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Poinsettia KinderCare

Jacqueline Papania, Center Director

1200 Plum Tree Rd. Carlsbad CA 92011
(760) 435-0001 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
across from Poinsettia Community Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pacific Ram Aviaia Oaks Elementary

We welcome all our families with open arms and strive to provide them with the warm feeling of home. Our Center is open to all families that would love to visit anytime of the day. We are currently enrolling in all our age groups. Stop by and see what makes our center unique.

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Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Designated learning centers, such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, give children the opportunity for rich social play and self-initiated discovery. You’ll find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Jacqueline Papania, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

We pride our center on our wonderful staff and their longevity. We conduct two training days per year for our staff so they may remain up to date with early childhood education.

  • Jacqueline Papania, Center Director

    I have the honor of meeting such wonderful families and the many wonderful relationships I have developed through out the years. I enjoy watching the the children grow and enjoy mentoring our teachers.

    Mrs. Jackie has been with Kindercare since 2004. She comes from 23 years of Early childcare experience. She has worked an infant teacher, preschool teacher up to a kindergarten teacher. She has been a mentor to our teachers as an educational coordinator and has taken on the role as one of our Professional Development Day trainers. 

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelors Degree In Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Andrea R., Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four years
    Child Development units
  • Ms. Myesha, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching and being a part of children's lives.

    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Child Development units
  • Ms. Inka, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching the children and giving them lots of love. Its fun to watch them learn new things.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Child Development units, CDA center permit
  • Ms. Yukari, Toddler Classroom

    I love to spend the day with children, watching them learn new things.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Eight years
    Child Development units
  • Ms. Selva, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children smile at the great accomplishments they make.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Seven years
    Child Development units
  • Ms. Kandi, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and to see what I taught them click. It is awesome to observe their expressions once they get it.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Child Development units

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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
  • Bulgarian, Japanese, Dutch, Lithuanian, Russian

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

Our center offers a keypad entry to our classrooms and a fenced playground. All our teacher are CPR and First Aid certified. We conduct monthly fire and disaster drills. Our onsite cook is food handler certified.

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

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We feel so lucky to have Ms. Myesha and Ms. Drea taking care of our daughter. We couldn't ask for a more perfect pair! Their enthusiasm, patience, and love for all of the little ones is so amazing. We love how they encourage her to try new things, especially art projects- so precious! As first time parents, it is difficult to be away from her all day but knowing that she is in such good hands makes it possible! She always comes and goes with a smile - that says it all!

- Parent

Thank you to all of the teachers and staff. You are all wonderful and are doing jobs that most people can't do. You all put up with so much that goes unappreciated. I have the utmost respect for teachers and I think you deserve the best. Thanks for everything.

- Parent

Words can't express how impressed I am with your staff. Ms. Candy and Ms. Silva have been so instrumental with easing our son into KinderCare. They are both so patient and caring with him. Ms. Candy always greets him with a big hug in the morning. Ms. Silva some how gets Ethan to sit down at the table to eat. Not sure what her magic is but, it works :) There are a couple of other teachers that are there in the early morning; they too are always so friendly to my son and I.

- Parent

Our little girl does not speak any English and is very dependent on her grandma. When her grandma had to go back to China, slightly more than one month ago, everyone in my family was very concerned and was bracing for the shock of a difficult transition. However, our daughter's teacher Ms. Selva is so patient, loving and professional that all our worries were gone in a few days. My little girl eased into and enjoyed her stay at Kinder Care. We always remember the scene of caring Ms. Selva trying to comfort our crying daughter by speaking to her in Chinese. Great job, Ms. Selva, we greatly appreciate all the care and teaching you are giving.

- Parents

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