconsin. I do not have any kids, but I do have a dog! I have helped my mom for a long time with her at home daycare! My favorite part of the day is when the kids do art. It really shows their creativity and imagination. In my free time I enjoy reading drawing photography and dance. I started dancing at 6 and still dance today! One day I hope to be a children’s dance teacher.

Mr. Mike

Hi I’m Mr. Mike and I started childcare here at Children’s Safari. I became interested in childcare after volunteering at the local boys and girls club for my senior service hours. I really like watching the kids with their different personalities. In my spare time, I try staying active. I love playing basketball, going to the gym and swimming. My favorite part of the day is usually outside time; I see a lot of the kids getting creative with the games they come up with. The fresh air and the chance to burn energy is beneficial to both the class and the staff.

Sarah
Sarah

I’m Miss Sarah and I love working with children especially doing different art projects with them. Allowing the children to express themselves and have fun while creating is rewarding for me. I have plenty of child care experiences but one that stands out for me is when a parent told me that her daughter would walk around their house with a clipboard and piece of paper and act like she was marking attendance. She would tell her mom she was being me.

Sedona
Sedona

My name is Sedona. I was born in California and moved to Arizona at the age of 2. Right after high school I got started in childcare, and really enjoy what I do. I am an only child but married into a huge family and I love it. My husband and I have 5 kids together and my family is my world I’m proud to be a part of the Safari team and to have the opportunity to get to know your infants.

Stacy

I’m Stacy and after having children of my own, I opened an in-home day care so I could stay home with my children. I became certified through the state and loved having my own business. My favorite part of the day is snuggling the babies and watch them light up when we do art together. Painting their feet and giving them that sensory experience is fun!

Caitlin

I have about 5 years of experience and have always loved being around children. My love for kids grew when I helped my aunt care for my cousins. My favorite part of the day is talking one on one with the children about their weekend or their previous day. I love hearing the excitement they have when they talk about something they enjoyed doing.

Bailey

I have a little over 3 years experience in childcare and my favorite part of working with children is when they make me smile. My favorite activity to do is music and movement. It helps me relax and all kids love to sing and dance! I often bring in my ukulele to play for my class.

Employee Reviews

We are proud to have a phenomenal staff whose passion is the children in their care. Each child brings so much joy to all of our days. Our staff is valued and it shows! Read what they have to say.

Children’s Safari is a great place to work.

Hi, my name is Brandie and I’ve worked at Children’s Safari Learning Center.  Children’s Safari is a great place to work.  All of the staff are respectful of each other and help each other out.  Most importantly we all love children and go above and beyond to make sure they are safe, happy, and educated.

Brandie

We value the children and their families.

We value the children enrolled and their families.  The best part of working for Children’s Safari Learning center is getting to see the children grow and learn.  I would recommend our center to families looking for a safe, loving, environment for their children and to friends looking for employment.

Sarah

The staff feels important.

The love that everyone shows for each other is the best thing about this center! The staff feel important. The staff matter!

Nicole

We value the children and their families.

Children’s Safari Learning center is like a big family. I feel welcomed here. Respect to me is HUGE and I feel like everyone here has it for each other. I come to work and stay in a good mood all day. I would recommend this center to my sister and nephew. He is a year and at my old center. I’d love for him to be where I know he will be in good hands.

Ciara

Children’s Safari is a great place to work.

I’ve worked for Children’s Safari Learning Center for 5 years. Our center has an open door allowing parents to come visit their children throughout the day. The best part of our center is the separate infant rooms. We have one room for little infants and one room for those that are moving around. I love watching the babies learn and grow. I would recommend Children’s Safari to anyone looking for childcare. I also like that I can talk to the director and be comfortable!

Stacy

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