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El Cajon KinderCare

Megan Fiege, Center Director

1470 Jamacha Rd. El Cajon CA 92019
(619) 588-5959 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Neighborhood:
El Cajon/Rancho San Diego

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fuerte Elementary, Anza Elementary, Meridian Elementary, Jamacha, Rancho. To and from.


Sensational summer fun a waits at El Cajon KinderCare stop by and enroll your child today to let long lasting memories begin. 

Welcome

Welcome to El Cajon KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting with each child's developmental growth, socialy, emotionaly, cognitively and physicaly. As you walk through the classrooms, you will notice engaged teachers and a stimulating learning environment. Each teacher is committed to cultiviating the love of learning in the hearts of every child that they serve.
Thank you for including us in your child's growing years.

Megan Fiege, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

Cooking

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

The quality staff and their positive outlook on the education of children make this center shine above all others. Stop in for a tour and see the difference.

  • Megan Fiege

    Megan Fiege, Center Director

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see.

    Megan is from San Diego born and raised. She comes from a long family line of educators. From an early age she knew she wanted to teach, inspire and make a difference. She had a great mentor who exemplified this everyday and made her the teacher and leader she is today...her mom! She has learned so much about herself through children, they are the ones that inspire her. Education is the key to success in life,  we all have that one teacher who changed our lives and I want to be that teacher now. Her goal is to be that teacher that leaves a lasting impact on the future generation.

    Previous Experience:
    I started my teaching career as a teacher assistant, eventually a lead teacher in the classroom and then I decided I wanted to take that step into management through KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/15/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree Social Science. Child Development college units. Classes in Administration and Management.
  • Alicia Jenkin

    Alicia Jenkin, Assistant Director

    If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

    Alicia was once a KinderCare student herself. Working with children has been the most rewarding and fulfilling career she has experienced.

    Previous Experience:
    I am currently enrolled in school, working towards my bachelor's degree in Child Development. Prior to working for KinderCare I was a nanny for three years, I have currently been with KinderCare for five years.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Working towards Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. Child Development units as well as management units from Grossmont College.
  • Ms. Michelle Clay

    Ms. Michelle Clay, Infant Classroom

    Play, learn and grow together.

    Ms. Michelle has two children that she cherishes! She has been working in the Infant Classroom for two years and she enjoys working with children of all ages, but her heart is with the Infants. What she enjoys most is watching them learn and grow every single day.

    Previous Experience:
    I started my career in home daycare, shortly after that I became a teacher aide in the Toddler Classroom at Cuyamaca College for a total of 5 years.
    Year Started:
    2/4/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    55 college course units in Child Development, as well as a teachers certificate in Child Development.
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Infant Classroom

    Currently Ms. Brittany is working on getting her credentials to become an elementary school teacher. She graduated in May of 2016 from SDSU with her bachelor's degree in teaching. She has been working at KinderCare since June 2016. Working at KinderCare has allowed her to grow in a variety of ways and has shown me how rewarding a teacher can be! Everyday she looks forward to seeing each child's bright smile. Working with children and knowing that she can potentially make a difference in each child's like is one of the best feelings a teacher can receive. 

    Previous Experience:
    One year working as a substitute teacher at a variety of preschools.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Liberal Studies. Teaching K-8th grade. Associate in Human Behavioral Science
  • Ms. Teka

    Ms. Teka, Toddler Classroom and Health & Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Teka has been with KinderCare for just little over a year. She has three children of her own, one of whom is a student here at the center. She is working on her bachelor's degree in Child Development and is in the process of receiving her Site Supervisor Permit.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been in this field for almost 11 years. I have worked at different centers around San Diego County.
    Year Started:
    12/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Child Development. Teacher Permit. Certificates of Specialization in Child Development Administration and Early Childhood Intervention. Bus certified.
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cassie is a graduate from SDSU. She has always had a passion for music and all the arts, she truly loves to emphasize this in her classrooms. As a published writer, she has always encouraged her students, no matter how young, to embrace their creativity.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked five years as a nanny before I decided I would like to be in a classroom. I worked as a lead teacher for a before and after school program. I am also a certified Behavioral Interventionist and have experience working with Autistic and special needs children.
    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degreee English Literature. Associate Degree Humanities and Fine Arts. Associate Degree Communications and Languages
  • Ms. Sheana

    Ms. Sheana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sheana is a mother to a wonderful little toddler. Kids are her passion, their smiles are what makes her day everyday. She is also a college student working to became a public school teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    I have always worked in the childcare industry. I have been a babysitter, nanny and I have also worked in the Montessori school system. Now I am happy to be a part of the KinderCare team!
    Year Started:
    3/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    College units in Child Development and currently continuing my education
  • Ms. Daisy

    Ms. Daisy, Discovery Preschool Classroom and Curriculum Specialist

    Ms. Daisy has two wonderful children that also attend KinderCare. She has been teaching children of various ages for a total of eight years and absolutely love my job!

    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    44 college course units in Child Development
  • Ms. Rosie

    Ms. Rosie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rosie grew up in San Diego, this is her home. She has been working for KinderCare since 2012. She started as the Nutrition Specialist and found she has a passion for teaching children. It brings her such joy knowing that she is making a difference in a child's life. Teaching gives her an amazing opportunity to guide, and give children the skills they need to grow and learn everyday. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked for KinderCare for 5 years, I have also worked in the infant and toddler classroom.
    Year Started:
    3/9/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    12 college course units in Child development from Grossmont College.
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Prekindergarten Classroom

    This is Andrea's first year here and her first year being a lead teacher. She has over three years working and training through Cajon Valley Unified, focusing on ages four through seven. She has always found a passion with Prekindergarten. Her goals have always been to create an education rich environment, while allowing her students to explore, inspire and become strong individuals in their time spent with her.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years at a dual language charter school working with children grades TK to 8th.
    Year Started:
    6/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    College Child Development units
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, School Age Classroom and Learning Adventures

    Ms. Danielle has a true passion for teaching. Since she was young, she always knew she wanted to help teach. She has been a part of this company since 2009. She has moved around and taken many roles in this field, however she feels most at home in a classroom teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Student teaching in the Unified School District. Management, health and safety as well as bus certified.
    Year Started:
    5/24/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies emphasis in Child Development. California Teaching Credential Multiple Subject K-5th grade.
  • Ms. Madalynn

    Ms. Madalynn, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Madalynn is currently in school to get her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education. She grew up always wanting to be a teacher and make a difference in children's lives. She is so excited to be a part of the KinderCare team!

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at a swim school for four years teaching children how to swim. I have also worked at my church childcare center and have been working for KinderCare for almost one year.
    Year Started:
    5/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development courses from Grossmont College. Bus certified.
  • Ms. Yvette

    Ms. Yvette, Nutrition Specialist

    Those who seek, find.

    Ms. Yvette is a mommy to a precious little boy. He also attends KinderCare. She loves teaching her son new things, one of their favorite places to visit is SeaWorld.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Mrs. Levan

    Mrs. Levan, Multi-Age Classroom

    Seize the day!

    Ms. Levan is a qualified Preschool, Toddler and Infant teacher. She has worked with children for many years and strives to make a difference. She is also a mother of two beautiful children. Through them, she has learned to love working with children. It is her passion to be a great teacher and make a difference in children's lives everyday.

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree (Master Teacher) Site- Supervisor Associate Degree and Associate Degree in Sociology

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

  • Arabic
  • 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

We have a keypad entry. Alicia Jenkin is the Health and Safety Coordinator for our building and oversees any health and safety concerns. Every door has alarms when opening and shutting. We also have a monthly fire drill, and earthquake drill. We have a strict medication policy and make sure that all chemicals and cleaning supplies are locked up away from our children. Sanitation is a word we know best.

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