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Canyon Country KinderCare

Iliana Faraldo, Center Director

18525 West Soledad Canyon Rd. Canyon Country CA 91351
(661) 251-9176 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Sierra Hwy & Soledad in the Albertson's Shopping Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Golden Oak, Fair Oaks Ranch, Canyon Springs, Leona Cox & Valley View Elem. Schools, Mint Canyon

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Exciting things are happening here at the Canyon Country KinderCare.

Our Fall session is almost here and we're so excited to share with you and your family all that is new and amazing here at our center; we have a restructured the Preschool and Prekindergarten Curricular program!   I know that finding the right place — and the right people — to help nurture and educate your child is a big decision. While you have many options, please know that our center has been helping children in Canyon Country for many years; I’m confident we could make your family’s experience a great one.

It would be my pleasure to have you tour our center in the next couple of days. Please contact me to schedule your visit. I look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours.

Iliana Faraldo   

Iliana Faraldo, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

What I find most interesting about our staff at KinderCare in Canyon Country is that they have all been with the company over five years and counting. This is truly their "home away from home". These teachers come to the center everyday ready to nurture and provide a well rounded curriculum for all age groups. We are all blessed to be able to call ourselves a TEAM. 

  • Iliana Faraldo

    Iliana Faraldo, Center Director

    This center has a warm and pleasant feel to it. liana Faraldo is happy to be the person to lead her team of teachers and families in a safe safe nurturing environment.

    Iliana Faraldo started working for KinderCare Learning Centers in Thousand Oaks in 1997. There she was an Assistant Director for five years. She then moved to the Santa Clarita Valley where she became the Preschool Director for Pinecrest Schools in Canyon Country. Iliana was quickly promoted in 2004 to Principal then to a Campus Director where she overlooked the Preschool, Elementary and Middle School programs. Iliana was very involved in the curriculum and making sure the children were engaged in a learning environment. Iliana had a great relationship with all her families. She is known for her customer service and making herself available if parents have any questions. Iliana is happy to share her experience from the past 10 years of Early Childhood Education with KinderCare Learning Centers. She is very happy to be back at KinderCare in Canyon County leading this great team of teachers that have also been with KinderCare Learning Centers for many years.

    Previous Experience:
    Lliana previously was a Assistant Director for KinderCare in Thousand Oaks before becoming a Director for five years.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Early Childhood Development`
  • Kirsten Hatchel-Skinner

    Kirsten Hatchel-Skinner, Assistant Director

    I love to take the time to make each child feel special, because they are.

    Kirsten Hatchel-Skinner completed her Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 2004 at CSU, Channel Island's. Soon following graduation she moved to Santa Clarita and began pursuing her early childhood education units. In 2006 Kirsten began working for the Knowledge Learning Corporation at the Canyon Country KinderCare as a Toddler Teacher. Continuing as the Toddler Teacher, Kirsten also took on the position of Health and Safety Coordinator. In 2007 she accepted the position of Kindergarten teacher and taught the class for three school years. In 2008, in addition to working at KinderCare, she co-founded a non-profit organization named Triumph Foundation that assists people with spinal cord injuries. In 2011 after returning from maturity leave, Kirsten taught the Preschool class and in 2012 also took on the position of Assistant Director. She is always looking for new ways to engage the children and expose them to various cultures and abilities. She strives to make this center and world a better place.

    Previous Experience:
    Enrolled in early childhood education courses during college. Previously employed as a teaching assistant for Junior High School aged at-risk children for three years, preschool teacher for seven years, health and safety coordinator at a preschool for six years, certified caregiver for the State of California since 2006, and co-founder of a charity assisting people with spinal cord injuries since 2008.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelors of Science Degree in Business
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Liz has been with KinderCare since 2005. Each and every day she brings joy to our Infant classroom. Ms. Liz believes that the first year of life is such an amazing part of development. Each day is a new discovery. Early learning environments are vital to the future educational for our children. Ms. Liz brings warmth and positive feeling into our Infant classroom with her unconditional love for the children.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Rebekkah

    Ms. Rebekkah, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rebekkah just started working for KinderCare February 2014. She is a Toddler teacher. She has worked with several age groups from Infant through Prekindergarten when she ran her own daycare before coming to KinderCare. Ms. Rebekkah especially loves working with the Toddlers watching them explore, grow, and learn. She is patient, loving and understanding to all the Toddlers' needs.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Keosha

    Ms. Keosha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Keosha has been with KinderCare since 2004. She is our Discovery Preschool teacher. She does an amazing job potty training the children. She enjoys doing art with the kids and learning through personal interactions with each and every child in her classroom. Our Discovery Preschool room is all about learning through hands on experiences, and building vocabulary through charts and group experiences.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sandy has been with KinderCare since 2008. She is our Discovery Preschool teacher and bus driver. Ms. Sandy loves working with all age children. Ms. Sandy is also our Learning Adventures teacher. She tutors all age groups in Math, Phonics and Spanish. She also teaches fun Music and Cooking classes.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree In Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Yesenia

    Ms. Yesenia, Preschool

     Ms. Yesenia started working for KinderCare in April of 2014; She always enjoyed working with children since High School when she would volunteer in different schools. She is married with a son of her own, She enjoys seeing the children learn, grow everyday.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool

    Ms. Jessica started working for KinderCare in 2008, her husband was military so she left KinderCare and came back Four times due to trasfers. She always wanted to be a teacher since she was a child and as soon as she could babysit and Start College to work with kids she did. She has over 10 years of working with children and has loved every minute. Ms. Jessica is married with two kids of my own.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Diana has been with KinderCare since 2006. She enjoys teaching our Prekindergarten curriculum and presenting them with new materials. This is a time when children are making connections between what they know and what they are learning. She loves to watch the expressions on their sweet faces when they have mastered a new concept.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, School Age

    Ms. Jennifer started working for KinderCare in February of 2015. She recently made the career change to childcare after volunteering in her daughter's classroom. She loves working with young children and finds joy in seeing the world through their eyes. She is married and has two children of her own.

    Year Started:
    1 Year

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety of all of our children is of utmost importance. We have topic focus each month for our staff, as well as safety checks and trainings. We have a key coded entry, alarm secured gates on our playgrounds and have regular fire and disaster drills. Our center also has a Health and Safety Coordinator who assists center management with all things in Health and Safety.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My child has been at KinderCare since she was 13 months old and is now two-and-a-half years old. Every day she comes home with her daily note that tells me about her day, and she tells me "I had fun at school." She is so happy at school and learns new things every day. Thank you to KinderCare Canyon Country and to her teachers through her experience so far: Ms. Liz, Ms. Diana and Ms. Keosha.

- Father

My husband and I have two children who attend Kindercare Canyon Country. Our daughter is in Miss Diana's preschool class, while our son is in Miss Keosha's Discovery Preschool class. We are writing to you today to tell you how impressed we are with this year's curriculum!
On the first day of school, our daughter Anya (4.5 years old), learned about sight words (ie., the/and/he). We usually read books before going to bed at night. We were blown away when Anya started to read the sight words from the books! She was so proud that she could read parts of the book along with us. She also started learning Spanish in school, and is so excited about learning a new language.
At the same time, our son Laksh (2.5 years old), is showing the same incredible progression! He is speech delayed and has been working with a speech therapist to expand his vocabulary. Miss Iliana, Miss Keosha, and the rest of the Kindercare faculty have been true partners with us in helping us through this. He has expanded his vocabulary at least threefold since starting school just a few months ago. Last week, he surprised us by counting (unaided) from 1-10!
We wanted to relay to you that we are really happy with this year's curriculum. It is challenging and fun at the same time. Our kids are flourishing at this school, and the credit goes to the incredible staff and the impressive curriculum. Miss Iliana is not only a capable director, but also very friendly, accessible, and caring to the kids and to the parents. She creates a safe and comfortable environment that parents can feel good about. Of course, her staff, including Miss Kirsten, Miss Diana, Miss Keosha, Miss Jennifer, and the others, also exemplify this same care.
Thanks again for the great work!

- Parents

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