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San Marcos KinderCare

Katrina Greene, Center Director

6270 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane Carlsbad CA 92009
(760) 431-2558 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
near Palomar & Melrose Behind the Rancho Carrillo Swim Pool

Rancho Carrillo

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Carrillo, La Costa, and Poinsettia Elementary

We are located right next to the Leo Carrillo historical park which allows us the opportunity to enjoy the peacocks that have resided there for many years.

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Welcome to the San Marcos KinderCare located in Carlsbad. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We strongly feel that it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will have a safe, secure and stimulating environment. He or she will be supported by a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Katrina Greene, 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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the San Marcos KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center, and an average of ten years in the field of early childhood education. The staff here strives for excellence by continuing their education in biannual company professional development trainings and monthly staff trainings. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Katrina Greene

    Katrina Greene, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Katrina has formally worked with young children for over 10 years. She taught Prekindergarten for most of that time and worked her way up to administration. Her management experience includes working for a before and after school program, aiding in program development with a private preschool and as an Assistant Director with KinderCare prior to taking on a Center Director position.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's in Early Childhood Education
  • Alyssa Choquette, Assistant Director

    Ms. Alyssa has previously worked on Camp Pendleton at the San Onofre Child Development Center as a toddler, preschool, and school age teacher. She also served as a lead and ran the School Age program for San Onofre CDC. Prior to her two years at San Onofre she resided in Chicago, IL and worked at a private Preschool and served as an infant and twos teacher as well as management. She is very excited in growing with Kindercare!

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler and Preschool Teacher at San Onofre Child Development Center Lead at San Onofre School Age Center Infant and Preschool Teacher as well as management experience at KC's Academy in Chicago, IL
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? The Cat in the Hat Green Eggs and Ham and so many more..
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+ years
    Bachelors of Science in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Infant Classroom

    Working with children keeps you young at heart.

    Ms. Erin is inspired to come to work each day because the children greet her each morning with big hugs and smiles. She loves going home knowing that she has taught something new each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Infant/ Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early CHildhood Development
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to problem solve with the children. What inspires me to come to work each day is the environment. If everyone creates a happy atmosphere, I feel happy as well and that makes my job enjoyable!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching is so rewarding! I love watching as children develop new skills each day. Seeing their 'light bulb' go off when they've mastered a new skill is priceless.

    Ms. Alicia has been with KinderCare since November of 2007. She has worked at many different Kindercare centers over the years. She currently holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has more than eleven years experience working with young children. She loves knowing that she is making a difference in children's lives. She is happy to be a part of the Rancho Carillo family!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Alicia was a Preschool Teacher for Diablo Valley College's child development center in Northern California.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Abby is in the process of pursuing her degree in fine arts and psychology. She has been with Kindercare for over a year in our two's room. She has been a caregiver for her grandmother for many years and enjoys taking care of her. Ms. Abby loves to draw with the kids.

    Previous Experience:
    She has been a caregiver for her grandmother and has taken care of her siblings. Also, has babysitting experience.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    12 units in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing a degree is Psychology
  • Ms. Marlen

    Ms. Marlen, Preschool Classroom

    I have met lots of new friends that love to learn! They have made me feel very welcome!

    Ms. Marlen is currently pursuing her degree in Child Development, she has taken many classes and is finishing her degree this spring! She has been with us for over a year now, she loves to sing and dance with her friends in the classroom. She believes that communicating and collaborating with families is a very important aspect of her teaching principles and practices within the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    She has volunteered at the San Marcos Child Development Center and the Pilgrim Preschool in Carlsbad.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Preschool & Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I love teaching because of the excitement the children get when they understand a new concept. I am inspired by watching how each child blossoms every day!

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Pre-K Classroom

    I love my job because each day is a new adventure. I love making children happy.

    Ms. Natalie has been with Kindercare since April of 2015, but she also worked with us back in 2010. She loves to read with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    She worked at the Toddler Town Preschool and the Learning Jungle. She also has taught swim lessons and worked as a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie has worked with children for 7 years and loves what she does. She likes to help children grow and learn. She wants to help them experience new things and have fun each day at school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has worked for the YMCA and other non-profit companies doing afterschool and day camp programs.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Bachelors in Child Development and Psychology
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I am so grateful to be apart of the growing process of each child. I love dancing and singing with all the kids. It brings a smile to my face each day!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Nutritional Specialist

    I love nurturing the children and enjoy observing them grow and change.

    Ms. Debbie has been with Kindercare since June of 2015. She brings 23 years of experience from the public education system, mainly in the planning, preparation and feeding grades K-12. She strives to provide Kindercare's children with the most nutritious and delicious meals and snacks possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has been in the food service industry for 24 years, she has previous experience in the public education system.
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kristi

    Ms. Kristi, Support Staff

    I love children's innocence to be the trusted adult that a child comes to for emotional support is extremely gratifying. The highlight of my day is seeing their eyes light up when something connects. My job is very rewarding and I'm happy to be here.

    Kristi has been at Kindercare for a year, she has Early Childhood Education units. She also has a background in child development as a teacher, a nanny, and a stay at home mom. Kristi enjoys helping out in all of the classrooms, and being apart of the children's growth and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous experience as a nanny and sitter
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • Mr. Jeremy

    Mr. Jeremy, School Age Classroom

    I'm passionate about teaching our younger generation so that they can go on in the futre and lead a successful life and future.

    "I love being a teacher because I love having an impact in a child's life. I can't imagine a world without KinderCare because children would not have a safe place to learn and grow."

    Previous Experience:
    Previous experience at other childcare centers
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Life guard at YMCA
    Year Started:

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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

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry for authorized family members and staff. Otherwise the doorbell is available to all other visitors who will be greeted by a staff member and accompanied during their visit with us. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Leone, on site. Ms. Leone's role includes: conduction of monthly safety drills, ensures that all faculty first aid and CPR certifications are current, and maintains cleanliness standards.

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 started at San Marcos KinderCare in the summer of 2008 with our first child. She started off in the Infant room with Ms. Laura. We now have two children and our second has also been with KinderCare since she was three months old. We love the friendliness from the staff and other families. We have made long lasting friendships with parents who are also in the same age group as our girls.

- Parents

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