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Rancho Los Amigos KinderCare

Raquel Luna, Center Director

7755 Golondrinas St. Downey CA 90242
(562) 401-7981 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
"Off Imperial Hwy. And Erickson" across from Rancho Los Amigos Rehab Center

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We offer priority to Los Angeles County employees.

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Welcome

Welcome to Rancho Los Amigos KinderCare. We are known for providing a loving and warm environment that you will experience as soon as you come through our front door. Our curriculum engages the whole child so not only are they learning academics but they are learning the social and emotional skills to continue their educational journey. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family. Please feel free to call to schedule a tour of our center so we can answer any questions you may have and get your child’s education started today.

Raquel Luna, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Math

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.

Music

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

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

Here at Rancho Los Amigos KinderCare, we are a very knowledgeable team. We are fun, loving and have a true passion for children! We have a great understanding of the developmental milestones each and every child should be meeting at an appropriate stage in their lives. We are looking forward to being a part of your family and watching your child grow while you are here with us.

  • Raquel Luna

    Raquel Luna, Center Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Raquel Luna is the Center Director of Rancho Los Amigos Children's Center. She joined R.L.A.C.C. in September 2014. Prior to joining R.L.A.C.C. Mrs. Luna was the Center Director at Harbor UCLA Children's Center for four years. Mrs. Luna has gained significant experience in building rapport with students and families, training teachers and in operating an effective center.

    Previous Experience:
    2007-2008- Teacher at KinderCare (Anaheim) 2008-2010- Assistant Director at County Kids Place (KinderCare) 2010-2014- Center Director at Harbor UCLA Children's Center (KinderCare) 2014-present Center Director at Rancho Los Amigos Children's Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    5/22/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Child Development
  • Maria Luengas

    Maria Luengas, Assistant Director

    A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others.

    Maria Luengas is the Assistant Director of Rancho Los Amigos Children's Center. She joined R.L.A.C.C. in June of 2015. Prior to joining R.L.A.C.C. Maria Luengas was the Assistant Director at Harbor UCLA Children's Center for four years. Maria Luengas has gained significant experience in building rapport with students and families, training teachers and in operating an effective center.

    Previous Experience:
    2007-2010- Teacher at County Kids Place 2010-2011- Assistant Director at County Kids Place 2011-2015- Assistant Director at Harbor UCLA C.C. 2015-Present- Assistant Director at Rancho Los Amigos C.C.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David No!
    Year Started:
    9/10/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    CTC- Site Supervisor Permit
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Program Specialist

    A good teacher is a doctor, who heals ignorance and an artist who inspires creativity.

    I have worked at R.L.A.C.C. as the program speacialist. I have  been with KinderCare for about two years now. I previously worked at another child care as a pre-kindergarten teacher and I was there for five years. I have a BA in early child development and I plan to continue my education to obtain my Masters Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    I love to teach young children because I am able to see how they grow and develop through time. It is an amazing experience to see how they achieve new goals. Enjoying each smile that my children give when they come in and to know they're excited and ready to learn is such satisfaction.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Outsiders
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 yrs in ECE
    Education:
    B.A. in Early Child Development
  • Ms. Esmeralda

    Ms. Esmeralda, Infant Classroom

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

    My name is Esmerealda Acosta, I'm married and I have five children. My oldest child is 33 years old and my youngest is 12 years old. I love chidlren and I need to have them in my life.  I was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador and have been living here in California for 25 years. I obtained my child development education at East Los Angeles College.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been working in the child development field for many years. I began my career in County Kids Place (KinderCare) in 2006.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Secreto
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    CTC Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Rosa

    Ms. Rosa, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching young children because it's one of the best, most deeply satisfying experiences in the world. I am inspired by the idea that I'm providing an education to our future.

    I attended Migueleño Institute in San Miguel, El Salvador. In 1990, I decided to continue my education in Cerritos College by picking up some ESL classes. I love to teach because children are naturally curious. I enjoy seeing how they explore the world with all their senses. I love children. This will be my passion forever.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been working for the Schapiros family since 1981 as a nanny in the city of West Los Angeles.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 years
    Education:
    CTC Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Rocio

    Ms. Rocio, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Infant Classroom

    Without teachers, life would have no class.

    Year Started:
    10/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Toddler Classroom

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    I completed my student teaching hours at child development center in Pasadena. I received my AA in child development. I then transferred to Pacific Oaks College and received my Bachelors Degree in Human Development. I have been working with children for about five years and enjoy my field.

    Previous Experience:
    I love learning about children's social, cognitive and physical development and how they change over time.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Human Development
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Toddler Classroom

    The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.

    Year Started:
    2/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Blanca

    Ms. Blanca, Preschool Classroom

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Year Started:
    5/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    AA in Early Child Development
  • Ms. Leti

    Ms. Leti, Preschool Classroom

    The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.

    Year Started:
    7/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Guadalupe

    Ms. Guadalupe, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing their happy faces when they learn to spell and write their names. Also when they are excited in learning and discovering something new.

    I started teaching at Youth Develpment Program (YDP) in September 2007, when I heard of the KinderCare program had an opening teaching position I was excited about joining the team. I love what KinderCare represents especially, their curriculum that is given to the children and the opportunities that KinderCare offers to their employees and I applied. I have been with KinderCare since 02/2008 and I love it!

    Previous Experience:
    One of the reasons why I enjoy teaching is because we give children the ability to love learning. Also, as a teacher I gain the opportunity to be part of my students' lives.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff
    Year Started:
    3/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Nellie

    Ms. Nellie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I'm changing the world one day at a time.

    Year Started:
    9/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    AA in Early Child Development
  • Ms. Ibeth

    Ms. Ibeth, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ibeth is inspired to come to work each day by the children's smiles and the joy of seeing her come in the door.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Learning Adventures

    My favorite part of teaching is helping children learn and try new things, knowing that I make a difference in their lives. I am inspired to come to work knowing that once I do, there will always be smiles and hugs waiting for me.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    CTC- Teacher Permit

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

  • 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

Here at Rancho Los Amigos KinderCare it is our number one priority to make sure that children are in a safe, clean and healthy environment. To help ensure this we have daily sign-in and sign-out procedures, strict parent or guardian identification release procedures, door bell with camera entrance, daily classroom observations for safe and age appropriate toys, weekly safety protocol practices and monthly disaster drills.
- Ms. Alma G. -Health & Safety Coordinator

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

I am grateful to be able to send my daughter to Rancho Los Amigos KinderCare. You and the center's staff have always been incredibly friendly and helpful from the very beginning. When we inquired about the center and took the tour we knew that this was the perfect center for our daughter. The teachers are loving and caring and always go the extra mile. They are well prepared to facilitate the curriculum and always have a smile on their faces, which is very important and tells us that they are happy to be at work. I would like to share with you some of the things teacher have done to make us realize they really care for the children: Every teacher that comes in contact with my daughter knows her name; teachers always greet us and ask how our day was; my daughter has developed strong attachments to some of her teachers; and teachers are laughing and having fun with this children. I was especially surprised when I was present during a fire drill. You and your assistant director's leadership is vital to the center. Thank you for the opportunity to have my daughter in the center. I appreciate and value the attention she receives. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance at any time.

- Mother
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