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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, Meridian, and Jamacha

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, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. As you walk through the classrooms, you will notice engaged teachers and a stimulating learning environment. Each teacher is committed to cultivating 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.

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

    Megan was born and raised in San Diego. 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 and 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 she wants to be that teacher now. Her goal is to be that teacher that leaves a lasting impact on the future generation.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan started her teaching career as a teacher's assistant, eventually becoming a lead teacher before wanting to move into management.
    Year Started:
    5/15/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor in Social Science and also taking classes in Child Development, Administration, and Management.
  • Alicia Jenkin

    Alicia Jenkin, Assistant Director

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

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Alicia was a nanny for three years.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Alicia working towards a Bachelor in Child Development as well taking management classes.
  • 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:
    Michelle started her career in home daycare, and shortly after that she became a teacher aide in the Toddler Classroom at Cuyamaca College for five 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 San Diego State University with her Bachelor 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 her 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor in Liberal Studies and Associate in Human Behavioral Science
  • Ms. Teka

    Ms. Teka, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Teka has three children of her own, one of whom is a student here at the center. She is working on her Bachelor degree in Child Development and is in the process of receiving her Site Supervisor Permit.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teka has worked at different centers around San Diego County.
    Year Started:
    12/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associate in Child Development, Teacher Permit, and Certificates of Specialization in Child Development Administration and Early Childhood Intervention.
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cassie is a graduate from San Diego State University. She has always had a passion for music and all the arts and she truly loves to emphasize this in her classrooms. As a published writer, she encourages her students, no matter how young, to embrace their creativity. Ms. Cassie is a certified Behavioral Interventionist and has experience working with autistic and special needs children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassie previously worked as a nanny for five years and also as a lead teacher for a before- and after-school program.
    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor in English Literature, Associate in Humanities and Fine Arts, and Associate in 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:
    Ms. Sheana has been a babysitter, nanny, and also in the Montessori school system.
    Year Started:
    3/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    College units in Child Development
  • Ms. Daisy

    Ms. Daisy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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 loves her job!

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

    Ms. Rosie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rosie grew up in San Diego and considers it as 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:
    Ms. Rosie previously worked in the infant and toddler classrooms.
    Year Started:
    3/9/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    12 college course units in Child development from Grossmont College
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Andrea 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 from Transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade.
    Year Started:
    6/21/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    College Child Development units
  • Ms. Madalynn

    Ms. Madalynn, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Madalynn is currently in school to get her Bachelor 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:
    Ms. Madalynn has worked at a swim school for four years teaching children how to swim and also worked at her church's childcare center.
    Year Started:
    5/17/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development courses from Grossmont College
  • Mrs. Levan

    Mrs. Levan, Multi-Age Classroom

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate in Sociology
  • Ms. Yvette

    Ms. Yvette, Cook

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

    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • 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.

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.

This is my first year putting my 1 and 2 year old children into a childcare center. While the experience has be great, I'd say more than 90% of the time. However my son, who is in the 2 year old classroom has the BEST teacher any mom of a rambunctious out-going 2 year old boy can imagine to have. Ms. Daisy is the head teacher of the 2 yr old classroom at the El Cajon, CA center and she is beyond amazing! She has NEVER let me down, and I say that very confidently. Even IF she did have a moment, I would totally look passed it because she has been so great with everything else. Ms. Daisy has exemplified what a dedicated and passionate teacher is suppose to display. She has always shared her honest opinion about things, asked questions on what it is she can do better with my son.  Always, always always super informative! I cannot put into words how blessed of an experience it has been to have Ms. Daisy as my son's teacher and I'm so excited for her to become my daughter's teacher very soon. Ms. Daisy is a god-send to the center and she should be celebrated. She has given full confidence that my child is loved, fairly treated and safe when he is in her care. Which is a very satisfying and priceless feeling to have in this day when all we hear are about terrible tragedies in child care centers. I want to recognize Ms. Daisy for her hard work, passion, integrity and all around greatness she provides to me, my children, the other parents and children and to the center she serves.

- Parent
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