What are Maple Bear Tempe’s hours of operation?

We operate from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday.

For children attending full day programs, breakfast will be served at 8:30. Curriculum activities will take place throughout the day beginning at 9 AM.

Parents can drop off or pick up their children anytime outside of classroom hours.


Who can attend Maple Bear Tempe?


We accept children from ages six weeks to 6 years old.


Where is Maple Bear Tempe located?


We are in the COSTCO Plaza at the Eastern end at the corner of Elliot and Priest Roads in Tempe, easily accessible off the I-10.

Our address is 1255 W. Elliot Road, Suite 20, Tempe, AZ  85284. You can schedule a tour by calling us at 480-474-4455.


How is Canadian education different?


Maple Bear was developed from the ground up by Canadian early childhood education experts incorporating the very best of Canadian practice. Similar to that of the United States, the Canadian approach is based on a child-centered and activity-driven methodology.

But the Maple Bear curriculum is designed to achieve specific and measurable outcomes in respect to literacy and other subject areas, such as maths and science, through a purposeful and intentional approach.  In particular, the Canadian curriculum and methodology supports the learning goals and educational standards set in the Common Core. And finally, Maple Bear places a heavy emphasis on social and emotional development because learning cannot take place without it.

According to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Canada is ranked among the best performing education systems in the world. Canada also has smaller than average gaps between high and low performing students.


What education/training do the teachers have?


Our teachers are chosen for their experience and commitment to early childhood education best practices.  They exceed the standards set by the Arizona Department of Health Services. They understand and support our philosophy of early childhood learning. That is, young children learn best in an environment that allows for exploration. Our teachers will support, encourage and facilitate their interests and learning styles. 

Teachers are trained in the Maple Bear methodology and training takes place on a regular basis. We support and exceed Arizona’s required 18 hours of training per year. 



How Much Does Maple Bear Tempe cost?


Weekly Rates

Infants $295
Toddlers $280
Jr. Preschool $265
Preschool $255
Pre-K $238




How many children and teachers will be in each classroom?


Ratios of teachers to children meet and exceed the standards for teacher/student ratios set by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Infants 1:3
Toddlers 1:5
Jr. Preschool 1:6
Preschool 1:8
Pre-K 1:10



Where else are Maple Bear schools located?


Maple Bear schools are located in 10 other countries all around the world. Click here for further information.


Director's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Maple Bear Tempe.

As you will quickly learn, we are not just another child care center opening in Arizona.

Maple Bear takes the responsibility of providing quality care and education for your child very seriously. We have created a safe, warm, and caring environment in a brand new, high quality, state of the art facility.

We also bring a number of major firsts to the early childhood learning landscape in the Phoenix area.

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November 9th, 2015

Maple Bear Tempe Staff: Working together for more than a decade!

Maple Bear Tempe Director Maureen Gills had a distinct plan in mind when she began hiring staff for the new learning center over a year ago.

December 1st, 2014

Maple Bear Tempe, Arizona has Opened its Doors!

The doors are now open and we are ready to welcome students to Maple Bear Tempe, Arizona. We invite you to tour the facility and meet our School Director, Maureen Gills. We are located in the Costco Plaza at the junction of Elliot and Priest.

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